Inside Golf : Inside Golf November 2014
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As a person, Packer was just one of the real great friends—best friends—I have ever had. Packer was the kind of guy that if he was your friend, he was truly your friend. That was something you never had to question. He would do anything in the world for you and, in turn, you wanted to do anything for him. He was one of my original members at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio, and one of my founding members at The Bear’s Club in Florida. Everything I ever involved myself in, if I needed Kerry’s support, he was there for me. If you wanted or needed something, you could call Packer. I’m proud to say he was a good, dear friend. Packer was a very proud Australian and very proud of The Australian Golf Club. He wanted to see The Australian be as good a golf course as it could be, and he thought I could help him do that. Packer was an enthusiastic golfer. He was a true Australian Golf Club member. He did not really care whether he shot 85 or 90; he just wanted the golf course to be a good stern test. Did Mr Packer take you up to North Queensland fishing? That must have added to the experience of playing the Australian Open? Is it true that Mr Packer would also give the wives of the players some money to go clothes shopping? He hosted us every year. I went down the first year on my own, and then Kerry hosted us two or three times to the Great Barrier Reef. I always looked forward to the fishing and the diving. The Australian Open was just an added feature of the trip (Jack said with a wink and smile). If Kerry Packer was alive today, what do you think he would try to do to get the Australian Open back on the International stage? I don’t know, but I think it’s a difficult thing to try to do. I think The Australian Open is a significant event—always has been and remains one. It’s a very good event. Years ago, when the four major championships were what they were, there was really only a couple of other significant events in golf— be it the Memorial Tournament, The Australian Open, the start of the TPC (The Players Championship). At the time, that was all there really was. The Australian Open really fell into being close to maybe the fifth major, the fifth most important tournament of the year. Arnold (Palmer), Gary (Player) and I went down and played in it every year. Almost all of the good players in the world went down there to play. It was very special. But today, with all of the World Golf Championships, and all of the players around the world playing all over the globe, The Australian Open remains a very good event but becomes one of many good events. I think to try to elevate that further, because of its location, it’s very difficult to make it into what it could be on an annual basis because there are so many events that compete with it. I don’t think that Kerry could do a lot. To me, I think it is what it is—it’s the best event in Australia; it’s the best event in our fall and their spring down there, and it’s one of significance.
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