Inside Golf : Inside Golf Feb 2016
19th hole 68 February 2016 | www.insidegolf.com.au Peering into the crystal (golf) ball Larr y Canning email@example.com with David Newber y firstname.lastname@example.org A hhh, yes... it’s becoming quite clear now. I’m looking into my TaylorMade Tour Preferred Crystal Ball and I’m seeing some amazing extrapolations for 2016. I can see inside the famed Butler Cabin at Augusta National and there’s Jason Day being handed the Green Jacket by one of his greatest rivals, Jorden Spieth. That’s come right after another one of those exhaustingly syrupy banters between the Chairman of Augusta, Billy Paine, and America’s nicest bloke and long-time Butler cabin TV host, Jim Nantz. I’m in a bit of a quandary with Big Jim. Whenever he speaks, I get the urge to bawl my eyes out and give him a big hug... then I’m suddenly consumed with the overriding impulse to smack him across the chops to harden him up. If ever there was a golfer perfectly designed to wear a Green Jacket, it’s Jason Day. He hits the ball long and high with a slight draw and can putt the absolute dots off his nut. And now that he has finally removed that giant “Eastern Silverback Gorilla” from his back with a victory in last year’s PGA, you’d have to think he’s freed up to win a bunch more majors. Just a second... I’m making out an image of a young Irishman on the 18th green dancing up and down on the one spot with both his arms hanging limp by his side. Is it Michael Flatley? No its, Rory McIlroy! (Remember him?). Possibly the most naturally gifted golfer ever to have thrown a 3-iron into a lake, Rors appears to be back in the winner’s circle after claiming his fifth major, the US Open. Rory’s 2015 was interrupted by what I estimate to be a $13million accident, while having a kick in the back yard with some mates. What a scrumptious thought it is, watching Spieth, Day and McIlroy battling it out for the world number one spot throughout year! A bit of a wipe of my crystal sphere and I appear to be looking into... what appears to be a board room? There is a group of blokes sitting around a large square table, all wearing golf clothes. Another wipe of the TaylorMade Oracle and I’m starting to make out some of their faces. There’s Colin Montgomerie, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson... and... there seems to be an empty chair at the end with the name Henrik Stenson written on the back. Up on the wall there is a photo of John Daly with three darts stuck in his forehead. I know what that meeting is all about now. It’s the annual, “Best players in the world not to have won a Major” convention. Actually a closer look at the empty chair and I can now see the Old Claret Jug sitting on it. Despite owning most of Sweden (after winning both the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai in the space of a fortnight) Henrik’s trophy cabinet has been full of spondooley but sadly devoid of a major trophy. It seems this will change in late July this year when he smashes “Rorrl Trorn” (that’s Scottish for Royal Troon) into complete submission. If it can’t be an Aussie to win a biggie, I always hope it’s a player who really deserves a win and has earned his or her right to make the speech. Now what does the Crystal Tour Preferred have for me next? I think it’s the US PGA Championship because I can hear lots of boisterous American fans yelling out “Go Jordan, Go Jordan!” Spieth is leading but there seems to be a big, languid, powerful golfer who looks a lot like Marc Leishman. Yes! It’s the big Aussie and he has just birdied the last to beat Spiethy by a shot. Leish has now led both the Masters and the Open with nine holes to play and it’s time to finish the job off. Had it not been for a divot hole the size of The Large Canyon (that’s the one which is just south of The Grand Canyon) during the playoff at St Andrews last year, Marc would have a major already. A bit more rubbing and I can now see a small framed female professional jumping into the dam that surrounds the final green at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. No, it’s not Lydia Ko, it’s Australia’s highest-ranked female golfer, Minjee Lee. Witnessing the teenager’s short but brilliant career emerging is like watching a seedling grow into a huge gum tree in time lapse photography. Finally, I can make out an emotional Larry Canning standing at the bar with a KENO ticket he has just won off his mate Brooksy. Wow! What a year it’s going to be! Chips and shanks Daly philosophy WE all know John Daly has an explosive long game but “Wild Thing” also has a short game to match. “Any time you win a tournament, you win with your short game,” the two-time major winner said. “Whether it’s chipping or putting, you win tournaments with your short game. “I won the British Open with my short game. I won the US PGA Championship with my short game. “You can’t win tournaments if you don’t have the short game going.” CHRISTMAS arrived early for a trio of golfers when each scored a hole-in- one on the same day at Burleigh Golf Club on the Gold Coast. On Wednesday, December 23 Greg Squires, Grahame Powell and Andrew Roubicek went out and aced the 170-metre 17th , the 162m 11th and 141m eighth respectively. “Greg joined the golf club in May 2015 and has been enjoying social golf until now,” said the club’s general manager Ian Cottle. “He is presently submitting his handicap cards. “Greg played his junior golf for Carnarvon Golf Club in Sydney and has been living on the Gold Coast for 10 years.” For the record, it was Greg’s first hole-in-one. For Grahame, who has been a member of Burleigh Golf Club for 16 years, it was his second ace at Burleigh Golf Club. His last hole-in-one was in 2012. Raining aces at Burleigh Golf Club THREE BURLEIGH ACES: Sharp-shooters Greg Squires (left), Grahame Powell (centre) and Andrew Roubicek. Andrew Roubicek, a member from Royal Queensland Golf Club, was playing at Burleigh as a guest. “Andrew’s son Alexander previously had a hole-in-one on the same hole (the 141m eighth) in 2009 when he was 10 years of age. It’s taken a while, but dad has finally caught up.
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