Inside Golf : Inside Golf August 2014
PGA Championship Preview 20 August 2014 | www.insidegolf.com.au Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer have both lifted the Wanamaker Trophy in the past... can they do it again at Valhalla? (Photos: Montana Pritchard) David Newber y email@example.com PreParations for the sixth asia- Pacific amateur Championship are well underway, with the 72-hole stroke play competition set to be played over the Composite Course at the royal Melbourne Golf Club from 23-26 october 2014. established in 2009 by the asia Pacific Golf Confederation (aPGC), Masters tournament and the r&a, the asia-Pacific amateur Championship will see a field of 120 of the highest ranked players descend on Melbourne to experience the premier amateur golf competition in the region. the champion will receive an invitation to compete in the Masters tournament in april 2015 and an exemption into the amateur Championship, which is conducted by the r&a. in addition, along with the runner up, places in the open Qualifying series are up for grabs, with the opportunity to qualify for the open Championship at st andrews in 2015. “ the royal Melbourne Golf Club has a rich history of hosting major tournaments and we are delighted to give the best amateur golfers in the asia-Pacific region the opportunity to play this storied venue,” said Dr. David Cherry, Chairman of the aPGC. “ the combination of the skill and precision of the region’s best amateur players and a course of this stature is bound to provide golf-lovers in the sport- loving city of Melbourne with a terrific day out during tournament week,” Cherry said. John Hopkins, Chairman Golf australia also commented on the tournament; “since its inception in 2009, the asia- Pacific amateur Championship has had a profoundly positive impact on the development of elite amateur golf across our region,” Hopkins said. entry into the royal Melbourne Golf Club for the 2014 asia-Pacific amateur Championship will be free. For more information, visit www.aacgolf.com. For more information please contact American Golf Supplies on 02 9524 8233or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.pinggolf.com WHAT’S YOUR COLOUR CODE? Demo the new Ping G20 range in your area, and get Get fit today Turn to page 71 for a complete list of fitting days this month oFtentiMes logic goes out the window when trying to pick a winner of the year’s final major – the Us PGa Championship. still, if you listen to logic then Germany’s Martin Kaymer and northern irishman rory Mcilroy are the players of choice. in June, Kaymer captured the Us open and a month earlier won the Players’ Championship. rory, well, he’s a class act. this year he won the BMW PGa Championship as well as the open Championship, missing just one cut in 21 starts on the Us and european tours. More importantly, both players are former world number ones and have already lifted the Wanamaker trophy – Kaymer in 2010 and Mcilroy in 2012. Kaymer this year has missed just three cuts playing in the Us and europe and, at the time of writing, was fourth on the Us PGa tour money list with more than $4m and €1.6 on the european tour. so, logic points to Kaymer or Mcilroy winning the 98-year-old Us PGa Championship at Valhalla GC, Louisville from august 7-10. if Kaymer does win, he’ll become only the fifth player to win the Us open and the PGa in the same year joining Gene sarazen (1922), Ben Hogan (1948), Jack nicklaus (1980) and tiger Woods (2000). Will it happen? Probably not. the Us PGa Championship has developed a trend of producing first-time winners and many one-only major winners. shaun Micheel, rich Beem, David toms, Davis Love iii, Mark Brooks, steve elkington, Wayne Grady, Paul azinger, Jeff sluman and Bob tway all broke the major barrier by winning the Us PGa Championship and no other major. Look for it to happen again at Valhalla, site of tiger’s second PGa title (2000) and Mark Brooks’ one and only major (1996). Will the Jack nicklaus-designed Valhalla layout favour some players and not others? the golf course is long (7458 yards or 6820 metres) and suits right-handed players who play a high fade. so forget lefties Phil and Bubba. they say if you are good enough, you’re old enough so perhaps the talented Jordan spieth, at 21, could triumph. He has the talent and all the attributes to conquer Valhalla, but look for an established player who has been around the traps. sergio Garcia, still trying to shed the “best player not to have won a major”, comes to mind, but despite a solid finish at the open Championship, he’s still not as logical as Kaymer or rory or adam scott or Justin rose or even tiger. if not sergio, perhaps 35-year-old american Jimmy Walker, who has won three times this season and is atop the Fed-ex standings and Us PGa money list. He’s had eight top-10s in 21 starts and has banked more than $5m. Perhaps more logical than the spaniard. Matt Kuchar (inside Golf editor richard Fellner’s perennial favourite) must come into calculation. He has had top-10s in all the majors in recent times (barring the open) and has won 11 times on tour banking more than $30m. the man’s a walking atM. He’s had nine top-10s this year including a win at the rBC Heritage, but he’s ranked 147th in driving distance so draw a line through his name (sorry richard). Dustin Johnson and Henrik stenson are much more logical choices. Johnson has played in five Us PGas with three top-10s and stenson, third last year, has three top-5s in nine appearances. But consider Garcia’s record compared to others seeking their first major. sergio is long enough off the tee, is sixth on tour in greens hit in regulation and first in scoring averages. in 11 events on tour this year, he has had seven top-10s including two seconds and two third place finishes. and he’s in fine form after the open Championship, where he gave rory a run for his money. so if you go with the logic, it’ll be spain’s sergio García Fernández who lifts the Wanamaker trophy, but not before he beats Dustin Johnson and Henrik stenson in the playoff. • Royal Melbourne set to host Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship Logic says Rory or Martin, but ...
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