Geoff’s First Word for August 2018

Thoughts on the Golf World

In 2006, 12 years prior to making history as Italy’s first major winner, Francesco Molinari was caddying for his older brother Edoardo, then an amateur, who was paired with Tiger Woods at the 2006 Masters.

Twelve years later, at the 147th Open Championship, Francesco Molinari was paired with Woods on the final day of a major and held off a Tiger charge to win the biggest title of his career. The “charge” was perhaps stunted as Tiger blinked when he shot a double bogey on the 11th, followed by a bogey on the 12th, which saw him lose the lead and his challenge for a 15th major unravel. Still 38 minutes of wondering “Is he really going to do it?” was definitely there.

Tiger is now ranked at 50 on the OWGR and climbing.  Every tournament that he has been seen in this year sees an improvement as he hones his skills, temperament and manages his back. So, the big question is whether he can win another Major and it may soon be answered.  Next year maybe!

The USPGA is next, later this month and it is of course technically possible for him to do it – but in reality?

However, for us here in New Zealand we had 2 Kiwi’s in the field, on the parched and very brown Carnoustie course.  OK, Michael Hendry did not make the cut and was caught on TV throwing a club, but he got to play in Scotland and that would have been an experience in its own right.

The accolades must go to Ryan Fox who has grown dramatically since he earned his European Card.  He can no longer be classed as the raw “journeyman” some commentators labelled him in his early days as a professional, as he has grown out of his father’s shadow and earned his status in his own right.  Winning over $1.5M in one month is not to be sneezed at. At the time of writing Fox’s OWGR ranking had improved to a career best of 80.  Injury notwithstanding this is just going to improve.

When you study his historic performance at this year’s events the big stand out feature is his ratio of cuts made.  He has had huge improvements here.

Well done Ryan.  Keep going.

I see that the battle for the usage of land, and not by golf clubs, continues inside with Peter Williams giving us his views.  Peter should be listened to.  He is an expert in the whole of sport and has a keen insight into the sociology of sport.  Takapuna is on the theorists radar for re zoning and house building.  Well good luck.  It is known at the Auckland City Council to being land used for massive rainwater run-off and drainage for that part of the North Shore.  A couple of years ago the cost to rectify and alter this planned usage was prohibitive.  We doubt much has changed.  The same goes for Waitemata Golf Club, the water table is such that building housing on this land is impractical. Journalists/writers note before committing to print!!

Our Summer of Golf season is now rapidly approaching and the first event has been all but finalised. This is planned to be at Pegasus Golf Club in March 2019 and where there have been lots of changes and developments since the Women’s Golf Open was held there some years ago.  Pegasus as a community has grown dramatically and access is much improved.  It is now just 12 minutes from the airport along the new roads so Hotel bookings are going to be much more practicable.

So, put March into your diary.

We went to Fiji last month.  Basically to relax at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort but work is never far away.  This destination is one that we thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.

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