Previously posted Oct 27, 2009
El Hombre Araña (The spider man) and three other hombres from the US are coming to play in The Kiwi Challenge at Cape Kidnappers, November 11 and 12.
If you’ve ever watched Camilo Villegas line up a lengthy putt you’ll know why he’s called the spider man. Crouching parallel to the ground and balancing on his right leg.
For the second year running Julian Robertson has created a four-man event with a total prize money of $US 2 million. Last year’s winner, Hunter Mahan will be back and joining him is Anthony Kim and Sean O’Hair.
Tom Doak, the course architect, made a recent trip to NZ to view the stunning example of his minimalistic design philosophy.
Golf Channel’s Erik Petersen reporting on Doak, Cape Kidnappers and last year’s event writes, "Doak is particularly fond of the closing six holes, beginning with No. 13, short par 3 set on the cliff’s edge overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Hunter Mahan is fond of that hole as well. That’s where he started his birdie-fest in last year’s closing round of the Kiwi Challenge, making four birdies and an eagle from holes 13-17 to edge Anthony Kim in a playoff."
Judging by the results coming in from overseas about Kiwi golfers. It could be some time before we a Kiwi competing in the Kiwi Challenge.