Every year around this time I eagerly await what he previously called, “The Huggies”. An annual event, which this year John Huggan has simply headlined, “The great and grim - 2014 golf awards”.
The awards include, Player of the Year, Best Round, Plonker of the Year, Biggest Point-Misser etc.
And the award for Biggest Point-Misser was the aforementioned Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National who rather surprisingly wasn’t aware of how good it gets at Royal Melbourne.
Mr Payne is reported as saying, “I’ve been talking to my fellow members about the experience we’re having and what we have seen here. And I think it would be appropriate to say that what we have discovered in Royal Melbourne wildly exceeds our expectations. I know I speak for every gentleman here in a green jacket; we have found a place we would like to call a second home.”
I feel sure the members at Royal Melbourne would enjoy the reciprocal right to play Augusta National but alas it ain’t gonna happen. However they should feel relieved that their Mackenzie course has not been as mucked around with as much as the venue for the Masters.
Best Round of the Year
“Scotland’s own Stephen Gallacher was for long enough the likely winner in this category. Out in 35 in the third round of his defence of the Dubai Desert Classic, the soon-to-be Ryder Cup debutant played the last nine holes in 28 shots, or nine under par if you like.
That’s tough to beat, but Jordan Spieth’s closing 63 at the Australian Club in Sydney last month did just that. In tough, breezy conditions on what is surely Australia’s most demanding championship layout – a combination that prompted the world’s best golfer to admit he couldn’t have matched such a score if you gave him “99 tries” – the 21-year old Texan romped to victory in the Australian Open. It was a fitting end to any season.”
Best Quotes award
Jason Dufner came close and so did Jessica Korda who, “During the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale, the young American was heard to complain: “The wind was blowing so hard the ball was ovulating on the greens.”
However the award went to a little-known Scottish lassie who’s experience makes Augusta National appear to be very liberal by comparison.
“But the winner, by a distance, is former Scottish Girls champion Connie Jaffrey. Talking with the press after her runner-up finish in the Helen Holm Trophy – played in her hometown of Troon – the youngster was asked if her local knowledge of the (all-male) Royal Troon links had been to her advantage.
“They’re quite tight on the rules, so I only get to play a couple of times a year,” she replied. “I don’t even get to use the practice putting green, which is unfortunate.”
Here’s the link to John
Quote of the Day
“Hard to concentrate. He’s so good looking.” – Jason Dufner, as quoted after his play-off loss to Adam Scott in the Colonial Invitational.