Can Schwartzel or Oosthuizen win another Major in 2012?

2012-01-13 00:00

A NEW year brings the usual four Major golf tournaments.

The first Major of the year is always the U.S. Masters (at the same venue) in Augusta, Georgia and this year it is due to be played in early April. Then we have the U.S. Open which is in June and will be played at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

It is 14 years since it was last played there. The (British) Open Championship is always in July and this year it will be played at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s course which is near Blackpool on the Lancashire coast.

Then finally, in August, the U.S. PGA (Wannamaker Trophy) will be played in the state of Illinois at the famous Medinah Country Club.

To round off the year, the Ryder Cup will be played in late September at Kiawah Island in South Carolina. The Europeans are the current holders of the trophy.

All of these tournaments can be seen live on television and it’s pleasing to learn that SuperSport has beefed up coverage of golf for 2012, so that’s great news for golf fans.

It will be most interesting to see whether a fit Tiger Woods can regain his form and win his 15th Major title.

There are some pundits who believe he is finished as far as winning Major tournaments is concerned. Others believe he is too young to write off so it seems that 2012 is a defining year for Tiger.

There have been 11 first-time winners since Tiger won his last Major tournament, which includes two South Africans — Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. Can they win again? Only three of the current top 10 ranked golfers have won Majors.

Ranked at number one and two, surely it must be time for Luke Donald or Lee Westwood to win a Major? But the recent past has shown that any golfer in the top 50 is capable of winning one of the Majors.

It’s going to be an interesting year.

 

From the 19th hole:

The manager of a golf club in Alaska hears a noise on the roof. He goes outside and sees a bear up there. He looks through the Yellow Pages and sure enough, he finds an ad for a bear remover. He calls the number and the bear remover said he would be there in 30 minutes.

The bear remover arrives, gets out of his van, he removes a ladder, a baseball bat and a shotgun. He also has a mean old pit-bull terrier. “What are you going to do?” asks the club manager. “I’m going to put this ladder up against the roof, then I’m going up there to knock the bear off the roof with this baseball bat.

“When the bear falls down, the pit-bull is trained to grab the bear’s testicles and not let go. The bear will be subdued enough for me to get him into that cage in the back of the van.” He hands the shotgun to the manager. “What’s the shotgun for?” asks the manager.

“If the bear knocks me off the roof, shoot the dog.”

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