Don’t be surprised if a first-timer wins the Wanamaker Trophy

2011-08-11 00:00

THE 93rd U.S. PGA Championship is the last of the four golf Major championships this year and starts today.

It is being played for the third time at the Atlanta Athletic Club at Johns Creek, Georgia. The course, at 6 846 metres, is the longest par 70 to host a major golf tournament. It is described as beautiful but beastly.

As was the case for the previous three majors, no clear favourite is evident but there are now some exciting young players who will be in contention.

We have seen a remarkable change to the world rankings over the past 12 months and it is natural to look at the top 20 players for a likely winner.

Tiger Woods made his comeback last week in the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational and finished tied for 37th place, a disappointing effort.

Aussie Adam Scott won the event by a margin of four strokes — ironically with caddie Steve Williams.

He caddied for Tiger Woods from 1999 and together they won 13 major titles.

Williams was fired by Tiger Woods last month over the phone and he did not appreciate losing his job in this fashion. There is more to this than meets the eye, and perhaps Williams should not have spoken to the press remembering that actions speak louder than words.

Scott’s win has elevated him to ninth in the rankings with Woods dropping further down to 30th.

Seven out of the top ten haven’t yet won a Major Trophy and it will be interesting to see whether one of the new bunch of young players can withstand the pressure on the last nine holes to lift the Wanamaker Trophy.

Players to watch are Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson and Nick Watney.

We have seven South Africans in the field with Charl Schwartzel at the top of the pile with the best chance of winning.

Any golfer in the field is capable of winning this year, so don’t be surprised if another first-time winner lifts the trophy on Sunday evening.

LAST WEEKEND’S RESULTS

On Saturday, Maritzburg Golf Club held the Bedstore Monthly Mug.

A division:

1. M. James net 69

2. J. Buchanan net 70

B division:

1. L. Franklin net 65

2. C. Severn net 70

C division:

1. N. Karlsen net 70

2. P. Hansen net71

Seniors:

1. B. Daff net 69

2. E. Johnsen net 74

Victoria Country Club held the Old Mutual Monthly Mug on Saturday.

A division:

1. G. Wesselman net 69

2. P. Dewes net 75

B division:

1. D. Samuel on c/o net 77

2. R. Davis net 77

C division:

1. R. Bridgmohan net71

2. N. Harcourt net 73

From the 19th hole:

I played at a little country nine hole course last week. A sign on the door of the entrance to the club house read, “Dangerous. Beware of the dog”.

I went inside and saw an old hound lying on the floor fast asleep. I asked the barman, “Is that the dog that I’m supposed to be afraid of?”

“Yes” he said, “Before I put up that sign everyone kept tripping over him.”

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