Golf: all eyes on McIlroy in another ‘tigerless’ major

2011-07-07 00:00

THE 2011 (British) Open Championship will be hosted by Royal St Georges in Sandwich on the Kent coast. It will be the 139th Open and starts on Thursday, July 14. It is the only venue in the south of England where the Open Championship is played. Sandwich is about 120 km southeast from London. It made its Open debut way back in 1894 and this will be the 14th time that this course has hosted the oldest golf tournament in the world. It’s interesting that there was a gap of 32 years between Bobby Locke’s win in 1949 and 1981 when a relatively unknown Bill Rogers won there.

All Open Championships are played on courses at the coast and the St Georges layout will be no pushover even in calm conditions, but if the wind blows, and it probably will on at least one of the four days, the course could become a monster.

It will be another “Tigerless” major but even if he played he more than likely wouldn’t be a factor.

This is our third major of the year with no clear favourite although all eyes will be on the U.S. Open winner, 22-year-old Ulsterman Rory McIlroy.

Last weekend’s results:

Maritzburg Golf Club held the Bedstore Monthly Mug coupled with the Victory Cup on Saturday.

A division: D. Furmage net 65. D. Zeelie net 69

B division: A. Norman net 68. L. Franklin net 69

C division: H. Stokes net 71. S. Carruthers net 73

Seniors: B. Daff net 71. A. Toth net 72

The Victory Cup was won by D. Furmage on 43 points.

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

A division: A. Paul net 72. G. Palmer net 73.

B division: D. Schaup net 71. S. Shange 73.

C division: R. Davis net 77. R. Bridgmohan net 77.

From the 19th hole:

A couple were playing golf together. On the second tee, the husband suddenly said, “Twenty years ago I had a brief affair, it meant nothing. I hope you can forgive me.”

His wife was hurt, but said, “My love, those days are long gone. What we have now is far more valuable. I forgive you.” They embraced and kissed. On the 17th tee, the husband was starting his back-swing when the wife blurted out, “I’m sorry darling, I’ve been conscience stricken since you told me of your affair. Since we’re being honest with each other, I also have something to tell you. Thirty-two years ago I had a sex change operation. I was a man before I met you. I hope you can forgive me.”

The husband froze at the top of his back swing, and then threw a fit. He slammed the driver into the ground, broke it over his knee and kicked his ball off the tee. He screamed and ranted, “You liar! You cheat! You are terrible. How could you? I trusted you with all my heart and soul … and all these years you’ve been playing off the ladies tees!”

 

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