Tiger blew it in a Major way

2009-08-19 00:00

THE last Major of the year, the United States PGA Championship, was won by little-known South Korean Yang Yong-eun, the first Asian to win a Major Trophy.

Golf fans around the world were wondering what surprises would be dished up at this Major. The previous three Majors produced unlikely winners, so why not another one?

Prior to the tournament the question was asked, if Tiger Woods doesn’t win (and he was odds-on favourite) who could win? It was thought that it could have been virtually anyone from the full field of 156 professional players. (There were no amateurs in this Major.)

This year, Woods played the Majors in a most un-Woods-like fashion. He usually plays the right shots at the right time and holes the clutch putts when it really matters. He failed to do that this year but he should have won the PGA. On each of the three days he was in front of the pack and was leading by two strokes going into the final day. No matter which way you look at it, he blew it by shooting a mediocre 75.

While much will be said and written about his failure to win this championship, let’s not forget how well Yang played to win the 91st U.S. PGA title. He deservedly held aloft the heavy Wanamaker Trophy.

This result was only the sixth time that Tiger Woods has finished runner-up in a Major tournament. Compare that with Jack Nicklaus, who finished second on 19 occasions along with his 18 wins. Tiger has 14 Major wins so far and he will probably beat Nicklaus’s record number of victories, but he has little chance of beating that remarkable statistic of second places.

If you follow golf and you didn’t see the live television coverage of the final nine holes of the U.S. PGA on Sunday night, you missed out on something really special. It was a classic match-play situation with the overwhelming favourite, who was probably overconfident, losing to an unassuming underdog. How pleasing it was to see Yang win in such a quiet, yet emphatic manner.

 

Last week’s results

On Saturday, Maritzburg Golf Club held a four-ball-betterball Stableford competition sponsored by Silver Heights school. The winners on 46 points were L. Franklin and B. Malunga, and second were D. Harry and R. Cumming with 45 points.

Victoria Country Club held a combined Stableford on Saturday sponsored by The Pro Shop. It was won by D. Frankish and J. Malherbe on 80 points, with second place going to C. van Niekerk and Z. Pelzer on 78 points.

 

From the 19th hole

A regular golfer, who was a member of the local golf club, went to see the doctor.

He said: “I have a problem with my ear. There’s something in there.”

“Let’s have a look,” said the doctor. “My goodness, you’re right. There’s money inside.”

The doctor proceeded to pull out a R50 note.

“I don’t believe it,” the doctor exclaimed. “There’s more in there.” Out came another R50, then R100, a couple of R20s and another R100.

Finally, all the notes had been removed. The doctor counted the money, which was R1 990 in total.

“Ah yes, that sounds about right”, nodded the golfer. “I knew I wasn’t feeling two grand.”

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