U.S. Open Golf: Rory Glory hallelujah!

2011-06-23 00:00

WHAT a U.S. Open that was! Twenty-two-year-old Rory McIlroy smashed umpteen records by winning his first major tournament.

Many pundits of the game said on the eve of the tournament that 30 or 40 players can win the tournament. This meant that it was wide open and there was no clear favourite. In hindsight that statement sounds crazy, but in all fairness, who was to know that one golfer, albeit with a top-10 ranking, would make it a one-horse race?

He left the best players in the world in his wake and by the back nine on Sunday they were playing for the minor placings. He led by 10 shots at one stage, finally winning by eight. His win was emphatic to say the least, but to finish 72 holes at 16 under par in a U.S. Open is unthinkable.

McIlroy was more than determined to prove to his critics and detractors that his last-round crash at the Masters in April didn’t have any impact on his confidence for future big tournaments. He played the long Congressional course with so much freedom and flair it was a joy to watch. He played as though it was a practice round, hardly taking any time over his shots which was particularly noticeable on the greens.

He is clearly a popular winner because of his behaviour on the course and his fresh approach to the game. What a pleasure it was to watch someone so young win in such a mature manner. It made a wonderful change to some previous winners of these big golf tournaments.

Based on this performance, he is destined for greatness. Let’s hope that McIlroy’s win isn’t a flash in the pan because he is a credit to the game. He makes an ideal role model for junior players starting the game and his attitude to the game is exciting. Rory Glory Hallelujah! Well done lad and good luck in the (British) Open Championship next month.

Last weekend’s results

Victoria Country Club held a combined Stableford competition on Saturday. The winners on a count-out with 73 points were J & J Hallows. In second place were H. Vermaak and C. Tyschen.

Maritzburg Golf Club held a four ball betterball Stableford sponsored by Kwikfit and Technifact. The winners on 51 points were S. Vather and P. Kallan. In second place on a countout were K. Roberts and A. Norman with 47 points.

From the 19th hole

Donald, a Scotsman, and George, an Englishma,n were about to play golf together.

On the first tee, Donald drove the ball down the middle of the fairway. George, the Englishman, also hit his drive down the middle and the tee landed at Donald’s feet.

As George was watching his ball, Donald quickly bent down and picked up the tee and put it in his pocket without the Englishman noticing.

Then George started to look for his tee.

Donald asked: “What are you looking for George?”

George replied: “I’m looking for my tee.”

“What colour was it?” asked Donald.

George replied“ “It was white.”

Donald asked: “Was it wood orplastic?”

George said: “It was a wooden one.”

Donald asked: “Did it have any advertising marked on it?”

George said: “Yes it did, it ...”

Another question. “What was it?”

George said: “It was Schweppes.”

Donald then asked: “Can you spell it?”

George replied irritably: “Oh keep the bloody thing.”

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