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MULLIGAN MULLIGAN


The Independent Voice Congratulations to Davis Love III, the 2016


USA Ryder Cup Captain, on winning his 21st PGA Tour event at the venerable age of 51 years and 4 months. If he continues in this vein of form he may have to name himself as a wild card pick for his own team! To put his win into perspective, in PGA Tour


History only seven golfers over the age of 50 have won a tour event, and only two have been older than Love - Sam Snead who was 52 years and 10 months when he won the Greater Greensboro Open in 1965, and Art Wall who was 51 years and 7 months when he won the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1975. I wouldn’t bet against Love beating Snead’s record one day. Love’s Ryder Cup counterpart, Darren


Clarke, who is four years younger than the American, recently announced that he will play in the inaugural Ho Tram Open, a $1.5million Asian Tour event at Bluffs Ho Tram Strip on Vietnam’s south-central coast, which takes place on 3-6 December this year. The course, designed by Greg Norman, was opened in October 2014 and has been earning rave reviews, with Mike Kerr, CEO of the Asian Tour, telling reporters that he hoped the Ho Tram Open would contribute positively towards the growth and development of professional golf in Vietnam where there was, in his opinion, great potential to unearth new and young talents. A case of watch this space…


As most people will be aware, the 2016 Olympic Games, which are being held in Rio


de Janeiro, will feature golf for the first time in 112 years. Both the men’s and women’s events will have 60 players competing in a 72-hole stroke play format competition for the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. One interesting proviso is that no more


than four players can come from any one country. The field will be determined by the world golf rankings, and if the Olympics were being held today, Jordan Speith, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk and Dustin Johnson would be representing the USA, with players such as Ricky Fowler, Matt Kurchar and Phil Mickelson all missing out. This could add a little more competitive edge to next year’s major championships! And finally, the ankle injury which Rory


McIlroy sustained whilst playing a game of football with friends, has, almost inevitably given the form of Jordan Speith, cost the Northern Irishman his place at the top of the World Rankings where he has been supplanted by Speith. With McIlroy still not fully fit, it may well be that he will be looking upwards rather than over his shoulder for quite some time to come.


Such is life. Happy Hacking! Mulligan


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