Thursday, November 25, 2004

Is Golf Getting Too Easy?

I've just seen this on XtraMSN (my computer's default homepage) - is golf getting too easy?

I've always been a bit of a purest on golf courses. I'm keen fan on the traditional British, St Andrews-style links courses, where if you don't hit the ball straight you're screwed. American's tend to build courses for show, rather than skill. 240 yard par 3s, and 600 yard par 5s where you can hit it almost anywhere, as long as you nail it into the next century, are not how golf was supposed to be played. Having said that, being 6'2", I never had any trouble hitting the ball a long way, and not especially straight...

For the record; my best round was 77 at Helensville District Golf Club (which won me the under 21s championship in 1997). The last game I played was at Gulf Harbour in July, and it was rusty, real rusty...

Mickelson Makes Golfing History
25/11/2004 01:30 PM NewstalkZB

American golfer Phil Mickelson has made golfing history at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Hawaii. Mickelson has carded a sensational 13 under par 59, to equal the best ever round in competition golf. He is just the fifth golfer in history to break the magic 60 barrier. Mickelson had a 10-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole for an unprecedented 58 but the putt curved just left of the cup, leaving him an easy tap in for a birdie. Al Geiberger (1977), Chip Beck (1991), David Duval (1999) and Annika Sorenstam (2001) are the only other golfers to have shot a 59. Mickelson ended the tournament at 17 under par, five shots clear of Vijay Singh. Retief Goosen was one shot back, while Todd Hamilton was a distant last at one over, in the battle of the year's four major championship winners.
Final Round Scores:
127 Phil Mickelson 68 59
132 Vijay Singh (Fiji) 66 66 133
Retief Goosen (South Africa) 65 68
145 Todd Hamilton 70 75
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