06
Nov
08

Following in Faldo’s footsteps!

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This is my new caddie!

When Nick Faldo hired Fanny Sunesson to be his caddie it raised a lot of eyebrows in many clubhouses around the golfing community. A woman caddie is not quite unheard of in men’s golf, but as the caddie for a professional member of the PGA, the decision was a little out of the norm. But then that is typical of Nick Faldo. As a duo they went on to win numerous tournaments around the world including 4 Masters titles. Caddying for Faldo has got to be one of the toughest jobs imaginable, he’s very demanding, a stickler for details and has been known to lose his cool on occasion. Fanny was able to keep him relaxed, and to dovetail into his quirky life style. Their partnership ended when she decided to quit to go to work with Sergio Garcia. Faldo rehired her after the Garcia episode ended, but they were unable to capture the old magic that disappeared from Faldo’s game as he aged. Fanny was a the recent Ryder Cup caddying for fellow Swede Henrik Stenson.
I’ve asked around and the general consensus of most golfers is that the caddies prime function is keep them relaxed…..I don’t anticipate a problem with my choice! They have also told me that the caddie does not have to be a good golfer,……mine qualifies here too! The caddie does need to have a general knowledge about club selection and size, and a familiarization with golf etiquette…..I know this is not a problem with mine!
If she ever asks me what those little pointed white wooden things are, I know she won’t believe me when I tell her it’s what I rest my balls on while I’m driving!….but then maybe she will.
I think it was the great Jack Nicklaus who said that golf was a game of inches, he of course was referring to putting. My caddie reiterated his comments with a few of her own on the same topic, so much so that I’m getting excited about playing again. When do we tee off?

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06
Nov
08

Phil Mickelson may switch sides!

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Currently in China to defend the title he won last year, only the second outside the US in his career, Phil is contemplating the possibility of joining the European Tour. If he does it would be a total turn around in his attitude and his often vocal opinion regarding golf outside of the US. He has maintained for years that the best golf and the best golfers come from the US, and he has always been reluctant to play in Europe. His dismal performances in the British Open are testament to his aversion for cold rainy, windy weather. But maybe as the trend to globalisation spreads Phil has finally seen the light. I would be amiss if I suggested that the prize money being offered had anything to do with his decision. The tournament in China has a purse of $5 million and it has been announced that the inaugural Dubai World Championship will have prize money of $10 million! He is defending his crown in what has come to be known unofficially as the ‘Asian Open’, an event that has attracted a star studded field that includes Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Anthony Kim, Robert Karlsson, Camillo Villega and a most of the other top 50 players from all over the world. If Sergio wins his third tournament in a row and Phil falls behind, the Spaniard will overtake Phil to become the 2nd. ranked player behind Tiger Woods.

The European tour requires its players to play 12 events during the course of a year, the four Majors and three Wold Golf Championships. Six of these events are played in the US so Phil would only have to commit to play six events outside of the US to qualify. Another consideration is his association with his four major sponsors who all have worldwide images, and there is probably some pressure being brought to bear on him from these sources who would like to their star performer playing in every country of the world. Phil is sponsored by Barclay’s Bank, Calloway Golf, KPMG, and Exxon Mobile.

 

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