PGA Tour Entertainment has put together their favorite holes-in-one from the 2013 season and several are definitely more exciting than others. What do some have over the others?
This compilation provides no better example of why golf is a more interesting when we watch the ball moving on the ground instead of the air. Shawn Stefani's Sunday ace at Merion provides the best example here, with Jordan Spieth's a close second. No offense to Tom Kite, Loren Roberts, Mark Anderson, Kevin Chappell, Andrew Putnam, Chris Stroud, Hunter Mahan and the #1 choice of back-to-back group acers KJ Choi/Greg Chalmers:
There's an old saying on tour: set fire to the trees and cover the greens with broken glass, put the pros out there in gasoline-soaked pants and barefooted, and someone will break par. TOMMY BOLT
PGA Tour Entertainment has put together their favorite holes-in-one from the 2013 season and several are definitely more exciting than others. What do some have over the others?
After 14 years at Sherwood Country Club, Tiger Woods' World Challenge event heads east in 2014 for a likely one-year stop at Isleworth. The event is then expected to go elsewhere after that--likely the Bahamas--a factoid an exhausted Woods accidentally noted in his post round press conference Sunday.
On a positive note, the grotesque Tavistock Cup will be retired as a result of this move, while Tiger and his mostly Florida-based friends get a shorter trip to the warm weather golf courses that are never as interesting on television as cool season grass layouts.
Northwestern Mutual, a presenting sponsor in 2012 and title sponsor this year, evidently signaled they are not interested in returning as a sponsor. This was evidenced by the number of thank you's Tiger issued to this year's sponsor: zero. Zilch. Nada.
At his Wednesday press conference, Woods never thanked the sponsor even with Northwestern Mutual execs standing in the room. And this, after Woods put up $4 million of his own money last year because no title sponsor stepped up until Northwestern Mutual took the lesser presenting sponsor role at the last moment.
Even 2013 champion Zach Johnson managed an immediate thank-you to the sponsor in his press conference, giving them a tip of the cap before thanking anyone else, including the foundation, the tournament director or the big man upstairs.
While it's a small point, the lack of public gratitude toward the sponsor by Woods speaks to a point-missing which is awkward at best, potentially fatal at worst, threatening to doom this event upon its move east. Besides showing up the sponsor for not coming back next year, a little praise for the big check writers says to potential suitors for the 2014 title sponsorship: we love our sponsors.
But to a larger point about the end at Sherwood: most golf tournament's and their sponsors fighting for attention on the over-saturated schedule long for a sense of permanence and continuity--"value creation" in modern day jargon. As Sunday's record crowd of 24,922 displayed, this event has not grown stale. It never hurts that the "place" was the lavish Sherwood, a treat to visit even if it's not a particularly spectator-friendly course. The meticulously-presented grounds and exclusive ambiance provide just two reasons players enjoyed coming here. Pile on stellar player hospitality, easy World Ranking points, a Four Seasons across the freeway offering a healthy player discount, proximity to manufacturers in Carlsbad and potential LA-based corporate clients based and it's no surprise that the event attracts an incredible field.
From an operations standpoint, Sherwood has never been in better condition, there is a wait list to volunteer and the staff has the event on cruise control without it feeling tired.
Yet for reasons only they can grasp, Team Woods felt the time was right (or required) to move the event east. Woods's foundation has reaped over $25 million from the event. They've made an enormous impact on the lives of children in the area, many of whom were in attendance again and enjoying once-in-a-lifetime experiences. But the risk of undermining the "value" they've accrued in southern California apparently is worth an untold greater reward, or perhaps just a better chance of landing enough financial support with Tavistock and an eventual title sponsor.
Should the event not find a title sponsor or fail to find its footing in warmer environs, the successful run at Sherwood will be forever cited as an example where too little value was ascribed to a sense of place and continuity. Especially when the place in question is the tournament founders' home and where even after this short-sighted move, he will always have a welcome place to play with his friends should he ever decide to come back.
Thanks to reader Diane for spotting the golf books evident in the culminating scene of Monday night's Major Crimes on TNT titled "All In," where kids dredging golf balls from a country club lake run into a body.
An investigation ensues and in the big arrest scene, the victim's wife (and the culprit) gets the cuffs put on her as she stairs into the family library. Included are some 1990s coffee table book classics: Grand Slam, Golf Courses Of The PGA Tour and Golf Digest's 100 Greatest Courses.
But the real kicker? Both a paperback and hardcover edition of John Feinstein's bestseller, A Good Walk Spoiled. Good to see murderers have such impeccable taste in literature!
As Brian Keogh noted the other day, Rory McIlroy looked exhausted at the World Challenge last week and only seemed to perk up when talking to scribes about going to a Beyoncé concert or when chatting on the course with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, who walked with him during several competitive rounds (in places I've never seen a WAG walk!).
Doug Ferguson reminds us how audaciously McIlroy's season started and contrasts that with how quietly 2013 ended. He writes about what 2014 portends for the World No. 6, but not before discussing what increased scrutiny did to McIlroy's game.
"It's been the first year I've had to put up with scrutiny and criticism," McIlroy said. "You just have to believe in what you're doing and not let it get to you too much. I let it get to me a few times."
The toothache was one example of that. McIlroy conceded a week later at Doral that all the hype translated into more pressure he put on himself to perform, and he snapped. An honest answer. He said he would never do it again. So far, so good.
More than the golf was the inspection outside the ropes.
"All the other stuff," he said. "I don't care what people say about my golf. It's when people start digging into my personal life, that's where it starts to annoy you. Whether it's Caroline, the management, all that should that should be no consequence to how I play my golf."
Yes, it's officially a slow news week, but a name change of the Shell Houston Open's tour stop is noteworthy if nothing else to avoid confusion when springtime rolls around.
Doug Ferguson recounts a wild finish at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge that saw Zach Johnson overcome a four shot deficit with eight holes to go, highlighted by a dramatic hole out.
The win moves Johnson to No. 9 in the world. After the round Johnson described the shot that set up the hole out: his drop-kick almost-shank into Sherwood's 18th hole pond.
Q. What did you think walking back to the drop area had to happen for you to be sitting here today?
ZACH JOHNSON: Well, I was upset. You know, I mean I had I don't want to say an awkward yardage, but I had‑‑ I was in between clubs. And certainly saw his shot. You know, very hard shot. End up in the bunker down there. I assumed it was in the bunker and then when I walked up there it was. It looked to me like it was going to be a very, very difficult 4 for him. So once my ball was in the hazard, my whole process was just, I mean I'm trying to get somewhat around the hole and make a 5. You know, it wasn't exactly a full‑wedge shot, but it was one that I could be aggressive with. And 58 yards, trying to hit it about 52, 53, and we saw what it did.
Shouldn't have been in that position, but I'll learn from it. I didn't complete my back swing on my second shot, and as a result, miss‑hit it and everything. It was just bad. Just bad. (Laughs). I mean that was the worst shot I hit all day. Wasn't even close to being‑‑ there was no question. It was probably the worst I hit all week.
Q. Keep going.
ZACH JOHNSON: Worst shot I've hit in a long time.
Bob Harig says the takeaway for Tiger was improved driving heading into 2014.
Perhaps more important is that he seems to have found a driver and a shaft he likes. Although he was not as strong off the tee Sunday, Woods hit 75 percent of his fairways for the week and 81 percent of the greens. That will always be a strong combination.
"I'm very pleased to find something off the tee there," he said. "The shaft has definitely made a big difference. Putting comes and goes. It is what it is. You have your good days and your bad days. Friday I made everything and a couple of these days I made a lot of midrange putts for pars. Today was one of those days where I just didn't make a lot."
More alarming though was his putting. It didn't take more than a casual observer to notice that Woods looked horribly uncomfortable over the ball Sunday. Woods explained it was a battle all week, even when with a 62 in it. Jason Sobel reports what Woods said:
“I was struggling blocking putts, and today was a perfect example of that,” he explained. “I blocked a lot of putts today and just had a tough time finding my release point, and I just could not find my release point, no matter what I tried to do to adjust and just wasn't there.
“So the last hole, you know, being left‑to‑right and just didn't want to block that one, and I didn't. I over‑released it.”
Weekends are still an issue for Woods as well, something Brandel Chamblee pointed out after Saturday's 72, and something John Strege notes was a positive sign for those worried that Chamblee would change his style.
Chamblee, meanwhile, is still employed and still opining on Woods. When Tiger followed a round of 62 on Friday with a 72 on Saturday, Chamblee said, "Thursday and Friday he is one of the best, but on the weekend you scratch your head. Yesterday he had the read and the speed on the greens. He was clinical when the rest of the field was doubtful. Today [Saturday] was a different Tiger Woods. The golf course was certainly playing harder today, but he is not the same guy on Saturday and Sunday that he is on Thursday and Friday."
For its part, Golf Channel included the quote in an email, a welcome development that suggests it hasn't muffled him.
Steve DiMeglio noted Tiger's comments following the round about the final Sherwood stop for the World Challenge.
Another change in 2014 will be the site of the World Challenge. After 14 years, the tournament is heading east to Florida. The event has raised $25 million for Woods' foundation and was instrumental in building a learning center in Anaheim. Woods has donated his winnings from the tournament, more than $9 million, to the foundation.
"It is pretty sad to leave Sherwood, because there are so many great memories for me," Woods said. "This was the last (place) my dad ever got a chance to watch me play live, and this event had always had special meaning for me and my father."
Woods's mother, Tida, was on hand to watch the finale.
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From The Asian Tour, announcing a 10-year deal with Golf Channel locking up North American broadcast rights.
From the press release put out by The Asian Tour:
The Asian Tour will be shown on Golf Channel, including Golf Live Extra, the network’s authenticated streaming service, and other potential NBC Sports platforms. Additionally, the Asian Tour will also be featured on Golf Channel’s news programming, including Morning Drive and Golf Central, as well as GolfChannel.com.
Kyi Hla Han, Chairman of the Asian Tour, said: “We are extremely delighted to extend our partnership with Golf Channel for the next 10 years, which means the Asian Tour will continue to be shown to nearly 90 million homes in North America.
“Our long-term partnership with Golf Channel is another wonderful endorsement of the value and appeal of the Asian Tour, which is represented by the finest players from across the region and tournaments of the highest calibre.”
“The Asian Tour stars continue to establish themselves with wonderful performances both at home and abroad and I am sure golf fans in North America will continue to enjoy watching the best players from Asia perform in world-class tournaments.”
Tom Knapp, Senior Vice President of Programming for Golf Channel, said, “As golf continues to grow internationally, quality professional tournaments are being held around the globe and throughout the year. Our expanded partnership with the Asian Tour provides our viewers increased access to these compelling tournaments.”
The Thailand Golf Championships from Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, Thailand airs this week on Golf Channel from 11:30 p.m. – 4:30 a.m. starting Wednesday, Dec 11.
This new agreement was managed by Asian Tour Media, a joint venture company between the Asian Tour and IMG. Presently, the Asian Tour’s television broadcasts are available to over 180 countries/territories and 650 million homes, ensuring a truly global platform for the region’s premier Tour.
From an unbylined AP story on Miguel Angel Jimenez's fourth win in the Hong Kong Open, which extends his record as the oldest European Tour winner.
It was also his 20th European Tour win:
"It just gets better and better. I love Hong Kong and this course," said Jimenez, who extended his record as the oldest player to win on the European Tour to 49 years and 337 days.
"This is my fourth and it was my hardest. When you need to play a playoff, you need to play one more hole, and against two guys also trying to win is hard. But my experience paid off," said Jimenez who adds this title to ones he won in 2004, '07 and '12.
Stellar stuff today at the final Northwestern Mutual Challenge at Sherwood Country Club, with Zach Johnson holing out this 65-yard shot from the drop area to make par. That forced a playoff which Johnson won over Tiger Woods on the first hole of sudden death.
**From Doug Ferguson's game story, writing about the 18th hole of regulation:
"It looked to me like it was going to be a very, very difficult 4 for him," Johnson said about Woods' bunker shot. "I'm trying to get somewhat around the hole and make a 5. It wasn't exactly a full wedge shot, but it was one that I could be aggressive with - 58 yards, trying to hit it about 52, 53, and we saw what it did."
The ball took three bounces, the last one just beyond the hole, and it stopped and spun back a few inches into the cup.
"A little too dramatic for me," Johnson said.
Woods hit a bunker shot just as exquisite to about 2 feet for a par that gave him a 70 and forced a playoff. They finished at 13-under 275.
Sitel Patel visits Ponzi schemer extraordinaire Bernie Madoff at Butner Federal CC and among the many revelations: Madoff knew the bubble was coming when his caddie told him he was flipping houses.
From the WSJ story:
Mr. Madoff recalled one of the first moments he sensed that economic conditions in 2008 could be fragile. He was at the Palm Beach Country Club in Florida, he said, and he had "a young black kid" for a caddy, and the caddy was buying and selling homes.
"He said he didn't need credit. He would buy homes and flip them for a profit," Mr. Madoff recalled. "I told my wife, 'This is the end.' "
Never a simple shot, Sherwood's par-3 15th turned into a monster as a cold front moved through and put a mid-iron into player hands.
During round three of the final Northwestern Mutual Challenge at Sherwood, the all-carry-over-water one-shotter produced a pair of sevens and problems for the leaders.
Rory McIlroy had the low round Saturday of 68, and that included a double bogey on the par-3 15th, which was playing 193 yards from an elevated tee. Keegan Bradley and Steve Stricker each took a 7 on the par 3.
Johnson was one shot out of the lead when his 5-iron went into the creek, and it wasn't particularly close. He made double bogey. Woods hit 6-iron well to the left, and while he three-putted from long range for bogey, that was about par for the day.
"I thought Zach hit it perfect," Woods said. "He hit a little cut 5 and it was right on the flag. I mean, I thought it was the perfect flight to get there. I had a 6, and I knew that if my ball kicked up at all, it wasn't going to get there after seeing his ball get smoked at the end. So I went ahead and flipped it over to the left and bailed out."
On chilly-by-southern-California standards December Friday, Tiger Woods posted a shockingly-effortless 62 over a Sherwood Country Club presenting the fastest greens in tournament history. Tiger was so aghast at the sheer spectacularness of his round--or maybe he's just in the Heisman Trophy season mood--that he did not hesitate to bypass Golf Channel's on-site reporter, Steve Sands, in the predicted Brandel Chamblee boycott.
(With Nelson Mandela's passing yesterday, Tiger stopped and shared his respects for the live TV audience, but his fans were deprived of hearing about the 62!)
Golf Channel's loss proved to be the scribblers' gain, as Woods offered plenty of engaging reflections on his year and career, and even tolerated some stupendous rally-killing efforts with nary a clipped answer or exasperated glance. (Transcript here).
Doug Ferguson noted the clinical nature of the 62, calling it a "near-flawless" round of golf.
Woods missed just one fairway during the second round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge and made a birdie on the hole anyway. He had 10 birdies, no bogeys. He hit all 18 greens in regulation. He needed just 28 putts.
And his 62 matched the course record he shot during the second round of the 2007 tournament here.
"Yeah, it was good today," Woods said.
Steve DiMeglio reviewed the round and noted this from playing partner Graeme McDowell:
"Tiger shot one of the easier 10 unders I've seen in a while there," said McDowell, the defending champion. "I can't think of a shot he missed. It was Tiqer-esque. He missed the pins on the side you're supposed to miss them, and his ball flight was control was exceptional. He drove the ball really well ... the best I've seen him drive it in a while. It was good, impressive.
And Bob Harig wondered if the round was spurred on in part by Tiger's Nike driver shaft change. And he also noted this:
It was so good that Woods was asked if, perhaps, he didn't have a tinge of regret that April 10, 2014 -- the first round of the Masters -- wasn't today instead of four months away.
"No," Woods said, laughing. "Not at all. Two more rounds."
Two more rounds of awkward post round interviews!
However, the betting money says the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge tournament host holds no grudges against the NBC portion of Golf Channel on NBC.
John Strege reports that former LPGA star Helen Alfredsson was "removed from the OSN Sports telecast of the Ladies European Tour's Omega Dubai Ladies Masters for an "inappropriate remark pertaining to a helicopter crash that killed nine people in Glasgow, Scotland, last week."
Bob Carney reports on Jim Nantz accepting the Metropolitan Golf Associations Distinguished Service Award and sharing a story about the late, great Ken Venturi's determination to order Diet Dr. Pepper along with a great round with Tom Brady and two former Presidents.
This is beautiful:
Nantz remembered "as many as 70 dinners a year" he had with Venturi when his partner would inevitably ask the waitress for a Diet Dr. Pepper. 'We don't have Diet Dr. Pepper,' every waitress would reply, and Kenny would go, 'Oh, Okay, give me a Crown Royal.'
Here's the video after a pretty long intro from Lance Barrow who mostly talks about himself. Nantz starts at the 7:00 minute mark.
While much of the focus was on Tiger and his meeting with the late Nelson Mandela in round one coverage of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, on the topic of his golf Tiger revealed he's very much in search of some much needed distance this off-season. And he thinks he's found it with a club switch.
Jason Sobel, reporting on Tiger's driver switch, reminds us that Tiger finished 49th in driving distance at 293,2 yards, ranking 49th on the tour.
After an opening 71 leaving him four shots back of Zach Johnson, Woods was asked about the new driver and while he won't admit he needs distance, it's pretty clear in his comments that the switch aims to have distance as the main improvement.
Q. How would you describe the comfort level with this new driver you have right now?
TIGER WOODS: It feels pretty good. You know, it's coming off probably a little bit faster. I drove it really well in Turkey, and I felt like I was on the right track of what I was working on, and drove it pretty well again today.
Q. Do you feel like you've got pretty good control with that? Do you move it a little better?
TIGER WOODS: I wouldn't say move it, but it's certainly getting out there. I think that the last driver I had, it was just a touch spinny. I think maybe I was probably 200 or 300 rpms a little bit too much, and I think we got it down a little bit and I was penetrating the ball into the wind a little bit better today, and it was a little bit better sign.
Meanwhile Sobel reports on first round leader Johnson meeting with his "team" at year's end to discuss how "we" could do better in 2014.
I know what you're thinking: Zach Johnson has a team?
“We had our end of the year summit, which is essentially a day and a half of discussion and formulating and planning and that sort of thing,” he explained. “I like doing that out here.”
One of the main areas where they discussed needing improvement was in par-5 performance. Perhaps ironically – or maybe by design – Johnson played the five par-5s at Sherwood Country Club in 4 under on Thursday, helping him claim an opening-round lead with a 5-under 67.
Son of the Bronx makes his usual great contribution to charitable causes (like this blog) and to Tylenol sales in greater Ponte Vedra Beach, posting Golf Channel's ratings from November 24-December 1st 2013.
And in another reminder for PGA Tour players who get chippy with courtesy car drivers all because they labor under the delusion that what they do is important and watched by millions, look no further than another week of steady Big Break ratings and even some healthy numbers for re-runs of October's World Long Drive Championship.
More eye-opening is the second place finish by a movie re-run on Thanksgiving morning when people were clearly so desperate to avoid talking to family that they watched a golf-themed film (.1, 156,000). The film drew a bigger number than all but one round of the PGA Tour's "wraparound" events this fall.
The Wednesday-Saturday night airings of the Australian Open (listed as "Misc. Tournament") also did well, with Saturday's finale drawing 122,000 viewers for the live final round telecast, with more via the subsequent re-airing. And all a smidgen of the rights fees Golf Channel pays for lesser performing PGA Tour events!
Morning Drive's Architect Week showed timelapse footage of Keith Foster's restoration work at Philadelphia Cricket Club.
The A.W. Tillinghast course has long been screaming out for a dusting off and reconnection to its past, and so it was heartening to see the progress being made.
The segment from Morning Drive:
Jack Nicklaus was on Morning Drive's Architect Week and I learned all sorts of new things about how he got his start with Pete Dye. He shares far more detail than I recall from his books and it's pretty interesting to hear how Dye approached him.
Here is the video:
Certainly the most expensive spikemark tap in the history of golf (I think):
Decision of the European Tour Disciplinary Panel in the matter of Simon Dyson
1. This is a summary of the decision reached by the Disciplinary Panel following a hearing at the offices of the European Tour on 5th December 2013.
2. Simon Dyson was charged by the European Tour with a Serious Breach of the European Tour’s Code of Behaviour, the facts alleged being that he intentionally tapped down a spike mark on the line of his putt on the 8th green at Lake Malaren Golf Club during the second round of the BMW Masters on 25th October 2013, and that in doing so he deliberately interfered with the line of his putt, contrary to Rule 16-1a of the Rules of Golf.
3. The Panel held that charge to have been made out by the Tour. In particular, it found that:
(a) Mr Dyson’s action in touching the line of his putt was a deliberate one;
(b) that act was committed by him in the knowledge of the Rule forbidding such an act; and
(c) his purpose in so acting was to improve his position on the green by pressing down a spike mark.
4. As to sanction, the Panel bore two matters particularly in mind:
(a) the extreme seriousness of the offence committed. The Code of Behaviour starts with these very important words:
“On becoming a Member each person voluntarily submits himself to standards of behaviour and ethical conduct beyond those required of ordinary golfers and members of the public. The European Tour has been the hallmark of honesty, fair dealings, courtesy, and sportsmanship and each Member is bound to honour and uphold that tradition at all times whether on or off the golf course.”
It is essential for the integrity of the professional game that all its participants adhere rigidly to this aspect of the code. Conduct such as that committed by Mr Dyson is a very serious matter, which in the appropriate case would warrant an immediate suspension from the Tour;
(b) the particular circumstances of the present offence. Specifically:
(i) there is no history of misconduct on the part of Mr Dyson during his 14 years on the Tour;
(ii) the fact, as the Panel found, that Mr Dyson’s conduct on the occasion in question involved a momentary aberration on his part, not a premeditated act of cheating; and
(iii) the fact that his conduct and the Panel’s decision will have caused and will continue to cause detriment to Mr Dyson.
5. Accordingly, the Panel decided as follows:
(a) to impose upon Mr Dyson a period of suspension from the Tour of two months, but to suspend its operation for a period of 18 months. The effect of this is that, if during that 18 month period, Mr Dyson commits any breach of the Rules of Golf, his case will be referred back to the Panel to determine whether in the circumstances the suspension should immediately become effective. If, however, at the end of that period, he has committed no such breach, then the threat of a suspension will fall away;
(b) to fine Mr Dyson the sum of £30,000;
(c) to order Mr Dyson to pay the sum of £7,500 towards the Tour’s costs of these proceedings;
(d) Mr Dyson is to make such payments within 56 days.
The Disciplinary Panel will in due course give detailed written reasons to the Tour and to Mr Dyson. These detailed reasons will remain confidential to the parties.
No further statement by the Panel or any of its members will be made.
Euro Tour Alternate Shoots 66 Carrying Own Bag, And That's The Least Bizarre Thing About The Hong Kong Open's First Round
Now, I know a lot of you are not too impressed that a member of the white belt set posted a 66 in the Hong Kong Open lugging his bulky tour bag. But the circumstances around Lam Chih Bing's 66 were rather extraordinary and will not go down as the finest in European Tour operations history.
Alvin Sallay of the South China Morning Post story merely touches on the oddity of Bing's round, which left him in a tie for third, two shots behind David Higgins.
Higgins leads by one from Italy's Andrea Pavan and by two shots from a bunch of seven players, including Singaporean Lam Chih Bing, who was second on the reserve list, but found himself suddenly in the thick of the action after Finland's Joonas Granberg was disqualified for not making his tee-off time after his caddie had gone to the wrong tee.
Lam still might not have made it if not for his friend Anthony Kang, the first alternate, deciding to caddy for Unho Park thinking that no place would open up. All this added to the surreal surroundings on the opening day.
But GolfCentralDaily's Donal Hughes (Twitter: golfcentraldoc) reports that the situation was far more bizarre, with Joonas Granberg the victim of a DQ and Jeppe Huldahl trying to replace Granberg before getting stopped from starting because he's not an Asian Tour member, opening the door for Lam.
It kicked off when Joonas Granberg was left standing on his first tee box, the 11th, about to start. His caddie had gone to another tee (presumably the first or tenth) with his clubs, leaving Granberg holding his putter and panicking as the clock ticked up to then past the official tee off time. With several referees scrambling about, Granberg’s caddie eventually made it to the tee, three minutes too late. The luckless Fin was summarily disqualified and sent on the long journey home. “It was like something out of a nightmare,” the fellow player who witnessed the entire incident said.
Had Granberg had his wits about him, he could have teed off using his putter, but such was the calamitous scene, the moment passed. Understandably he took his frustration out on his golf bag before leaving the tee.
And then the fun began!
Then first reserve Jeppe Huldahl is called to the tee, gets there and is about to drive off when he is stopped mid swing and told to step aside. The Dane turns around in shock as he too is ushered off the tee and told the first reserve must come from the Asian Tour.
With that player, Chih Bin LAM, nowhere to be found, officials scurry off to find him and the other two players drive off. Eventually LAM is found and runs onto the tee in a sweat carrying his own bag. He smashes one away then runs down the fairway to catch up with his playing partners who were preparing to hit their second shots.
And a good time was had by all!
**Here's a great European Tour video interview with Malaysian Open winner-turned caddie Anthony Kang and Bin Chih Lam, talking about the "debacle" with all smiles! Lam revealed that on top of carrying his bag, he had only old balls in his bag and no yardage book. And still shot 66!