As the Australian Open gets underway, the world of golf’s attention turns Down Under where we are reminded that some players still put the game ahead of their pocketbook.
Mark Hayes reports on Greg Chalmers, two time Aus Open champ, revealing that he’s been “begging and pleading with” the governing bodies to do something. Anything. Or, as some people would call it, their job. Good luck with that!
“They always seem to be behind and I would love for them at some point, and it's probably going to happen in about 10 years, they're going to go, ‘Hmmm, I think the ball goes too far, or the clubs help to hit the ball too far’.
“So that is something that I am frustrated about because we always seem to be unwinding the clock.
“We always have to – it started with the wedges, the change in grooves, then we went long putter.
“They keep unwinding things. Why can't we get in front of things? That's the only thing I wish would happen, they would do a better job sometimes.”
Had they done so at some point in the last twenty years, maybe former Australian Masters winners and Presidents Cup participant Bradley Hughes wouldn’t have to write a eulogy to the golf course he loves and which no longer plays as it was intended, with him channeling the defenselessness of the design against a modern golfer.
You are going to take the blue line route to the destination.
Go ahead- say it.... I know you are. You can't hurt me anymore
You are going to dismiss my contours.
You are going to avoid my white face bunker that used to laugh at you from the tee- now you don't even see it.
That bunker recently admitted his own lonely existance to me not so long ago also. He feels betrayed too that his prescence is no longer appreciated or acknowledged.
The beautiful pines on the corner of my dogleg are now an aiming point rather than an obstruction. And yes!!! They are pissed off too!!!!