A selection of must-read features and stories from the world of golf
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- Eleven things you need to know about Byron Nelson’s 11 wins in 1945
May 08, 2020
This week, the AT&T Byron Nelson was planning to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Nelson’s record-setting 1945 season – the most successful one (provided that your definition of success involves winning, of course) in the history of the PGA TOUR, writes Mike McAllister of the PGATOUR.com.
While this year’s tournament itself was canceled, McAllister deep dives into 1945, specifically Nelson’s 11 consecutive wins from mid-March to mid-August. Here’s 11 things you should know about the streak.
A lovely read, indeed. Read in full:
- Former Indian Open champ, Muniyappa, makes a micro mini-course in his ancestral village to practice
May 10, 2020
Chinnaswamy Muniyappa, stunned the golfing fraternity in India and Asia, when he emerged as an unlikely champion at the 2009 Hero Indian Open. Muniyappa, who learnt early golf with clubs fashioned from a tamarind tree, also works at club-fitting in Bengaluru, when not busy with the Indian domestic Tour, the PGTI. He also plays on the Asian Tour, whenever possible, especially when the events are in India.
Senior golf writer, Robin Boseof The Hindustan Times, reports on how Muniyappa, has gone back to his ancestral village in neighbouring Tamil Nadu during the lockdown. Now making use of his time, he is making a small ‘golfing facility’ by clearing rocks and making it playable along with his two sons and a daughter, who also play golf.
Here is the fascinating story. Read in full at the Hindustan Times:
- Operation Tummy run by a benevolent caddie and his wife
Well-known golf journalist John Hugganhas written a superb story in the Golf Digest on an Australian caddie, who lives in Bangkok, but works for the Belgian pro, Nicolas Colsaerts, who plays on the European Tour. Truly International!
Brian Nilsson and his wife, Fohn (“Fohnzie” to her friends) are helping feed needy people near the Hilltop Ao Nang Resort in the Krabi Province, not very far from Phuket, where Nilsson and his wife, decided to spend the time of the lockdown. They are now on a life-saving mission, which has become known as “Operation Tummy”. Nilsson is the bagman for Nicolas Colsaerts for the last 17 years.
Here is the wonderful story. Read in full at the Golf Digest:
4. Spieth among PGA Tour pros set for second event at Maridoe Club outside Dallas to help raise funds for caddies
Golfers around the world are very keen to get back to the course. And the top pros on the PGA Tour are ready to do so even without the big purses they are used. Following the success of the first 54-hole event (April 28-30)which raised more than $ 20,000 for the Maridoe Golf Club outside Dallas, top stars are ready for another event, the Maridoe Samaritan Fund Invitational 2.0 on May 19-21.
Covid rules apply, as carts and caddies are prohibited and no bunker rakes. A walking scorer with each group will stay on the cart path and rake bunkers when needed. Each participant can only have one guest, can arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before tee times and is asked to avoid coming within six feet of fellow competitors.
Ryan Herrington has a great story on Golf Digest. Last time, Jordan Spieth played as a marker, but will this time be a competitor, alsongside Scottie Scheffler and Viktor Hovland, the winner and third-place finishers in the inaugural event. Spieth had a hole-in-one, but was ‘robbed’ of it because of a foam spacer in the hole. Other pros this time will likely include Abraham Ancer, Ryan Palmer, Beau Hossler, Will Zalatoris, Harry Higgs, John Senden, Doc Redman, Sebastian Munoz, Talor Gooch and Austin Cook besides former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Read it in full on Golf Digest: