Tee For Two
Journalist and Channel 7 News Reader
Five Times British Open Champion
|Several years ago,
I wrote a biography on Australia's greatest golfer, Peter Thomson,
but I had not played golf with him.
I wanted to find out if he had embraced the world of titanium
woods, carbon-fibre shafts and broomstick putters. Would he swear
if he missed a short one?
Was his love for the game as strong as in 1950s and '60s, when
he took professional golf around the globe and set the pattern
for today's world tour? At 67, could he still score something
And I wanted the opportunity to play alongside a Melbournian who
won the unofficial world championship of golf, the British Open,
The organizing was the easy bit.
Yes, I could join him in a round at Royal Melbourne.
"At least at Royal Melbourne we'll have plenty of room."
I couldn't help remembering the last time I played at Royal Melbourne.
The 1992 Johnnie Walker Classic pro-am. I lost five balls and
nearly killed a spectator.
"At least we'll have plenty of room." I kept thinking.
With the weather fine, my golf shoes polished three times and
my clubs twice, I headed off with the parting words of my wife
ringing in my ears. "Have fun." She said. "Remember,
you're only playing with a five times British Open champion!"
Happily, I discovered it's easy playing golf with Peter Thomson.
I know it wasn't always so for those who came up against him at
the height of his professional powers, but for this social round,
Thomson was as far removed from a five times British Open champion
as you could get.
At the par-five 15th, Thomson rolled in his third long-distance
putt in succession, this time for birdie.
"Oh, that felt nice," he said, gleefully.
I started to take a keen interest in his putter.
It was a mallet-headed variety, but superbly crafted from timber.
"Made right here in Melbourne," he said proudly. "And
do you know it's the only putter I've ever found that has the
face ahead of the hands at address. I prefer them that way. This
is a beautiful putter... hand-made."
I shuddered to think how many Opens he might have won if he'd
had a 'Drop Putter' in his hands.
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