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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 207
C HIVALRY is not dead, but in golf it’s on life support as once again men take priority over women. Having watched and waited as their male counterparts dissected the Olympic Golf Course first – as was the case when Pinehurst No.2 held both US Opens back-to-back in 2014 – this week it’s the turn of the fairer sex to go for gold. And the ladies just might have an advantage, having more time to see the course, assess the conditions and watch how the men picked it apart in their tournament. Often there isn’t much correlation between how male and female golfers tackle the same course, but part of Gil Hanse’s intention when designing the Olympic venue was to try wherever possible to put the same clubs in the hands of both sexes. “If we’re asking the men to hit driver, 7-iron into a hole, and we’ve designed it as such, we need to have the ladies play a similar-type shot,” Hanse said of his thinking in partnership with co-designer Amy Alcott. And this could be the superior contest. The women’s field is deeper – only South African Lee-Ann Pace opted out among those players eligible as more of the top- ranked players will compete – and the layout doesn’t favour any particular style of play, further levelling the field. Plus, the ‘care factor’ is higher because female pros just seem more interested in supporting new events.
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