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Golf Australia Express : Issue 47
SAY WHAT? LETTER OF THE WEEK YOUR THOUGHTS... THE QUESTION OF WHETHER Adam Scott choked at The Open or not does not interest me. Did he play incredibly well and finish one shot second in a major? Yes he did. Did he conduct himself in a manner all Australians should be proud of? Yes he did. Is he one of Australia's best examples of a great sportsman? No doubt about that. This guy is pure. A great Australian. Our highest ranked golfer. So from me, great job Adam. Great things come to great people and if they don't there can be no argument about how you went about it. Congratulations—major or no major you are a champion bloke in the minds of many people around the world. And in the end that is more important than a major. — MARK CURNOW, VIA EMAIL THE LETTER OF THE WEEK WINNER RECEIVES A DOZEN DIXON GOLF EARTH BALLS VALUED AT $49.95 —Neil Kamminga, via email TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS ON SCOTTY AT THE OPEN... WHEN WATCHING THE OPEN live I felt it very strange there was no dialogue between adam Scott and Steve Williams over those last four holes. As you know, on and off the course you usually can't shut Williams up. So very strange. Congratulations, though, to Scott who handled himself in an extremely professional manner considering what he'd just been through. — NOEL CHAMBERS, VIA EMAIL ADAM SCOTT CAN BE very proud of his achievements; he is not a "choker". Adam plays the game with integrity, passion and obvious commitment while maintaining his sense of balance. It is not for him to throw clubs, abuse officials or the spectators and generally act like a bore. That is left to the many club members who have never experienced the excruciating pressure the professional golfer must feel yet always act like the Saturday competition is the Open Championship. Oh, and they are generally the people who consider people like Scott a "choker". Adam is a champion in every respect, and, in the future, he will hold a major championship trophy aloft to prove it to the sceptics. — DALLAS MILLS, VIA EMAIL ON LONG PUTTERS... WHILE I PERSONALLY AM not likely to ever use a long putter (just like I would never use a "chipper"—call me a purist) I don't understand why people have issues with players using them. If using a long putter really makes putting so much easier, what is stopping you from buying and using one yourself? To sum it up: put(t) up or shut up. — BIRGIT YANDLE, VIA EMAIL THIS IS A DIFFICULT SUBJECT that should have been addressed by the R&A when the first long putter appeared. Now that several years have elapsed during which they have been 'legalised' it is hard to understand how they can now be banned, thereby perhaps ruining the lives/fortunes of many players. If (as is being mooted) the ban might be to outlaw 'anchoring' the putter—or any club for that matter—to the body, this would at least allow players to use a method similar to Adam Scott's, but with the top hand away from the chest. — NOEL MATHISON, VIA EMAIL
Issue 48—PGA Championship