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Golf Australia Express : Issue 50
SAY WHAT? LETTER OF THE WEEK YOUR THOUGHTS... WITHTHERECENT TV coverage of Kerry Packer's exploits in the media and his changing the game of cricket, I believe that we need another Kerry to step up and deliver us a truly global golf challenge. One major in England, one in the USA and three others internationally. Do Bill Gates or JK Rowling love golf? — ERIC BLACK, 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 RORY MCILROY... I HAVE BEEN A Rory fan since 2009, loving the way he played the game with a bounce in his step and a smile in his swing. The feelings of amazement when he carded the best opening round at the 2010 Open Championship, the pain when he crashed at the Masters and joy of him smashing records at Congressional made you feel you were seeing the future of golf, and when he hit a ‘Rory special’ you felt you’d just seen the greatest ever to hit a golf ball. But this year has been a real turnoff. His attitude to golf is not what the PGA needs. Yes, he is young, but I don't think he will be playing professionally by the age of 30. This obsession with being just like Tiger is going to be his undoing. Perhaps he's not emotionally able to cope with expectations at such a young age, but I feel that he has shown a level of maturity that indicates he can. He has support from senior Euro PGA friends, a loving and supportive family, and most of all he has the support of the spectators. I don't expect him to win every time he plays a game—there are way too many good players for that to happen. I just want to see him be the best that he could be and I felt that could have been the greatest player ever. I am not so sure of that now, and that is just plain sad.— MICHAEL CLIFFORD, VIA EMAIL ON A FIFTH MAJOR... GET A GRIP OF yourselves. A fifth major is a joke, surely? In the current economic climate we are indeed lucky to have three majors in the USA. Golf like any sport is under threat and we are indeed very lucky to have the four majors still strong and healthy. There is no way a fifth major can be created with any longevity because it will have no tradition and will struggle in the world economic crisis. Golf is based on tradition—the four majors are part of this tradition and will always stand head and shoulders above whatever new 'majors' are created or even the Olympics for that matter. — MEL MCLENNAN, VIA EMAIL ADDING A FIFTH MAJOR in the modern era faces a key issue of "scheduling"—when will it be played and where? Will it be shared around or remain in one country? The PGA Tour would like us to think that The Players is the fifth major and it at least has some history to provide credibility. In my opinion the US PGA should become the ‘PGA Championship’ of the world and go on a roadshow every year to each of the golfing continents. Shared equally and equitably it can become a world major. —ANDREW HINCHLIFFE, VIA EMAIL GOLF MAJORS SHOULD BE global as global transport has progressed to a level not practically obtainable 50 years ago. Like tennis, golf should be showcased on different continents where the best players in the world compete without the need to pay such outrageous appearance fees. An incentive for our highly paid players could be that world ranking points be dominated by these majors. —PETER RAYSON, VIA EMAIL