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Golf Australia Express : Issue 54—Ryder Cup
SAY WHAT? LETTER OF THE WEEK YOUR THOUGHTS... AVERYTOUCHING AND compelling story of pure heart. To see such a successful PGA Tour player giving back to his community like Ben Crane, brings a tear to my eye. You can see the sincerity and love that Ben possesses and gives out. Wishing him and his family greatness, health and prosperity to continue his fabulous work. Purely inspirational. Thanks for the video guys. This has just made my day. — THEO MANTZOROS, VIA EMAIL THE LETTER OF THE WEEK WINNER RECEIVES A DOZEN DIXON GOLF EARTH BALLS VALUED AT $49.95 TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS *Ed’s Note: Glad to hear you find what Ben Crane does outside of golf as inspirational as we do. Of course he's not the only player on the PGA Tour with a charitable heart—Phil Mickelson for one is a big giver, too. They might earn a lot of money playing golf, but we shouldn't forget how they use it. ON 'GO-TO' CLUBS... IT USED TO BE SAID "drive for show, putt for dough". While there is no doubt that good putting can save you shots, consistent driving that puts you on the fairway and gives you a chance to reach the green is a big positive. When playing pennant matches (match play is my favourite form of golf) I have found over the years that getting the ball on the fairways on as many holes as possible puts your opponent in a fragile state of mind and has been one of my strong points in this form of golf. Despite being 73, I am still playing pennant golf and enjoying it more than ever. I have now won my last 12 games in this format so I must be doing something right! — HAMISH GLASGOW, VIA EMAIL ON TIGER'S ICON... TIGER THE BIGGEST PERSONALITY in sport? Give us a break. If he stops giving us lines straight out of a golf pro handbook and gives us the real Tiger, then he might be classed as having a personality. —JOHN SYMONS, VIA EMAIL ON LEWIS' NAVISTAR WIN... GOLF IS A WONDERFUL sport. It provides good examples of sportsmanship and great role models for young people to look up to for guidance on how they should conduct themselves in sport. Sadly, there are the exceptions—Tiger Woods, John Daly et al—that spoil the theory. Now we can add another one. Stacy Lewis is another of these petulant, upstart Yanks that have as much personality as a wet sock and throw tantrums, curses, foul looks with any shot that isn't perfect. Someone in the LPGA should kick her 'butt'. Letting clubs go after her swing during her latest win was the last straw for me. Pity young Lexi Thompson didn't edge her out in the end. She should take a leaf out of any of the Korean girls who are so humble, well mannered and gracious. They smile even when things go wrong. Can someone order Lewis a lesson in golfing manners? —PETER ROOKAS, VIA EMAIL *Ed’s Note: Geez, reckon you're being a touch harsh there Peter. I watched the same event and I didn't come to the same conclusion. I'll have another look but I hope you're wrong!only
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