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Golf Australia Express : February 2013
FINDING TIME ED’S WELCOME EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Damian Shutie email@example.com EDITORIAL TEAM Mark Allen Adrian Ballantyne Will Hone Damian Shutie INSTRUCTIONAL EDITOR Mark Allen CONTACT US EDITORIAL - firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING - email@example.com OTG Mag is produced and published by OTG Media Pty. Ltd © 2013 All Rights Reserved OK, I HAVE A CONFESSION to make. Here I sit each month urging every one of you to get out there and play more golf. It's a fair request, no doubt, and one that will make us all happy if it comes to pass. But I must confess that as I type this, yours truly is yet to get off the tee in 2013. That's right, it's February and I still haven't played a single game of golf. Not one. Shocking I know, and certainly not what OTG is all about. I'd like to blame it on bad weather. But that's not it. I'd like to put the blame for my fairway absence on an old football injury. But that ain't it either. Can't even throw the old 'family pressures' line we hear so often. Simply put, I've been too busy. Busy planning a huge year for OTG. And to be honest, I'm gagging to feel the sensation of club on ball once again. It's funny, I often hear people in the golf industry complain they play less golf than any other industry. For the record, that's complete hogwash. Of course, this great game is not solely about playing. There's much enjoyment to be had watching the best tussle it out each week on a variety of tours. And that, I have done plenty of. It's hard not to get excited about the start we've witnessed in the men's game, with Tiger and Phil both notching early season wins to add to their long list of career victories. The biggest news thus far in 2013 must be the world No.1 golfer's switch in equipment. When the worst kept secret in golf was finally let out in January—that Rory McIlroy was leaving his Titleist clubs behind for a set of shiny new Nikes— some of golf's wise old heads started asking if it was a smart move at this stage of his career. After all, here was a 23-year- old on top of world golf with two majors under his flashy belt committing the ultimate sin in a superstitious sport. Missing the cut in his first event with the new sticks only added fuel to the Nick Faldo fire that Rory's switch could turn out a roaring mistake. And while only time will tell whether chasing the coin was the right move for McIlroy, it will be fascinating to see how the stoic Northern Irishman deals with the added pressure this season caused by the switch in sponsorship. See you on the greens. DAMIAN SHUTIE Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @OTGmag PHOTOGRAPHY BY ODD SPOT