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Golf Australia Express : May 2013
ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY ONE. THAT'S 121 ELATED FACES, 121 CADDIE HUGS, 121 CAREER PINNACLES AND 121 CHEQUES VARYING IN SIZE FROM POCKET-CHANGE TO LIFE-ALTERING. It's also the 121 professional golfers who planted their lips on a major championship trophy just once in their lifetime. It's an esteemed list. Fred Couples, Tom Kite, David Duval and Ian Woosnam are among those household golfing names who share the distinction of never recapturing the major magic. Only weeks on from arguably the greatest moment in Australian golfing history, already we're craving more. Scotty, you were brilliant, mate, but for a rabid Aussie sporting public, the green jacket is a party pie. Now we want the main course. And with a top 10 player coming into his own after finally befriending that pesky putter over four glorious days at Augusta National, we can rightfully expect to be screaming patri- otic obscenities at the TV for many more Monday mornings to come, can't we? If only it were that easy. You could argue history wasn't on our side as we watched Scott and countrymen Jason Day and Marc Leishman duke it out over those closing holes. Seventy-eight years and not a single Australian winner? Them odds weren't great, but Adam Scott and his long blade found a way to beat'em. But if history is any guide, it might be a while before one of our own graces any major championship honourboard again, let alone becomes the guest of honour at those lonely, awkward and uninspiring green jacket presentations from Rae's Cabin. For a country that has consistently produced world No.1s and is widely regarded as one of the great golfing destinations, Australia's list of multiple major winners simply doesn't stack up. There's three. Peter Thomson, who won five, and Greg Norman and David Graham, who each finished their careers with a pair. If Scott is seeking advice----once he's finished basking on the talk show circuit and rightfully milking every last drop he can out of that green, woolen blazer----he might be best to talk to Graham. FEATURE the 'Scotty, you were brilliant, mate, but for a rabid Aussie sporting public, the green jacket is a party pie. Now we want the main course.'
April 2013-The Masters
June 2013-US OPEN