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INSIDE Paul pips Tiger to Mixing in Sixes AND THEsexes WINNER IS. . . the post Team EventReflecting Debut Women As Rose, Popular Quick-Fire Golf on a For marvellous Masters: Justin Hampshire’s favourite golfing son, madeReturns us so proud as he played his role in one of the tightest but most gentlemanly showdowns in the history of the event
Rory: My Green Jacket wedding wish – Page 4
Another big step forward in the drive to widen the interest and appeal of modern golf has come with NORTH Hants Golf Club in Fleet will have the inclusion of women to find some more space in its Justinin Room to recordevent. the continuing All in the mix: Thomas Bjorn, Catriona Matthew, Melissa Reid and Charley Hull aRose major team
exploits of the county’s favourite Ryder Cupson. captain Thomas Bjorn will partner golfing his Solheim Cup counterpart Catriona Matthew the European Tour includes Room willwhen be found for mementoes of the women in a teamtogolf event for the first those time. 2017 Masters be placed alongside of Rose’s U.S.inOpen triumphTeam’ in 2013 and his They will play a ‘Captain’s in the Olympicrunning Golf Gold. second of the GolfSixes tournament to be held at the Centurion Club near St Albans But month. while Rose was pipped at Augusta by next Sergio inevitable disappointment The fieldGarcia, will alsotheinclude an England women’s for his fans was counterbalanced by aCharley side, with Georgia Hall combining with display of Melissa skill andReid sportsmanship which was Hull, while of England will partner a credit to both men, and to a sport which Norway’s Suzann Pettersen in a European still pridesteam. itself on honesty and fairness. Women’s
million euro (£880,000) tournament, which aims to be golf’s equivalent to cricket’s Twenty20 format. Bjorn said: ‘When the opportunity arose to play as Ryder Cup captain, I thought if we are going to move forward then it was only right to speak to Catriona as the Solheim Cup captain. We’re both really looking forward to it.’ The move has the full backing of the Tour’s all-male Tournament Committee. ‘They came back to us and said ‘make it as creative as you possibly can,’ Mr Pelley added. ‘We still want it credible, we still want a number of men’s teams but if you want to extend it beyond that then you have our full blessing. And that’s all we needed.’
Keith Pelley, the European Tour’s chief Yes, the final round the between two Ryder executive, described ide of these a Captain’s Cup titans was bound to be emotional. Team as ‘a stroke of brilliance’ for the oneRose was edging his way towards a second Major, and Garcia was trying to secure his first on the very day which would have been the 60th birthday of his hero, Seve Ballesteros. Rory McIlroy gave himself a huge boost in his preparations for this month’s as he emotion securedforhis picked up ButMasters the overriding spectators of his first victory since September 2016. theThe final round wasNorthern the way these twocarded an eight-under-par 64 to finish on 18 under, 28-year-old Irishman three ahead of Bryson DeChambeau in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Europeans fought the fight. ‘I played a perfect round of golf,’McIlroy told Sky Sports. In ‘the round, I’vefinal missed it, I they reallywere havetoe-to-toe missed it,rivals and to play the sort of golf that I played today butunder not opponents, supremely competitive that pressure, I’m really proud of myself. yet gentlemanly, acknowledging each other’s ‘I’mwith just asoknuckle-touch happy to be back the winner’s circle again and win a tournament that has skills or a in nod. Arnold Palmer’s name on it, someone that means so much to us in the game of golf.’ Hampshire’s Justin Rose finished in third place on 14 under, while Tiger Woods was tied for fifth 10 under. • Turn to on Page 4
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The idea to create a Captain’s Team originally came from Bjorn’s caddie Ken Herring. ‘It is a stroke of brilliance, I think it is fantastic,’ said Mr Pelley. ‘Then we added four of Europe’s leading women to make up two more teams and when you combine it all together men and women playing together for the exact same prize purse at the Centurion Club, it is a natural progression for GolfSixes. ‘If you have Thomas Bjorn and Catriona Matthew playing, first of all it helps the Solheim Cup which is fantastic, it also helps the Ryder Cup brand and the combination of men and women playing together gives us an opportunity to widen our fan base.’ Mr Pelley hopes the event will help to melt the image of golf as an unchanging bastion of tradition and history, and is in tune with the views of modern society: ‘The modern world is saying: Let’s have men and women competing.’ ‘We need to be credible yet entertaining and those are the two descriptions that we use in Well played, Masters mate: At the end and everything that we are trying to do. This will be on the course, Rose and Garcia were a very credible event, it’ll be very competitive, sporting gentlemen it’ll be very entertaining and that’s the formula for success.’ The female players will play off forward tees and the field will also include 11 men’s teams, featuring defending champions Denmark, who will again be represented by Lucas Bjerregaard and Thorbjorn Olesen.
We meet the 10th tee hell hound England’s Bus PassPaul Casey pipped Tiger Woods by one shot to win Golfer – Page 16 title, and his second PGA Tour
then indulged in a little bit of hero worship the manspell he just beat. Philip’sforsecond The 40-year-old, whose only previous PGA as Hants skipper Tour title camePGA in 2009, carded the joint – Page 16of the day with a six-underlowest score par 65 to finish on 10 under at the Valspar Championship.
Hampshire Jenny’s lifetime accolade – Page 16
Was this golf’s worst injustice The guy made it look easy ever? for a long time – Page 24
Casey, himself 13 times a winner on the European Tour, said afterwards of Woods: PLUS ‘The guy’s got more victories than all of us put together. Reviews this month! 2 Course ‘He made it look easyCentre for such a long time Bird Hills Golf and it’s not. I won a few times in Europe - page 14-15 but to get my second victory on the PGA Tour, it’s emotional. I’ve worked hard for it.’ Romsey Golf Clubback after longWoods himself, coming running back problems and preparing - page 19-22 for this month’s Masters, said his game ‘wasn’t quite as sharp’ on Sunday as it had been in round three. But he added: ‘I keep getting just a little bit better. I had a good chance at winning this tournament. A couple of putts here and there and it could have been a different story.’
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