The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2017
GOLF & LEISURE 67 US Open) and Michael Campbell (1995 Open Championship). Remember also that fantastic weekend in May 1993 when Greg Turner (Italian Open), Grant Waite (Kemper Open), Sir Bob Charles (Bell Atlantic Classic) and Grant Moorhead (WA Open) all won tournaments within 24 hours of each other? Although we cannot replicate the glory days of the 70s and 80s against the crowded and competing tour schedules of today, we should take heart from our vibrant Charles Tour and local Pro-Am circuit, two elite professional men’s tournaments and – as of this year – an LPGA Tour event. All this is crucial from a player development viewpoint and shows how much can be achieved by determination and lateral thinking. The ‘Lydia effect’ has to be acknowledged, not just in terms of bringing the LPGA-sanctioned tournament to New Zealand, but also for hugely lifting the profile of the local game. Golf now gets much more media coverage, even if some of it has focused on the negative, rather than the great performances of our top players around the world in what is arguably the toughest individual sport of all. Since Sir Bob Charles lifted the Claret Jug at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 1963, we have made massive progress in terms of producing world-class players and coaches and created player development pathways and golf courses equal to the very best. Whoever writes the history of the next 60 years of New Zealand golf will have plenty of good news to work with. WINNERS ON THE WORLD STAGE MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 1963 Sir Bob Charles Open Championship Royal Lytham & St Annes 2005 Michael Campbell US Open Championship Pinehurst #2 2 015 Lydia Ko Evian Championship Evian Resort 2016 Lydia Ko ANA Inspiration Mission Hill CC PGA TOUR WINNERS Sir Bob Charles John Lister Frank Nobilo Grant Waite Phil Tataurangi Craig Perks Danny Lee EUROPEAN TOUR Sir Bob Charles John Lister Simon Owen Frank Nobilo Greg Turner Danny Lee Mark Brown WEB.COM TOUR Steven Alker Danny Lee JAPAN TOUR David Smail Michael Hendry FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Craig Perks shows off the winner’s trophy at the 2002 Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass; a youthful Bob Charles accepts the Claret Jug after the 1963 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes; Phil Tataurangi flanked by Las Vegas showgirls after shooting a 10-under 62 to win the 2002 Invensys Classic at TPC Summerlin; Greg Turner holds the Joe Kirkwood Cup on winning the 1999 Australian PGA at Victoria GC, Melbourne. ABOVE: Michael Campbell kisses the trophy after his two-stroke victor y at the US Open at Pinehurst in 2005; Lydia Ko, draped in the NZ flag, poses with the 2015 Evian Championship trophy at Evian-les-Bains; an ecstatic Danny Lee after winning the Greenbrier Classic in a sudden-death playoff in 2015.
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