IT’S been a Tiger frenzy these past few days with some sections of the media asking everyone but the gatekeeper what they think about efforts to get Tiger Woods to Australia in the not-too-distant future.
Stuart Appleby surely gave the best assessment.
"If we do get him, great. We need to understand that it may be a one-in-10-year experience. He is not going to play forever," he said. "We may get him once or twice in a 10-year period. We have to be aware that if we get him one year and don’t get him the next year, that’s cool.
"We don’t want to have a date with a supermodel and all of a sudden you are going out with someone else who is not so beautiful."
Scott drops bundle With Adam Scott’s withdrawal from both last week’s PGA and the Australian Open because of the knee injury suffered exiting the ocean after a spot of bodysurfing, the budget for both tournaments improved a little.
Scott, as a top-10 ranked player in the world at the time he signed the contract to play the events, received an appearance fee – estimated to be around the $100,000 mark – but his no-show cancelled that.
Not so saintly Next year’s Open is being played for the first time at the picturesque NSW GC layout on the cliffs of La Perouse, but the logistics of getting a big crowd in and out of the course are still being worked out.
The logical solution is to use neighbouring St Michael’s for parking and spectator entry access, but apparently the club is playing hard ball when it comes to appropriate compensation.
Coolum reception A bit belated, but a yarn well worth telling.
At Coolum last week, professional celebrity Deborah Hutton played with John Collins, of the band Powderfinger, and former star tennis player Todd Woodbridge in the Australian PGA pro-am – and they won.
Hutton was nominated by her teammates to make the victory speech and accept the trophies on their behalf. "I won’t be accepting any of these Srixon prizes. I’m a Callaway girl," she said, and immediately sat down.
So stunned was the assembled audience you could have almost heard a pin drop.
Shearer ready to rule? Sighted at Royal Sydney was 1982 Australian Open champion Bob Shearer riding in a golf cart with Australasian PGA Tour rules official Russell Swanson, himself a former tour player.
Could it be that Shearer is embarking on another facet of his career?
He has already completed the club rules test at his home club of Southern in Melbourne and is starting the more advanced state rules course.