What a moment it was for young Charl Schwartzel last week at Augusta! Fifty years after the great Gary Player became the first international Masters Champion, the golfing world watched in awe as Schwartzel completed a final round that can only be described as magical. From holing his chip for birdie on the first to the spectacular putts that saw him finish with four birdies to claim the prized green jacket (an unprecedented achievement in the Masters’ 75 year history), emotions were undoubtedly running high.
A million and one thoughts and feelings flash through any golfer’s mind during a round. This week sees the Home of Golf play host to our tenth annual Father & Son Tournament which, over the years, has seen 346 golfers and 18 nationalities compete for the coveted crystal trophy. So far, the weather has been merciful, providing just enough North Sea breeze to prove challenging and to show the teams what links golf is all about! The bond between father and son is a singular thing in life and in golf it is laced with poignancy as we remember Old Tom Morris and his son Tommy. Having won the Open Championship a staggering eight times between them, their achievements in so many aspects of the game live on as inspiration to us all. The 2011 Father & Son Tournament sees a strong South African contingent competing, so, who knows, perhaps we’ll soon see the three most prestigious trophies in world golf in the hands of South Africans!
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