Whether or not Tiger has won back the support of the golfing world, he has certainly regained some of his old form on the golf course with his recent victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida. Is this him staging his comeback in a bid to reclaim his number one title again? It’s his first PGA Tour win since 2009 and sees him climb to 6th in the world rankings. It certainly sees him in fine form heading into the Masters so only time will tell if he’s got another green jacket in him.
European, and in particular UK, golf would appear to be in a pretty secure place right now judging on performances we have seen in recent tournaments. Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald are representing us well and consistently – having dominated the top three spots in the world ranking now between them. On a Scottish note, former Open Champion, Paul Lawrie, hinted at a return to his previous form with his win in Doha at the Qatar Masters helping him to climb back into the top 50 in the rankings from his previous position at 78th; the first time he has been in the top 50 since 2003. This was his second win at the event, his last in 1999 so let’s hope that there’s more to come from him.
An interesting time was had for Fife golfer, Peter Whiteford, recently too as we saw him disqualified from the action at the Avantha Masters in New Delhi over a ball moving incident. It just shows that it pays to trust your instincts. He thought his ball might have moved but this was confirmed as not true by an official and his caddie. Footage of the day’s play was studied by the tournament officials overnight and it was confirmed that his ball had moved but he hadn’t acted accordingly therefore he was disqualified. He had been leading the field in the first two rounds and had been one off the pace in the third. A mistake that will certainly not be made again. On a more positive note, let’s hope that East Neuk lad, George Murray’s, third place finish at the 2011 Dunhill Links Championship in October is only the start of great things to come.
With so much emphasis on the 2012 Olympic Games coming to London this year, it is easy to forget that the Ryder Cup will be coming to town, well almost, in 2014 when it takes up residence at the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles. It will certainly be some spectacle and we are very lucky to have it so close to the Home of Golf. Keep your eyes peeled for the latest on what the Old Course Experience can offer for the Tournament. In the meantime, why not start planning your very own Old Course Experience and leave your own mark on the hallowed fairways of the Old Lady?