ADVICE FROM A MASTER
Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese golfer who will next year become the youngest competitor in US Masters history, has been busy sucking up advice from 63-year-old Tom Watson. Guan missed the cut on Friday but was back at The Lakes on Sunday and made sure he met the veteran American after his final round. Watson’s advice to Guan was to make sure he had a caddie at the Masters who had carried the bag before at Augusta, as well as to ”keep getting straight A’s at school”. Guan had previously organised a practice round before the Masters with Watson, and the eight-time major winner clearly wants to hold him to it. ”See you on [the] Tuesday at one o’clock,” he said, bidding him farewell. Watson also posed for a photograph with his final-day playing partner, Matt Ballard, in front of their mobile scoreboard.
SINGING SYDNEY’S PRAISES
Regular hackers (or at least regular hacker readers) would know that Watson spent Saturday night at Sydney Opera House at the Australian Ballet’s production of Swan Lake. He loved it. ”It’s the second time I’ve been to [the Opera House],” Watson said. ”That is a lovely spot … you’ve got a supreme spot. With the bridge there, it’s really a special place. Sydney’s a great city and I enjoyed it.”
FILLING IN THE TIME
A three-hour break in play on Sunday left players with little to do but sit and wait for the resumption. Some took the opportunity to make sure their cards were in order. Others just played cards. Meanwhile, in the players’ locker room, Damon Welsford and Stephen Leaney enjoyed a game of Uno during the long and frustrating delay. Matt Jones practised with a laser putting device.
SUPPORT FOR A FALLEN OFFICER
Australian Open golfers have pitched in to help raise money for the family of Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson, who died in the line of duty last week. Officers were at The Lakes on Sunday collecting money from spectators, while players were also asked to contribute to the fund-raising efforts. Collectively, the PGA Tour of Australasia and Golf Australia will match the overall contribution. Former Australian Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, among others, contacted police at The Lakes to offer help wherever he could. Ogilvy and other marquee players will sign tournament memorabilia, which will be auctioned. Proceeds from the sale of the memorabilia will then go to Police Legacy for the financial support of Inspector Anderson’s wife and children. ”It’s a horrible incident, and we all want to show our support wherever possible,” Ogilvy said.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.