I wandered out to Royal Melbourne Golf Course today to watch practise rounds for the 2011 President’s Cup. Its a great way of watching professional golf – the crowds are smaller and the admission costs are slightly lower than during the tournament itself. The day itself was perfect Melbourne weather – sunny with only light wind and the friendly disposition of the players matched the weather. Very relaxed and casual. Its the second time I have watched the great Tiger Woods live but the first time I have seen Jason Day, Bubba Watson and one of my all time favourite golfers, the likeable Ernie Els. All of the 24 golfers present were among the greatest figures in modern golf so an outstanding field. Royal Melbourne itself is possibly Australia’s greatest golf course and probably one of the best anywhere. It was in immaculate condition. I’d love to play it!
We picked a spot on the 392 metre 17th hole (not the regular 17th on either of the courses here) and watched the whole field come through in the afternoon. For most players it was a 260-270 metre drive followed by a lofted approach. Bubba Watson one of the world’s longest hitters struck a massive blow of pretty close to 300 metres that was the longest we saw all day. It was a great shot but what truely amazed us was that we later found he had hit an iron off the tee! He did have a tail wind and the hole is slightly downhill but this is still an enormous hit.
A memorable day. (156)