Kingston Health Golf Course is ranked number 2 among Australian golf courses (and 27th in the world). But over the many times I have visited it, I have never seen it in better condition than it was this Saturday when I went to watch the third day of the Australian Masters Championship. Lightning fast greens and immaculate couch grass fairways were everywhere. Surface condition was close to perfection and the gusty winds and coolish temperatures made it an entertaining afternoon. The crowds were small enough so that you always got to see each player make their shot.
Most Australians – and certainly me – want to see Adam Scott claim this Masters and Scott did indeed play very well. But Britain’s Ian Poulter played superb golf – outstanding putting and great approach shots gave him a 64 today which was one shot above the course record. At the end of the day, he was a shot up on Scott to give him the chance of back-to-back wins. The Aussie crowd winced at Poulter’s choice of clothing – gaudy red – but cheered him for his tremendous golfing display. Australians are not that that nationalistic when it comes to recognising sport! I can’t wait to watch the final day’s play Sunday though, as I am golfing myself in a somewhat less prestigious location, it will be the recorded FOXTEL view that I watch.
Update: Adam Scott picks up 5 shots on the final day to defeat Ian Poulter by 4 shots. Outstanding golf by both but it was Scott’s day. His first Masters’ Jacket and a real compensation for his disappointing British Open earlier this year. Adam Scott a great golfer and a great Australian. (1657)