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A Slice of the Sicilian Action

Anthony Wall  (Getty Images)
Anthony Wall (Getty Images)

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Our man on the ground at the inaugural Sicilian Open goes behind the scenes....

 

The 59 pence putting lesson.....

Golf is often described as a rich man’s game, but how can that be so when even the best pros in the business can get a priceless putting lesson for just 59 pence? Step forward Anthony Wall, whose performance on the greens at the Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa has been truly exceptional. The reason? The latest Dave Stockton putting app, downloaded to his i-phone for the price of a packet of crisps. “That is the best 59 pence I have ever spent because his tips have really simplified a few things for me,” smiled Wall after his second round 67. “I have just been looking at the low side of every putt for the last two days – really concentrating on the last third of the putt as opposed to the whole putt and that has definitely helped me.”

The Wedge App.....

While Mr Wall was inspired to putt to perfection with his new app, Richard Green might want to think about launching his own mobile device entitled: ‘Who needs a putter when you can putt like me with a wedge!’ Richard had an unfortunate altering-the-shape-of-his-putter-moment when he over-forced his flat-stick into his bag after three-whacking the first green of his second round in Sicily. Unable to use the club again due to said altering of shape, the left-hander reverted to his wedge. 28 ‘putts’ later the big man was signing for a four under par 67, two behind Anthony Wall’s lead. Could be an interesting final group over the weekend – Wall putting with an i-phone and Green using anything but a putter.....


Anyone for skiing?

Fitness is one of the ‘keys’ to surviving the modern game. Most players on Tour now look like they could run in the Olympics such are the levels of fitness out here – you would have to say that about 90 per cent of the players are gym junkies these days. There are, of course, a few notable exceptions to that rule (no names shall be mentioned on these pages) and then there are a few notable nutters who take things just that little bit too far. Raphaël Jacquelin is one such mad person, who spent his last few weeks away from the golf course getting involved in some serious cross-country skiing to boost his fitness levels. We salute Raph’s madness but probably won’t be joining his next Nordic odyssey....

All that way for a golf tournament......

Players, caddies and officials on Tour like nothing more than a travel whinge. Indeed, there is nothing better than trumping someone’s ‘it took me one thousand, seven hundred and twenty eight hours to get here’ story over a couple of cold beers after a hard day’s travelling. Anyone in Sicily who thinks they took a while to get here are being directed towards Matthew Zions this week. The affable Aussie left Hawaii (that’s right folks, Hawaii) over a week ago to begin his epic journey to Sicily, stopping in London for a few days to catch a breath before completing his travels on Monday night. To borrow a phrase from the slightly ridiculous Baxters Chicken Soup advert of the 1980s: ‘that’s devotion for you’!

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