A slice of the action from Singapore

11/7/2012 5:22:20 AM
Sentosa Golf Club  (Getty Images)
Sentosa Golf Club (Getty Images)
Our man on the ground at Sentosa Golf Club takes you behind the scenes of the Barclays Singapore Open…

Double eagle for Dodo

Edoardo Molinari will be hoping he hasn’t used all his good shots up in practice after notching his first albatross on Tuesday. The former Ryder Cup star, who is playing his sixth tournament since recovering from wrist surgery, has a new hybrid in the bag this week, and it might be staying in there a while longer after he holed his second shot to the par five fourth hole. The ball travelled some 230 yards over water to the green, took a couple of bounces and rolled into the middle of the cup for what the Americans confusingly call a double eagle. What the man affectionately known as ‘Dodo’ would give for one of those in the first round on Thursday…     

Storms brewing

As is often the case with the Barclays Singapore Open, the Tour’s meteorologist could well be the busiest man at Sentosa Golf Club this week. The forecast, perhaps almost inevitably for this time of year, is for heavy downpours – we are expecting up to five inches of rain to fall this week – and intermittent thunderstorms. With the drainage system at Sentosa one of the world’s best, the former is far less of a problem than the latter, which will almost certainly lead to suspensions in play. Last year, the tournament was reduced to 54 holes but still finished on Monday morning after the play-off overran. Perhaps the saving grace this year is that the field has been reduced to 156 players, and only one course – the Serapong – will be used.          

A rough ride

As always, Sentosa Golf Club has been turned out immaculately for this week’s showpiece, with three-time champion Adam Scott quick to laud the course’s condition during his preview press conference on Tuesday afternoon.  Officially opened in 1974 by the then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, the club affords spectacular views of Sentosa island, the surrounding South China Sea, plus Singapore’s iconic harbour and skyline. But behind the beauty lies something of a beast, with ultra-thick rough lying in wait for any errant drives or approach shots. John Daly, for one, is very wary of the thick stuff, saying: “It can really hurt you. You can get it out, but you just don’t know where it’s going to go. On the third hole, I hit an eight iron for my second shot and we barely found the ball. So it’s going to be really tough to get it up and down unless you’ve got some green to work with.”