Our man on the ground at the Hong Kong Golf Club brings you further updates from behind the scenes of the UBS Hong Kong Open…
One of the highlights of the second day was Steve Webster’s hole in one at the 12th, which won the Englishman a cool $US10,000 for himself and, perhaps more importantly, another US$10,000 for local charities, courtesy of the title sponsors UBS. It was Webster’s fifth ace in competition, but the first time he has won a prize as a result of his unerring accuracy. Webster’s pitch perfect gap wedge from 137 yards came with the added bonus of a place in the field for the weekend, as he made the cut with nothing to spare. He said: “Obviously the cheque’s very nice, but the charity donation is more important. As the money goes towards the Operation Santa Claus charity, I think I’ll buy my Nan something nice for Christmas.” Nanny Webster, make sure he keeps his word!
Duncan decides to call it a day
In contrast to the joy felt by Webster, there was also some sorrow amongst the caddying fraternity as renowned bagman Lorne Duncan has decided this tournament will be his last. Over a career spanning more than 20 years, the affable Canadian has carried clubs for some of the world’s best players, including when Tom Lewis shot the lowest round by an amateur in the history of The Open Championship at Royal St George’s last year. This week, Duncan, an ambassador for Amnesty International, was on Johan Edfors’ bag, but is now calling it a day after the Swede decided he wanted a change. Before taking his leave, Duncan posted a note giving heartfelt thanks to players, caddies and everyone on the Tour for being part of his “amazing and unique adventure”. He concluded: “From the top golfers on Tour to the guys who put out the ropes, I wish everyone on this incredible circus happy trails.” Thanks for the memories Duncan, enjoy your retirement. To read Duncan’s diary from The 2011 Open Championship, click here
Campbell shows his classIf all golfers were as considerate, well-rounded and genial as Michael Campbell, the world would be a much better place. After signing for a round of 64 on Friday afternoon, ‘Cambo’ graced us with his presence in the media centre, and was only too happy to chart his highs and (mainly) lows since winning the US Open Championship in 2005. It was a fascinating insight into the on and off-course travails of a golfer who is fighting with every sinew to recapture his former glories. Once he had completed his conference, Cambo made his way to the putting green but stopped en route to thank some Antipodeans he recognised from the crowd who had been following him round. The Kiwi is a class act, stopping to chat even after realising his fans were from Australia and not his native New Zealand!