It has been an eternity since our last Birdie. We have not been hitting it well lately and have been struggling to get on the green in regulation. Needless to say, Birdie putts were non-existent. Well, finally on the Par 3 8th on Ruby at Discovery Bay, we hit a 6 iron to make sure we got on the green and not to end up short in the deep ravine. We might have been a bit conservative as we were 24 feet past the hole, but on the green nonetheless. Not expecting to make it, we gingerly tapped the downhill putt and having read the right to left break perfectly, I hit the hole smack right in the center. Finally, the spell is broken.
But it didn’t stop there. Immediately on the next hole, a Par 5, our drive followed by a lay up with the 5-iron left us only 140 yards to the uphill green. With me below R’s feet, we took the 5-iron again and aimed left of the flag. Fading right towards the flag, we just hoped that we made the green. But not only did I get on the green, I was just three feet from the hole! A slight left to right break was no problem for a back-to-back Birdie. Let’s hope this trend continues.
Again it’s the time of year to reflect what we experienced in the past 12 months…
This was the event of the year…no, the event of our lifetime. Sorry it took so long to put this together. Anyway, R was asked to be the Chief Referee at The Match – an exhibition stroke play tournament at Mission Hills Resort in Haikou, China. And there was only one flight, two players – Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. WOW! We were ecstatic. R was preparing for weeks, brushing up on his golf rules to make sure that everything went smoothly.
We were playing a 2-day tournament and on the first day, on the short Par 3 second, we ended up in the water short of the green. So on the second day, we sought revenge. 105 yards to the front pin on a severely downhill green, going for the flag was flirting with the water. So we took a 9-iron to avoid the disaster from yesterday. A high shot not only crossed the water, but was on the putting surface 12 feet below the hole. I could have easily rolled down to the bottom tier and that would have been 3-putt territory. A straight uphill putt just squeezed in the hole for a Birdie. Sweet revenge.
On the Par 5 fourth at Lotus Hill, China, we hit a straight drive down the middle but our 5-wood sliced into the rough. There were many trees, but fortunately we had a line of sight to the flag, 100 yards away to the elevated green. But we couldn’t take the high route as some trees were in the way, so we had to go low. We took a 5-iron and planned to run it up to the green. But there was too much rough and to clear it, a 5-iron would not hold. So we switched to a 7-iron and hit the perfect punch shot, which landed just short of the green and clear of the rough. And one hop, skip and jump later, I landed seven feet from the hole, pin high! A slight downhill left to right putt landed a very remarkable Birdie.