I have had a wonderful two days at the Australian Open. The only way to have fun when not golfing yourself is to talk about golf constantly, to fellow addicts.
I spent a lot of time today learning about other golfers, their practice drills, pre tournament routines and chatting about my golfing and eating around the world adventures.
When I arrived in Australia I applied for, and got media accreditation for the Australian Open so for the past two days I have had the pleasure of sitting in press conferences with Trevor Herden, Peter Senior, Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott.
I missed the other two today as I was interviewing Jason Norris on the putting green, getting some putting practice tips and having a good laugh.
Today, there was a Champions’ Commemorative Drive as part of the centenary celebrations and I must say having the little media accreditation card was very nice. When the tee was being cleared and a lady told me everyone was to leave except media, I showed her my little card and stayed exactly where I was, filming and photographing.
That means better pictures and better camera footage.
I was pleased to see Frank Phillips, winner of the 1957 and 1961 Australian Open, who is my friend from Mt Broughton Golf and Country Club.
While I know Frank having met him last year, being new to golf, I had only heard of about half of the following players;
Peter Thomson (’51, ’67, ’72), David Graham (’77), Jack Newton (’79), Bob Shearer (’82), Peter Fowler (’83), Rodger Davis (’86), Peter Senior (’89, ’12), Robert Allenby (’94, ’05), Lee Westwood (’97), Greg Chalmers (’98, ’11) Stuart Appleby (’01), Stephen Allan (’02), Peter Lonard (’03, ’04), John Senden (’06), Craig Parry (’07), Adam Scott (’09), Geoff Ogilvy (’10), Jordan Spieth (’14).
Frank made me chuckle when he stated that what the current day players earn for one event, he may have made in his lifetime. Maybe.
The Open kicks off tomorrow at 6.50am and I can’t wait.
Adam Scott shot a 63 or thereabouts but stopped counting as he wanted to save some birdies for the tournament. His confidence with the putter is high and he would love to go head to head with Jordan on Sunday. According to Adam, Jordan is the benchmark of golf at the moment.
So I learnt in his press conference.
I spent most of today chatting with fellow golf addicts and interviewing a few of the boys who will be teeing it up at the Open. After chatting with Norrey in the morning, I then interviewed another South Australian, Nick Cullen. I must admit (and I also told him this) I googled him yesterday when Steven (fellow golf nut I met on Twitter) told me to catch up with him.
I then had a chat with Jake Stirling, who informed me Nabil Abdul can do a great beatbox and I must say Nabil nailed it. I thrust my camera in his face documenting his skills.
Hamza Amin happened to come by to chat with Nabil so I interviewed him too.
Why not indeed?
Everyone has a golf story be it five year old Rawson, who I interviewed yesterday, to the lady I met Monday about to start her love affair with golf.
It can’t possibly be anything else.
Here’s to the next four days of golf.