After sitting by the 7th green yesterday and being the only spectator watching some of the groups come through I decided today I would showcase some of the talented players who may not have a huge following of spectators. While some have missed the cut, they have played at the Australian Open and their golf should be celebrated.
On arrival this morning I could pick where Scott was, as swarms of spectators lined the ropes. It wasn’t that I wasn’t interested in Scott, but I wanted to watch some other golfers.
I was interested in Norrey, Cullen, Blizard and Murdaca perhaps because I had interviewed them earlier in the week and wanted to see how they went. I’d also told Murdaca I would take a couple of photos for him today as he loved the photo I had snapped yesterday.
The weather was a lot cooler today – ten degrees cooler, although at times I was still roasting. Constant sunscreen application and still I burn in the hot Australian sun.
I only watched amateur Ryan Ruffels for one hole but boy can he hit a ball. I believe he will do great things (me with my fifteen months golfing knowledge). Another amateur who I was impressed watching was Bryson DeChambeau who had a lovely touch around the greens. He also gave a signed card to a junior golfer and made his day. He may well have made himself a fan for life.
I was asked yesterday what players I thought interacted with fans the best and took note of a few today. Ogilvy (who gave a ball to the same junior I was with) and Cullen responded to the boy following his congratulations on a great shot. That really made the little guy happy.
It is not much but I am sure he will tell his friends that Cullen spoke directly to him. Spieth gave a very excited man his ball as he made his way to the 16th and not long after that, Mark (my new golf friend) phoned me to tell me that on request, Spieth had stopped what he was doing to pose for a photo with his young son.
Spieth’s giving a fan a ball on the way off the green after bogeying the hole straight after a birdie was a little more impressive than Rumford’s tossing his ball toward the crowd after missing a putt. It looked a little petulant from where I was standing and Allenby also seemed to have his cranky pants on today.
A lot of golf chat (funnily enough) went on today as I met so many fellow addicts out and about.
I spoke briefly with a couple of friends that are volunteers who were quire surprised at my media accreditation. In fact, I first met Sylv last Australian Open when he was volunteering and I played with him at his home track (which was then Woollahra) not long after.
While some of the guys I interviewed the other day didn’t make the cut a few of them did, so I think I will spend most of my time tomorrow following them.
I am loving my first complete tournament experience and everywhere I turn great golf is being played.
I am photographing and tweeting and talking and loving every minute of it.
I can’t wait for more of the same tomorrow.