Poulter’s all gold attire fails to inspire scoring

February 29th, 2008 - 1:25 am ICT by admin  

(Golf Diary)

Gurgaon, Feb 28 (IANS) Ian Poulter may not have had a great day on course with a round of four-over 76, including three double bogeys in the space of four holes, but his flashy silk orange-gold trousers and shirt did catch a lot of attention at the DLF Golf and Country Club here Thursday. Poulter, who designs his own clothes, has been wearing flashy clothes at each Johnnie Walker event and this year - in keeping with the sponsor’s theme - he turned out in a combination that was supposed to signify the Johnnie Walker Gold Label. Unfortunately, his game was anything but golden.

His playing partner Vijay Singh was a bit surprised at the attire. When asked about Poulter’s clothes, the Fijian star laughed and said: “Maybe he should quieten down a little and he might play better golf (laughs). He seems to like the hype and says it pays the bills - so good for him.”

South African Kamte is a golfer by chance

South African golfer James Kamte would have been a footballer if he hadn’t taken up golf by chance.

Kamte, a footballer in his younger days, was nicknamed ‘Cobra’ due to his ability to score goals quickly. “I used to play football more than golf. But I took to golf only after being supported by the Ernie Els foundation.”

The South African, who also used to be a caddie, said that it was tough leaving football but he doesn’t regret it. “I had more backup in golf. I got a scholarship in 2001 and then thought of taking up golf professionally,” said Kamte, who was third at the Indonesian Open two weeks ago.

18 Indians in fray at the Johnnie Walker Classic

The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) that runs the Indian Tour has had it very good. After getting in almost 30 players at the Indian Masters, they managed 66 in the SAIL Open last week (Asian Tour) and here at the tri-sanctioned Johnnie Walker Classic, they have 18 starters. It is surely a great feat and recognition for the growing strength of Indian golf.

Torrance interviews the Fab Four at JWC

Sam Torrance, former Ryder Cup star, was seen in a different role on Wednesday night, when the Pro-Am prizes were given away. Soon after the honours for the Pro-Am were done, Torrance was invited on stage to have a sit-in interview with the four marquee players at the tournament. And he did a great job with the interviewees being Adam Scott, Vijay Singh, Colin Montgomerie and India’s own Jeev Milkha Singh.

Speaking to Jeev, Torrance called the Indian’s six-week stretch in 2006 as ‘Tiger-like’ because the Indian won three times during the period and finished second once and third once.

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