Travis Perkins Masters

This week we are playing the Travis Perkins Masters at the Woburn Golf Club.
Woburn has 3 courses and has hosted many professional events going back to the 1980’s on the European Tour, Ladies European Tour and of course the European Senior Tour. This past July Woburn hosted the British Women’s Open on the Marquess Course.
Ian Poulter is the clubs representative Touring Professional.
We will be playing the Duke’s Course and it is a great layout in excellent condition.
The course is situated on the Duke of Bedford’s Woburn Abbey estate and it’s primary feature is tight tree lined fairways that will reward excellent ball striking.

Preparation for the event has gone well and I am going to use The Green Book which is a contour map of each green with the corresponding slopes in percentage. This will work well for me as I utilize the AimPoint green reading method. I will write a future blog on how this works since it is very new to professional golf. Justin Rose just utilized it in winning the Olympic Golf event in Rio.
I also played in the Wednesday Pro Am with Jim Begley, Barry Capel and Graham Few and we had a great day together with lots of enlightening conversation and humour thrown in towards the end.

The Pro Am also provided me an opportunity to work with my caddy for this week George Beale who is a young junior member of the club and 13 years of age.
George is a tad on the small and slight side and it reminded me of what I was like at the same age when I was not yet 5’ tall and under 100lbs. We both laughed when I told him I was even smaller than he was at that age and look how big I am now ☺. As the old adage says “be careful what you wish for”.
When I was first introduced to George my immediate thought was of Francis Ouimet meeting his caddy little Eddie Lowery in the 1913 US Open made even more famous by the movie The Greatest Game Ever Played.
Eddie had a lot of heart, gumption and together they prevailed in a true to life story.
This is George’s first chance at caddying and so we were able to cover all the little intricacies that I prefer my caddy to execute.
While it was a steep learning curve at the beginning George was more than up to the task and we had a wonderful time together.

The Weather Forecast During Playing Time:
Friday 16C – 21C Overcast POP 19% Wind 18 – 23km/h SW
Saturday 16C – 21C Overcast until 4pm then Rain POP 98% Wind 14 – 26km/h SW
Sunday 16C – 19C Mostly Cloudy POP 16% Wind 23 – 27km/h W-WNW

Thank you as always for your text and emails and in response to everyone inquiry yes I truly enjoyed my final round at the Willow Classic last week playing with Ian Woosnam.
I had never played with Ian before and was hopeful this year to have that chance. I have had the opportunity to speak on occasion with Ian since our lockers are close by based on alphabetical listings and while on the practice range or shuttle bus rides to the hotels. Any time I play with a Major Champion or Hall of Famer (Ian should be in the World Golf Hall of Fame) there are always learning opportunities and that day was no different. It was a real treat to watch Woosie hit so many flush shots, control his trajectory and spin all day long. If not for a balky putter he easily could have been in the very low 60’s that round.