Monday, 18 February 2019 Club Website | | Tel: (011) 728 7337

Hough’s It


Callaway Epic Flash is in store!

Are you looking for some distance?
From your driver, fairway and hybrid?

And what about a forged player’s iron that gives you extra yardage as well? The new 2019 Apex irons from Callaway do just that! Distance and feel.

I’ve got demos that you can try on the range, and quite a few different shafts to get you even more finely tuned, and I’ll help you find the optimum combinations.

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Tour News

DJ closed the deal in Saudi Arabia, after going head-to-head with Chinese golfer Haotong Li, who once again shone in the Middle East swing.

Sergio Garcia did himself no favours when he became the first player to be DQ’d under the new Rule 1.2a for bad behaviour. It’s all about ‘acting with integrity’, ‘showing consideration to others’, and ‘taking good care of the course’! And from what we’ve heard, he did none of the above!

He’s been known to have the odd flare-up over the years, but from the little we’ve seen – maybe the Euro Tour put a hold on the footage getting out – he was really pissed off. Who knows? Maybe something’s going on off the course?? Probably just crap golf, eh?

Also in the desert, but across the pond in Phoenix at the biggest jol in golf, Ricky Fowler – who has definitely under-achieved in golf so far, especially when you consider that his eventual win was only the 2nd time in 7 events that he’d successfully converted a 54 hole lead – prevailed over our own Branden Grace in some kind of strange fashion when Ricky also fell fowl of the Rules en route to a treble-bogey 7 on the 11th hole. A ball he’d dropped and had come to rest, and was now back in play, then proceeded to roll back into the water behind the green, forcing him to take another penalty. He then holed an almost 20 foot putt for the treble, and followed it up with another bogey on the next, which actually gave Grace – who was busy birdieing the 13th up ahead - the lead momentarily, but Fowler regained his composure over the closing stretch to notch up a few birds and get the victory.

The PGA Tour, together with the organisers of the Phoenix tourney, had a moving tribute to the Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle, who died last year after a long fight with cancer, and who’d been a fan favourite at this huge spectator event.

Watch the tribute here.

And then in a real feel good move that brought tears to most, and also taking place on their iconic par three 16th hole, they arranged for a local golfer to play the hole with Gary Woodland during the practice rounds. It’s great to see the PGA Tour’s marketing dept. taking some steps forward, just like their European counterparts have done with promoting their product through social media.

Watch the full video here.

And the new Rules weren’t far from the headlines, with the caddie assistance thing (Rule 10.2b4) showing up again, after the aforementioned Haotong Li was penalised for the same last week in Dubai. First, the not-so-well-known Denny McCarthy got slapped with the General Penalty (2 shots) on the Friday in Phoenix for his caddie not moving away as he was preparing for a stroke and taking his stance. Then it happened again, but this time to the very-well-known Major-winner Justin Thomas on Saturday morning, and all of a sudden there was a consult with the powers-that-be (the USGA and the R&A), and the PGA Tour then rescinded the penalty on McCarthy, and with no further action taken for JT. Read the Rule below.

(4) Restriction on Caddie Standing Behind Player.

When a player begins taking a stance for the stroke and until the stroke is made:
• The player’s caddie must not deliberately stand in a location on or close to an extension of the line of play behind the ball for any reason.

• If the player takes a stance in breach of this Rule, he or she cannot avoid penalty by backing away. Exception – Ball on Putting Green: When the player’s ball is on the putting green, there is no penalty under this Rule if the player backs away from the stance and does not begin to take the stance again until after the caddie has moved out of that location.

This week sees the AT&T Pro-am taking place, the first of 2 events this year at the storied and scenic Pebble Beach, the other being the US Open in June, and in the field are Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar – who admitted he’s still hurting from not making the Ryder Cup team, and using it as motivation for his 2 wins already this season – Tommy Fleetwood, Branden Grace, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson and DJ, amongst others.

And the Euro Tour leaves the Middle East for 2 weeks Down Under.

The Sid Brews Trophy

This coming Saturday, and next, is the 1st Men’s Major of the year, The Sid Brews Trophy.

It’s BetterBall Stableford over 2 rounds, so you must keep the same partner over both weekends to qualify.

The Houghton Hunt


That’s about all for this week.

Hope you have a good one.


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