I don’t know if any of you saw Sunday night’s tournament from the States, but there was an extraordinary piece of footage in the three-way playoff. One of the contenders, Troy Matteson, appeared to put his second shot on the first playoff hole into the water, but somehow his ball must have bounced off a rock at the bottom of the lake and jumped up onto the bank. Needless to say, he went on to win.
In Europe, the young potential Ryder Cup star, Martin Kaymer, made a welcome return after nine weeks off after injuring his ankle while go-carting. But for a missed 10-footer on the last, he would have taken the Swede, Michael Jonzon, to a playoff. This week, Europe’s stars are headed for a re-structured World Matchplay in Spain (four groups of four, play each other on a round-robin basis). We will be watching carefully to see how our cover star this month, Lee Westwood, does in a group which includes Camilo Villegas, Ross Fisher and Jeev Milkha Singh.
The other European stars head to the other side of the world and to Singapore. Indeed, our new columnist at Golf World, Ian Poulter, starts a seven-week run this week, which will see him play consecutive weeks in Singspore, China, Hong Kong, Dubai, China, Los Angeles and Florida.
Just before Poulter’s good friend, Justin Rose, headed for Singapore, we caught up with him at Wentworth, and shot a big instruction piece with the 29-year-old. For more on this, watch out for the Golf World January issue which is out at the beginning of December.