Swiss Open- for old boys!
Posted by Andrew Murray on Aug 10
The Swiss Senior Open to give it the full title!
This was played over one of the prettiest courses I have played, Bag Ragaz a spa village an hour south west of Zurich. What a stunning place, a beautiful course, facilities and fantastic hospitality. I have to say when a club like that hosts an event like this, they really do it with style and class!
We were spoilt all week , with fine food and drink after each round. And now…back home! The stunning scenery of last week is not replicated here in Lymm, but it is great to be home.
Anyhow, moving onto the event, the course is set up for good scoring as its fairly short and was in great ‘nick’. No surprise then that 6 under lead after round 1, my 70 was very ordinary albeit level par. A second 70 was horrid as I missed lots of shortish putts, so was a ‘whinging grump’ when I came off and headed for the practice green! Pete Allan, a pal who was making his debut assisted and gave me some home truths about my mental approach, and that helped lots I think! Round 3 in the company of Bruner from USA & Domingo from Spain started ok and then just got better and better, 8 birdies in all and a 63, my lowest round as a senior pro! 7 under was to eventually finish 5th, tied with 3 others. I must kick on from here now in next weeks Scottish Open at Fairmont St Andrews. Pete finished with67 and under par too for a solid debut.
The winner was John Bland from South Africa, after a nervy play off with Bob Boyd from the USA, a terrific tussle and some brave putts made on the 18th green by both to post an 11 under total, just 1 ahead of Sam Torrance. He will no doubt start as favourite in Scotland at Fairmont St Andrews, a course he designed some 6 years ago.
On the club front, a new r9 driver in the bag last week and all well, but as we all know its the putter that makes the score!
Filed Under Tour News 2009