Mug? golfer lucks in with second ace
SELF-confessed "mug" golfer Pat Daley has defied the odds with a second hole-inone.
Daley, a long-time member of the Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club, aced the 130m, Par 3, 3rd on the River Course during Friday's Stableford event.
The 62-year-old used a "little seven wood" to strike the ball before watching in amazement as it trickled into the cup.
"I'm just a mug golfer," Daley said.
"I just enjoy a hit, but this just went straight at the flag, hit the green and rolled in.
"The best part of it was that it was nearest to pin, so I won that as well."
While many weekend golfers spend a lifetime waiting for the elusive holein-one, Daley knows it is an experience to be savoured.
The 27-handicapper aced the 8th on the West Course in 2000.
"They don't come around all that often, but when they do you remember them," he said.
oIN world golf, Peter Lonard and US Open champion Michael Campbell have defended the no-show by three of the world's top five ranked golfers at this week's season-opening Mercedes Championship in Hawaii.
Tiger Woods, ranked world No.1, Phil Mickelson (No.4) and Retief Goosen (No.5) have turned their backs on the $US5.4million tournament starting Thursday on the Kapalua Plantation resort course on the island of Maui.
The star trio have chosen to stay at home with their families.
Only 28 players will tee off in the tournament featuring the winners from the 2005 US Tour.
Lonard and Campbell defended their colleagues' decision despite the embarrassment it has caused event organisers.
"You can understand why guys that are married and also have families would rather stay at home at this time of the year," Lonard said.
"It's their decision and I support them though if they want to go, they go and if they don't, they stay at home.
"I would still go if there was only three turning up."
Campbell said he was tempted to remain in Sydney with his young family.
"I'm not surprised guys like Tiger, Phil and Retief are not competing this week," he said.
"Obviously the sponsors are pretty disappointed but Phil's got a young family so has Retief whilst I don't think Tiger has ever missed the Mercedes since first contesting the event in 1998 so you really can't begrudge him from electing not to play just this one year."
Lonard revealed he underwent surgery on his right knee immediately following last month's Australian Masters and, despite some soreness, is hopeful it will stand up to competition.
The Sydney golfer said he has set his sights on frustrating fellow Australian Stuart Appleby's bid to win three straight Mercedes Championships.