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When Freddie met 'Trigger'…

Having gone down to Wales to attempt qualifying for the Seniors British Open this week, I felt it was only right to take a look around Royal Porthcawl to give my caddie for the week, Russell Fields, a taste of what could come our way. As we stepped out of the car in the car park a voice called across “Excuse me, are you Trigger?”

Of course this wasn`t directed at me but it was at Russell.

“Would you mind if I had a picture taken with you please Trigger?” And that’s what happened, as you can see Fred Funk, golfing superstar had his picture taken with Russell Fields. Did we want to burst Fred’s illusion and tell him that 'Trigger' was no more? Of course not. So Freddie went off super happy into the Pro Shop with the knowledge he had met one of Britain’s top Television actors.

Check out the picture to prove it!

Not so sweet 16th…

With everything pointing to a successful qualifying campaign for me at Southerndown, what with good weather, excellent practice rounds and even a hole in one, I couldn`t wait to get the qualifying round started.


Caddie Russell was still enjoying the fact he had been asked not only for a picture with Fred but if he was taking part in the qualifying event more than once!

Playing pretty steadily and still level par with 3 to play, sun still shining, and the wind pretty strong, disaster struck. A big fat 7 put an end to my hopes of playing in the Open at “The Royal” as it`s known in South Wales. I was chasing birdies and made two more bogies to finish. A huge disappointment as I had been building towards playing in this event all season. Back in Wales, Royal Porthcawl, Wales' first 'Major' Championship, all set for the “Cinderella story” the perfect scenario. In the end, it wasn`t to be, apologies for all those who were coming down to support! Next year at Sunningdale… it might just be my turn?

Rory creates history…

Winning the Open on Sunday added to the golfing record books. Only the third person to have won 3 Majors by the age of 25.Who else has done it? Just Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Pretty illustrious company and Rory is proving he really was worth the £500 bet at 500/1 his Dad and 4 friends had when he was 15 to win the Open by the age of 25. McIlroy didn`t just win, he crushed the field and, okay they edged close on Sunday, yet the Irishman didn’t panic and put on a performance over the last 6 holes, even Jack would have been suitably impressed. McIlroy, after his well-publicised engagement break up and party week in Ibiza is well and truly back on the golf track and along with Scott, Fowler and Spieth are arguably the new Big Four in golf.

He needs one Masters to have won all four Majors, only 7 have done that too. Hard to bet against him winning one day just so long as the personal stuff can be separated from the business stuff.

One man other than Rory’s Dad, who was extremely happy with the performance was John Charlick. He picked “Rors” in the sweepstake, lucky fella. Congratulations to him. Other winners included Rob Coston, Dave Wyman, Lee Maskell and Dave Beasley.

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