Monday, 27 July 2009

Calc Chalks up the birdies, nine in a row, a new record

Having had a flirt with the leaderboard all through the Open last week, Mark Calcavecchia continued the recent trend of the old dogs rolling back the years this weekend. In his third round he took full advantage of the softened greens and prefferred lies offered on a rainsoaked Oakville in the Canadian Open. Kicking off on the tenth tee the old stager had a remarkable run of nine consecutive birdies, beating the old record of eight which is shared by several PGA tourists over the years. To put it in perspective, the last time eight was acheived was Jerry Kelly back in 2003.

So to go one more was pretty special from the 49 year old former Open winner, as the more you roll in, the more pressure comes with each stroke. As it was, Calcavecchia kept things simple, all nine of his birdie putts coming from withing 15 feet. It all began on the par three 12th, his third and ended as his chip from over the green on the par four 3rd trickled by the hole.

A couple of bogeys coming in left him with a 65, who can blame him for taking it easy over the closing holes, it's quite an effort.

"It is just fly it right to the stick. You give the guys out here no wind and greens that are plugging then you are going to see a lot of low scores."

But it wasn't these guys, it was the dude one year from the champions tour doing it. Self effacing to the last, he wasn't putting any money on the record stnding for long, but I wouldn't be so sure.

"Records are made to be broken. Could somebody make 10 in a row? Sure, it wouldn't surprise me if some guy whips out 10 birdies in a row sometime this weekend, it really wouldn't. These guys are good."

They may be good, but can anyone get that lucky?

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