Teeing off at Da Lat's new luxury golf course
The Dalat at 1200 will be the home of the golf institute, the first for the Asian Tour, which is the official sanctioning body for professional golf in the region.
Champions are not born or made, they are forged in the pressure of the situation and while young McIlroy showed great stuff in the event, he didn't quite endure the high heat and pressure which could have been brought to bear if Fowler and Garcia had stepped up their games a bit more.
As a golf club manager/director of golf and as an occasional tournament player, I have seen firsthand what can happen when someone "buys" your caddie and I have sacked a few caddies for taking payment to screw up their player.
If you visit almost any website devoted to professional golf, you will see at least one story on the guy and probably more before the day is out. It doesn't matter if the guy is winning, losing or injured and not competing.
Welsh poet Dylan Thomas wrote a powerful piece where he urges the people to "not go quietly into that good night / rage, rage against the dying of the light."
As mentioned last week, my tournament efforts in Da Lat fell short… by a foot. Or, more accurately, two feet. Mine.
Well, my hopes for a win at the Vietnam Amateur Open at Dalat Palace GC came to a crashing halt on Thursday after being tied for 4th place after the first round.
The US Open Championship is always an exciting event, due to the fact that it's a major and, even more so, because the USGA is known for setting up courses in such a way that top playing professionals seek psychiatric help afterwards and gobble Maalox like candy during the rounds.
Getting into the US Open would expose him to sponsorship by equipment sponsors, clothing sponsors and would be a huge boost to his career. The temptation to let the 70 stand and keep his mouth shut would be enormous…
If you go to a golf course in the US or Europe, most of the time you can hear a pin drop because it's so quiet out there. While I have no illusions that this will ever change completely here, it sure would be nice if they lowered the volume a little…
As you might imagine, some golf courses are scrambling to fill empty slots and this means there might be a few really good bargains floating around.

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