Mendoza: Another golf gone wrong, and here’s why

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Monday, March 24, 2014


HERE we go again. But this time, it is not so much about how one won with a mighty rally, but about how a leader collapsed so terribly it returns us back to golf’s true meaning.

Again, this is golf, a game with improbabilities that the outcome is so unpredictable it can only become true after the fact.

The fact is, a winner can only be known after the last putt of the tournament has been dropped.

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Well, yes, granting that no error has happened in the scoring tent after all the players had left, leaving behind all their scorecards to duly designated officials.

Did the players behaved while being there?

Officials not berated and treated courteously and respectfully by all players and markers alike?

And, finally, all scorecards were in order—as in no illegal erasures committed, and all the numbers legibly written on the scorecards and attested to as indisputably correct by all concerned?

It’s that tedious, you know. All loopholes need to be plugged.

It’s golf, too, you know. Rules are that airtight because just one infraction could
cost a player a fortune, if not his sanity.

And that’s discussing only about matters off the arena of battle.

In the battlefield, it’s quite as stringent too when it comes to approaching a game plan. In this game, no lead is safe, no matter how huge and imposing it might be.

Jay Bayron was 9 shots—of all people—behind his brother Rufino with one round left at Tagaytay’s Splendido on Sunday.

Jay shot a final-round 69 to Rufino’s 79 to win by one. Jay pocketed P270,000, establishing a record for the biggest comeback victory in recent memory.

“With me nine shots behind, I didn’t expect to win,” said Jay. “Maybe, this tournament was just for me.”

Maybe. With nine holes left, Jay made eagle and three birdies, including the winning 4 on the par-5 18th.

Rufino missed a playoff when he flubbed a 10-footer on 18, but that was nothing if you compare his third-round 65 to his last-round 79. Fourteen strokes tossed out the window. Just like that.

Now, isn’t golf “a walk spoiled,” indeed?

“I feel for my brother,” Jay said. “He collapsed.”

No, he played golf.

(alsol47@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 25, 2014.

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