In this week’s edition, we celebrate a new tournament with a special twist, suggest a new future for Phil Mickelson and ponder a secret program’s place in the game.
Sandbelt Invitational. In the age of ever-increasing purses and out-sized bonuses, the idea of drawing players to a tournament based on the quality of the golf course seems, well, antiquated. It’s why the Sandbelt Invitational has the potential to be such an outlier.
The brainchild of Geoff Ogilvy and course architect Mike Clayton, the Sandbelt Invitational will be played Dec. 20-23 at four of Australia’s most revered courses – Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath, Peninsula Kingwood and Yarra Yarra.
The 72-hole event will feature a 60-player field of male and female pros and amateurs with a modest purse ($50,000 Australian), but Ogilvy hopes the event will evolve into something truly special.
“For an event that everybody can come to, if it inspires the kids to play golf and gets people out there walking to come see their friends and be social, just like the races or footy or something,” Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champion, told 10 News in Australia. “It’s more than just the game.”
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