“And that’s the result of a push to make golf accessible to everybody, not only to those who have a lot of money.”
Golf already has captivated World Cup winners Ronaldo and Kaka, Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello and three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten.
Today, most of Brazil’s 105 courses can be played by anybody, even nonmembers, and often at reasonable prices.
A weekend round on some courses can be played for $21, and a bucket of about 50 practice balls at one of the country’s 15 driving ranges usually costs $4 or less.
The average price for a round, however, is about $34 ― still high in a country where the minimum wage is just $127 a month.
At the country’s first public golf complex, the FPG Golf Center in Sao Paulo, free golf clinics are offered for children. More than 300 children and teenagers have joined the program since 2001, said Joao Batista Rodrigues, the teaching pro who runs the clinics.
David Duval posted a 68 on Friday that had the fans and his fellow pros wondering if this was 2006 or a late 1990s flashback. Duval has been saying that his game was coming around, and the timing is just right for him to make a breakthrough.
"・・・・ It's a matter of confidence in how I'm playing. My results haven't been nearly what I thought they should be this year to this point."
The five-year exemption he earned for winning the British Open, which covers the majors and the PGA Tour, runs out after this season. There are still ways Duval could stay eligible on the Tour. But the free passes to the majors -- all except the British -- are gone after this summer's PGA Championship.
Duval has a chance to change that over the weekend. It's been a long time since he could say that.
ジョセフ ペアレント Joseph Parent 塩谷 紘
ボビー ジョーンズ オー・ビー キーラー Robert T.,Jr. Jones