Sandwich England Open 2011
July 14, 2011 by staff
Sandwich England Open 2011, One of the main pleasures of the Open to see how the best golfers in the world to handle the unique challenges of competing in the British coast. So it was on Tuesday night, as fans got a first chance to witness a number of key players struggle against circumstances that are rarely confronted on the PGA Tour.
How for example, might react to Robert Karlsson Deal Spar run out of bread? Dustin Johnson could enjoy your trip to take a quick beer at the Kings Head only to find that hit golf addicts taking photos in their camera phones? And it might Stewart Cink and Lisa, established with skepticism to the foot of a windswept Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, finding a decent meal before dark?
Places of interest, have been frequent in the streets of Sandwich Deal and around the royal city of San Jorge at home this week, the world’s best players, and a cast of accompanying caddies, coaches, managers, officials and media down in Kent.
For many of the most pampered players and their entourages is an experience like no other.
Deal is a stately waterfront city with a distinguished naval history, while Sandwich itself is a charming red brick to deal with, its narrow streets full of pink-fronted cottages directly from the dreams of a marketing executive of Visit Britain.
However, under a leaden sky, with wind biffing carry the threat of rain across a channel looking angry neither would be a mistake to Pontao Vedra Beach or Lake Nona, the traditional habitat of the Florida golfer.
Culture shock can take some getting used to. Bubba Watson infamous not cope with it is in France for the French Open two weeks ago, criticizing almost everything he missed the cut after a sightseeing trip to Paris, which took “the high tower”, meet other like the Eiffel Tower.
If Watson found life at the door of the luxury hotel next to the Palace of Versailles uncomfortable, God knows what makes the arrangements for Open, where the vast majority of players do with rental housing in Sandwich and Deal.
Most players have the management companies and agents to take care of logistics, but you cannot escape the vagaries of English plumbing and Internet access. Colebrook Sturrock official agents have left hundreds of properties for the Open one-bedroom apartments at £ 1,800 per week to the homes of 11 rooms at £ 35,000, and the rate of water and the Web as a priority for most players.
“Certainly, the American players and guests that we insist on good showers, bathtubs definitely prefer showers,” said Wendy Knight, cheap Open coordinator. “Strange that the Japanese seems to be the opposite, that as a bathroom.
“The most important of them all these days is Internet access. All our properties really have to have that, and makes it much easier to leave if you have Sky Sports at home.” Knight found herself dealing with numerous issues such as temporary guests settle in. “We have overflowing toilets, no hot water, internet not working, doors will not open, that sort of thing. Just the kind of things that might happen in the home, multiplied by 100 “.
Former Open champion John Daly is a confessed lover of golf links and is unfazed by the conditions, if not enthusiastic.
“We have a house in Sandwich and well,” he said, pausing. “At least we have hot water. Okay, it’s funny. People have to understand what is old here. One of the things about Britain is that it is love or not, and I love it.” Once the have become naturalized players have to eat, which means venturing into the city for their livelihood.
Daly is happy with the rate so far. “The staple foods are easy for me because I like basics,” said Ricky Fowler and his compatriot, who plays Rory McIlroy with today and is sharing a house in Sandwich with Zach Johnson, is also happy with its traditional restaurants English.
“It’s a small town kind of cold. It’s different from where I grew up in Southern California; do not narrow streets and spaces there. We have been walking into town to get food and we have not eaten anything wrong, we found a good place in India and a couple of places in Thailand. It was good. “The tournament has been a windfall for local businesses, players help create a buzz.
“It’s very funny. The atmosphere is absolutely fantastic,” Becca said Hamer, a restaurant manager at the Fleur de Lis. “Luke Donald has already been signed and a piece of praise for us. He says:” Thanks for the pints! ”
“We had a top 50 U.S. golfers too [possibly Phil Mickelson] and people were running to get his autograph. You can feel in the city. There is a lot of partying.”
Steve Johnson, owner of Admiral Owen, also welcomed the players: “About 8 pm, it all begins. We had three big nights. A couple of professionals have used us and a lot of caddies.
“They love it here in Sandwich. You cannot get a better place. This pub is 550 years old and come here and says, ‘wow’. It is a great place to play golf. I can not imagine a nicer place “.
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