「我離港前到過一間精神科醫院。當時有位病人禮貌地問,一個以作為世上最悠久民主政體而自傲的國家,如何能夠將此地交給一個政治制度非常不同的國家,且既沒諮詢當地公民,又沒給予他們民主的前景,好讓他們捍衞自己的將來。一個隨行同事說,奇怪,香港提出最理智問題的人,竟在精神科醫院。」彭定康 金融時報

“During a visit to a mental hospital before I left Hong Kong, a patient politely asked me how a country that prided itself on being the oldest democracy in the world had come to be handing over his city to another country with a very different system of government, without either consulting the citizens or giving them the prospect of democracy to safeguard their future. Strange, said one of my aides, that the man with the sanest question in Hong Kong is in a mental hospital.”Chris Patten Financial Times

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

91st PGA Champion 2009

91st PGA Champion 2009



週一早上一進入 office,就喜氣洋洋,班韓籍同事們興高采烈,原來有位韓國朋友,勝出了今年度的美國高爾夫球四大錦標的 PGA 比賽,還要是勝了老虎仔活士,巴閉囉!


在美國中部 明尼蘇達州,Minneapolis-St.Paul 外圍的小鎮 Chaska, Hazeltine Golf Course 舉行的二零零九年度 PGA 大賽,經過三天比賽後,由老虎仔活士以低八桿暫列首位,南韓球手 Yang Yong-eun (漢字:梁容銀)以低六桿, 和去屆冠軍愛爾蘭的 Padraig Harrington 同是低六桿居次,緊隨在後。 但由 老虎仔活士 和 梁容銀 Yang Yong Eun 配對,組成最後一組 Tee-Off,兩人桿對桿、洞對洞,貼身較量。


老虎仔首先失手,賽事一半,前九個洞後,吃下兩次“拍忌”bogey,梁容銀穩扎穩打以 Par 完成前九個洞,兩人平手 (-6 vs -6),而 Padraig Harrington 就在第八洞連番失手,一個洞輸掉了五桿,嚴重脫了腳,距離太遠無得再追,遂變成祇是 活士 和 梁容銀 之爭。


上半場比賽 活士和梁容銀未分高下,都是低于標準桿六桿(-6 vs -6),進入下半場,老虎仔在第十一洞得到“小鳥” birdie,但第十二洞又吃下“拍忌”bogey,打回原形(-6 vs -6)。直至第十四洞,梁容銀打出一隻“ 老鷹” Eagle,活士也得到“小鳥” birdie(-8 vs -7),梁容銀領先活士一桿。


第十五十六洞兩人都是以 Par 完成,第十七洞,梁容銀 和 活士都吃下“拍忌” bogey (-7 vs -6),但雙差仍然是一桿。第十八個洞老虎仔失準,吃下“拍忌” bogey,而梁容銀就得到“小鳥” birdie,來回雙差兩桿(-8 vs -5),梁容銀就以低于標準桿八桿,勝了祇低于標準桿五桿的球王老虎仔活士,得到 PGA 冠軍。


老虎仔除了飲恨失冠之外,也打破了自己創下,若領先進入第四天比賽,十四次從未失手的記錄,今次第十五次,以領先姿態進入第四天比賽,卻輸了給南韓人梁容銀。而後者也成為第一位亞裔,也是第一位南韓人,勝出重要高爾夫球大滿貫比賽。


Hole-by-hole results:
Y.E. Yang 梁容銀的四天揮桿表
Tiger Woods 老虎活士的四天揮桿表


後記:
下午蛇竇的吹水會,提及中國男籃輸了給西亞的伊朗,只能屈居亞軍,而南韓的高球選手梁容銀就成功奪冠。有同事認為,東亞人的體質,暫時還未能和西亞人、白人、黑人相比。就看小巨人姚明,每季在NBA比賽,都受傷而回,今次季尾更要做手術,康復後再操練,起碼多過一年,到時姚明也老多一歲。東亞人還是應該,發展、提倡、重點培訓,有利東亞人體質的運動項目,勉強而為之,殆矣!



伸延閱覽:
YE Yang wins US PGA Championship 2009 英文谷歌新聞搜尋
PGA錦標賽 南韓梁容銀奪標 中文谷歌新聞搜尋
The 2009 PGA Championship - Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska,Minnesota PGA Official Site
Watch Harrington's quintuple-bogey PGA Official Site
Yang chips in for eagle on No. 14 PGA Offiicial Site



10 comments:

exile from hk said...

I watched the game on TV yesterday. Wood's performance was affected by his knee surgery. At least that's what the commentators said. It is nice to see a new star was born. I am happy for whoever won. Yang cried. Did you see? Very exciting game indeed.

the inner space said...

Exile, I didn't watch the fourth and final day of the tournament on TV in Hong Kong, becoz it was our Monday morning here.

However, I viewed several video segments from the PGA official web site, which I have also built the Links above in "伸延閱覽".

You were lucky Exile, sometimes the first snd second leaders were in different group that lessened the excitement.

I always root for the underdog though!

微豆 Haricot said...

Yeah, it's big news here cuz Tiger Wood is big name.

>> ... 東亞人還是應該,發展、提倡、重點培訓,有利東亞人體質的運動項目,勉強而為之,殆矣!

I think sport is not just abt winning international tournaments. It is also abt encouraging younger people to try different non-traditional sport. I hate to tell young Chinese that they can only play ping pong. I am an avid downhill and cross-country skier and not a bad curler either. So, I don't think we should short-change our youths with restrictions.

微豆 Haricot said...

您八月十七的「三宝」文章沒有容許讀者留言喎!!

the INNER Space said...

Hari Big Brother, Indeed it was big news everywhere and esp. those keeping an eye of GoLF tournaments, which has grown their popularity at HK.

As for your comment about SPORT, it holds true only when someone playing sport as an hobby or a game of FUN.

While for those who took it as their career there were difference. i.e. as a professional player ~ a main JOB to earn his/ her living and to support his or her family.

I guess Hari Big Brother, you are/were an amateur sportman in downhill, cross-country skiing and curling on ice, have not yet turned professional !

the inner space said...

》》您八月十七的文章沒有容許讀者留言喎!!
I shall look into the matter tonight!

the inner space said...

hari big brother, the defects were resolved automatically by Blogger.


這現象亦曾在其他網友網頁上發生,是供應商的問題。 通常祇要點擊標題,入到獨立的網頁便可留言,但因我沒有利用標題,這個特別功能,致令兄臺未能留言,十分抱歉!可能下次再發生時,兄臺先進入之前之後的一篇網誌後,再點擊下一篇或上一篇,也能入到去的。

並借此機會,感謝兄臺,時來捧場。

微豆 Haricot said...

Space:

>> ... you are/were an amateur sportman .... have not yet turned professional !

Ha!!Ha !!! I have no intention of being a pro and will never be one in this life time. For me, sport is for fun :)

I appreciate your visits to my blog too !!!

the inner space said...

Hari 兄:eh! amateur is good in some sense,however going back several decades while the Olympics still insisted on amateur basis many so called amateur sportsmen/ sportswomen were living in "Hung goat head sold dog meat" basis.

There were no FUN at all being aamateur! and always feared of being unfolded by the organizers.

That situation esp common for Russians and the Eastern European countries under the then WARSAW treaty countries.

微豆 Haricot said...

>> ... "Hung goat head sold dog meat"

Yes, I remember many years back, the USSR and Eastern Block countries were sending military "amateurs" to the Olympic Games to compete.