Australia’s Vic Open should be a ‘blueprint’ for the professional game

David Regulation prepared marking his maiden European Trip win with a loads or two pints, Celine Boutier liked to toast her success with sparkling wine.

Golf, meanwhile, must commemorate that both players were resting at the same news conference table to discuss their triumph plans.

The Scotsman and the Frenchwoman were synchronised champs at the Vic Open, a joint occasion of ever before growing significance. This Australian competition supplies easily the most positive plan for expert golf’s future.

Feedback from a week that got to a fitting ending, with Legislation safeguarding his triumph in the men’s occasion thanks to a fantastic eagle at the 72nd opening, has been overwhelmingly favorable.

Irishman Paul Dunne, the 2017 champion of the British Masters, explained it as “a revolutionary occasion”.

The state funded tournament played over two training courses at Barwon Heads near Geelong in Victoria had 156 male competitors and also 156 female golfers sharing alternative tee times for the initial 2 days.

As former US Open winner Geoff Ogilvy commented, “it makes sense”. The Australian included: “They are ticking every box as well as the area is improving annually due to that.”

There were no ropes keeping back viewers, who are motivated to walk behind teams and take pleasure in the viewpoint of enjoying down the line of shots instead of from the side.

” Love having the no ropes and the crowd out on the course with me, golf in Ozzie regulations !!” tweeted Andrew “Beef” Johnston.

Former European Tour gamer turned program writer, analyst as well as designer, Michael Clayton, believes the feel-good aspect will certainly come to be transmittable.

” Word will spread out how much enjoyable the gamers have and also just how great the training courses are which it is much more than the regular week-to-week diet plan of excursion golf,” he mentioned. “The Europeans that ventured to Saudi Arabia the previous week certainly couldn’t have discovered two even more contrasting experiences.”

There was the strange gripe, a sensation that the women’s tees were a little also near the men’s consequently making the set up a lot more chastening for the female competitors.

Regulation won at 18 under par while Boutier, that slipped by England’s Charlotte Thomas, was 10 strokes worse. But those that utilize this as proof of women’s golf being substandard, totally misunderstand.

They are contrasting apples as well as oranges. What is important is the strength of competition. That’s why we watch and also both genders can supplying that in spade lots throughout all sporting activity.

The women’s finalists at the recent Australian Open tennis do not hit the ball as tough as their male equivalents. Yet Naomi Osaka as well as Petra Kvitova served up a much more exciting spectacle than Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the men’s last.

Golf is additionally a sporting activity where women and also guys can efficiently share the same stage and it should be just one of the game’s greatest marketing factors.

That’s why it was a large pity that just 4 of the top 50 in the women’s world positions turned up for the LPGA backed occasion. Those absentees from the only specialist golf Open offering equivalent prize money let down their fellow players, especially the Ladies European Tour participants that had actually been biffed from the event after the large sis excursion took over this year.

Yes the US$ 1.5 m reward funds for each tournament is not the greatest bag yet the concept is large for the women’s game. Golf’s sex pay void is a shame and also the women seriously require the spotlight.

It was such a missed out on chance by a lot of the leading players. Yet British Open champion Georgia Hall was there as well as the Dorset star sees a lot of possibility for the format.

” This could be an enormous step in the direction of more competitions similar to this,” she claimed. “Ideally one in the United States and also one in Europe.”

Discovering means to harness such spirit would certainly not be easy; the playing golf schedule is a logistical problem at the most effective of times. However it should be an absolute concern if the video game wishes to acquire a more informed photo.

The R as well as A’s Women in Golf Charter looks for to make all golfers mindful that this is a sporting activity for all and also the specialist tours must be looking for ways to team up to enhance the point.

Size of areas is an instantaneous problem, how many locations could deal with numerous gamers?

Yet might this be a vehicle to re-energise the men’s World Golf Championships events? These WGC’s, this year in Mexico, Austin, Memphis and also Shanghai, have much smaller numbers than normal scenic tour stops.

They are additionally losing their identity. The PGA and European Tours are much more interested in promoting their very own products – The Players Championship, FedEx Cup and also Race to Dubai as opposed to the more ambiguous WGC’s.

So why not have them rebranded as well as restructured in the means of the Vic Open up? Envision watching 2 tournaments simultaneously involving their climax including the best men’s and also women’s players on the planet.

Exactly how big would certainly be the advantage for the fairly poverty-stricken women’s game? It would certainly be appealing to large dynamic company backers as well as exactly how modern-day and onward thinking would certainly golf look after that?

This could be nothing even more than an idealistic pipe dream, essential steps in this instructions were taken Australia last week.

We must drink to that, however maybe not yet to the intended excess of Law and also Boutier.

Download the most up to date edition of BBC Sporting activity’s The Cut podcast on Tuesday mid-day. Iain Carter as well as Andrew Wedge are today joined by Paul Lawrie.

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