Posted on behalf of Mr “CC” Loveless
I am sure we have all heard the expression 2 up 5 to play never wins. It’s one of those old golfing sayings that has no statistical basis … it probably comes from golfers remembering the games more clearly that they have lost from 2 up with five holes to play wondering what went wrong.
Strangely enough that was the score myself and Jim had before we lost to the Greenwoods on the 2nd extra hole last year in the 7 day pairs.
This time we were 2 down 5 to play against another strong father/son pairing that came in the shape of Bob and Danny Betts.
We hadn’t played overly well on the front and I gifted them 9 and 11 with a pair of missed 2 footers for halves which hadn’t helped our cause. A hole winning par on 13 got us back to 2 down.
Poor 2nd & 3rd shots on 14 handed the Betts the hole and we stared into the abyss…3 down 4 to play. The 15th was halved with 5s. Bob played the hole well and just missed his par with 3 putts from the side of the green above the hole…myself and Jim were displaying interesting golfing skills with thins and hacks. Suffice to say I rolled in a 6(ish) footer for a bogey half and to keep the match barely alive…dormie 3 down. On 16 Jim scored a great net birdie to get us to dormie 2 down.
17th. I parred in regulation to Bob’s bogey. Domie 1 down.
18th. My bogey/net par nicked the hole against Danny’s bogey (Bob had gone swimming).
BACK TO THE FIRST!
Bob and Jim halved with pars and my long birdie putt went passed the hole but was not really on line.
TO THE SECOND!!!
Jim found the green in two from the heavy right hand rough…myself and the Betts all had makeable par putts. I went first and missed. Jim rolled up but a nasty bobble killed it and it finished at least 4′ short.
Bob and Dan’s par putts rolled agonisingly close but missed.
As the saying goes “cometh the hour cometh the man”…Jim addressed the ball and straight into the middle of the hole.
Bob and Dan were magnanimous in defeat and beers shared…unfortunately they also had to put up with the biggest smile on my face since…well…last year in a certain pairs match. Sorry guys!