Wife’s health puts golf in perspective for Leishman

IT’S A serious business at St Andrews. The players’ faces are, for the most part, pictures of deep concentration, sporadically contorting with disgust when a shot goes astray. The marshals are on constant guard, reminding spectators of where they can and can’t be, swift to chastise any rogue usage of camera phones.

Australias Marc Leishman carded a blemishfree 64 at St Andrews to move to nine under for the tournament. Picture: PA
Australias Marc Leishman carded a blemishfree 64 at St Andrews to move to nine under for the tournament. Picture: PA

Serious weather has caused serious problems too, with reports of disgruntled players vocally venting their fury at embattled R&A officials following the farcical scenes on Saturday morning.

In the media centre, serious questions are asked of the competitors, techniques forensically dissected and states of mind probed. It is, in the end, an illusion, of course, because in the grand scheme of life everyone knows that a golf major is not really that major at all.