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Blast from the past: Hobday’s putter lets him down, so he snaps ...


Blast from the past: Hobday’s putter lets him down, so he snaps it in half

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: May 18

1980 — Double world champion Kork Ballington wins the 250cc race at the Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix in Jarama, but his migration from 350cc to the premier 500cc isn’t as successful, ending 13th overall.

1980 — Charismatic golfer Simon Hobday snaps his putter after a woeful final round of 80 that dashed his hopes of victory in the Martini International at Wentworth. He had started the day just one shot behind Spaniard Seve Ballesteros, but he never got close to the £9,000 (R179,000) first prize, struggling on the concrete-like greens. “I never want to see that putter again,” said Hobday, who broke the club in the marker’s tent. “I didn’t want to make a big scene but I was absolutely heartbroken by the number of shots that putter cost me. I only struck two bad shots in the entire round and I finished with 80. I lost count how many times I three-putted. That putter deserves to be broken and I have chucked it away.”..

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