JARROD Lyle was remembered at Melbourne’s Metropolitan Golf Club with wife Briony and daughter Lusi greeting the Australia and US teams on the “Lyle Mile”.
The two teams were met by two bags on the seventh tee – one in memory of Lyle and the other Peter Thomson, who passed away in 2018 – with Briony and Lusi embraced by all players.
The Lyle Mile was a par five at last week’s Australian Open. It is also being used at the World Cup of Golf and next week’s Australian PGA Championship to recognise and remember Lyle and raise awareness for Challenge, which supports children with cancer.
“I knew she was going to be out here – I didn’t know which hole,” Leishman said of Briony.
“Obviously it’s terrible what she’s going through at the moment and what she has been through, especially to have Lusi out there as well.
“It was a tough moment, but she’s doing it a lot harder than we are, and if we can help her with that, that’s a good thing. It was nice to see her.
“It was nice to get that tee shot away, to be honest. It was a tough tee shot.”
There’s a three-way tie at the top, with England and Korea equalling the Aussie team’s round of 10-under 62 as the feared fierce weather failed to show up and low scores prevailed.
HATTON’S REMEDY FOR ROUGH RIDE
WE’VE all had bad days on the golf course.
But Englishman Tyrrell Hatton had already planned his remedy as he made the way off the 18th at Metropolitan.
After a “frustrating” back nine to forget, Hatton thanked his lucky stars that partner Ian Poulter was able to carry the can to keep England in the mix at six-under, four shots off the leaders.
And he knew a particular double would be just what the doctor ordered to turn his fortunes.
“We have made a decision (on who will play which holes today), although with how I played the back nine, it might be discussed later on seeing as I can’t actually hit a green at the moment,” he said.
“Back nine’s made me pretty grumpy.
“I’m going to go in the jacuzzi, that’s all I’m going to do, and eat a nice big steak.”
GOLF GIVING BACK TO JOSEPH
THE phone call to play in the World Cup was welcomed by all, but none more so than Joseph Naffah.
The Venezuelan, who paired with countryman Jhonattan Vegas, described the call-up as a “gift” after severe spinal injuries threatened his golf career more than 30 years ago.
“It’s been a long road for me as a person, because I struggled with some heavy injuries in my spine,” he said.
“I’m just going to try and enjoy the moment, every single one of it and play golf, which is what we do. No expectations.”
Naffah, 49, first injured his back 31 years ago.
“I was in college. I slipped a bone, and then after that I did everything I could to avoid surgery. Got infected with some injections, which I was very unlucky, and that kind of killed my golfing career,” he said.
“At that point, golfing was out of the question and I just wanted to get healthy to be able to create a family and all that. God gave me that, I created a family, three beautiful children, and I feel pleased.”
ROUND 2 TEE TIMES (Friday – all times local)
10:35am – Scott VINCENT / Benjamin FOLLETT-SMITH Zimbabwe
Stuart MANLEY / Bradley DREDGE Wales
10:45am – Joost LUITEN / Daan HUIZING Netherlands
Martin KAYMER / Maximilian KIEFFER Germany
10:55am – Adam HADWIN / Nick A TAYLOR Canada
Adrian OTAEGUI / Jorge CAMPILLO Spain
11:05am – Kiradech APHIBARNRAT / Prom MEESAWAT Thailand
Abraham ANCER / Roberto DIAZ Mexico
11:15am – Russell KNOX / Martin LAIRD Scotland
Kyle STANLEY / Matt KUCHAR USA
11:25am – Haotong LI / Ashun WU China
Satoshi KODAIRA / Hideto TANIHARA Japan
11:35am – Peter KARMIS / Alexander TRANACHER Greece
Dylan FRITTELLI / Erik VAN ROOYEN South Africa
11:45am – Alexander LEVY / Mike LORENZO-VERA France
Mikko KORHONEN / Mikko ILONEN Finland
11:55am – Jhonattan VEGAS / Joseph NAFFAH Venezuela
Ryan FOX / Mark BROWN New Zealand
12:05pm – Alexander BJÖRK / Joakim LAGERGREN Sweden
Andrea PAVAN / Renato PARATORE Italy
12:15pm – Anirban LAHIRI / Gaganjeet BHULLAR India
Shane LOWRY / Paul DUNNE Ireland
12:25pm – Thorbjørn OLESEN / Søren KJELDSEN Denmark
Thomas PIETERS / Thomas DETRY Belgium
12:35pm – Gavin GREEN / Ben LEONG Malaysia
Marc LEISHMAN / Cameron SMITH Australia
12:45pm 1 Tyrrell HATTON / Ian POULTER England
Byeong Hun AN / Si Woo KIM Korea