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late and I had invited some people back,
including members of the Australian media.
“All in all, I must say it was obviously a
really fun evening, but as far as celebrations
go I’d say fairly tame. It wrapped up about
3am and we were kind of scrambling around
to find another couple of beers for everyone.”
Scott’s drink of choice is a beer. “My arm
can be easily twisted to drink anything,
but if it’s up to me I just drink beer. Never
got big into the rum when I was younger. I
drank bourbon a lot, so that was the spirit
we grew up on. I tried to stay away from the
old Bundy. That stuff is rocket fuel, i’nnit?”
Scott says with a laugh.
“I think it is important [to celebrate]. It
doesn’t mean you have to go out and get
absolutely blind to signify the importance
of having a win, but it is important to enjoy
it because what you don’t realise is how
quickly it’s old news. Monday it’s in the
newspapers, Tuesday it’s in the bin and
there’s another tournament going on that
week and there’ll be a new champion.
“ So, it really is important to enjoy those
wins when they do come and in whatever
way you like to celebrate – whether it’s
going out and partying or treating yourself
to something; something that confirms
to you that you’ve won, you’ve achieved
and that you can reset and go again
because it’s amazing how short-lived the
satisfaction of winning is. That’s why great
sportspeople, great golfers who have really
been successful, enjoy the process just as
much as the actual result and that is part of
“As you keep achieving you’ll realise
you’ve got to enjoy that (celebrating) part of
the process too, because it gives you more
satisfaction with the result.
“If it’s not you winning two in a row, you’re
old news and I don’t think you get the same
sense of satisfaction you do if you really
enjoy the process as much as the actual
playing and winning.”
‘Celebrating was a must’
The Great White Shark has long pointed to
his first victory as a professional as his most
important. It came at the 1976 West Lakes
Classic in Adelaide in what was also just his
third pro tournament start.
“I celebrated with my friend Bryan Smith,
who brought a bottle of champagne to the
18th green. And I don’t drink champagne!”
Norman recalls. “Bryan and I also had a few
beers after the clubhouse presentation and
then a steak dinner.
“After only starting the game five years
earlier, the victory gave me an incredible
amount of confidence and belief that I
belonged on the professional golf stage.
Obviously being my first victory ever,
celebrating was a must.”
‘It all tasted so good
out of the Auld Claret Jug’
An electric weekend’s golf catapulted Ian
Baker-Finch to the status of British Open
champion in 1991 and he was far from alone
in marking one of the great victories by an
“ The celebration took place at our rental
house after all my duties at Royal Birkdale
Golf Club,” Baker-Finch remembers today.
“Jennie had cooked up a large pot of her
famous spaghetti bolognese and anything
else we could find nearby after the golf ...
pizza, etc. Plus, all the Aussie beer we could
purchase (Vic Bitter and XXXX) and Aussie
red wine, including some Grange we found. It
all tasted so good out of the Auld Claret Jug.
“Many of the Aussies had stayed around,
including quite a few media representatives,
so there was quite a crowd. Steven Bann
stayed in the house all week, Robert Allenby,
Glenn Joyner and a few other players
dropped in. Golf Australia’s execs were in
the house next door as well.
“ The win meant I had achieved my long-
term goal of winning The Open and erased
many troubling memories of not being able
to finish. It was a sweet victory for all the
Aussies; we all loved seeing other Aussies
win Majors. It was an awesome period for
Australian professional golfers.”
‘My kids were drinking
lemonade out of the trophy’
His second Australian Open title at Moonah
Links in 2005 came in the holiday haven of
the Mornington Peninsula, so fittingly it
was Robert Allenby’s children who enjoyed
first ‘use’ of the silverware their father had
just reacquired for the first time in 11 years.
“That was a tournament that was pretty cool,”
Allenby tells Australian Golf Digest. “My
kids were drinking lemonade out of the trophy
at the Portsea pub, so that was quite comical.
They said, ‘Can we have our lemonade out of
the trophy, Dad?’ And I said, ‘Sure!’”
Eventually the harder stuff for the
Stonehaven Cup came later in the night.
“We had a few beers and then a few bottles
of Grange. That and the Henschke Hill of
Grace are my two favourites. I was with my
best mate Rob Curtain from the Portsea,
Sorrento area and I’d been staying at his
house, so we went out and celebrated. We
had a good night.
“It can be so stressful, this game, that you
need to have that moment when you come
back down to real life and reality. I think it’s
good to celebrate because it kind of helps the
moment and helps you relax a little bit as well.
I’ve always celebrated pretty well whenever
I’ve won and that’s always been a nice feeling.
Because otherwise it becomes a bit of a
letdown if you don’t get something from it.”
‘You never know which
will be your last’
Craig Parry says choosing a favourite
tournament victory is “like picking your
favourite child. I have three children so
I’ll claim three wins: 1991 Scottish Open,
2002 WGC–NEC Championship, 2007
The first was momentous in Parry’s career
in Europe and made him the favourite in
many pundit’s eyes at the British Open held
the next week. The second represented a
Greg Norman learned early on
the value of celebrating.
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