Thursday 22 March 2018

Oakley's senior moment

IT was more like a Marx Brothers movie than a British Seniors Open as Pete Oakley (63) lost his caddie, wife and two strokes in the Turnberry rough. Fearing his ball might go missing in knee-high grass by 13 last Friday, Oakley sent his caddie, who also happens to be his wife Jennifer, forward to keep a lookout.

Mrs Oakley walked ahead, briefly taking shelter from the whipping wind behind a toilet. When she spied several people searching for a ball nearby, she enthusiastically joined the hunt... discovering minutes later it wasn't for her husband's ball, which had landed in a fairway bunker, but an errant shot from the nearby 10th hole.

By the time Jennifer returned to the 13th fairway, her exasperated hubby already had headed back to the tee, informing European Tour referee Andy McFee he'd not lost his ball but was looking for his wife and caddie instead.

After several minutes, all were reunited by the bunker but McFee still imposed a two-stroke penalty for "undue delay". Oakley shot 83 and missed the cut by a mile, so there's no pressure on the marriage ... but don't mention senior moments!

Irish Independent

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