Greg Chalmers - November 29, 2011


In comparing his two wins in Australia recently, the one with the most emotion was the Australian Open because it was his national open and he had not won a significant event in a very long time. The Australian PGA win actually came as something of a surprise as a number of players were in contention in the final round but fell away during the day on Sunday. He said he will play in the JBWere Masters to try to complete the Australian Triple Crown. It will be in three weeks so he will take the next two weeks off and then play in a great event with a great field including Luke Donald and Ian Poulter.

He is more focused on earning world ranking points to improve his position up from his current spot of 63rd than he is on winning the Triple Crown.  This year the Australian events have had incredible fields thanks to the Presidents Cup being in Melbourne so the fact that he has been able to win against stronger fields makes the wins that much more special. The fact that he has jumped as high as he has in the OWGR thanks to those wins is surprising to him.

When it comes to the International team struggles in the Presidents Cup, he could say 1,000 words about what can be done to improve their chances but it is important to remember that the Presidents Cup is young and there is still time to win. The more they play, the better they will get. The International team every year consists of some of the best players in the world but it is the nature of the game and of match play that you can play well and lose as well as play poorly and win. As long as the team members play well, they will always have a chance.

In response to the feud between Allenby and Ogilvy, Chalmers admitted that he was a bit tipsy the night of the incident in Coolum and did not care that much about anything else that was happening in that room at the Hyatt Regency. He advised Erik and Gary to ask Robert or Geoff about the issue but he also said that it was unfortunate that these two guys had an argument and it was unfortunate that their disagreement escalated the way it did. The issue has become a bit of a big deal in Australia. The person he would least want to have an argument or a feud with is K.J. Choi although Steve Elkington would be one to think about as well. Fortunately for him, he is not all that sure that there is a player he is nervous about having a feud with but there may be a guy out there.

With his recent success, he and his family are looking forward to the holiday season. He is trying to ride this wave of success for as long as he can and hopes that this success will spark success in the United States on the PGA TOUR in 2012.