We have a round with Peter Thorn­ton - a con­trib­u­tor to NZGM.

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - CONTENTS -

01 If you could pick any three peo­ple, Alive or Dead, to play in a four­ball with, who would they be?

My Dad, Tiger Woods (in his prime) and Rory McIl­roy.

02 And the three peo­ple you would least like to play with?

Hard to say. My Dad when he is hav­ing a good round. He never shuts up. En­joy play­ing with most peo­ple. Any­one who cheats or spends most of the time talk­ing about them­selves. Again my Dad.

03 Your favourite course is?

When I was 21 on my OE I worked at the Turn­berry Re­sort on the Ayr­shireA Coast of Scot­land in their food anda bev­er­age team. We got to play the cham­pi­onshipc Ailsa course and it was a greatg ex­pe­ri­ence. I hit 86 and lovedlo every hole. Steyn City, which we playedp on a Black Caps tour of South Africa,A is also amaz­ing.

04 How far can you hit your seven iron?


05 Who is your favourite player to watch?

Rory McIl­roy. He is one of the best driv­ers of the golf ball and he makes it look so easy. Would love to see him get back to his best of three years ago when he won the Open at Royal Liver­pool. Be great to see him com­plete the ca­reer Grand Slam at Au­gusta.

06 And your least favourite to watch.

Any­one who plays slowly.

07 What is the fun­ni­est thing you have seen or ex­pe­ri­enced play­ing golf?

My good mate Carl Fen­ton at NZ Golf be­gin­ning his round at Car­ring­ton. He teed off on the par 3 10th. Hit the ground be­hind the ball and took a huge amount of turf which com­pletely cov­ered his golf ball which was still on the tee. The boys en­joyed that one.

08 Best near miss or hole in one story?

I haven't had a hole in one on a proper course but there is a pitch n putt course at the ho­tel in front of Turn­berry and the open­ing hole is 112m. The first time I played the course I hit a shot that bounced 2m short and then went straight into the hole. Still wait­ing for that mo­ment on a proper course.

09 And the strong­est part of your game?

Good ques­tion. I'm pretty av­er­age at most parts. When I am play­ing well I can drive the ball a long way but it doesn't al­ways go straight.

10 Tell us about your long­est hole out.

Well it wasn't a hole out but it is worth talk­ing about. We play a three hole chal­lenge – the best ag­gre­gate score for the fi­nal three holes for a dozen beers – and I was five shots back from my good mate James Dun­lop head­ing down the last at Ti­ti­rangi. I drove the green (par 4) and made the putt for a two and he went out of bounds and ended up mak­ing 11. I won the beers by four shots and he wasn't too happy.

11 Tell us about your best round.

78 at Ti­ti­rangi. It was one of those days where I played well, got lucky on a few holes and ev­ery­thing dropped. I made five birdies and drained two 30 feet par putts on my fi­nal two holes to break 80 for the first and only time at Ti­ti­rangi. 12 What is your hand­i­cap? 18

13 If you could pick one course to play, which one would it be and why?

Au­gusta Na­tional. Just be­cause it is al­most im­pos­si­ble to get on there and I know every hole on the course so well after watch­ing the Mas­ters every year for as long as I can remember. I'd love to play the 18th at Au­gusta.

14 Who would you get the most sat­is­fac­tion out of beat­ing on a golf course?

My brother Greg. We grew up want­ing to beat each other at ev­ery­thing and at all costs. Even though we are older now, and should be bet­ter than that, we aren't.

15 What is your ca­reer or life high­light?

I've been lucky in my ca­reer and have been to some amaz­ing places. I went to the 2011 Mas­ters at Au­gusta, the Rio Olympics, Black Caps test at Lord's, but the best ex­pe­ri­ence of my ca­reer was be­ing the me­dia man­ager of the Black Caps dur­ing the 2015 Cricket World Cup. I'll never for­get that win over South Africa at Eden Park. Life high­light is the birth of our daugh­ter Char­lie.

16 What NZ Re­gion do you think presents golf the best?

Queen­stown. The Hills. Mill­brook. Jack's Point. Ar­row­town. Kelvin Heights. Wanaka. It has some great lay­outs and it is the best place for a sum­mer golf trip with the lads, es­pe­cially with the NZ Open down there.

17 Was golf al­ways a sport for you? What other sports in­ter­ests have you had?

I have loved golf for as long as I can remember. It's the best game as every day and every round is dif­fer­ent. You never mas­ter it. I played premier rugby for East Coast Bays and over­seas for a few years and al­ways wanted to fol­low my Grandpa to be an All Black but didn't quite make it.

18 With so much travel around the world, where is your favourite place to re­lax and un­wind?

Pauanui. My par­ents have a beach house down there and it is the place I al­ways think about when I am miss­ing home.

A view from be­hind the green of the re-de­signed 248 yards par 3, ninth hole of the Ailsa Course at the Trump Turn­berry Re­sort in Turn­berry, Scot­land. Tiger Woods.

Ti­ti­rangi Golf Club. Ti­ti­rangi Golf Club. Rory McIl­roy.

Ly­dia Ko dur­ing the Rio Olympics 2016. Au­gusta Na­tional Golf Club. Pauanui, Coro­man­del Penin­sula. The Hills, Queen­stown.

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