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