Veteran golf official’s task at last major of the year will see him
Complete the full set
Internationally acclaimed golf-rules official Theo Manyama will achieve a grand slam of his own when he represents South Africa at the PGA Championship next month. The fourth and last major of the year will tee off at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Wisconsin, US, from August 13-16.
The 72-year-old Alexandra-born veteran, whose career as a golf official spans 24 years, has been invited by the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of SA to officiate at the event.
The former caddie has an intimate knowledge of the laws of the game and is in big demand at the majors.
Manyama has served in 16 successive US Masters, nine US Opens and 19 consecutive British Open Championships.
Officiating at the PGA Championship will allow him to complete a full set in his distinguished career on international fairways.
Manyama has also represented South Africa as a chief rules official and referee on the Sunshine Tour and at numerous events on the European and US PGA tours.
Speaking from St Andrews in Scotland this week before his term of duty at the British Open, which ends today, an elated Manyama said he was up to the task of officiating at the PGA Championship.
“I’ve had many invitations to the PGA Championship over the years, but never had the financial support to take up the invitations,” said Manyama, who now lives in Alan Manor, Johannesburg.
“Thanks to the PGA of SA, I will be able to fulfil a lifelong dream this year.”
Manyama qualified as a rules official through the ruling authority of golf, the R&A, in 1992. His role is to observe if players follow the rules. “I consult widely with officials of other countries to ensure that players do not break the rules,” said Manyama.
“I was with Ernie Els at the 18th green when he sank the winning putt at the Open at Royal
SPOT-ON Manyama (left) and Sunshine Tour COO Grant Wilson check to see where a ball has landed