Vet­eran golf of­fi­cial’s task at last ma­jor of the year will see him

Com­plete the full set

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­

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

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