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Prime Partnerships

Charley Hoffman

Martin and Gerina Piller are a married couple who swear on a television ad they aren’t competitive off the golf course. Then, they are shown trying to beat the other in everything from holding your breath underwater to going rock-paper-scissors to see who takes out the rubbish.

But on Sunday, they were firmly on each other’s side. They had the chance to be the first husband and wife to win on their respective tours on the same day. Although they both came up short, each undone along the way by an untimely double bogey, they prove that you can travel the globe separately, still support one another and have a successful marriage.

The PGA Tour Champions was founded on successful partnerships with the Legends of Golf in 1978. All these years later, the Legends were back and an unlikely looking pair took the title. Woody Austin, who swears he’s not as intense as you think, and the California-cool Michael Allen took the title when Allen – who used an anchored long putter last year – holed a birdie putt on the final hole.

Wesley Bryan won his second Tour event on his own Sunday. But it was his duo with brother George that made them famous as the Bryan Brothers with their viral trick-shot videos.

Charley Hoffman, who won the Valero Texas Open, Haru Nomura (Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic) and Soomin Lee (Shenzhen International) all depend on their caddies to varying extents.

While it’s true that ours is a solitary game, there are always people with whom you join forces that you couldn’t succeed or even live without. Behind every champion golfer, there is always someone. SEE FULL ISSUE



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