Not many people can say they’ve had a putting lesson from one of the stars of the most recent Ryder Cup.
Rob Ginley can.
Originally from Lennoxtown, near Glasgow, Rob has lived in Chorley for 45 years and has been playing golf for the last 30.
As recently as two seasons ago, he was playing off 5.5 but has seen that creep back up to nine.
So, when he saw Callaway Kings of Distance 2018 was coming to Stockport Golf Club, he signed up straight away in the hope of picking up some pointers to help turn his form back around.
“I was actually in Tenerife playing golf with my wife when I got an email telling me I was in,” he revealed. “I spent the next hour texting all my mates. Look where I’m going and you’re not, that kind of thing. They were pretty jealous.”
Rob said that he turned up to the event with the goal of “just enjoying every minute of the experience” – but it’s fair to say one part of it left a particularly long-lasting impression on him.
“I really enjoyed the putting with Thomas Pieters,” he added. “As soon as we finished the group talk, I went over to one of the training aids at the far end of the green. Next thing I know, Thomas was standing over my shoulder. We had a bit of a chat and he gave me some really good pointers.
“I made sure to get a picture with him and, as soon as he left, I was back on the phone again texting my mates to tell them that I’ve got a new doubles partner. They were pretty jealous of that, too!
“It was just a brilliant day from start to finish.”
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