Sporting life

For golf fans, love for the game can be measured in miles

Fans filming Matt Kuchar in action during the final round of the SMBC Singapore Open at Sentosa's Serapong Course yesterday. The American mixed four birdies with a triple-bogey to lift the title on his first appearance here.
Fans filming Matt Kuchar in action during the final round of the SMBC Singapore Open at Sentosa's Serapong Course yesterday. The American mixed four birdies with a triple-bogey to lift the title on his first appearance here. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Constantly changing course and altering shape, a river of people winds through Serapong under a Sunday sun. At some holes there's a trickle, at others a flood. They "woo-hoo" a Miguel Tabuena chip at the first hole and go "Ohhh" in awe at a Jazz Janewattananond putt. They are a walking orchestra and an obedient one. When QUIET signs go up, their muttering music stops.

It's the final day of the SMBC Singapore Open and I am walking the course. Arnold Palmer had an entire army, but this is an impressive battalion of fans. There is talent on the course but also a crowd to toast it. As Palmer once said: "When people ask what's driven me all these years, I always give the same answer. It's you."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 20, 2020, with the headline 'For golf fans, love for the game can be measured in miles'. Subscribe