Imagine a golfer holding the U.S. Open and PGA Championship trophies and taking aim at the green jacket. Think he'd be getting a bit of love?
If Greg Chalmers had done in America what he's in the middle of doing in Australia, he'd be getting more coverage than anybody this side of Tom Brady. But since Chalmers' feat is happening on the other side of the world, he's not drawing a whole lot of ink ... which is a shame, because he's putting together an impressive run.
Chalmers won the Australian Open a couple weeks ago, holding off John Senden and an American upstart by the name of Tiger Woods. Then, this past weekend, he won the Australian PGA, setting the stage for that rarest of Australian golf achievements: the Triple Crown, all three majors in one Aussie summer.
Chalmers would be only the second golfer to pull off the feat; Robert Allenby did it back in 2005. And now, with a sign-off from his family, Chalmers will be taking a run at the Australian Masters. Previously, he'd indicated he was going to take time off to spend with his family. But his family wisely told him that chances to make history like this don't come around all that often, and so he'll be in Melbourne to play.
Chalmers' success has vaulted him into the British Open field for 2012, and his success has jacked his Official World Golf Ranking from 203 to 63. If he's able to get into the top 50, all kinds of doors to the biggest tournaments in the world open wide for him. He'd be in the Masters, the British Open and the U.S. Open, and he'd also get an invite to three of the four World Golf Championship tournaments.
Chalmers has success at the Masters; two years ago, he finished second to Woods at the Australian Masters in what would end up being Woods' final victory to date. This year, Woods won't be in attendance, but Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and Matteo Manassero, among many others, will be. So if he wins this thing, he'll have to earn it.
[Via The Australian]