The Awkward Silence

Published on March 20, 2020

Sentosa, Singapore, March 20: The coming months will be awkward as the daily rituals of all players have been thrown into a disarray with the global COVID-19 outbreak disrupting the normalcy of life.

While golf fans are left reeling from the unexpected dearth of action from the fairways, players are also making lifestyle adjustments as their sporting world grinds to an abrupt halt.

When it used to be a day out, navigating the tapestry of the golf course, battling the elements and fellow rivals, it is now turning out to be a fight against a deadly virus which is curtailing their golfing ambitions.

As many now embrace the sobering reality that it will be a while before they step back to the tee, golf, as with life, still has to go on albeit some adjustments.

With the Philippines in lockdown, Miguel Tabeuna, is keeping himself sharp while entertaining himself with playful golf trickeries in the comforts of his home.

“Life still goes on and it can actually be fun recreating my golfing experience in the comforts of my home,” said Tabuena, a two-time Asian Tour winner.

For Australia’s Scott Hend, the 10-time Asian Tour winner prefers to stay ahead of the game by keeping himself in tip-top shape when the season eventually resumes.

“It’s going to be a jammed packed end of year if we get to play so I plan to hit the gym and try to gain and put on some muscle. It’s better be fit and strong ready to go,” said Hend, one of the most well-travelled golfers from Australia.

HONG KONG- The Hong Kong Open at the Fanling Golf Club, Fanling, Hong Kong, the Asian Tour USD$ 1 million season opener event, January 9-12, 2020. Picture by Paul Lakatos / Asian Tour.

As true professionals, golfers are tuned to believe in hopeful outcomes.

And when this all blows over, Hend knows he is ready to take on the very best players from the world again.

“I know the guys on the PGA TOUR aren’t that much better than me. It’s just a matter of getting the breaks and taking advantage of those when they come around. There can only be so many guys on that Tour at one time. So sometimes, you just need to have some patience,” said Hend, the first ever Australian to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2016.

From hitting the gym to recreating their own golf sanctuary at home, American Berry Henson, who won the 2011 Philippines Open, is attempting to create his own live talk show over social media so as to combat the tedium of spending his days stuck at home and ‘keeping the positive vibes going’.

“It’s something new which I’m trying to create. We’re going through some tough times at the moment and I just hope the golfing community can come together and share our knowledge, experience and basically enjoying each other company online. When you put everyone together in the same place, trying to overcome the problem together, the world will be a better place,” said Henson.