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THE International from Colorado is an event where attacking play is rewarded by a Stableford scoring system, writes Steve Palmer.
An albatross (worth eight points) can propel a player from the lower reaches of the leaderboard up to the summit. Of course, an albatross is a very rare bird indeed and only a select few will notch one before they meet their maker.
I have enjoyed a hole-in-one in my time, but never bagged an albatross. My fairway woods are wilder than, urm, Kim Wilde, so the par-fives do not offer a real chance. And, although there are a couple of driveable par-fours at the course I play, I snapped my driver in a lamentable fit of pique a few months ago, so they are now out of range.
I've just realised there is nothing I want more in life than an albatross. How sad is that? I may have to travel to the Otago Peninsula in New Zealand where apparently there is a huge albatross colony. I could capture one, kill it, stuff it and hang it on my wall. I think that might give me the same sense of achievement as actually making a two on a par-five.
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Aug 8, 2003|
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