Tuesday, January 01, 2019

 Rory Sabbatini becomes citizen of Slovakia, has shot at 2020 OlympicsPicture of Rory Sabbatinie by courtesy of Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

South African-born Rory Sabbatini becomes citizen of Slovakia, has shot at 2020 Olympics 


Don’t be surprised to hear these words at the Sony Open: “Now, on the tee, from Slovakia, Rory Sabbatini.”
The South African-born Sabbatini last week became an official citizen of Slovakia, according to Slovak newspapers SME and Novy Cas. Sabbatini’s wife, Martina Stofanikova, is from Slovakia.
The Slovak Golf Association says it is sending proof of citizenship to the International Golf Federation, which would allow the 42-year-old Sabbatini to play under the Slovak flag. It also would make him eligible to play for the Eastern European country in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Sabbatini is No. 203 in the world ranking. The Olympics takes no more than two players from each country – four if they are among the top 15 – until the field size is at 60 players. Currently, the No. 60 player in the Olympic ranking is Daan Huizing, who is No. 340 in the world ranking.
“I believe that I will be successful for Slovak golf and will be a source of inspiration for Slovak youth,” Sabbatini said at the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic in New York.
Rastislav Antal, vice president of the Slovak Golf Association, said he was proud that Slovakia will have its first US PGA Tour player. Sabbatini is fully exempt,  from finishing 97th in the FedEx Cup last year.
“We believe that Rory will be able to achieve successful results for Slovak golf and can raise the interest of our public and our children to become actively interested in golfing,” Antal said.

Kevin Na switches to Callaway clubs

By: , USA Today. | January 1, 2019 12:18 pm
Kevin Na, who won last season’s A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, is in Hawaii preparing for the Sentry Tournament of Champions. On New Years Eve, a few hours before the clock struck 12 on the East Coast, he took to Instagram and made a major equipment announcement.
It appears Na already switched to Callaway’s Apex Pro irons, and there were several photos of him playing last season with a Callaway Epic driver, including at the Tour Championship at East Lake.
Na, who is originally from South Korea but who lives in Las Vegas, turned pro in 2001 and has won more than $28 million in official prize money.

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