Sunday, March 21

Ever Heard of Stiggy Hodgson?

STIGGY HODGSON IS 19 YEARS OLD and has 19 holes-in-one. If my math is correct, that’s one per year. From Chester, England, Hodgson is the world’s No. 12 ranked amateur. His nickname is “Mighty Mouse,” and you can say it to his face—he likes it. I read about Stiggy at Global Golf Post, the new online golf magazine that covers the pro and amateur games.

Last year Hodgson was a Walker Cupper and had some high finishes in important amateur events in Great Britain. He first broke 70 when he was a fourth-grader and has shot a 61. He plays with Callaway woods and Wilson irons. Perhaps surprising, his favorite golf course is in America—Pine Valley. His biggest fear is OB and he immensely enjoys Indian cuisine. (So I have at least two things in common with Stiggy.)

I guess Hodgson’s game does have at least one weak point. Stiggy says he needs work on his long-iron play. (I didn’t know modern players even hit long irons anymore.)

His advice for you and me: Do 90 percent of your practice from 100 yards and in. (Practice?)

I like his name. It’s memorable. Maybe we’ll be hearing it more in the future.

−The Armchair Golfer

8 comments :

Vince Spence said...

Great name. Now, I'm stuck for the rest of my life looking for it at every Euro event.

I bet his best friends are Booger and Tubby...

Into The Rough said...

Does it make me a bitter amateur to think these guys who claim various aces are simply lying?

I mean, 19? That's some going.

Benjamin Schiltz said...

he must have one great swing and an eye like a hawk.

Anonymous said...

19 Is right. He grew up playing with me and I saw him have two of them when he was 12/13 yrs old. His short game was always immense

Anonymous said...

Played at Sunningdale (Old Course) with Stiggy last year off the back tees and he was round in 4 under par without - in his words - playing very well! Great talent and in with a chance of winning his European Tour card at this year's Q school.

Anonymous said...

i know stiggy well.... he had a tough, and at times, tragic childhood... he is a resilient lad who is generous in company but tough as a bulldog on the golf course... I cant speak highly enough of him as a person... and if anybody desrves success, it's him.

Anonymous said...

CHEAT

Anonymous said...

Hes a well known cheat, how can anyone ignore that fact