Partnering Vice-Captain, Douglas Orr in Match
Two, NCB posted his colours to a very early mast. A straight drive followed by an below-average iron left him 25 yards short of the green. He pulls out his putter, takes again and canons an effort that damages the pin and drops for an opening birdie three.
Has our boy peaked too early? Who remembers to Dave Narey 'toe-poke' against Brazil in the 1982 World Cup? And what happened then? Will this be the 'deju vu' in golf? Will Messrs Cooper and Tomisson be the Zico and Joninho of Nairn? Six birdies in the next eight holes would say, Yes! Three more birdies on the back nine says, Yes ...again! And the shot of the day ...from the beach at the fifth hole says, Super-Yes!
The battling Ayrshire duo did, however, manage to keep the gap to two holes at the turn. Oh, the benefits of an excellent, though silent partner, Norman.
SILENCE SHOULD BE GOLDEN!
Hell hath no fury like the wounded golfer! Never make a pleasant remark at the turn when you are two down!
Birdie! ...four straight pars! ...birdie! ...and the game is closed-out 4 & 3.
And for good measure, Ian birdies the last ..NINE BIRDIES!!
Who chose the pairings?