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My World: Trevor Immelman

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Trevor Immelman

Feud for thought
Ernie [Els] gave me grief about my belly putter. I only used it for two months. I won my second tournament, the [2004] Deutsche Bank TPC of Europe. It was portrayed in the press that he felt it was cheating. That's his opinion. I was disappointed that he brought out those feelings after I had just won the biggest tournament of my life. Other guys had won with long putters and nothing was said. I've known him since I was 5. It was touchy for a while.

My golf hero
Nick Price is the biggest influence on my career. He's been a real mentor. He's one of those who can put into words what he does so you can understand it. A lot of great sportsmen can't do that.

Cue the 'cue
I love South African barbecue, what we call a braai. We have an open fire, and everyone sits around the fire and drinks. Then you grill the meat, sausage and chicken. It's an incredible taste. In South Africa we do it once or twice a week.

Heir guitar
My dad was in a band and played guitar. My brother's in a band. I play too. I have a guitar headcover! I've got a whole music room in my house with lots of memorabilia, signed guitars by different bands, pictures that inspire me. It's a big part of my life. I'm a frustrated rock star [laughs].

Not bad, Tiger
I was playing with Tiger Woods at Isleworth [Tiger's home course in Florida]. The 17th hole is a par 5, and he cut the corner with his tee shot. He has about 290 yards to the flag, which is way back on a long green. And he hits driver to five feet from the semirough. That's the best shot I've ever seen.

Late bloomer
My greatest weakness is putting too much pressure on myself. After Tiger and Sergio came along, the media expected every 20-year-old to break through, and we caught a lot of flak. I don't think I'm going to peak until my 30s. My best quality? Never quitting.
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