Date: December 13, 2013
Author: Golf Australia

Interview: Brad Hogg on golf

With Australia&aposs march to wrest The Ashes back from England continuing in the Third Test in Perth today, spoke to WA local and former Test cricketer and keen golfer Brad Hogg about his time on the fairways. Brad, what s your earliest memory of golf? How did you get into it? “When I slept over at my Nana&aposs house on the farm in Williams as a six year old, she would always have the golf on in the evenings and allow me to stay up and watch. Sport was always encouraged in my family. Nana had a bucket of golf balls and clubs in the garage, I would take them to the front paddock and have a hit. I learnt very early, if you have a smooth swing, time the ball, I had less land to cover to pick up all the balls.” How often are you playing golf at the moment? Not as often as I would like, but once I finish playing cricket, I would like to visit the course at least once a week. What s your favourite course that you ve played while being away on Tour? “I&aposve played Royal Colombo in Sri Lanka. They have great caddies that have never let me down choosing the correct club and reading a green – and I need all the assistance I can get!” Who are your favourite pro golfers to watch and why? “Firstly Adam Scott because he is Australian and has a great chance of toppling Tiger Woods for the number one spot. Hence Tiger as well, just the way he takes the game on. I&aposd also say Rory McIIroy, loved his attitude from the first time I saw him on Tour.” Who are the most entertaining pro-am partners you ve played with? I played with Colin Montgomerie at The Vines in Perth. He was willing to talk candidly about all things life has to offer. What s your favourite club in your bag? “Pitching wedge, it s my go to club for a chip, which is the most important shot if I am going to get my handicap into single figures.” Hogg is preparing for the upcoming T20 Big Bash season where he&aposll play for the Perth Scorchers.