The jewels in the crown of the Gentleperson’s World Tour are it’s four Major tournaments : the Lost Bougle, Wanderer, Matchplay Masters and the Bash’n’Dash.
Unlike other inferior golf tours, the GWT’s Majors test players across a number of formats : Stroke, Stableford and Matchplay. To achieve the slam you need to master them all.
One name on the GWT is synonymous with masterful golf – and that’s BvR.
Basil went on a reign of terror in the early days of the GWT (in 2012), storming to victory in the inaugural Bash’n’Dash, winning next up at the Wanderer, narrowly falling to Ian on the final hole of the inaugural Matchplay Masters and then snagging his first Bougle. He was one or two shots off a Grand Slam!
Basil only needed to win the MM to get his Career Slam. He didn’t have long to wait for his next chance. In 2014 he played brilliantly to make the MM Final. The Aurora Curse got him again, this time a tight last hole loss to Felix.
A frustrated Champ packed up his clubs and went to play on the Canberra Tour for a couple years, perhaps wondering if he would ever achieve his dream of a Career Slam on the GWT.
In 2017 he returned in a blaze of glorious golf. A playoff loss to Cravo at the Bougle was followed by a last hole triumph over Leroy at the Bash’n’Dash, and then he narrowed focus even more, carving through the field in the MM round robins to qualify top for the Final. Could he break the five year Aurora Curse and achieve his dreams?
Basil was in trouble in the closing stages of the MM Final against Felix, 2 down with 3 to play. Basil played amazing clutch golf to claw those holes back and stand on the last tee All Square, but giving Felix a shot. Could he do it?
History shows he rolled in a 25m birdie putt on the last to break the curse, clinch the MM and be the first Gent to complete a Career Slam. What a way to do it!
He became only the thirteenth golfer in world golf history to achieve a career Grand Slam – the others are Pat Bradley, Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb, Inbee Park, Louise Suggs, Julie Inkster, Mickey Wright, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Pretty handy company for Basil, the best current day player in World Golf.