Claudio Consul – From The Times
Claudio Consul reigns over the President’s men
Last updated at 12:01AM, January 12 2015
By general consent Claudio Consul has been one of the best players in the President’s Putter these past three years so there was a
sense of justice prevailing when he ended a day’s good — at times very good — golf by winning the venerable competition at Rye
yesterday. Consul had been a losing semi-finalist two years ago and a beaten finalist last year.
The softly spoken Consul, 31, who has a handicap of plus one and has won the German and Italian amateur championships,
beat Ben Keogh, 37, on the 17th green. Keogh’s record in this event is not to be sneezed at. It was his third losing final in the
competition for members of the Oxford and Cambridge Golfing Society and he has two quarter-final and two semi-final
appearances to his name as well.
Consul is a golfer in the mould of Luke Donald, tidy, accurate unostentatious and difficult to play against for these reasons. “He
is good everywhere,” said Charlie Rotheroe, who had been one under par after nine holes of his semi-final against Consul but
found himself three down. “If he hits an iron a touch long or short he tidies up well. He is a model of German efficiency.”
Consul had a fright in his first match, on Thursday, when he was four down after seven holes but thereafter it was he who
scared his opponents. He was, for example, out in 31 in his semi-final yesterday morning, and he raced into a lead of five up
after seven holes against Keogh.
Keogh fought back, winning the 8th by getting down in two from a bunker and the 9th thanks to a deft, low approach that may
not have been textbook but worked well, rolling this way and that over Rye’s seaside turf before coming to rest a few feet from
the flagstick. He won the 10th, too, when Consul made a rare mistake. His rally faltered on the 11th and again on the 14th and
thereafter Consul always had the upper hand even if it took him to the 17th to deliver the winning blow.
Results: Semi-finals: C Consul bt C Rotheroe 4 and 3; B Keogh beat R Westall 4 and 3. Final: Consul beat
Keogh 2 and 1.