A 20-year friendship and a few words of on-course wisdom were the keys to success as Boyd Smith and Michael Jacobs claimed victory in the latest qualifier of the Gloria Hotels & Resorts UK Pairs' Golf Championship 2016.
The 38-year-old duo from Burnham Beeches, who have been friends since school days, shot a brilliant 10-under-par nett 61 at Stoke Park Country Club Spa & Hotel to claim their place in September's Grand Final at their home club.
The competition is held in association with Elegant Golf Resorts – specialists in luxury golf holidays – and Monarch. It boasts a top prize of an all-inclusive stay including flights at the lavish Mediterranean five-star resort.
And Smith and Jacobs will surely be among the favourites to win the stunning prize of a luxury golf holiday at the five-star Gloria Hotels & Resorts in Belek on the Turkish Riviera with their local knowledge and more shrewd course management.
Three-handicapper Smith revealed a few snippets of advice towards his 15-handicap partner had paid dividends.
Smith, a builder who played off a handicap of plus-one in his youth, said: "We know each other so well, we don't apologise to each other for any bad shots.
"He (Jacobs) played well but you've got to keep him under wraps a bit. He keeps wanting to go for stuff which his ability won't allow him to do. He has got to be reminded of that sometimes. So I was playing and being his caddy at the same time!"
Jacobs, the owner of an IT business, had no problems accepting his partner's advice.
He said: "He's a very good golfer. He shot two-under gross himself and he coached me along nicely. You've got to listen to these better players haven't you?
"He just made sure I did the business when I needed to do it. I played well on the day but we dovetailed really well as a pair. We will give it a good go in the final."
Graham and Sam Rixon took the runners-spot (nett 63), while Anthony and Matthew Hunt were third (nett 65).
The competition now moves on to Helensburgh (July 9) with subsequent qualifiers at Cranleigh Golf & Country Club, The Carrick at Cameron House, The Mere Golf Resort & Spa and Mottram Hall.
The Dutchman finished third and second in the first two weeks of the home-based competition.
NFL stars Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will also be involved.
The US President was among the viewers watching the TaylorMade Driving Relief.
The US President phoned in as McIlroy played in a Sunday fundraiser for coronavirus victims.
Syme donated his prize money to charity.
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The Northern Irishman is ranked number one in the world.
Players entering the United States will face a 14-day quarantine period, while a strict testing regime will be in place at each tournament.
The experienced duo will be involved at Whistling Straits.
The world number 98 intends to split the 10,000 euros prize money between his own charity and a hospital in his native Rotterdam.