In recent months, the world has become accustomed to frequent video calls and meetings with friends, family and colleagues alike and here we have yet another great example of why European-born golfers bond so well every second year.
The European Tour’s latest video blockbuster is a 6 minutes and 29 seconds clip called: “The Conference Call”.
Double Major winning German, Martin Kaymer has the job of conference convener for eight of his fellow European players plus a special guest, with the topic of group discussion being ‘European Tour issues’.
European No. 1 Tommy Fleetwood is the first to log-on and is seen later in the call blow-drying his hair and then having to leave with a crying young son, Franklin in his arms.
Next up is eight-time European Tour No. 1 Colin Montgomerie with the Scot sitting behind the wheel of his gleaming BMW while later in the conference we see Monty more interested in chasing a fly that’s got inside his vehicle.
Kaymer advises they have a ‘special guest’ on the call and its nine-time Major winning Gary Player who begins by saying how nice it is to be staying at home and does a typical ‘Gary Player’ by delving headlong in talking about his career and is still speaking about his career at the very end of the call when everyone else has logged off.
Player is interrupted by Kaymer who introduces triple Major winning, Padraig Harrington with the 2020 European Ryder Cup captain saying: “Hi lads!” Harrington complains about his internet ‘behaving like a right ….’ and his connection to the call is lost.
We then have Masters champ, Sergio Garcia charged with taking notes and repeating, as he types, Harrington’s comments. Kaymer interrupts the Augusta National winning hero asking if he could do his assigned job a lot quieter, so Garcia mutes himself.
U.S. Open champ Justin Rose joins the call as does Open winner Henrik Stenson wearing a black t-shirt but then when he comes back there’s a backdrop of the Colosseum in Rome, host city for the 2022 Ryder Cup.
“I didn’t know we were holding this meeting in ancient Rome!” says Stenson who then gets up to reveal he’s wearing only white briefs below the waist. It was the Swede’s white briefs we saw when Stenson stripped down to just his briefs in playing a shot from mud during the first round of the 2009 WGC – CA Championship in Florida
Lee Westwood is also on the call but he’s seemingly on his exercise bike and calls on Kaymer to go ahead without him.