5 Things: Pyramids and lots of cash

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Rory McIlory

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is teeing it up in Egypt this week on the European Challenge Tour. No, he isn’t down on his luck.

The world No. 9 is the star attraction in a tournament that only offers 250,000 euros in prize money, with 28,612 euros going to the winner.

Not that the 21-year-old has to worry about winning. He is rumored to be receiving a $750,000 appearance fee to play at the par-72, 7,108-yard Mirage City Golf Course in Cairo.

That sort of money should help him see the pyramids in fine style.

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Marty Jertson, a 30-year-old engineer at Ping who is credited with designing the new Anser forged iron, is in the field this week at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Golf-club manufacturers can boast many skilled players among their full-time employees, but not many have played in a PGA Tour event.

Marty Jertson, a 30-year-old engineer at Ping who is credited with designing the new Anser forged iron, is in the field this week at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Jertson, a Class A member of the PGA of America, advanced through a PGA Southwest Section qualifying event by shooting 65 on the Sun Mountain course at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort.

Jertson competes in a dozen or so tournaments a year.

What’s in his Ping bag? Well, the new Anser irons, but not as many as might be imagined. He goes from a 5-iron on the low end to a pitching wedge on the high end.

“The Anser (iron) was my baby from start to finish,” Jertson said. “It was a pretty complex project, and it was our first forged iron in quite a while (more than 30 years). So it took a lot of time. I am very pleased with the result.”

Other Ping clubs in Jertson’s bag: G15 4-iron (bent strong), Tour-S Rustique wedges (52, 56, 60 degrees), G15 driver (9 degrees), i15 3-wood (15.5 degrees), i15 hybrid (20 degrees), G2 C10 long putter.

“I’m trying to make the cut,” Jertson said. “That’s my goal.”

All things considered, he’s a good bet to be low engineer in the field.

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A February 2009 bushfire destroyed the town of Marysville, along with the golf course.

Greg Norman goes pro bono.

Norman will design an 18-hole layout, for no charge, as part of the redevelopment of the bushfire-ravaged Marysville Golf and Bowls Club near Ballarat, Australia.

Norman’s design company will be assisted by the bushfire appeal fund and philanthropists in restoring the golf course and surrounding community.

Victoria Premier John Brumby announced $1 million in funding for the project, during a summit of regional business leaders in Ballarat last weekend.

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Miss World contestants get some coaching in China.

Ladies European Tour players Stacy Lee Bregman, Jeehae Lee and Morgana Robbertze gave a unique clinic in China this week when they coached 10 contestants in the Miss World competition at the Yalong Bay Golf Club.

The women were visiting the Sanya Ladies Open which starts Friday, ahead of the Miss World 2010 Final from Sanya on Oct. 30. The 10 women from China, Ecuador, England, Ireland, Sweden, Malawi, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Spain and the United States were taught the basics of the golf swing as well as putting.

It seems Miss Malawi might be the most promising golfer. “She has a lot of power and a lot of speed going through the ball,” Lee said.

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Adam Blyth of Australia is an honest fellow.

Adam Blyth disqualified himself a day after the conclusion of the Iskandar Johor Open.

The Australian thought he had finished T-50 at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club in Malaysia, which was worth U.S. $5,250.

But before leaving Johor on Monday morning, he realized he had signed for a lower score in the final round.

The 28-year-old immediately called the Asian Tour’s tournament office to inform them that he should have signed for a 73 instead of a 72 and was duly disqualified from the tournament, which was won by Padraig Harrington.

“There was no hesitation to call in straight away,” Blyth said. “It could have been left as it was and no one would have known, but it’s certainly not the way to do things. I wouldn’t have been able to live with this. It is a shame as I needed the money for the Order of Merit. But I couldn’t handle it if I had let it go.”

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