Challenge 8X33 by Richard Pavlicek
Besides playing golf, what do Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson have in common? Answer: They would all flunk this quiz! (I think.) But then; you wouldnt do so well either in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
Heres your chance to make a run at least for the first six holes where you will play four Par 4s, a Par 5 and a Par 3, just as on the Pinehurst No. 2 course. Level par is great, so dont expect any birdies.
As declarer, your goal is to find the best play to make each of the following contracts. Simply choose your play from the options (A-F) listed; each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment. Try to stay clear of the bunkers!
In June 2005 these six problems were presented as a contest with 966 entrants from 115 locations around the world. The contest is closed, but you can still quiz yourself and find your score immediately. If youre lucky, you might even win a valuable prize.*
*Prizes include three sets of uranium-shafted clubs, and six dozen plutonium-core balls. Winners must be at least 18 years of age and have won at least one major, and I dont mean hearts or spades. Employees of PavCo Shafts R Us are ineligible.
Get a move on! Your name was just announced, so you better head over to the first tee. A solid drive in the fairway should leave you just a short iron to the green. Fore!
IMPs, None Vul
West continues with the A. Your play?
IMPs, N-S Vul
East continues with the A. Your play?
IMPs, E-W Vul
East plays J when 2 is played (or 7 on ace). Your play?
IMPs, Both Vul
After winning the A, how do you play?
West finds another great trump lead! Your play?
Finally, a notrump bid! Your play?
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Acknowledgments to the USGA. Golfer pictured is Tiger Woods.© 2005 Richard Pavlicek