10 things we learnt at St Andrews

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1. WE SHOULD BE extremely cautious about a European Ryder Cup victory next year at Hazeltine National. And the reason? The last time golfers from the USA had their hands on all four major trophies was back in 1982 when Raymond Floyd had won the PGA at Southern Hills; Craig Stadler pulled on the famous green jacket at Augusta, while Tom Watson’s lifted the Open Championship trophies on both side of the Atlantic held at Pebble Beach and Royal Troon.

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Tiger no longer burning bright

Tiger-Woods-new-game-needs-work-3818UCFN-x-largeUntil now it has been a less than compelling debate. Editors wishing to fill space in their respective golf magazines or newspaper articles have simply had to ask their golf writers to file 1,000 words on that most hackneyed of golfing questions, ‘Will Tiger Woods get back on track this season and win another “major”?’ Continue reading

The Killer Virus

PEDsGARY PLAYER SENT the press conference before the 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie into uproar. He said, ‘Whether it’s Human Growth Hormones (HGH), whether its Creatine or whether it’s steroids I know for a fact some golfers are doing it.’ He was talking about players cheating through the use of performance enhancing drugs (PED). Continue reading

Ryder Cup- The Last Word 1

imagesSO MUCH FOR REDEMPTION. This was the time when team USA would put the nightmarish collapse of Medinah on that fateful Sunday afternoon behind them. And yet Medinah could be seen as a tactical triumph compared to the utter capitulation over three whole days at Gleneagles. USA finished 78 under par to Europe’s 110 under and were entirely outclassed.

Yet who could have imagined that three days that started so brightly with a 2.5 to 1.5 lead in the first morning foursomes could have ended with an excruciating final press conference when the senior pro of the US side decided that it was time to air as much dirty linen in public as possible by praising the actions of past skipper, Paul Azinger and, by implication, trashing veteran skipper Tom Watson in the process? Continue reading

Happy Birthday Arnold Palmer

imagesAMIDST ALL THE wearisome ballyhoo about Tiger Woods and ‘will he, won’t he ever win another major?’ that so many lazy golf writers use to pad out their copy it is worth remembering that Arnold Palmer was 85 on September 10th.

Before Palmer strode into professional golf the game had been a determinedly upmarket affair on both side of the Atlantic. US broadcaster, Vin Scully, summed up the advent of Palmer quite brilliantly when he came out with the line, ‘In a sport that was high society he made it “High Noon.”’ Continue reading