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Saturday 11 October 2008
Charl Schwartzel fired a flawless seven-under-par 64 to take a share of the lead at the Madrid Masters yesterday, but revealed afterwards he was struggling with injury and illness and had considered withdrawing.
Sunday 14 September 2008
Paul Azinger will take his UnitedStates team to the Muhammad Ali Museum in Louisville on Monday night, and they will then be granted an audience with The Greatest. It can only be hoped that when Ali tells them about "rope-a-dope" they do not mishear it as "dopes inside the ropes". Otherwise Phil Mickelson and Co might believe he was referring to their previous two Ryder Cup performances.
Monday 08 September 2008
On the weekend that Ian Poulter and Colin Montgomerie were alleged to have been separated in a trendy London eaterie by two members of Westlife, a young man who is clearly the future of the Europe Ryder Cup team saw a boy's own story blow up in his face.
Monday 21 July 2008
Ian Poulter has regularly seemed too keen to lick himself, not the opposition. And like his beloved Arsenal, he has too often been eye-catching without getting his mitts on the silverware.
Sunday 13 April 2008
Where Colin Welland, of Chariots of Fire fame, clutched an Oscar and declared "The British are coming", Sandy Lyle took out his bow of burning gold and said much the same thing with his seven-iron from the bunker at the 18th. Two decades ago Lyle won the Masters and for four years the green jacket ceremony was a strictly British tailoring operation with Nick Faldo (twice) and Ian Woosnam following the Scot's lead.
Saturday 12 April 2008
Poor old Sandy Lyle. On the day the 50-year-old was supposed to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Britain's first ever Masters victory, he found himself being dumped on from a great height by the very Tour he helped to establish. Yesterday, the news was leaked that Jose Maria Olazabal had been offered the European captaincy for the 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales. After Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam and now Nick Faldo, Lyle was the only member of the so-called "Big Five" not to have held the honour. He is now resigned to the fact that he never will. "This is my last chance," he said recently. There is always the chance, of course, that Olazabal will defer the opportunity but with all his current injury problems that seems doubtful. Sources at Celtic Manor expressed surprise at the revelation, although that had nothing to do with Olazabal's captaincy credentials. The theory went that Olazabal would be saved for an American renewal as he has all the statesmanlike qualities required for the "away" fixture. That would have left the way clear for Lyle, who won the 1985 Open and the 1988 Masters, to take charge in Newport. Nice theory, nasty reality. There was widespread sympathy for the Scotsman here yesterday. "It's going to be such a shame if Sandy doesn't get the opportunity to have the captaincy," said Woosnam. "I know he deserves it. Look what he's done. He's the first Briton to win the Masters, and the first to win the Open since Tony Jacklin. He's done a lot for golf in Britain and Europe. He deserves to be captain."
Friday 28 March 2008
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Saturday 01 January 2005
Thursday 28 October 2004
Monday 25 October 2004
Sunday 17 October 2004
Thursday 15 July 2004
Sunday 30 May 2004
Wednesday 07 April 2004
It is a picture that Padraig Harrington cannot dismiss from his mind. When he stands on the 15th fairway of Augusta National he does not so much think of sending a crisp iron shot arching onto the green as of a watery grave that drowned the hopes of, amongst others, Seve Ballesteros and Curtis Strange.
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