Archives for: September 2006

Southern Farm Bureau Classic Round Two: I still say there's no way for DJ

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Is it Groundhog Day in Mississippi? Only I see D J Trahan still leading by two? The figure that tells us it isn't is that his price has halved overnight to about 4. But there's a head of steam building up behind him and a flick through his record suggest… more »

WGC-American Express Championship Round Two: Another day, another record equalled by Tiger

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Over so soon? 1.15 for Tiger Woods says it is, rain or no rain (and there's some about Saturday as well). He's in his special comfort zone and there's seemingly no catching him. For a while Friday it looked like he had slowed down, but that was illuso… more »

Southern Farm Bureau Classic Round One: It's a lottery Jim, but not as we know it

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I fancy a dabble against D J Trahan. I know he really really needs the money and he's two shots clear, but he's out in the afternoon Friday and that could prove a little more taxing. By all accounts conditions tended to flatter those that went out early… more »

WGC-American Express Championship Round One: Can overnight rain stop Tiger running away with it?

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It's all over, I hear people shouting. The runaway Tiger is back. But hold on a minute. As I sit typing not 20 miles from The Grove course, the heavens are chucking it down. It's no torrent but I guess there'll be quite a bit of rain landing on the cour… more »

Southern Farm Bureau Classic preview: More potential winners than you can shake a 9-iron at

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Interest in this event is pretty rock bottom. The money in the winner market is barely in the tens of thousands and it's not exactly captured the imagination of the world's press either. Look at what happened at San Antonio last week and think it coul… more »

WGC_American Express Championship preview: Despite the last fortnight, go against Tiger at your peril

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Back to normal service with Tiger Woods this week? At least he returns to what he does best and the stats he brings with him are frightening - 9 wins from 14 WGC strokeplay events and he's never finished worse than ninth. He's a four-time winner of this… more »

Valero Texas Open Round Four: A Rose by any other name might actually win something

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Memo to Justin Rose: if you can't win a tournament like this against a bunch of rookies and journeymen what's the point? Eric Axley was there for the taking Sunday, four-shot lead or no four-shot lead. But he was never put under the slightest pressure, s… more »

Ryder Cup Day Three: Sorry guys, but you might at least have made a fight of it

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Let the excuses begin. For PGA commissioner Tom Finchem the Americans were outputted. For Captain Tom Lehman they never got momentum. For others it was lack of American team culture (you don't have teams in America then?). For Scott Verplank the problem… more »

Valero Texas Open Round Three: Axley has history on his side, but the price isn't right

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Difficult to know what to make of Eric Axley after yet another sizzling round of 63 on Saturday put him four shots clear of the pack. His stats are hot - first for greens in regulation, fourth for putting, sixth for accuracy off the tee. Look at his prev… more »

Ryder Cup Day Two: If you're on America, here are some straws to clutch

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So here's the deal guys. Basically, we forget all this European nonsense and revert to the way it was, you know just you and us, USA versus Great Britain. That way you get to win every time (well, until Paul Casey learns how to get holes in one on the pa… more »

Valero Texas Open Round Two: Eric who? D A what? Thank goodness I've heard of Bernhard Langer

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Eric Axley anyone? Best results T24 this season and missed the cut 13 out of 23 outings. He hasn't really crossed my radar before. and with earnings of just $200,000 he's got a mountain to climb to qualify for next year. But a seven under is a pretty str… more »

Ryder Cup Day One: Is Phil Mickelson actually the weakest link?

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I'm sure glad they don't behead people for treason here in England any more or I'd be in trouble. Every time an American sinks a birdie putt and I let out a muted 'yesssss' I get the filthiest looks you can imagine. It's no good telling them its purely b… more »

Valero Texas Open Round One: Justin's back a'knockin, but will the door ever open?

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Oh my goodness there's Justin Rose trying to kick the door down again! Amazing - it's not raining in Texas yet there he is bold as brass at the top. In fact hardly a whisper of wind interrupted Rose's majestic early morning procession to 64 Thursday.… more »

Ryder Cup preview: Americans don't do 'underdog', it's all a big trick

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Let's get right down to it: it's got to be America. Not that I think they are definite winners, just that I think they are the better bet for one simple reason. If they win you get more money - more than 2.4 against 1.9 for the Europeans. Did anyone c… more »

Valero Texas Open preview: It's a crap shoot, but someone's got to win it

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In a land far, far away, a band of men are fighting for their golfing lives. Who said Ireland? I'm not talking about the Ryder Cup. Believe it or not there's quite a big golf match going on in San Antonio that could decide one or two careers before the w… more »