FBR Open round four: This time Holmes has more to offer

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Without exception, every golfer I heard interviewed on Sunday tipped the Patriots to win the Super Bowl. Shows how much they know about football. Not a few seemed equally clueless on how to win a golf tournament, because the way things were panning out I… more »

FBR Open round three: J B Holmes looks neat to repeat

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If I am later than usual it's because I have only just recovered from Tiger's blistering recovery to win the Dubai Classic. Six birdies on the back nine left Ernie Els crumbling in his wake. It's barely credible. What is even less credible, though, is… more »

FBR Open round three: Big day looms for Camilo Villegas

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The top of the leaderboard is a lot more confused than it ought to be. By rights Camilo Villegas should be peering down at his rivals as he prepares to tee off in the third round Saturday. Fate has not been kind to the Spiderman, with six holes from ro… more »

FBR Open round one: Watch out for Phil Mickelson

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The stage looks set for Phil Mickelson to slash and burn his way to the top after a decidedly dodgy start Thursday. The eagle on his 12th hole just about made amends for the two par five bogeys that started the round. At least he didn't try to blame it o… more »

FBR Open preview: Sabbatini and Leonard can shine in the desert sun

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It's okay guys, it's safe to come out and play now, he's over in the Gulf giving the European boys some grief instead. So we can all relax and look forward to a rowdy four days of warm-up to the Super Bowl in the desert with hopefully more of a golfing… more »

Buick Invitational round four: Is Tiger Woods slam price a dunk or duck?

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The people entitled to feel really pleased right now are those who gave themselves a Christmas present of a bet on Tiger Woods for the grand slam. At that time they would have got a price somewhere a little south of 30. After just one outing by the great… more »

Buick Invitational round three: Tiger Woods is singing in the rain

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It's raining, the wind's already up around 20mph, and it's not yet dawn. There's plenty more rain on the way - up to two inches we're told - plus some hail, we could see lightning too, and the wind'll likely gust anywhere up to 40mph. It's not the way I… more »

Buick Invitational roun d two: The storm's already here - it's called Tiger Woods

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There's a big storm a'coming, but it'll have to go some to match the one that's already passing through. As Tiger Woods himself said, he's been driving like a dog, yet the rest of his golf has blown him to what must surely be an unassailable position. To… more »

Buick Invitational round one: Troy Matteson shines but Tiger Woods is on his tail

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Not only was Troy Matteson's seven under on the south course the most surprising round of the day, the manner of it was even more startling. No one else among Thursday's leaders came close to his stats - top ten in all the key disciplines. But he is by… more »

Buick Invitational preview: What odds on Tiger Woods winning everything?

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The betting on the real 'season opener' is predictably lopsided. The money on Tiger Woods is already a flood running at more than 30 times his nearest challenger, Phil Mickelson. I suppose it's a bit late to suggest both sides of the betting equation are… more »

Bob Hope Chrysler Classic round five: Leonard's loss leaves many burnt fingers

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Justin Leonard put a brave face on things, but that defeat is going to hurt for a while. Strikes me he got a bit cocky over Sunday's opening holes, with his four-shot lead still intact after D J Trahan's bogey on the seventh. Some of his shots were posit… more »

Bob Hope Chrysler Classic round four: Justin Leonard must go low again to win

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So Justin Leonard, which do you want first, the good news or the bad? Okay, here's the bad. The local Palm Springs newspaper The Desert Sun thinks you should be aware that in this tournament's 48-year history only 19 of those leading on Sunday morning ha… more »

Bob Hope Chrysler Classic round three: Kenny Perry is lurking with intent

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The really surprising thing about Boo Weekley's 10 under on Friday was that it was one of only two rounds to go that low. With no wind to speak of these courses are particularly defenceless. Leader Robert Gamez for one was surprised so few managed to mak… more »

Bob Hope Chrysler Classic round two: Fortune smiles on Justin Leonard

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So far there's everything to like with what Justin Leonard is doing, although fate is playing its part. It was pretty calm at Silver Rock when he played what is proving the most challenging of the four courses, especially to someone who struggles for len… more »

Bob Hope Chrysler Classic round one: Bad news for the top five

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There are no problems, only opportunities, I am often told, usually by a boss as he deliberately stands on my foot. That seemed to be the watchword for the opening day, where the lack of wind left all four courses open to a massive attack. What did I say… more »