Scotland conquers the world. But inevitably we do it the hard way!

Martin Laird receives his trophy from Arnold Palmer

Orlando California Yesterday

All that stood between Martin Laird and victory at Bay Hill were two putts from just inside 90 feet on the 18th hole, which didn’t seem all that long considering what he already had been through Sunday.

First came a stunning collapse that took him from a three-shot lead to a three-shot deficit in a span of seven holes. He was three shots behind when he walked off the 14th green, two shots ahead as he headed to the 17th tee.

Laird knocked the first putt up to 3 feet, then jabbed his fist when he rolled in the par putt to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

After six runners up awards Lawrie finally breaks through again. Good man.

Malaga, Spain , Yesterday

The 42-year-old former British Open champion [Paul Lawrie] took the Andalucian Open by one over Sweden’s Johan Edfors.

With six runner-up finishes since his last victory, Lawrie must have feared it was going to be another near miss when, from one ahead overnight, he bogeyed the first two holes Sunday and England’s Mark Foster birdied them.

But, in a repeat of what happened at last year’s Spanish Open, Foster could not hold onto a three-shot lead.

Lawrie, despite dropping another stroke at the fifth, turned things round by starting the back nine with four birdies in five holes. And the Aberdeen golfer, whose world ranking has dropped from 29th in 2000 to 272nd, could even afford a closing bogey to win with a level-par 70 and 12-under total of 268.

“It’s been a long time — 2002 seems a hell of a time ago,” he said. “I’ve had a few second places in there, but all of a sudden we’re there again.

Hats off to the boys.

It must be the first time ever that Scots have triumphed in the European and US tours on the same day.

It should be noted that The Bay Hill is no Micky Mouse Tournament (even though it’s played in Orlando).  Tiger Woods has won it six times!

Ryder cup weekend

Having missed most of the four ball play I’m now looking forward to a lazy weekend of viewing the biennial orgy of continentalism. The very loud “oggie oggie, oggie” from the Welsh stands certainly got things going this morning.

It is, of course a strange decision to play such a weather dependent event in the short days of October in one of the wettest countries in the world, but looks like they’ve gotten away with it.

Monty’s early rhetoric (winding up Woods and claiming Europe was already one up after the 4 ball draw) showed what an arrogant fanny he can be – Woods won and Europe are one down!

Harrington should not be here. He looks out of sorts and down on himself. I’d certainly have picked Casey or even Sergio. But ho hum, that’s the way it is.

My prediction is a very narrow European victory.

By the way, you might enjoy the comments just posted by an anonymous contributor on my previous post.


I predicted in January that Tiger Woods would win three of the four majors this year.

I thought the US Open and The Masters were certainties but I was, in a way, pleasantly surprised when Trevor Immelman proved me wrong by being the only person to beat Tiger in The Masters.

So for Tiger to then to go off from Augusta for an invasive knee operation made my prediction look pretty unlikely, given that the US Open was only some 8 weeks later.

Despite the fact that he had not played golf between the two Majors he was still sent off favourite last weekend.

The fact that he won it was remarkable enough.  But that he had to play an extra 19 holes (and birdie the 18th on both his 4th and 5th rounds just to stay in the tournament) sets him up as one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen.

And let’s not be coy about this.  He is an athlete.

And a very brave man.  He was in agony throughout this tournament and yet still went on to win his 14th Major; three years ahead of Niclaus.

Oh, it’s exciting, so exciting, watching history being set (in slow motion).

New golf season starts with a bang

May I introduce you to the Tiger Woods of South Queensferry?


One tournament played in the 2008 season.

One victory.

Yes, I am that good. I may have a late developing career as a professional golfer because today I, dear reader, won the opening day Texas Sramble at Dundas Parks with my team members, Paul, Calum, Trisha and Ewan.

In a nine hole contest we shot six pars and three birdies which, after deducting our handicap of ten, gave us a net score of 22 (13 under par)..

Tiger. When did you last shoot 13 under par?

Tom had to sit watching (total loser) as we walked elegantly and dignified to the stage to receive our trophy. A bottle of Scotmid Red Wine and six quid.

Whoo hoo.

Total world domination


Here’s a fact.


The difference in ranking terms between world golf number one,  Tiger Woods, and number two, Phil Mickelson, is GREATER than the difference between Phil Mickelson and the World number 1,000.


That is why Tiger Woods is a god.  It just so happens he is decent, honest, truthful, faithful and, dare I say it, handsome.

Tiger is closer this year than ever in the past to concievably winning the Grand Slam of Majors.  I suspect he will slip up somewhere and have to settle for three, startiong with The Masters in April.  And his performance in The Buick last week, on the course that hosts the US Open, suggests that is in the bag too.  He’s only played two tournaments thus far in 2008.  The result?  Two wins.

The scale of that achievement was demonstrated vividly last night when J B Holmes picked up his second ever career win (unusual in most golfers to achieve even two). His reaction said it all.


On the other hand, two wins in two weeks, one in Europe, one in the US, says that even Tiger is perhaps under-represented by his world ranking.