Bunker Mentality

  • Time for Monty to show his mettle

    And so the hour is nigh. The shape of Europe's Ryder Cup side will be known on Sunday evening when Colin Montgomerie adds his shapely wildcard selections to the nine players qualifying automatically for the team.

    A lot of water has passed under the bridge in the 20 months since Montgomerie was appointed captain of the European side, but murky waters remain regarding the best three men available to enhance Europe to winning effect at Celtic Manor in early October. This has all become a slightly vexed debate.

    Depending on who you talk to, the whole issue is pretty much an open and shut case.

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  • Woods and Mickelson spurn Whistling’s advances

    Golfers continue to strike lusty blows on and off the course.

    Tom Watson could be found traipsing around the periphery of the Open at St Andrews last month, somewhat alarmingly when one ponders it for too long, lamenting his inability to take advantage of the "old lady" when she didn't have any clothes on, or sentiments to similar effect. 

    This had nothing to with erectile dysfunction or being in awe of Tiger Woods, but was Watson's unique way of describing the uneasiness he felt at failing to post a low number in benign conditions on the opening day of a Major.

    Watson's musings were proven

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  • Kaymer and Langer can be Lords of the Manor

    One has followed in the other's footsteps, but they could yet walk side by side at the most piercing levels of their sport.

    After a week when a smorgasbord of usual suspects all came up worryingly short at Whistling Straits, a Teutonic partnership of US PGA champion Martin Kaymer and wildcard Berhard Langer would hardly be a walk on the wild side if Colin Montgomerie, Europe's already frazzled Ryder Cup captain, deems it necessary.

    Kaymer is suddenly a thriving Major winner from Germany, but the happenings over the past four days in Wisconsin have merely strengthened the belief that offering

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  • Fantasy Golf: The Choi’s is yours

    Arriba, Arriba! The US PGA tour heads to Mexico this weekend for the fourth staging of the Mayakoba Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun. 

    While most eyes in the golfing world with be fixed on Arizona for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, it is important for fantasy players to keep their focus on Mexico, as these dog weeks can be the difference to winning your league or not.

    With so many big names missing in the A Group there is not much in the way to choose from, so Heath Slocum stands out as the pick of the group.

    His form so this year has been solid if unspectacular - three top-35

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  • Fog brings mental storms to Whistling Straits

    They failed to see large sections of the course for over three hours in the morning, but when the fog cleared, several of the US PGA Championship's main protagonists could not see the woods for the trees.

    Tiger Woods is a figure who has been lost in a fog of disillusionment in recent times, but not yesterday. He was far from the forlorn figure who signed off on the sick after a closing round of 77 left him second from last at last week's Bridgestone Invitational tournament, an event he carried off a year ago.

    His doughty 71 served as some kind of example in how to weather the mental storms

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  • Fantasy Golf: US PGA welcomes careful drivers

    The world of golf is a
    strange-looking place heading to this week's US PGA Championship at Whistling

    With Tiger Woods in what is
    probably his worst form since he was a teenager
    , Phil Mickelson struggling with painful
    and and Lee Westwood missing out completely with a persistent calf injury, there is
    no obvious contender to win the fourth Major title of the year.

    Where to look when a tournament
    is wide open? Well, following breakthrough victories in the Majors this year by
    brilliant young Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell at the US Open and brilliant
    young South African Louis

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  • Fantasy Golf: Time for Tiger to roar

    There is a high-quality field to choose from for Fantasy Golf this week as the latest World Golf Championship event takes place at the Bridgestone Invitational.

    In the build-up to the event everybody seems to be talking about the glut of low scores recently, not Tiger Woods - and that will suit the world number one just fine.

    If ever there was a time for Tiger to break his title duck this season then this is finally the week for him to do it.

    Woods has won this tournament an incredible seven times, including four of the last five stagings of the event, and for that reason he is our top Group

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  • Fantasy Golf: Here Wi go

    It is another tricky week for fantasy golfers as the US PGA Tour takes in a new event at a new course.

    The Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia has replaced the Buick Open, which was removed from the schedule last year when troubled Detroit automaker General Motors announced it had withdrawn its title sponsorships on the PGA Tour.

    Looking for help on who the course might suit? Well according to Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge, a graduate of nearby Virginia Tech, "It's not gonna favour any one kind of player. The fairways are fairly narrow, so you got to drive it straight as

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  • Fats how you do it Tiger

    If Carl Pettersson was to give Tiger Woods some advice on how to get back into the winners' circle he may say something like: "Find the nearest cocktail waitress and do what comes naturally."

    The big Swede won his fourth PGA title at the Canadian Open last weekend and revealed afterwards one of the key reasons why he has returned to form after a disastrous 2009 season.

    "After 2008 I had one of my best seasons on Tour... and I kept thinking 'what am I going to do to get better? Obviously I was a little overweight," he said.

    "I thought, well, I'll get fit. So I actually lost 30 pounds, and my

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