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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

I’ve assumed that you are already aware of the fact that Tiger did it again with the help of course of his Kiwi caddie. So won’t dwell on the subject except - Here’s a shot of them high-fiving.

Doug Lesmerises writes,

"Tiger Woods and caddie Stevie Williams enjoy Woods' improbable eagle on the 11th hole Sunday afternoon at the Memorial. "He had a wild, one-handed follow-through," said playing partner Michael Letzig, "and I saw how the ball was tracking and it was like, 'Oh, my God,' and it went in."

And while writing about chip-ins. Take the following trip down memory lane and see this YouTube video of Tiger’s famous chip-in at The Masters.

As you know the next Ryder Cup will be held at Celtic Manor, which last week played host to the Wales Open.

“Huggie” shares his thoughts about the choice of Celtic Manor and the Golf Observer headline reads,  “Celtic Manor may be just the latest offering in a run of unspectacular European Ryder Cup venues.” 

“Huggie writes, “Celtic Manor, in fact, will be just the latest "rich man's toy" to host what has become one of golf's most anticipated events. Owned by Welsh-born Canadian billionaire Sir Terry Matthews, it follows Jaime Patino's Valderrama and Michael Smurfit's K Club into that ultra-exclusive club.”

The choice of the K Club still has me shaking my head.

Given that Ireland has golf courses equal to famous Scottish links courses.

Lahinch

Royal County Down

Portmarnock

I’m amazed that the Irish so placidly accepted the choice of the K Club when the Ryder Cup offered Ireland the opportunity to showcase one of its great golf courses.

I’m also surprised that the Irish have not made more noises about getting one of their courses back as a venue for The Open.

Yes Ireland hosted The Open once upon a time and while Googling I came across this from Reuters.

“Harrington calls for British Open return to Ireland”

OK I accept the fact that Royal Dornoch is alas not an option because of its lack of accommodation but that’s not a valid excuse for not including Ireland for The Open

“Huggie” also mentions Valderrama, “…the beautifully conditioned but much-flawed Valderrama.”

And the guy at Top 100 has just been there and done that. And as usual has some great photographs.

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