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The Odds On Rory McIlroy –26/1

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The guy, I’m assuming he’s a guy, at suggests, “Golf Betting: Back The Brits!”

Well like they say in New Zealand – “Yeah right!”

The odds referred to are what at the present time the bookies will give you for Rory McIlroy winning the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.

Rory is indeed worth a flutter but a Brit winning at Bethpage Black – “Yeah right!”

Let me remind the Brits who think I’m being a tad negative and who are most likely into denial, “Tony Jacklin in 1970 was the last Brit to win the U.S. Open.”

I read somewhere that there’s only about 10 golfers capable of winning at Bethpage Page and I agree.

This isn’t your regular and boring track they play most weeks on the PGA tour where most anyone who makes the cut can come in and win the event.

McIlroy? Well maybe, but Poulter, Casey and Donald who are pictured on the ingolfwetrust web site will need a lot of help from the golf gods to win this one. Casey at 37/2 suggests the bookies think he’s a better bet than McIlroy-“Yeah right!”

If Faldo in his finest hour(s) couldn’t win it then what chance lesser golfers? And much as it grieves me to mention it,  Monty’s wayward shot to the last green at Winged Foot was woeful.

The real estate guys and gals say “Location, location, location” is the name of the game. In golf it’s, “Pressure, pressure, pressure.”

The Independent called it “a choke”:

“This is probably regarded as Montgomerie's biggest US Open career choke after he holed a 75-foot birdie putt on the 17th. This put the Scot in the ascendancy but he double-bogeyed on the final hole on the last day at

Winged Foot to surrender his grasp. Monty and Phil Mickelson both collapsed at the last allowing for Australia's Geoff Ogilvy to steel in for the nation's first title in 25 years.”

Essentially it’s all about “bottle.”

Here’s what Faldo has to say about “bottle.” In an interview with Guy Yocom:

“It's all about the "bottle," the British term meaning the ability to be in a situation and feel comfortable, be in control and have the mental toughness to get the job done. Great champions have the bottle almost all the time. Some have the bottle at isolated moments, others find it only once in a career, and others never find it.”

“Mental toughness to get the job done!” Now who does that remind me of?

Ah yes! Of course it’s the guy with the Kiwi caddie.

I had intended to write about another Scottish golfer but the image of Monty’s second shot at Winged Foot depresses and demotivates me. Suffice to say that anyone who thinks I was being anti-American in regards to the Kenny Perry “rules” incident, this is even worse and alas it’s a Scotsman who judging by his golfing history - Mike Aitken The Scotsman isn’t the smartest kid on the Scottish block.

This from YouTube.  OK, one test to see if it’s casual water is acceptable but…

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