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Posted Jul 01, 2009 by Iestyn George

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1. DOUGH - A DEAR
Look, there's a time for objective analysis and there's a time to forget about impartiality completely. Nick Dougherty is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet on a golf course - a true gent with an openness that is extremely rare in outstanding sportsmen. So did we raise a glass to him on Sunday night after he won the BMW International Open in Munich (see story here)? You bet we did!

2. KENNY KICK IT? YES HE CAN
For all I know Kenny Perry might well wake up every night screaming with horror at the bogey-bogey finish that robbed him of a first Major win at The Masters in April. If that's the case, he's showing no signs of it in daylight hours after securing his 14th PGA Tour title at the Travelers Championship. Read all about it here.

3. SENIORS SERVICE
Clearly Lonnie Nielsen likes a badly-named tournament. Having come third in the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in April, he won his second Champions Tour event last weekend, the gloriously-named Dick's Sporting Goods Open. His is a fantastic story, having quit the tour 20 years ago. Read the full report here.

4. THE DALY GRIND
John Daly will have to take his truckload of Wild Thing tat back out on the road, after being ordered to pay nearly $300k in legal fees, having lost his libel claim against an article written in 2005 by journalist Mike Freeman and published by the Florida Times-Union - see full story here.

5. FAY BIG SPENDER
If only this story concerned USGA executive director David Fay's financial profligacy. Never mind. Here's a story about his tongue-in-cheek concerns about the dangers of earthquakes affecting the US Open.

6. SINGH FOR YOUR SUPPER
If you ever got the feeling Vijay Singh doesn't really give a monkeys what people think of him, then that view is unlikely to be altered by the fact that last week Vijay offered to contribute the $500,000 bail bond for disgraced financier Allen Stanford, who has been accused of swindling investors to the tune of $7 billion. See the full story here.

7. BOB A JOB
Read our very own Dermot Gilleece's insightful interview with Bob Rotella, coach of Padraig Harrington and David Duval, here. Here's an observation after Duval's 2003 Open victory. "After giving a nice speech, David went back to his hotel room and somewhere during the night it hit him. Where he should have been the happiest person in the world, there was nobody to love and to share his success with."

8. PLAYER POWER
In our weekly plug for Lawrence Donegan never-less-than-entertaining golf blog in The Guardian, the former bassist for The Bluebells and The Commotions returns to familiar ground with criticism of Muirfield's refusal to accept women as members of the club, which will host the 2013 Open Championship. To be fair to Lawrence it's Gary Player who has a pop here - and quite right too.

9. MACRAE'S CHEEK
And while we're on the subject of matters Scottish and female, check out the opinions of Heather MacRae here, who became the first female golfer to qualify for the Scottish PGA Championship in over 75 years here. Apologies for the dodgy Augusta pun above, by the way...

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