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Everything you wanted to know about this week in golf but were afraid to ask

Posted Jun 18, 2009 by Iestyn George

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1. OPEN ALL HOURS
The 2009 US Open will be a) Wet, b) Raucous and c) The 14th Major title for Tiger Woods. It will feature a beautiful golf course rendered virtually unplayable for all who don't keep the ball on the short stuff and there will be tons of players moaning about the density of the rough, particularly around the greens. Will all these predictions come true? Hope not - we want drama, tension great golf and, above all, we want to see the unexpected.

2. BLOGGER OF THE WEEK (AGAIN)
We're not easily entertained (look at that fly buzzing against that window pane - amazing!!), so to mention Lawrence Donegan's Guardian golf blog twice in a week is going some. He won't be invited to join the R&A committee any day soon, but the man knows his onions alright.

3. DAN THE MAN
Have I mentioned Imagine Golf is on Twitter (@imaginegolfclub)? Check us out and while you're at it, have a butchers at Dan Jenkins from Golf Digest (@danjenkinsgd), who we've been following for a couple of weeks now. The man's a genius - he's reported on 199 Majors for crying out loud! "The portable toilet outside the media center has signs with tips on putting and hitting drives, irons and sand shots. Nothing on the grip."

4. JO'BURG JAMES
I first stumbled across the story of James Kamte last year, when he won his card to play The European Tour. Rags to riches stories are pretty uncommon in golf, but have a look here at how one of the less recognisable names in the US Open line-up got to practice with Tiger this week.

5. YOU'RE THE ONE FOR ME, BATTY
James Kamte wasn't the only unexpected name on Tiger Woods' list of US Open practice partners. New Zealander Douglas Batty also wangled a round with the World No.1 - and duffed his first tee shot as you can read here. Notice the neat Morrissey-related headline, by the way? My genius is wasted on you lot...

6. THEY'VE ALL GOT IT INFAMY
They mocked Sergio Garcia's tedious pre-shot routine in 2002, counting along to every waggle in Spanish, but who will the galleries at Bethpage turn their attention to this time around? Not that anyone would dare in the current circumstances, but Phil Mickelson's been swatting up on his New York sporting trivia especially for the event. See the full story here.

7. HELP ME (R)HONDA
Until you've been to a Major championship in the US you've no idea what craziness goes on the merchandise tents. I'll openly admit to routinely chucking away £50 a year at The Open on sundry nonsense, but the frenzy that takes place in the States (see here) is enough to make one American car dealer weep.

8. THE ONLY GAY IN THE OLYMPIC VILLAGE
Sorry about the headline, but there aren't going to many weeks where we're going to be able to refer to last week's PGA Tour winner Brian Gay, so we're going to milk it. Anyway, this is the week Annika Sorenstam and Colin Montgomerie stake the case for golf being included as an Olympic Sport from 2016. Personally, I think it's a daft idea, but you can read more about it here.

9. LOSING THE PLOT
We might not be able to tip the winners, but we're more confident in tipping who isn't going to win. It's a long list, obviously, featuring one of the biggest names in golf (Sergio Garcia) and one of the game's rising stars (Anthony Kim). Read our piece here about the perils of going into one of the toughest golfing tests of the year, with no form whatsoever.

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