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Posted Jun 26, 2009 by Iestyn George

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1. SEVE THE SURVIVOR
It's a sight most people thought they'd never see - Seve Ballesteros up and at 'em, having gone under the surgeon's knife four times after suffering a brain tumour. The most charismatic European golfer of his generation survived to launch his own cancer research foundation. See more here and here.

2. CINK OR SWIM
For arguably the internet phenomenon of the year, there are a lot of people out there who don't get or just plain loathe Twitter. Stewart Cink is NOT one of those people and PGATour.com have put together a great collection of his finest moments here.

3. WHAT GOES ON TOUR...
Having worked with some damn fine folk there, can I be one of a select band of bloggers who've decided not to emit a Nelson Muntz-style 'Ha-ha!' at the imminent demise of Setanta Sports? Way to go celebrating hundreds of job losses guys... It does, however, raise the small issue of who will pick up the rights to broadcast PGA Tour coverage in the UK. Sky will surely fancy their chances, or will ESPN just swipe the lot? My money's on the latter, but for the rest of the season coverage will be on Eurosport. See here for details.

4. GOLF ON FILM
Golf movies are mostly rubbish (The Legend Of Bagger Vance), sometimes just disappointing (The Greatest game Ever Played) and only very rarely funny (Caddyshack, Happy Gilmore). The jury is still out on golf documentaries, however - and that's only because I can't ever remember watching one. The Back Nine (nice title) tries to answer the familiar question whether a 40-year-old mid-handicapper can cut down his handicap and make it as a pro. Click here for more details.

5. ELVIS LIVES!
With the traditional media outlets still reeling from the late finish at the 2009 US Open, it's even harder than usual to get excited about the BMW Championship in Munich and the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. Instead of checking out the live scores, why not save your Friday downtime for a bit of tenuous golf stupidity. Here's one - search for the most bizarre example of someone with the same name as a famous golfer. Did you know there was an Elvis impersonator called Paul Casey,for example?

6. ...AND THOSE WHO CAN'T, TEACH
Just like golf movies, most attempts at golf-related comedy sketches are hopeless (Steve Coogan notwithstanding). With that in mind, meet Ken Johnson here and tell me he isn't a little like at least six teaching pros you've handed over your hard-earned money to.

7. RYDER ON THE STORM
If golf is suffering in the worldwide recession, then The Ryder Cup must be  completely recession-proof. No less than six nations are expecting to make bids to host the event in 2018, including France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden (see here). The PGA have made clear its intention to stage the 2018 event on mainland Europe for only the second time in history. Europe retained the trophy in Valderrama in 1997.

8. THE CULT OF POULTER
We mentioned Ian Poulter's Twitter feed (@ianjamespoulter) last week, but the guy is breaking all known records for a golfer, with a massive 115,000 followers. Oh, and he's got a very fast car (see here).

9. WEIRD SCIENCE
Who was the nice lady in that film. Was it Kelly LeBrock? Wonder what she's up to these days... Anyway, I digress. As well as the finest golf blog this side of Talahassee, we like to think of ourselves as a fine educational resource. So we gonna learn you all about 'Magnus lift' here, which is a key scientific reason why golf balls are dimpled. 

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