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Posted Oct 08, 2009 by Iestyn George

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The basketball-playing Jordan (as opposed to the well-endowed pantomime dame one) was given an honourary assistant captain's role for the 2009 President's Cup match at San Fransisco's Harding Park. Unfortunately, cigar-toting NBA legend Michael Jordan fell foul of Harding Park's fascistic no-smoking policy. Many US tour pros - particularly the Scandinavian ones - favour chewing tobacco, which carries serious health risks as well as making you look like a dribbling idiot.

First he has shoulder surgery, which means having to walk around with his right arm suspended in a brace. Then Greg Norman releases a statement saying that he and wife of just 15 months, former tennis champion Chris Evert, have separated. That's following a marathon divorce battle and a settlement reported to be around the $100 million mark with Laura, his wife of 25 years. At least he's only got the prospect of captaining his International team in The Presidents Cup to worry about for the rest of the week...

LPGA Tour golfers Michelle Wie and Suzann Pettersen have made their feelings known to the International Olympic Committee about the importance of including golf in the itinerary for 2016. Surely nothing to do with the fact that Rio won the bid to stage the event...

This story's got more legs than a centipede on a running machine. Despite the fact that the rest of the golf-developing world is backing the diggers quietly back into their sheds awaiting the end of the world or the culmination of the economic downturn (whichever comes first), Donald Trump's plans to develop The Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire continue. The full scandalous horror is well worth reading...  

Thomas Bjorn is easier to wind-up than a clockwork mouse. In his role as chairman of The European Tour's playing committee Bjorn has castigated Padraig Harrington for suggesting the tour is out of line for demanding more commitment from its players to European events. ImagineGolfClub doesn't really have a line on this, other than to shout: Fight! Fight! Fight! really loudly in a childish manner.

So there's a story doing the rounds that Tiger Woods could blow out Corey Pavin and his Ryder Cup team-mates because of his playing commitments for 2010. Who says? Anthony Woolford, that's who. Is he the same Anthony Woolford who has written a story with no basis whatsoever, just as The Celtic Manor resort puts the finishing touches to the 2010 course development for next year's Ryder Cup? We couldn't possibly comment.

How many fifth Majors are there in golf? Sounds daft, doesn't it, particularly as there are only four - The Masters, The US Open, The Open and The PGA Championship. Still, the facts rarely get in the way of a bit of golf hype. According to European Tour pro Simon Dyson, we can now add The Dunhill Links Championship to The Players Championship and the rest.

You know it's a slow week when a golfer (albeit a Major-winning golfer) makes the news for having a bloodshot eye. Then again YE Yang probably earns column inches in his native Korea for brushing his teeth. We just wish it had happened to Mr Woods, rather than the man who beat him to the PGA Championship title in 2009, as we had that Eye Of The Tiger headline ready and waiting...

The name of Laurel & Hardy's dog never failed to raise a laugh in our house. What's that got to do with golf? Have a look at this strangely camp photo shoot of CBS golf commentators Gary McCord and David Feherty and all will become apparent.

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