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Just another wild ride in the wonder-
ful world of Global Golf. Another weekend,
another sleeve of surprises.
In the U.S., a little-known Indian named
Arjun Atwal, who had to Monday qualify,
won big for the first time in America.
In the Czech Republic, a relatively obscure
Swede named Peter Hanson, who needed a
special exemption to get into the field, won on
the European Tour in a playoff that virtually
assured him a spot on his continent’s Ryder
Cup team while permutationally complicat-
ing captain Colin Montgomerie’s final choices
On the LPGA, a legend named Juli Inkster
temporarily and expensively spaced. The
result was a Saturday DQ for swinging a
club with a weight attached to it – deemed
a swing aid in the Rules of Golf – in the
middle of her second round while just three
shots off the lead.
Maybe Dustin Johnson doesn’t feel so
lonely right now.
Meanwhile, in case you were wondering,
Tiger Woods still casts a long shadow, even
when he’s not playing.
CBS-TV, the same U.S. network that
covers The Masters, delayed the start of its
Sunday broadcast for more than a half-hour
to stick with the third set of Roger Federer
vs. the immortal Mardy Fish. If Tiger had
been anywhere near Sedgefield Country
Club, tennis would not have been trumping
golf. At least not for a Fish Called Mardy.
The biggest surprise of all? Germany’s
Bernhard Langer failed to win a major on
the Champions Tour. He’s that dominant.