perpetual din of the sirens, to giving British ser-
vicemen at Camp Bastion a first acquaintance
with the Samuel Ryder Trophy, Montgomerie
has seen more than enough in the last week to
make him mellow. “We all should live a little like
I have lived this last week, and realise how
lucky everyone is in Britain,” Montgomerie
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Gary Woodland, left, and Matt Kuchar were fit to be fitted
after they ended an 11-year winless drought by the U.S. at
the World Cup last month.
WORLD CUP BLUES
In most other sports a World Cup is the
pinnacle, but in golf it is merely another lucrative week for those able to shoehorn playing for
their country into their busy schedules. Matt
Kuchar, No. 11 in the world, was the highest-placed American willing to make the trip to
China in the week of Thanksgiving and had
managed to persuade Gary Woodland to be his
partner for an event that should command far
more prestige than it does.
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Midnight Madness has come to professional
golf. Admit it. How many of us golf fans – especially us U.S. golf fans – have been showing up
at work or for our weekend foursome match a
little bleary-eyed the past three weeks? It wasn’t
because we spent the night out on the town.
Rather, it was because we spent our late evenings – and part of the early morning – on the
couch watching some world-class golf.
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“Life-changing” is how Colin Montgomerie describes his past seven days. And when
this dervish of the fairways discloses that the
next time he misses a four-foot putt, he will
not flounce but instead accept the failure with
perfect equanimity, you know that he means it.
For nothing in the Scot’s store of exotic experience could have conditioned him for a tour of
Afghanistan. From tearing along Kabul’s streets
in armoured vehicles, trying to screen out the
IAN’S NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION
Never mind Christmas coming early. Ian
Poulter already has started on his resolutions
for the New Year. Top of the list? To keep his eye
on the ball. This must be the first year in his professional career where Poulter could not look
himself squarely in the mirror and say: “Well
done, mate, you gave it everything you could.”
Imagine how that feels for a man rightly so
proud of his astonishing progress from assistant
club pro to the world’s elite? As ever, he doesn’t
mince his words: “Could I have done things differently? Yes. Should I have done things differently? Yes.” The bane of Poulter’s life has been
the building of a multi-million-dollar home in
the posh Florida enclave of Lake Nona.
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