Augusta Practice

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Tiger Woods wasn’t the only player doing an early scouting trip to Augusta National recently. British Open sensation Steve Marino and Ryan Palmer also made the trip down Magnolia Lane just behind the great (if somewhat tarnished forever) one. Among the Augusta changes Marino and Palmer encountered was the new practice tee, which replaces the member’s range this year and features two fairways, one that sways left and a dogleg right, a perfect replica of the par-5 second green, complete with four pin positions, and a heated teeing area to avoid possible frost delays. “It’s sick,” Marino said of the new range, “It looks like it’s been there forever.” It is reckoned the range will be open three weeks out of the year: Masters week, member-member week and opening week. As for Tiger, Marino and Palmer said they saw him on the range working with Hank Haney before teeing off the first when they off the tenth. “He looked good but what can I tell? He looks like he always does,” Palmer said. The pair also reported the layout was predictably impeccable and estimated the greens were rolling at about 11 on the Stimpmeter.

Monty Replacement Finally Found

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Ever since Colin Montgomerie stepped out the limelight of top level golf the game has been has desperately been searching for his replacement. Enter Aussie Robert Allenby who has just been unofficially crowned the “biggest whiner in golf” in forums worldwide. “Allenbaby”, as he now known, chucked another in a long line of wobbly’s last week at the Tavistock Cup chewing up an official photographer for daring to stand behind him to get a shot. Be that as it may, we’re standing by old Rob, his “playing lessons with the pro’s” appearance was pure comedy gold. Perhaps he was suffering from a little bout of “White Line Fever” at Tavistock an illness which has been known to flare up and affect him every now and then!

Mickelson Hot in Desert

Phil Mickelson showed just how dangerous pros can be when transplanted back into an amateur setting with a record breaking game of social golf last week. Mickelson was tuning up at The Plantation Golf Club in Palm Springs. Following an early morning 18, big Phil had some lunch before deciding to play another nine with friends. After shooting seven under to the turn he decided to stay on, eventually firing a a course-record 14-under-par 58. "He had to get out of here quickly, but he was pretty excited," his playing partner said. "The golf course is actually playing extremely difficult. The greens are firm and fast, and the rough is pretty long. To shoot even in the mid-60s here is very impressive. To break 60 is phenomenal."

Kjeldsen In The Nip

98065435 kjeldsen naked man Soren Kjeldsen got more than he bargained for at last weeks Andalucia Open when had to contend with the presence of a naked man as he attempted to play a shot in Friday's second round. The Parador club runs alongside a naturist beach in Torremolinos and while attempting to a play a shot Kjeldsen found himself confronted by a patron bearing all just 15 yards away. “It’s tough to keep your concentration with that going on,” Kjeldsen said of the horrific encounter. "That was a new one on a golf course for me." It didn’t seem to deter the great Dane who turned in his best performance of the season. Keep it up Soren!

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