Friday, 18 February 2011
Richard Finch   (Getty Images)
Richard Finch (Getty Images)

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A Slice of the Indian Action....

Our man on the ground at the DLF Golf and Country Club takes you in and around the Avantha Masters 2011.....

Delhi delight...

There are a few irrefutable facts when you visit the bustling metropolis that is New Delhi folks. A Slice of the Action can exclusively reveal the following titbits:

1. The people are among the warmest, happiest and most colourful folk you will ever encounter
2. Every time you turn on the TV there will be a cricket match showing, whether India are playing Pakistan or Timbucktoo are facing Eastern Samoa (the lesser known of the Samoas)
4. You will see sights and hear sounds and smell smells that are unique to this unbelievable city and will give you the kind of sensory overload usually only enjoyed by shopaholics on Fifth Avenue

Fog Delay helps Finchy laugh in the face of Delhi-belly....

Another fact of Delhi is that at some point during your visit, you may just encounter the famous Delhi-belly. Not pleasant, we know, but if that stops you coming here then you’re an idiot. The old Delhi-belly cannot keep a good man, woman or child down for too long, as was perfectly illustrated by Mr. Richard Finch on Thursday morning. Finchy had had a bit of a rough night in his hotel room and got to the course on Thursday morning for his first round tee time suffering from a bit of dehydration. Then the fog came and put a three and a half hour delay on proceedings at the DLF Golf and Country Club. Finchy, the canny Yorkshireman that he is, took full advantage of the delay and got the onsite doctor to hook him up to an intravenous drip. One hour later he was back on the range, pounding balls like madman. Five hours later he was in the clubhouse eating lunch and discussing the finer points of his excellent four under 68. Hats off to the Finchmeister for laughing in the face of the Delhi-belly.

Derksen eyes trophy date at the Taj

Robert-Jan Derksen revealed a burning ambition to A Slice of the Action after taking the first round lead in the Avantha Masters. The big Dutchman is hoping to take the beautiful, diamond-encrusted, Avantha Masters trophy for a photoshoot at the Taj Mahal on Monday. “I have a bet with my caddie that we will take the trophy to the Taj Mahal on Monday for a photoshoot – but I have to win the thing first which I suppose is the difficult thing!”

Quote of the week....

Has to go to Peter Whiteford. The Scotsman’s self-deprecating humour always tickles A Slice of the Action and this week’s offering was classic Pete. Speaking to him after his solid three under par start at the DLF Golf and Country Club, the Scot remained typically understated as he spoke of his recent inability to translate his prodigious ball-striking talents from the range to the golf course. “I’ve won Majors on the range I am that good over there!” Despite his comedy cynicism, it won’t be long till Pete gets it together and gets into serious contention on Tour....

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
2COLES, RobertENG18-14
3HAVRET, GrégoryFRA18-13
4DERKSEN, Robert-JanNED18-12
T5SINGH, SujjanIND18-11
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