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A Scottish Slice of the Action...

Loch Lomond GC - 18th Hole  (Getty Images)
Loch Lomond GC - 18th Hole (Getty Images)

Mickelson fails Sky Scottish Exam!

Phil Mickelson proved a great sport when agreeing to take part in a quick quiz on all things Scottish for Sky Sports. Tim Barter, Sky’s interviewer extraordinaire did his usual Barclays Scottish preview interview with the affable American before springing the Scottish quiz on him. To be fair to Phil, I don’t think Tim knew what half of the answers to his own questions were, but I have to say the great left-hander’s knowledge all of all things Scottish is not the best. He did manage to answer a couple of questions correctly, including a superior knowledge of the ingredients of a haggis. However, Phil, A Slice of the Action regrets to inform you that Hogmanay is not a disease.....

McDowell finally separated from the US Open trophy...

It may only have been three week, but Graeme McDowell had grown pretty attached to the Us Open trophy before it had to be surgically removed from him by his manager, Conor Ridge of Horizon Sports Management. The Northern Irishman arrived at The Barclays Scottish Open “suffering withdrawal symptoms” from his detachment from the famous old trophy. Given the boisterous nature of Graeme’s global celebrations after his magnificent performance at  Pebble Beach, A Slice of the Action believes that’s not the only thing he was suffering withdrawal symptoms from!

You might be the US Open Champion, but you can’t get in without your badge....

Talking of Mr McDowell, the man himself was the guest of honour for the Ballantine’s sponsored Media Dinner on Thursday at The Barclays Scottish Open. G-Mac was making his way into the Media Centre when he was stopped by the eagle-eyed security guard who demanded to see his media credential to gain entry to the complex. Cue a wonderful exchange between the US Open champion and said guard, who was, to be fair, just doing his job by denying this unaccredited stranger entry. The guard clearly had no idea that he was dealing with golf’s current hottest property, so thank goodness for The European Tour’s Director of PR and Corporate Relations, Mr Mitchell Platts, who smoothed the waters and paved the way for Graeme to enjoy a glass of Ballantine’s finest scotch whisky with his friends from the Fourth Estate......

The Ishikawa effect hits Loch Lomond...

If you think Tiger Woods causes a media frenzy every time he swings into action on a golf course, you should check out the Japanese entourage following Ryo Ishikawa. The 18 year oldbrought with him to Loch Lomond no less than 40 journalists and photographers, as well as a considerable delegation from the Golf Channel Japan, dedicated to cover his every move around the world. So Tiger, if you fancy a break from being the main focus of the world’s photographers you should hook up with Ryo for a few rounds of golf. Does anyone know how to say ‘who’s that guy playing with Ryo?’ in Japanese?????

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