Week of the young guns
Last week was the week of the young guns, you could righly say.
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The 2007 Masters hasn’t kept to the script.
Tiger Woods is struggling, some five or six shots of the pace after following his bogey, bogey finish on Thursday with a second-round bogey start on Friday.
And he’s probably the best off of all the big guns.
Vijay Singh shared 15th place with Woods after the first round, but besides Adam Scott who was tied for 19th place, none of other top 10 stars featured in the top 20, including Phil Mickelson, the defending champion and winner of two of the last three Masters.
Ernie Els had an especially disastrous opening round, his 78 putting him 20-odd places from the bottom of the field and just two shots better than 70-year-old Gary Player, who is playing in his 50th Masters.
So what does all this mean?
Is Justin Rose, who opened with a brilliant 69, or one of a number of talented Europeans like Henrik Stenson going to break the 7-year European majors drought?
Or are one of the USA’s ambitious Young Turks like Brett Wetterich, who matched Rose, or Charles Howell going to snatch the Green Jacket away from the usual suspects.
Or, on the other hand, is there going to be a a massive weekend broadside from the currently spiked big guns that will see the likes of Woods and Mickelson come roaring back?
You tell us. And quickly before the question is answered on Sunday
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The Belgian is the focus of attention this week as he belatedly defends the Cazoo Open de France title he won three years ago.
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe team
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Open champion Cameron Smith wins first LIV trophy in just second start
The world number two is the highest-ranked player to join the rebel series.
Robert MacIntyre beats Matt Fitzpatrick in play-off to win Italian Open
MacIntyre birdied the first extra hole at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Matt Fitzpatrick holds narrow lead ahead of final round at Italian Open
Rory McIlroy and Aaron Rai are one shot off the pace.
Rory McIlroy picks up the pace to claim lead ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick in Rome
McIlroy’s group looked unlikely to complete their second rounds after taking three hours to play nine holes.
Matt Fitzpatrick leads way at Italian Open despite ‘inconsistent’ display
The US Open champion held a one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Tom Lewis,
Rory McIlroy rues a late night until eagle gets him flying in Italian Open
The four-time major winner was only a shot behind leader Matt Fitzpatrick after the first round of the Rome event.
Rory McIlroy begins Italian Open with superb 67 after recovering from slow start
He kick-started his round by holing out from 115 yards for an eagle on the par-four third.
Shane Lowry: Golf risks alienating fans with disgusting amount of money involved
The BMW PGA Championship winner insists he was never tempted to join LIV Golf.