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Woods Or Els

by | 15th, July 2004

‘THE Open Golf Championship starts today and the royal and ancient game manages to win itself a mention on the back pages of all the papers this morning.

The best swingers in town

But the news is not good, at least not for those hoping for a European victory and end to the Americans’ half century of domination at Royal Troon.

And Paul Casey, the highest ranked Englishman in the world at No.30, thinks it’s the booze that’s responsible.

“There are certain guys who show the George Best syndrome,” he tells the Mail. “Maybe they piss it away a little bit. I don’t think there’s enough talent coming through.”

As if to illustrate that, the face adorning the back page of the Express, Star and Sun is that of a 41-year-old who had to qualify for the Championship.

Colin Montgomerie may insist that he is not finished but the bookies don’t agree, making the short-tempered Scot an 80-1 outsider this week.

The Mirror is the only paper that doesn’t go with the British angle, preferring to concentrate instead on someone with a realistic chance of success.

South African Ernie Els has apparently attracted the biggest single bet in golfing history – £62,500 at 8-1 to win £500,000.

And even Tiger Woods’ friend Mark O’Meara thinks he is the one to watch.

“Tiger certainly hasn’t been in the form we are accustomed to seeing from him, certainly in the last 10 months,” he says.

“In fact, I think he and Ernie are playing relatively the same these days.”

But enough of golf – you are no doubt desperate to hear the latest on the transfer story that is rocking football.

And the latest is that Freddie Ljungberg has led Arsenal players in pleading for skipper Patrick Vieira to stay (Mirror), Vieira is torn over his Arsenal future (Sun) and fears are growing that the Frenchman will go to Real Madrid after all (Star).

In terms of shock value, the Vieira saga ranks up there with the story on the back page of the Mail – Alan Shearer has spat his dummy and says he will leave if he is not Newcastle’s first choice next season.

“Shearer Shock” is the paper’s headline and we at Anorak have had to break out the smelling salts at reports that the 33-year-old striker is throwing his toys.

Whatever next? Another big-money signings at Chelsea?’

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