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Things are looking good for Scotland's best golfer; never better, in fact. With less than two weeks to go before his Masters debut, only 39 players are ahead of Martin Laird on the world ranking list and, perhaps more to the point with the daunting prospect of Augusta National's infamous greens looming, the 28-year-old Arizona-based Glaswegian is in the middle of a putting streak that has transformed both his overall game and his confidence.
The first thing that needs to be said is that Team Scottish Hydro is a terrific idea. Identifying and helping five up-and-coming Caledonian golfers with the ever-increasing costs involved in making their respective ways on the European Challenge Tour is a long overdue initiative, one that should be nurtured and encouraged.
It won't mean a thing if Woods rebuilds
his swing when he's neglecting other
parts of his game, says his old coach
He beat the Molinari brothers and Martin Kaymer so why did Stuart Wilson never turn professional?
Tour must find a fairer way to crack down on the rule-breakers, however famous they may be
As emotional bonds go, that between Jose Maria Olazabal and the Ryder Cup matches is one of the most enduring in all of golf. Seven times a player in the biennial bunfight with the Americans, the two-time Masters champion has twice served as an assistant and/or vice captain and, two days from now at a press conference in Abu Dhabi, he will be announced as non-playing skipper of the European team that will defend the trophy at Medinah next year.
When it comes to the Solheim Cup, no-one in women's golf has a CV quite as diverse as that of Kathryn Imrie: Travelling reserve (twice); captain's assistant (three times); on-course commentator (once); player (once again).
For a game that has for so long prided itself on the supposedly unimpeachable integrity of its participants, golf's establishment has always had a strange and somewhat ironic relationship with rules.
There are some 'A's in their end-of-term report cards but the message for many is 'Must do better'
They've got a lot in common, of course. Big, blond and Swedish, for starters. Then there's the World Cup they won together for their country in 2008. Both hit the ball miles off the tee.
Golf in Scotland has a problem. Make that a big problem. Fuelled by the increasingly parlous state of the economy, many clubs across the country have seen memberships slump - and waiting lists disappear - as a growing number of casual players (un)subscribe to the hard-to-argue-with notion that the game "takes too long and costs too much".
As the European Tour reaches a climax, three Scots who are struggling to keep their cards explain what it feels like to be playing under the greatest pressure in the game
There remains a chance - albeit an outside one - that the apparently oh-so slighted and hard done by Paul Casey will make a fourth Ryder Cup appearance at Celtic Manor next month. If Lee Westwood's calf injury proves enough to keep the current European No.1 out of what would be his seventh biennial joust with America's finest, then captain Colin Montgomerie will be asked to make what will be a fourth wildcard selection to top up his 12-man squad.
The contrast could hardly be more marked.
Let's start with what's not going to happen.
If the measure of any major tournament is the number of talking points trailing in its wake, then the 92nd USPGA Championship must go down as one of the finest. It is certainly one of history's most thought-provoking.
"I know a lot of you are having a lot of fun right now at my expense." - Colin Montgomerie
Chronologically fourth of the four, the USPGA Championship has for long enough been the redhead stepchild amongst golf's Grand Slam events. Deprived of the kind of distinct identity attached to the other three majors and representative of an organisation that occupies - like its British counterpart - an increasingly distant and irrelevant seat at golf's top table, the annual battle for the giant Wanamaker Trophy is, if anything, merely a "US Open-lite."