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Harrington: Golf's good guy; the trials of Steven Bowditch; McBroom: Greatness in Kamloops

In the Barry Bonds era, when many athletes are just not very likeable, it is good to see Padraig Harrington go out of his way to bring people closer to golf. The Scotsman’s John Huggan had this to say about Harrington and it was only during the pro-am! As well as hitting his own ball with a beautiful purity, the 34-year-old Irishman found time to give a detailed chipping lesson to all three members of his team, to smilingly pose for pictures with seemingly every spectator – as a relatively new father, he clearly has a soft spot for the kids – and to conduct a thoughtful interview with a passing journalist.

His was an impressive display of multi-tasking. Indeed read Huggins full story here.Bob Weeks pointed out in a blog late last week that Australian Steven Bowditch shot 90 in the first round of the St. Jude Classic. Posting a number that would even frighten David Duval, the 23-year old shot 45 on both nines. Remarkable. After reading Weeks note, I went to find out more about Bowditch, but couldnt find much more than a little bit of Australian coverage. No one seems to want to explain what exactly has happened to him. For what it is worth, Tigers coach, Hank Haney, has told him to hang in there. Wow. Imagine hanging in there after your first seven starts on the PGA Tour resulted in three DQs, one withdrawal and three missed cuts. Ouch.

The Toronto Star has a story on a new development in Kamloops that includes a Tom McBroom golf course. “It’s the most spectacular golf course setting I’ve ever seen,” the architect says. Hmmm. Where have I heard that before? Speaking of the Star, golf writer Jim Byers asks probing questions of LPGA hottie Natalie Gulbis. Those questions include her weight (135), what she likes to cook (stir fry) and other hard-hitting queries. But come on, it is Natalie Gulbis! Shes hot. Why bother asking anything serious.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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