There’s just oo much going on in the world of golf for my distracted mind to focus on one specific subject so it’s time for one of the occasional columns of whimsical miscellany...
Lucas Bjerregaard wasn’t going to be denied his triumphant walk up the Old Course’s 18th at St Andrews despite the weather-defying re-structuring of the schedule on the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and it turned out to be even more memorable than he’d hoped.
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship has been the late-arriving cavalry for Scottish European Tour professionals so often in the past, but only Stephen Gallacher left St Andrews with safety secured on Sunday night.
Buoyed by the news that the women injured by his errant shot on Thursday had been discharged from hospital and was actually back watching golf yesterday, Tyrrell Hatton is in poised for a special bit of history at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Padraig Harrington hasn’t wasted any time in throwing his hat into the ring for the captaincy of Team Europe in the next Ryder Cup in Whistling Straits in 2020.
It’s not a sudden epidemic –it happens at every big golf tournament – but another spectator felled by a loose shot from a prominent player in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship yesterday makes it feel like it is.
Dunhill Links: Tommy Fleetwood’s hangover lasts only for ten holes as windy Dunhill keeps scores high
Exactly a year to the day he claimed his course record in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Tommy Fleetwood returns to Carnoustie having ended his Ryder Cup hangover in abrupt fashion at Kingsbarns yesterday.
Playing St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns in a tournament not quite as intense as the usual tour stops is a pretty nice way to get back to the day job, but there’s no danger anyway of Tommy Fleetwood or Tyrrell Hatton coming down quite yet.
Dunhill Links: No US infighting, says Brooks Koepka, but US Open champion’s “messed up” after Paris incident
Brooks Koepka mused at what it would be like if “one of my best friends” Dustin Johnson and he did actually come to blows - “15, rounds, rough and rowdy” - but denied that any such thing had happened either prior or in the aftermath of the Ryder Cup.
Richie Ramsay has been here before, and hasn’t lost faith – exactly the opposite in fact.