You can pick your friends, but not your family. Team Europe are desperately distancing themselves from an incendiary article penned by Danny Willett’s brother which described American golf fans as “cretins”.
Henrik Stenson is back in Ayrshire, just a few miles north of his great triumph of a year ago, but there’s definitely something different about him.
Leicester’s Luke Hamilton, once sent off playing against Scotland, and Chris Harris of Newcastle were Gregor Townsend’s two wildcards among ten uncapped players in his squad for the Autumn Tests.
Scotland finished the Vern Cotter era and the 2017 RBS 6 Nations with an emphatic bonus point victory over Italy as sunshine opened up at last at BT Murrayfield.
Well, it’s happening. Even though the pitfalls of 18,000-mile round trips don’t really seem to have been properly examined, the Guinness PRO14, with South African teams now aboard, will kick off as early as next month.
Rory McIlroy was outwardly confident, but the inference was pretty clear when told his odds for the Open Championship this week.
Former World No 1 Rory McIlroy will return to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October before taking a break to allow nagging injuries to heal.
Scotland got an almighty scare and were given a physical lesson by Samoa in the opening Autumn Test, barely holding on for a win in the highest-scoring international ever played at BT Murrayfield.
The president of Howe of Fife Rugby says the disgraced club is looking to the future after a recent scandal.
So the handover took place, notably to a couple of 13-year-old young girl golfers from a group brought out to Iowa by VisitScotland rather than a fat man in a suit, and Scotland and Gleneagles is now the Solheim Cup host.