Turn Left For Scotland

Turn Left For Scotland

On the day that Phil Mickelson, nicknamed “Lefty”, announced his return to the Scottish Open a young 16 year old named Robert Macintyre won the Scottish Youth Championship at Lanark Golf Club. That was in May of this year and then just over a week ago the most successful left handed golfer ever triumphed in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart. The only downside was during the acceptance speech, where an over exuberant First Minister Alex Salmond fought desperately to have his photo taken with the champion. All this after trying to wrestle the trophy off the title sponsor’s CEO to hog the presentation and steal the limelight. It took until 1963 for the first Golf Major to be won by a Lefty and that was the Kiwi Bob Charles. Only Mike Weir of Canada and Bubba Watson of the US have managed to match that achievement. And so it was no mean feat for Mickelson, the ever popular Californian to secure his long awaited first British tournament success by winning 2 trophies in a fortnight on the treacherous Links courses. He clearly loves Scotland, its soil and the relaxation that it offers to him and his family. If they could afford him I’m sure the Scottish Tourist Board would have signed him up already as his enthusiasm and gushing for the delights north of the border are clearly displayed. The next Scottish host will be St. Andrews in 2015 and then in 2016 at Royal Troon on what will be the 145th Open Golf Championship. Surely worth an each way flutter now for Mr McMickelson?...
The British Underdogs keep on barking!

The British Underdogs keep on barking!

Is it a flash in the pan or is it here to stay?………have British sportsmen and sportswomen finally found the key to success on the global stage or are we just going through a purple patch. Well,  Andy Murray finally put an end to the 77 year wait for a British men’s singles title this month. That will be hard to top for a while but surely we won’t be waiting another 77 years for our next winner and I wouldn’t be surprised if Andy won it for the next few years……you know what they say about London buses!….and all good things… It all started to take off in July of last year with the incredible achievements of a British man, born in Belgium who at his first time of wearing  the yellow jersey went on to win….yes the arising  star was Sir Bradley Wiggins and the Tour De France,  who would have predicted he’d become as famous as that most famous of Belgians, Eddie Mercx but such is the huge interest in cycling now in the UK, Bradley become an overnight hero. Now the ownership and prowess of this event has been stolen away from our European neighbours (perhaps never to return as Chris Froome takes up the Peleton in 2013).  The cycling success continued in the August Olympics along with so many other fantastic achievements with medals coming thick and fast in all colours but with Gold appearing with incredible regularity. Even more heady days of success were to follow for the Brits in the Paralympics where such was its popularity that it was a sell out event....
Marion Bartoli is in the place!

Marion Bartoli is in the place!

13 years after Amelie Mauremo, another French tennis player (finally) won the Wimbledon Championship! Yes Marion Bartoli did it thanks to a 6-1, 6-4 win over Sabine Lisicki! And who cares if she did not cross the road of the tournament favorites, the important thing is to reach the final and win it! This is done, and her name will ever been engrave next to the others winners, like Serena, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Lindsay Davenport, Steffi  Graf, Martina Navratilova… class ! If she did not have only good moments in her career, today her motivation, determination, the hard work and her talent have finally paid and it is well deserved. Congratulations Champion! Smile on her face, Louboutin heels on foot, Marion Bartoli celebrated her biggest career victory and YES she is pretty! Because whatever if she “never going to be somebody like a Sharapova, never going to be 5ft 11, never going to be somebody with long legs”. Some may have forgotten, one in particular (don’t feel concerned Mr John Inverdale), but Wimbledon grass is not a model parade: small, big, brown, blond… All players have their place on the center court. “It doesn’t matter, honestly. I am not blonde, yes. That is a fact. Have I dreamt about having a model contract? No. I’m sorry. But have I dreamed about winning Wimbledon? Absolutely, yes.” In addition to winning the trophy of the tournament she won the trophy for the best answer. Marion you are more than a “looker” you are a great person and a tennis Champion! What is next? US Open? And maybe one day at...