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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 129
THE TALKING POINT HERE’S an interesting proposition: would you rather a $20,000 as a cash injection right now, or $1 for every time a pro golfer is asked about the impending ban on anchored putters from January 1 next year? We have a sneaking suspicion that you’d get far richer choosing the latter, such will the topic dominate discussion this season and even more so as the end of the season draws near. How long can Adam Scott hold out? With major winners like Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson already experimenting with putters of varying lengths, expect to hear plenty of hyper- boring talk about who’s doing what with the short stick as the New Year deadline approaches. Don't worry, we'll do our best to keep you from the tedium. SKINNY PHIL THE BEST PHIL THE chubby athlete versus the ripped athlete debate is eternally intriguing. Watching some of the fittest sportspeople on the planet slug it out with blokes who are carrying a few extra kegs is one of sport’s rare joys. For some inexplicable reason, players like John Daly, cricketer Sean Cosgrove, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal and half of the entire Major League Baseball just aren’t as good when they’re packing a six pack (the good kind, not the tasty kind). But with Phil Mickelson enduring one of his worst PGA Tour seasons on record, something has to change, and we’re backing his promise to shed 10kg to deliver the kind of results he’s craving (more than that pudding in the player lounge). Who knows? He might even fill up on a maiden US Open title. BAD BOY JOHNSON DELIVERS THE GOODS YOU might have forgotten that Dustin Johnson is still a PGA Tour player, given the cone of silence that has surrounded his exile from the game since he took his much-publicised leave of absence to deal with his reported drug and fidelity problems. But Johnson is also the owner of the longest winning streak in the sport, having been victorious at least once in each of the past seven seasons. No one knows exactly when Johnson will grace a professional fairway again, but rightly or wrongly, when he does return this year it won’t take long for him to continue his winning ways. A win will come his way in 2015. OTG
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