Golf News - 2009 Ryder Cup
supports Scottish bid, apparently
Ryder Cup News more
Golf News back to
'Five-Iron' Mike reigns in Spain
Extract, Graham Spiers, The Scotsman, 12 November
The story of the week certainly belongs to a man whom I
regard as a good friend as well as a most excellent cook - Mike
Five-Iron Aitken of The Scotsman.
For years Mike has been a terrific reporter of golf,
regularly putting his rivals over his knees and issuing them with severe
canings - I hope this image isnt too eye-watering. He was at it again
last week in Valderrama in Spain, getting the sort of story which in golf is
the equivalent of receiving a quiet tip-off from the Queen or the Pope.
Mike got Tiger Woods to tell him it would be "terrific" if
the hotly-contested 2009 venue for the Ryder Cup was given to Scotland. The
Scotsman rightly splashed this as an exclusive - but it was the marvellous
wording used by Mike to describe his encounter with Woods which caught the
"Speaking to The Scotsman as he strolled to the practice
range at the American Express Championship," wrote Mike a little out of puff,
"he [Tiger] spoke of his fondness for the country which gave the game of golf
to the world."
This is the sort of snatched, 10-second interview which
harassed golf reporters have to secure in a world flowing with pressures and
This was the second time in two months that Mike has had
the best story of the week. Back in October, I myself was deemed to be in some
sort of contention for this with my Allan MacDonald resignation yarn. The only
problem, that same week, was that Mike had stolen my thunder - he wrote that
the Army were being called in to control the murderous Ryder Cup crowds.
Ever since I placed Mike, along with myself, in the
"tearful warbling" category of Scottish journalists, I have fretted over a fine
tradition ending - Mike making me his Caesar salad special as we lord it at
Augusta each April. I hope this minor paean helps to make up for that.
more Ryder Cup
News more Golf
News back to Local
News up to Top