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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 August 2006, 18:34 GMT 19:34 UK
Medinah gossip
Iain Carter
By Iain Carter at Medinah
BBC Five Live golf correspondent

Five Live's golf correspondent Iain Carter on a Mark Twain-style rumour about John Daly, a teen's dream come true and a caddie's second chance.

THE LION LIVES

Rumours spread across Medinah on Thursday that former champion John Daly was no longer with us - happily they proved to be well wide of the mark.

John Daly
Reports of Daly's demise have been greatly exaggerated
It was said that he had collapsed and died from a heart attack in his motor home and this misinformation distressingly reached his wife Sherrie.

"She called me in a panic," Daly said. "All my friends and family at home are calling in a panic."

The Medinah club has launched an investigation to try to find the source of the rumour. "Why would anybody do that," wondered Daly, as he drew on a cigarette.

"I figured since I came back from the dead, I might as well smoke anyway," he added.

DOPE TESTS? THANKS, BUT NO YANKS

There's still no sign of the boss of the US tour changing his stance on drug testing in golf.

Despite a growing feeling that the game is out synch with the rest of the sporting world, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem told the New York Times: "We don't think it's prudent to test just because somebody someplace thinks all sports should test."

Other governing bodies are more enthusiastic. The R&A, for example, is introducing dope tests at the World Amateur Team Championship.

But for an effective programme to be introduced it needs to be a global project and that will never be possible without American support.

THAT'S MY GEL

Many a drug test in other sports has been failed because of excess levels of testosterone but there would be no such worries for 2003 USPGA champion Shaun Micheel.

Puzzled by a worrying loss of energy, Micheel consulted a doctor last year and was diagnosed with low testosterone levels.

Since being prescribed an alcohol-based gel to rub into his shoulder every night, the 37-year-old has noticed a world of difference.

Sadly it hasn't prevented him from missing 10 cuts so far this season.

MICKELSON - TEEN IDOL

There's been no wiping the smile from the face of Courtney Shattuck since the first-round draw was announced at the start of the week.

Phil Mickelson
Mickelson's smile might look a little forced here but he is a happy soul
Shattuck is a walking scoreboard operator and had been assigned the 8.30am slot before it was known that this would be the Woods/Mickelson/Ogilvy match.

The news of the company she would be keeping on her 16th birthday was broken to her when her mum called her mobile phone. "I just started screaming in the car, I was so happy," she said.

"Tiger and Phil are both my idols, but Phil's my favourite. He just makes me smile, he's always happy."

FROM MAIL BAGS TO GOLF BAGS

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, caddie Eric Larson is back on former Open champion Mark Calcavecchia's bag after more than 10 years in the slammer on drug charges.

"There's a lot of other people in life that don't get second chances. I'm very fortunate to be in this position," said Larson to earn the paper's quote of the day award.

WOODS ON WATER

Five Live commentator Andrew Cotter, he of dodgy navigational skills, didn't need a map to find the star attraction of the opening round - the Tiger and Phil show.

Cotter just needed to follow the crowd.

"It was like a zoo," he said. "And that was among the hundreds of reporters INSIDE the ropes, never mind the thousands of spectators."

Our intrepid reporter did find himself within arm's length of Woods and caddie Steve Williams on the 13th tee.

"It was fascinating to hear their conversation as they waited to make the shot to the long par-three," he said.

"There were two debates: should it be a three-iron to cover the 244 yards to the pin and should the next drink be water or an isotonic beverage.

"Water won and so did the three-iron, but that went through the back. I think the water was a better choice."


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