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  Friday, 19 July, 2002, 10:24 GMT 11:24 UK
Colourful Duffy stands out
Duffy Waldorf displays his unique take on sartorial elegance
Duffy's "fashion sense" has brightened up Muirfield

Waldorf's salad day

On summer days in East Lothian like Friday, you need a little bit of colour.

Well, by far the most colourful thing at Muirfield so far this week is Duffy Waldorf.

In fact, it is very tempting to rename this Open Championship diary column 'The Duffy Diary'.

Let me give you a snapshot of what our overnight leader is like.

In response to the question 'how would you describe your shirt and hat?' he replied: "Matching."

After being quizzed about the writing on his golf balls, he explained: "All the balls were from Milwaukee, so there were lots of references to Kopp's Custard, which is my favourite food staple.

David Love III
Davis Love III may need to dig deep to satisfy Waldorf
"It's like the Haagen Dazs of custard. It's the next level. It tastes like a million bucks, but it only costs $1.50.

"'Key lime pie was on my ball on Thursday, and I had balls with some of the other flavours written on them."

And when asked about his dreams, he revealed: "I fantasise about how long my wine cellar will last."

But my favourite Duffy tale concerns an invite to Muirfield's Greywalls Hotel he received from Davis Love III.

It is a dinner that Love will need to make the cut to pay for, as Waldorf took the opportunity to measure the hotel's wine cellar against his own.

Sadly, or happily if you are Davis Love III, they didn't have a 500 bottle of 1975 Le Mission Haut Brion, but they did have a "reasonably priced" 1976.

Whether Duffy can be a Tiger slayer on Sunday is debateable, but I, for one, will be following our Hawaiian-shirted hero all the way.


From one grouse to another?

Far be it from me to deny that Nick Faldo, who after winning here in 1992 thanked the media from the "heart of his bottom", is a much, much happier soul around the golf course these days.

Nick Faldo displays his dismay
"What do you mean I have to talk to the press"

In fact, his practice round on Wednesday was like a round with Ronnie Corbett and Jimmy Tarbuck, only funnier.

And with his 45th birthday falling on Thursday, the gathered ladies and gentlemen of the press were praying the gags would continue to flow.

But after his first-round, two-over-par 73, it was back to the Old Nick we, in the press tent, so enjoy chatting with.

So here is hoping his mood will be lifted by delivery of a birthday bottle of vintage malt whisky from the Open's tipple of choice, Famous Grouse.

If he wins his fourth Open title on Sunday, Famous Grouse has promised to dish out 300 free drams of the hard stuff.

And Faldo will, no doubt, become New Nick again.


It could be you

By far the most poignant - and cinematic - scene I've witnessed so far at this year's Open came late on Thursday, long after the 28,000 spectators had gone home.

Shortly before 2200 BST on Thursday, with Muirfield at its dusky best, who should I see roaming in the gloaming on the 18th green but Ernie Els.

Ernie Els
Ernie Els was spotted lurking on the 18th green at dusk

Few have suffered more during Tiger Woods' purple patch than the softly-spoken South African.

Two Major titles is scant return for Els' languid excellence, and nobody would begrudge "the Big Easy" an Open title come Sunday.

But it was heart-warming to see a hardened pro and multi-millionaire like Els wandering around the final green, dreaming of a rapturous response from the packed stands.

Then again, he might have just been walking off a heavy dinner, or hiding from Mrs Els.

Either way, it brought a lump to my throat. Beautiful moment.

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