Champions are not born or made, they are forged in the pressure of the situation and while young McIlroy showed great stuff in the event, he didn't quite endure the high heat and pressure which could have been brought to bear if Fowler and Garcia had stepped up their games a bit more.
As a golf club manager/director of golf and as an occasional tournament player, I have seen firsthand what can happen when someone "buys" your caddie and I have sacked a few caddies for taking payment to screw up their player.
If you visit almost any website devoted to professional golf, you will see at least one story on the guy and probably more before the day is out. It doesn't matter if the guy is winning, losing or injured and not competing.
Welsh poet Dylan Thomas wrote a powerful piece where he urges the people to "not go quietly into that good night / rage, rage against the dying of the light."
As mentioned last week, my tournament efforts in Da Lat fell short… by a foot. Or, more accurately, two feet. Mine.
Well, my hopes for a win at the Vietnam Amateur Open at Dalat Palace GC came to a crashing halt on Thursday after being tied for 4th place after the first round.
The US Open Championship is always an exciting event, due to the fact that it's a major and, even more so, because the USGA is known for setting up courses in such a way that top playing professionals seek psychiatric help afterwards and gobble Maalox like candy during the rounds.
Getting into the US Open would expose him to sponsorship by equipment sponsors, clothing sponsors and would be a huge boost to his career. The temptation to let the 70 stand and keep his mouth shut would be enormous…
If you go to a golf course in the US or Europe, most of the time you can hear a pin drop because it's so quiet out there. While I have no illusions that this will ever change completely here, it sure would be nice if they lowered the volume a little…
As you might imagine, some golf courses are scrambling to fill empty slots and this means there might be a few really good bargains floating around.
You are responsible for your actions… both in life as in golf - which is one of the reasons we say golf is a microcosm of life.
Universities not the only way up
Every summer, when the results of university entrance exam come out, many newspaper stories are published about students who are top-scorers across the country. Most portray students as hard-working, studious, smart and, generally, from low-income families. They are often considered heroes or heroines by their families, communes, villages and communities. And they symbolise the efforts made to lift them, and their relatives, out of poverty.
New mothers sign up for stem cell storage
A hundred stem cells of umbilical cord blood (SCUCB) samples have been stored free of charge in the past two months, said Dr Tran Ngoc Que, deputy director of the bank.
Private school transportation comes to town
Every afternoon, around 4.30pm, Nguyen Thi Lan, a bank employee in Dong Da District of Ha Noi starts getting worried. She waits for her boss to leave office, and then rushes off to pick up her daughter from school.
Charity begins at home, where the heart is
The story of an 80-year-woman in HCM City caring for 50 stray cats at her home for almost half a century has moved many people. The lonely woman has spent most of her time feeding stray and abused cats with the modest amount of money she earned from selling fish sauce at the Da Kao Market.
Criminals target smartphone users
Nguyen Van Manh, 70, in Ha Noi's Hai Ba Trung District recently notified Ha Noi police that he was swindled out of his entire bank account, which contained more than VND700 million.
Smartphone addiction a growing problem
Nguyen Hoang Nam from Ha Noi has a serious complaint: His girlfriend, Nguyen Thi Cam Nhung, appears to be more in love with her smartphone than with him.
Their goods are of all kinds, from "seasonal food" of Ha Noi like com (green rice flakes) and different fruits to the ordinary food like sweet potatoes, maize and bananas. These things are rarely sold in major stores, but people can buy them at just a few thousands dong.
Internet films should also face censorship
Early this month, the first episode of a new Vietnamese series on love, sex and friendship was aired on Youtube – one of most popular video sharing sites in the world. It was for viewers aged 18 and above.
Vinh said his fondest World Cup memories are of the one held in Italy in 1990. He said the excitement among fans could be felt one or even two months before the tournament kicked off.
Summer vacation taxes, vexes parents
Summer vacation brings joy to children but much worries to their parents, particularly those in urban areas because they do not have the time to take care and help their children to revise a lesson.
When summer fun was free, unforgettable
Every summer time, I fondly recall 20 years ago when I was a junior secondary-school student. In those days, neighborhood organisers joined hands in my district with the local Youth Union to provide activities for kids during June and July before we went back to school.

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PM meets acclaimed local mathematician PM meets acclaimed local mathematician

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday met Professor Ngo Bao Chau, the first Vietnamese to win the Fields Medal, the highest professional honour a mathematician can attain, and the Education Dialogue Group.

Scholars discuss East Sea dispute at int'l conference Scholars discuss East Sea dispute at int'l conference

The East Sea dispute will continue in the near future and urgent solutions should be found to manage the conflict and resolve it without force or the threat to use force and protect the rights of fishermen in traditional fishing grounds, an international conference that opened in HCM City yesterday agreed.

Police look into scam claims at pagoda Police look into scam claims at pagoda

Police are investigating rumors that a pagoda in Long Bien District is selling children for adoption.

A Vietnamese and a Chinese arrested for ivory smuggling A Vietnamese and a Chinese arrested for ivory smuggling

Customs officials have arrested a Chinese woman and a Vietnamese man at Suvarnabhumi Airport after they allegedly tried to smuggle out elephant tusks and ivory products worth about BAT9 million.

Places for a vacation: Son Doong Cave Places for a vacation: Son Doong Cave

Son Doong Cave in Viet Nam's Quang Binh Province has been suggested by the American news website huffingtonpost.com as one of the places to visit in 20 years.