Woosie train hits Bjorn buffers
- 5 Sep 06, 02:54 PM
CRANS-SUR-SIERRE - Having decided on taking the train from the BMW International in Munich to Crans-sur-Sierre, I was looking forward to a nice relaxing journey through the Alps to this idyllic destination.
But perhaps an incident, as we changed trains at Karlsruhe station, should have been taken as an omen that the peace would soon be shattered.
We needed to change platforms. Heavily laden reporters, players and caddies were descending on an escalator behind a ceremonially dressed African gentleman.
He appeared to have his lifetime possessions stacked high and wide on an airport-style trolley.
All seemed to be progressing nicely until he reached the bottom of the staircase whereupon his luggage wedged itself against the moving handrail.
He and his trolley came to an abrupt halt. Cases spilled and the packed escalator continued relentlessly.
A dangerous pile up was threatening, panic was rising. It was only a matter of seconds but it seemed an eternity before the trolley was freed and we all tumbled onto the platform relieved to be in one piece.
The calm of the journey had gone and an hour later my mobile sounded to confirm the end of relaxation for the day.
Thomas Bjorn’s astonishing attack on Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam had become public knowledge.
During one station stop I had to fire off a report for Five Live. It was a huge story, undoubtedly altering the equilibrium of the build-up to the match.
The following morning we arrived at the picturesque course which will stage the European Masters.
Sergio Garcia was out on the course playing a practice round with the player we’d come to see, Michelle Wie.
And while we wanted to know what he thinks of the 16-year-old Hawaiian sensation, more importantly we wanted his reaction to Bjorn’s blow up.
Garcia is siding with Woosnam. He has no complaints with the captain’s picks and reckons Thomas “will get over it”.
That will take some time, there’s little sign of anyone hitting the stop button on this controversy at the moment.
(Shortly after Iain filed his latest blog entry Thomas Bjorn issued an apology).
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