The chips are down...
- 18 Sep 06, 07:19 PM
K CLUB - So we’re here - at last - and I can’t pretend it’s been easy.
As we drove out of a heaving late Sunday night Dublin airport, the road signs flashed “Welcome to the Ryder Cup”. The next road signs were for roadworks.
For some reason they’ve decided to dig up the Irish capital’s equivalent of the M25. Work started three weeks before the biggest sporting event ever to be staged in this country. I hope Europe’s timing off the tee is a bit better!
Our midnight journey wasn’t too bad, but this morning as we headed back to the airport to greet the Americans, was a nose-to-tail nightmare.
We’d risen at 6.30 am in preparation for the Americans landing at 8.15. We were in danger of being late but we hadn’t made provision for the “tortilla factor.”
The what? Well, skipper Tom Lehman's wife had decided to bring a load of tortilla chips as comfort food for his team and the plane wasn’t ready for the amount of luggage, delaying the flight by more than three hours.
This, you might think, would be dead time. Not for the Five Live team - as producer Graham went into a cold sweat thinking his vital laptop had been nicked from under his nose.
We hunted high and low, and only out of desperation did he phone our hotel to see if he had left it there.
And yes he had, in his room. He hadn’t even picked it up! So we’ve already arrived upon our figure of fun for the week.
Traffic was still heavy as we headed back, this could prove one of the issues of the week.
So might be the weather. We drove through the most torrential storm on the way to the K Club.
By late afternoon a strong wind was sweeping across the course.
Golf pros hate to practice in such conditions, but there was no stopping the out-of-sorts Paul McGinley.
He was the lone European I spied on the range, pounding drivers. For the Americans Zach Johnson and Stewart Cink were having a gentle loosener to get the flight out of their system and - I guess - to work up an appetite for Tom’s tortillas.
I was going to sign off there, but I should tell you Graham has just called on a borrowed phone. He’d left for the hotel and now can’t find his mobile! It could be a long week.
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