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Here is a selection of 2015 articles for you


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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Hello World!

Sorry I haven't blogged for a while - it is one of my new resolutions to post here more often...

In my defence, life has been a bit mad - they even let me on BBC Breakfast for a few days! I have now completed the BBC Breakfast, One Show, MOTD, 6 o'clock News and Celebrity Mastermind Quintuple!! Only Can't Cook, Won't Cook now eludes me.

Fans of the Thronkersaurus (my Mum, the bloke called Dave who stopped me in the street over Christmas and Leanne on twitter) will be interested to know that book two is on its way. Not quite sure what to call it yet but I'm in the middle of penning the beauty. I will keep you updated...

My plan is to blog here at least once a month - so I'll see you in February (August)!



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Raising Dosh

Raising Dosh

One of my New Years resolutions was to raise some serious dosh for the Children's Hospital in Sheffield. I am a patron of this wonderful place alongside the likes of Jess Ennis-Hill, Lee Westwood, Michael Vaughan and Nick Matthew.

 My plan is developing nicely.  We have a winter ball to come in November, my second golf day in September and last week we had an event for a bunch of cyclists called The Fat Lads From Dore.

The Fat Lads (that was their idea) were hoping to raise £10000 on the night and £25000 in total throughout their campaign. We managed to smash out £30000 on the evening instead which is enough to fund one of the brand new rooms at the hospital.

Fellow patrons Jessica Ennis-Hill (that girl who runs as someone once called her), three times squash World Champion Nick Matthew and rising star of golf Matt Fitzpatrick were all in attendance and donated prizes which raised thousands of pounds - a lesson with Nick, a round with Matt and a framed pair of Jess's golden spikes (size 6.5 if you're interested).

Photo courtesy of @beckyjoyphoto

I was hosting the event, interviewing our sporting stars and taking care of the auction. The good people of Sheffield feel rightly proud of the Children's Hospital and are always so generous with their time and money. The enormous carrot that featured in the main meal was the only blot on an otherwise brilliant night.

Photo courtesy of @beckyjoyphoto

You can read more about the evening here http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/star-studded-sheffield-fundraiser-helps-smash-25-000-hospital-target-1-7221303

Photo courtesy of @beckyjoyphoto



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Addicted To The Masters?

Addicted To The Masters?

The 1st golf major of the season is something rather special.

The colours, the characters, the history. It's on TV at the perfect time in the UK and you always feel like spring has sprung when you see those unnaturally lush fairways and super-slick greens.

It can very easily become an obsession and you know you're in trouble when any of the following starts happening:

1. You make a practice swing in any available reflective surface.

2. You chip in the back garden and shout 'be the right club' or 'in the hole' even though you don't have a hole.

3. You genuinely believe you could easily two putt from the high side of the 16th green to a Sunday pin position.

4. You know KJ Choi's average driving distance.

5. As the lift door opens a colleague finds you holding your finishing position admiring an imaginary four-iron into the heart of the 11th green.

6. You practise a putt to win the Masters every morning and invariably hole it - the crowd always goes wild.

7. When you get dressed you imagine slipping on the Green Jacket even though you never have, or will, own a green jacket.

8. You carry around a club for the entire time the telly is on.

9. You throw around the phrase 'the Butler Cabin' as if you stayed there.

10. You take an unhealthy interest in azaleas.

11. You never tire of seeing Sandy Lyle's bunker-shot on 18 (external) and admire him for not being bothered by his vast sweat-patches.

12. You start calling members of your family 'patrons'.

13. You wonder what your living room carpet measures on the stimpmeter.

14. You practise your victory celebration and occasionally fist-pump on one knee on your own in a room and well up at the emotion of it all.

15. You chip from the top of the stairs and genuinely think using the wall and cupboard to make the kitchen is more difficult than a shot from behind the 15th green.

16. You start to feel that ironed chino shorts, long white socks & ice-white trainers (as worn by 97% of the crowd) is acceptable attire.

17. You wish you were 12 again and lived in South Korea.

18. Anyone who calls between the hours of seven and midnight is instantly considered 'an idiot'. Even your mum.

19. You record Match Of The Day because you're convinced Gary Lineker is watching the golf during the show anyway.

20. You consider Duffy, Chip, Fuzzy, Hunter and Bubba acceptable names for your kids.

21. You think Ken Brown smelling leaves and rolling a beach volleyball down a slope is great TV. It is.

22. You permanently feel sorry for Greg Norman.

23. You wonder what food you'd choose for the champions dinner while tucking into your 17th bag of crisps.

24. You think it's normal to call all male children 'Jnr' or feel inserting a 'The Third' after your son's name would be a reasonable idea.

25. You mourn the loss of Ike's Tree

26. You carry a tee in your pocket for the duration of the tournament. Just in case.

 

Whether you admit to one, some or all of the above then I'm afraid you've been caught by the bug.

But fear not brave golfing comrade, you are one of many and, after all, there is nothing quite like The Masters."

 



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Nick Faldo once referred to me as a TV MUPPET

Nick Faldo once referred to me as a TV MUPPET

BBC presenter and golf addict Dan Walker tells GM about his love for the game, being awestruck by Tiger and how he offended Ernie Els and Sir Nick… Read the full article here.