- The Washington Times - Friday, July 21, 2006

The Rover was rescued from the Adelphi hotel by a representative of the Wirral Peninsula Council who read his postcard online and felt compelled to save Merseyside’s reputation by securing the Rover lodgings sans squalor.

She did exactly that, arranging a flat in a house just yards from Hoylake’s 16th green at a lower rate than the Rover was paying an hour away in Liverpool. The Rover was so delighted that he actually tipped the “maid” at the Adelphi, as well as leaving her his arsenal of air fresheners … and his roommates (pint glass, cigarette butts and used napkins).

• As is futile British Open custom, the Rover requests your happiest thoughts for the following players: Ernie Els (12-1), Sergio Garcia (14-1), Luke Donald (34-1) and David Duval (200-1), all at each way (top five). It’s been three interminable years since the Rover wrested any lucre from the British bookies. With your help in the karma department, the stars could be aligned at Hoylake.

Barker Davis

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