- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 21, 2006

Forget this little Ryder Cup deal, the Irish Examiner yesterday featured a 20-page special section dedicated to next week’s World Ploughing Championships. That’s right, ploughing (plowing to you in me, as in tilled earth).

Apparently there will be 56 competitors from 28 countries competing in 17 different categories (reverse plow, tractor, traditional plow, etc.) over four days (Sept. 27-30) on two farms in County Carlow.

He apologizes for his citified snobbery, but the following description brought the Rover to the verge of tears as he read about the bloodlines of Ireland’s top tractor hope, Eamon Tracey:

“[His father] John went on to win the first of six All-Ireland tractor titles in 1973 and to plough for Ireland in the world championships with great distinction no fewer than eight times.”

There’s nothing like a man who ploughs with great distinction.

• The Rover would like to go on record with the following prediction: Tiger will play brilliantly this week, silencing his critics by finishing with a record of 4-0-1, but the United States still will lose the Ryder Cup because of a complete lack of support from the woeful bottom of its roster.

The nagging question in the fallout of the Americans’ fifth loss in six Cups will be why team captain Tom Lehman didn’t choose to split his power pairings of Woods/Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson/Chris DiMarco.

Barker Davis

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