- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 14, 2007

Because of the second clerical oversight by the USGA in three years, the Rover has been forced to quarter this week at a threadbare Comfort Inn in Gibsonia, Pa., a place so named because apparently Hovelville, Urinal and Toothlessburg already were taken. The good news is Gibsonia is only 10 miles from Oakmont. The bad news is Gibsonia is at least 15 miles from any other form of civilization. …

{bullet}Team Rover this week consists of Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Scott Verplank and Sean O’Hair. Solid finishes by all of the above wouldn’t allow the Rover to retire, but it might allow him to upgrade his lodgings next month at Carnoustie.

{bullet}A tour around Oakmont this week instantly moved the course into the Rover’s top 10 worldwide. The list now reads: 1) Ballybunion, 2) Winged Foot, 3) Birkdale, 4) Cascades, 5) Turnberry, 6) Pebble Beach, 7) Oakmont, 8) Portmarnock, 9) Congressional, 10) Oak Hill.

Oakmont has supplanted Pine Valley on the Rover’s “before-you-die” list as the American course he would like to play most. If anyone “knows” anyone who could be of any assistance in this regard, please act accordingly.

Barker Davis

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