LITESPORT THE worlds top golfers fear Turnberry will have turned into a monster for next weeks Open Championship. ColinMontgomerie,whohas an academy at the Ayrshire venue,said:Theyhadamedal there for the members -- 150 starters -- and they left 480 balls on the course. Thats over three a player anditprovesthat,althoughthe fairwaysweregenerous,avoid the rough at all costs. Its a shot-makers golf course,atremendouscourse.I didnt lose a ball, which was good, but it can only be worse nowthanwhenIplayed10days ago. Ernie Els, winner at Muir- fieldin2002,added:Iwasthere for two days and that could be quiteabeastif thewindcomes up. They must have had a lot of rain -- its very lush, very greenandthatswhytherough is so high. Youre probably going to havetohaveagoodgameplan, probablyplayquitesafeoff the tees to get it in play. The secret to playing good links golf is having a good strategy,stickingwiththatand having a lot of patience. But, more than anything, really striking the ball solidly. If you dont youll get found out. You wont have much of a chance. Ulsterman Graeme McDow- ell, defending champion at the Scottish Open this week and firstroundleaderbothatBirk- dale last year and Hoylake in 2006, came back with a similar view. Itsgotsomeof theheaviest links rough Ive ever seen, he commented. If you miss it in the wrong place you might want to bring a couple of golf balls with you. I certainly lost a couple. Right of the 17th green Ive neverseenroughasthickinall my life. Youve got to know which side you can miss it on and which you cant. On McDowells first visit he playedwithRoryMcIlroy,who gleefully revealed a few weeks agothathegavehiscompatriot a hammering. Was he bragging? said McDowell.Henormallyturns me over in practice rounds. Hes one of the best Tuesday players Ive ever played with hesprettygoodattheweekend as well. Heputaprettygooddisplay onandtookthemoney.Enough said. Montgomerie is bang on tar- get in his preparations for todays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond. Playing the pro-am on the eve of the main event yesterday, Montgomeries attention was drawn to a speedboat about 60 yards out into the water. Fivepeopledressedaspirates were encouraging players to fire a shot at a target roughly the size of an archery board out on the lake. And Montgomerie, who has always prided himself on the accuracy of his iron play, hit it bang on and danced a considerable victory jig. London Lite Thursday, 9 July 2009 35 Inbrief Beijing medals to be scrapped MOROCCAN Olympic 1500m gold medal winner Rashid Ramzis positive test for the new blood- boosting drug CERA has been confirmed by analysis of the B sample. Four other athletes who tested positive for CERA at last summers Beijing Games have also been confirmed by the second tests, according to Olympics sources. All five now face bans and being stripped of any medals. Immelmans in need of a wrist LAST seasons Masters champion Trevor Immelman, out of action since injuring his wrist a month ago, has pulled out of next weeks Open at Turnberry. My injury has been responding well to treatment, but at this point it just isnt far enough along to allow me to be ready for the Open, said the South African. Immelman is now expected to return at the Canadian Open in two weeks time. McCaw favours familiar faces NEW ZEALAND captain Richie McCaw has backed the re- appointment of coaches Graham Henry, Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith. The trio have been coaching the All Blacks since 2004 and have had their contracts extended until the end of the 2011 World Cup. McCaw said: Its great. It gives certainty to what you do now. We know weve got two-and-a- half years to keep on building on what were doing. Selectors get second Windies WEST INDIES have named a second-string squad for todays first Test against Bangladesh after their more established names pulled out due to an ongoing contract dispute. The team will be captained by Floyd Reifer, who last played a Test in 1999, while 16-year-old Kraigg Brathwaite has also been included in a 15-man party. Darren Sammy is the most recognised name with Tino Best also set to be involved. Gardner hopes Quins dig deep MAT GARDNER believes the work ethic at Harlequins can restore the clubs results after a stuttering fortnight in the engage Super League. Quins have suffered heavy defeats against Leeds and Wigan in their last two league fixtures and host third-placed Huddersfield on Saturday. Gardner said: We never stop and that makes it difficult for other teams weve always got that on our side. F1 in chaos again as teams stage walkout No negotiations: Brawn walked out BY JAMES GOLDMAN THE threat of a breakaway Formula One circus looms again today after eight teams walked out of yesterdays FIA gathering. Members of FOTA yesterday met with the head of the FIAs Sporting Working Group, Charlie Whiting, and the five non-FOTA teams in Williams, Force India and the three new entrants for 2010 in US F1, Campos Meta and Manor Grand Prix. It culminated in the representatives from Ferrari, McLaren, BMW Sauber, Renault, Toyota, Red Bull Racing, Toro Rosso and Brawn GP all walking out, throwing the sport into chaos once more. During the course of the meeting, the team managers were informed by Charlie Whiting that contrary to previous agreements, the eight FOTA teams are not currently entered into the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship and have no voting rights in relation to the technical and sporting regulations thereof, said FOTA. It will be remembered all eight active FOTA members were included on the accepted entry list as endorsed by the FIA World Motor Sport Council and communicated by FIA press statement on 24 June. In light of these claims, the FOTA representatives requested a postponement of the meetings. This was rejected on the grounds no new Concorde Agreement would be permitted before a unanimous approval of the 2010 regulations was achieved. To go against the will of the WMSC and the detail of the Paris agreement puts the future of Formula One in jeopardy. FORCE INDIA boss Vijay Mallya is convinced his bold claim that his struggling team will be on the podium in 2011 is no longer just a dream. Before Sundays German Grand Prix, Mallya said: The upgrades at Silverstone gave us extra performance and wed all like to convert this into a points-scoring position in Germany. Adrian Sutil will want to put on a good show in his home event. Monty fears The Open could Turn into a monster Turnberry had a medal for 150 members and they left 480 balls on the course... avoid the rough at all costs Extra chips: Montgomerie, in the bunker at Loch Lomond before todays Scottish Open, heads to Turnberry for The Open next week BY NEAL COLLINS Scottish Open, live on British Eurosport 2 index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html