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French Connections - COPIED

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France - Sitting in the lounge on the top floor of our hotel with the lights of Lausanne shimmering in the distance on the far side of Lake Geneva, I'm reminded that Lausanne is the home of the Olympic organization. Next month, somewhere among those flickering lights the Olympic committee will announce whether golf will be included in the summer games of 2016.

Tom Traveler: On Monday, I flew from Glasgow to London on the same flight as Tom Watson. I first noticed him sitting in the lounge, reading a newspaper, which featured on the front page, a sizable photo of himself standing next to Stewart Cink.
Tom and his wife were some of the last passengers to board the aircraft. As they got to their seats, the entire plane erupted into applause. It was a hairs-standing-on-end' moment. Tom sat in business class, although the seats were exactly the same as coach ' knees touching the seat in front.
When we arrived at Heathrow, the baggage came off in two waves. Mine and the Watsons came off in the second wave and we stood waiting for about 30 minutes.
Guess even five-time British Open (and three-time Senior British Open) champions have to deal with the same travel inconveniences as everyone else.

Frightening Fire: Here in Evian on Thursday, talk centered around three things: The Solheim Cup (after next weeks Ricoh Womens British Open the teams will be finalized), the Armageddon- like-storm which was predicted but never came, and a fire in a hotel on Wednesday night which was nearly fatal.
Amy Yang and her father had relocated to the hotel for one night so as not to wake roommate Jee Young Lee with their 4 a.m. wake-up call. At about 10pm, Yangs father noticed a strange smell and realized it might be fire. He awoke his daughter and discovered their only route of escape was out of the second floor window. Yang's father threw the clubs out the window, chucked a couple of mattresses too, and both jumped to safety.
Catriona Matthew and her husband/caddie Graeme were also in the building. They ran out on foot, but Graeme returned to gather a few extra things. On his return he burnt his feet on burning embers. He is expected to be back to full strength in about ten days.
This morning, Jun Yang, Amys father went back to the hotel and managed to retrieve their passports. The documents had a little water damage but the all important US visas appeared intact.

Soccer Stars: The annual charity football match with golfers and celebrity athletes took place Thursday evening. France's Zinedine Zidane turned up as usual, but the Evian Masters side was beaten 10-5. The team included our very own producer Beth Hutter, who played soccer for the University of Virginia team and had participated in US Olympic team trials. Even she said she was still intimated by Zidane.
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