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Arjun Atwal †The Most Successful Indian Golfer till Date by alyshayjacob

Earlier, the lights and cameras of the sports media used to focus solely on the international golfers from USA and other parts of the world. Today, it has shifted on the Indians who are going on contributing splendid stuff on the golfing grounds. Well, Tiger Woods had his heydays and at one time he was considered unbeatable. His performance however started dipping after he got involved in a big scam. Now, it’s the Indian golfers who are making some real golf news. Arjun Singh Atwal is one such golf legend that has made way to millions of hearts. Today, his fame and popularity has gifted him international recognition.
Arjun Singh Atwal is one such professional golfer who has participated in the Asian Tour as well as the European Tour. In fact, he is the first Indian golfer to make way to the PGA Tour and later win it. As far as his early life goes, Arjun played his first match at the age of fourteen at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club and the Tollygunge Club. In 1995, he achieved his professional standards and emerged to be one of the leading golfers of the Asian Tour. In 2003, he topped the list of the order of merit and became the first golfer to win 1 million US dollars at the Hero Honda Masters. This was probably the biggest golf news that year.
Arjun Singh Atwal became the second golfer to win membership for the European Tour after the stunning victory of Jeev Milkha Singh. Again in 2003, Atwal got a striking victory at the European tour for the second time at the Carlsberg Malaysian Open. Well, the chain of victories kept on extending as he ended up 7th at the PGA Tour. He was fortunate to also earn the 2004 PGA Tour Card as the first East Indian golfer.
Atwal’s victory at the Bell South Classic in 2005 got him in the list of successful international golfers. This was the biggest golf news. He came quite close to almost win the PGA Tour that year but unfortunately failed. In the year 2007, Arjun faced an accident while participating in a street car racing on an SR 535 and landed up with minor injuries. He was more unfortunate when he lost his PGA Tour Card at the RBC Canadian Open in 2010 owing to a shoulder injury. Later, Atwal recaptured his playing privileges by receiving an invitation at the 2011 Masters Tournament.
The greatest golf news that spread around the sports media was Arjun Singh Atwal’s triumph at the PGA Tour as the first Indian golfer. Since he lost his tour card, he didn’t get the opportunity to draw FedEx Cup Points on his victory. In fact, one of the greatest golf news is that Arjun Atwal has been Tiger Woods’ practice partner for full five years at Florida. Today, he has achieved eminence in the world of golf and will go on with his mind-blowing performances and glorious victories in the near future.

Alyshay Jacob is a retired golfer. She has good information on PGA Tour and golf news .To know more she suggests you to visit http://www.clubhousejournal.com/

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Coping With Disappointment - The Life of an England Fan by Patrick Omari

I have been an England supporter for 22 years now, after being drawn in by the excitement of the World Cup in 1986. Vaguely remembering Lineker's goals, my dad's anger as Maradona handing Argentina victory and the disappointment when being made to go to bed after the game are overshadowed by the key fact that I was now an England fan.

Being an England fan is not really all it's cracked up to be. Apparently, we invented the game so we should be the best at it. Sadly, we have recently been proven with our failure to reach Euro 2008, that this isn't true. In fact, we were beaten in the qualifiers by a country that is younger than me, and even two years younger than Theo Walcott.

So why are we not that good at soccer, and when will we ever win a major tournament again? These questions are impossible to answer, making the life of an England fan a very uncomfortable and disappointing one. Through my experiences as an England supporter, the traditions and routines seem to be as cyclical and (sadly) eternal as the Ouroboros snake that eats itself.

Will the cycle ever be broken and why hasn't it happened since 1986. I am an optimist that will always expect a positive result from the England team. However, I do not suffer delusions of grandeur and expect us to win every tournament that we enter. So, when the World Cup arrived in Italy in 1990, all I hoped for was some good performances and a decent run.

Italia '90 proved to be the best England performance since the World Cup win in 1966. Despite a shaky start with draws against Ireland and the Netherlands, and an unconvincing win against Egypt, England progressed to the knock-out stages. The second round game with Belgium remained goalless for 119 minutes before David Platt volleyed the whole of England into jubilation.

A difficult quarter-final against tournament dark horses Cameroon was met with optimism and apprehension in equal measures. Another Platt goal and two Lineker penalties finally ended the African's dreams, sending England to a semi-final with arch-rivals West Germany.

The nation's hopes rested on the team, and their performance would not disappoint. Outplaying West Germany for most of the game, a Lineker goal would take the game to extra time and then penalties. Here, I would learn the horrific realism of being an England fan. German players do not miss penalties and sadly Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle did. The pain would last for six years as we failed miserably at Euro '92 and failed to even make the World Cup in 1994.

So, Euro 96 arrives in my home country and the nation is gripped in football fever. England flags are everywhere, cars, houses, haircuts and tattoos - the nation believes and the optimism is back after years of depression. With Terry Venables as our coach, Gascoigne and Shearer on the pitch - nothing could go wrong. It was our year.

A slow start, followed by great victories against neighbours Scotland and a 4-1 thrashing of the Netherlands, with a young me in the crowd, saw the country reach fever pitch. Only Spain stood in our way of another semi-final, but we needed two bad refereeing decisions to keep us in the game before Seaman saved the decisive kick in the penalty shoot-out. Semi-final versus Germany - let's not bring it up again.

It was another penalty shoot-out defeat. And if it wasn't Gareth Southgate that missed, it would've been the next player or the next. Germany never miss penalties so we might as well have just gone home then. It hurt just like it did in 1990, but now I was old enough to stay up and watch the post-match discussions. This made it worse, re-running the moments where Gazza's boot was inches from winning the game for England.

Penalties seem to be our downfall, so obviously we would practise them regularly before, during and even after the tournaments. We won't get caught out like that again. We will score every penalty in the next tournament and go on to win it. France '98 arrives and it's close enough to feel like we are playing at home. The crowds will be full of English fans and the team will go on to glory.

Group stages were boring, Michael Owen should've started the games and Darren Anderton still gets picked. So, second round and we face the Argentinians. Owen and Shearer score, a sign of things to come we hope, but a moment of madness from the most stupid person in the world and we are down to ten men. Beckham, the idiot, kicks out as he lays down, forcing the referee to send him off. We lose on penalties and everyone hates Beckham for a few years.

That is what the nation remembers but an impartial view will clarify what happened. Beckham flicked a leg that brushed the opponent's leg, forcing him to collapse. Ref sees his big chance to make a name for himself and sends off the golden boy of English football. England were denied a goal by Shearer's elbow as he clatters keeper as Sol Campbell rises majestically to seal victory for the beleaguered England.

Penalty shoot-out again and we send up Paul Ince and David Batty to take a penalty each. Yeah, Ince and Batty took a penalty in a World Cup shoot-out. I still remember the realisation sweeping over me as these two players that rarely hit the target with a five yard pass would be taking one of the most important kicks in their lives. Ridiculous.

Euro 2000, Phil Neville ruined it. 2002 World Cup, David Seaman caught off his line. And so we move onto the problems with the Portuguese. 2004 and 2006 proved to be just the next tournaments in the long line of bitter disappointments for England fans.

For the first time in many years, England had players that were as good as some as the best in the world. Beckham, Lampard, Gerrard and Rooney are just some of the great players that we had at our disposal. And yet we would still fall short in the big games and leave the nation clutching at ifs and buts.

Euro 2004 would show off the amazing talents of a young Wayne Rooney. Scoring four goals in the group matches, the nation would rest a lot of its hopes on the shoulders of Rooney. As we faced Portugal in the Quarter Finals, everything seemed to suggest we could finally win a major tournament.

This optimism was obviously misplaced and England would again have their hopes shattered in a penalty shoot-out. Owen scored inside three minutes, and England would lead for a long, long time. Rooney limped off with an ankle injury after 26 minutes and took our hopes with him. When John Terry decided to allow Helder Postiga a free header the game was all square.

However, a Sol Campbell header in stoppage time disallowed for absolutely nothing sent the game into extra time. A goal from each team would keep the scores level but Campbell's header would still grate on England fans' minds. As usual, England would continue to battle on but when penalties would decide the game, the fans would expect the worst.

Beckham stepped up for the first penalty and sent it high and wide into the crowd, however, we would hang on for several more kicks before finally giving in to fate. So, we called on Darius Vassell to ensure that the status quo would be maintained.

The FIFA World Cup 2006 and England would take a team capable of winning the tournament. Poor performances and a lack of attacking creativity dampened the optimism, but England still possessed a great squad and would beat Ecuador in the second round. Sadly, we would face Portugal again and Rooney would leave the field early again.

Rooney would lose his footing in a challenge with Ricardo Carvalho, before setting a firm foot down on the Portuguese player's midriff. A red card, and Rooney would take the nation's hopes with him as he made his way down the tunnel. Penalties would decide our fate again, and again Portugal would obviously win.

After three penalties each, the score was only 1-1 with Lampard, Viana, Gerrard and Petit missing. So, with Portuguese in front we put our faith in Jamie Carragher, a player with three goals in nearly 400 games for Liverpool. Were we shocked when he missed? Of course not, especially as it allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to score the winner.

Football, or soccer as the Americans call it, is known for taking your hopes and dreams and smashing them before your very eyes. The key to being an England supporter is to accept the inevitable penalty shoot-out defeat and move on. We have never won a shoot-out in the Fifa World Cup Finals and are never likely to. It is also fortunate that Sol Campbell has not played for England for a while because the disallowed only add to the false-hope that we have in England.

I have failed to mention the 2008 European Championship qualifying campaign for a reason. This was the first time that no England fan had any faith in our team, due to the selection of Steve McLaren as manager. We failed to qualify and England fans enjoyed watching an international tournament for the first time since USA '94.

Patrick is an expert Research and Travel consultant. His current interest is in airport parking, Manchester airport parking and Luton airport hotels.

Article Source: http://www.earticlesonline.com/Article/Coping-With-Disappointment---The-Life-of-an-England-Fan/399683

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World Cup 2010 †England and the United States draw on their tournament debut by Stephen Lars

If you take your time and search around the internet for English goalkeeper’s howlers, you will find plenty of stuff to watch, and mesmerize on a simple fact: how is it that a country that not only invented the sport but also has one of the most competitive and better paid professional leagues in the world cannot come up with good all around goalkeepers. Or at least guys that don’t suffer with so many and frequent little mistakes like this last one by Robert Green.

Steven Gerard brought plenty of joy to the English Fans that outnumbered their American counterparts in this first game at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. He was able to make some space in front and take a great shot at goal four minutes into the game. The English team was able to keep their advantage until 5 minutes before the halftime break when Clint Dempsey made what seemed like an easy shot into the English goal. And then it happened. The official ball, Jabulani, made an interesting bounce before it reached greens hands and then just somehow pass him by the side and into the goal.

Let’s face it. This is not the first time these kinds of situations happen among English goalkeepers. Let’s face this other fact too. Goalies from all around the globe mess up once in a while. It’s no professional secret that this is one of the most ungrateful positions to play in the sport of soccer. But it is also no secret (just do a bit of searching in Youtube if you want further proof) that the English keeper’s have this tendency of messing up.

Be it David Seaman, Paul Robinson, Scott Carson, or Robert Green, they have all had their fare share of almost blooper like soccer performances. But this is just one of the few that have come in a World Cup scenario. If you are into statistics, check this one out. Robert Green, made four errors that ended up in a goal during this last 2009-2010 Premiere League season. That is more then any other goalkeeper playing in the League.

Fabio Capello, the Italian-born head coach of the English squad, will probably be sitting down Green in the bench for Englands next game against (rellenar, no s con qu). The English team, had the ball 57% of the time. They were the dominating team, but, although the American team couldn’t bring really dangerous plays into the English defensive area, the English team, including Wayne Rooney and Emile Heskey, just couldn’t break pass the Team USA’s defense.

There were some high expectations for the English team in this World Cup. Sure enough they have had trouble with injuries. They are missing captain Rio Ferdinand and offensive midfielder David Beckham because of injury. Still, their performance was not too impressive. Betting odds on the English team were fairly high to win this game. Team USA was not really expected to be a threat to English domination. But it seems that either the Americans are playing above what was expected of them, or the English team is in serious need of some adjustments if they truly expect to make some noise in this World Cup.

Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the FIFA World Cup 2010 Odds previews and handicaps for the BetIAS' Sports Betting Blog . You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.

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