Le French Golfer and Le Daly Disaster

Right now it looks like French golfer Raphaël Jacquelin might soon be kissing another cup as he leads at the BMW Asian Open. He's currently got a three-stroke lead over Lee Sung of South Korea after the second round. 2005 champion Ernie Els is seven off.

Meanwhile, disaster struck Daly as Long John missed the cut today. Disaster not so much for JD himself, as for his sponsors, who paid him an undisclosed appearance fee in the hope he would attract huge crowds. In the end, John seemed almost indifferent, explaining that "...the golf course doesn't suit a guy who hits it long," and adding, "It's one of those courses where you have got to go out and hit four and three irons... that's just not any fun for me." - OK, I can relate, I hate three and four irons too, but I never rarely get paid an appearance fee. - To add insult to injury insolence, Daly four putted on the second to last hole, when he carelessly knocked a one-inch tap-in five-feet past it and later quipped, "It didn't really matter then. I was out of it anyway" Not the attitude the sponsors generally hope for in such circumstances, I would guess.

But back to Raphaël. He's been playing really well of late, in fact, he got to this same stage last week at the Volvo Open, only to have a weekend meltdown. I'm hoping he'll pull this one off. As you may know, Nick, my caddy/photographer/husband is French so I'm a bit partial to those who wear the blue, blanc, rouge. Check out Rapha's site to get a little glimpse into the world of a French golfer. Like me, it seems he enjoys Côtes du Rhône and it's très cool to seem him hitting golf balls in front of the Eifel Tower.