ISHIKAWA HOPING FOR MCILROY INSPIRATION

Japan's teenage golf star Ryo Ishikawa has said that she is looking forward to the inspiration provided by Rory McIlroy. "I have come to know so well how big the gap is between me and the best in the world," the 19-year-old told Japanese media Tuesday as he returned home from his second US Open where he finished tied for 30th.

He was 33rd last year, but remains a great shout for any free bets you have next year!

KAYMER PRAISES HARRINGTON INFLUENCE

Martin Kaymer has credited the influence of Padraig Harrington as a major reason for his improvement. Six of the current world's top 10 are European and the last four majors have been won by European Tour members.

"He [Harrington] won two in 2008 - which was an unbelievable achievement - and I think everything started with him," said Kaymer.

German Kaymer opened his major account at last year's US PGA Championship.

PGA HOPEFUL WANTS NEW SYSTEM

Allan Dick, a golf amateur, reckons Scotland's leading amateurs should be allowed to take PGA training exams before switching to the paid ranks.

The Lothians champion suggested the radical move as a way to increase options for players if they fail to taste success as Tour pros after leaving the amateur game.

"I would like to see the SGU develop a pathway that allows elite amateurs to do the PGA training so they've got something to fall back on. As things stand, players who turn professional don't have anything to fall back on if it doesn't work out for them.

MONTY: TIGER TIME IS OVER

Colin Montgomerie has warned Tiger Woods that he may find the winning habit hard to come by the longer his drought continues and the Scot feels the era of domination of the former world No. 1 is over.

Woods has gone through the whole of 2010 without a victory and showed he is still short of his peak by letting a four-shot lead slip away before losing in a play-off to Graeme McDowell in the Chevron World Challenge.

POULTER PLAYING ON

Hong Kong Open winner Ian Poulter says he intends to remain committed to playing in the United States despite the European Tour's decision to increase its number of mandatory events.

As of next season, players need to take part in 13 rather than 12 events to retain membership of the European Tour and the Florida-based Englishman admitted that planning his 2011 season will therefore not be easy.

As a result of the change, Poulter's Ryder Cup team-mates Rory McIlroy and world number one Lee Westwood have already decided to turn their backs on the US PGA Tour.

DONALD IS KING OF THE SAND

Luke Donald has proved himself the undisputed king of the bunkers this year, and been gifted a pair of Wimbledon Hospitality tickets from his sponsors as a reward.

After getting up and down from sand more often than anybody else in America for the second year in a row Donald has just pipped Ian Poulter for the same award on the European Tour.

His average there was 73.9% compared to Poulter's 73.7%, while in the States he was a clear winner on 66.4%.

WESTWOOD IS RIGHT

WHEN the world number one speaks, the world listens. Lee Westwood was given a reminder of the perks of his ranking position when his strong views on the PGA Tour rookie of the year award resonated around the globe.

Westwood was less than impressed Rory McIlroy was overlooked in favour of Rickie Fowler, despite the Northern Irish youngster winning at Quail Hollow, finishing third at the Open and the PGA Championship and playing a key role at the Ryder Cup.