OUT IN THE FIELD (July 7th): Why Rory McIlroy didn’t practise at the Royal Eastbourne Golf Course

I HAVE had my knuckles rapped by the powers that be at the Royal Eastbourne Golf Course, who say they did not turn Rory McIlroy away when his minions asked if he could practise there.

Alan Smith, from the club, tells me that when the request reached them the world number one wanted to visit, the club pro decided the extent of the Royal’s practice facility was too short and, given the distances Rory is capable of driving the ball, he could reach the fairway of the 11th hole.

It was therefore suggested the East Sussex National would have more adequate facilities and Mr Smith says the correct advice was given.

Now, I know nothing about golf but I still would’ve thought having the world’s top golfer swinging his clubs on their course would’ve been publicity money just can’t buy.

GOOD news about the very unsightly former Thresher’s building opposite the railway station in Terminus Road this week. It has been sold and is to be turned into a Premier convenience store.

But unless Premier is relying on simply customers on foot, where, pray tell, are shoppers going to park?

Let’s hope it’s not in the little row of parking spaces over by the taxi rank outside the station, which already resembles Piccadilly Circus at the best of times.

WHAT does one have to do to get sent to prison these days?

Obviously not stealing a Help for Heroes charity collection box from a funeral directors run by a servicemen who lost an arm and leg while serving his country in Afghanistan.

Teenager Curtis Willard walked into Payne & Son Funeral Parlour, came out with some cock and bull story about his nan dying and when staff turned their backs, made a quick exit with the charity box under his arm.

Good on Willard’s aunt who called police when she recognised him on CCTV and shopped her wayward nephew. When he got to court out came the sob story that Willard had been in care and was homeless and hungry.

If he had walked a few doors further along Seaside he would’ve come to the homeless service at Christ Church where he would’ve been given some food and some advice on where to get help.

In court he was given a slap on the wrist and 150 hours of community service.

I quite agree with funeral director Donna Payne’s suggested method of punishment and if they’re not going to lock him up, Willard should be sent up to Headley Court Military Rehabilitation Hospital, stand in front of the men and women who have been so seriously injured in Afghanistan and explain to them why he felt the need to help himself to money which was meant for them.