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Golf World April 2020

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Golf World is the UK's premiere golf magazine, with unrivalled access to the stars of the US and European Tours. Buy Golf World and every issue you will get: - Unrivalled access to the world’s best golfers - The best, most candid big-name interviews you’ll read anywhere - Guides to the world's best courses: both well-known and undiscovered - Comprehensive information on the biggest events in the golfing calendar Golf World is the authoritative voice on all issues in the game, globally. The magazine caters for the better golfer: the player who wants to improve his handicap with the latest and best advice from leading players and coaches. Golf World is also the home of Top 100 course rankings, where you can discover the best courses and find out how to play them – all rated independently by our experts.

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2 Min.
from the editor

‘Do we really want to see Rory McIlroy pounding a tee shot and seeing it fly aboutthe same distance as one of our drives?’ Just about every man and his dog have had their say in the long-running saga that is the distance debate, so what’s the harm in lobbing a few more opinions into the mix! The golf public and media, including ourselves, have been critical of the R&A and USGA for being slow to recognise and react to an issue that has permeated the sport for decades now. But while that criticism is justified, it is worth reiterating that this is a complex conundrum with many moving parts. In the spirit of looking forwards rather than backwards, though, there was actually a lot of refreshing material in the recent Distance…

6 Min.
a new beginning?

Here at Golf World, we’ve been predicting for many years that the game’s future lies in a unification of the PGA Tour and European Tour to create a single, all-conquering, global tour. The biggest uncertainty, in our view, has always been when, not if, this would occur. Well, it appears the answer could be coming a lot sooner than anyone thought. And, in a surprise twist, this global tour may emerge in a way few could have predicted, in the shape of a brand new offering that threatens to depose the PGA Tour and European Tour as golf’s top tier. What’s happening? A British-based organisation – the World Golf Group (WGG) – are creating a brand new circuit of golf events they’re calling the ‘Premier Golf League’ (PGL).Their aim is to secure 48…

2 Min.
the number cruncher

55 Jordan Spieth’s current world ranking. He was second at the beginning of 2018 and top of the pile in 2016. #Slump 408 Number of PGA Tour events played by Brett Quigley, with zero wins. It took the 50-year-old just two starts to get his first win on the Champions Tour, at this month’s Morocco Champions. #LateBloomer 7.3 Strokes gained with his putter during Lee Westwood’s victory in Abu Dhabi. He ranked 161st for SG putting last season, giving up more than half a shot per round against the field. #ChangedMan 32 Number of consecutive pars by Harold Varner III from the beginning of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, a new PGA Tour record. He then went birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey to finish level par and miss the cut by one. #Steady Collin Morikawa is the first…

5 Min.
lee westwood

1 Victory at the age of 46, two years since your last win. That must feel good? Very good. I felt pretty comfortable the whole week, but I’d been not wanting to say how good I felt, but more trying to keep a lid on it and just see how things went. But I felt I was swinging well and especially I felt good about how I’ve been putting. I’ve put in a lot of hard work with Phil Kenyon and I’ve been working with Ben Davis on the psychological part of it, but I really felt quite calm on the greens and rolled a lot of good putts. That was the key to winning, really. You’ve got to putt well to win any tournament, but especially these in the desert because…

2 Min.
islands of the mind

In golf, a game played as much in the head as with the hands, fear is the great paralyser. And nothing raises fear like the sight of water. We’ll see that again this month when the greats of the current game stand trembling on the 17th tee at Sawgrass, even the soundest swings plagued with doubt and uncertainty. It’s as Butch Harmon said. “What’s amazing is that if that green were surrounded by sand instead of water, those guys would never miss.” But because the sight of water so often does that, how should you approach a shot over water – be it this shot at Couer d’Alene Resort in Idaho, the 17th at Sawgrass or any other wet test? “Smart decision-making is as important to good scoring as solid technique,” says GW…

1 Min.
the details

While the Couer d’Alene Resort in Northern Idaho has much to commend it – being one of America’s most beautiful resort courses – all the headlines are always grabbed by its 14th hole, aka ‘the floating green’. A par 3 of anything from 95 to 218 yards, depending on its position that day, you’re aiming at 15,000sqft of island and two attempts to find solid ground – failure to do so results on a drop on the green and a sense of regret. When all parties are safely on the green, the ‘Putter’ boat shuttles you across. Putt out and the captain of the boat presents you with a personalised certificate, commemorating your achievement, regardless of your score. A cure for slow play it’s not, but no one’s complaining. www.cdaresort.com…