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Golf Monthly

May 2020

Published by TI Media Limited Golf Monthly is the market-leading magazine brand in the UK in a sport that continues to grow and grow. Golf Monthly is a lively and welcoming brand targeted at good golfers who are regular players - and keen to get even better. With over 100 years of heritage and authority behind it, it represents the real 'voice of golf' with leading columnists, top players and unrivalled coverage of equipment and instruction. The Golf Monthly brand also has a strong and growing presence in digital publishing, with a popular website delivering over 1 million page impressions each month, and a strong following on the key social media platforms.

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13 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
a time of uncertainty

There have been a number of occasions over the past 14 years as editor where I have sat down to write the welcome letter and felt like there was little going on in the golfing world to inspire me to put pen to paper. Not so this issue, with a host of big storylines currently unfolding. First up is the Premier Golf League and its ambitious plan to establish an elite circuit that would seek to eclipse the PGA Tour in both prestige and prize money. As columnist Wayne Riley says on page 42, it’s not the first time a ‘World Tour’ has been mooted, but it needs the top players to be on board to have a chance. Current World No.1 Rory McIlroy has already come out to say that,…

1 min.
golf monthly

EDITORIAL Editor: Michael Harris Digital editor: Neil Tappin Senior content editor: Tom Clarke Technical editor: Joel Tadman Content editors: Nick Bonfield, David Taylor Editor-at-large: Bill Elliott Design director: Kevin Eason Design editor: Jamie Latchford Deputy design editor: Dan Franklin Picture researcher: Duncan Bond Digital writer: Elliott Heath Contributing editors: Fergus Bisset, Jeremy Ellwood, Rob Smith, Michael Weston Contributing writers: Roderick Easdale, Sam Tremlett Playing editor: Matthew Southgate Staff photographers: Tom Miles, Kevin Murray Contributors: Getty Images, Wayne Riley, Paul Severn, Kenny Smith, Robin Barwick, James Mason ADVERTISING Head of sport: Matthew Johnston matthew.johnston@ti-media.com Senior account manager: Sarah Cusition sarah.cusition@ti-media.com Senior media advisor: Freddie Smith freddie.smith@ti-media.com Spain advertising: Spectra Media SL (tel: 0034 913199015; email: mariamaisey@spectramedia.es) Advertisement production: Andrew Buckett MARKETING Marketing manager: Victor Alway Production manager: Nigel Davies PUBLISHING Group managing director: Adrian Hughes Managing director: Kirsty Setchell TELEPHONE NUMBERS Editorial: 01252 555213 Display advertising: 01252 555366 Classified advertising: 01252 555364 Innovator: 020 314 83710 Subscriptions: 0330 333 1113 Syndication: 020 314 85478 Printed by Walstead…

4 min.
your view

An example to us all When thinking about the fundamental principles of honesty and integrity in golf, which have been much discussed of late, I take comfort from what happened with Darren Clarke at the Nissan Irish Open in 2006. He was leading by two strokes in the final round and on the 9th hole his wayward tee shot ended up in deep rough. Heavy rain meant the course was becoming waterlogged and it was at this point that officials decided to abandon play for the day. The klaxon sounded and Darren duly marked the position of his ball. When he returned the following day, he discovered that his ball was now in an area of flattened grass and in a lie which meant he could now realistically go for the green, instead…

1 min.
our view

R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers recently suggested golf clubs need to fundamentally change to encourage more people to become members. He highlighted the success of facilities offering non-traditional forms of the game with no dress codes and more family-orientated amenities. There is no doubt golf needs to diversify to keep pace with modern life, but do we have to rip up the members’ club model? Many clubs are working really hard to modernise their offering and, as our feature on page 72 highlights, this doesn’t have to mean a radical change of approach to succeed. There are several tweaks that can be made that have proven very fruitful in attracting new members in recent years, with course improvements and modernising practice facilities still at the top of most golfers’ wishlists. While the…

1 min.
the game

284 Hatton’s total of 284 was the highest winning score on the PGA Tour since the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship 3 The win gives him a three-year exemption on the PGA Tour 50.5 The field hit just 50.5% of greens in regulation for the week 1 Only one player shot a round in the 60s during the weekend–Matt Fitzpatrick’s Sunday 69 Tyrrell Hatton Bay Hill breakthrough Tyrrell Hatton overcame a world-class field and challenging week-long conditions to record his maiden PGA Tour title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The Englishman started the final round two shots clear and finished one ahead of Australian Marc Leishman, producing some clutch iron shots down the stretch to keep the chasing pack at bay. At this point, the World No.22 looks certain to feature in Padraig Harrington’s European Ryder Cup team…

3 min.
“the hardest thing for me was trying to keep myself level-headed”

What does your first PGA Tour win mean to you? It's an incredible feeling to win at such an iconic venue, and with Arnold Palmer’s name attached to it too. That was a tough day out there, wasn't it? Yeah, a really tough day. I obviously didn't get off to the best of starts and struggled a little bit with pace on the greens. I thought after the double at 11 that I was behind and I didn't know what the situation was until I got to the 14th green and saw that I actually had a two-shot lead. I was just so happy to hang on and get the win. The hardest thing for me was trying to keep myself level-headed. Obviously there were a few times where I did boil over…