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Golf World September 2019

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2 min.
from the editor

‘We’ve never been in any doubt about Rory ’s class and humility –which makes it very difficult to criticise him too heavily.’ While Shane Lowry’s richly-deserved Open victory made for incredible viewing and was, as expected, wildly celebrated across the whole of Ireland in the weeks following, one couldn’t help but feel for Rory McIlroy. Ever since the R&A announced back in 2015 that The Open would be returning to Royal Portrush after an absence of 68 years, Rory McIlroy would have been salivating at the thought of walking into the densely-packed amphitheatre of the first tee, crunching his opening drive down the middle and strolling onto a fairway lined 10, 20 or 30 deep with fans screaming his name. McIlroy wouldn’t be human if, during the past four years, his…

1 min.
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4 min.
the death of the textbook swing?

Who has the best swing in golf? Adam Scott? Louis Oosthuizen? Ernie Els? Rory McIlroy? If you’re looking for an example of a perfect, textbook golf swing, they’re about as close as it gets. And yet, only one of them is in the world’s top 10 and none of them has won a major in the last five years. Rory aside, even regular tour wins have been thin on the ground for the game’s most aesthetically pleasing swingers in recent years. Let’s look at it another way. Rather than examining how the players with the best swings are performing, let’s look at how the best performers are swinging. Brooks Koepka is world number one and has won eight times in the last three years, including four majors. His swing is hardly an…

1 min.
a swing like no other

Wolff lifts the club almost straight up, with the clubhead travelling way outside the orthodox plane. His left heel raises completely off the ground while he makes a huge shoulder and hip turn. At the top, the clubhead is directly above his head, pointing way across the line (right of target). From the top, he shallows the club more than anyone else on tour, putting it way behind him on the downswing. He rotates hard and has his pelvis almost facing the target at impact. He generates immense speed, reaching 135mph with his driver. “I didn’t try to swing it that way,” he says. “If no one ever filmed my swing, I would think I took it straight back and through.”…

1 min.
in this month

September 1, 1946 Patty Berg wins the inaugural Women’s US Open. September 3, 1936 The US record the only whitewash in Walker Cup history, beating Great Britain 9-0 at Pine Valley, New Jersey. September 3, 1973 Billy Casper wins the Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open, his 50th PGA Tour victory. September 13, 1949 The Ladies Professional Golf Association of America is formed. September 14, 1868 Young Tom Morris makes golf’s first recorded hole-in-one, acing the 8th at Prestwick. September 17, 1959 19-year-old Jack Nicklaus wins the first of his two US Amateur Championships. September 18, 1997 Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo are elected into golf’s Hall of Fame. September 27, 1930 Bobby Jones wins the US Amateur at Merion, completing a grand slam of US Open, Open, US Amateur and British Amateur in a single year. September 30, 1882 Bob Ferguson wins his third straight Open…

4 min.
tommy fleetwood

It’s been a fantastic couple of years for 28-year-old Tommy Fleetwood. He won twice in 2017 en route to winning the Race to Dubai, while 2018 brought another victory and a Ryder Cup partnership with Francesco Molinari that saw the pair win four points from four matches. All the Southport-born Everton fan needs now is a major championship victory. He’s getting close, finishing fourth at the US Open in 2017, second in 2018 (including a stunning final-round 63), and runner-up to Shane Lowry at last month’s Open. He tells GW that near misses mean nothing and certainly don’t pay for private jets. 1 That’s the second time you’ve finished runner-up in a major. Is winning one the main focus of your career now? Yes and no. It’s difficult to win and you…