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Golf Monthly Jan-2019

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
in or out, that is the question

When the new rules come into effect on January 1, the change I suspect golfers will notice most is flagsticks being left in when putting on the green. This change has principally been introduced to help pace of play, though there is also a benefit of reducing wear around the hole. But does it help speed up play and is there any advantage to having the flag left in? Here's what the GM team discovered during some recent on-course testing... Yes, leaving the flagstick in can really speed up pace of play, especially in a two-ball where player A is in a bunker and player B is on the green and needs the flag attended. Player A has to hit their bunker shot, rake the bunker and then attend the flag…

4 min
your view

A vintage year The clocks have gone back and the colder weather has encroached, so it's time to reflect on the brilliant 2018 season. First up is Tiger Woods. Whatever your opinion, the perennial headline grabber certainly delivered by seriously contending in two Majors and winning his 80th tour title. Not bad at his age and with his health issues! The European Ryder Cup team must get a very honourable mention with their displays of precision and passion. For a contest that ended with a rather one-sided score, it was full of drama and excitement. Notwithstanding his faultless Ryder Cup, Francesco Molinari's victory at The Open was even more impressive. Consummate ball control, a calm head and a birdie to finish. Sublime. For me, though, Georgia Hall's performance at the Women's Open tops that.…

1 min
letter of the month

It’s never too late Aged 64 I took up golf and I threw myself into it heart and soul. For the first two years I devoured every source of information I could find. At first I improved – how could I not starting from a base of nothing? Then, however, I seemed to get stuck and very frustrated. My brain was filled with too many thoughts and ideas. Eventually, I realised trying too hard for the perfect swing and contact was making me stiff and awkward. I compared it to swimming, where I simply relax and follow instinct. I stood on the tee and imagined I was about to dive into cool, clear water. I relaxed and allowed my instincts to emerge. Amazingly, it worked. The more I allowed myself to simply enjoy…

1 min
talking point

The GM view: Rory hasn’t yet made a decision – he merely suggested he might not play four events owing to changes in the global golfing schedule. But if he goes on to focus solely on the PGA Tour next year, it would certainly dent the European Tour and you’d have to be concerned about it setting a precedent. Travis Harris: He wants to concentrate on the tour with the most world ranking points, the highest-ranked players, the most money and the most sponsors. What a strange decision! John McArthur: I think it would be poor if he didn’t retain membership. He’s talked about being loyal to the European Tour in the past and it’s hardly as if playing four events in a year is taxing! But each to their own, I…

1 min
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1 min
a day to remember

64 Events since the DP World Tour Champion’s previous win, the 2016 Masters 25 Missed cuts between his victories in Georgia and Dubai 6 Number of victories on the European Tour for the Yorkshireman 20 Willett’s finishing position in the 2018 Race to Dubai standings 333 Number of English wins on the European Tour 4,291 Days between Charles Howell III’s victory at the 2007 Nissan Open and his win at the recent RSM Classic – his last two PGA Tour successes 2 Abraham Ancer won November’s Australian Open for his second professional victory 27 The number of players who earned a European Tour card through Q-School, including winners Alejandro Canizares and Zander Lombard 10 LPGA Tour titles for Lexi Thompson, including November’s CME Group Tour Championship 12 Number of competitors in the inaugural Australian All Abilities Championship 24 Number of…