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Golf Monthly February 2019

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
reasons to be cheerful

As we close the book on 2018, it's a good opportunity to look back on what I feel has been a great year for the sport, especially at the top level. The past 12 months has seen some truly outstanding performances, especially from Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari, who has almost overnight become one of the world's most complete golfers. Confidence boosted to new levels by his Open win, Molinari was one of the star men of Europe's victorious Ryder Cup team, who handed the American team a lesson in match play golf at Le Golf National. And, of course, 2018 witnessed the return of Tiger Woods. As I've written before, I'm an admirer of Tiger rather than a full-blown fan, but I found myself cheering for him last…

4 min
your view

No need for a hero I cannot be the only person who thinks the Hero World Challenge is farcical. It is invitation only and there are just 18 players in the field at the start of the week. And yet, despite not being an official tournament, it has the same number of world ranking points as the Houston Open, the CIMB Classic, the Dubai Desert Classic and the Scottish Open – big, meaningful events with some excellent fields. What actually is the point of the tournament? It is at the end of the year so pretty much none of the players want to compete in it, nor do the majority of people want to watch it. Indeed, it is illuminating that the World No.1 Brooks Koepka had better things to do than…

1 min
letter of the month

Renewed enthusiasm Your Top 100 rankings always causes some debate in the clubhouse and this year was no exception. While there were a few grumbles from some of my playing partners about certain positions, everyone was in agreement that the list highlights how lucky we are to play golf in this country. Such variety and strength in depth. I’ve played 23 of these fine courses and your rankings have given me renewed enthusiasm to get out and about and tick a few more off this year. What other sport can offer such opportunities to travel and meet interesting people in such beautiful settings? It’s certainly something I appreciate more as I get older. My handicap may be going in the wrong direction but my love for the game has never been higher! Rob…

2 min
talking point

The GM view: Most would agree it wasn’t the most exciting spectacle, and many understandably had an issue with the huge prize pool, but some elements did work well and the viewing numbers exceeded expectations. It will be interesting to see if ‘The Match’ franchise continues going forward, as many expect it to. Nate Ross: It was boring and failed to justify the hype. I really wanted to love it, the golf just sucked. @KingFridays: I watched it and honestly thought it was terrible. The old Shell matches were much more enjoyable. All the bantering they talked about in the lead-up didn’t occur for the most part and to end it with a pitch and putt was disappointing. David Stanford: I was actually pleasantly surprised. Yes, the quality of golf wasn’t as good…

1 min
an emotional victory

Louis Oosthuizen put an end to his victory hiatus with an emphatic six-stroke victory at the South African Open, his first triumph since the Perth International in February 2016. The South African, roared on by the home galleries, started the final round three shots clear, turned in 33 and cruised home before a tearful post-round interview. With this confidence booster, expect Oosthuizen to make a significant mark in 2019. 0 Wins for Rickie Fowler in 2018 2 Australian PGA Championship wins for Cameron Smith in back-to-back years -2 In an extraordinary four-hole stretch at the Hero World Challenge, Alex Noren went birdie, eagle, triple-bogey, hole-in-one 2 Romain Langasque’s finish at the South African Open – his best on the European Tour 1 Number of European Tour titles for Aaron Rai following his victory at the…

3 min
debate should you be obliged to always help playing companions search?

NO The key word here is ‘always', for nearly every golfer knows that it's courteous to help those you're playing with search for their balls when they've strayed from the short grass, on the unwritten understanding that they will do likewise when you're in trouble. Fortunately, I've played with relatively few golfers over the years who have failed to do this. But I do know that on the odd occasion that it has happened, it has certainly rankled a little, especially when I've had a decent score going. So how can I possibly be arguing against such good, commonly accepted practice? Well, as with most things in life, there has to be a limit, especially at a time when ‘pace of play' is the buzz phrase on the lips of nearly everyone…