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Golf Monthly April 2019

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
the stage is set

I’m writing this welcome note in February – barely two weeks ago the UK was covered in a blanket of snow, making golf courses perfect for taking photographs for 2019 Christmas cards but not ideal for actually playing golf. A fortnight later and it couldn’t be more different, with temperatures in double figures and sunshine a-plenty. On days like this it feels like spring is on its way and for every golfer that means one thing: The Masters is around the corner! Even though the season’s first Major is six weeks away, the build-up most definitely starts now, and to help those days pass more quickly, this issue features a special Masters preview section. Golf Monthly playing editor Lee Westwood recalls his experiences of playing in The Masters, a tournament that he’s…

4 min
your view

More work to be done I have just watched the ISPS Handa Vic Open, which has been described as “innovative” as it featured both the European Tour and the LPGA Tour. This sounded like a step in the right direction of moving golf into the 21st century, but alas, no, what we had was two separate competitions being played out alongside one another. Maybe one day the great game may see men and women competing against each other in some selected tournaments over 72 holes. Not only would this raise the profile of ladies’ golf and offer the same spoils as the men’s game, it may also attract a completely new audience, which is essential for the future of golf. Now that would be innovative. Dale Vernau, Ipswich Not a true measure Neil Tappin’s ‘Seven…

1 min
letter of the month

I have come late to golf after success in several other sports, but have been very disappointed by the lack of inclusivity among members of my club. There seems little appetite for anyone to make contact with new members; to introduce them to the course, the club, competitions or the game of golf itself! In other sports, a new club member of any ability or age would be welcomed with open arms. After all, they may prove to be a committee member of the future, a mentor for new players, a future champion or simply a good club member. I wish all clubs would realise how effective a welcoming smile, a chat over a cup of coffee or the offer to play a couple of rounds would be to broadening and maintaining…

2 min
talking point

The GM view: Sponsors pay a lot of money to be associated with professional golf tournaments, so they are more than entitled to invite who they see fit. Choi brought increased publicity to the event, so it clearly worked from a marketing perspective – the point of event sponsorship in the first place. TC Murray: This is entertainment – it gets viewers! Whether they like it or not, golfers are supposed to entertain the public – they are just lucky they get vast sums to do so. Choi was captivating and helped raise the profile of golf in South Korea. Parsaregood: He didn’t take up golf until his mid-20s. That’s what you call proper talent. And he was more interesting to watch than many in the field. Joe Smith: I know he was…

2 min
justin rose

Justin Rose solidified his position at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking with a stunning performance in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Rose paired an imperious long game with sublime touch on the greens to hold off a stellar chasing pack and complete a landmark tenth PGA Tour victory. He has now racked up 22 professional wins and established himself as one of this century’s finest players. FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH 10 PGA Tour titles for Justin Rose, the most by any English golfer since the Second World War - 21 The best score at Torrey Pines since the South course was made harder in the early 2000s $51,023,355 His career earnings on the PGA Tour 2.65 He currently leads the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Total 8 Rose has eight top-three…

3 min
phil mickelson

What was your initial reaction to winning at a place that means so much to you? Yeah, this really is a special place for me, going back to 1919 when my grandfather was one of the original caddies here. This place is very special, it was the first pro event for me and to win here again is something I’m going to cherish. Do you find winning at this stage of your career more satisfying than when you were in your prime? I do, because it’s a lot more work and effort to play at this level and I have believed for some time that if I play at my best, it will be good enough to win tournaments. The challenge is getting myself to play my best. It’s a lot more work…