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Golf Monthly Open 2019

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
reaching fever pitch

Good things, so they say, come to those who wait, and it’s fair to say that Irish golf fans, the town of Portrush and the members of Royal Portrush Golf Club have been waiting a while. Sixty-eight years to be precise. When you spell it out, it’s somewhat amazing that it’s been nearly seven decades since the first and only time the Open Championship has been held outside of mainland Britain. And back then, in 1951, it was Royal Portrush that played host. Max Faulkner triumphed on the Dunluce links that year, but as the dapper Englishman lifted the Claret Jug, few could have imagined it would be so long before golf’s oldest Major would return. Several factors, including the politics of the time, conspired to keep Royal Portrush on the sidelines…

1 min
letter of the month

Having visited the British Masters at Hillside on the Saturday of tournament week, I feel obliged to share my experience. We took our children, who are aged 10, 12 and 14, and I have to say it was one of the most memorable and accommodating days at a golf event ever. The ticket-number limitation ensured perfect viewing all day – every person you bumped into was really happy and in a jubilant mood. The atmosphere was brilliant. The kids got high fives from Tommy Fleetwood, Eddie Pepperell and others, but the highlight of their day was bumping into Wayne ‘Radar’ Riley. The boys are all juniors at Moortown Golf Club, where Radar still holds the course record – a 63 in the 1985 Car Care Plan International. He gladly took a couple…

3 min
your view

A winning mentality Last autumn while on holiday in Spain, I came across the Second Stage of qualifying for the European Tour at Las Colinas Golf Club. As everyone knows, Q-School is a tense time for those with ambitions to compete at the highest level. You must earn the right to be part of the European Tour. I walked all 18 holes of the final round with three players who were comfortably inside the top ten starting off. Two of the players had caddies, while the other, a golfer from the United States, pulled his own trolley and had my attention from the start. In the early part of his round, he remained inside the required top 15 who would go on to Final Stage at PGA Catalunya, despite having putts lip…

1 min
our view

The 2019 season is the first in which the four Majors have run in consecutive months, starting with The Masters in April and ending with The Open in July. But is this schedule change a positive thing? On paper, the current format makes a lot of sense. In theory, it turns four months of the season into bliss for golf fans and allows players who find form at the right time to potentially enjoy a fruitful run through the game’s biggest four events. What’s more, if one Major is slightly disappointing, there’s another one just around the corner to look forward to. The problem, however, is that anticipation helps build drama and excitement – something that’s reduced when the big four come so relentlessly. Why is The Masters always the most hyped…

1 min
brooks koepka

Brooks Koepka produced a majestic display in the USPGA Championship at Bethpage Black to secure his fourth Major title. He made serene progress until a four-bogey run from the 11th on Sunday, which prompted the notoriously raucous New York fans to chant for Dustin Johnson. The atmosphere promises to be hostile for the Europeans when the Ryder Cup comes to Bethpage in 2024. BY THE NUMBERS 4 Koepka has won four of his last eight Major starts 305 His average drive at Bethpage Black – third in the field 1 He ranked first in Greens in Regulation, Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and SG: Total 128 His 36-hole score was the lowest in Major history 29 He’s the 29th player to win four or more Majors 216 Matt Every’s world ranking after a missed cut at the Memorial Tournament 1…

3 min
“it was the most excited i’ve ever been in my entire life”

Your victory at Bethpage was historic on so many levels. Can you talk about the journey from the 2017 US Open to your fourth Major? Well, it’s been incredibly quick, I know that. It’s been so much fun these last two years. It’s incredible. To be standing here with four Majors, it’s mindblowing. Bethpage was definitely the most satisfying out of all of them for how stressful that round was. It was the most excited I’ve ever been in my entire life on 18. After you celebrated with the trophy, you let out a big sigh of relief. How good did it feel to let that out? I mean, I just won! I tell you what, the hour spent from 11 to 14 was interesting. When the crowd started chanting ‘DJ’ on 14,…