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Golf Monthly October 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 gift of golf

Every golfer owes a huge debt of gratitude to the person who introduced them to this most wonderful of sports. It could have been a parent, a sibling, a relative or a friend who encouraged you to pick up a club and ‘have a go’. For me, it was my Uncle Mike who ignited my passion for golf, which over the past 32 years has provided me with countless joyful experiences, made me many great friends and taken me to some fantastic places. He sadly died a few weeks ago, aged 93, so it’s an appropriate time to remember his role in sowing the seeds for my love affair with the game. Golf was not Uncle Mike’s first sport – that was rugby, where he played at the top level, captaining the…

1 min
letter of the month

I read with interest Wayne Riley’s column in the September issue about Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston’s struggles with mental health, and he’s certainly not alone. Over the last few months, Chris Kirk, Thomas Bjorn, Rikard Karlberg, James Morrison and Robert Garrigus have all spoken honestly about the impact the touring professional’s lifestyle can have on the psyche. Naturally, it goes without saying that I wish everyone going through turmoil the best, and hopefully it will encourage more people to speak out and ask for help. Golf is a fantastic sport and it’s often lauded for its psychological benefits, but it’s still part of life and life can throw things at you that you don’t expect. When your livelihood is so closely tied to your main passion, it’s easy to see how issues…

3 min
your view

End of the line I’ve read a number of articles about slow play on the various tours and much has been written about the use of Green Books. One PGA Tour member’s take was that lines drawn on balls should be banned. Not so long ago I responded to an R&A invite to give comments on ways to speed up the game. One of my suggestions was that lines drawn on balls be banned as too much time is being taken as a result of this. How often have we watched tournament play where some players take an eternity to line up the ball? If they cannot read a green like their predecessors then they shouldn’t be playing the game! Robin Sharp, via email Don’t believe the hype In September’s editor’s letter, you asked…

1 min
our view

Now the dust has settled on Rory McIlroy’s bumper payday at the Tour Championship, questions will be asked about the success of the new scoring format. The PGA Tour has struggled to find the right formula ever since the Playoffs began in 2007, and the latest offering was brought in to avoid the confusion of having two winners on the day. But did it work? There were initial fears that a runaway leader could emerge early on and the tournament would peter out, but thankfully that didn’t transpire. In fact, Rory and Brooks Koepka, the two top-ranked players in the regular season, ended up going head to head in the final group. This couldn’t have worked out any better for the PGA Tour, especially as the whole thing could well have been…

1 min
rory mcilroy

Rory McIlroy went head-to-head with Brooks Koepka in the final round of the Tour Championship and beat the World No.1 to the title and lucrative FedExCup crown. He may not have won a Major since 2014, but victories at East Lake and Sawgrass – and a closing 61 to land the Canadian Open – represent a very successful season for a man who will be desperate to return to the top of the world rankings sooner rather than later. BY THE NUMBERS 2 McIlroy became the second player to win the FedExCup more than once, joining Tiger 17 This was Rory’s 17th PGA Tour win 3 McIlroy had the PGA Tour season’s lowest scoring average for the third time $17,704 Amount he made per hole for the PGA Tour season when combining the FedExCup bonus…

3 min
“if you do something only tiger has done, you’re doing something right”

Can you describe what that moment was like coming down the 18th with the crowd chanting your name? Yeah, it was pretty cool. I turned to Harry [Diamond, his caddie] when we were walking down the hill on 18 after I’d hit my second shot, and I said this walk is a little more pleasant than last year, not running away from a stampede. But yeah, it was cool to have a moment like that again. I didn’t play well at all last year with Tiger in that final group, so it was great to get myself in a final group again this year. I thought about the final group with Tiger, the final group with Brooks in Memphis a few weeks ago, and I really wanted to go out there and…