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Golf Monthly November 2019

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
dialling up the drama

When the 2019 tournament schedule was announced and all four Majors were timetabled within a 14-week window from April to July – with many other top events packed in tightly around the big four – it seemed we were in for a feast of golf. When Tiger won The Masters, the whole sporting world seemed to be talking about golf and it looked like we were in for a vintage year. However, as the season began to unfold, there was a very real danger of blinking and missing one of the Majors, let alone a WGC or a big event like the British Masters. Current and former players lined up to question the wisdom of the schedule change, citing the lack of time it now allowed to find some form or shake…

1 min
letter of the month

Earlier this month, 28 chaps (with handicaps ranging from 2 to 24) from the UK and USA played in our own Ryder Cup. This year, the Brits (and one Irishman) retained the McBurnie Cup (named after an original team member who has sadly passed away). Started in 1991, when six of us journeyed across to New York to play six New Yorkers (and lost), the group has grown larger. We have been playing for the bragging rights for 28 years, and have had the privilege of playing some of the best courses in the UK, Ireland and USA. Setting aside the wonderful golf courses we have played, the friendships and the camaraderie have shone through over all these years, underlining how the game of golf is so special, and indeed a…

3 min
your view

Mobile madness I would like to respond to the letter by Paul Thomas in the October issue. First of all he is of the opinion that my original letter [September issue] was written by an older, out of touch golfer. I cannot see how he has arrived at this assumption as I have read the original letter again and no age is mentioned at any point. Every golfer has an equal right to an opinion whatever their age, and it should be judged on its merits. I don’t go to play the game I enjoy to listen to someone on their mobile phone. If, for example, you play football, tennis or cricket, when was the last time you saw a player get out a mobile phone in the middle of a match?…

1 min
our view

The day after the 2018 BMW PGA Championship came the nadir with regards Danny Willett’s post-Masters struggles. Having missed the cut at Wentworth, the Englishman fell to 462nd in the world – that joyful Sunday afternoon in Augusta a distant memory as he contemplated his lowest ranking since January 2009. How fitting, then, that he secured victory at the same venue the following year to surge towards the world’s top 30 and take an early lead in the 2020 European Ryder Cup standings. At Wentworth, Willett looked every inch a Major Champion en route to a staggering 20-under-par total and his second Rolex Series triumph in the last ten months. He’s back, and potentially better than before. He looked in complete control and when he reached the front, you suspected no one…

1 min
danny willett

Danny Willett’s birdie putt drops on the final hole at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth to complete a superb three-shot victory over Jon Rahm. The Yorkshireman endured a torrid time after his Masters triumph in 2016, which saw him slump to 462nd in the world last year. This win moves him back into the world’s top 50 and confirms he’s ready to challenge for Major honours once more. BY THE NUMBERS 7 European Tour victories for Danny Willett 24 Birdies for Willett at Wentworth, as well as an eagle €1,056,662 The winner’s prize at the BMW PGA Championship 77.8 Willett’s % of greens hit, which led the field 462 His world ranking after Wentworth last year 1 The winning point margin for Team Europe at the Solheim Cup 4 Number of European Tour runner-up finishes for Matthew…

3 min
“to be able to come down the stretch and enjoy it is a really beautiful thing”

Give us your thoughts on winning the BMW PGA Championship on home soil... It’s always nice to be able to compete on home soil. I’ve had a couple of looks at The Open, but I was able to win finally on such an iconic golf course with one of the best fields they have had. The last eight to ten months, with a couple of wins in the Rolex Series events, really puts things right in my own mind, which is nice. Jon Rahm is a formidable competitor. Talk us through that final round... You know Jon is going to be sticking around all day. I obviously got off to a quick start and 11 was a real big point in the golf tournament [Willett somehow salvaged a bogey]. I’ve watched a lot…