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Golf Monthly December 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
a sport for all

Golf has so many great things going for it – from the challenge of competition to the warmth of social interaction – but for me the fact the handicapping system and various teeing grounds mean golfers of different genders, ages and abilities can play against each other is perhaps its most enduring quality. I cannot think of another sport that has the ability to transcend so many variables. The only shame is that this natural advantage isn’t taken advantage of often enough. However, times are changing and I was delighted to see the announcement of another tournament that brings together male and female pros to compete for the same trophy and prize fund. The idea was first debuted at the Jordan Mixed Open this year, but the Scandinavian Mixed tournament, which will…

1 min
letter of the month

Recently, my ten-year-old daughter Jessica was playing in a junior competition at Great Barr Golf Club, where she is part of a really successful junior academy. On the 1st hole off the blue tee markers (260 yards), she somehow managed a gross eagle and we think a net condor (we had to look that one up). We believe it to be a seven-pointer. I suspect it must be a really rare occurrence – needless to say, she hasn’t stopped smiling about it since! Editor’s reply: Richard, huge congratulations to Jessica for such a fantastic achievement. I suspect the vast majority of our readers have gone through their entire golfing lives without a six-pointer, let alone seven! It’s certainly a memory to treasure.…

4 min
your view

Preventing damage Since the rules changes, my fourball now leaves the pin in for all puts. There has been some concern in the press that pulling the pin out with the ball in the hole can damage the hole’s edge. I have to admit that it is something we do. When you are nearly 70, the ground is a long way away and if you can scoop out the ball onto the surface, you can then use your putter to retrieve it, so no bending down. So here’s a solution to the problem: have little cups on the end of the pin like on the practice putting green. There would be no damage to the green or our backs. Steve Marshall-Hilton, Derbyshire A cold welcome On a recent trip to a local club where I…

1 min
our view

At the end of October, one of the most impressive streaks in the history of professional golf came to an end as Phil Mickelson fell out of the world’s top 50 for the first time since November 1993. Given all the potential pitfalls associated with top-tier professional golf – including but not limited to loss of form, injury and issues away from the course – Mickelson’s achievement is an extraordinary one. The last time he was outside the world’s top 50, Bill Clinton was President of the USA, Nick Faldo was World No.1 and Mrs Doubtfire was the biggest draw at the box office. So will this streak ever be matched or indeed supplanted? At this point, you have to say it’s extremely unlikely. The exponential increase in the number of quality…

1 min
bernd wiesberger

Bernd Wiesberger surged to the top of the Race to Dubai rankings after registering his third win of the 2019 season in the Italian Open, a Rolex Series event. The Austrian – who spent much of 2018 sidelined by a wrist injury – put together a bogey-free final round and finished one clear of Matthew Fitzpatrick, who has now finished second four times this season. Both players will hope to be on the plane to Whistling Straits in September 2020. BY THE NUMBERS 7 Bernd Wiesberger won his 7th European Tour title at the Rolex Series event 3 It was his 3rd win of 2019, becoming the first European Tour player to do so this season 65 He shot a final-round 65 to overhaul Matthew Fitzpatrick and win by one stroke 22 His new world…

3 min
“this win changes everything for me for the next couple of years”

Your third European Tour win took seven years to arrive. It came at an historic event on an iconic course. How special does it feel? The French Open for me is very special because I’m French-speaking. I’ve been coming here for I don’t know how many years. It’s been a long road. So many people have supported me over the years. That’s why I got so emotional. I’ve been through ups and downs for so many years now. It’s very, very special. You chipped in for eagle at 14. How big was the adrenaline rush? How did that moment feel? Well, we knew the last four holes are always pretty dramatic. I proved it by hitting it in the water on 15. I thought it was slowly slipping away. I knew there was…