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Golf Monthly January 2020

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
one of the good guys

As a youngster, football, rather than golf, was my game. I wasn’t introduced to what I now consider to be the real ‘beautiful game’ until my mid-teens, and although golf rapidly made its way past basketball, rugby and cricket to second place in the pecking order, football still held sway for a long time. For a number of years, I harboured ambitions to play football for a living. However, when I stopped growing vertically and started to expand width-ways, I knew deep down I needed to adjust my career thinking. If I couldn’t play football for a living, I figured writing about it was the next best thing, and so I dipped my toe in the world of work as a football journalist. At first it was fun getting to meet and…

1 min
letter of the month

I read with interest your piece on Robert MacIntyre in the December issue. As a fellow Scot, I’ve followed his career closely ever since he burst on to the amateur scene in 2013, winning both the Scottish Youths Championship and the Scottish Boys Open Stroke-Play Championship. What strikes me is how grounded he seems and how easy going he looks on the course. There’s nothing flashy about him, but he’s clearly got the game to go far in the sport. We’ve not had anyone competing at the very highest level since the days of Monty and Bob could be the man to bring the glory days back to Scottish golf. Many will say that’s putting too much pressure on a young lad, but everything he’s done so far tells me he’d brush…

3 min
your view

Star quality I was disappointed with the strength of the field at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. I’ve felt in the past the field isn’t befitting of the fact it’s the penultimate event of the European Tour season and one that could have a significant impact on the Race to Dubai. But this season I thought things would change, given the fact the prize for the winner was increased to a whopping $2.5m. However, the big names continued to stay away. Only four – yes, four – of the 2018 European Ryder Cup team teed it up and the likes of McIlroy, Rahm and Rose weren’t there – something I find surprising given two of them were still in with a chance of winning the Race to Dubai. The week before in Turkey,…

1 min
our view

The news that the BBC has lost the rights to live coverage of the 2020 Masters means next year will be the first since 1955 that the broadcaster has not shown any live Major golf. We looked at the issue of free-to-air golf extensively in the November issue, but the latest news has reignited the debate. There will be many for whom watching The Masters on a Sunday night was the reason they fell in love with the game, but as our November article highlighted, 81 per cent of people polled were introduced to the sport by a family member or friend. Plus, the fact The Masters usually ends around midnight means many of the youngest fans will be tucked up in bed anyway. Nostalgia undoubtedly plays a part in many people’s…

1 min
tommy fleetwood

Tommy Fleetwood saw off Marcus Kinhult on the first play-off hole to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club and record his first European Tour victory since the 2018 Abu Dhabi Championship. Fleetwood admitted afterwards he didn’t think he had a chance of victory at the start of the day, but he fired a brilliant 65 en route to a fifth European Tour success and a return to the world’s top ten. BY THE NUMBERS $2.5m The winner’s cheque – the highest in European Tour history to date 3 He had three eagles during his final round 6 He started the final round six shots off the lead, but fired a closing 65 22 Months since Fleetwood’s previous European Tour victory in Abu Dhabi 62 Brendon Todd shot a final-round 62 to…

3 min
“honestly, winning wasn’t on the agenda at the start of the day”

How does it feel to be back in the winners’ circle on the European Tour? It feels good. It’s emotional. It has been a long time coming. I’m not one to complain, but I really did want to win something. Winning is just such a good feeling. Everybody puts a lot of hard work in week-in, week-out and you wait for your time to come. I’m probably impatient most of the time. But I feel happy and lucky that it was my time this time. You started the day six shots behind and played brilliantly to shoot seven-under-par and force a play-off with Marcus Kinhult. What were you thinking as the round unfolded? I was getting more and more nervous. I played all right on Saturday but there was a bad stretch in…