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Golf Monthly February 2020

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 journey to better

Anyone who has ever watched a tour pro hit shots in the flesh will know they play a very different game to us ordinary golfers. From the sound the ball makes when it comes off the clubface to the trajectory it flies on and of course the distance it travels, their ability to hit sublime shots more often than not is awe-inspiring. However, the more you analyse how golf at the very top level works, the more you understand that it is not a player’s great shots that determine their performances; rather, it’s the misses and mistakes that in fact define rounds, tournaments and even careers. For evidence of just how profound this truth is, I’d recommend you read our special feature with Justin Rose that is the centre piece of this…

1 min
letter of the month

I enjoyed Michael Weston’s piece on rookie golfers who are ready to win from day one immensely [December issue]. I had it going through my mind as I watched German golfer Esther Henseleit win the Magical Kenya Ladies Open and the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit in her first year! She is only 20, but she showed the aggressiveness and poise of a player with countless years as a professional. It is great to see young players with the confidence and belief to win and pull off shots in pressure-filled situations. I think golf lends itself nicely to this, too. In other sports you might have to play head-to-head against an opponent with more experience than you to advance or win, but in golf all you can control is your…

3 min
your view

Special contributions The excellent Wayne Riley continues to write great pieces, and in the January issue he posed a terrific question of us all as to what criteria should define great players? In my view, great golfers who did not actually win Career Grand Slams also more than deserve to be called ‘immortals’. A few examples of Major winners, but not Career Grand Slam winners, from my own list of immortals include geniuses such as Seve, Jose Maria Olazabal, Greg Norman, Payne Stewart, Nick Faldo, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer, Ian Woosnam and Tony Jacklin. These immortals made us all watch in amazement at their achievements over the years. They’ve entertained us, we’ve openly witnessed their highs and lows and they’ve made us laugh and cry in equal measure along the way.…

1 min
our view

Patrick Reed’s response to Cameron Smith’s comments about his two-stroke penalty at the Hero World Challenge – “It goes from wanting to beat those guys [Presidents Cup] to it now turning personal” – made us reflect on the lack of rivalries in the professional game. Can you name any modern golfing rivalries with a bit of edge to them? Last year, Brooks Koepka called out Bryson DeChambeau for slow play, claimed he didn’t consider Rory a rival, called Sergio Garcia a child for his actions in Saudi Arabia and said he’s already beaten most players in Major fields by the time he stands on the first tee. You’d expect some of those comments to have elicited some heated responses, but no one took the bait. One of the great things about golf…

1 min
tiger woods

The emotive images of Tiger Woods winning his 15th Major at Augusta National will live long in the memory. It was a pleasure to witness those scenes on the 18th green after years of career-threatening injuries made even Woods’ most optimistic fans question whether he’d be able to compete in a Major again, let alone win one. His journey back from the abyss serves as a poignant reminder that sheer strength of will can overcome the highest of hurdles. BY THE NUMBERS 10 Woods’ 14th and 15th Major wins were more than ten years apart 22 Years between his first win at Augusta and his most recent $120,459,468 Tiger’s PGA Tour earnings – almost $30m more than Phil Mickelson, who’s second on the PGA Tour’s all-time money list 82 PGA Tour wins – tied most…

3 min
“i came through when i needed it and i’m really proud of myself for that”

Give us your reflections on winning your second DP World Tour Championship and your fourth Rolex Series title... I think it’s more of a reflection of a great year than just a good week. I felt like I had two different days in one during the final round. Those first seven holes, I felt like I couldn’t miss a shot. Then just one errant tee shot and a three-putt and things took a turn for the worse. It made me prove myself and show some determination and heart. Did you have to give yourself a little talking to after the three-putt on 15? I told myself on 16 before I hit the tee shot, “If you finish 4, 3, 4, you win the tournament”. I played three really solid holes with a birdie…