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Golf Monthly April 2020

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
from the editor

The April issue of Golf Monthly has always been our traditional Masters preview edition and in my 14 years as editor I’ve always used my welcome note to wax lyrical about the season’s first Major. Azaleas, Amen Corner, back-nine roars, Tiger, elevation changes, watching the drama unfold from the sofa, Georgia on my mind… you know the drill. Well, that was the plan, until the latest Distance Insights Report from The R&A and USGA landed in our inboxes. After two years of diligent research and gauging opinion from golfers at every level of the game, the governing bodies have unequivocally said they believe increasing length has become “detrimental to the game”. If you feel like you’ve heard this before, you’re not wrong. The view has really been in effect since the statement of…

4 min
your view

Focus on course set-up I’m not sure if all the talk about altering equipment to reduce the distance a player can hit the ball is the best way forward for the game as a whole. Given the way the courses are set up in the US, with the emphasis on hitting it long and less premium on accuracy, I can’t help but think something is missing. Surely a more welcome option would be to make courses more strategic, like many of the pre-1930 courses here in the UK. I’ve seen many shorter par 4s and par 5s that have fairways broken up by heather, gorse and deeper rough. This naturally causes the golfer to think about a lay up or a more risky shot. After all, and I may be wrong, I’ve…

1 min
our view

Earlier this year, the World Golf Group announced its proposal to institute a Premier Golf League, which would launch in either 2022 or 2023. The plan is to create an 18-tournament circuit offering a total prize fund of $240m. The tournaments would take place over 54 holes and the fields would comprise four 12-player teams. But does this new concept have the potential to be successful and would it be good for the professional game? On paper, it looks an intriguing prospect. But a salient point is that both the European and PGA Tours are under no obligation to be accommodating and could ban their members from playing in Premier Golf League events. Golf is a game steeped in tradition and there’s a reason why similar initiatives haven’t taken off in the…

1 min
the game

11 The Saudi International was McDowell’s 11th European Tour title 2 He ranked second for the week in Scrambling €20,924,507 McDowell’s European Tour career earnings 2,037 Days between his last two European Tour wins 47 The Northern Irishman’s world ranking BY THE NUMBERS Graeme McDowell Saudi success story Graeme McDowell returned to the European Tour winners’ circle for the first time since the 2014 French Open with a hard-fought victory in the Saudi International. The Northern Irishman, who displayed his customary accuracy and short-game prowess throughout, started the final round one clear of Victor Dubuisson and carded a 70 to win by two from Dustin Johnson. If he continues his strong recent form, he’s likely to return to the European Ryder Cup team after a six-year hiatus.…

3 min
“i’m not sure i can take any more ryder cups!”

This was your 25th European Tour victory – 40-something worldwide – and you’ve won in four decades. How does that feel? Very good. I felt pretty comfortable all week, but I didn’t really want to divulge how well I felt I’d been swinging and I wanted to keep a lid on how well I felt I’d been putting. I don’t know why it is – I put in a lot of hard work with Phil Kenyon and I’ve been working with Ben Davis on the psychological part of it – but I really felt quite calm on the greens and rolled a lot of good putts. That was the key to winning, really. You’ve got to putt well to win any tournament, but especially those in the desert because the greens are…

3 min
r&a chief believes we’ve reached pivotal moment in golf’s history

The R&A and USGA’s long-awaited Distance Insights Report made headlines earlier this month with its conclusion that increased hitting distances are bad for the game and its future. The report found a 100-year trend of increased hitting distances as well as an increase in the length of golf courses across the world. Martin Slumbers, chief executive of The R&A, said: “We believe we have reached a pivotal moment in golf. The publication of this report is highly significant. The impact of long-term hitting distance increases on some of golf’s essential elements are now clear – including changing the strategic challenge of the sport, altering the balance of skills needed to be successful and risking courses being less challenging or obsolete.” The governing bodies will now undertake a broad review of both golf clubs…