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Golf Monthly May 2020

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
a time of uncertainty

There have been a number of occasions over the past 14 years as editor where I have sat down to write the welcome letter and felt like there was little going on in the golfing world to inspire me to put pen to paper. Not so this issue, with a host of big storylines currently unfolding. First up is the Premier Golf League and its ambitious plan to establish an elite circuit that would seek to eclipse the PGA Tour in both prestige and prize money. As columnist Wayne Riley says on page 42, it’s not the first time a ‘World Tour’ has been mooted, but it needs the top players to be on board to have a chance. Current World No.1 Rory McIlroy has already come out to say that,…

4 min
your view

An example to us all When thinking about the fundamental principles of honesty and integrity in golf, which have been much discussed of late, I take comfort from what happened with Darren Clarke at the Nissan Irish Open in 2006. He was leading by two strokes in the final round and on the 9th hole his wayward tee shot ended up in deep rough. Heavy rain meant the course was becoming waterlogged and it was at this point that officials decided to abandon play for the day. The klaxon sounded and Darren duly marked the position of his ball. When he returned the following day, he discovered that his ball was now in an area of flattened grass and in a lie which meant he could now realistically go for the green, instead…

1 min
our view

R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers recently suggested golf clubs need to fundamentally change to encourage more people to become members. He highlighted the success of facilities offering non-traditional forms of the game with no dress codes and more family-orientated amenities. There is no doubt golf needs to diversify to keep pace with modern life, but do we have to rip up the members’ club model? Many clubs are working really hard to modernise their offering and, as our feature on page 72 highlights, this doesn’t have to mean a radical change of approach to succeed. There are several tweaks that can be made that have proven very fruitful in attracting new members in recent years, with course improvements and modernising practice facilities still at the top of most golfers’ wishlists. While the…

1 min
the game

284 Hatton’s total of 284 was the highest winning score on the PGA Tour since the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship 3 The win gives him a three-year exemption on the PGA Tour 50.5 The field hit just 50.5% of greens in regulation for the week 1 Only one player shot a round in the 60s during the weekend–Matt Fitzpatrick’s Sunday 69 Tyrrell Hatton Bay Hill breakthrough Tyrrell Hatton overcame a world-class field and challenging week-long conditions to record his maiden PGA Tour title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The Englishman started the final round two shots clear and finished one ahead of Australian Marc Leishman, producing some clutch iron shots down the stretch to keep the chasing pack at bay. At this point, the World No.22 looks certain to feature in Padraig Harrington’s European Ryder Cup team…

3 min
“the hardest thing for me was trying to keep myself level-headed”

What does your first PGA Tour win mean to you? It's an incredible feeling to win at such an iconic venue, and with Arnold Palmer’s name attached to it too. That was a tough day out there, wasn't it? Yeah, a really tough day. I obviously didn't get off to the best of starts and struggled a little bit with pace on the greens. I thought after the double at 11 that I was behind and I didn't know what the situation was until I got to the 14th green and saw that I actually had a two-shot lead. I was just so happy to hang on and get the win. The hardest thing for me was trying to keep myself level-headed. Obviously there were a few times where I did boil over…

2 min
blow to premier golf league as mcilroy speaks out over funding

Rory McIlroy has further distanced himself from the Premier Golf League (PGL) and pledged his loyalty to the PGA Tour. The Northern Irishman, who declared himself “out” in February because he wanted autonomy over his schedule, has now expressed issues with the league’s funding, which is reportedly partly coming from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. “I didn’t really like where the money was coming from. I wanted to be the first one to speak out against it and I’m glad that I have done that,” he said. “I like to think I’m quite a loyal person. The PGA Tour has given me a platform to showcase my skills, build my brand and turn me into the golfer I am,” he added. In the lead-up to the Players Championship, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee…