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Golf Monthly September 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
from the editor

I have a confession to make: I don’t read all the instruction articles in Golf Monthly. This might sound like sacrilege and I should obviously qualify the above revelation by saying I do of course look at them in my job as editor, often irritating my colleagues by asking for a headline to change or for pictures to move around. But as a golfer, I don’t religiously read them to try to pick up tips, learn new techniques or find a fix for one of my numerous swing faults. I have never been, and I suspect I never will be, a particularly technical golfer. I reckon I play my best when I just stand there and hit it with a swing thought that amounts to little more than “look at it,…

3 min
your view

End of an era I’d like to pay tribute to the golfing inspiration that is my dear old nan, Rene Fairbrother. Last year, she reluctantly hung up her spikes because getting around the links had finally become too much for her since turning 91 (ninety-one!) in the spring. Having enjoyed the first half of her golfing career at Wallasey Golf Club, she relocated to Harlech and joined Royal St David’s in 1984 where she remains today. Altogether, she played competitive golf for a total of 71 years. With a dresser and drinks cabinet full of crystal to show for it, she was a keen competitor and a proud winner. She retired with the same hickory shafted putter she bought second hand in 1948. I hope to put it in a display cabinet…

1 min

Across 7 Five-time Open champion (7) 8 Free type of impediment (5) 9 Club located in sparse environment (4) 10 Australian who won this year’s Farmers Insurance Open (8) 11 First left-handed player to win a Major (7) 13 Anger dispersed at practice facility (5) 16 Royal North Devon’s 13th – an island hole? (5) 18 Finished tied with girl at Irish club (7) 20 Swede who was twice runner-up in The Open (8) 22 Residence at Carnoustie’s 18th (4) 23 A mishit that you make the cut with? (5) 24 Outage I fix for Adrian (7) Down 1 Course at St Enodoc for the devout golfer (6) 2 Open on European Tour won this year by Sami Valimaki (4) 3 Englishman who was Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year in 2000 (7) 4 Add to two or four to get trousers (4) 5 He had a…

1 min
our view

On balance, we believe that England Golf’s apparent decision to abandon plans for its ‘Independent Golfer’ scheme, which would allow non-club members to join a virtual club and hold official handicaps, is a sensible move. While it could conceivably encourage non-members to perhaps play more golf and become more actively involved in the competitive side of the sport, the greater concern is that it could prove one more thing that reduces the appeal of becoming a golf club member. Prior to coronavirus, there were more clubs struggling on the membership front than really flying. The one hugely welcome, if slightly unexpected, positive to emerge from the last few months has been the shot in the arm that golf club membership has enjoyed, as furlough and members-only restrictions on re-opening have tempted…

1 min
the game

Renato Paratore Back with a bang Renato Paratore compiled four sub-par rounds at Close House to record his second European Tour victory at the British Masters and claim the first title of the UK Swing. The 23-year-old was on fine form all week, negotiating his first three rounds without dropping a single shot and cruising to a comfortable final-round win. Don’t be surprised to see the talented Italian pushing for a 2021 Ryder Cup spot. 2 Paratore secured his second European Tour title at Close House 44 He is the first Italian to win the event for 44 years €2,792,659 Paratore’s career earnings on the European Tour 321 His average drive (yards) on tour this season 115 His highest position on the Official World Golf Ranking BY THE NUMBERS…

3 min
“seve is a special player to all of us. to be second to him is a true honour”

Winning the Memorial at Jack Nicklaus’ home and moving to World No. 1 is not a bad week’s work… I’m incredibly proud to be the Memorial Tournament champion, win an event on the PGA Tour four years in a row and get to No.1 in the world. It was my first win as a married man, which feels honestly really, really cool. I wish the rest of my family could have been here with me, but for obvious reasons they couldn’t. I just hope everybody stays safe and we can get over this as soon as possible and enjoy life as it was before. But still, it was one of the best performances of my life. Saturday was probably one of the best rounds of my life, and I finished on Sunday…