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Golf Monthly October 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
it’s a funny old game

To outsiders, golf can seem like an overly serious sport with complicated rules and an involved etiquette, played in an arena where the silence wavers between respectful and deafening. As golfers, we know that although there is some truth in these views, rules and etiquette are common sense and good manners and the silence rarely lasts for more than a few seconds – golf is very sociable with a lot of room for laughs. Some of my most vivid memories from 30 years-plus playing the game centre around amusing on-course occurrences. My favourite came on May 8, 2004 on the par-3 7th tee at the stunning Southerndown GC in Wales. It was the penultimate round of my annual golf tour, a trip in which a lot of money can be won…

2 min
your view

Rory’s struggles I have to confess I’m a little concerned about Rory McIlroy following his recent comments that he may not be as good as he used to be. We’re not used to seeing this downcast outlook from McIlroy, but the truth is he’s struggled since lockdown. What’s more concerning is the fact he hasn’t won a Major since the 2014 USPGA. McIlroy has extraordinary natural talent, but I wonder if he’s as obsessed and driven as the likes of Nicklaus and Woods. He’s an incredibly rich man and he’s been on tour for well over a decade now, so perhaps he’s not willing to dedicate his entire life to golf. This is speculation, and such is his ability that no one would be surprised if he won the US Open or…

1 min
letter of the month

My club, Liphook, has recently re-opened the full 18 holes after remodelling and we are behind in submitting cards for the new handicap system, so I decided to mark a supplementary handicap card and play the new 18-hole layout for the first time. On the par-4 2nd, I hit a good 6-iron while my partner missed the green. As we approached, there was no ball on the putting surface, and after I looked around the area, I checked the hole and there it was! I was over the moon. Buoyed by the excitement, I walked on to the tee on the par-3 3rd and hit an 8-iron, which my partner said was right down the throat of the flag. Once again, no ball was visible as we approached the green, so I…

1 min

Across 7 English club with Duke's, Duchess and Marquess courses (6) 8 Gary the golfer (6) 9 Wentworth course which hosts PGA Championship (4) 10 She takes tour of Milan with one defeated in The Open play-off of 2015 (8) 11 Dutch-born Walker Cup player who became a course architect (7) 13 Mickelson's nickname (5) 15 It is used to determine shots for handicap (5) 16 Course at St Andrews (7) 18 Dorset club ranked 88 in Golf Monthly's Top 100 Courses (8) 19 Direction shown through act of surliness (4) 21 European Ryder Cup captain in 2016 (6) 22 Where Jack Nicklaus finished in 19 Majors (6) Down 1 Golfer who got up to the top of 2013 US Open leaderboard (4) 2 End journalist discusses Open champion of 1997 (6,7) 3 World Cup of Golf winners in 1998 and 2004 (7) 4 Traditional date of…

1 min
our view

Is this the most competitive era in the history of men’s professional golf? Dustin Johnson’s staggering 30-under-par total in The Northern Trust, combined with Scottie Scheffler’s 59, helped emphasise the astonishing standard at the top of the professional game. After all, TPC Boston is a golf course that features five par 4s over 450 yards and three par 3s over 200 yards. What’s more, of the 12 sub-60 rounds in PGA Tour history, six have come since 2016. With his victory, Johnson moved back to World No.1. He is the fifth person to have that title so far in 2020 – the most in a calendar year since the inauguration of the Official World Golf Ranking in 1986. Currently, there are less than four world ranking points between Johnson and Patrick Cantlay…

2 min
the game

Collin Morikawa Welcome to the club Collin Morikawa’s sensational post-lockdown form culminated in a maiden Major Championship victory in the USPGA at TPC Harding Park. He may have let the Wanamaker Trophy’s lid fall to the floor during the presentation ceremony, but he dropped no clangers on the course as he played near-flawless golf to move away from a star-studded chasing pack. There’s no doubt the 23-year-old has the potential to become one of golf’s genuine superstars. 460 Tyler Strafaci’s world amateur ranking before winning the US Amateur. He came back from 5dn in the 36-hole final 5 Sophia Popov won the AIG Women’s Open at Royal Troon in just her fifth Major start 30 Dustin Johnson’s underpar score at The Northern Trust, his 22nd PGA Tour title. He hit 65 of 72 greens 0 There…