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Golf Monthly December 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
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
from the editor

An ode to winter golf A clear and crisp day, an empty course and a round under three hours. These are just a few of the images that come to mind when I consider why I enjoy winter golf. I’ve always appreciated the challenge of winter golf and by continuing to get out on the course through the colder months, I’ve found new playing partners and friends. I’ve always considered those who stride out on to the fairways in winter to be like-minded enthusiasts; true golf-lovers who relish the test and the brisk pace of play – 18 holes seem to rattle by with little or no tiresome waiting. Conditions can be tough and there are days when snow, frost or flood mean golf is simply not an option. But there are always…

4 min
your view

Nine is fine England Golf, the governing body for amateur golf in England, supports official nine-hole handicaps, but how many clubs support and organise regular nine-hole competitions? There are a dwindling number of golf clubs in England – 1,800 or so – and it would be interesting to hear the details from those that do, and how they fit the format into their monthly calendar. Many members are leaving the game because they cannot face up to the demands of 18-hole golf, either through age, illness or time available. The club therefore loses valuable annual subscriptions and expenditure in the bar and pro shop. It is vital for the image of the amateur game to stem the fall in the number of subs. In my opinion, the support and promotion of nine-hole golf…

1 min

Across 7 Where Max Faulkner won The Open (5,8) 8 Addition to the wardrobe? (4,4) 9 Partially reassuring Julian (4) 10 Thick rough good for iron? (7) 12 Winner of the USPGA in 1990 (5) 14 Royal course founded in 1878 (5) 16 Girl seen at Wentworth and Sunningdale (7) 19 Masters champion of 1987 (4) 20 Where to go for Practice at Ferndown or Tranquility at Waterville (8) 22 He is repentant about typical society competition (7,3,3) Down 1 Curvature of clubface from crown to sole (4) 2 Green Jacket winner in 2012 and 2014 (6) 3 Suffolk club with Purdis Heath course (7) 4 Neat score? (5) 5 Australian golfer (6) 6 Grade his new course in Hertfordshire (8) 11 St Andrews Old Course has two of these (3,5) 13 Ryder Cup player from Northern Ireland (7) 15 Two-time Major winner (6) 17 Way to get a rise at…

2 min
the game

50 Number of events scheduled for the 2020-21 PGA Tour season – the most since 1975 2 Hudson Swafford won his 2nd PGA Tour title in the Dominican Republic (below). His first win came over three years ago -18 Swafford’s winning score at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. He shot all four rounds in the 60s 3 The tournament is one of three events (along with The Masters and US Open) scheduled to be played twice during the season The PGA Tour The sun always shines on TV Winter may be well on the way over here, but the blue skies keep coming stateside as the new PGA Tour season continues apace. The 2020-21 ‘super season’ features 50 tournaments, including 14 that were postponed or cancelled due to Covid-19. There are several forays outside…

3 min
“the next step for me is to win a wgc and then a major”

We saw a really nice photograph of you at Wentworth as a five-year-old. Just give us a sense of what it means to you to be the champion? Yes, it’s a dream come true for me. As a five-year-old walking around Wentworth, I always wanted to be inside the ropes playing when I grew up. It is just such a massive event, and to get over the line and win is such a special feeling. It was definitely a goal in my career. I’m very thankful that I managed to get the job done. You said you were more nervous than you were before the Ryder Cup. Are you somebody who suffers from nerves usually? I think everyone gets nervous in general. I was fine and I felt pretty comfortable until probably around…

1 min
what’s in the bag? aaron rai

SPOTTED ON TOUR Ball spotter New Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls were seen at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on the PGA Tour. Going old school Rickie Fowler mixed things up at the CJ Cup with a Scotty Cameron Futura X mallet putter. Pretty in pink Check out the amazing custom paint job on Bubba Watson’s new Ping G425 driver. Gear News Round-Up Tyrrell Hatton won the BMW PGA Championship with a new Ping G425 driver, 3-wood and 7-wood in the bag. Sergio Garcia triumphed at the Sanderson Farms Championship having returned to his Ping Blueprint irons. Matthew Fitzpatrick put the Titleist TSi3 driver in play at the BMW PGA, where it was the most played driver model. Collin Morikawa has switched to the TaylorMade P7MC irons (3-PW) and a Spider FCG putter with no sightline. Adrian Otaegui…