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Golf Monthly February 2021

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.

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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
brighter days ahead

michael.harris@futurenet.com Last year was a difficult time for everyone. The effects of the Covid pandemic have impacted on every facet of our lives, and I know that for many people 2020 brought much personal sadness and loss. Just how much we love and value the game of golf was really brought home, too, during the months where we missed being able to play. And then, when we were allowed back on the course, the disruptions were many and varied. Some of the simple things we take for granted and which are the very fabric of our game – like being able to shake hands with playing partners on the 18th or enjoying a care-free post-round drink while discussing golf, life and everything in between – are, for obvious reasons, no longer appropriate.…

1 min
letter of the month

I was so sad to hear of Peter Alliss’ passing. He was an honorary member at my club, Blairgowrie in Perthshire, and in 2015 the club held a competition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the course opening. Peter and his wife attended as guests of honour. They were both lovely. I was on the 10th tee as Peter arrived to watch my fourball. I was a little nervous (12 handicapper), but I struck my best drive of the day and walked off the tee proud as punch knowing Peter had seen it. Then, Peter quietly said to me “You’ve got talent” – I was starstruck. He paused for a moment, delivered the follow-up line “But you keep it well hidden” and drove off with a small wave and a big…

2 min
your view

An unexpected benefit I have been fortunate enough to be able to watch professional golf during the pandemic and it has proved a real treat in these difficult times. What I quickly realised is I actually enjoy it more without spectators! The chance to appreciate the full beauty and challenge of the magnificent venues the professionals’ play without the crowds masking all but the tees, fairways and greens has been a real eye-opener. Some of the new views at Augusta were particularly special. Furthermore, we’ve been spared the idiotic cries of “In the hole” from some fans. The logistics involved in dealing with the consequences of the pandemic led to a UK Swing, which meant we were able to reacquaint ourselves with old favourites like The Belfry, Celtic Manor and Walton Heath. It…

1 min

Across 7 Winner of The Open in 2013 (4,9) 8 Scotsman who won four US Open titles (8) 9 Score after adjusting for 20 (4) 10 Spaniard who won Paul Lawrie Match Play in 2017 (7) 12 Ends a jog with Sam (5) 14 Number of Ryder Cups played by Peter Alliss (5) 16 Wise old shot below hole (3,4) 19 Last shot of French golfer (4) 20 Way club golfers are rated (8) 22 Winner of 2020 Portugal Masters (6,7) Down 1 Lean towards a miss-hit (4) 2 Ends with hand on pack of balls (6) 3 Runs round hole and stays up (4,3) 4 Family in boat hold competition (5) 5 Latest about solitary Finnish player (6) 6 Arrive at harbour to reach Royal Troon course (8) 11 Where to get High at Castle course in St Andrews (8) 13 Relative of disciple is winner of 2020…

1 min
our view

Will 2021 be the most exciting year ever for professional golf? We don’t need to waste words explaining how challenging 2020 was, so instead let’s look ahead to what should be a much better year on and off the course. The tours did an amazing job putting on so many exciting events in 2020, but the fans were sorely missed, both in terms of creating atmosphere and motivating players. The good news is that, with vaccinations underway and limited crowds starting to reappear at some sporting events, galleries could return this year. Exactly when and at what capacity remains to be seen, but things are certainly moving in the right direction. Their return will create electric atmospheres for the players to thrive in. What’s more, 2020 saw the emergence of a number of…

1 min
the game

Lee Westwood A race well run The European Tour season ended in thrilling style as Lee Westwood finished runner-up at Jumeirah Golf Estates to win the season-long Race to Dubai, with Matt Fitzpatrick reigning supreme in the DP World Tour Championship. Westwood – playing some great golf with girlfriend Helen Storey on the bag – completed a memorable hat-trick in Dubai, with his other Order of Merit titles coming in 2000 and 2009. BY THE NUMBERS 3 Westwood has topped the European Tour’s Order of Merit three times 20 Years between his first and third Order of Merits – the longest span between wins 47 Westwood became the oldest winner of the Race to Dubai 171 Top-ten finishes on the European Tour 26 Seasons played on the circuit, starting in 1994…