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Golf Monthly May 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
that’s entertainment

Bryson DeChambeau driving the water on the par-5 6th at Bay Hill this March sparked a frenzy of interest and discussion, putting golf in the limelight. Inevitably, his Herculean ‘short cut’ stimulated further rumbling about distance and the need to curtail it at the top level. But that murmur was drowned out by the applause of awestruck observers from within the golfing and wider sporting communities. The achievement provided clear indication of how far the power game has progressed in recent years – this was a risk/reward shot that wouldn’t have been considered in elite competition a few years ago. But even this year, it was only considered by one person. Only Bryson could generate the necessary speed, plus have the self-belief, to attempt that carry. For me, the American’s showmanship…

3 min
your view

Outdated portrayals I’ve read a lot, particularly during this pandemic, and I can’t help noticing how often golf crops up in popular novels, and never in a positive way. As soon as a character, always male, is described as a golfer, you can be sure he will be the bogeyman! Golf dress also gets mentioned, though the clothes described bear no resemblance to the comfortable, practical garments worn nowadays. It is no wonder non-golfers continue to believe the stereotypes of fuddy-duddy, stuffy, male golfers belonging to elitist clubs. This is so unlike the friendly, welcoming and egalitarian golf that most of us now enjoy. Perhaps the golf unions should target popular authors and bring them up to date with the healthy and affordable sport that is 21st century golf? Jakki Moxon, Wrexham Alluring Augusta I…

1 min

Across 7 Are tea dances to make holes in turf? (6) 8 Peter or Richard (6) 9 Equipment organisation (4) 10 Italy’s only Major winner (8) 11 Return test to baby daughter first and 1873 Open Champion (3,4) 13 Royal club which will host Open in 2024 (5) 15 Ran in to form at Scottish club (5) 16 Bamboo on Augusta’s 17th (7) 18 He won in 2020 in only his 6th European Tour event via a milk round (8) 19 Winner of last year’s WGC-Mexico Championship (4) 21 Europe’s Ryder Cup record points scorer (6) 22 Contribute when hole out (4,2) Down 1 Healthy on 16th at 13 (4) 2 Australian who won The Open (3,5-5) 3 Bare mud gives way to type of grass (7) 4 Cut in ball is miles off (5) 5 Wind in barren depiction by golf writer (7,6) 6 Won motor vehicle at…

1 min
our view

The BBC’s recent Prize Money in Sport study showed that golf is one of only three of the 48 sports included (football and basketball being the others) where at least one major competition does not offer equal prize money for men and women. The sport is making efforts to change, but there are huge challenges to overcome, whether it be the logistics of putting on the biggest events at the same time, as per Wimbledon in tennis, or the difference in revenues generated by male and female events. And, despite significant efforts within the game to grow participation in women’s golf, there’s still a huge way to go before parity is reached. We’ve recently seen some co-sanctioned events like the Vic Open, but to make real strides we need a significant mixed event…

1 min
the game

14 Justin Thomas won his 14th PGA Tour title at the Players Championship 5.6 He gained 5.6 shots on the field from tee to green during Sunday’s final round 132 Thomas played 36 holes over the weekend in 12-under-par – a tournament record $2.7m The winner’s cheque. The $15m purse is the largest in golf 1993 Thomas was born in 1993 – the same year Lee Westwood, who finished 2nd, turned pro BY THE NUMBERS Justin Thomas In elite company Justin Thomas held his nerve to fend off an in-form Lee Westwood and claim the coveted Players Championship title at TPC Sawgrass. Thomas, who had endured a tough start to 2021, produced a ball-striking masterclass over the weekend as he surged ahead of the pack and refused to relinquish his lead. He now has 10+ PGA Tour victories, a Major and a Players…

3 min
“it tested me mentally, physically and emotionally. i’m very proud of myself”

What’s the pressure like trying to finish off a Players Championship? I’ll tell you what, it’s a lot harder than when there weren’t fans around, that’s for sure. I’m so happy they’re back and I’m so happy to be The Players champion. I fought so hard. I stayed really patient. It was probably one of the best rounds of my life tee to green – I had total control of the ball and I really was hitting a lot of good putts. Can you talk about the rollercoaster of emotions that the last two months has been for you? Yeah, it’s been bizarre is probably an understatement. It’s been a crappy couple of months. I’ve had stuff happen in my life I never thought I’d have happen. Losing grandpa was terrible, and having…