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Golf Monthly June 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
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
from the editor

Major Champion, Ryder Cup hero, short-game maestro, escapologist, captain, golfing ambassador, course designer and inimitable personality, Severiano Ballesteros’ career and life was exemplified by excellence and determination. His influence on golf remains strong to this day and I was reminded of just how important he was in fostering my own interest in this great game as I went through the superb content, marking the ten-year anniversary of his sad death, contained in this issue. Few golfers in history have provided so many with such motivation to play and improve. For me, and many of my golfing contemporaries, Seve was both an idol and an inspiration. Watching his swashbuckling and hugely determined approach to the sport was thrilling and captivating and he played a pivotal role in thrusting European golf into the limelight in…

2 min
your view

A dying art? I couldn’t agree more with Radar’s column in your May edition regarding the loss the game will suffer if the current trends towards green-reading books and eventually rangefinders within the pro game go unchecked. Although golf has undoubtedly lacked some atmosphere due to having no fans over the last few months, one of the highlights of watching throughout the Covid pandemic has been the ability to hear the conversations between caddies and players. Hearing two people at the top of their game plot, plan, encourage and joke their way around the course has been truly interesting. It has undoubtedly opened my eyes to more of the considerations needed before every shot – something I hope will benefit many amateur golfers. David Forster, via email Marital bliss I really don’t know why I…

1 min
letter of the month

in association with Yet again, the Race to Dubai rankings are dominated by players from the PGA Tour. In fact, seven out of the current top ten play almost full-time in the USA. The Race to Dubai should be about the European Tour, and I feel for the guys who grind it out every week but can’t compete. As long as the Majors and WGCs contribute to R2D points then it will never be fair, as these big competitions are predominantly filled with PGA Tour players. I respect the likes of Patrick Reed and Collin Morikawa, who have made an effort to cross the pond, and I would love to see more of them over here competing – not just when it involves a huge appearance fee or, by pure coincidence, they…

2 min

Across 1 BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 1989 (5) 7 Doubting 2017 USPGA champion (6) 8 Country which has produced one Major winner and three Major wins (4) 9 How often Arnold Palmer won The Open Championship (5) 10 Surname of the man christened Alexander Walter Barr (4) 11 Sent son to find Swede (7) 13 Crown 1976 US Open champion (4) 16 Andrew first to drive off down tenth (4) 19 Welshman who has won the Senior Open Championship (7) 23 He was born in, and won at, Augusta (4) 24 Open won last year by Zhang Huilin (5) 25 Road taken to Barry? (4) 26 Again arrange course for holidaymaker (6) 27 Appropriately Queensland GC has this as part of its name (5) Down 1 Could be a draw that group (6) 2 Dutch two-time winner of KLM Open (6) 3 “If you are…

1 min
our view

Should players be fined money or docked strokes for slow play? The seemingly perennial issue of slow-play penalties reared its head again at the LPGA Tour’s Kia Classic, where rookie Yealimi Noh was fined $10,000 after lodging two ‘bad times’ on the 10th and 12th holes. It was her second transgression – which meant her fine was twice what it would have been with a clean record – and meant she lost money for the week, having pocketed $4,247 for finishing in a tie for 61st. Granted, $10,000 is a lot of money, especially for a rookie, but the 19-year-old has already notched more than $400,000 on the LPGA Tour. The European Tour also has the ability to fine players for slow play, starting at €3,500. While these sums seem like a…

2 min
the game

Hideki Matsuyama Major trailblazer Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese male to win a Major Championship with his one-stroke victory over Will Zalatoris at Augusta National. Matsuyama, playing with the weight of a nation on his shoulders, capitalised on the softer conditions after Saturday’s rain delay to fire a superb back-nine 30. On Sunday, a nervy first tee shot was followed by some imperious ball-striking as he fended off the chasing pack, made history and sent his homeland into raptures. 1 Matsuyama became the first Asian-born player to win The Masters 4 Since 1970, there have only been four over-par final rounds by the Masters Champion 1,344 His victory came 1,344 days after his last win on the PGA Tour, at Firestone in 2017 7 He became the 7th player to go from low amateur at The Masters (2011) to…