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Golf Monthly August 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
a golfing sage

If you’ve watched tournament golf over the last 20 years, the soothing, learned voice of Butch Harmon will be very familiar to you. His knowledge and understanding of the game have hugely enhanced coverage of the sport in this country and we should count ourselves fortunate to have him. Such is the humility of Harmon and his desire to talk about the tournaments, the players and the challenges they face that his own tremendous impact on the game is sometimes overlooked. Robin Barwick addresses that oversight in a wonderful interview with the great golfing sage on page 48. The piece reminds us that Harmon, now 77, has transcended generations of golfing greats, learning from each and passing on the golfing wisdom he’s gleaned. From his early days on course with his father,…

1 min
letter of the month

I recently lost my wife of 43 years to a 20 year battle with cancer. A very sad time for me and my family was made more bearable by being able to get out and play our wonderful sport. I’ve been a golf club member for many years and to be able to get out and play with friends, to breathe the fresh air and enjoy the scenery, the wildlife and the exercise has benefited both my physical and mental health. The 19th hole banter is also a reminder that life goes on and without all of this, I feel I would have struggled even more. I feel so lucky to be hooked on this beautiful game.…

3 min
your view

Grassroots support I might be an old traditionalist, but I find the plans to create a super league for the already mega-rich ‘elite’ golfers totally abhorrent. I am encouraged that major names like Rory McIlroy are against it, but disheartened that so many others are in favour. Golf has only recently released the shackles of elitism and the old boys’ club mentality when it comes to members, joining fees, exclusivity to the clubhouse, etc. If this plan goes ahead, the focus will only be on elite players who don’t need the money playing for million dollar purses. The grassroots golfer will be forgotten. It is already difficult enough to get onto the European Tour as it is; so many fall by wayside because of the cost of trying to play in challenger/EuroPro events.…

1 min

Across 7 First target? (7)8 Championship course at Turnberry (5)9 The only Masters winner to hail from Augusta (4)10 St Andrews 17th (4,4)11 Slopes raises money (7)13 Andre tweaks a green design (5)16 Sinks shots with side spin (5)18 Assessing a green perhaps in Berkshire (7)20 He topped the 2003 and2004 European Tour Order of Merits (5,3)22 Carry – for those who do not want to carry! (4)23 Close match with inaugural Seniors’ British Open winner in 1987 (5)24 Ryder Cup venue which saw a miracle (7) Down 1 Am into redesigning 1944 USPGA course (6)2 Bare lie at Carnoustie’s 5th (4)3 Disputes ran up Prestwick’s 15th (7)4 The basis of links courses (4)5 Florid layout of Essex course (6)6 Place to get a drink at one of Royal Portrush’s holes (6)12 Sussex…

1 min
the game

Rahm roars to first Major at Torrey Pines After seven top-tens, you’ve finally got over the line in a Major. How does it feel? It’s incredible that I’m sitting next to this trophy. A couple of weeks ago, I watched my good friend Phil win the USPGA, and I took a lot of inspiration from that. I’ve been close before, and I just knew on a Sunday, the way I have been playing the last few Majors, I just had to be close. How did you stay so calm when the pressure was on? I might have looked calm. I was not calm. I wish people could see our heart rate when we’re playing in those moments because that was tense. But you practise to let your body basically take over, right? That’s what…

1 min
month in pictures

Did you know? The longest play-off in PGA Tour history was ended by darkness after 11 holes at the 1949 Motor City Open at Meadowbrook Country Club. Cary Middlecoff and Lloyd Mangrum were declared joint champions.…