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Thoughts on the rulers as well as the Rules - Issue 122
Although I’ve not participated in any game, sport, pastime other than golf, I’ve always taken an interest in the various players who participate, following their fortunes, recognising their skills, failures and sad moments...
Strictly Seve, Lee, Rory and Tony - Issue 121
Maybe I come from a different age. That doesn’t mean to say that I haven’t tried to stay modern, but I do enjoy good manners, consideration, doing honourable things and trying to live a decent life, ever mindful of the wants of others.
Merion matters as a lesson to all - Issue 119
I realise that by the time you read this, the US Open Championship of 2013 may well be just a distant memory...
The end of an era – a few of them - Issue 118
All good things come to an end. That saying was brought home to me most dramatically at the BMW PGA Championship played on the West Course at Wentworth towards the end of May. The reason? The sad demise of golf on the BBC...
The young magician from the orient - Issue 117
Now the dust has settled over the immaculate green acres of Augusta National, I thought it was time to put my six eggs into the mix regarding some things that happened during those wonderful four days that, in some way, detracted from the event.
The long road to anarchy? - Issue 116
The history of the long-shafted putter has come a long way since its rather innocent introduction on the US Senior Tour some 30 years ago...
Man at the mercy of his players - Issue 115
I wonder how long it will be before we have another sporting year like 2012? If ever....
Amateur hour is all too short - Issue 112
In a wonderfully tense final, the Amateur Championship was won by Alan Dunbar from Rathmore, Northern Ireland, after a titanic battle with 17-year-old Matthias Schwab from Austria. Austria!
It’s a wonderful old world - Issue 111
At my time of life, I never thought it would ever happen again, but within the space of two weeks I twice found myself saying a very loud ‘Wow’.
Augusta through eyes anew - Issue 110
Are you one of those people who’ve lived in your house for many years without doing anything too spectacular in the way of exploring the area?...
Slow play gone for too long - Issue 109
The 2012 season had hardly begun before a great furore arose (yet again!) regarding slow play. This has been an issue in the professional game since the 1950s, when Bobby Locke, the greatest player of the day, was chastised for being slow.
Money, media and manners - Issue 108
Tiger Woods and his former caddie, Steve Williams, formed a formidable partnership for many years but the author was not surprised when the relationship ended
Management: a question of balance - January 2012
From his own experiences as a past client of IMG - and a highly satisfied one at that - the author reflects on the recent surprise defection of Rory McIlroy from his erstwhile management team at ISM
Nothing solemn at the Solheim - November 2011
While the pace of play was glacial, the spectacle that is the Solheim Cup delivered some cracking entertainment. The Europeans, certainly, were made up as both sides wore make-up at Killeen Castle
A great loss to golf and many others - September 2011
The recent death of Alex Hay revived memories the author experienced when another great friend and fellow-commentator, Henry Longhurst, passed away
Sandwich very much to Clarke's taste - August 2011
He wasn't the pick of many people before the Open Championship got underway but, with a display of imperious ball striking, Darren Clarke emphatically showed there's life in the (not so) old dog yet
Saluting the icon that was Seve - July 2011
European golf has lost perhaps the most flamboyant character it has known.The author was fortunate enough to have known him from the beginnings
Different ways of handling adversity - June 2011
On the threshold of winning his first major championship, poor Rory McIlroy suffered a traumatic collapse at the Masters while Tiger Woods, as usual, carried on regardless
It’s all changing at the top - May 2011
It’s not only the golf ball that’s undergoing revolutions in the game right now. Both on the course and off it, all sorts is happening
Live from all over the UK - March 2011
OK, it wasn’t on the scale of a U2 tour of Britain, but the author’s foray into the arena of live entertainment, with engagements across the country, proved to be more than a one-hit wonder
Two major elemental battles - January 2011
At the two biggest golfing events to be staged in Britain in 2010 – the Open at St Andrews and the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor – we were reminded of the totally irresistible power of the weather
Men in a bed... er, in the news - November 2010
Cabinet minister William Hague received much adverse publicity recently for doing something that many years ago was commonplace for a touring golfer
Stories of winners and losers - September 2010
The difference between success and failure represents a huge gulf, yet which of the two it is to be can turn dramatically on so many imponderables
The lessons for Tiger to learn - July 2010
It seems that pretty much everyone has had their say as to where Tiger Woods is going wrong with his golf swing. But not quite everyone. Now Peter Alliss has his turn...
Indeed a Masters for the ages - June 2010
The author was thrilled at Augusta by events on the course and astonished by the efforts of the club officials off it... and also sorry to suffer the passing of a triumvirate of friends
Where have all the papers gone? - May 2010
Thanks to Sky, golf gets a great showing on television, but what a pity it is that when it comes to the print media, the game seems to be running out of words
Still faithful to golf at least - March 2010
Tiger Woods is merely the latest in a long line of golfers who have had more than the odd hiccup in their marriage. Which would make the better team - the stay-marrieds or the divorced?
Ryder Cup walking to oblivion? - January 2010
The recent staging of the Presidents Cup has caused the author to worry that this event might one day supplant the Ryder Cup completely.
Golf in perpetual slo-mo - October 2009
It's hard to believe (and tedious to watch) but golf seems to get slower and slower by the year. What to do? How about making everyone in a sluggish threeball pay the penalty? That might shake things up...
How little the world has turned - August 2009
With so much talk about new developments in technology that are allegedly ruining the game, let's reflect that such innovations are actually far from new.
Of oozlers and other games - June 2009
As if golf wasn't hard enough with trying to make birdies, pars and bogeys, mankind has found a few ways to make the game even more complicated.
The Ryder Cup: from small acorns - April 2009
Despite its illustrious and well-chronicled heritage, some facts about the Ryder Cup are little known.
So it's to be Captain Colin - March 2009
Our man on the Ryder Cup captaincy process and looking over the overlooked.
The past, present and future - January 2009
A season of intrigue is about to come to a close, leaving some questions unanswered and posing others to think about
A pity about the speeches... - November 2008
Europe lost a thrilling Ryder Cup in Kentucky last September, an occasion that won't go down as Captain Faldo's finest hour.
The bounteous joys of summer - September 2008
From Loch Lomond to Sunningdale, four hectic weeks produced as many worthy champions and more than one or two talking points.
The last man standing - just! - August 2008
The astonishing victory of Tiger Woods in the US Open at Torrey Pines had two old friends amazed at the risk he had taken.
Is it a projectile too far? - July 2008
The debate about whether professional golfers are hitting the ball further than is desirable continues - and it has done for some while
Wrongs at rite of spring - June 2008
The Masters produced a worthy champion yet again but not before the spectators had been forced to endure a glacial pace of play
Yes, it's that man again - May 2008
The barrel of superlatives has almost been drained dry, but there are still a few left with which to pay further tribute to Tiger


Reproduced with kind permission of Golf International Magazine


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