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The first time ever I saw its face... - Issue 122
Thirty years ago I attended my first Masters Tournament....
Another jolly for Ollie...America goes Irish? - Issue 121
You might think that for José Maria Olazábal, 2013 couldn’t compare to the previous year, when he captained the European Ryder Cup team to that extraordinary comeback victory at Medinah...
Going for a gong and golf’s swap shop - Issue 119
Following last year’s “great summer of British sport”, we now have another one – Justin Rose, Andy Murray, Chris Froome, the Ashes and so on.
There’s no keeping golf out of politics - Issue 118
A month or so ago, my wife and I went on holiday to Greece for a week. (Don’t worry: I’m not looking for sympathy here.)...
No need for an asterisk after Augusta - Issue 117
Angel Cabrera has won the Masters in a playoff, in 2009, and now he’s lost it in one, ultimately being put to the sword this past April by Adam’s Scott’s monstrously long putter on Augusta National’s 10th green...
Puttering the game on the line - Issue 116
In his column in this issue, Peter Alliss considers the increasingly complicated matter of the long putter. And now I’m doing the same...
Like it or not Rory's the story - Issue 115
What a month that was for the world’s No. 1 golfer, Rory McIlroy...
Sporting values in old money - Issue 114
I was reading in the Sunday Times the other week about the British Olympic Association brokering a deal...
The long and short of it... - Issue 112
Apart from earning Ernie Els his fourth major championship, the South African’s endeavours at Royal Lytham & St Annes in July brought to the fore as never before the thorny issue of the use of long putters in the professional game.
The BBC: they think it’s all over... - Issue 111
When the Royal & Ancient Golf Club held its annual media day ahead of the Open Championship this past April, Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, made it perfectly plain that the BBC might not be the chief broadcaster once the existing television contract had run its course.
Augusta, major men & Tiger’s driving - Issue 110
Asked at this year’s Masters Tournament about the thorny subject of there being no women members at Augusta National, the club chairman, Billy Payne, blustered as well as he could...
Best of British hogging the headlines - Issue 109
With his victory at the Honda Classic in early March, Rory McIlroy knocked Luke Donald off his perch and became the 16th golfer to be ranked No. 1 in the world since the inception of the rankings in 1986.
Between R Rock and a hard place - issue 108
So Tiger Woods didn’t make it back-to back victories by winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. In that endeavour, he had to be content with a tie for third, a shot behind his supposed soo nto- be-successor as world No. 1, Rory McIlroy, and two shots adrift of Robert Rock, who thereby collected the second tour title of his career.
Major duck but Donald worthy No. 1 - January 2012
It's been a marvellous season on both sides of the Atlantic for England's Luke Donald... is this a harbinger of the renaissance of Tiger Woods?... but it's wet blankets for wet bankers all over the world
Some abroad thoughts from home - November 2011
The European Tour’s move away from Europe, especially the UK, is surely permanent…as may be Tom Lewis’s presence on leaderboards all around the world following his remarkable breakthrough.
Political games and soft underbellies - September 2011
Ireland’s glittering array of golf stars may have an Olympic decision to make while, following Keegan Bradley’s major breakthrough with an over-size putter, golf’s rulers may be left to rue their non-decision
How Rory cleaned up in Washington - August 2011
Rory McIlroy’s performance at the US Open raised too high the expectations of his chances at Sandwich, but there’s no denying the manner of his victory at Congressional was extraordinary
It’s to be Paris in the autumn-time - July 2011
The five-way race to stage the 2018 Ryder Cup was deservedly won by the French. Which, of course, left four prospective venues to lick their wounds
Yet another amazing Masters - June 2011
The denouement to this year's goings-on at Augusta has overshadowed the fabulous golf Charl Schwartzel produced - and one can see why
Playing a major game ‘if only’ - May 2011
The 1986 Masters will go down in history as one of the most memorable major championships ever played, mostly because of how Jack Nicklaus won it. But, such is sport, it so nearly might not have happened
Ballesteros in the frame for honours - March 2011
With his playing days now well behind him, and his health likely to be permanently delicate, Seve Ballesteros finds the European Tour in embracing mood
Might the Ryder Cup opt for four-play? - January 2011
The last Ryder Cup was a tremendous spectacle, so much so that it’s easy to forget the havoc caused by the weather. But might that God-given factor affect the manner in which future matches are played
No sooner is this one over... - November 2010
The 2010 Ryder Cup might be remembered for its grim weather and it certainly will be for its dramatic denouement. The next question for the great competition is where to next?
Don't call us... because you can't - September 2010
As the golf world prepares to focus on what will surely be dramatic events at Celtic Manor's Twenty Ten course, the game's authorities seem determined to keep the sport in the 20th century
How to make that curtain call - July 2010
A ceremonial bowing out during an Open Championship at the Home of Golf has latterly become part of the lore of the game. For Britain's greatest golfer, might the accolade come later rather than sooner?
The ideal Swiss role model - June 2010
With Tiger Woods all over the place, one wonders if part of the reason his tennis equivalent handles fame so well is due to his upbringing
A taxing matter for the game - May 2010
Given all that has been going on in the world over the past year or so, sports stars are not going to get any financial sympathy. But, for what it’s worth, there is this…
Sorry is the fondest word - March 2010
In his first public appearance in over three months, the most famous athlete on earth began his efforts to return from infamy. One step at a time and all that...
Tiger really isn’t a good driver - January 2010
The career of perhaps the greatest golfer in history will surely survive this rare setback but the damage to one aspect of his image may never be cured
Interesting TV times looming - November 2009
If Tiger watching is one of your favourites sports then stand by to find out where you'll being doing it next year... plus - caddies with a difference.

 

Reproduced with kind permission of Golf International Magazine

 





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