AS IT MOVES hundreds of staff to Brazil for the Olympics how the BBC must be ruing its decision to bow out of covering the Open Championship a year early given the captivating golf played by the two leading combatants, Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson. 2016 saw one of the most exciting Open championships for years and in marked contrast to the triumph of the virtually unknown Todd Hamilton the last time the contest came to Troon. Continue reading “Do viewers need all these gambling advertisements?”
THERE ARE SOME courses that it is hard to be objective about because something just happens to make you fall in love with the place. It is often because the first time you play you have a fine round, or the sun shines, or because you are in excellent company.
“The whole week I’ve been so focused, I’ve been so up for it. I’ve been just so determined to represent Team GB as best as I could, and it was just the most magical week, it really was.” Justin Rose after winning gold at the Olympic Games in Brazil
SEE YOU ALL AGAIN AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER………
AND SO WE welcome the year’s second great golf tournament. The US Open Championship returns to Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania which has hosted more Open and PGA championships than any other course in the United States of America and, depending on which camp you are in, the course is either a monument to classic design or a complete brute that will simply make the slow game that is professional tournament golf even slower. Continue reading “Fast greens slow play”
AMIDST RUSSIAN AND English football hooligans engaged in their vile battles in Marseilles; Ireland’s rugby team producing one of the greatest achievements of any home nations’ side away from home in history; their English counterparts putting Australia to the sword in Brisbane and the national cricket side endeavouring to go three-nil up against Sri Lanka, something else important in the sports’ world was going on too and it has achieved negligible, if not to say pitiful, coverage. Continue reading “Pssst….have you heard?”
THINK VENICE BUT without Venetian prices. Just 90 minutes to the east on the road to Trieste, away from the crowds pouring onto the historic island in the lagoon lies another that was colonised by the Romans, centuries before Venice was founded. It too enjoys a hauntingly beautiful setting and is also able to boast a first class golf course. Continue reading “Playaway: Golf Club Grado, Friuli, Italy”
‘I’m the best. I just haven’t played yet.’
The late, great Muhammad Ali on golf.
See you all again next month…..
NOW THAT THE excitement has died down on that remarkable climax at Augusta let’s look back at what should be applauded at The Masters 2016 and what was worthy of a well aimed brickbat.
Continue reading “The best and worst of Masters 2016”
A MAJOR TOURNAMENT is not a major tournament without some drama running up to it. This year at Augusta we have had the minor sideshows of eventual winner, Danny Willett, not being certain to enter with his wife due to give birth, Chris Woods losing his clubs and Tiger Woods withdrawing; but the real excitement was provided by the news that Augusta plans to lengthen its iconic par five 13th hole (pictured above). Continue reading “Golf gets ever Longer”
NOT ALL GOLFING tourists want to be by a beach. As well as seeing quite enough sand out on the course many enjoy the atmosphere that being in or near a city can bring as well as the wide variety of bars, restaurants and competitively priced hotels. Continue reading “Playaway: Oitavos Dunes, Cascais, Portugal”