Do viewers need all these gambling advertisements?


UnknownAS 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

Last word

“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



Fast greens slow play

Ck0PtjbWEAAiTZhAND 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

Pssst….have you heard?

UnknownAMIDST 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

Playaway: Golf Club Grado, Friuli, Italy

GC Grado 4

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