Ryder Cup- The Last Word 1

imagesSO MUCH FOR REDEMPTION. This was the time when team USA would put the nightmarish collapse of Medinah on that fateful Sunday afternoon behind them. And yet Medinah could be seen as a tactical triumph compared to the utter capitulation over three whole days at Gleneagles. USA finished 78 under par to Europe’s 110 under and were entirely outclassed.

Yet who could have imagined that three days that started so brightly with a 2.5 to 1.5 lead in the first morning foursomes could have ended with an excruciating final press conference when the senior pro of the US side decided that it was time to air as much dirty linen in public as possible by praising the actions of past skipper, Paul Azinger and, by implication, trashing veteran skipper Tom Watson in the process? Continue reading

Ryder Cup- The Last Word 2


ONE OF THE MORE unfortunate things about the Ryder Cup is not the USA’s seeming inability to produce a winning side these days but the degeneration of the gallery into something approaching the hysteria of a football crowd.

Applause at many major events these days can no longer be spontaneous it seems, but co-ordinated either by some manic announcer bawling the name of the goal, run or points scorer or else accompanied by primitive music that endeavours to bring out the latent caveman in us all. Cheering a try for England at Twickenham is now supported by deafening music from the rightly, little known combination of Elias and his Zig Zag jive flutes. And does it enhance our enjoyment? Very little would be the most popular response from those with an IQ into double figures. Continue reading

Ready Steady- Golf

IMG_1197BACK IN 1994 on the USPGA tour rookie Glen Day soon got a nickname. He became known as ‘All’ Day as that is how long it generally took him to complete a round. These days he plays mostly on the Web.com tour although has managed to hang on to his sobriquet.

Day is, sadly, not an exception. Bernhard Langer has possibly inspired a whole generation of Germans to adopt his snail’s pace about the course, whilst Jim Furyk makes Kevin Na appear positively brisk in comparison. Even greats such as Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus were in no hurry to get a move on. Continue reading

Russell’s fab four in England Senior Ladies’ triumph

photo 2FOUR VICTORIES OUT of  four by Royal Ashdown Forest’s Katherine Russell helped England romp to victory in the Senior Ladies’ home international championship.

The only session at Huddersfield Golf Club that the England seniors lost was the first morning’s foursomes against reigning champions, Ireland, and even then Russell and her partner, current Seniors’ champion Catherine Rawthorne, provided England’s only point with a 2&1 victory. Continue reading

Playaway: North Berwick West Links, East Lothian, Scotland

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SOME GOLF COURSES are not only spectacular to play they are also enormous fun. Situated on the Firth of Forth with stunning views across to Craigleith Island and Bass Rock, North Berwick West Links most certainly falls into this category.

The West Links club prides itself on making visitors ‘members for the day’ and the first thing the green fee payer will appreciate is the extremely warm welcome one receives on arrival at the portico of the old stone clubhouse. A full time greeter is on hand to make sure that everyone has an enjoyable day and knows the dos and don’ts of this historic old club. Continue reading

Golf fashions to lose in 2015

UnknownONE OF THE HUGE joys of the Ryder Cup, apart from cheering on a convincing European victory, is that neither the European nor USA side stride the fairways looking like advertising hoardings.

Lee Westwood regularly accommodates four adverts on his cap alone. This is small beer compared to his polo shirts that can carry collar flashes for Dunlop and a plug for both the parcel delivery company UPS and a really big Dunlop logo across the chest. Squeeze in another on the back collar, two more on the sleeves and Lee is minting it in promotional revenue terms. The trouble is 11 adverts sported on two items of golf wear simply does not look terribly smart. In fact it looks just like what it is, a fabric sandwich board of adverts. Continue reading