‘I’m the best. I just haven’t played yet.’
The late, great Muhammad Ali on golf.
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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.
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
ASHDOWN MEMBERS MAY have noticed a rare sight of late. Both course manager, Chris Mitchell, and his cousin Dave have been seen regularly hitting balls in the club’s new practice net and on the pro-shop simulator. And their intensive sessions are shortly to be put to the test. Continue reading
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
“Spieth is lining up his putt. If I’m quick I can get a beer. Go to the toilet and paint the spare room b4 he hits it.”
A tweet from Danny Willet’s brother P.J.Willett during the closing holes of The Masters.
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TIMING IN THIS life is often vital. In Golf World magazine’s latest edition a feature asks, beneath the banner headline, ‘Has anyone seen Adam?’ if the Australian, Adam Scott, can still fulfil his potential ‘or if he has already been left behind by a new breed of champions.’ Continue reading
THE TIMES LEADER column rarely mentions golf. Yet in the March 5th edition it tells the sorry story of clubs selling their courses as land for house builders. As if golf were not under sufficient pressure the prospect of clubs, particularly those owned by local authorities, selling out to developers to meet the ever increasing demand not only for new homes but also to balance the books is possibly the most worrying trend of all. Continue reading