Monthly Archives: October, 2011

Is There a Need for a Truly Global Golf Tour?

To the avid golf fan, times are as exciting as ever.  For the neutral, the game no longer stands out. No one is dominating the game, on either side of the pond. On the PGA Tour, no one won more than twice this season. On the European Tour, only Thomas Bjorn has, sensationally, achieved that …

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Luke Donald: Credit to the Game and Perfect Idol for Aspiring Sportsmen

All the talk of Luke Donald’s prospective achievements on both sides of the pond has prompted me to pay homage to a man that, in my view, is the epitome of what can be achieved with application, the right attitude, and the will to improve. Those reading the previous sentence might  question my supposedly hasty …

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Preview: The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic

As Justin Rose stated earlier on in the week, via Twitter: “Disney event is pretty interesting. Intense at top and bottom end of money list, and super chilled for everyone in between!” How James Driscoll, the man occupying the treacherous yet coveted 125th position on the money list, wishes he was one of those settling …

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Is Golf More or Less Interesting Than it was 5 Years Ago?

I recently read an interesting article: ‘Why Parity is Bad For Golf’ on http://www.thesandtrap.com. In short, it argued that golf nowadays is suffering because there is a multitude of above average, faceless golfers, instead of one (or more) global superstar who is responsible for the vast majority of viewership. It argued that with no Tiger …

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The Pace of Play Debate: Any Prospect of a Concrete Resolution?

Speed of play has been one of the most discussed topics in world golf over the last decade. In 2002, when Padraig Harrington and Retief Goosen were embroiled in the race for the European Tour money list title, the latter labelled the former ‘the slowest player on tour.’ Matters came to a head again in …

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Will Rickie Fowler’s First Professional Victory Spur Him on to Greatness?

Rickie Fowler has the faculty to become a class act, and we all know it. He has stormed onto the PGA tour, the epitome of the young, wonderfully talented former college golfer with almost limitless potential. And yet, after 59 events on the PGA Tour, he is yet to record his first victory. He has …

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The Fed-Ex Cup: Added Excitement, or the Creation of a Decidedly Unlevel Playing Field?

By Nick Bonfield ‘Golf’, you hear murmured, ‘it’s boring and pointless. I don’t see the attraction of hitting a little white ball around a field.’ A point of view that is incredulously naive, and yet a point of view that, for too long, has plagued the game and hampered its elevation to the top tier …

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Should there be a 5th Major in Asia?

By Nick Bonfield Lee Westwood made the headlines earlier this week, stating that he feels there should be a 5th major on the men’s golfing calendar: “I like the tradition of the majors. I think the men’s game has got it pretty much right, although I’d like to see another major somewhere else in the …

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The Long Putter: Unfair Advantage, or Part and Parcel of the Game?

By Nick Bonfield What is required to win a golf tournament? Great ball striking, accurate iron play, a great short game, control of emotions, character, and, most importantly, a great display of putting throughout the week. Is a great display of putting down to equipment, technique, or the person wielding that equipment? The long putter can certainly …

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