Category Archives: European Tour

Tiger v. Rory – Who is Favourite for the US Open?

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are the two biggest draws in golf without a shadow of a doubt. But until two weeks ago, it was looking as though they would be nothing more than bystanders at this week’s US Open at San Francisco’s Olympic Club. Until last week, Woods hadn’t finished better than a tie …

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5 things we learnt from the Masters

You can’t win a major without being able to putt How frustrating it must be for Lee Westwood. He is easily the best in the world from tee to green but, as we all know, that pales into insignificance without being accompanied with the ability to putt. Time and time again we see Westwood hit …

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Preview: UBS Hong Kong Open

One of the most pivotal tournaments on the European Tour calendar will be contested this week at the Hong Kong Golf Club, Fanling. Whilst it may not be the European Tour finale, it has the potential to set up an incredibly exciting end to a magnificent season. There are some big names in the field, …

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Should Golf be an Olympic Sport?

“I’d love to be an Olympian – doesn’t that sound good?!” – the thoughts of Padraig Harrington in the lead up to the 2009 PGA Championship, after golf was placed on the list of potential Olympic sports for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Indeed it does, Padraig, but ask any sportsman and I’m …

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Does Yani Tseng Deserve a Shot at PGA Tour Glory?

Yani Tseng has had a pretty good year. Eleven victories worldwide: seven on the LPGA Tour, including two majors, and an incredible advert for women’s golf (which, inexplicably, continues to struggle, given the phenomenal strength of the ladies game at the moment). It is easy to understand why her performance has led to calls for …

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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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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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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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