Category Archives: Points of Debate

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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