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  • 20 questions with top coach Pete Cowen

    Thursday, 12 July 2018

    1 How old were you when you first broke par? My third professional tournament. Never had a handicap in my life. Pretty sure it was Hallamshire.  2 Highlight of your career so far? Haven’t had one! I only remember the lowlights.  3 Favourite hole? The 12th at Augusta. It causes the most problems. It’s quite a conundrum for everyone. No-one has ever really solved it.  4...

  • Why a British golf brand is taking the lead on plastic

    Written by Chris Jones, Editor on Wednesday, 11 July 2018

    Lynx Golf is set to become one of the first golf equipment companies in the world to rid itself of Single-Use Plastics (SUPs) by making major changes to its supply chain. Owned by husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Steve Elford and Stephanie Zinser, Lynx has committed to spending over £30,000 this year on alternatives for SUPs and to increase plastics recycling resources in its...

  • World Record drive goes 657 YARDS!

    Written by Staff writer on Tuesday, 10 July 2018

    World Records were destroyed when some of the longest drivers in the country sent their balls flying down an RAF runway. American Golf challenged some of the Long Drive stars who’ll be appearing at its 2018 UK Long Drive Final this August to set various World Records and in doing so help celebrate the anniversaries of On Course Foundation and the...

  • Want the best golf ‘Job’ in the World?

    Tuesday, 10 July 2018

    Ever dreamt of a job where you just play golf? You could be about to swing into that dream post. Visit Scotland are offering one lucky individual a golf job with a difference, albeit it’s not an official job and only temporary for two weeks but who cares right?! Here's what they say... Scotland is ‘The Home of Golf’; it’s where the...

  • UK golf courses are banning smoking due to dry weather

    Written by Camilla Tait on Wednesday, 4 July 2018

    Dozens of golf courses in the UK have notified members of smoking bans on while the country continues to go through a heatwave.  In order to prevent accidental fires and damage, golf courses around the country have been sending out messages to members after deciding to ban smoking anywhere on the course.   It's a measure which has been introduced to protect golf...

  • Carnoustie Course Guide: By 2007 Champion Harrington and his caddie

    Tuesday, 3 July 2018

    Arguably nobody knows Carnoustie better than the last Open winner here and his caddie, who sat down with TG to talk to us through every twist and turn of the Angus venue...  Come the third week in July, Padraig Harrington will be praying for the weather to turn nasty when The Open returns to Carnoustie, scene of the Dubliner's first of...

  • 2018 Open: 5 Shots the winner will need... and how to play them

    Written by Michael Catling on Tuesday, 3 July 2018

    5 Shots the winner will need at Carnoustie, and how play them...  Carnoustie is regarded as one of – if not the – toughest courses among the 10 on The Open Championship rota. The winner in July will need to navigate more than 110 bunkers, the constant winds that whip off the North Sea and the notorious Barry Burn... In order to...

  • Why is Carnoustie so difficult?

    Written by Michael Catling on Tuesday, 3 July 2018

    Jack Nicklaus calls it the toughest golf course on The Open rota, so what makes Carnoustie so tricky? We asked the men in charge of getting the course ready for the World's best ...  What Craig Boath and Sandy Reid don't know about Carnoustie isn't worth knowing. Craig (below left) is the Head Greenkeeper; Sandy (right) is the Links Superintendent. With...

  • Inside Carnoustie's new £5m clubhouse

    Written by Michael Catling on Tuesday, 3 July 2018

    Inside Carnoustie's new clubhouse: This is where the Pro's will be hiding out and even hitting balls during The Open If you've ever wondered how the other half live, take a look inside Carnoustie's spectacular new clubhouse. The £5 million building, which only opened to members and visitors in April, will be converted into a lavish "players' lounge" during The Open...

  • 9 Things you didn't know about The Open

    Written by Michael Catling on Tuesday, 3 July 2018

    Why Tommy Fleetwood might be the man to pick, plus eight other facts about The Open here 1. Carnoustie is the longest Open venue on record, having played at 7,421yards in 2007. This year it will be reduced to 7,402 yards, but only to accommodate grandstands around the first tee. 2. Golfing greats Allan Robertson, Old Tom Morris and James Braid all...

  • Ryder Cup 2018: How difficult IS Le Golf National?

    Written by Michael Catling on Thursday, 28 June 2018

    It's going to take brains and brawn to overcome this year's Ryder Cup course. We played it to find out how just how tough it will be If golf courses were fit to feature in the Louvre, Le National's Albatros course would take pride of place among the Raphaels and Da Vincis. Situated 20 miles south west of Paris, the par-71...

  • Mickelson eleborates on rules gaff

    Written by Staff writer on Wednesday, 27 June 2018

    Phil Mickelson has elaborated on moment of madness at the US Open, where he hit a moving ball, saying “hopefully one day we can laugh about it”. Lefty was at a charity event in conjunction with his sponsor KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, where he was quizzed about the incident at Shinnecock – which he apologised for via text message last week. “It took...

  • Tour Truck fitting comes to The Grove

    Written by Today's Golfer taff writer on Monday, 25 June 2018

    This is one of the coolest fitting bays we’ve ever seen – and it’s now open to anyone. The Grove in London has set up a custom-fitting experience that introduces everyday golfers to tour-inspired game analysis and equipment recommendations. Permanently on site as part of The Grove’s extensive practice facilities, the Tour Truck Experience offers amateur golfers the opportunity to feel like...

  • Five-time Open Champion Peter Thomson dies aged 88

    Written by PA Sport on Wednesday, 20 June 2018

    Peter Thomson, Australia's five-time British Open champion, has died aged 88 The first Australian player to win the Open Championship major died at his home in Melbourne at 9am local time on Wednesday, his family told PGA Australia (PGAA). Thomson had suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than four years, the body said. Aged 24, Thomson became one of the youngest winners of...

  • Take part in the Longest Day Challenge

    Written by Staff writer on Friday, 15 June 2018

    Macmillan Cancer Support’s legendary golf fundraising challenge, which sees golfers tackle 72 holes in one day, is returning on Thursday 21 June.  The Longest Day Golf Challenge sees a team of four cover over 20 miles of course in one day and ask friends and family for sponsorship. Every penny raised will help Macmillan support the growing number of people living with...

  • Andrew Cotter: That moment your sporting heroes become... normal people

    Wednesday, 6 June 2018

    In his latest column for TG, Andrew Cotter talks about why his view has changed with age about the men and women he once idolised. Once upon a time, long, long ago, I stopped believing. More precisely, I stopped believing in the magic of sports stars, no longer idolising them as I did. Because as a child that's certainly the way...

  • Ex-Royal Marine Aaron Moon's aspirations of being the first amputee on Tour

    Written by Michael Catling on Wednesday, 6 June 2018

    "I know people will say I won't make it, but that will only fuel me to believe I can": Ex-Royal Marine Aaron Moon lost his leg after being blown up in Afghanistan. But he won't let that stop him achieving his dream of playing on the European Tour. This is his story...  Golf was never more than a hobby for Aaron...

  • Discovery and the PGA Tour announce media partnership: What does that mean for Sky?

    Tuesday, 5 June 2018

    Discovery and the PGA Tour have announced plans to form a new alliance, with the aim of creating an international multi-platform home for golf outside the United States. But what does that mean?  For Sky Sports, who have been a major part of golf coverage in the UK for over 20 years, it could indicate the start of a difficult road...

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