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Brian Barnes

We will miss you Barnsey!

Tony spoke to former Reuters golf correspondent Tony Jimenez to look back at Europe’s spectacular victory in last week’s Solheim Cup and to also pay tribute to his former Ryder Cup team-mate Brian Barnes: “Watching that wonderful finish at Gleneagles last week reinforced how important the format is in both the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup team events. I remember, when I handed over the captaincy to Bernard Gallacher for the 1991 Ryder Cup, telling the European Tour’s Ken Schofield and George O’Grady, ‘No matter what you do, don’t ever change the format of two sessions of foursomes and two... Read more...

Catriona needs to keep her players comfortable as she vies for Solheim Cup glory

Tony spoke to former Reuters golf correspondent Tony Jimenez to look ahead at this week's Solheim Cup match at Gleneagles: "People often ask, 'what it's like for a captain in the week leading up to a big team event like the Ryder Cup or the Solheim Cup?'. For me, it was all about making sure my players were as comfortable as possible. Being thorough with my checks on every member of the team, making sure I knew who was playing the best, and also checking who my weak links were and trying to make sure they weren't advertised. The players are all impatient to get going on the Friday... Read more...

Play your own game

Tony spoke to former Reuters golf correspondent Tony Jimenez to discuss Tiger Woods’s announcement last week that he had undergone yet another knee operation: “I’ve never heard of anyone who’s had to go through as much surgery as Tiger and still been able to play golf. It’s amazing to me. I know the latest one was only micro surgery to his left knee and it would seem to be a minor procedure but that knee, the way he swings the club, the way he goes through a tremendous rotation of his body, it’s a pivotal part of his technique. It’s therefore very important that he’s stable and... Read more...

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Combat slow play with a little common sense!

Tony spoke to former Reuters golf correspondent Tony Jimenez about the thorny issue of slow play: “My view on slow play is no different to what it was 40 years ago. You get golfers out there on the circuit who are more selfish than others, who don’t necessarily see things the way others do. For those guys it’s generally a case of ‘me, me, me’, and more often than not these people are non-conformists, they tend to stand out. But in a field of 150 or so players, you’re not going to get more than five or 10 non-conformists. I think the modern way of putting guys on the clock and... Read more...