Tony spoke to former Reuters golf correspondent Tony Jimenez about Bronte Law’s maiden LPGA Tour victory last week:
“I thoroughly enjoyed watching Bronte pick up her first win on the circuit on Sunday. I have to be honest and admit I’d never heard of her before but I was very impressed with her performance.
I liked the way she went about things at the Pure Silk Championship. She appeared very business-like on the golf course, made up her mind about her shots and just went for it.
It’s fantastic that England now has three world-class performers in the women’s game. Georgia Hall, of course, won the British Open last year and Charley Hull did well last week and seems to be playing to a consistent high standard on the LPGA Tour.
It’s a shame to see the Ladies European Tour struggling the way it is at the moment but, as far as the players are concerned, they’ve got to go where the dough is and there really is no contest.
The LPGA Tour is on the up and up over here in America. It’s popular and it helps that the tournaments are all televised on the Golf Channel. There are some great players on the circuit and it’s well worth watching.
It’s obviously hard for the Ladies European Tour to compete with that and, even when some of their events are shown on television, it doesn’t help that everyone can see there are few spectators in attendance.
The Champions Tour out here in the States also seems to be a bit of a hard sell on a week to week basis. When I played on that circuit there were 37 or 38 events a year but there are about 10 fewer now. Unfortunately, the characters aren’t out there any more to keep the whole thing moving forward but at least it is still backed by the PGA Tour.
My wife Astrid and I have made a flying visit to Dublin, Ohio this week for our annual trip to the Memorial Tournament.
We have a get-together every year at Muirfield Village with Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, and golfing luminaries like Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Paul Azinger and others. It’s been going since the tournament’s inception in 1976 and we talk about general issues in the game.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan also attends. He gives us all a bit of an insight into what’s going on now and what is likely to happen in the future.
It’s always good to hear from him. We sit around a big square table and anyone who’s got any input or ideas that can further the game of golf is encouraged to speak up. It’s an occasion Astrid and I always look forward to.”