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Looking Back at the US PGA Championship

“Take nothing away from Brooks Koepka. He’s a helluva player and gave a dominant performance at Bethpage, but last week was further proof of where the game has gone in terms of the advantage the muscle-men have now got. Taking into consideration the strong-arm tactics being used by the giants of the modern game, it leaves me wondering whether the great Gary Player would have won his nine Major championships if he was playing now. I’m often accused of sour grapes, of being some sort of golfing dinosaur, but I try to be objective with my observations and the fact of the matter is 90 per... Read more...

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Tiger- the frontrunner

Tony spoke to former Reuters golf correspondent Tony Jimenez to look ahead to the second Major of the season: “Tiger Woods is my favourite for this week’s US PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. If he can pick up where he left off at the Masters last month, he’s the man to beat. Some people have suggested that he will be at a disadvantage because he hasn’t played competitively since Augusta but he is the ultimate professional and I believe that whatever he is doing, it is by design. You can rest assured that as far as he’s concerned, he’s doing the right thing. If he felt the best way... Read more...


Why Hillside is special for me

Tony talks to former Reuters golf correspondent Tony Jimenez about his memories of Hillside, venue of this week’s British Masters: “I have special reason to remember Hillside with fondness because it was where I won the European PGA Championship in 1982, and it also turned out to be my last victory on the regular tour. I beat Bernhard Langer in a playoff but, if truth be told, we were both basket cases with the putter in our hands at that point in time. Neither of our strokes were pretty to watch back then. We played the final round with Sam Torrance. Bernhard was going through a... Read more...

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Coaches- the key to success?

Tony talked to former Reuters golf correspondent Tony Jimenez this week about how  modern-day golfers tend to rely too much on their coaches: “A trend I find difficult to understand these days is the way so many players allow themselves to be overly influenced by golf coaches. Lee Trevino always used to say, ‘Show me one of these guys who can beat me and I’ll listen to him’. That was Lee’s take on it and it’s mine too. I don’t want to make an enemy of all the teaching professionals because some of them are really good. But equally I suspect the better ones don’t try to change... Read more...