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The Open- not always a Major!

The Open goes back to Royal Portrush next week for the first time since 1951 and Tony spoke to former Reuters golf correspondent Tony Jimenez to discuss the history of golf’s oldest Major championship: “Nowadays people get very excited in the build-up to The Open, but it wasn’t always necessarily the case. The ‘Grand Slam’ of four Majors didn’t really exist 60 years ago and it was Arnold Palmer’s victories in 1961 and 1962 that dragged golf’s oldest championship kicking and screaming into the modern era. Before the crowd-pleasing American’s wins, The Open wasn’t as big as the Masters... Read more...

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Charismatic Christy the mentor

With the Irish Open taking centre stage on the European Tour this week, Tony spoke to former Reuters golf correspondent Tony Jimenez about one of his mentors, the great Christy O’Connor senior. “What a natural golfer Christy was. I’ve never seen anybody more natural than him. It was all based on the fundamentals and he swung the club so freely. His right arm was almost horizontal across his body when he finished. I used to play as much as I could with the likes of Christy and Argentina’s Roberto Di Vicenzo. They were both tarred with the same brush. Pure ball strikers. There was... Read more...

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Respect spectators- they pay your wages!

Tony spoke to former Reuters golf correspondent Tony Jimenez about some on-course issues he has been disappointed to witness: “Fans pay a lot of money these days to come out and watch top-level golf and the least the players could do is acknowledge the fact that they are there. Matt Fitzpatrick is right up there in the mix in a lot of tournaments but I’m not sure he endears himself too much to the galleries. People were applauding him as he was walking on to the green in the final round of last week’s BMW International in Germany and he didn’t react at all. He was busy talking to his... Read more...

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Wonderful Woodland!

Tony spoke to former Reuters golf correspondent Tony Jimenez to look back at Gary Woodland’s US Open victory: “It couldn’t have happened to a nicer chap. Gary is a friend of mine and he and I go back as far as 2006 to the time when we opened the Concession course. The developer I’d approached to do the project was, like Gary, from Kansas and he said, ‘I’ve got a young lad I’d like you to play with. We played together and he was tremendously strong and it was abundantly clear he had massive swing speed and great power although he struggled to control the ball. Gary reminded me of... Read more...