If you’ve watched our latest vlog on YouTube and have been a fan of ‘The Muppets” tours over the last few years, you’ll know that YGTRory is self-confessed the ‘world’s most inconsistent golfer’. He plays off of 8 but can have a little trouble with his chipping, often thinning shots around the green.
Now, many of you are experiencing having to teach your children from home to ensure they stay up to date on school work, so we thought in the spirit of this, we’d ask Mark Crossfield to Home School Rory, to give him some pointers on chipping, to come out of this lockdown a better short game player.
And here it is:
For extra golf tuition tips from local Pros, keep an eye on the hashtag #YGTGolfTipOfTheDay on twitter, to soak up as many golf lessons as possible during the lockdown, to practice at home or in the garden.
Obviously if we’re talking about real Home Schooling, PE isn’t the only thing on the curriculum. Up your knowledge in all subjects with Your Golf Travel by attending these other lessons:
We’ve sent the lads around the world to play the best courses, take a look at this interactive map showing the locations of YGTRory, Mark Crossfield and Coach Lockey’s Tours, courtesy of our friend Robin on Twitter.
Is it possible to get a few more yards out of your driver? Prior to his longest drive competition against former Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley, Rory got a custom club fit at the TaylorMade Performance centre at Quinta Do Lago.
If you’re a bit of a newbie to the game and you’re not sure on all the lingo, read up on commonly used terms and phrases in our A-Z of Golfing Terms.
We’re all missing the game immensely and craving a round with our friends, but waiting patiently until it’s safe to play, perhaps in a few months time. Until then, keep practicing at home, take the time to improve your golf swing and stay safe.
We hope to see you on the fairways soon.
If you have any questions about Golf Holidays in 2021 simply call 0800 043 6644.
When it comes to luxury golf breaks it is pretty hard to look any further than the fantastic resort of Gleneagles located in picturesque Perthshire. Whether it is the phenomenal PGA Centenary course, host of The 2014 Ryder Cup & 2019 Solheim Cup, or the 2 Michelin Star Andrew Fairlie Restaurant it is safe to say that a stay here is one that will be memorable.
A stay at the Gleneagles resort is most certainly the idea of a golfer’s heaven. The thought of having access to three world class championship courses that are regarded among the best in the world should leave any golfer with a sense of excitement. However the Gleneagles resort is not just known for it’s golf. There are a huge amount of other activities that can be participated in such as fishing, indoor tennis, shooting, off road driving and wildlife photography. All of which contribute massively to the life of Gleneagles and the heritage which is withheld in the resort.
Golf is obviously a massive part of life in Gleneagles and the three courses are a testament to the quality on offer when you visit the resort. The King’s Course, opened in 1919, is the oldest course at the resort. The Queen’s course is a fantastically challenging and picturesque course and along with the King’s course has hosted many famous names in both the world of golf and the world of showbusiness over the years.
In 2014 Gleneagles hosted the Ryder Cup on the improved PGA Centenary course and this proved to be a perfect venue for the European team who pulled off a magnificent win. The course is regarded as one of the best in world golf and it is fitting that it was designed by one of the best ever golfers, the legendary Jack Nicklaus.
Gleneagles is no stranger to hosting big tournaments and other than the Ryder Cup it has played host to the Scottish Open numerous times and also the Women’s British Open once before. In 2019 Gleneagles will host the Solheim Cup which will be played on the PGA Centenary course.
In 2019 the PGA Centenary course hosted yet another major team tournament, this time the ladies took to the course to fight it out for the Solheim Cup. What an event it was too, with the score standing at 13½-13½ it all came down to Suzann Pettersen and an eight-foot putt on the 18th green. The 635th ranked player in the world had hardly played any golf in two years after the birth of her first child but she held her nerve and clinched the Solheim Cup for Europe with what turned out to be her final shot as a professional golfer.
Michelin Stars…incredible local cuisine and of course a little whisky
Despite being majorly known as a golf resort, Gleneagles prides itself in its fantastic dining facilities and it is not short in this department either. Located in the hotel itself there are five memorable restaurants offering up all sorts of different cuisines. The Andrew Fairlie restaurant prides itself in being the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin Stars. Also The Strathearn restaurant offers up an intriguing combination of French and Scottish dishes.
The Century Bar whilst only open for lunch, serves up a fine array of purely Scottish dishes from the Century Smoked Salmon Collection to local seafood and game. A visit to the Century Bar will certainly remind you of the rich history of Scottish cuisine. The Dormy Clubhouse and the Deseo both bring flavours from across Europe and the world right into Perthshire.
The Deseo is inspired by the culinary delights of the Mediterranean and The Dormy Clubhouse is a more informal venue serving modern bar food with a spicy twist using the restaurant’s own tandoor oven. Afternoon Tea is another special service which Gleneagles has to offer and opening in January 2017 the signature service will be available daily in the newly refurbished Glendevon room, which offers stunning views over the Ochil hills.
Serving everything from rich coffees, with a dram of whisky added if you prefer and loose-leaf tea to an extensive cocktail menu, premium continental beers, and a wide range of wines and whiskies, the Gleneagles resort most certainly has something for everyone. Scotland is famed for its Whiskeys and the Gleneagles resort is never afraid to show this proud tradition and even offers Whisky tastings.
There are a large number of golf and non-golf packages on offer at Gleneagles. There are up to eight different kinds of ‘stay and play’ packages on offer and there are any number of different tee times to choose from should you not wish to stay at the resort. Whether you only plan to stay one night but wish to play as much golf as possible or you wish to stay for a longer period the Gleneagles resort will have something for you.
Of course, there are also non-golf packages on offer should you wish to simply use the hotel and take part in any of the brilliant activities on offer at the Gleneagles resort. Gleneagles even offers breaks across Christmas and the New Year and provides a magnificent setting for both of these occasions.
There are two airports that are about equal distance from the Gleneagles resort. Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports are both less than 50 miles from the resort, or around an hours drive. There is a closer option in Dundee Airport however flights are less frequent and only from select destinations. Dundee Airport is around a 40 minute drive from Gleneagles.
Edinburgh to Gleneagles by train takes around 1 hour and once you have arrived in Gleneagles it is a short taxi ride to the resort.
There is easy access to Gleneagles along the A9 road. The journey from Edinburgh couldn’t be simpler. Follow the M9 as far as Dunblane and then follow on to the A9 and you will come to Gleneagles. From Glasgow it is just as simple as you follow the M80 to where it merges with the M9 and then once again you take the A9 to Gleneagles.
Land behind the equestrian field which is just a few minutes from the hotel. If you provide the hotel with your arrival time they will ensure you are met with a transfer to start your Gleneagles experience off in style.
There is a possibility of landing at Strathallan airfield which is located about 10 minutes away from the Gleneagles resort however you would need to contact the airfield in advance in order to gauge what type of aircraft can land there.
One of the best deals on offer is during the low season (October – March). For just £252 per person you get a 1 night bed and breakfast stay with two rounds of golf. One round on the PGA Centenary and one round on either the King’s course or the Queen’s course. If you were to book the same package in September for example, it would cost you £330 per person. If you book through YourGolfTravel you are eligible for a free room upgrade subject to availability.
Guests can enjoy a Sunday night break at Gleneagles and a complimentary round of golf per person on either The King’s or Queen’s courses, or if you don’t fancy a round of golf you can take a 55 minute spa treatment instead. Also, if you would like to play The PGA Centenary Course where Europe triumphed over the USA, you can do so by paying the hotel resident green fee.
There have been a number of professional events held at Gleneagles across the years. Here are some of the most famous tournaments:
The first mentioning of a Ryder Cup match was in 1921 and it was played before The Open Championship that was due to be held at St Andrews. A team of 10 Americans came to Gleneagles to play against 10 Brits as a warm up fixture and this then potentially sparked the idea for what the Ryder Cup has become today. The Ryder Cup Trophy is one of the most famous in the world of golf. The figure on top of the Ryder Cup Trophy is supposedly that of Abe Mitchell whom played and won at Gleneagles in the Glasgow Herald Tournament in 1921 and 1922 and was also a member of three Ryder Cup teams.
A big thank you to Nico Bryan for writing this blog during his work experience with Your Golf Travel. Nico is an extremely keen golfer playing regularly and is looking forward to playing lots of golf this coming summer at his home course Chislehurst Golf Club.
If you have any questions about Golf Breaks to Gleneagles simply call 0800 043 6644.
The start of 2020 has been a bit of a write-off so far, with even local courses closing to keep us all as safe as possible. Whilst the internet has been fantastic outlet at providing golf entertainment in all shapes and forms (vlogs, online golf matches and the best tournament moment replays) we’re all itching to not only get out for a round with our friends, but to enjoy some real holiday time and soak up some much-needed sunshine too, as soon as it’s safe to do so of course.
So, on that note; we’re looking ahead to next year when COVID19 will be firmly behind us. Here’s our bucket list golf trips for 2021, do they match yours?
Why? It’s best known for having hosted the Ryder Cup 4 times (more than any other course in the world) on the Brabazon course, with Team Europe taking home the glory the last time the tournament was there in 2002. To be able to walk in the footsteps of golfing legends, playing the same amazing course they did is an epic thing to do.
There’s a TaylorMade performance centre on-site too, so if you’re looking for a club-fit to sharpen up your game, tie it in with your visit. And finally, I don’t know about you, but a round on their championship courses followed by some R&R in the luxury spa is my idea of a perfect day.
Before we head abroad (to warmer climes), the next venue to tick off absolutely has to be Turnberry in Scotland.
Why? Dramatic coastline – Tick. Not one, but two incredible links courses – Tick. Host of The Open 4 times – Tick. Need we say more? Be sure to get the camera out and snap away with the iconic lighthouse in the background – it’s definitely a #YGTGreatestShot.
Pop across the channel to find our next bucket list golf destination in 2021. Obviously there’s Le Golf National which was thrust into the spotlight thanks to the 2018 Ryder Cup and can be nicely combined with a city break in Paris. But our eyes are firmly on Golf D’Hardelot.
Why? It’s renowned for being one of the best and most popular golf clubs in the country. Two championship courses here demand accuracy. Les Pins course may only measure 6,480 yards but the greens are tricky. The current lockdown is the perfect time to practice your shortgame – have you got a home set-up yet?
A golf break bucket list wouldn’t be a bucket list without a trip to Portugal. This golfing region is a right of passage for all holiday golfers thanks to the quality & huge amount of championship tracks being unparalleled in Europe. And Quinta Do Lago is as good as it gets.
Why? There are three courses all kept in outstanding condition alongside the Paul McGinley Golf Academy and a TaylorMade Performance Centre. The crazy golf course here also has replicas of the most famous holes around the globe for an extra chance to take on your pals. Sip a cocktail whilst overlooking others on the driving range and enjoy the glorious Portuguese sunshine.
You’re after a little more adventure? We hear you. YGTRory’s favourite country in the world, South Africa, is top of the list when we’re thinking about long-haul destinations and a must-visit is Fancourt.
Why? Designed by the legendary Gary Player, 3 first class championship courses await you, with The Links a regular feature on the European Tour and also ranked by many as the best course in all of Africa.
And finally, a golf holiday bucket list also needs a trip to the USA, especially to South Carolina. We highly recommend heading to The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
Why? It’s 3rd on Golf Digest’s ‘America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses’ having hosted The Ryder Cup and many PGA Tour tournaments. Another reason to book, there are FOUR more championship courses on-site, it is golfers paradise with a great year-round warm climate.
It’s a pretty great list we know, but as golfers you’re probably thinking ‘What about all the tournaments? Shouldn’t they be on your bucket list?’ And you’re right, they totally are.
Just like the Masters, most other tournaments and sporting events having been postponed or cancelled this year – so 2021 is the year where sport will come alive. If you’ve always dreamed of stepping foot on Augusta National to watch your favourite players battle for the green jacket, what better time to do it than next year.
Following on from that, the 150th Open Championship is returning to St Andrews. It is one of the most anticipated tournaments in the calendar with spectators due to fly in from around the globe. The atmosphere will be electric at the Home Of Golf… are you ready for it?
And that’s it, our 2021 bucket list. It’s been hard to pick only a handful of adventures, but these are definitely a great start to help inspire your future travel plans.
See you on the fairways soon!
We golfers use a set of alien terms and words that are not often heard in normal conversation. We all think we know what all the golfing jargon means but in truth defining golfing terms and phrases has its fair share of grey areas. Here is Your Golf Travel’s A to Z of golf.
A – All square
A term used in matchplay to indicate that both players or pairs have cheated on exactly the same number of holes.
B – Bogey
A bogey is a term used to describe the score an individual makes on a hole if (when) they shoot 1-over the ‘par’. A par is the number of shots the course has set for that hole. Similarly, a Birdie is if a person can actually play golf and shoots 1-under.
C – Cup
The metal or plastic cylinder fitted into the hole in the green. Strictly speaking, it is only the liner of the hole, but in regular golf usage players will often say “cup” when they mean “hole,” just as they frequently will say “just in bounds” when they mean “out of bounds,” “Oh, here it is” when they mean “I can’t find it” and “five” when they mean “seven.”
D – Driving Range
The place golfers go to practice shots that they can’t replicate on the course.
E – Eagle
An unusually low score on a hole achieved by a golfer who shoots 2-under par, with an Albatross being 3-under par. Another description is a golfer who has hit two or three exceptionally lucky shots in a row, or a golfer with a poor memory and / or a creative pencil.
F – First Tee
The scariest part of any golf course. For its effects on the average golfers see “hook”, “shank”, “top” and “whiff”.
G – Golf
The derivation of the word “golf ‘from its Celtic and Middle English roots is obscure. Some possibilities are: gil f f (an incurable madness), gylf (a notorious liar), gullf (to beat a shrub with a short stick), golve (under; beneath; lost; blocked; submerged; stuck; obstructed), gellvo (horribly; terribly; hopelessly; awfully), galfa (my God!; oh, no!), goal fyl (to cry; to weep) and gael f (I quit).
H – Hook
A poorly hit shot that veers violently to the left, the exact opposite of a slice. Golfers that hit hooks may want to consider changing their grip, stance or swing while golfers that hit both hooks and slices may want to consider changing the way they spend their weekends. It is also worth noting that chronic hookers will hit perfectly straight shots as soon as they aim right to compensate for their ball flight.
I – Irons
1. Penology. Variously shaped pieces of metal by the use of which individuals are subjected to torment.
2. Golf. Variously shaped pieces of metal by the use of which individuals are subjected to torment.
J – Jigger
1. Traditional pitching iron used to get out of trouble on holes 1 through 18.
2. Traditional short measuring glass used to get into trouble at the 19th.
K – Keeping Score
In theory, golfers assign a number exactly one higher than the previous one for each shot they play to arrive at the cumulative total of all the strokes required to complete a given hole. In rlity, creative counting is often employed to achieve more favourable results. Common score counting methods include -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on as well as the trusty 1,2,2,3,3,3,4,4,4,4…
L – Local Rules
A set of regulations that are ignored only by players on one specific course, rather than by golfers as a whole.
M – Mulligan
A mulligan simply means to re-take a shot and the first shot won’t be counted. Although not legal in the Rules Of Golf, many golfers allow mulligans in friendly games, so don’t worry, just drop a new ball where you hit the dodgy shot from and try again.
N – Nineteenth Hole
Most golfers’ favourite hole on the course and the place where golfers always find good lies.
O – Overclubbing
When a player hits an acceptable or good shot with the wrong club, resulting in the ball flying long of the intended target. Due to delusions of grandeur most amateur golfers need not worry about this as club selection is usually based on what Tiger Woods would hit rather than on your own abilities. However should a player suffer from overclubbing, it can be compensated for with overlooking and undercounting!
P – Play It as It Lies
One of the two fundamental dictates of golf. The other one is “Wear It if It Clashes.”
Q – Quick
The pace at which the majority of golfers play. This is either due to a distinct lack of ability or a misguided belief that any day now they will make their debut on the PGA Tour, thus forcing them to consider each and every shot as if they are coming down the stretch in the lead on the final day of the Masters.
R – Recovery Shot
The shot hit by most amateurs immediately following a shot hit with a driver or long iron. The recovery shot’s primary purpose is to get the ball out of a hazard or away from an obstacle and back into playable position on the fairway.
S – Shank
The most dramatic and unsettling form of misplayed shot. The ball is hit with the part of the club where the shaft and clubhead meet, resulting in a shot that flies off to the right at nearly a 90° angle while embarrassing the golfer and endangering his or her fellow players. Consistent shankers of the ball may turn to publications such as “Shanks-No Thanks” by R. K. Hoffman while Your Golf Travel would more readily recommend M. S. Howard’s “Tennis for Beginners”.
T – Top
Involves hitting the top of the golf ball with the sole of the club. Topped shots pop up in the air, are loaded with top spin and when hit really well, travel in excess of 6-7 yards. Topped shots are more commonly associated with beginners and die hard weekend warriors. This shot is rarely seen again after hackers have mastered the hook, slice, shank and the airshot. Additionally, players who top a shot are guaranteed to be told that their “head cam up” by an unqualified playing partner.
U – Up and Down
Holing out from off the green in two strokes; usually a greenside chip followed by a single putt. While up and downs are not alien to amateur golf it is more likely to see the “up, across, just short, 10 feet past, 6 inches short and down.”
V – Vast
The potential are into which a golf ball can travel in comparison with the size of the hole we are all aiming for. Most amateur golfers show a keen sense of adventure by exploring the vastness of the golf course before heading to the green.
W – Whiff
When a player completely misses the ball. Known among many weekend warriors as the practice swing.
X – X
What golfers write on their scorecard once they have given up on the hole. This is commonly replaced with “oh just put me down for a 6.”
Y – Yips
A psychological affliction that prevents you from holing putts of any description under pressure. The harder you try to fix this problem, the worse it will become.
Z – Zone, the
A place in a golfer’s mind where, should it be found, 300 yard drives, miraculous flop shots and holed 30 foot putts become as easy as breathing. The amount of time spent in the zone is directly related to the amount of talent possessed by the golfer in question and the amount of time spent on the practice range. In other words, very few golfers ever pay the zone a visit.
As Mark Twain once said, “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” In these trying times, what can we do as individual golfers to make sure we keep proving Mark was talking a load of waffle?
On that note, getting out on the golf course, should we even be doing it?
Sir Patrick Vallance (UK Chief Scientific Advisor) said: ‘We’re not asking everyone to be completely isolated. The specific advice is to avoid close contact. A walk is OK if you keep a distance.’
And golf is essentially a walk, isn’t it? A really good walk, despite what Mr Twain thought. 😉 We know that these are uncertain times, but if you’re in good health and not showing any symptoms of Covid19, exercise and fresh air will be good for both your physical and mental health.
Exercise is a known stress buster, so if you’re sensible and follow some simple steps, we see no reason why you can’t golf local and enjoy a few holes.
If you’re planning on hitting the fairways over the coming days / weeks, let’s all make an effort to do so as safely as possible. With that in mind, here are a few key points to keep in mind…
But do remember, seek the latest advice from https://www.nhs.uk/
Stay safe out there people, as best you can.
All the Team at Your Golf Travel
Ladies and gentlemen, it is that time of the year again. The golfing world can sense that the first major is just around the corner and we are all getting giddy with excitement. To help build that eagerness today we are giving you the definitive guide to the 2020 Masters. It’s already shaping up to be a great one so the hype starts here.
The Masters Tournament is an important one for all of us golfers as it is the symbolic start of the season. This means that good weather, or as good as it gets in the UK, isn’t far away. It’s also our first glimpse of major championship golf of the year and even the decade in this year’s case. There are so many developing story lines building as we head toward the theatre of Augusta National where it will all be played out.
With this article we want to help you get the most from the coverage and get closer to the action than ever. We will also give you a run-down of some of the main contenders.
First things first, the Masters will be held from Thursday the 9th of April until Sunday the 12th. As you probably already know, that means that build-up coverage will start on Monday the 6th of April as players start to arrive at Augusta National to get ‘Masters-ready’.
This is when we will see the players who managed to qualify working on learning any changes to the course and playing to areas of greens that they think the flags will be placed. We also start to get press conferences. These events are a chance to hear a bit more from the players and get some insight into their thoughts.
On Tuesday night we have the Champions Dinner. This isn’t something that we in the general public get to see but it is a huge tradition during Masters Week. This year Tiger is in charge, the defending champion choses the menu, and we hear that sushi and fajitas are on the cards. This is Californian fusion food at its finest, a nod to his place of birth. These dinners must be incredible evenings as anyone who has won a Masters Tournament is welcome. This is a meeting of true golf royalty, the stories that go around that table must be incredible.
Another very important date to add to your diary is Wednesday the 8th of April, the famous par 3 contest. As you probably know, because we are always reminded, no one has ever won the par 3 event then gone on to win the Masters. This event is a great spectacle as players have a lot of fun and you can watch guys like Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player competing.
On Thursday the 9th we start. The ceremonial tee shot will take place on the crisp Georgia morning and the 2020 edition of the Masters Tournament will begin. After Friday, the cut will shrink the field. At the Masters they use the ten-shot rule or the top-fifty and ties. Just so you can try to work out who is in danger as you watch it. It is always said that the Masters doesn’t truly begin until the back nine on Sunday. This may be the case in many ways but surely you want to see all of the build-up to that point.
This year marks a big change in the coverage of the Masters. 2020 will be the first time that the BBC has no live coverage at all. Gone are the days of the soothing tones of Peter Alliss. Sky Sports will be providing all of the live coverage this year. Whilst the BBC will provide radio coverage and a highlights package, Nick Dougherty, Radar and the rest of the Sky Sports Golf team will be taking you through the action as it happens.
Check out our guide on how to prepare to for The Masters if you are watching it from home.
It has to be said that, over recent years, Sky Sports have created an incredible production with major championship golf. Their Masters coverage is excellent. You can even enjoy their Masters Breakfast show that recaps the previous day’s action and builds for the day ahead. All of the action will be on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Masters, the full schedule for the coverage is yet to be released.
Augusta National has a very strict rule about mobile phones, they aren’t allowed in most areas of the club. They do, however, have one of the most incredible media centres in sports. This is the nerve-centre for the week and our lifeline as golf fans so we can stay up to date with the tournament. The beauty of social media is that it is faster and more raw than live TV. These accounts can give you that ‘inside the ropes’ feel.
Another incredible account for images of the tournament and the grounds of Augusta National is that of Christian Hafer. This guy is a wizard with the camera and some of the moments he captured at last year’s tournament were nothing short of stunning. You can get him on Instagram (@hafe_life).
For insights during the week then Michael Collins (@ESPNCaddie on Twitter) is great. He’s always good for an interview or doing things he probably shouldn’t be doing. For more serious insights and in-depth analysis then Alan Shipnuck is your man (@alanshipnuck on Twitter). He is a golf writer with decades of experience and will keep you in the know during the build-up and throughout the week.
You could also follow the big brands like Titleist, Scotty Cameron, Callaway, TaylorMade etc. They will give you a look from the range and the tour truck during Masters Week. It’s always fascinating to hear and see the kind of tweaks players are making to their bag for Augusta National. This is a great way to learn more about what these guys think about in the build-up too.
One thing we all want to see is a ‘player’s-eye view’ of the tournament though. What player accounts should you be following for the best inside look at Masters Week? Rory McIlory (@McIlroyRory on Instagram) is a great start. Not only is his content usually excellent, but the Masters is the only major that Rory doesn’t have so it’s always interesting to follow his progress at Augusta.
Another great Masters account is Bubba Watson (@bubbawatson) his content is a little more raw and less polished than Rory’s. Bubba, as you probably know, is a former Masters champion so this is always a big week for him.
Other great accounts to have a look at are those of Ian Poulter, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler. Poults has been on social media for a while and doesn’t hold back on opinions, as you can imagine. The other two guys there are great online and rocketed to social media fame through their trip to Baker’s Bay in the Bahamas. Smash those follow buttons and make sure that you have alerts on so you can see as soon as they post.
So, now that you’ve got the TV schedule sorted and you’re following the right accounts, it’s time to talk about the tournament itself. It’s really going to be hard to beat 2019, that was one of the best in a while. The comeback of Tiger was an incredibly special golfing moment. Could he repeat in 2020? Obviously he could, it’s Tiger.
Well, around Augusta you can never say never with Tiger. Going into the 2019 edition of the Masters you wouldn’t have said he was in form. This season, Tiger has already won at the ZOZO Championship and picked up a 9th at the Farmers Insurance Open. He is certainly worth a top-10 at the very least.
We’ve mentioned it already but Rory is going to be one to watch this week. He must get bored of the stories at this time of year. Everyone is asking if this one will be his year. Well it’s been some start to the season and he’s now world number one. The title is well-deserved after a blistering start to the year. In five PGA TOUR starts he has not finished outside the top-five and has a WGC win to his name. It would be great to see Rory win and complete the career grand slam.
Another big name that has never put on a green jacket is Brooks Koepka. One of the coolest guys in golf at the moment, no doubt his press conferences at the Masters will be entertaining. Brooks has had some injury trouble in recent months but seems to be getting things going again now. It’s hardly been a strong start to the year for the Floridian, however, PGA TOUR form means nothing with Brooks. He has a special gear reserved for major championships and we’re yet to see it this year. He’s an unknown quantity at this point but if he gets it going then he’s really tough to beat. He had his best ever Masters last year finishing T2, watch out for BK.
Spaniards love Augusta National on Masters Week. Over the years we have seen wins from Seve (the first European to win a Masters), Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia. Well surely it is just a matter of time before another name gets added to that list, Jon Rahm. Currently number two in the world, Rahm is yet to finish outside the top-ten this season and has claimed a victory. He and Rory have huge momentum coming into this year’s Masters. As does Patrick Reed, but I don’t think many would like to see him in another green jacket.
That’s some of the biggest names to look out for this year. Who are the other guys in the field that are worth a look though?
You would have to be considering Adam Scott. Now at an incredible number six in the world and having seemingly sorted out his putting, the Aussie has already got a win in 2020 and is a past-champion. Definitely one to look at and sure to have decent odds. Jordan Spieth is one of the most successful Masters players in recent years and someone who loves the greens at Augusta. To be honest, things just aren’t going for him at the moment and it is hard to see him challenging. You never know with him around this place though. Another form player right now and someone you should consider is Patrick Cantlay. The young American finished in the top-ten at the Masters in 2019 and is playing some great golf right now. His first major is due, could this be his breakout year?
It’s nearly here and, if you haven’t already done it, you should make sure your diary is cleared for that weekend. This is the start of major golf in a new decade, you can’t not dedicate your time to this. The best thing about the Masters is that you know about three weeks after the tournament your own course is going to start looking good again. You could even squeeze in a round at an Augusta lookalike course to whet your appetite. It really is the start of the golfing year. We will witness another chapter of golfing history being written and, given what Tiger did last year, you have to feel that one of the past champions could recapture some former glory.
Our annual hankering for pure white sand, dazzling pink azaleas and pristinely prepared greens will soon be satisfied. We marvel at the footage of the ground crew in their choreographed lawnmowers ensuring the course is as perfect as a piece of land can be as the sun is setting. Another Masters Champion will be crowned and we will be looking toward the next major, the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park.
The stop at Augusta National is one of the best fixtures of the golfing schedule and the tradition of the Masters is a joy to watch every year. Without doubt, this is a very special tournament and to be a Masters Champion must be the most incredible feeling. To whoever takes the prize this year, congratulations.
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