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Reflecting on a marvellous Masters: Justin Rose, Hampshire’s favourite golfing son, made us so proud as he played his role in one of the tightest but most gentlemanly showdowns in the history of the event

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The Olympic champion said: “I think it is getting a little out of hand and you’re seeing some guys taking an inordinate amount of time to hit shots and that’s not fair. “That needs to be aggressively stamped out.” Golf’s two governing bodies, the R&A and United States Golf Association (USGA) introduced the changes at the start of this year following a longrunning worldwide consultation. But world number four Thomas described the amendments as “terrible” and claimed the USGA was not communicating with players. Koepka, current holder of the US Open and US PGA Championship titles, believes rules should be made by professional tours and not officials at the USGA and R&A. But PGA Tour boss Jay Monahan stressed the ongoing conversation around rule changes is a “collaborative process”. He told the hissy-fit professionals: “Use your voice constructively” Mr Monahan said there had already been “positive outcomes” and said Well played, mate: At the end and it was “important to Masters acknowledge the course, Rose and Garcia were we are not aton the finish line yet. sporting gentlemen During this process, we put forward a lengthy list of recommendations to improve the rules in many ways, including the removal of numerous penalties, and virtually all our suggestions were incorporated.”

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Thomas and Fowler have been particularly critical of changes introduced with the aim of speeding up play. They include dropping the ball from knee height and banning caddies from lining putts. Fowler was penalised for dropping from shoulder height after shanking out of bounds in Mexico, then performing a “toilet drop” in the next event in Palm Beach. There has been support for the changes from several big-name players, including Hampshire’s world number two, Justin Rose (see below).

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“I want to again say I’m sorry. What happened is not an example I want to set, and it’s not who I truly am.” Sergio Garcia says his behaviour before being disqualified from the Saudi International was “not who I truly am”. The 2017 Masters Champion was kicked out of the tournament for serious misconduct after damaging greens during his third round. “I want to again say I’m sorry to my fans and fellow competitors,” said the 39-year-old Spaniard. What happened is not an example I want to set, and it’s not who I truly am.” Garcia added in a post on social media. “I am an emotional player and, while I believe that’s one of my biggest strengths, it’s also one of my biggest flaws.

“I’m focused on working hard to channel that emotion the correct way and to be the best me, learn from it and move forward. Thanks for all the support.” Leading up to his disqualification, Garcia appeared to be angry about the way a bunker had been raked, and then seemed unable to calm down. Putting a whole new slant on the golfing term “hacker”, he walked the course holding a club and scuffing or gouging no fewer than five greens. He became the first player on the European Tour to be disqualified under Rule 1.2a , which reads: ”Players are expected to play in the spirit of the game by acting with integrity, showing consideration to others and taking good care of the course”.

A million for me but how much for the caddie? Matt Kuchar has apologised and said he would pay a temporary caddie in full after the star’s apparent Scrooge-like decision over pay. World number 22 Kuchar collected a winner’s cheque for $1.3m (£1.01m) at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. The American defended his decision to pay $5,000 (£3,900) to local caddie David Ortiz, who stepped in for regular caddie John Wood. Caddies can usually expect to receive up to 10% depending on their arrangement with the player. Ortiz is reported to have asked for $50,000 (about £39,000), rather than 10% of the first prize. Kuchar was reported heckled in the first round of a later tournament after word got round about the disagreement and the player’s statement that he would “not lose any sleep” over the growing criticism.

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He said: “I made comments that were out of touch and insensitive, making a bad situation worse. “That is not who I am and not what I want to represent. In this situation, I have not lived up to those values or to the expectations I’ve set for myself. Kuchar’s regular caddie John Wood said: “I don’t understand the need to tear down a guy who has spent his career trying to uphold the game and himself to some pretty high standards. “Nobody’s perfect. All we can do when a mistake is made is reconsider, apologise and make amends.”

McIlroy said: “I’ve started the second phase of my career. I’ve learned a lot in the last 10-11 years and feel I can make the next 10-11 years even better. “It’s a massive win on a course on which I’ve had mixed results. I had to show a lot of character out there. “I’m just really proud of myself the way I played the last few holes. “I kept telling myself on the way to the 17th tee, just make three more good swings, that’s all you need to do and this thing is yours. “To step up and make those three good swings, it’s very satisfying knowing that it’s in there when it needs to be.” The next big test will be this month’s Masters. “If I go to Augusta with a similar game and attitude then I think I’ve got a great chance.” McIlroy, who started the day one shot behind third-round leader John Rahm, finished 16 under par after a closing two-under 70. He has now finished in the top six in all six of his 2019 events. His first victory as a professional came at the Dubai Desert Classic in February 2009 and he went on to win his four Majors within a spell of just over three years between June 2011 and August 2014. McIlroy will be aiming for his first Major in nearly five years at Augusta. Victory would make him only the sixth player to complete the modern era career Grand Slam of Masters, Open Championship, US Open and US PGA Championship titles. He has 24 wins overall as a professional. Victory on St Patrick’s Day in Florida saw him join a select band of Europeans - Martin Kaymer (2014), Henrik Stenson (2009), Sergio Garcia (2008) and Sandy Lyle (1987) - to win at Sawgrass.

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children from four schools in the South Gloucestershire area to form the Kendleshire Kids Foundation. She also has plans to set up her own charitable foundation. Simon Shanks from Bowood became the PGA West coach of the year for the third time after success in 2013 and again in 2017. Once again his claim was boosted by the EuropeanTour. In addition to helping his Bowood protégé Jordan Smith continue his impressive rise up the European Tour rankings he also benefited from a coaching trip to Qatar 12 months ago. There he linked up with Eddie Pepperell from Abingdon who won that week and went on to enjoy a phenomenal 2018. He followed by winning the British Masters, was sixth at The Open on his way to finishing the 14th on the European Tour race to Dubai winning more than £2 million. Morlais Castle professional Sion Bebb was the captain’s player of the year after winning the order of merit and enjoying yet another successful season. He came close to winning a

European senior’s tour card as well. West women’s champion Jessica Bradley, who moved from Tiverton to Saunton later in the season, won the Nigel Blenkarne Award as the best trainee. She also became the first year TGI player of the year. Cumberland Park’s Alex Jacobs, last year‘s winner, maintained his in progress by taking the second year award while Kieron Fowler  from Lyme Regis won the third year honours. Nigel Wixon, the Enmore Pak professional, was voted the PGA Professional of the year. He has immersed himself in club duties for 47 years. He was a club captain in 2009 and plays regularly in the seniors teams. “It was a complete surprise and it’s a great honour for me and the club,” he said. Kevin Pitts, the former Woodspring and Mendip club professional, is the charity fund raiser of the year. He raised £12,000 from a special golf day at Farrington Park as a thank-you gift to Bristol Royal Infirmary staff who have been nursing him through his battle with cancer.

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HOW BREXIT HITS THE OPEN The long shadow of Brexit uncertainty has fallen over golf’s oldest and most important annual event. The Open is being played at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland – a location at the centre of political negotiations over the so-called Irish backstop. R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers has revealed he has had “significant concerns” caused by the uncertainty about the Irish border after Brexit. Mr Slumbers said the organisers “will make it happen” but admitted he will be happy when the tournament is over. The Northern Ireland course will stage The Open for the first time since 1951 from 18-21 July. Mr Slumbers told the BBC: “We as a management team have spent a lot of time looking at contingencies and what we need to do.” Tickets for the championship days at the County Antrim venue have already sold out. The decision to take the event to Portrush was announced in October 2015 - eight months before the referendum on the UK leaving the European Union. As negotiations continued, there was growing uncertainty over

The R&A’s Martin Slumbers at Royal Liverpool, where The Open will be staged in 2022

We will make it happen, but we’ll be glad when it’s over – R&A boss the backstop clause on keeping an open border on the island of Ireland, and golf’s governing body has been juggling with permutations. “We are concerned that we start building in April,” said Mr Slumbers. “What will be the situation? Will there be any border or not? We need some certainty. we need to know what rules we need to comply with. “We have developed multiple contingency plans. We’ve advanced some, deferred others, but like every business we’re trying to work contingency plans into an uncertain environment. “We’ll make it happen though. In hindsight, would I be wanting to do Portrush in the year that we would be potentially leaving the European Union without a deal? No. The future of the border is the

number one concern. We have over 2,000 containers, some from as far afield as the Middle East, to get across the Irish Sea and we start building. “We have engagement with ministers and Parliament but the concern is all around certainty. If you know the rules you’re playing by then you can play, you optimise what you’ve got. “The problem is we don’t know whether to reschedule to bring all our containers in through Dublin (Republic of Ireland), whether to move them through Belfast (Northern Ireland), whether to ship them out of the UK now. It doesn’t threaten the staging, we will make it happen. It’s just more complex than we anticipated. For the insiders it’s a bit harder but for everyone outside it won’t impact at all, they won’t notice.”

Oz format ‘a blueprint for the pro game’ The format of this year’s Vic Open in Australia is being praised as the future of golf. BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter, a highly respected pundit, described the tournament as “easily the most constructive blueprint for professional golf’s future”. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, he wrote. Irishman Paul Dunne, the 2017 winner of the British Masters, described it as “a groundbreaking event”. The state sponsored European Tour event was played over two courses at Barwon Heads near Geelong in Victoria had 156 male competitors and 156 female golfers sharing alternate tee times for the first two days. As former US Open winner Geoff Ogilvy commented, “it makes sense. They are ticking every box and the field is getting better every year because of that.” There were no ropes holding back spectators, who are encouraged to walk behind groups and enjoy the perspective of watching down the line of shots rather than from the side. Andrew “Beef” Johnstone tweeted: “Love having the no ropes and the crowd out on the course with me, golf in Ozzie rules!” Former European Tour player turned course designer, commentator and writer, Michael Clayton, believes the feel-good factor will become contagious.

Battling Billy in England’s awesome foursome Hampshire’s Billy McKenzie was part of the England team which came from 10 shots back to win the team trophy at the African Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Leopard Creek. The quartet of David Langley, Joe Long, Rowlands Castle’s McKenzie and Tom Plumb pipped the defending champions and the home favourites, GolfRSA Juniors. England finished on six-under for the three rounds of the team competition, one shot clear of their South African rivals. Highlights of their play included fiveunder 67s on day two from Plumb and McKenzie, followed by 68 from Langley on the final day and Long’s 67, which pulled them over the line.

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Meanwhile, the Juniors struggled on the homeward stretch with missed opportunities and a rush of bogeys. Long said: “We knew we had a huge gap to close on the GolfRSA Juniors, but with three scores to count, anything could happen. Leopard Creek had taken a fair amount of scalps over the first two days, so we went into the final round with patience and a positive approach”. The English boys were on a monthlong tour of South Africa, and Long said: “We were absolutely delighted with the win.”

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best golf hotel in Wales for second year running The Vale Resort has been named Wales’ best golf hotel for the second year in a row by an international awards body that recognises excellence in tourism. The four-star hotel and leisure venue, in Hensol in the Vale of Glamorgan, was named Wales’ Best Golf Hotel 2018 at the 5th annual World Golf Awards, held at La Manga Club, Spain. It retained its title despite strong competition from the Celtic Manor Resort and Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel & Spa and the. Votes are cast by professionals working within the golf industry and by members of the public. The ceremony was organised by the World Travel Awards, which describes itself as “the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence”. The Vale Resort has also retained its title as Wales’ Best Resort Spa 2018 at the 4th annual World Spa Awards, also organised by the World Travel Awards and held at the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, in the southern Dhaalu Atoll. The organisation holds various awards ceremonies to reward the best travel and leisure organisations in the world, which have been described by the Wall Street Journal as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’. The World Travel Awards also recognised the Vale Resort as Wales’ Leading Golf Resort in 2004 and 2007. Stephanie Metson, marketing manager at the Vale Resort, said: “We are delighted to have retained our title as Wales’ Best Golf Hotel. The World Travel Awards are world-renowned and a benchmark of quality and excellence in the travel and tourism industry.

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“When we won last year, we were determined to ensure we maintained the high standards that led us to the title. It’s a credit to the entire team’s hard work that we find ourselves celebrating success again.” The Vale Resort’s two championship golf courses have been host to a number of PGA and European golf championships over the years, with its state-of-the-art courses and greens equipment. As part of its ongoing commitment to golfing excellence, it recently invested £250,000 in upgrading its golf buggy equipment - purchasing 50 new high-tech Club Car UK GPS buggies to give its members and thousands of visitors, an even better golfing experience in 2018. The resort’s courses offer a mixture of mature wooded areas, wide and narrow fairways and vast areas of water features. The Wales National, at 7,433 yards off the championship tees, is one of the longest courses outside America, with hole 6 being voted one of the top 10 par 4’s in the UK. The Lake course, slightly shorter at 6,436 yards, is just as challenging, and aptly named with water coming into play on 12 of its holes. Stephanie Metson said: “Sport, and golf in particular, is part of our DNA at the Vale Resort. We pride ourselves on delivering a memorable golf experience for players of all levels. Retaining our title as Wales’ best golf hotel for two years only makes us more determined to maintain our high standards in 2019.”

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It’s raining money on Euro Tour The biggest prize in golf awaits the winner of the European Tour’s seasonending event in Dubai in November. The winner will net $3m (£2.3m), an increase of $1.67m on the amount won by Englishman Danny Willett last year.

Bigger purse even than Danny Willett’s last year Part of the Korda clan: Nelly, left, and Jessica

Nelly Korda kept up her family’s notable run of sporting success in Australia with victory in the Women’s Australian Open in Adelaide. America’s Korda, daughter of former tennis player Petr Korda who won the 1998 Australian Open men’s singles title, finished on 17 under par, two clear of South Korea’s Ko Jin-young. Her sister Jessica also won the golf Australian Open in 2012 while her brother Sebastian won the tennis junior singles title last year. The 20-year-old took a three-shot lead into the final round at The Grange and shot a five-underpar 67 to win. England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff finished in a tie for eighth on nine under.

Meanwhile, defending champion Michelle Wie was “absolutely gut-wrenched” after having to pull out of the Women’s World Championship in Singapore. She failed to complete the first round because of a recurring wrist problem. Wie, who had surgery on the injury in October, said an MRI scan this time showed “nerve entrapment”. “I made the decision on 15 to withdraw because at that point, I was unable to lift the club,” said the 29-year-old. “After getting surgery, I had it in my mind that I was going to be completely pain free when I came back to Asia to defend my title.

Tiger: Rory’s my buddy

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Fourteen-time Major winner Tiger Woods has praised Rory McIlroy as “a great kid”.

Steve Stricker will captain the United States as they try to reclaim the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in 2020.

Woods, 43, said of the Irishman: “He’s a great kid, with unbelievable parents, and we have got close over the years.” (the “kid” is 29 and has won four Majors). “I’ve always enjoyed playing with Rory - I’ve always enjoyed watching him play, how he has developed, and the amount of tournaments he has won, yet he’s still learning and developing. “There’s a lot of wins ahead of him but I’ve enjoyed being a part of watching him mature on the Tour and getting to know him a lot closer.”

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The 51-year-old was on the winning side as a player in 2008, but also played in the 2010 and 2012 losses to Europe. He was selected as a vice-captain last year by Jim Furyk, as the US lost 17½-10½ at Le Golf National in France, their seventh defeat since 1999. Padraig Harrinton has already been chosen as Europe’s skipper.

The aim is to encourage more big name players to complete the Race to Dubai, the BBC reported. Last year world number one Justin Rose skipped the tournament at Jumeirah Golf Estates because he had no chance of overhauling Francesco Molinari for the overall Race to Dubai title.

World No 1 Justin Rose skipped the Race last year

Only two players, Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood, still had the opportunity of winning the seasonlong money list by the time players arrived in the Middle East for the closing event. The overall prize fund remains at $8m (£6.2m) but the field will be cut from 60 to the top 50 on the money list. The distribution of the prize money will be top loaded to provide the sport’s largest winner’s cheque for an individual tournament. It is one of a series of changes announced by the European Tour for the climax of 2019 season. There are also significant increases for finishing first at the Turkish Airlines Open and South Africa’s Nedbank Challenge. The champion in Turkey will take home $2m and the following week at Sun City the winner will collect $2.5m. European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said: “Race to Dubai points and bonus pool dividend are designed to increase the excitement around the end of the season, as well as encourage greater top player participation in our final three events.”

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The rules of golf have had a makeover this year and the R&A are hoping that the changes will bring benefits to the golfers and the game itself, seeing a swifter and fairer game as a result. Here’s hoping and here are a few examples of how some of the changes will help you in your games.

What is a perfect swing? What defines a perfect swing? Does a swing that looks great necessarily mean that it is effective?

Rule 13.1d No worries if you accidentally move your ball on the green (during your backswing, whilst marking the ball or accidentally kicking it) as there is now no penalty as long as you return it to it’s original position. Rule 7.4 Lost ball? You can now have a really good rummage without worrying about moving your ball making searching faster. But remember you only get 3minutes to look for it instead of the old 5mins. You are always allowed to substitute a ball or to use the original ball when taking relief under penalty or taking free relief. (14.3) Dropping a ball back into play is now from knee height not shoulder, reducing the risk of poor bounces and having to redrop. A local rules change (which you won’t see in professional or high level, competitive amateur competitions) regarding Out of bounds sees you being able to drop your ball anywhere between where the original ball was believed to come to rest (or went OB) and just into the edge of the fairway for a 2shot penalty. Banishing the need for 3/5 off the tee! This will help with corporate days and fun competitions speeding the pace of play up and keeping the smiles on golfers faces. This rule will help those who are new to the game or occasional golfers massively. Double hitting your chip shot will no longer cost you, neither will hitting yourself with your own ball. Like we do these things intentionally! (11.1) Another fair change. You can now repair any damage made by golfers on the green. Spike marks etc can now be sorted before rolling your putts in. (13.1d2)

I would define a perfect swing as one that is able to repeatedly hit solid shots, even when the pressure is on. I would certainly put Jim Furyk in this category. Anyone seeing his finish in the Players Championship recently will know what I’m talking about. I’m sure you have seen or played with a golfer who has a quirky looking swing but hits the ball consistently. In contrast, I’m sure you’ve seen or played with someone who has a nice looking swing but struggles to keep the ball on the fairway! One of the Tour Professionals that commentators rave about is Adam Scott. Watching him in practice or on the course playing in an event, commentators rave about his swing – “the ideal swing”. Indeed his overall action does look great. You’d think with a swing that looks so good he would be ranked right at the top in the “tee to green” category on the PGA Tour. He is actually ranked forty forth. Like all of us, his swing isn’t always the same and sometimes it will be better than others. No one seems to comment on how well Jim Furyk swings the club. Indeed, compared to Adam Scott, Jim’s swing looks like an octopus falling down a drain pipe. This is where you can’t judge a book by its cover. Jim is ninth in the “tee to green” category on the PGA Tour. So who has the better swing? The pictures that accompany this article are the before and after impact positions of Adam Scott and Jim Furyk. Look closely at Adam’s swing, notice how the clubface is quite open before impact and quite closed after. In contrast, Jim’s club is much squarer before and after impact. In other words, Adam Scott’s shaft is rotating through impact and Jim’s isn’t. Timing is very important in Adam’s swing and he has to shape the ball to be consistent. Jim just has to aim and fire. After looking at these pictures, which swing would you prefer?

Hazards are all change, no longer do we have water hazards (this will take some getting used to) these have been redefined as a penalty area. You can now also touch or move loose impediments in the hazard and touch the ground with your hand or your club in a practice swing. Same applies in bunkers you can touch or move loose impediments. But as in all hazards you are still not allowed to test conditions and ground the club. You can also take relief (with penalty) outside of the bunker if your ball is unplayable within it. (19.3b) You will get free relief anywhere on the course EXCEPT the bunkers if your ball is plugged. Also making winter golf a lot fairer. Probably my favourite rule change is the fact you can leave the flagstick in whilst putting. This will speed up play hugely and lends a bit of perspective for the distance of your mid to long putts. For information on all rules changes visit and get your head around them. They can save you shots! I’m back teaching and will be at Highpost every Tuesday available for lessons. This time of year is the perfect time to get your game in shape for the new season. Contact me on or visit my website for video hints and tips on improving yourself as well as your golf.

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