3. December 2015 19:04
We caught up with Five Live’s golf man to discuss playing with Alliss, Monty’s grip, the best course you’ve never heard of and his new book on the Majors.
Being a golf commentator do you play golf all the time?
I’ve always held a theory that the more you work in golf, the less you play. It’s been a real struggle to hold onto a single-figure handicap but I’m working on that and starting to turn the corner. Fortunately my wife and son play so there’s always an excuse to go and play.
What’s your best-ever round?
I’ve shot a gross 74 three times on par-71 courses... twice at Hampton Court and once at Cosby in Leicestershire where I grew up.
What’s the best tip you’ve ever been given?
Lightness of grip. Monty goes on about it a lot, and if he was holding a clinic he would say, ‘I guarantee you are holding the club tighter than I am.’ I often think about that when things are going awry - slow things down, check your grip pressure and especially on putts. On bad putting days I am certainly holding the club too tightly.More...
12. August 2015 01:41
We look ahead to this week's PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and pick our top 5 if you fancy a punt;
Rory McIlroy - 12/1
Back in 2010 a fresh faced Rory finished T3 at Whistling Straits and despite his absence due to a well-documented ankle injury, Rory McIlroy is still World number one and man to beat... boy did he look good in practice! Rory has won two of the last three PGA Championships and it is difficult not to imagine him going into Sunday with his eyes on the Wanamaker.
Robert Streb - 85/1
At number 40 in the world golf rankings Robert Streb is an unlikely outsider but worth an each-way flutter. Following a strong performance last week at the WGC Bridgestone, and the fact he’s regularly featured in the top half of the PGA Tour leader board this year, surely hints at a breakthrough victory, no?
Jordan Spieth - 13/2
When the PGA Championship was last held at Whistling Straits, Jordan Spieth would have been an even fresher faced 17 year old. He is the firm favourite even though he has never played at Whistling Straits before, but such is his form this year it is almost impossible to see him finishing outside the top 10. The question is… will he be the new number one come Monday?
Brooks Koepka - 45/1
European Tour graduate Brooks Koepka has had an extremely solid season, starting the year in impressive fashion winning at TPC Scottsdale back in January. A T6 finish last week at Firestone coupled with a T10 finish at The Open is certainly an indication that this 25 year old is in good stead to claim his first major.
Martin Kaymer - 50/1
Mediocre would be the word to describe Martin Kaymer’s season to date with a T12 at The Open being the ‘highlight’. However, back in 2010 at Whistling Straits the then ranked number three in the world triumphed by beating Bubba Watson in a play off and regardless of last week’s poor performance at Firestone this talented German certainly has what it takes to get the job done.
11. July 2015 01:08
As invitations go, this was one of the best. And easiest to respond to. Would I like to join Tom Watson and MasterCard at St Andrews a matter of weeks before the Open Championship? Does a bear… well you get the idea.
One of the perks of working in an amazing industry like ours is the occasional opportunity to enjoy a real money-can’t-buy experience. Tom Watson – the five-times Open Champion, about to play his last Open – and the legendary Old Course certainly fits into that camp. Joy and terror in equal measure were, for the preceding days, the overwhelming emotions.
With the stands up at the Old Course ready for Jordan Spieth and the 155 other hopefuls, we were one of the last few to play the course ahead of the Championship. Most golfers will have played a few links over the years so you’ll know what I mean when I say it’s a very different game from the one we usually play, with wind, huge greens, deep bunkers and sorts of subtle challenges lying in wait.More...
6. July 2015 22:09
Victorious Ryder Cup captain, Open Champion, US Open Champion – there’s not much this legend of the game hasn’t achieved. We caught up with him at Magnolia Park and talked about his love of all things links…
Why is England’s Golf Coast so good?
We’re very lucky to have an area like this in England – it’s remarkable and the envy of the world I’d think. It’s also been slightly overlooked compared to certain areas of Scotland or Ireland, but look at those courses that are all so close to one another. That North West pocket is just so special for people who love links golf like I do.More...
26. January 2012 01:20
As Golfbreaks.com is an Official Supplier to the PGA of Great Britain
and Ireland, and Official Golf Travel Company to the PGAs of Europe
we had the pleasure of attending the annual PGA lunch which is was hosted in the well known Grosvener House in Mayfair.
In all honesty I was not too sure what to expect before arriving. I had a misconception that the room would be full of Golf Pro’s walking around in their golf gear! I was very wrong; it was a very formal event that was run like a military operation with the food and drink coming out so quickly there was no room for error, really well put on.
Back to the important stuff, after the welcoming speech from PGA Chief Executive Sandy Jones the special guest of the afternoon was introduced, Colin Montgomerie. Being someone who More...
27. September 2011 00:49
I used to like watching Tiger Woods win golf tournaments. I wanted him to recover from the events of recent years. I wanted to see him win again. My enthusiasm is starting to wane. I’m getting bored of it all.
Every morning I begin my day with a click through my emails, then I visit the BBC News website followed by BBC Sport with the ultimate destination of the Golf section. It’s a routine. When it comes to the sport and golf sections, I know what I’m going to read about, it’s the same headlines I checked before I went to bed. This morning I was surprised. Then I wasn’t. Finally, I was annoyed enough to write this blog.
Yesterday, I watched Europe win the Solheim Cup in dramatic fashion. Last night I watched Bill Haas win $11.4m in a dramatic playoff that saw him flop the ball to 2 feet from the water. Look at the BBC Golf homepage below.
14. June 2011 19:49
When Chris Hughman and Nick Blunt won the superb Ultimate Tuition Break prize, we asked them if they could blog about their experiences. Over the next few months they will be working with the likes of JJ Rivet, biomechanics expert for some of the top European Tour golfers, and Simon Holmes, world renowned golf coach and Sky Sports commentator. By the end of their 5 month intensive training course both golfers will have improved their health, fitness and, ultimately, their golf handicap – just in time for their appearance in the Portugal Masters Pro Am in October...
Here is Chris' rundown of the launch of the programme at Celtic Manor..
If the prize that myself and Nick had won was simply a night in the hotel at Celtic Manor and a round on the Roman Road course, I would have been chuffed to say the least. Celtic Manor is simply a fantastic golfing experience. From the second you see the stunning hotel looming over the M4, it’s clear what an extraordinary resort your heading to. The Roman Road golf course was immaculate with a nice variation of holes, and to put it into perspective, the tees were comparable to the greens I’m used to putting on! The Hotel is first class, the food is amazing, and just to stand next to the 18th green on the 2010 course, the scene of so much drama in last year’s victorious Ryder Cup brings home what a special destination Celtic Manor is.
Nick being prepped.. Chris with JJ Rivet.. Tour Fit For Golf Team & our winners..