How Horan's helping steer golf in right direction
01/03/2021 | sport | golf | 235
Former One Direction singer Niall Horan is an ideal ambassador to help steer golf towards towards a more enlightened path, writes Iain Carter.
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01/03/2021 14:04:47 71 4
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Good luck to him. I suppose whilst he is doing that he is not making music - so everybody wins. :)
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01/03/2021 14:48:30 7 3
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Cruel!!
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01/03/2021 14:06:33 2 8
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Is he a Johnny come lately, or someone who doesnt know what to do with all his earnings or has a genuine interest. Only time will tell and far too early to tout him as a saviour.....
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01/03/2021 15:37:43 4 0
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Always had an interest in golf
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01/03/2021 15:47:21 6 0
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Been a golfer for years, challenge brings about change for the good.
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01/03/2021 14:09:50 0 30
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Bryson is the man whose gonna save golf. He's 50 years ahead of his time with his innovative methods.

Like Tiger before him, he's raising the standards.
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01/03/2021 15:46:32 6 0
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The shots per round are too disbursed, you can't start with a 77 +6 and call yourself the messiah of golf. He's paralysed his natural ability with over analysis. Always coming from the back of the field and never leading all the way, consistently.
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01/03/2021 14:16:21 6 4
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Great for golf - anything that helps to reduce / remove the old f... image of golf is a good thing .
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01/03/2021 14:20:33 1 32
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Golf is a great sport for the over 75s.
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01/03/2021 14:58:12 12 0
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Reading then replying on a golf HYS when there is no interest in golf is for the over 90's ????
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01/03/2021 14:24:18 4 4
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There is really only one direction in which golf can move in now.......
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01/03/2021 14:24:46 12 0
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All help much appreciated and welcome.What my club has found from taking golf to thousands of kids in schools is that they are motivated by heroes on the golf course not off it and participation is driven by grass roots efforts getting people to give it a go,making it fun and making it quick as competition for kids time is intense
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01/03/2021 14:24:50 15 1
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golf is good.
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01/03/2021 16:03:52 1 28
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*golf is a waste of a good walk
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01/03/2021 14:26:23 7 10
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Hopefully he is not one of those 5hrs+ per round players. Slow play is killing professional and amateur golf.
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01/03/2021 14:33:51 4 9
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Great comment NOT, what has the time it takes for him to play a round of golf got to do with the article, I am sure the courses he plays on will never cross paths with yours! Stick to the topic at hand.
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01/03/2021 14:30:54 1 10
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looking for happy hookers on the golf course?
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01/03/2021 14:32:32 8 6
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Have always thought there is no reason why a competition can't be held with men and women competing at the same time and being televised at same time whilst competing in their own categories. Could even extend this to disabled and promising youth players. Have a tee box for each and everyone enjoys the same TV exposure.
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01/03/2021 15:10:52 7 7
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Such competitions do exist, the European Tour did one a couple of years ago and it was poor. Regardless of what the MSM would have you believe, the vast majority of people that watch golf, watch it because of the world's best players - an none of them are women or children.
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01/03/2021 14:26:23 7 10
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Hopefully he is not one of those 5hrs+ per round players. Slow play is killing professional and amateur golf.
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01/03/2021 14:33:51 4 9
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Great comment NOT, what has the time it takes for him to play a round of golf got to do with the article, I am sure the courses he plays on will never cross paths with yours! Stick to the topic at hand.
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01/03/2021 14:33:58 8 6
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Sadly some countries in Europe it is only a game for the wealthy and their children ,The Golf associations are founded by Business people mainly in the main city ,they are a long way from spreading the game to the schools outside of their own areas. Some children will never see a golf club in a village school . The natural talent that may be out there may not see light of day. NO MONEY
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01/03/2021 14:43:02 14 4
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If the R&A had focused on ensuring golf in the UK had visibility such as the BBC showing live golf, then perhaps they would not have rely on 'saviours' like Niall Horan.

Notwithstanding the above, golf world- wide is in a healthy state with it's popularity increasing in developing nations. I'm sure the won't have to rely on young pop stars to make golf appealing to the masses.
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01/03/2021 14:44:29 22 11
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I’ve never heard such a load of rubbish..
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01/03/2021 14:53:01 20 11
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Agreed. Talking about that wonderful WGC, which had drama everywhere, is probably too painful for this lot.

Morikawa could easily be the face to sell golf.
Horan? really?
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01/03/2021 14:04:47 71 4
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Good luck to him. I suppose whilst he is doing that he is not making music - so everybody wins. :)
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01/03/2021 14:48:30 7 3
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Cruel!!
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01/03/2021 14:50:31 9 12
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Over here Viktor Hovland is doing a great job.

People are going wild about his efforts and plenty are talking golf.

Who is Niall Horan?
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gg
01/03/2021 17:42:21 2 3
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Same could be said for Victoria after that quadruple bogey, soz I know it's off topic but I've never laughed so much shenanigans around one hole lol
At least young Niall is putting the effort in and where better to start than at the capital of golf.
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01/03/2021 21:42:18 1 0
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To be honest, I don’t know a single one of his songs, but his boy band sold more than 70 million records, so if nothing else he has some experience of publicity and harnessing mass appeal.
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01/03/2021 14:44:29 22 11
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I’ve never heard such a load of rubbish..
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01/03/2021 14:53:01 20 11
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Agreed. Talking about that wonderful WGC, which had drama everywhere, is probably too painful for this lot.

Morikawa could easily be the face to sell golf.
Horan? really?
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gg
01/03/2021 18:13:21 2 2
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Watching Victoria playing chuckle brothers on the ninth hole was painfully funny ??
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01/03/2021 14:53:21 11 12
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I'm really good at golfing - it only takes me 4 shots to get it through the windmill now
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01/03/2021 15:40:18 8 1
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Good, keep practicing and you can come and play on the big courses.
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01/03/2021 17:45:40 0 2
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Theres an idea place windmills all round the courses. These could be used as Wind Turbines to provide the electricity to power the buggys etc.
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01/03/2021 14:20:33 1 32
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Golf is a great sport for the over 75s.
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01/03/2021 14:58:12 12 0
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Reading then replying on a golf HYS when there is no interest in golf is for the over 90's ????
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01/03/2021 19:56:17 0 0
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sssshhhh, don't feed it.
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Utterly ridiculous article, very poor Iain.

I imagine most golf fans are wishing for a world where the dinosaurs at the R&A would still snort into their GnT's at the suggestion of using Horan as some sort of golfing catnip for snowflakes.

Golf will always have a large support and play base, a wash-up boyband talent vacuum will make no difference either way.
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Nobody cares about Women Golf
pgatour is able to maintain its astronomical prize money thanks to Sponsors and cable TV viewers
Europeantour has blank weeks and frequently prize money less than a decade ago
LPGA play on very short courses with absurdly generous pars
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01/03/2021 14:32:32 8 6
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Have always thought there is no reason why a competition can't be held with men and women competing at the same time and being televised at same time whilst competing in their own categories. Could even extend this to disabled and promising youth players. Have a tee box for each and everyone enjoys the same TV exposure.
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01/03/2021 15:10:52 7 7
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Such competitions do exist, the European Tour did one a couple of years ago and it was poor. Regardless of what the MSM would have you believe, the vast majority of people that watch golf, watch it because of the world's best players - an none of them are women or children.
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01/03/2021 15:43:00 5 0
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Of course women are world class golfers, what a ridiculous statement to make, we watch them every week, same as we watch the world class male golfers.
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mjt
01/03/2021 19:36:52 0 0
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Think you missed the point, they’re not trying to appeal to the vast majority who already watch golf, they’re trying to appeal to those who don’t and may have other interests other than what’s already shown.

You grow by attracting more people, and they may have different interest to you.
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01/03/2021 15:18:50 21 7
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For golf to prosper it needs visibility to the 'new' generations. The game is doing ok at the moment due to other sports being restricted. I am speaking from a Scottish perspective where you are currently still allowed to play albeit in '2 balls' only. Introducing a faded 'pop star' into the scene might attract a few youngsters but coverage on Terrestial tv would do a lot more.
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01/03/2021 15:38:00 11 18
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Faded popstar? Wow you are giving your age away. As for terrestrial tv no thanks, your just thinking of your pocket but that is not surprising! Long may sky sports continue the coverage...
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gg
01/03/2021 18:09:57 1 2
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I stopped watching live golf on sky, only tune in for highlights, to many commercial breaks done it for me, I guess they need the money from adverts. Maybe a split screen would help.
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02/03/2021 05:46:56 0 0
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I guess you are a senior member.
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02/03/2021 21:20:30 0 1
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Too many nostalgic comments here about BBC coverage. What they lacked in adverts they made up with in filler segments, certainly wasn't wall to wall golf shots. Sky do great job.
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Utterly ridiculous article, very poor Iain.

I imagine most golf fans are wishing for a world where the dinosaurs at the R&A would still snort into their GnT's at the suggestion of using Horan as some sort of golfing catnip for snowflakes.

Golf will always have a large support and play base, a wash-up boyband talent vacuum will make no difference either way.
Removed
Nobody cares about Women Golf
pgatour is able to maintain its astronomical prize money thanks to Sponsors and cable TV viewers
Europeantour has blank weeks and frequently prize money less than a decade ago
LPGA play on very short courses with absurdly generous pars
Removed
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01/03/2021 15:38:48 10 2
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Incorrect, a large proportion of golfers care about women's golf, don't transfer your negative views onto others. Next we'll be hearing from you that the men hit it too far and courses need to have more penal rough and equipment needs to be limited. You need to get out the 20th century and come join the 21st century.
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01/03/2021 15:27:38 14 7
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Prize money must be based on event popularity, not equal pay for the sake of equality. Sponsorship and TV rights revolve around the marketability of a product - women’s golf simply doesn’t have the requisite fan base.

“Equal” pay will eventually result in the public being charged more (through subscriptions and rising costs in the grass roots game) as they won’t reduce the prize money for the men
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01/03/2021 15:50:26 10 1
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Our subs don't contribute to the prize money of the major events. They do support grass roots and I'm quite happy to continue doing so and more besides.
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02/03/2021 10:22:40 0 0
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My thought was that the only way equal prize money could work is if the men agree to receive less. It's possible that over time greater exposure could bring more money into the women's game, but that will depend almost entirely on more women playing and/or watching. Piggybacking on the men's success simply won't work longer term.
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01/03/2021 15:31:23 28 8
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The PR agency did a good job setting up this article.
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01/03/2021 21:29:24 4 7
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Yes. That is their job, to publicise events.
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01/03/2021 14:06:33 2 8
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Is he a Johnny come lately, or someone who doesnt know what to do with all his earnings or has a genuine interest. Only time will tell and far too early to tout him as a saviour.....
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01/03/2021 15:37:43 4 0
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Always had an interest in golf
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01/03/2021 15:18:50 21 7
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For golf to prosper it needs visibility to the 'new' generations. The game is doing ok at the moment due to other sports being restricted. I am speaking from a Scottish perspective where you are currently still allowed to play albeit in '2 balls' only. Introducing a faded 'pop star' into the scene might attract a few youngsters but coverage on Terrestial tv would do a lot more.
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01/03/2021 15:38:00 11 18
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Faded popstar? Wow you are giving your age away. As for terrestrial tv no thanks, your just thinking of your pocket but that is not surprising! Long may sky sports continue the coverage...
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01/03/2021 16:55:20 4 5
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What a pathetic comment. However, I would not expect anything less from an individual whose sole objective on any HYS is to troll.
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01/03/2021 20:50:22 3 1
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Sky coverage and the commentary are worse than awful. The Sky cart anyone? They've lost it all now, but the BBC were streets ahead.
Nobody cares about Women Golf
pgatour is able to maintain its astronomical prize money thanks to Sponsors and cable TV viewers
Europeantour has blank weeks and frequently prize money less than a decade ago
LPGA play on very short courses with absurdly generous pars
Removed
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01/03/2021 15:38:48 10 2
bbc
Incorrect, a large proportion of golfers care about women's golf, don't transfer your negative views onto others. Next we'll be hearing from you that the men hit it too far and courses need to have more penal rough and equipment needs to be limited. You need to get out the 20th century and come join the 21st century.
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01/03/2021 15:50:41 1 4
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How many if any can name winners of 2020 women majors ?
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01/03/2021 14:53:21 11 12
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I'm really good at golfing - it only takes me 4 shots to get it through the windmill now
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01/03/2021 15:40:18 8 1
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Good, keep practicing and you can come and play on the big courses.
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01/03/2021 16:37:42 2 3
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Well thank you very kindly Annette. Do I need to wear silly clothing and do a funny handshake?
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01/03/2021 15:10:52 7 7
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Such competitions do exist, the European Tour did one a couple of years ago and it was poor. Regardless of what the MSM would have you believe, the vast majority of people that watch golf, watch it because of the world's best players - an none of them are women or children.
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01/03/2021 15:43:00 5 0
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Of course women are world class golfers, what a ridiculous statement to make, we watch them every week, same as we watch the world class male golfers.
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01/03/2021 14:09:50 0 30
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Bryson is the man whose gonna save golf. He's 50 years ahead of his time with his innovative methods.

Like Tiger before him, he's raising the standards.
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01/03/2021 15:46:32 6 0
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The shots per round are too disbursed, you can't start with a 77 +6 and call yourself the messiah of golf. He's paralysed his natural ability with over analysis. Always coming from the back of the field and never leading all the way, consistently.
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01/03/2021 14:06:33 2 8
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Is he a Johnny come lately, or someone who doesnt know what to do with all his earnings or has a genuine interest. Only time will tell and far too early to tout him as a saviour.....
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01/03/2021 15:47:21 6 0
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Been a golfer for years, challenge brings about change for the good.
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01/03/2021 15:47:43 2 13
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If the sport becomes more accessible, where will all the stuck up golfers go?
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01/03/2021 15:55:04 8 0
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Who are the stuck up golfers?
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01/03/2021 19:10:07 2 0
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Hopefully they will all go to your local club. That would be nice.
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01/03/2021 19:58:35 2 0
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Why would we have to go anywhere?

Cricket boards quiet and you come on here with that kind of comment?

Disappointing.
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01/03/2021 15:48:27 6 0
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Golf has benefitted from new players of all ages and genders coming to the game since last May when courses reopened. The key is to maintain the interest and appetite for the game. Most golfers I know have little interest in TV watching; partly due to the cost. There needs to be as much emphasis on the social side of the game as well as the competition element.
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01/03/2021 15:27:38 14 7
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Prize money must be based on event popularity, not equal pay for the sake of equality. Sponsorship and TV rights revolve around the marketability of a product - women’s golf simply doesn’t have the requisite fan base.

“Equal” pay will eventually result in the public being charged more (through subscriptions and rising costs in the grass roots game) as they won’t reduce the prize money for the men
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01/03/2021 15:50:26 10 1
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Our subs don't contribute to the prize money of the major events. They do support grass roots and I'm quite happy to continue doing so and more besides.
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01/03/2021 15:38:48 10 2
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Incorrect, a large proportion of golfers care about women's golf, don't transfer your negative views onto others. Next we'll be hearing from you that the men hit it too far and courses need to have more penal rough and equipment needs to be limited. You need to get out the 20th century and come join the 21st century.
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01/03/2021 15:50:41 1 4
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How many if any can name winners of 2020 women majors ?
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01/03/2021 15:56:28 6 3
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Plenty, I'm sure. What's your point here? You don't like women, you don't like women playing golf, you feel threatened by women playing golf?
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01/03/2021 15:47:43 2 13
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If the sport becomes more accessible, where will all the stuck up golfers go?
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01/03/2021 15:55:04 8 0
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Who are the stuck up golfers?
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01/03/2021 15:56:23 4 3
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Good old Niall, he’s only going in one direction ??
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01/03/2021 15:50:41 1 4
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How many if any can name winners of 2020 women majors ?
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01/03/2021 15:56:28 6 3
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Plenty, I'm sure. What's your point here? You don't like women, you don't like women playing golf, you feel threatened by women playing golf?
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01/03/2021 16:09:52 2 2
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sorry im on BBC side, no offence but it's just not good to watch. same as football, rugby and athletics. i support spurs and have absolutely no care whatsoever about the womens team, couldnt even name a player!

its not for me and even a penny in subscription and i would cancel
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Tom
01/03/2021 16:01:24 1 6
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I’m not sure saying you’re infectious in the current climate is smart Niall
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01/03/2021 16:01:49 7 8
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What a lot of utter rubbish
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01/03/2021 21:27:12 2 1
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What, socialism?
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01/03/2021 14:24:50 15 1
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golf is good.
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01/03/2021 16:03:52 1 28
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*golf is a waste of a good walk
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01/03/2021 19:21:41 5 1
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Get off the course, you’re just a nuisance and distraction for us golfers.
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02/03/2021 18:47:11 0 0
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You're not even up to quoting this jaded cliche accurately. Yawn.
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01/03/2021 16:07:15 7 5
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Played all my life, worried about the future of the game at grassroots and we have a retired boyband member as the poster boy??
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01/03/2021 15:56:28 6 3
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Plenty, I'm sure. What's your point here? You don't like women, you don't like women playing golf, you feel threatened by women playing golf?
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01/03/2021 16:09:52 2 2
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sorry im on BBC side, no offence but it's just not good to watch. same as football, rugby and athletics. i support spurs and have absolutely no care whatsoever about the womens team, couldnt even name a player!

its not for me and even a penny in subscription and i would cancel
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01/03/2021 16:24:58 5 0
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And if you’re wife, sister, daughter, mother we’re involved as competitive players, you would discourage, ignore, never support by way of attending their events, buying them kit, helping with travel costs?
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01/03/2021 16:15:28 2 1
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Nice to see from the small amount of comments that some still have a niblick up their posterior.
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01/03/2021 21:26:25 1 0
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Ouch. How did that happen? I hope you’re ok.
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01/03/2021 16:17:38 25 4
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We’ve had a great tournament around a great course and this is the HYS of Monday......
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01/03/2021 16:19:01 10 4
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Well said that man.
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01/03/2021 18:48:11 4 4
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I was about to say the same. Quite frankly I couldn't give two hoots about what some washed up popstar is doing. Despite the article, I doubt anything he does makes a ripple in the greater golfing world.
Although, maybe Rory will give him a go as caddie...
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01/03/2021 16:18:52 7 12
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Millionaire with nothing else to do and all the leisure time in the world. We can all relate to that eh?
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01/03/2021 16:52:30 5 0
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I met him 4 year ago at the Dunhill links at Carnoustie on a cold October morning, he was out watching Christian Bezuidenhout who was one of the first golfers along with Connor Syme to join his management company, I am sure he could of been anywhere in the world, but he chose a small Angus town - fair play to him. Bezuidenhout now top 50 in world rankings ??
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01/03/2021 16:17:38 25 4
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We’ve had a great tournament around a great course and this is the HYS of Monday......
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01/03/2021 16:19:01 10 4
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Well said that man.
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01/03/2021 18:17:10 3 1
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Let’s not agree for too long.

Great to see Mclroy having a strong week!
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01/03/2021 16:20:45 22 9
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Golf on Sky is embarrassing. You’re lucky to see half a dozen shots before adverts and if the rulers of the game don’t do anything about slow play, it will become unwatchable, if it’s not already!!
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01/03/2021 16:41:46 8 4
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Due to COVID Sky are having to use the broadcast feed from America for the bigger events like this. If it was the BBC we’d not even have the amount of live golf we have nowadays - so wouldn’t complain too much
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01/03/2021 19:05:28 0 4
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The worst bit is that since the restart they've been pretending that Rich Beem is actually at the venue to give them some sort of presence on course.
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01/03/2021 19:05:54 2 0
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That’s what the record function is for, and freezing live footage ... do something else, catch up on the golf, skipping the ads and the bits in the studio. I find that the only way to watch these days.
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01/03/2021 16:22:17 22 1
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My husband took a team of juniors to a competition against some other clubs and was asked by the county organiser why they were carrying their clubs ? He told him it was bad for their back development and they should have power caddies , my husband just shook his head because they can't afford them. Idiot
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01/03/2021 17:40:21 25 0
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Judging by the number of kids who are driven to school these days, I'm surprised the organiser didn't suggest they all have buggies to save their backs and knees. The future of golf is in good hands with people like your husband willing to give their time and encouragement to the next generation.
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01/03/2021 18:17:00 6 1
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Agree 100%.. Young enough carry..

Our old pro would never let juniors out with trolley's..

One problem with today's youngsters they want all the gear, then top it off with a tour bag they can't lift ????

Sets them off with the wrong mindset..
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02/03/2021 01:20:19 1 2
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I have been attending similar tournaments for years and have never see. What your describing ...
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02/03/2021 19:49:21 1 0
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Cool story.
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01/03/2021 16:09:52 2 2
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sorry im on BBC side, no offence but it's just not good to watch. same as football, rugby and athletics. i support spurs and have absolutely no care whatsoever about the womens team, couldnt even name a player!

its not for me and even a penny in subscription and i would cancel
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01/03/2021 16:24:58 5 0
bbc
And if you’re wife, sister, daughter, mother we’re involved as competitive players, you would discourage, ignore, never support by way of attending their events, buying them kit, helping with travel costs?
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01/03/2021 16:32:03 2 4
bbc
what?! of course i would but that's a completely different point. Just because i dont want to watch womens sports, dont make this into a crusade.....wow?!
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01/03/2021 16:24:58 5 0
bbc
And if you’re wife, sister, daughter, mother we’re involved as competitive players, you would discourage, ignore, never support by way of attending their events, buying them kit, helping with travel costs?
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01/03/2021 16:32:03 2 4
bbc
what?! of course i would but that's a completely different point. Just because i dont want to watch womens sports, dont make this into a crusade.....wow?!
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01/03/2021 15:40:18 8 1
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Good, keep practicing and you can come and play on the big courses.
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01/03/2021 16:37:42 2 3
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Well thank you very kindly Annette. Do I need to wear silly clothing and do a funny handshake?
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01/03/2021 17:26:13 4 0
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Only if you want to.
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01/03/2021 16:20:45 22 9
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Golf on Sky is embarrassing. You’re lucky to see half a dozen shots before adverts and if the rulers of the game don’t do anything about slow play, it will become unwatchable, if it’s not already!!
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01/03/2021 16:41:46 8 4
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Due to COVID Sky are having to use the broadcast feed from America for the bigger events like this. If it was the BBC we’d not even have the amount of live golf we have nowadays - so wouldn’t complain too much
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01/03/2021 16:18:52 7 12
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Millionaire with nothing else to do and all the leisure time in the world. We can all relate to that eh?
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01/03/2021 16:52:30 5 0
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I met him 4 year ago at the Dunhill links at Carnoustie on a cold October morning, he was out watching Christian Bezuidenhout who was one of the first golfers along with Connor Syme to join his management company, I am sure he could of been anywhere in the world, but he chose a small Angus town - fair play to him. Bezuidenhout now top 50 in world rankings ??
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01/03/2021 18:12:08 1 0
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Bez is a cracking player
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01/03/2021 19:03:40 0 1
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So he's a nice guy. Never doubted he is.

They're implying he'll make golf cool. He won't. You're already in to golf so can't really be subjective.
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01/03/2021 20:33:06 0 4
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And Connor Syme is struggling to stay inside the world's top 10,000.
Can't win them all I guess lol.
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01/03/2021 16:52:53 6 9
bbc
"one direction star"

one of the great oxymoron's of all time !!!
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01/03/2021 17:02:17 5 1
bbc
Whether you like their music or not and i can’t say I am a fan there is no denying they were massive (their first four albums went to no one in the US)
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01/03/2021 17:50:36 5 0
bbc
He's worth $70m. Sadly Major, you give the impression of being the sort of person who has been holding golf back for many decades.
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01/03/2021 19:03:18 2 0
bbc
Come on then Major, if you’re going to slag 1D off then let’s hear what modern acts you actually like.
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01/03/2021 15:38:00 11 18
bbc
Faded popstar? Wow you are giving your age away. As for terrestrial tv no thanks, your just thinking of your pocket but that is not surprising! Long may sky sports continue the coverage...
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01/03/2021 16:55:20 4 5
bbc
What a pathetic comment. However, I would not expect anything less from an individual whose sole objective on any HYS is to troll.
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01/03/2021 16:55:28 4 1
bbc
It’s so refreshing to see people giving this initiative a chance rather than dismiss it out of hand
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01/03/2021 16:52:53 6 9
bbc
"one direction star"

one of the great oxymoron's of all time !!!
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01/03/2021 17:02:17 5 1
bbc
Whether you like their music or not and i can’t say I am a fan there is no denying they were massive (their first four albums went to no one in the US)
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01/03/2021 17:05:12 3 6
bbc
Golf certainly needs shaking up, but I doubt the r&a are the people to do it, as they are so removed from reality.
Reduce rules to one side of A4, would be a good start.
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01/03/2021 17:34:09 6 3
bbc
maximum of 7 clubs too. No more fussing about over which bat to whack it with. Oh and please bin green books and caddies reading putts.
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01/03/2021 16:37:42 2 3
bbc
Well thank you very kindly Annette. Do I need to wear silly clothing and do a funny handshake?
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01/03/2021 17:26:13 4 0
bbc
Only if you want to.
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01/03/2021 17:05:12 3 6
bbc
Golf certainly needs shaking up, but I doubt the r&a are the people to do it, as they are so removed from reality.
Reduce rules to one side of A4, would be a good start.
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01/03/2021 17:34:09 6 3
bbc
maximum of 7 clubs too. No more fussing about over which bat to whack it with. Oh and please bin green books and caddies reading putts.
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01/03/2021 18:16:05 1 0
bbc
Having less irons with roughly 10 yard gaps will only add to the time it takes to play a shot. Agree on green books.

Ban lines on balls as well. Takes them an eternity to line a putt up. Me? I’ve always made sure I’m only seeing white dimples, just find it adds in the human error element
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01/03/2021 16:22:17 22 1
bbc
My husband took a team of juniors to a competition against some other clubs and was asked by the county organiser why they were carrying their clubs ? He told him it was bad for their back development and they should have power caddies , my husband just shook his head because they can't afford them. Idiot
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01/03/2021 17:40:21 25 0
bbc
Judging by the number of kids who are driven to school these days, I'm surprised the organiser didn't suggest they all have buggies to save their backs and knees. The future of golf is in good hands with people like your husband willing to give their time and encouragement to the next generation.
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01/03/2021 20:05:26 1 0
bbc
He gave up teaching no money in it where we live in Devon took over with no juniors boosted the section to about twenty and realised this a waste of time and charging a fiver a lesson on a Saturday , now they have no juniors !,
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01/03/2021 14:50:31 9 12
bbc
Over here Viktor Hovland is doing a great job.

People are going wild about his efforts and plenty are talking golf.

Who is Niall Horan?
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gg
01/03/2021 17:42:21 2 3
bbc
Same could be said for Victoria after that quadruple bogey, soz I know it's off topic but I've never laughed so much shenanigans around one hole lol
At least young Niall is putting the effort in and where better to start than at the capital of golf.
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01/03/2021 18:20:10 2 1
bbc
From the bushes, into the bunker with a horrid lie, back in the bushes, penalty shot, duffed chip, and then he actually holed a beauty for his quad. It was indeed a bad hole and it was the 18th after going with 7 birdies and ten pars up until that point.
All with a smile on his face too.
Niall is indeed putting the effort in and good luck to him and the golf authorities who rule are beautiful game
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01/03/2021 14:53:21 11 12
bbc
I'm really good at golfing - it only takes me 4 shots to get it through the windmill now
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01/03/2021 17:45:40 0 2
bbc
Theres an idea place windmills all round the courses. These could be used as Wind Turbines to provide the electricity to power the buggys etc.
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01/03/2021 16:52:53 6 9
bbc
"one direction star"

one of the great oxymoron's of all time !!!
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01/03/2021 17:50:36 5 0
bbc
He's worth $70m. Sadly Major, you give the impression of being the sort of person who has been holding golf back for many decades.
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02/03/2021 13:20:44 1 1
bbc
12 years as a Junior Organiser at both club and county level, yes I really held golf back.

And Stew - your achievements are ??
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01/03/2021 17:53:52 3 2
bbc
What a great article. Looking forward to many more during these difficult times for golf journalists.
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01/03/2021 16:55:20 4 5
bbc
What a pathetic comment. However, I would not expect anything less from an individual whose sole objective on any HYS is to troll.
23
01/03/2021 15:18:50 21 7
bbc
For golf to prosper it needs visibility to the 'new' generations. The game is doing ok at the moment due to other sports being restricted. I am speaking from a Scottish perspective where you are currently still allowed to play albeit in '2 balls' only. Introducing a faded 'pop star' into the scene might attract a few youngsters but coverage on Terrestial tv would do a lot more.
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gg
01/03/2021 18:09:57 1 2
bbc
I stopped watching live golf on sky, only tune in for highlights, to many commercial breaks done it for me, I guess they need the money from adverts. Maybe a split screen would help.
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01/03/2021 18:52:48 5 3
bbc
Agreed, too many adverts so i record and catch up over a few hours. Sky commentators (Murray and McGinley) still talk too much and fawn over certain players way too much. Watch it muted is best.
57
01/03/2021 16:52:30 5 0
bbc
I met him 4 year ago at the Dunhill links at Carnoustie on a cold October morning, he was out watching Christian Bezuidenhout who was one of the first golfers along with Connor Syme to join his management company, I am sure he could of been anywhere in the world, but he chose a small Angus town - fair play to him. Bezuidenhout now top 50 in world rankings ??
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01/03/2021 18:12:08 1 0
bbc
Bez is a cracking player
18
01/03/2021 14:53:01 20 11
bbc
Agreed. Talking about that wonderful WGC, which had drama everywhere, is probably too painful for this lot.

Morikawa could easily be the face to sell golf.
Horan? really?
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gg
01/03/2021 18:13:21 2 2
bbc
Watching Victoria playing chuckle brothers on the ninth hole was painfully funny ??
78
01/03/2021 18:25:14 2 3
bbc
4 par 3s on that course this week.

MaclLroy on Sunday. Bogey, Bogey, Bogey and just about avoided a fourth Bogey.
If he doesn't hit the green he can't get up and down.

He is finished mate.
64
01/03/2021 17:34:09 6 3
bbc
maximum of 7 clubs too. No more fussing about over which bat to whack it with. Oh and please bin green books and caddies reading putts.
74
01/03/2021 18:16:05 1 0
bbc
Having less irons with roughly 10 yard gaps will only add to the time it takes to play a shot. Agree on green books.

Ban lines on balls as well. Takes them an eternity to line a putt up. Me? I’ve always made sure I’m only seeing white dimples, just find it adds in the human error element
52
01/03/2021 16:22:17 22 1
bbc
My husband took a team of juniors to a competition against some other clubs and was asked by the county organiser why they were carrying their clubs ? He told him it was bad for their back development and they should have power caddies , my husband just shook his head because they can't afford them. Idiot
75
01/03/2021 18:17:00 6 1
bbc
Agree 100%.. Young enough carry..

Our old pro would never let juniors out with trolley's..

One problem with today's youngsters they want all the gear, then top it off with a tour bag they can't lift ????

Sets them off with the wrong mindset..
50
01/03/2021 16:19:01 10 4
bbc
Well said that man.
76
01/03/2021 18:17:10 3 1
bbc
Let’s not agree for too long.

Great to see Mclroy having a strong week!
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01/03/2021 18:29:59 1 3
bbc
He made an excellent putt on his last par 3 on sunday to avoid bogeying every single par three that day.
If he doesn't hit a green he can't make a par.

Worst nr 5 in the world I have ever seen.
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gg
01/03/2021 17:42:21 2 3
bbc
Same could be said for Victoria after that quadruple bogey, soz I know it's off topic but I've never laughed so much shenanigans around one hole lol
At least young Niall is putting the effort in and where better to start than at the capital of golf.
77
01/03/2021 18:20:10 2 1
bbc
From the bushes, into the bunker with a horrid lie, back in the bushes, penalty shot, duffed chip, and then he actually holed a beauty for his quad. It was indeed a bad hole and it was the 18th after going with 7 birdies and ten pars up until that point.
All with a smile on his face too.
Niall is indeed putting the effort in and good luck to him and the golf authorities who rule are beautiful game
73
gg
01/03/2021 18:13:21 2 2
bbc
Watching Victoria playing chuckle brothers on the ninth hole was painfully funny ??
78
01/03/2021 18:25:14 2 3
bbc
4 par 3s on that course this week.

MaclLroy on Sunday. Bogey, Bogey, Bogey and just about avoided a fourth Bogey.
If he doesn't hit the green he can't get up and down.

He is finished mate.
97
01/03/2021 19:13:17 2 0
bbc
You spelt his name wrong again.
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gg
01/03/2021 20:21:22 1 2
bbc
Three bogeys in four holes, I guess that beats four bogeys at one hole with a 20 footer to save a 5th, at least the crowd didn't see it lol, he needs to pick Rory's brain before the crowds come back, ????
76
01/03/2021 18:17:10 3 1
bbc
Let’s not agree for too long.

Great to see Mclroy having a strong week!
79
01/03/2021 18:29:59 1 3
bbc
He made an excellent putt on his last par 3 on sunday to avoid bogeying every single par three that day.
If he doesn't hit a green he can't make a par.

Worst nr 5 in the world I have ever seen.
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01/03/2021 18:51:14 2 3
bbc
Doubt be too hard on him. He improved a lot this week. Instead of going into reverse on Sunday this time he at least managed to stay in neutral.
The other thing that struck me was the brilliance of Morikawa and Hovland in contrast to the great 'Bob' MacIntyre.
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01/03/2021 18:36:52 14 2
bbc
In Norway, the golf courses were closed last march when all this craziness hit our shores. The powers that be decided 90 minutes later that closing golf courses is ridiculous and I have been hitting golf balls non stop ever since.
When I look at the starttime booking system online today I see the 2 courses I am a member of are pretty well fully booked all week.
The game is flourishing here.
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01/03/2021 19:01:13 8 0
bbc
Great to hear such good news and positivity. So many posters come on here stating that golf is in decline when the opposite is true.
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kim
02/03/2021 09:42:59 2 0
bbc
Great to read of a national sensible approach to Covid risk, my club in England did everything right in applying reasonable social distancing rules and still we have been open and shut, in my view, unnecessarily, at a time when golf could be a real tonic and also boost visibility of the sport. My suspicion is it's done for fear of appearing elitist to allow reopening, outdated mindset by govt.
180
02/03/2021 10:22:04 2 1
bbc
Good news Maks, I have played sene valley twice in the last week with not a soul on the course, what a treat to get out here even though it’s still a little taboo. ??????????
48
01/03/2021 16:17:38 25 4
bbc
We’ve had a great tournament around a great course and this is the HYS of Monday......
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01/03/2021 18:48:11 4 4
bbc
I was about to say the same. Quite frankly I couldn't give two hoots about what some washed up popstar is doing. Despite the article, I doubt anything he does makes a ripple in the greater golfing world.
Although, maybe Rory will give him a go as caddie...
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02/03/2021 08:13:24 3 0
bbc
They may not be your cup of tea, & you don't need to read the article if they are not but I'd suggest showing a bit more respect for individuals like Niall, Rory & Harry (or anyone). All three have got right to the top of their careers & seem to conduct themselves in a respectful manner, maybe something to learn.

As for a ripple, golf tournaments, agency, media articles seems to tick that box.
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01/03/2021 18:48:58 5 2
bbc
Leona Maguire is from County Cavan in the Republic of Ireland.
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01/03/2021 18:59:52 3 0
bbc
True. Good journalism, that, stating that she is from Northern Ireland! Possibly down to the usual ignorance re the fact that Ulster and Northern Ireland are not the same thing, with Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal all being in Ulster but not being in Northern Ireland.
215
02/03/2021 19:55:40 0 0
bbc
Who cares where she's from.
79
01/03/2021 18:29:59 1 3
bbc
He made an excellent putt on his last par 3 on sunday to avoid bogeying every single par three that day.
If he doesn't hit a green he can't make a par.

Worst nr 5 in the world I have ever seen.
83
01/03/2021 18:51:14 2 3
bbc
Doubt be too hard on him. He improved a lot this week. Instead of going into reverse on Sunday this time he at least managed to stay in neutral.
The other thing that struck me was the brilliance of Morikawa and Hovland in contrast to the great 'Bob' MacIntyre.
85
01/03/2021 18:54:56 1 6
bbc
74, 72, 78 and then 74 again.

That is the efforts of our great Ryder Cup saviour who is apparently ready to take America by storm.
If he gets picked by MacHarrington then I will be supporting USA mate.
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gg
01/03/2021 18:09:57 1 2
bbc
I stopped watching live golf on sky, only tune in for highlights, to many commercial breaks done it for me, I guess they need the money from adverts. Maybe a split screen would help.
84
01/03/2021 18:52:48 5 3
bbc
Agreed, too many adverts so i record and catch up over a few hours. Sky commentators (Murray and McGinley) still talk too much and fawn over certain players way too much. Watch it muted is best.
83
01/03/2021 18:51:14 2 3
bbc
Doubt be too hard on him. He improved a lot this week. Instead of going into reverse on Sunday this time he at least managed to stay in neutral.
The other thing that struck me was the brilliance of Morikawa and Hovland in contrast to the great 'Bob' MacIntyre.
85
01/03/2021 18:54:56 1 6
bbc
74, 72, 78 and then 74 again.

That is the efforts of our great Ryder Cup saviour who is apparently ready to take America by storm.
If he gets picked by MacHarrington then I will be supporting USA mate.
94
01/03/2021 19:08:25 4 0
bbc
Stop the tedious “MA drivel. It’s boring and meaningless.
82
01/03/2021 18:48:58 5 2
bbc
Leona Maguire is from County Cavan in the Republic of Ireland.
86
01/03/2021 18:59:52 3 0
bbc
True. Good journalism, that, stating that she is from Northern Ireland! Possibly down to the usual ignorance re the fact that Ulster and Northern Ireland are not the same thing, with Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal all being in Ulster but not being in Northern Ireland.
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gg
01/03/2021 20:39:07 0 0
bbc
I spotted that myself jimmyc, lazy journalism or just ignorant of the fact.
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van
01/03/2021 19:01:02 3 2
bbc
Good to see the game moving forward in a positive way for the tours. Also Niall Horan's management stables include a wonderful young golfer in Leona Maguire. Congratulations Leona on a fine tournament on the LPGA at the weekend, six under par and tied for 16th place.
151
01/03/2021 22:14:43 1 7
bbc
Oooh. Tied 16th. There is surely no limit to what this person can achieve...
80
01/03/2021 18:36:52 14 2
bbc
In Norway, the golf courses were closed last march when all this craziness hit our shores. The powers that be decided 90 minutes later that closing golf courses is ridiculous and I have been hitting golf balls non stop ever since.
When I look at the starttime booking system online today I see the 2 courses I am a member of are pretty well fully booked all week.
The game is flourishing here.
88
01/03/2021 19:01:13 8 0
bbc
Great to hear such good news and positivity. So many posters come on here stating that golf is in decline when the opposite is true.
93
01/03/2021 19:07:04 5 1
bbc
To be honest I doubt they know what is going on in the grand scheme of things.
The good thing about living in Stavanger, the oil city of Norway, is that the players buy all the top of the range clubs and balls despite being pretty new to the game.
The upshot of that is that in the cellar I have 2 plastic buckets full of Titleist Pro V1s and Pro V1x that look like they have only been hit once :)
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01/03/2021 21:04:50 3 1
bbc
and that is how it should be across the whole UK as well. The health experts and scientists have said it, sadly a few out of touch MPs on various obscure committees have said otherwise.
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02/03/2021 14:19:29 0 0
bbc
27 holes at my club, Stonebridge, it's never been so popular. Tough to get out for a cheeky 9 in the afternoons, but it's great for the club, and the facilities have improved as a result, including kids coaching. I think golf participation is on an upward trajectory, and long may it last.
58
01/03/2021 16:52:53 6 9
bbc
"one direction star"

one of the great oxymoron's of all time !!!
89
01/03/2021 19:03:18 2 0
bbc
Come on then Major, if you’re going to slag 1D off then let’s hear what modern acts you actually like.
57
01/03/2021 16:52:30 5 0
bbc
I met him 4 year ago at the Dunhill links at Carnoustie on a cold October morning, he was out watching Christian Bezuidenhout who was one of the first golfers along with Connor Syme to join his management company, I am sure he could of been anywhere in the world, but he chose a small Angus town - fair play to him. Bezuidenhout now top 50 in world rankings ??
90
01/03/2021 19:03:40 0 1
bbc
So he's a nice guy. Never doubted he is.

They're implying he'll make golf cool. He won't. You're already in to golf so can't really be subjective.
51
01/03/2021 16:20:45 22 9
bbc
Golf on Sky is embarrassing. You’re lucky to see half a dozen shots before adverts and if the rulers of the game don’t do anything about slow play, it will become unwatchable, if it’s not already!!
91
01/03/2021 19:05:28 0 4
bbc
The worst bit is that since the restart they've been pretending that Rich Beem is actually at the venue to give them some sort of presence on course.
192
02/03/2021 12:46:08 1 0
bbc
Give me Rich over the yardage bellowing, loves himself commentary nightmare that is Wayne Riley any day.
224
02/03/2021 21:22:56 0 0
bbc
"Pretending" how?
51
01/03/2021 16:20:45 22 9
bbc
Golf on Sky is embarrassing. You’re lucky to see half a dozen shots before adverts and if the rulers of the game don’t do anything about slow play, it will become unwatchable, if it’s not already!!
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01/03/2021 19:05:54 2 0
bbc
That’s what the record function is for, and freezing live footage ... do something else, catch up on the golf, skipping the ads and the bits in the studio. I find that the only way to watch these days.
88
01/03/2021 19:01:13 8 0
bbc
Great to hear such good news and positivity. So many posters come on here stating that golf is in decline when the opposite is true.
93
01/03/2021 19:07:04 5 1
bbc
To be honest I doubt they know what is going on in the grand scheme of things.
The good thing about living in Stavanger, the oil city of Norway, is that the players buy all the top of the range clubs and balls despite being pretty new to the game.
The upshot of that is that in the cellar I have 2 plastic buckets full of Titleist Pro V1s and Pro V1x that look like they have only been hit once :)
99
01/03/2021 19:17:17 2 1
bbc
I’ve been on courses like that, prov1’s all over the place. Gleneagles, for example.
85
01/03/2021 18:54:56 1 6
bbc
74, 72, 78 and then 74 again.

That is the efforts of our great Ryder Cup saviour who is apparently ready to take America by storm.
If he gets picked by MacHarrington then I will be supporting USA mate.
94
01/03/2021 19:08:25 4 0
bbc
Stop the tedious “MA drivel. It’s boring and meaningless.
98
01/03/2021 19:15:50 2 2
bbc
Go on then I will behave.

What did you make of Bob's efforts this weekend?
I still do not see what the fuss is about him.
Would you have him in the Ryder Cup team?
I see Rasmus looked out of his depth too and I am worried about Fleetwood and Rose too.
Did you watch John Rahm on friday? That was some serious hacking and petulance by that man throughout the entire round. I was shocked.
35
01/03/2021 15:47:43 2 13
bbc
If the sport becomes more accessible, where will all the stuck up golfers go?
95
01/03/2021 19:10:07 2 0
bbc
Hopefully they will all go to your local club. That would be nice.
96
01/03/2021 19:10:38 1 0
bbc
Great
78
01/03/2021 18:25:14 2 3
bbc
4 par 3s on that course this week.

MaclLroy on Sunday. Bogey, Bogey, Bogey and just about avoided a fourth Bogey.
If he doesn't hit the green he can't get up and down.

He is finished mate.
97
01/03/2021 19:13:17 2 0
bbc
You spelt his name wrong again.
102
01/03/2021 19:28:22 1 2
bbc
I am used to him doing that Jimmy. His name is Viktor but he seems to like calling him Victoria . It makes no difference to me because I know who he is refering to.
94
01/03/2021 19:08:25 4 0
bbc
Stop the tedious “MA drivel. It’s boring and meaningless.
98
01/03/2021 19:15:50 2 2
bbc
Go on then I will behave.

What did you make of Bob's efforts this weekend?
I still do not see what the fuss is about him.
Would you have him in the Ryder Cup team?
I see Rasmus looked out of his depth too and I am worried about Fleetwood and Rose too.
Did you watch John Rahm on friday? That was some serious hacking and petulance by that man throughout the entire round. I was shocked.
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gg
01/03/2021 20:31:52 2 1
bbc
Morikawa is the best young player coming through, he is a class apart from the others, reminds me of a young RM with his fearless but controlled approach, big bob will have his day, just needs to play in more tournaments in the states.
140
01/03/2021 21:25:35 2 0
bbc
Bob is over in the US for 7 weeks. If he comes back higher up the rankings than when he left, I think his trip will have been a success.

I wouldn’t judge his trip solely on this weekend, or in now he does at the masters, but based on the body of work that he puts together over the full course of the 7 weeks.

Poor start, but plenty of opportunity to deliver.
93
01/03/2021 19:07:04 5 1
bbc
To be honest I doubt they know what is going on in the grand scheme of things.
The good thing about living in Stavanger, the oil city of Norway, is that the players buy all the top of the range clubs and balls despite being pretty new to the game.
The upshot of that is that in the cellar I have 2 plastic buckets full of Titleist Pro V1s and Pro V1x that look like they have only been hit once :)
99
01/03/2021 19:17:17 2 1
bbc
I’ve been on courses like that, prov1’s all over the place. Gleneagles, for example.
101
01/03/2021 19:22:18 2 1
bbc
Crikey. I think you just raised my bet, going with Gleneagles mate LOL
What ball do you use?
I find those 2 balls, together with Callaway Supersoft and the Srixon Ultisoft perfect for my game.
Tried hitting a Titleist NXT Tour but couldn't get it to fly at all.
44
01/03/2021 16:03:52 1 28
bbc
*golf is a waste of a good walk
100
01/03/2021 19:21:41 5 1
bbc
Get off the course, you’re just a nuisance and distraction for us golfers.
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02/03/2021 14:15:42 1 0
bbc
No please strap him to the back of the ball collector on the driving range and lets all have a go!