Thursday, 24th September 2020

This Month's Magazine

Golf News & "Thistle Test Ye"

Golf News & Quiz

Ryder Cup chiefs are to discuss extending the event to four days from the traditional three. The biennial matchplay event between Europe and USA currently begins on a Friday but offi cials will look into bringing the start forward in 2010. Th e move would spread the matches out, helping to combat Welsh autumn weather, and also increase revenues. “It is a situation we are looking at,” said Sandy Jones, chief executive of the Professional Golfers’ Association. “No decision has yet been taken and won’t be for some time. Certainly not until later this year at the earliest.” Th e 2010 competition will take place at Wales’ Celtic Manor but owing to a restructure of the American PGA season from 2007, the event is likely to move from its September slot to October.

Women snub chance to play in Open There are unlikely to be any women playing at this year’s Open despite the Royal and Ancient Club’s decision to allow them to try to qualify. All the potential qualifi ers have decided to play in the Women’s World Matchplay event which clashes with the Open qualifying tournaments. Teenager Michelle Wie could still qualify to play at Hoylake. However to do so she would have to be the highest non-exempt fi nisher at the previous week’s John Deere Classic. Wie has so far failed to make the cut in any of the men’s PGA Tour events in which she has played. Th e R&A’s Peter Dawson said: “The deadline  for entries for qualifying is 1 June but as yet, no women players have entered.

Howell pips Clarke to be top Brit. David Howell carded three late birdies to rescue a disappointing weekend and finish as the bestplaced British player at Augusta at two over par. Th e 30-year-old Englishman played solid golf for two days only to see much of his good work wasted over the weekend. Howell posted a 76 for his third round, while three straight birdies from the 13th helped him to a 72 in the fourth. But Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke, 37, slumped in the fi nal round, ending bogey-bogey to slide to three over.

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Send answers with your address by e-mail to by 5th June 2006. The first correct answer to be drawn will be the winner of a voucher for a free golf lesson for winning entrant or nominee.


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Last Month's correct answer was: “A” caused his own ball to move, he therefore incurred a penalty of one stroke and he must replace his ball.

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