Monday, 3rd August 2020

This Month's Magazine

Golf & Quiz - Thistle Test YE!

Europe tune up with K Club outing







Ian Woosnam brought half of his European team to the K Club on Th ursday to practise at the Ryder Cup course. Spain’s Jose Maria Olazabal said the unpublicised get-together was vital to boosting European hopes of defending their title against the USA in Ireland. Olazabal said: “We want to see how it’s playing and Woosie will pinpoint his ideas and we’ll see what he has to say.” “It’s important to get together well before the tournament and have a taste of the course and the team atmosphere.” Olazabal was joined at the practice session by Paul Casey, Darren Clarke, Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington and David Howell. Th e rest of Woosnam’s team are either in action or resting. Th e European reconnaissance mission follows a similar trip made by all 12 of the American team and captain Tom Lehman last week. Olazabal was impressed with the recent changes made to the Arnold Palmer-designed course and wary of the challenge ahead. “Th ere are a lot of new trees and you really need to play good golf around here now,” he said. Th e 40-year-old Spaniard, who will be playing in his seventh Ryder Cup, added they would also be having “a couple of beers” and taking in Woosnam’s views on the coming match, which starts on 22 September. European captain Woosnam is sure to refl ect on Th omas Bjorn’s criticism of his captaincy - criticism he is confi dent will make the team stronger. Bjorn labelled Welshman “barmy” after he was overlooked for one of the two wildcards, which instead went to Clarke and Lee Westwood. “It will make Lee and Darren more determined,” said Woosnam. “Once we get to the Ryder Cup it will be put to bed.”


Thistle test ye!

Presented by: Ian MacLeod M.P.G.T.G. European Golf Teaching Professional - European Golf Teachers Federation - Professional Golf Teachers Guild

Mopping up Casual Water on Line of Play

A pool of casual water was on the putting green between the player’s ball, which was lying short of the green, and the hole. The players caddie mopped up the water. Was this permissible?

Send answers by e-mail to or by any other written method to reach us by 5th October. You must provide your address.

The first correct answer to be drawn will be the winner of a voucher for a free 1/2 hr. golf lesson for the winning entrant or nominee.

Last Month's correct answer was: The match stands as played. The players failed to take note of the conditions of the competition and have only themselves to blame.

Last Month’s winner was: Peter Ferry of Gibraltar.

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