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  • Low scores and a record 62 dominates Saturday at Birkdale

    Guest Correspondence - Jul 23, 2017

    Christmas came early for the golf fan at this year’s Open. Instead of decorations, birdie and par lit up the course during third round play at Royal Birkdale. So easy were the conditions, it prompted Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay to predict that there was a 62 out ..

  • Ghosts of Birkdale past circle young guns

    Guest Correspondence - Jul 22, 2017

    The buzz is out. They say the conditions have softened up at Royal Birkdale. Wind and rain are suggested to be sparse, and though no one in the opening groups is tearing it up yet, it could signal things for a weekend that can define the game’s history in th..

  • Birkdale's decade long history suggests repeat major winner

    Guest Correspondence - Jul 19, 2017

    Bombay in the monsoons is torrid. Rain comes down sideways, baring deep into your soul. It must have been familiar weather for Peter Thompson. The five-time open champion was a regular at the Indian Open. Melbourne’s finest would go on to build courses aroun..

  • Koepka muscles Erin Hills to take the US Open

    Guest Correspondance - Jun 28, 2017

    At the time, qualifying school for the PGA Tour had four stages – pre-qualifying and three stages scattered all over the US. When the dust settled, the top-25 and ties would get their PGA Tour cards, while lower ranked players would get slightly unattractive..

  • Cowboy Kim takes the annual TPC spectacle

    Guest Correspondance - May 20, 2017

    At the end of a confusing four days, played in heavy winds - but forced to throw the ball up in the air over hazards which could have easily confused the setting as Dubai instead of Florida, a young South Korean boy bound for compulsory military duty took home..

  • The Indian Open, a Cinderella story

    Guest Correspondance - Mar 10, 2017

    Like many young golfers growing up, I sought out SSP Chawrasia's advice more than once. Keep practicing, and playing. If you make a mistake, focus on why you made it -- then go try the same shot again.You see SSP is a myth in Calcutta golfing circles. Spoken a..

  • The 1997 Masters - My Story (Tiger Woods with Lorne Rubenstein)

    Guest Correspondance - Feb 26, 2017

    The story is not new. Sports Illustrated stands out with a magnificent shot of Lee Elder on the cover, titled A Date with the Masters. It was 1975 -- Gerald Ford was President of America and the country was as polarised as it is today. For months after winnin..

  • Augusta, Amen Corner and Fred Couples

    Guest Correspondance - Feb 16, 2017

    Welcome to Amen Corner. We're going to talk about golf and the tunes she hums. But before that, a word about the name of this column. The noted golf writer Herbert Warren Wind coined the term Amen Corner to describe the stretch of holes between 11-13 at A..