Life on tour

Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko ©Getty Images

Here I am thinking that life was getting a bit warmer when bang – the gales blow and the snow falls.

However, it was not cold in the UK and Ireland.  Ryan Fox is developing strongly as a tour player and this was amply demonstrated at Portrush.  His opening first round including the world record second and back nine was simply magical.  There seemed to be a slight lack of interest in this year’s Open Championship with spectator numbers being apparently down.  In this country TV ratings were certainly not at their usual heights either.

We wonder why.

Lydia Ko’s form nightmare continues as she shot a horror 80 in her second round at the British Open at the Woburn Golf Club in England – four shots worse than her first round – to miss the cut by 10 shots.

Lydia, who finished at 12 over par after her 36 holes, produced two double-bogeys at the 10th and 12th holes and failed to record a single birdie during the second round.

Ko also collected bogeys at the 4th, 6th and 14th as her awful run of recent form continued.

One has to feel for her as she works her way through this slump.  All professional sportsmen go through these phases and usually it simply a matter of time.

Go KO!

On the men’s side of the ledger we have the ongoing, and continuing story of Sergio Garcia and his famous wild Spanish temper.  Now the Tour is  coming under increasing pressure finally to take meaningful disciplinary action against Garcia after his temper again boiled over at the World Golf Championship in Memphis.

A video has been posted of Sergio gouging the tee-box after a poor drive on the 16th hole at TPC Southwind in Sunday’s final round.  He is then seen taking his hand off the club in disgust after completing his swing and then grabbing it with both hands again and violently slamming it into the turf, creating a huge divot.

Garcia has so much history in 2019 and before that there is a growing feeling in the locker room that a ban is overdue.  Will they act – time will tell!

Definitely Not Go Sergio!

The last few years has seen an increasing predominance of digital publishing products and we have found ourselves not to be immune to this trend so in July we embraced that trend and published July as a full blown Interactive PDF.  The results were overwhelmingly positive with a large surge in readership and measurable interactivity as readers used the hyperlinks options available.  So July was seen as a success.  We do revert back to the normal production cycle in September as we start to talk about the upcoming NZ Open in Queenstown and the  PGA at Pegasus.

So enjoy this magazine again.

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