While I was gone…

Yes, I have had my feet up for a week. Finding a week to take some holiday in the middle of the summer is not that easy. This was far from an ideal one either with the European Individual, Boys Home Internationals and the Reid Trophy along with a few other things going on. Considering I had a bit of a birthday to celebrate it was family first in my case though and as I now glance through what happened in the last week I come to realise how much golf is played in very little time.

Does anybody share my feeling that shooting 59 has all of a sudden become much more possible? Perhaps it is the Roger Bannister effect all over again that has more players out there really trying to do it? Stuart Appleby became the 5th player in the PGA Tour history to reach the magic number and as he talks through his round at the press conference he makes it sound like no big deal at all. This could be the start of what to expect from professional golf in the future I suspect. The crowds love to watch players scoring low and making birdies and if you, like golf, are in the entertainment business then of course anything that will attract people’s attention is good. Perhaps we sooner rather than later will end up with the two different types of golf – one game that is played on Championship golf courses for the majors and one that is played anywhere, with the sole purpose to please the crowds. I doubt that the latter will be 72 hole stroke play events every week in the future!

Talking about scheduling by the way… Stuart Appleby played his 11th week in a row when he finished with the 59 to win the Greenbrier Classic. With the Bridgestone tournament and then the PGA Championship he will add up to 13 weeks on the trot. And if you have followed what happened to Tommy Fleetwood in his busy stretch of tournaments you know that he ended up winning the English Amateur, after coming straight off his second place finish in the English Challenge. He followed this up with flying out to Finland for the European Individual, an event where he finished runner up. 2-1-2 over the last three weeks in high quality fields is not that bad is it? It seems like there is something to be said about playing yourself into form… With this Tommy shot to the  number one position in the Scratch Players World Ranking which is a pretty awesome way to finish your amateur career. With the Home Internationals this coming week it will be crucial for Tommy, as for Stuart Appleby, to then recoup and make sure that there is energy there to go the rest of the season as well.

Some not so great news came from the Boys Home Internationals where England were pretty far from defending their title from last year. This is obviously hard on the people involved as they are working incredibly hard to be successful. Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned from Stuart Appleby here as well as he said his aim had been to play his way out of the bad form he had been in for a month or so. We will of course review the main events this summer carefully, both on the boys’ and men’s side and come back even stronger!

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