Lowry: “Bernie, You’re Breaking Up There! We Can’t Hear You”.

Shane Lowry has always been one of more affable top-ranked golfers to work with.  He’s approachable,  he’s honest, he gives you a good line, he wears his heart on his shirt sleeve and he’ll tell you sometimes when to ‘go take a long walk on a short pier’ if he’s not happy with you for something you may have written. I guess that’s how it should be at what we call the cutting edge of golf reporting. Take Lowry’s pre-PGA Championship presser early Wednesday ...

Now We’re All ‘Less Than 24 Hours From Tulsa’.

I can remember the occasion clearly, and it took place 21-years-ago at Southern Hills GC and then venue for the 2001 US Open. We were in the media centre, escaping the sweltering June temperatures and just standing around chatting amongst ourselves when the conversation turned to the ’60s hit song made famous by Gene Pitney. It just seems, and even this week, you mention Tulsa and someone mentions Pitney’s hit tune – 24 Hours from Tulsa.  It was a song that launched Pitney’s ...

Santos Sizzles Day Two Soudal Open, Exactly A Decade In Winning On Tour

It is a decade today – May 13th, 2012 – since the very affable Portuguese golfer Ricardo Santos brilliantly won on home soil in capturing the Madiera Islands Open. Santos was in sizzling form posting a closing round 63 to win by four shots on the course located very high-up, and dramatically overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It was the then 29-year-old’s maiden and still first DP World Tour victory.  There were emotional scenes with his wife, Rita and then very young three-year-old ...

Ferguson Warms To Fond Memories Of Host Soudal Open Course In Antwerp

Scotland’s Ewan Ferguson drew on fond host golf course memories to lead the Scottish challenge after the opening day of the Soudal Open outside of Antwerp in Belgium. Ferguson bounced back from a 15th hole to bogey to birdie the 16th in an eventual round of a four-under 67 in bright but windy conditions on the host Rinkven International course. The reigning Qatar Masters champ finished third on the same course at the 2019 Belgian Knockout, and in a season with four other secondary Challenge ...

Power Returns To AT & T Byron Nelson Where His Stunning Run First Connected

Seamus Power’s return to this week’s AT & T Bryon Nelson in Texas is special for many reasons. It was a year ago the then No. 342 world-ranked Irishman began a run of results that two months later led to a maiden PGA Tour triumph. Power made his way to the TPC Craig Ranch, to the north of Dallas, and for four rounds was never outside of the top-10 posting a superb starting round of 65, and followed it up with rounds of 68, 67 and a closing day 70 to share ninth place. It was Power’s 112th PGA ...

Ramsay On A Promise Daughter Olivia Gets To Put Her Toys In Betfred British Masters Trophy

Scotland’s Richie Ramsay remains quietly confident of ending a seven-year winless drought and, in the process, dedicating Betfred British Masters success to his six-year-old daughter, Olivia. Ramsay, 38, fought back from a mid-round double-bogey while leading, and though hitting back with a next hole birdie, his third-round level par 72 sees him tied at eight-under and four shots off the lead. Dane Thorbjorn Olesen muscled his way to a three-shot lead, finishing eagle and birdie in a three-under ...

Wells Fargo Stagecoaches, Gun-Toting Bandits, Horses & McIlroy

….  Bernie ‘Randolph Scott’ McGuire Mention of the Wells Fargo Championship trips a switch and has me thinking of stagecoaches being chased by a gang of masked bandits atop of their equally mean-looking horses, firing Colt-45s that never run out of bullets. It’s an image, I admit, that comes from watching far too many Randolpn Scott, John Wayne or Jimmy Stewart Western movies. Having been in the States for the 2020 Players Championship when PGA Tour Commissioner, Jay Monahan announced ...