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 ...

Rickie Fowler – We Miss The Generous Victory Gesture Of A Dozen Bottles Of Bubbly

It is almost unheard of that when a top-ranked golfer wins a golf tournament he goes out of his way to arrange for a dozen bottles of bubbly to be delivered to the press room. This has been the practice each time Rickie Fowler has won either on the PGA Tour or the now DP World Tour, and with Fowler, and through his manager, organizing either champers or ice-cold beers for the attending media at each of his five PGA Tour wins or his pair of DP World Tour victories. There was champagne all around when ...

Hilton Head – A Relaxing Tour Stop But Don’t Get Caught Speeding Getting There

For most, it’s a welcome relief travelling the 130 odd miles southeast from the stress of the Masters in Augusta, Georgia to Hilton Head in South Carolina for this week’s more relaxed RBC Heritage. The most direct driving route is along South Carolina highway SC 125 and then turn right onto SC 321 before emerging south onto the I-95, and a short time later taking the turn-off to Hilton Head. Driving the two South Carolina roads is kind of like a time warp. You drive through very sleepy ...

Woods Ends Anniversary of His Maiden Masters Victory Still A Winner

  Tiger Woods is a winner! No, Woods didn’t win the 2022 Masters nor did he contend, but the sight of Woods some 14 months after his near fatal car crash walking all four days at golf’s revered ‘Cathedral in the Pines’ was the stuff of champions. Woods had come back from extended lay-offs and most due to back surgery but this week, and from the longest period away from the game of his 26-year-pro career, was totally different. Prior to this past week, it had been 508 says since Woods last ...

Askernish Golf Club – Stunning Selection of Videos & Photographs Of The Old Tom Morris Golfing Jewel

As many visitors to GolfByTourMiss may know, one of my favourite golfing destinations is Askernish Golf Club. Askernish was designed by Old Tom Morris and opened for play on Saturday, 29th September 1891, with a foursome comprising a Mr Paterson and Mr William McLean against Mr Kenneth McLeod and Mr David Jerrow. At the time of opening, it was described as ‘probably the most natural Golf course in the United Kingdom’. Golf was played at Askernish till around the early 1920s and from there ...

The 86th Masters – What’s Your First Thought?  What Do You Buy At Augusta?  How Long Is Magnolia Lane?  We Ask The Players

Weather permitting those golfers teeing up in the 86th hosting of the Masters have till 3 pm today (local time) to wind up their preparations ahead of the championship. It will be a case of the old tournament golf saying: “If you haven’t got your game sorted out by now, then it’s good luck!” Of course, all interest will center on whether five-time Masters champ Tiger Woods thinks he will be fit to be introduced Thursday at 10.24 am on the first tee:  ‘Fore please! Tiger Woods now driving”. Only ...

Tiger & Bernie – Twenty-Seven Years Since Their Maiden Masters

Question! What does Tiger Woods have in common with Bernie McGuire? Absolutely nothing I hear you laughingly shout. Well, you’re wrong! This year marks the 27th anniversary that Tiger and myself made our Masters debut. Tiger was the then U.S. Amateur champion, having won the first of what would be three straight championship titles. Your Aussie-born author was then, and still is, a struggling 15-handicapper at Crail in Scotland, arriving at Augusta National having been accredited by the ...