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18 May

Putting the “World” back into “Match Play”

(Photo: Volvo in Golf)


IT HADN’T REQUIRED too healthy a dose of scepticism in recent years to look at the World Match Play Championship as something of a misnomer. In its 44-year history at the Wentworth it had produced a stellar roll-call of champions – but the fields gradually diminished to, in some cases, almost a second tier of the world’s best. […]


7 May

Seve Ballesteros dies “peacefully” at home

(Photo: Volvo-Getty)

THE PLAYER who did more than any other to raise golf’s profile in Spain has died at his Pedreña home after a valiant battle against the debilitating effects of a brain tumour.

In a press statement released by his family, it was announced that he had passed away at 2.10 am (Spanish time) “peacefully surrounded by his family”. […]


28 Mar

Top players commit to new-look Volvo Match Play

Arnold Palmer – the inaugural winner in 1964 (Photo: IMG)

WHEN ARNOLD PALMER won the inaugural World Match Play Championship in 1964, the event was essentially an exhibition competition involving eight of Mark H. McCormack’s stable of stars. Palmer, the first player McCormack signed to his fledgling management company IMG, beat Englishman Neil Coles for a £5,000 cheque from a total prize fund of £16,000.


SCOT back in the GAME

27 Mar

Andalucian title for former British Open champion

IT HAD BEEN a long and frustrating nine years, but Paul Lawrie finally made it back onto the European Tour winner’s podium with a scrambling victory in the Open de Andalucía by Turkish Airlines at Parador Málaga de Golf.



24 Mar

Jiménez woos Tiger with food and wine…

…but Woods’ private jet remains in Florida as Open de Andalucía gets underway

Miguel Ángel Jiménez and José María Olazábal

THEY WERE CHATTING at the Dubai Desert Classic in February when Miguel Ángel Jiménez popped the question to Tiger Woods: would he like to come and play in the Open de Andalucía on the Costa del Sol? […]


31 Oct

McDowell last man standing at Valderrama


THE UNIVERSAL public view by players is that they relish the opportunity of teeing up at Valderrama. Privately, many also dread it. Of course, while golf is supposed to be fun for us lesser golfing mortals, for the game’s elite it is just another day at the office – and, as in any job, some days are better than others. Or, at Valderrama, worse than others. […]

TOP senior in HOT form

17 Oct

“Godfather of Asian Golf” blitzes Benahavis field

HE MIGHT NOT be a household name among golfing fans outside his home base but Thailand’s Boonchu Ruangkit has been shredding the record books in his rookie year on the European Senior Tour. […]


6 Oct

Andalucía’s favourite golfing son heads Valderrama field

(Photo: Michael Denker)


IT ALMOST seemed like losing an old friend when the Volvo Masters disappeared from the European Tour schedule after 2008. For many – fans, press and even players (though not all in the latter case) – the annual autumn trip to Valderrama was a high point of the year. […]

Ryder HYPE runneth OVER

1 Oct

What the other 89 per cent think…


IT’S MID-AUTUMN – an even year – and that means billions of golf fans around the universe are sitting in front of their TV screens, enthralled by the action in the “third biggest sporting event in the world”. Yeah, sure. […]

First Jiménez GOLF ACADEMY

23 Sep

And 11th win for fortysomething maestro…

THEY PLAYED together in the pro-am before this year’s Open de Andalucía at the Parador course, and two weeks later Pedro Fernández was on Miguel Ángel Jiménez’s bag in the US Masters. Now they have joined forces to set up Jimenez’s first golf academy. […]