‘We’ve all made sacrifices this past year, Shane Lowry included. I’d be careful to comment that yours have been any greater than others. There’s always someone in this life who has it worse’
Hideki Matsuyama has been tipped to light the Olympic torch this summer in Tokyo. Whether that happens or not, no doubt he’s lit a fire under the fairway ambitions of an already golf mad nation of Japan
‘Eamonn hardly looped at all. His idiosyncrasy was no more than his right elbow ‘popping out’ as he gathered full power to apply a ferocious blow in the hitting area; the result of playing the game almost entirely with his right hand and arm’
‘There has been plenty of hogwash talk on TV lately accompanied by grainy film replays illustrating Matthew Wolff’s ‘loopy golf swing’ and how similar it is to the swing of former Irish great, Jimmy Bruen. Pay no heed. It’s a load of bunkum’
‘Apart from warming up, Bubba rarely beats balls on the range. He isn’t into swing drills and what Tiger likes to call ‘reps.’ What’s the use of reps if no two golf shots are ever the same?’
Something had to give to release the shackles on Rory McIlroy’s abundant talent. Pete Cowen might just be it, but don’t be expecting any Masters miracles
The golf course at Augusta National has been stretched to its limit to combat the game’s longest hitters. When will enough, be enough?
“Expect hard, fast greens and exacting pin positions that only fools rush in and dare to attack” – Roddy Carr expects the green blazers to defend their prized asset much more aggressively this year
‘Something about the way the Golden Bear carried himself, the roars he generated among the galleries, the flashing blond locks and the intensity with which he played stirred a kernel of ambition in Faldo’
‘It will be a huge relief to watch golf being played at Augusta this coming week without being overwhelmed by an urge to throw something at the TV’
‘I still believe SKY does not cover golf as well as the BBC did, but it is by no means bad and, when all is said and done, it’s the golf shown that matters not the people talking about it’
One for the dog lovers out there and the tongue-in-cheek make-up of Padraig Harrington’s Ryder Cup team were it to consist of canine personality traits. A few wild dogs in the fight on this list!
Rory McIlroy will hope swing guru Pete Cowen holds the key to unlocking his swing in time for the Masters but our own Ivan Morris experienced a lesson from Cowen long before the four-time Major winner
One of the most straight-talking guys in professional golf, in an interview with No Laying Up last year, Joel Dahmen admitted that it was the money, not the love of the game that kept him on the PGA Tour. And he’s making a helluva livin’ now
‘With the Easter holidays in full swing, there is a reluctance to give anything the green light, let alone golf, with a staged easing of restrictions preferred, likely meaning the earliest realistic date for golf’s return in the ROI is April 12th’