Barney's News You Can Use
Finally there is a slightly brown look to the golf courses, to remind us summer is here. Of course, the Olympics are well underway and good luck to our golfers in search for gold. Team GB has started off really well and interestingly is ahead of our medal haul at the same stage in the London Olympics.
The end of this month will see the moment when Ryder Cup Captain, Darren Clarke makes his three picks for the team to join the nine automatic places. Certainly fast rising US based Scot Russell Knox winning last week on our PGA Tour should be high on the list of picks. Good to see Martin Kaymer back on form and with his experience certainly would be an asset to any team. I get the feeling Lee Westwood will get the nod too, as he's performed well this year and with all the rookies in the side, adds a level of gravitas and match experience which will be invaluable. The other player I really like who is in great form is the Swede, Alex Noren if he can win one of the last few qualifying tournaments, will give Darren Clarke a selection headache.
Russell Knox's win in the US last week was somewhat over shadowed by my lookalike Jim Furyk's amazing 58 in the final round. This makes him the first man in the history of the PGA Tour to do so. Six players had shot 59 including Jim and interestingly the very first player to break 60 in 1977 who was Al Geigberger. Al had been approached about a 40th anniversary do next year, to which he prophetically said "let's wait and see as I have a feeling it's going to be broken!"
Jim started his day at one over par for the first 54 holes, he then proceeded to birdie 9 of the first 12 holes and had an eagle too. He clearly started to slack as he only birdied one of the final six hole, leaving him 12 under for the day!
Continuing the theme that 'Bald is Beautiful', I wanted to thank so many of you who enjoyed and commented on my Faults and Fixes cures in the current edition of Golf Monthly. It was a mammoth piece of work to cover 50 fixes (who knew there were so many problems in golf!) and took us two days at the beautiful West Hill Golf Course filming for the Golf Monthly YouTube channel and a day in the studio putting the magazine pull out pages together. We also did a Podcast, my second one this year.
Hopefully for those of you that have read the fixes and or watched the clips they may assist getting your game back on track or perhaps answer a golfing question.
Enjoy your golf and the promised heatwave for next week.
All the best