Return of golf is most ‘welcome’

THE Malaysian populace, as a community, should help ensure that the spread of the deadly Covid-19 be contained as best as possible. This was the view expressed by Malaysian Golf Association secretary Datuk Zulkifli Ismail, who added that golfers and non-golfers alike should adhere to the guidelines and restrictions set out by the Health Ministry and other authorities to combat the pandemic. In a wide ranging interview with TeeUp yesterday, Zulkifli also shared some telling pointers about the golf industry, the position it finds itself in and welcomed the decision…

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Covid-19: Irish Open becomes latest European Tour event postponed

LONDON: The Irish Open has become the latest European Tour competition to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event was scheduled to take place at Mount Juliet from May 28-31, with former US Open champion Graeme McDowell acting as tournament host. “Everyone’s health is our only concern,” McDowell said. “My thoughts are with everyone affected by the crisis and I hope everyone keeps safe and well during these difficult times.” Including majors and World Golf Championship events, a total of 12 European Tour tournaments have now been postponed…

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British Open cancelled for first time since World War II

The British Open has been cancelled for the first time since World War II due to the Covid-19 coronavirus. The 149th Open was scheduled to take place at Royal St George’s Golf Club in Kent in July. But with the pandemic ripping the 2020 sporting schedule to shreds, the event has became the first of the sport’s four majors to be cancelled this year. Golf’s oldest major will now be hosted at the same Sandwich venue in July 2021. “The Open was due to be played in Kent from 12-19…

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Golfers chip in money and kind deeds in these dark days

The Cambridge dictionary describes golf as follows: “A game played outside on grass in which each player tries to hit a small ball into a series of nine or 18 small holes, using a long, thin stick.” On the PGA TOUR, the Royal and Ancient game is defined slightly differently. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic which has temporarily shut down all major sports and leagues, PGA TOUR commissioner Jay Monahan has stepped up to be counted in mitigating an international crisis that has hurt the world’s economy, sports not withstanding. When…

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Bad weather forces organisers to cut Malaysia Open to 54 holes

THE Malaysia Open has been reduced to a 54-hole event following another weather delay at the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club yesterday. The third round of the event was suspended due to lightning threats at around 2pm, just before overnight leader Andrew Dodt of Australia was due to tee off. All 74 players, who made the halfway cut set at one-under 143, will resume their campaign today. “The tournament has been affected by several lengthy delays and suspensions due to inclement weather throughout the week,” said Asian Tour tournament…

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No pain no gain as Gavin journeys far and wide for fame and fortune

By the time Malaysia’s No. 1 golfer Gavin Kyle Green concludes his hectic four back-to-back tournament schedule, he would have travelled close to 15,000km across four countries. The 26-year-old Gavin’s first of the four stops was at the Oman Open last week. He finished a creditable joint 18th. On Thursday, he will be in Doha for the Qatar Masters and he aims to keep up his strong momentum in the European Tour event. Gavin has finished no worse than a top-30 in his first five starts to date with his…

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Im claims first PGA Tour title with clutch play at Honda Classic

South Korean Im Sung-jae hit a series of clutch shots down the stretch to clinch his first PGA Tour victory in style, a one-shot triumph at the Honda Classic in Florida on Sunday. Im, last year’s tour rookie of the year, broke through in his 50th start by carding a four-under-par 66 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens. He birdied the par-three 15th and 17th holes and then got up-and-down from a greenside bunker to par the last and finish at six-under 274 on the water-lined course, one of…

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Get set for the invasion from the Land of the Rising Sun

Shugo Imahira, the reigning Japan Golf Tour (JGT) No. 1, will spearhead a powerful JGT challenge at the Malaysian Open when it returns next month after a five-year absence. The world No. 36 Imahira will be among the 20 JGT members teeing off at the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club in Shah Alam from March 5-8. The US$1mil (RM4.14mil) event is sanctioned by the Asian Tour in partnership with JGT for the first time. All eyes will surely be on Imahira, who is set to be the highest-ranked player…

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R&A gifted world’s biggest collection of golf books

Everything and anything that ever happened in the game of golf can be found between the covers of Alastair Johnston’s vast 30,000-volume collection of golf books and he is donating the whole lot to the R&A at St Andrews. Johnston, former chairman of Scottish soccer club Rangers and vice chairman of management group IMG, bought his first golf book during an internship at IMG in 1969 and he has been accumulating ever since, adding as many as 800 titles per year. His collection features works by many of golf’s most…

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