My most fervent wish for golf in 2018 - you’re probably tired of hearing already, just three weeks in - is that the sport breaks out of the numbing complacency that’s a accelerated a decline in particpation. Sadly, evidence is we’re still not getting the message.
Records. Dontcha just love ‘em? What do you mean it’s just us journalists?
As fanfares to start a season go, it wasn’t exactly the most encouraging.
It’s no good, the urge to play devil’s advocate is just too strong. But I’m not driven by mischief, I just think there’s a lot more to yesterday’s rules policy change by the R&A and USGA than meets the (TV) eye.
To be honest, it’s been a tough few weeks of hard work at the rugby, and it would be have been so, so easy. Many of you might not even have noticed, such is my habit of repeating myself.
Even if you hadn’t been there before, it was quite simple to find your way to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Saturday morning.
Well, that escalated quickly. No sooner has Scottish Golf’s ambitious refinancing plan reached the clubs and we have some blunt reactions.
You can pick your friends, but not your family. Team Europe are desperately distancing themselves from an incendiary article penned by Danny Willett’s brother which described American golf fans as “cretins”.
Rory McIlroy was outwardly confident, but the inference was pretty clear when told his odds for the Open Championship this week.
Australian exile Josh Greer took out another two Scottish Boys squad players while the shocks at Scotscraig finally hit the Girls Championship at the semi-final stage.