It’s not too dramatic to state the European Tour’s announcement yesterday is the most significant move against slow play in modern golf.
Scots Euan Walker and Sandy Scott have been named in the Great Britain and Ireland team to play the USA in the 47th Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake next month.
The European Tour will penalise golfers strokes for more than one breach of their slow play regulations in a new move to get tough in one of the premier issues in the sport.
Yes, it was a warm-up. Yes, it was the first real hit-out. Yes, the team on the field could reasonably be said to contain all of the nine players in the squad who won’t even get on the flight to Japan.
France 32 Scotland 3: Soft Scots outmuscled by French as World Cup preparations begin with a thumping
Scotland limped into their Rugby World Cup campaign with a thorough thumping physically and on the scoreboard at the hands of France in the 24-degree heat in Nice.
Nice in high summer is not the same as Paris in the spring, conceded Scotland assistant coach Danny Wilson, but that doesn’t mean that Scotland aren’t prepared for a fully-fledged test match on the French Riviera tonight.
Stuart McInally figures he’s had the most challenging experience as Scotland captain already, so skippering the side at the Rugby World Cup in Japan can’t be that bad.
Duncan Taylor’s readiness for a World Cup after two years missing from Scotland duty faces a real acid test on the French Riviera on Saturday night as Gregor Townsend’s first team of the elongated campaign as unveiled yesterday.
Sam Johnston had Adam Hastings as “my little servant” for a spell in Scotland camp after an accidental collision but the Glasgow centre’s World Cup involvement in brief doubt, but the Twickenham hero should make the plane to Japan easily.
We've known in golf that times like this were coming, but that doesn't make it any easier to take.