Huggan: Rory might be over-thinking putting
John Huggan of Golf World reacts to Rory McIlroy’s putting thus far at the 2016 Honda Classic. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
Huggan: Rory still No. 1 if he doesn't get injured
John Huggan joins Morning Drive to assess Rory McIlroy's 2015 season and to discuss the new European Tour membership policy.
McIlroy excited about Open return to Portrush
Rory McIlroy reacts to the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush news. John Huggan brings you more on the story. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
European Tour will not sanction the WGC-Bridgestone in 2016
John Huggan reacts to the news that the European Tour Will Not Sanction the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2016 due to the French Open.
The tricky issue with European Tour membership
John Huggan reports on Ian Poulter trying to maintain status on the European Tour for the Ryder Cup. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.Speaking of Graeme McDowell , he took to social media to kinda poke a little fun at Ian Poulter , who is now in the field at the Hong Kong Open, courtesy of Rich Beam giving up his spot. No Terry Mundy this week, but they're queuing up here to caddy for Ian James Poulter. Ian, of course, Trying to maintain European Tour status to be able to compete in the Ryder Cup next year. Just landed in Hong Kong. Waiting for my bag then off to the hotel for quick bite and sleep. Teeing of at noon tomorrow. John, this seems a little bit murky to me. Rich Beem showing some largesse, a European Tour official contacting him to give up His spot for Ian Poulter . Anything curious about this story to you? Well, it shows you how important a, the Ryder Cup, and b, Ian Poulter is to the European Tour. He's not quite as important as Rory McIlroy, I mean the tour weren't gonna go as far to change the rules which it did for Rory. Rory's gonna come up short of the 13, the required number This year on the European Tour. But he's still gonna be able to play, be a member next year and be able to play in the Ryder Cup. The European Tour didn't quite go that far for Ian Poulter . He's not quite as important as Rory. But he was important enough that they made the effort. I have deep misgivings about this whole eligibility thing as far as the European Tour's concerned. To me the European Rider Cup team should be just that, it should be the 12 best European players and not just a European tour team if you like. Do you believe Ian Poulter still holds the sway that we saw back in 2012? There's been a sentiment that he deserves a spot at least for the next decade because of how he's performed. He has not played very well In stroke play events does he still command a captain's pick? Does he still command a spot on the European team? He's totally still in the position where lately Westridge is kind of the same for next year. And if they get close, really close to qualifying automatically They'd be very strong candidates for picks from Darren Clark . But if Ian Poulter continues to play the way he's played this year, there's no way that Darren could justify picking him. He just hasn't been
Huggan: 'Softer the better' for Spieth
John Huggan discusses the biggest challenges for Jordan Spieth at St. Andrews for the 2015 Open Championship.do you think the biggest challenge is for him. Is it the golf course , is it the field, is it the spiritual sense of being at a place that is different from the other venues in the open road? What do you think the biggest challenge for him is? Well, I think it's a bit of all of the above. I mean, I think it helps enormously that Rory McIlroy is not here, as far as Jordan Spieth winning the tournament is concerned. Because Rory would have been a strong favorite in my mind on this golf course , which it sets up perfectly for Rory. Well, I tell you the more it rains this week, the more often the rain comes on and it's forecast to be off and on all week. I think that the more that helps somebody like Jordan who isn't that familiar with the golf course . Because the softer the golf course is, the less the premium there is on driving the ball into exactly the right place. Cuz at the greens a little
Huggan: 'Strategy has endured' at St. Andrews
John Huggan talks about the evolution of St. Andrews.particularly just when you write it, is your thoughts on design and golf course set up. This golf course in your mind as a very fine player yourself, why is it endured the way that it has? Well it has. I think they've obviously had to do things to create that situation. I mean the new tee, some of them are not even on the golf course as we know. And they've done certain things to make it harder which I have a little bit of a problem with. I mean there's no more grass on this golf course than there's ever been. Some of the faces on the bunkers are close to vertical just make it that wee bit more
Huggan: 'We love Tom Watson'
John Huggan talks about Scotland's affection for Tom Watson.John last thing. Tom Watson . It's one thing to win and that would certainly ingratiate you to certain people but he's not from there. Why do you think he has the type of relationship with people in that part of the world that he does? Well, we love Tom Watson . I think he's second only to Jack Nicholas in terms of the level of affection that we Scots feel. For him, I think it has a lot to do with the way he plays golf . The that he plays at, the bushness of his swing, the way he matches up the fairway. That's the way we play.
Huggan: R&A and USGA must address technology
John Huggan says the R&A and USGA must address technology and the distance players hit the golf ball.run out of room. It's as simple as that. I mean, this golf course here, there's no where else to go. I mean, they couldn't possibly stretch this golf course any longer that it is already. In time, given the fact that the players do hit the ball further and further and
Losing desire: Haney's comments on Tiger's drive
Damon Hack talks with Golf World European correspondent John Huggan about his interview with Hank Haney on Tiger Woods possibly losing his competitive drive.on Sunday if he's in contention? All right John. We've talked Tiger, Justin Rose , Sergio Garcia I wanna put you on the spot. Who's gonna win the 143rd Open Championship. Eh, well I like Henrik Stinson's chances. He's