On second thought: Muirfield re-vote on women
John Huggan explains the new voting at Muirfield Golf Club to admit women members. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
Huggan: Older Muirfield members don't care about perception
Veteran Scottish golf writer John Huggan joins Rich Lerner to react to the news Muirfield will not admit women members.
Fairways of Life: May 27, 2016
Watch Fairways of Life with Matt Adams from Friday May 27, 2016. Matt Adams hosted the show live from the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club.
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.
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.some of the shorter players. It's a good job Cory Pavin's and Ian Woosnam might never even be, you wouldn't be able to see Ian Woosnam turn the bottom of that hill. You know, John, a few years ago you wrote with a lot of strength about the changes to the old course at St. Andrews. You called it depressing. You called the move by the RNA arrogant, controversial. The changes to that golf course . This golf course , Royal Portrush will need to be changed. Added bunkers, 200 yards added in length. Are you ok, are you comfortable with the
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.talk to you. Yesterday, huge news in the game of golf. the European tour saying it would not sanction the WCG Bridgestone invitational next year because of the Olympics. Your thoughts on this news. Well I think the The prevalent reaction where I come from will be, it's about time the European tour stepped up and maybe took on the PGA tour a little bit, I mean, the PGA are sort of classic bullies when it comes to what's the biggest and the best, and they dictate, when it comes to world golf championships, but my preference would have actually been for them to just skip a year. At Firestone maybe just say, let's not do it. Let's give the French Open it's due. European Tour , golf worldwide, outside America. I think that would have been the ideal scenario. But we've now got conflict instead of that. Important for the European Tour to protect the oldest. Championship played in continental Europe, that was important. Yeah, any criticism of the European tour would be unfounded on this. I mean, what are they expected to do? It's their job, is to protect their own turf to an extent, and that's exactly what they're doing. And the French Open is a big event.
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: 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.the other guys. Especially the American based guys. And the guys like Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald who live in America. And have actually slipped outside the top 50. Before they made this change, it was almost impossible for a European player to qualify for the Ryder Cup team without being in the top 50 in the world. This change has made it slightly easier for somebody like Luke Donald or Grant McDonald in the present position to make the team. And everything the European Tour does is really geared around the Ryder Cup. I mean, it's the financial engine that drives the Tour. Just about everything they do is paid for by every four years the whole Ryder Cup. So they've got to protect that investment, if you like. And this is, again everything they do, you just have to think Ryder Cup. Yeah John you're exactly right. This is that the concession made by Keith Pelley is more to try to help Ian Poulter , Graeme McDowell , Luke Donald has no bearing or effect really on Rory or Justin Rose . Players who are embedded in the top ten of the world. Last thing, you're in Australia for an event you love. The
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