Publishers thoughts for September

Ryan Fox has now flown off to London with two major goals between now and the end of the European Tour season.

A month long break back at home in New Zealand has him optimistic he can secure his place in the Race to Dubai season finale and be a captain’s pick in Ernie Els’ team for the President’s Cup at Royal Melbourne in December.

Fox finished tied for 16th at the British Open last month, his best result in a major. It rejuvenated him after a lean period following his honeymoon in March where he had missed seven straight cuts after the Malaysian Open including the US Open and PGA Championship.

Hasn’t Lydia Ko been attracting criticism over the last few weeks.  David Leadbetter has certainly taken aim at Lydia’s mother and there may well be an element of truth in it.

Her mother has been with her continuously since her schooldays when she started playing in tournaments and has been part of her entire professional development.  It is also how Korean family and culture systems work.

Of course, times change. Lydia certainly has, but she has already achieved so much and encouraged the entire LPGA to take a step or two upwards.

Time will sort this out.  Not newspaper media opinionating.

I see that Muirfield has finally admitted female members, two years after the decision to reverse a ban on female membership. Twelve ladies from the UK and Europe have been invited to join what is a very old-fashioned environment. The average membership waiting list time has at times exceeded 12 years and six years is not uncommon.  The conclusion being that by being blacklisted as a venue for hosting The Open has sped up a long and convoluted process.

The issue has split the world of Scottish golf, with several women players deeply critical of “entrenched” sexist attitudes in the sport towards their participation.

Of course we ourselves have our issues regarding the playing together of the two genders but this maybe puts us into balance! This issue sees the publication of the start of the run up to the 2020 New Zealand Open.  It is moving back from The Hills to Millbrook this year so now is the time to start planning your trip.  Last year was just fantastic and it will be just as good in 2020.

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