Well the Masters has been and gone and after all the excitement in the build up and the great final round the golfing scene now seems a little flat. Last weeks RBC Heritage Tournament in the States didn’t really capture the imagination despite the great effort of Luke Donald in finishing runner up. The presentation to the winner of a garish plaid jacket didn’t quite add the gravitas perhaps that the tournament organisers wanted and seemed a poor imitation of the green jacket presentation at Augusta. There was a lot of interest in whether Ian Poulter could win enough money to retain his players card and unlike the Ryder Cup where he manages to finish the job off with some incredible putting his putter went cold and he failed by one shot. He now needs to finish in the top 30 in this weeks event to have a chance and you can bet that Sky will be spending a lot of air time watching his progress. With his clothing company closing down last month, it is tough times for Mr. Poulter.
With two Europeans fighting out the Masters finish and Luke Donald finishing runner up it looks promising for the European Ryder Cup team captain however I will be amazed if the European team get anywhere near winning the coveted trophy as the strength in depth of the Americans is just too great. They have an outstanding group of young players who with another years experience will be too strong for Europe.
On the European Tour there was a play off when veteran Edoardo Molinari beat Ireland’s Paul Dunne for the Trophee Hassan at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco. It was hardly riveting golf and the Tour now heads to China for the Shenzhen International which again doesn’t catch the imagination. The Portugese Open in early May and the BMW Championship the same month look a lot more promising and will provide interest to the build up to the next major the US Open in June and then the Open in July at Birkdale.
In the States the next big event is the so called 5th Major the Players Championship at the famous Sawgrass course in Florida. That’s an event that’s always watching just to see how many of the worlds best golfers can put a ball in the water with a pitching wedge at the 17th hole.
With a lull in interesting events to watch now is probably the best time to try to get your game in shape for the coming season. Taking lessons checking out a new driver or set of irons is a great way to stimulate your interest and just to make it more special why not have a weekend break away in the UK or even better Spain or Portugal. Have a look at www.glencorgolf.com for some amazing deals.