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The team from National Club Golfer discuss…


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Mark Townsend: Three hours and 45 minutes tops for the weekend warrior. Four hours and 45 minutes for the brave hombres on tour. They’re playing for millions, we’re playing for a pair of socks.

Alex Perry: I’m torn on the situation at Torrey situation from Sunday. As a fan I was spitting when JB was taking four minutes plus to play a single shot. On the other hand, as Mark says, there is a potential title on the line, tens of thousands of dollars, places in the Masters and so on.

Dan Murphy: It took them six hours to get round Torrey Pines on Sunday. The only language these elite players understand is being penalised shots and the sooner that happens the better as far as I am concerned.

Matt Beedle: I’ve not problem with the pros taking their time over putts for the reasons already mentioned, but the weekend at Torrey Pines was really pushing it.

Dan Murphy: If you left 20-minute gaps between groups and gave them four-and-a-half hours to finish or face penalty shots being applied. I’m betting they’d make it round in time. Granted, there has to be a way of differentiating between a culprit and someone who just happens to be playing with a culprit. Otherwise these boys are going to take a long time. It’s not like they need to get to Aldi on the way home.

Alex Perry: For us hackers, I’m with Mark. I try and play twoball and anything over three-and-a-half hours and I’m starting to get a bit over it.

Matthew Beedle: Anything between three and four hours for club golfers.

Alex Perry: I don’t like to rush – but I also don’t like to dawdle.

Mark Townsend: I get round in these times every time I play. I just don’t care that much about how long golf takes.

Dan Murphy: Sounds like you both, like JB, play precisely as fast (or slow) as you like

Matthew Beedle: I’d rather just not be in a twoball and stuck behind a fourball who has the arrogance to say things like, “Sorry there’s no room in front, can’t let you through, going to be a long one today.”

Tom Irwin: This is a good point. Play as slow as you like as long as you let faster players through.

Alex Perry: Summed up nicely by Matthew there. A lot of the time it depends on the situation. If it’s a lovely day and I’m playing with someone whose company I enjoy, happy to spend as long as I want out there – as long as play is constant and flowing. What frustrates me is when I have to hang around to play a shot.

Tom Irwin: Me me me me me.

Alex Perry: This might surprise you but when I’m playing golf I care about no other group on the course, unless they are affecting me. You are the same. Everyone is.

Tom Irwin: Could it be possible though that when you are having a lovely day with someone whose company you enjoy that you might ever so slightly delaying the group behind you?

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Alex Perry: I have no problem letting a group through if the situation arises.

Tom Irwin: I thought you ‘cared about no other group unless they are affecting you’

Alex Perry: If we are slowing them down or they are playing faster than my group, they are affecting us. As we are them.

Tom Irwin: Nothing more annoying that having some faster players than you pestering you.

Alex Perry: Surely you know pretty quickly that you need to let them through. If they’re “pestering” you it’s probably more your fault than theirs.

Dan Murphy: No one thinks it’s their fault do they? If you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem.

Alex Perry: I very rarely encounter slow play problems when playing golf – and when I have it is generally when there’s a traffic jam of fourballs.

Matthew Beedle: I rarely play in a fourball anyway so anything above four hours is ridiculous to me.

Dan Murphy: Fourballs shouldn’t be allowed really. It’s too many people.

Tom Irwin: Correct.

Matthew Beedle: You’re not allowed fourballs on Wednesdays and weekends at my club.

James Savage: Golf takes as long as it takes. It’s a shame if it takes too long or if it’s over too quickly. In the last five years I’ve been annoyed by slow play about twice. Both times on courses where the other people on the course had paid a lot of money for the experience so can be forgiven for taking their time.

Mark Townsend: I’ve got my pre-shot routine down to a tee. If it’s a bit slow out there, walk a little slower, take a convenience break, keep hydrated, take some food on board and time your approach to your orb of hate. Then take too little club, pronate your right femur, clear your mind and rip the flag out/come up a bit short.

Alex Perry: So from all this the upshot is golf only has a slow play problem because of two reasons: Fourballs, and groups not letting faster groups through?

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James Savage: People waiting around because they aren’t sure whose turn it is to putt is one of the slowest things about golf. Honour on the tee, and so on. Scrap it all.

Tom Irwin: Unrealistic expectations. And courses that are too long.

Mark Townsend: Too much rough. And being crap at looking for balls in the rough.

Tom Irwin: Putting.

Alex Perry: Like, copying tour pros by reading putts from every angle?

Tom Irwin: It just takes a disproportionate amount of time vs. the distance covered. So just maths really.

Alex Perry: I think I speak for everyone when I say: “Go on…”

Tom Irwin: You can cover 500 yards in two shots that you spend 30 seconds each over. On the green you make no forward progress and it takes twice as long to execute each shot. Putting is also a very twee activity most alien to the outside world. Think that smashing a driver appeals to most with any kind of sporting interest. Just ban putting really.

Alex Perry: There we go everyone. We’ve solved slow play. Smack the ball onto the green, fist pump, and onto the next tee.

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In the latest instalment of Tech Talk, National Club Golfer equipment editor James Savage goes deep on the CNC milled face on Cobra’s King F8 driver.


A milled driver face? Yes, we’ve been introduced to a fair amount of technology as the top equipment manufacturers launched their new products for 2018.

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It’s actually quite hard to believe that we are still seeing new things considering the USGA/R&A rules around gear – particularly drivers.

They can’t be too big or have faces which allow the ball to ‘trampoline’ too much so there is not a HUGE amount brands can do to make the ball go further.

Brands have to think about how they can make drivers more consistent, perform better on mis-hits or move faster through the air.

And often the end result of these things is that a driver will become longer because it it offering more distance, more often.

We’ve tested most of the new drivers which are coming to market in 2018 and while they do offer improvements, there’s not one which can guarantee a massive distance gain when struck out of the middle compare to the product it is replacing.



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Cobra are a brand which have continued to innovate and bring new ideas to their golf equipment.

And in the milled driver face of their King F8 we see something completely new.


It’s something we have seen on wedges and putters but never on a driver.

So what is the theory behind a milled driver face? Why is it such a big deal? And how is it going to help us play better golf?

It has already helped Rickie Fowler to win on tour at the Hero World Challenge.

For the latest instalment of Tech Talk we caught up Tom Olsavsky Cobra’s VP of golf club R&D to get the lowdown.


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When did the idea for a CNC milled driver face for the King F8 come about?

“Our R&D team was thinking about a milled driver face several years ago, and it took us over two-and-a-half years to perfect it before we could go into production.

“We knew that it would provide improvements in consistency and precisions, but would be costly to implement. So most of the effort was spent on improving processes to allow us to produce high volumes of clubheads.”

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Why hadn’t a milled driver face been used before?

“Mostly due to the high cost. Additionally, the prices in the industry have risen slightly on drivers, but we worked really hard to improve our processes and be more efficient in everything we do.”


What was the main issue with welding and polishing the face of a driver?

“The main issues are always consistency of the structure since it affects everything from the weight, sound, feel, durability, face resilience as well as loft, face angle and face radii (bulge and roll).


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“Since most casting processes have some variability, especially titanium drivers castings, we have to maintain a tight process control to fill all these needs.

“Everyone has a precision process to make the faceplate, but without milling it after being welded into a head, there is still lots of variability in the final steps to remove the weld.”


How and why is a milled driver face better?

“A CNC milled face is better because it improves the precision and consistency of the structure to a level than has never been achieved in a titanium driver.”


What sort of performance benefits might a handicap golfer notice?

“The CNC milling allows us to have tighter tolerances so we can make a thinner face and still be within the USGA and R&A limits.

“Most other manufacturers have to make a wider tolerance just to be legal, which lowers their average CT (elasticity of the clubface) slightly.”


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Does the milled driver face have a direct impact on spin rates on off-centre hits?

“No, the USGA and R&A have very tight controls over surface roughness on all clubs, and due to the fairly low angles of driver impacts (under 20° impact loft), the tangential forces that produce spin changes are too low to affect spin rates.”

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Does the milled driver face produce better sound and feel? If so, how?

“No changes here, and all of our driver structures are designed to sound great both with softer golf balls preferred by better players as well as the harder golf balls found on most ranges.”


Is the process longer from a production point of view?

“The CNC milling takes longer per head than the traditional grinding and polishing processes.”


There’s a circle in the middle – is that to show golfers where to hit the ball?

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“Yes! We know that golfers need all the help they can get!”



The face seems to retain the ball imprint for a bit longer, how does that happen and was that intentional?

“One of the benefits of CNC milling is that it creates a much more consistent surface quality.

“Therefore a polished face, like our King F7, is slightly less reflective and diffuses the ball imprint slightly.

“With the King F8’s CNC milled face, the contrast between the slightly reflective face and the less reflective ball cover material debris is more apparent.

“Not intentional but a nice by-product of the more precise face.”


More information can be found on the Cobra website.

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The golf last weekend was great, wasn’t it? Wrap-around coverage, Tiger survived, Rory continued to churn out birdies and there was very little reason to leave the house.

I have no real affection for the courses at Torrey Pines, or indeed the type of golf on offer in the desert, but goodness it was inspiring stuff.

Most of the best players were back out in meaningful preparation mode and the constant blue skies were a reminder that the sun will shine here again soon.

The most interesting stuff was left until last, as Sunday in both events brought a change in conditions and some unexpectedly high scoring.

Some 77 players made the cut at Torrey Pines. Only 14 scored in the 60s on the Saturday, 18 per cent of the field.

On the Sunday, just two broke 70. Well played Charles Howell and Hideki Matsuyama.

Over in Dubai, on the same Sunday, only two of the top 10 players bettered their first-round score. Ben An and Tommy Fleetwood were in credit. The remainder of the top 10 were a combined 22 shots worse Thursday vs. Sunday.

Clearly in both cases there are some mitigating factors. When considering the top 10 we must allow for the pressure of a Sunday and any analysis of the whole field at The Farmers would presumably bring in some whose heart perhaps wasn’t entirely in it.


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The comparisons are stark, though, and the thing that linked the inflated scoring on opposite sides of the globe was a change in conditions.

In both cases the courses dried out throughout the week so as play reached its denouement into Sunday afternoon –and evening and night and, indeed, Monday morning) – the premium on hitting fairways increased. The requirement to be able to control the ball, especially downwind, had become vital to low scoring.

The other thing that changed was the wind. Sunday brought a stiff sea breeze in Southern California and in Dubai the afternoon shamal affected all of the later groups.

Nowhere was this more apparent than at the 2nd at Torrey Pines. This 389-yard downhill par 4 was playing, as you would expect, no more than a drive and a flick. To help matters on Sunday they had even cut the flag in the back-right portion, exactly where the ball wanted to release to. Easy pickings then you might think, but it actually played the 12th-hardest hole on Sunday with a scoring average over par of 4.09. It yielded just 11 birdies, and as many as 16 scores worse than par including two doubles.

That is incredible.

In this era of fierce debate about the distance the ball is travelling a field containing 77 of the world’s best golfers made more bogeys or worse than birdies on a hole they could all nearly drive.

Hitting distances has as much to do with improvements in teaching technology and fitness as it does equipment. That is one of the reasons the gains at club level do not match those in the professional version of the sport, where access to personal trainers, launch monitors, force plates and the like are ubiquitous, and the time and appetite required to put their findings into practice are at their highest.


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What was true last weekend though was that you can have all the technology, teaching, athleticism and, in many cases, time in the world and yet it is still conditions that have the biggest impact on scoring.

Clearly there is little that can be done to ensure the wind blows, it tends to come and go as it pleases, but we can do something about the course set-ups. Firm, even hard greens are surely a no-brainer.

When the balls stop sticking on landing, as soon as the ball is uncontrollable out of the rough, the golf course has a chance. Angles matter again, strategy returns and craft counts.

Of course, the world’s elite would soon adapt, because they are brilliant athletes. The low scoring would eventually resume, but it would at least make them think.


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Mark Townsend, deputy editor of National Club Golfer and with decades of losing bets behind him, breaks down the movers and shakers for 2018.

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There’s an awful lot of good sense being talked at this time of year on how to make a few quid from this season’s early-bird prices in the majors. Most of which is based on extensive research and knowledge, some factual analysis, some previous course form or even an ability to perform on Bent greens.

Or, like me, you can fritter away some of your hard-earned on a variety of whims, some cluttered memory of someone like Rod Pampling holing a chip on the practice ground and putting your hopes on your favourite player who is only your favourite player because he has a history of coming up short.

So if you are looking to lump on early and get ahead of the crowd then feel free to follow my cut-out-and-keep advice…


Masters betting track record

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1993, Bernhard Langer, 22/1
1994, Jose Maria Olazabal, 14/1

Notable misses:

1998, David Duval, 16/1
2004, Ernie Els, 14/1
2012, Peter Hanson, 275/1
2015, Justin Rose, 18/1
2017, Justin Rose, 14/1

When you look at this track record you’d be entitled to shut down this page, right here and right now. No winner since Olly 24 years ago when, and with some delicious irony, I didn’t even watch the action.

I was in Gran Canaria on a misjudged, in every sense, week away with a one-time girlfriend. My mind was on Magnolia Lane all week, hers was on her ex-boyfriend-now-husband.

So, with my winnings of around £46, there were two happy endings to our week in the African archipelago.

And to this year and how to unravel the Green Jacket puzzle – which, I know, is a sentence that makes no sense at all.

First on the slip is straight out of leftfield – Jordan Spieth – which is part man crush, part awe and wonder at his skills, and part fact. Finishes of 2nd, winner, 2nd and 11th are too good to overlook so why would you?

Next up is Rickie Fowler which is, again, a bit of a soft spot for that Hollywood smile and, again, some fact-based hunches. I like a happy ending and Fowler must have been asked about his Sunday-itis and lack of majors as much as Lee Westwood – one is 29, the other 44. It will happen, it has to, and Augusta has a nice habit of getting players off the mark.

It’s finger-in-the-air-time and we’re looking for an outsider, ideally in three figures. Here my mind flits between the same old suspects and the same old memories. I shut down Westwood and Paul Casey from my thoughts – never again – and discount Louis Oosthuizen on the basis that I’ve backed him here since the day he arrived on the property. I settle on Charley Hoffman. Remember that incredible 65 on a gusty first day last year? Try and overlook the way he then fell apart, much as he did in 2015. But you can get him at 150-1 so you’re basically a winner already.


US Open betting track record


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2003, Jim Furyk, 25/1 AND 28/1
2011, Rory McIlroy, 18/1


Notable misses:

Colin Montgomerie, 1992-2009 inclusive, generally around 25/1


You’d be right to point out relatively few slim pickings from over 30 years of punting at the USGA’s showpiece. Then again I hoovered up at Olympia Fields when I backed Gentleman Jim not once but TWICE. And four nights working at the BBC were spent obsessing about how Stephen Leaney and Jonathan Byrd could mess up my week. They didn’t and I repeated the trick just eight years later when I put all my faith – and an enormous and out-of-character outlay of £5 each-way – in Rory after his Augusta meltdown.

This year I’m not even going down the route of looking at events at Shinnecock in 2004. What relevance does that have these days? You might be interested to learn that little pumpers Tim Clark, Corey Pavin and Mike Weir were all in the top 10 on Saturday night.

So where are we in our thinking just six short months from when the tournament gets going?

Do we fascinate over who did well last year at a different course which is 1,005 miles away from Shinnecock Hills.

No, we get swayed by looking for the next Webb Simpson or Brooks Koepka and a couple of young home bucks who are in or around the top 30 but who nobody really talks about. I give you Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele. No US Open missed cuts between them and as good a chance as any. Apart from the really good players.


Open Championship betting track record


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1993, Greg Norman, 12/1
2001, David Duval, 20/1
2012, Ernie Els, 22/1
Near misses:

2003, Thomas Bjorn, 33/1
2004, Ernie Els, 9/1
2009, Tom Watson, 25/1


Ah, now we’re on safer ground. The Open, links form to pore over, past Dunhill Links Championships to go at and almost 35 years of encyclopedic knowledge of the oldest major.

And the same old tired thoughts. Is Andres Romero in the field this week? Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm won at Portstewart so he must be worth considering, Tommy Fleetwood is the course-record holder so he might go off as favourite?

Dustin Johnson might have an ordinary Open record but he nearly won at Sandwich? Can Spieth defend, why does nobody ever defend?

Padraig Harrington loves it at Carnoustie of course – based on that week 11 years ago and not troubling myself to check his form there since – and Martin Kaymer likes the Dunhill though, again, I won’t trouble myself to see his course form.

Or we can just all our eggs in one basket and lump on Rory at 14/1? What sort of price is that for a man of his skills? Yes, he might do his ankle or his ribs in the build-up or he might just run away with it on those big, flat greens.

And have a little saver on Tyrrell Hatton at 66/1. He, as we’ll all be reminded 10 times a day in July, has won the last two Dunhills.


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1984, Lee Trevino, 33/1


Near misses:

Unlike most I’m quite a big fan of the PGA Championship which, I think, is reflected in the above hit rate. I’m not sure why I got behind Super Mex at Shoal Creek but I was allowed to stay up to watch the final exchanges and my dad explained how much my 50p each-way outlay might add up to.

I think I backed Kenny Perry in ’96 at around 66-1 and Justin Leonard two years later but I couldn’t be certain and I only deal in facts.

This year we are off to Bellerive Country Club in Missouri and, if I’m honest, I don’t even know where Missouri is.

This is where, you’ll be reminded and quickly then forget, where the WGC-American Express was due to be held before the September 11 attacks took place on the Tuesday.

Nick Price won the 1992 PGA here, Camilo Villegas the 2008 PGA Championship and, other than that, nothing.

It will be the 100th staging of the Championship and the last time it will be held as the final major of the year – it moves to May in 2019 – so how better to sign off the major betting year with a big-name winner.

I give you Brian Harman.

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Most pilot episodes never get a second chance so we should give the European Tour credit for the GolfSixes concept that will return in May.

To recap, last year’s inaugural event at Centurion, in St Albans, involved six-hole matches between pairs representing 16 different countries.

They were split into groups of four and played round-robin games of Greensomes. The teams topping their respective leagues went through to the semis and then the final, with Thorbjorn Olesen and Lucas Bjerregaard coming out on top for Denmark.

It all took place over a weekend, with plenty of razzmatazz – including music, celebrities and fan interaction – as well as a shot clock that demanded the players hit within 40 seconds of arriving at their ball.

The event was certainly well-attended by the standards of regular events and the European Tour claim that:

  • There was a 42 per cent increase in new golf fans at the event compared to standard tournaments
  • Attendees were 14 per cent younger than those seen during the rest of the golfing calendar
  • Social media engagement around the event was 24 per cent higher, with over 20 million social impressions delivered

I don’t know if that makes it an unqualified success but it was at least something different, and surely we can all agree that the game desperately needs an alternative to the monotony of 72-hole strokeplay.

That is especially true for the European Tour, which continues to operate very much in the shadow of the PGA Tour.

As it stands, here in the UK if you have access to the European Tour then you can also watch the PGA Tour on the same channel.

For all but a few weeks of the year, the latter is a better product with superior fields and enjoying the advantage of being broadcast in peak times during our weekend evenings.

The cold fact is that the European Tour can’t match its American equivalent so it surely makes sense to try to offer something different.

That’s easier said than done though.

At the last count, there were no fewer than 42 weeks of 72-hole strokeplay on the Tour’s 2018 season schedule.

Yet the same people who are quick to bemoan the staleness of this rather turgid diet will very quickly turn their nose up at anything remotely different.

The strokeplay format is tried and tested and it works for golf. Anything else is a risk and will bring its own problems.

You only have to look at the Horlicks that has been made of the WGC-Match Play to see that.

Until a couple of years ago, the opening days of this event, and especially the Wednesday, were the most captivating of the season outside of the majors and Ryder Cup.

Yet precisely what made it so exciting to watch – the fact that half the field was eliminated each round – was its greatest weakness.

TV hated it because, come viewing prime-time at the weekend, there were only a handful of players left, some of whom tended to be the likes of Jeff Maggert, Kevin Sutherland and Matt Kuchar. We’ve never yet had a true heavyweight contest in the final – a Phil v Tiger or a Rory v Spieth or even a grudge match.

The nearest we’ve come to a bit of needle was when Victor Dubuisson kept improbably getting up and down from the Tucson cacti in the 2014 final.

The players hated it because it came at a time of the season where they were trying to time their Masters build-up and they didn’t know whether they would be packing their bags on Wednesday night after 14 holes or departing exhausted after going the distance and playing seven intense rounds in five days.

So now we have three days of dull round-robin to perm a last 16 from the starting field, and you still tend to end up with a last 16 that isn’t exactly box office.

(The worst element of it is trying to inject drama into Russell Henley’s predicament when he’s three down through eight having already lost his first game and yet COULD still qualify if he turns it around, but that’s only if Pat Perez hangs on to beat Ross Fisher in the other game in the group. Especially when you have backed Henley.)

At the moment, GolfSixes is more slap-and-tickle than the Ryder Cup. Which is fine. It’s a different spectacle and it’s watchable. The format will likely evolve. Those of us immersed in the game have to remember that it’s not really aimed at us – though that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it.

Also on the schedule for the season ahead are the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth, the Belgian Knockout, the 2018 Shot Clock Masters and the European Golf Team Championships.

All offer something different. We won’t be seeing Rory, Dustin and Jordan in these events but then they wouldn’t be anyway, regardless of what event the tour was putting on in such weeks.

GolfSixes is not a panacea. Nor are any of the above events. But you have to start somewhere. And for that the European Tour should be applauded.

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As Tiger Woods prepares to blow out 42 candles on his birthday cakes, it’s not all doom and gloom for the GOAT.

The former World No. 1’s attempt to revive his career (again) has started well and it’s got us all feeling giddy again.
Can he win another major?

Well, as you will see, the odds aren’t against Tiger as Quick 9 runs down the handful of golfers to win a major after turning 42…


1. Julius Boros

Major wins: 3

Major wins after turning 42: 2
Boros won the 1963 US Open at the Country Club aged 43 before going on to win the PGA Championship five years later.
Boros’s win at Pecan Valley at the age of 48 remains a record for oldest major champion.


2. Darren Clarke

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Number of major wins: 1
Majors after turning 42: 1
Clarke lifted the Claret Jug at the 20th attempt, a final-round 70 enough to earn the Northern Irishman a three-shot winning margin at Royal St George’s.
Clarke became the oldest Open champion since 1967 and the oldest maiden major champion.


3. Jack Nicklaus


Major wins: 18
Major wins after turning 42: 1
A final-round 65 that included a back-nine of 30 was enough to earn the Golden Bear his sixth and final Masters title – 23 years after his first – at the age of 46.
No one has won more majors or Green Jackets than Nicklaus.


4. Hale Irwin


Major wins: 3
Major wins after turning 42: 1
Sixteen years after his first US Open triumph and 11 years after his second, Irwin added a 3rd in 1990 at the age of 45.
Irwin is the fourth oldest player to win a major.


5. Lee Trevino

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Major wins: 6
Major wins after turning 42: 1
Trevino won the PGA Championship in 1984 at Shoal Creek, aged 44.
It was his sixth and final major win. He won two US Opens, two Opens and two PGA Championships between 1968 and ’84.


6. Ernie Els


Major wins: 4
Major wins after turning 42: 1
Els lifted the Claret Jug for a second time in 2012, largely thanks to Adam Scott’s inability to cling on to his lead.
The Australian bogeyed the last four holes at Royal Lytham and a birdie at the last for Big Easy was enough to be crowned Champion Golfer of the Year at the age of 42.


7. Phil Mickelson

Major wins: 5
Major wins after turning 42: 1
Mickelson started the final round of the 2013 Open five strokes behind the leaders, but a 66 gave him a three-stroke winning margin over Henrik Stenson, aged 43.
Now 47, but who would bet against Mickelson adding another major to his tally?


8. Payne Stewart

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Major wins: 3
Major wins after turning 42: 1
Stewart won the 1999 US Open, his third and final major championship at the age of 42. Who can forget that fist pump after seeing off Mickelson in a play-off.

Months later, Stewart was killed in a plane crash.


9. Ben Crenshaw

Major wins: 2
Major wins after turning 42: 1
Crenshaw almost didn’t play in the 1995 Masters. Alongside Tom Kite he attended the funeral of his mentor Harvey Penick in Texas the day before the tournament began and only returned to Augusta that night.
It was an emotional victory for then 43-year-old Crenshaw, who beat Davis Love III by a shot.