Growing Pains: Slow start to the Olympic movement

  In 1988, tennis returned to the Olympic Games after a 64-year absence. In Seoul, Miroslav Mecir beat Tim Mayotte to win Gold for Czechoslovakia. It was hardly the star-studded final that organisers had anticipated. Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Boris Becker were all among the top 8 seeds…

U.S. Open Preview – Who will conquer the toughest test in golf?

The Irish contingent will face one of the hardest courses in tournament golf if they want to capture the U.S. Open Trophy After the chaotic quirkiness of Chambers Bay last year, the U.S. Open returns to Oakmont Country Club, Pennsylvania for the 116th staging of the major championship. It will be the ninth time that…

The myth of the Tiger – the Bobby Fischer of Golf?

Wright Thompson’s ‘The Secret History of Tiger Woods‘ on ESPN is expected to be nominated for several journalism awards at the end of the year. Before the Masters, Sports Illustrated led with a front page story on Tiger Woods – ‘What happened? It remains the most vexing question in sports?’

Masters Moving Day fails to take off

Spieth on verge of more records but Masters fails to find balance between excitement and challenge. Rory vs Spieth. Winners of four of the last six major titles. World number two vs world number three. Power vs precision. Etc, etc. Masters Saturday promised an epic duel between two of the best players in the world. Instead,…

Spieth Issues Warning to Rivals with Dominant Win

Jordan Spieth has laid down a marker for his rivals to match after a scintillating display to win the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. In his first PGA Tour start of the season, Spieth separated from the field and won by eight shots. It will be interesting to see how Rory McIlroy responds in Abu Dhabi…

Diamond in the Rough: The Celtic Tiger Kids

It’s not very often that a situation arises where a sport can be directly linked to the economic condition of a country. However, Ireland may be one of few exceptions to the case. In this year’s Walker Cup, the amateur format of golf’s Ryder Cup, five Irish players featured. This was a record number of…