Lockdown: 2020 already a better year for golf than 2019



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Lockdown: 2020 already a better year for golf than 2019

According to a recent survey of 75 golf clubs, the UK has possibly already seen more rounds of golf played this year than in the whole of 2019 – even amid the restrictions of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. The research data showed that these British clubs saw an average growth of more than 40% compared to July of the previous year.

Interestingly enough, the survey stretched from April to June – a time golf was in lockdown for more than six weeks. They recorded a 100% drop in April, a 27% decline in May and a staggering 61% increase in June (when golf resumed worldwide).

The June increase was so significant that, if it were repeated in July, the golf industry in the UK would have equalled the total rounds of golf played in 2019 by the end of July. And, as suspected, the figures for July were in fact almost as strong as they were in June.

Jon Rahm’s golf lockdown target. During the lockdown, most professional golfers did what they could to keep in shape. Jon Rahm recently admitted “the lockdown was the first time when I stopped kidding myself and acknowledged that I wanted to be No 1 in the world”.

This dream became one of his main targets during lockdown. And Rahm’s astounding victory at The Memorial Tournament earned him enough points to do just that! He dethroned Roy McIlroy at the top of the log. This made him the second Spaniard ever, after the late Seve Ballesteros, to reach the top of the world rankings, since they were introduced in 1986.

“It’s a goal accomplished,” Rahm told reporters at a press conference in Memphis. “I think a lot of times a person resets his goals every year, and even during quarantine I wrote new ones. It was the first time when I stopped kidding myself and acknowledged that I wanted to be No 1 in the world and I wrote it as a goal”.

Rahm’s perspective has always been that it would be a consequence of playing good golf. “Play good, it will take care of itself. But it was the first time I made it a goal. And at the same time, it’s not only to get there, it’s to stay there”. Whatever Rahm did during lockdown to improve his game, it certainly put him a putt above the rest.