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SEE IT World Long Drive Championship 2018
Go long or go home! That’s the motto attached to the World Long Drive Championship, where golf’s biggest bombers will let their testosterone fly in Las Vegas in a bid to snare the belt and $125,000 prize. American Justin James replaced Brit Joe Miller as the 2017 champ after connecting with a 435-yarder. This year, the duo will be part of a 96-man field, and will need to get through two group stages to advance to the last 16. The firstround knockout matches begin on September 4, with the quarters, semis and final following 24 hours later. Watch it live on the official Facebook page; repeats to be shown on Sky Sports.
BUY IT Skycaddie SX500
If you don’t like the idea of swapping your Rolex for a GPS watch, this might be the gadget for you. The Skycaddie’s SX500 comes preloaded with 35,000 course maps and displays up to 40 yardages per hole, including each day’s pin and every hazard, carry, lay-up and fairway runout. The green shape also rotates according to your angle of attack, while the five-inch HD touchscreen displays distances to major tiers, contours, mounds and false fronts. Other features include in-play club selections, an ultra-big number mode for those short of sight, and a digital scorecard feature, which also tracks total putts and fairways hit. The RRP is £379.95. www.skycaddie.co.uk Fedex Cup Playoffs The Major season may be over, but there’s still the small matter of the Fedex Cup Playoffs and the $10 million winner’s bonus which goes with it. The action heats up after the Dell Technologies Championship, where the field will be whittled down to 70 and ties for the BMW Championship from September 6-9. The top 30 in the Fedex Cup standings will then head to the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake two weeks later for a big payday and a final warm-up event before some little event in Paris...
BUY IT The Golf Club 2019
The PGA Tour is returning to Xbox and Playstation consoles, only this time there’s no EA Sports logo or picture of Rory on the front. The official PGA Tour licence has been added to The Golf Club 2019, which will take players on a journey through Q-school, the Web.com Tour and a 32-tournament PGA Tour season. As it stands, the game will not feature licensed golfers so you can’t play as or against Tiger or Rory, but you can design your own courses and run tournaments online. The trailer is out now. www.thegolfclub2019.com
DO IT Dunhill Links
Beat any Ryder Cup hangover by booking a long weekend to Scotland. Arrange it from October 4-7 and you can catch all four days of the Dunhill Links Championship. The first three rounds won’t cost you a penny to watch, so you can hop between St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie and see the pros battle it out with lots of celebs. Tickets for the final round at the Home of Golf cost £20 per person; £15 for over 60s. Students and under 16s go free. www.alfreddunhilllinks.com
SEE IT European Ryder Cup squad announcement
If you enjoyed Transfer Deadline Day, you won’t want to miss Thomas Bjorn’s big reveal on September 5, live on Sky Sports Golf. The European Ryder Cup captain will join David Livingstone in the studio at 2pm and select his four wildcards. Before then, the automatic places will be sewn up three days earlier at the Made In Denmark, and given to the leading four from the European Points List and the World Points List. Expect a few surprises. www.rydercup.com
The World Long Drive Champs will be contested over one set of eight balls in three minutes.