The European Tour newsletter plopped into my inbox on Wednesday and I was interested to see they were showcasing the European Tour Photo of the Year, highlighting the top two dozen pictures taken at ET events throughout 2018.  What’s more, they are supplying a little explanation from each photographer telling us how they set up the picture, waited for the right light and shadow and how sometimes it’s just a photographer’s instinct that leads them to be in the right place at the right time.  It’s well worth having a look.  And so I decided, in this final blog of the year, to select a handful of our blog pictures that reflect and remind me of the somewhat haphazard journey this blog takes throughout the course of twelve months.  So, here goes…….

My effort to capture the much photographed 10th hole at Augusta. Taken with an ipad mini in under three seconds.  No slow play for me!


Everyone knows about the coveted Green Jacket, but here’s the actual Masters Trophy awarded each year to the champion. Probably one of the least recognisable trophies there is in the world of sport.


Portrush’s Ricky Elliott bags his second major of the year. The guy on the right , Brooks Koepka, who finished the year as world No 1, accompanied him through thick and thin.

Patricia and the great Peter Alliss at the Women’s British Open, doing what they both do best….talking!


Media centres were Patricia’s workplace for so many years.  Now my home for the majors.


Catching up with the great Dame Laura Davies, fresh from her victory in the first US Senior Women’s Open Championship. [Thanks to Sarah Bennett for the pic]

A joyful Johanna Gustavsson jumping skywards after clinching the bronze medal for Sweden in the mixed team event at Gleneagles. [Frank Kruger]

All ease and grace. Patricia’s turn to jump for joy….on discovering the removal of the three ill-placed gorse bushes that had for years gobbled up numerous tee shots at the 8th hole at Whittington Heath.


Still in the game:  Tiger Woods at the USPGA in St Louis. He would win on the PGA tour for the 80th time before the year’s end.


My favourite victory of the year:  Becky Morgan, pride of Wales, wins for the first time after 18 years as a professional. [Tristan Jones LET]

Paris in autumn time.  An unforgettable Ryder Cup in so many ways.  Allez les bleus!


The European Club is one of my very favourite places in golf and I love the whole golfing experience there. My pal Gill Stewart, however, wasn’t that impressed with their club fitting service!

And finally, I just had to finish my pictorial blog round-up with a little look to the future and the exciting hosting of next year’s Open at one of my clubs, Royal Portrush.  Put it in your diaries and I’ll see you there.  In the meantime, have a very happy festive season and good golfing in 2019.

Royal Portrush – a warm welcome awaits the world of golf next July.