Another week is over at GM towers, with the main point of office discussion being the Office Order of Merit (OOM) event last Friday at Remedy Oak. Associate Editor Jeremy Ellwood may have broken his OOM Major duck by taking the spoils, but that was not the main talking point this week.

Deputy Editor Neil Tappin has been impossible to silence about the ‘slow play’ of the fourball in front of him. This, along with an apparent burst of laughter that occurred around the same time as he found the water at the par-3 9th, really got his blood boiling. Is four-and-a-half hours on an unfamiliar course, playing off whites, with plenty of water hazards and thick gorse bushes, really too long? Or were Neil and co just too keen? If you were waiting, you could have given us a wave Neil…eh?

Anyway, there were of course much more important events happening last weekend with the Golf Monthly Forum having their massive England versus Scotland match. Great effort gentlemen and thanks for the photos.

To the Tour now where there was shock news that old ‘lefty’ had come back into some form as Phil Mickelson won the Northern Trust Open. There was also an incredible victory for Danny Lee in the Johnnie Walker Classic, as the New Zealand amateur became the youngest ever winner on the European Tour. Of course, due to his amateur status he didn’t receive a penny of the €235,000 winner’s prize.

Equipment news this week featured the launch of the Titleist Scotty Cameron Kombi putter. Wilson has offered customers their money back on the Wilson Staff TW9 wedge if Padriag Harrington wins the Masters. We’ve also given you some first look pictures of the Callaway Big Bertha Diablo irons, as well as a guide to fairway woods costing £100 or less.

The biggest news of all was, of course, Tiger’s return in the WGC Accenture Matchplay Championship. His first round win over Brendan Jones was soon eclipsed by his defeat at the hands of South Africa’s Tim Clark in the second round. So hopefully you followed GM’s tipster Paul Krishnamurty’s betting guide and stayed away from him, and looked more towards Ross Fisher and Ian Poulter who both remain in the tournament at the time of writing. 

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our regular competitions. We’ll also endevour to bring you all the latest golf news from around the globe including amateur news, industry news and plenty of opinion. And when we get our hands on some of the latest gear we’ll be sure to provide you reviews, galleries and blogs as we hit the range. 

Finally, a note on the Golf Monthly Forum where once again Deputy Editor Neil Tappin managed to cause quite a discussion over his topic “Tiger Woods v Mohammad Ali.”

Have a good weekend all.