12 Things You Didn't Know About Wayne Riley

Take a look at these 12 facts on the charismatic Australian commentator.

Things You Didn't Know About Wayne Riley
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Take a look at these 12 facts on the charismatic Australian commentator.

12 Things You Didn't Know About Wayne Riley

One of the key members of Sky Sports golf coverage, Wayne 'Radar' Riley provides some of the best on-course commentary around, using his playing career and his trademark humour to add to the coverage.

Here are 12 things you didn't already know about him.

12 Things You Didn't Know About Wayne Riley

1. Riley was born in Sydney on the 17th of September 1962. Just 15 years later, he turned professional.

2. He first plied his trade on the PGA Tour of Australasia where he won four times. The biggest win came during the 1991 Australian Open.

3. In 1984 Riley progressed through the European Tour's Q-School and then had to wait 11 years to pick up his first win which came at the 1995 Scottish Open. He managed to win by one stroke from former world number one Nick Faldo.

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4. His only other win on the European Tour came at the 1996 Portuguese Open.

5. He turned professional off of plus 2.

6. Riley played in 11 Major championships (ten Opens and one US Open). His best result was a tied 33rd which came in the 1985 Open Championship hosted at Royal St George's, which was won by Sandy Lyle. Had it not been for a third round 77, Riley could have been a lot further up the leaderboard and in with a shout on the final day.

7. He started working with Sky in 2005 after his offbeat candid style of on-course commentary gained attention in Australia and later on, Europe.

8. Riley regularly plays against fellow Ping professionals in a YouTube series called 'A Round With Radar'. In that series he has played against players like Lee Westwood (opens in new tab), Tyrrell Hatton (opens in new tab), Brandon Stone, Louis Oosthuizen (opens in new tab), Andy Sullivan (opens in new tab) and Matt Wallace (opens in new tab).

9. He has picked up the nickname 'Radar' after the character Radar O'Reilly from M.A.S.H.

10. According to his player biography on the European Tour website he is a Chelsea fan.

11. He has four children called James (1991), Shannon (1994), Bonnie (1996), Joseph (2001).

12. In the past he has admitted to having a phobia of flying.

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Sam Tremlett
Sam Tremlett

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 

Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6