Golf Monthly is delighted to announce that three-time European Tour winner and 2016 Ryder Cupper Chris Wood will become our new playing editor from April 2017.
Chris Wood Becomes New Golf Monthly Playing Editor
Chris Wood is the new playing editor of the World's Oldest Golf Magazine, Golf Monthly.
The three-time European Tour winner's column is set to debut in the May issue of Golf Monthly, on sale 23rd March.
Every month for the next year, the 2016 Ryder Cup player will share his insights and opinions about life on tour and the game in general.
He will also feature prominently in other sections of the magazine throughout the year, including the instruction pages for which his maiden contribution was recently shot at his home club of Long Ashton in Bristol.
“I’m really looking forward to the coming year, and the chance to share my thoughts with Golf Monthly readers about my life as a tour golfer and much more,” Wood enthused.
“I’ve got a few ideas about topics I'd like to cover, and no doubt other things worthy of comment will crop up as the year progresses.”
“We’re delighted to have a player of Chris’ calibre on-board as playing editor,” said Golf Monthly editor, Michael Harris.
“Chris has achieved a huge amount in his nine years to date as a professional, and has played and won on some of the game’s biggest stages. Our readers will always remember his early Open Championship exploits in 2008 and 2009, as well as his more recent achievements at Wentworth and Hazeltine.
"He is one of the most popular and likeable players out there, and we know he will have much to say in his new column. It was an absolute pleasure to work with him and Mizuno down at Long Ashton, and we are looking forward to working with him more throughout his year as playing editor.”
Popular Englishman Chris Wood has represented Mizuno since 2010 on the European Tour after first coming to the golfing public’s attention in the 2008 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, where he finished T5th as an amateur to comfortably claim the Silver Medal.
He subsequently turned pro, then contended strongly again in the 2009 Open at Turnberry, eventually finishing T3rd, having stood in the final fairway with a genuine chance of victory.
He claimed the Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award that year, and has since gone on to win three times on the European Tour, eagling the final hole to claim the 2013 Qatar Masters, before adding the 2015 Lyoness Open and then the 2016 BMW PGA Championship, the flagship event of the European Tour.
That victory paved the way to a Ryder Cup debut later that year as part of Team Europe at Hazeltine, where he claimed his first Ryder Cup point in the Saturday foursomes.
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TSR4
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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