Fergus Bisset: Degrees of importance

With the US Open looming, Fergus has been trying to explain to his wife why all golf is important.

Luke Donald

I'm feeling pretty excited by the prospect of the US Open kicking off tomorrow. The Majors and, the other significant world tournaments, are just so wide open at the moment and it's fantastic that it's predominantly European players receiving the backing. Most British bookies have Lee Westwood as the favourite with Luke Donald either joint favourite or just behind.

Surely Donald should be the favourite. He's World Number 1, he's been on awesome form in recent months and Congressional should suit his game. The green surrounds have been prepared with a view to placing a great emphasis on chipping and Donald is the best in the world at getting it up-and-down from just off the putting surface. Though I guess Westy's Major record is superior. Let's just hope one of them (or Rory, GMac, Poults etc...) gets the job done.

I was talking with Jessie (wife) over breakfast about European prospects at the US Open and how the European Tour could continue its recent domination of the Major championships. At first she feigned interest, but as I began listing Blue Square's odds that I'd pulled up on my phone, I sensed I was losing her.

"Can't you see how exciting it's going to be?" I asked.

"Not really," she replied. "There are tournaments every week."

"Yes, but this one is really important," I protested.

"You always say they're important. What's the difference?" She asked. "As far as I can see, it's just the same guys playing against each other in another part of the world."

I was stumped. But after a bit of thinking I've decided not to be upset. It's the same at the highest level of any sport - the same individuals, or teams will always be competing for the highest honours because they're the best.

Yes, I do think most golf tournament's on the TV are important (I'm not that fussed about coverage of the EuroPro Tour from Wychwood Park,) but any event that will have an impact on the Race to Dubai, the FedEx Cup or the World Ranking is an important piece of the jigsaw that is the worldwide professional golf season.

It's the same in my golf season. I'm always under threat of missing tournaments because of various commitments with family and friends and have to argue my case.

"We've been invited to a wedding on the 23rd of August," Jessie will say.

"No way, that's the day of the ‘Dugald MacDugald Chalice.' It's one of the most important events of the year!"

"Are there any that aren't important?"


I've always been of the opinion that the PGA Tour is a little bland, with a dearth of real characters. I've just seen the latest video Ben Crane has made on the PGA Tour website (click here) and it has totally changed my mind. It's bloody brilliant.

Fergus Bisset
Contributing Editor

Fergus is Golf Monthly's resident expert on the history of the game and has written extensively on that subject. He is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and his passion for the sport was bolstered during his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and the history section of "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin , also of Golf Monthly. 

Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?