In 2018, the European Tour and Official Supporter RSM collaborated on an all-new series of behind-the-scenes vignettes: Inside The Tour.
Leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM, who conducted a successful academic player performance study in 2017, again joined forces with the European Tour this year on a series looking to unlock insights through characters from across the golfing spectrum.
Inside the Tour presented by RSM was a six-part series that ran across 2018 which aimed to shine a light on a number of key personalities and roles from in and around the European Tour in a bid to give golf fans a better understanding of what makes the Tour tick.
And it wasn’t all about the players…
EPISODE 1: THE SHEPHERDESS
Launched with ‘The Shepherdess’ back in July, we met Emma Cabrera Bello, a member of the European Tour’s Player Relations team, at the Italian Open.
A professional golfer herself and the sister of Tour player and Ryder Cup star Rafa, we joined Emma at Gardagolf to view her playing a key role orchestrating the movements of our star attractions – the players.
Fluent in several languages, it is her role to ensure the golfers are in the right place at the right time, that pre-tournament commitments are met, and that they have everything and anything they could ever require.
It’s a non-stop job…
EPISODE 2: THE CHAMPION
In the second instalment, we joined Paul Lawrie as he revisited Carnoustie 19 years on from his Open Championship triumph.
July 19, 1999 was the defining day of Lawrie’s career and a day that has since gone down in golfing folklore, so dramatic was the manner of his victory in golf’s oldest, and most revered, competition.
Nearly two decades on, the memory of that day and the impact the win had on his life is still as vivid as ever for Paul Lawrie, The Champion…
EPISODE 3: THE WINGMAN
In episode three we profiled the unique caddie-player relationship with Martin Kaymer’s long-time bagman, Craig ‘Wee Man’ Connelly.
Part guide, part philosopher, part psychologist, part friend. The union between a golfer and their caddie is unlike any other in professional sport.
More than two decades after carrying his first bag on the Ladies European Tour, and having worked with the likes of Colin Montgomerie and Paul Casey in addition to Kaymer, Connelly talks preparation, collaboration, communication and friendship in The Wingman…
EPISODE 4: THE STARTER
We spent time with Official Starter Alastair Scott – the voice of the first tee – in the fourth episode.
He’s the man in the green jacket, the ever-present at the start of every player’s first round. He’s the one man without whom play cannot get under way.
Scott’s unique job positions him at the heart of the action, consistently surrounded by the game’s brightest stars, an oasis of calm in an otherwise tense, adrenaline-fuelled environment.
As a former BBC cameraman turned director, with years of experience in the chair at Wimbledon and The Open, the Scot has something of a back story in top-class sport.
His latest career requires no less professionalism, preparation and attention to detail – not least in the myriad international pronunciations he encounters day-in-day out on the European Tour…
EPISODE 5: THE CELEBRITY
In the fifth episode, we joined former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan during the star-studded Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
One of the most unique events on the European Tour, for just one week each and every year a host of A-Listers, former sportsmen other celebrity names play as amateurs alongside the professionals in a competitive format.
Having been one of the very best in his own game, Vaughan is used to dealing with intense situations on the cricket field, but how does he cope with the pressure of playing another sport at an elite level, in front of the TV cameras and crowds?
Contested across the revered and challenging links of the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, there’s also more to the Dunhill Links than just the golf…
EPISODE 6: THE BROADCASTER
In the sixth and final episode, we profiled former European Tour winner and now Sky Sports Golf anchor, Nick Dougherty.
Three times a champion on the European Tour during a glittering yet ultimately fleeting playing career, few are better placed than Dougherty to reflect on the similar pressures of hosting live television and being in contention inside the ropes.
Popular, insightful and erudite, Dougherty discusses the transition and his memorable story; from the success to personal tragedy, loss of form and the early retirement, to rediscovering his love for the game and a new-found confidence to undertake a brand new career and ascend to the top rung of golf broadcasting. From scratch.
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