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The Slam Podcast: Rules controversy at the Evian Championship and a BRUTAL Senior Open!

Celine Boutier and Alex Cejka both won major titles at the weekend in very different conditions, while Lee Hodges boosted his chances of reaching the Tour Championship by winning the 3M Open

 

Celine Boutier was fantastic at the Evian Championship, becoming the first Frenchwoman to win this major title on home turf.

But this didn’t come without some slow-play rules controversy involving Carlota Ciganda, and Angel Yin’s ball being picked up by a young spectator!

NCG’s Matt Chivers and Matt Coles take a look back at the action from France, as well as a brutal week in Wales where Alex Cejka won the Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl.

Brutal conditions led to some huge scores on Sunday, even by the leaders, as the wind and rain caused havoc on the coast.

The team also discusses Lee Hodges‘ dominant display at the 3M Open on the PGA Tour, and what this now means for the FedEx Cup rankings.

As we head into the final week of the regular season, could the likes of Justin Thomas and Shane Lowry miss out on the FedEx Cup Playoffs?

The Slam is an NCG podcast in association with Callaway. You know what to do!

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Matt Chivers

Matt Chivers

Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

Matt is a member at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal playing off a 5 handicap, just a pitching wedge away from his hometown of Dover where he went to school and grew up. He has previously been a member at Etchinghill and Walmer and Kingsdown in Kent.

Having studied history at the University of Liverpool, Matt went on to pass his NCTJ Exams in Manchester a year later to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. He picked up work experience along the way at places such as the Racing Post, the Independent, Sportsbeat and the Lancashire Evening Post.

Matt joined NCG in February 2023 and is the website’s main source of tour news, features and opinion. He has reported live from events such as The Open, the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship, having also interviewed and spoken to the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, to name just a few.

Consuming tour golf on what is a 24/7 basis, you can come to Matt for informed views on the game and the latest updates on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and LIV Golf.

What’s in Matt’s bag: Cobra LTDx LS driver, Cobra LTDx 3-wood, TaylorMade P7MC irons, Ping Glide 4.0 wedges, Odyssey putter.

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