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Matt Cooper

Brought up on the English-Welsh border, in the county of Shropshire, Matt was first introduced to golf by the worldwide success of a pair of locals by the name of Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam. He has worked for ESPN, Sky Sports, NBC Rotoworld, Open.com, Forbes, and Planet Sport. A keen traveler, Matt’s watched and/or played golf in a wide range of locations including Kazakhstan, Nepal, Korea, Sri Lanka, Seychelles and Tanzania.

Articles by Matt Cooper

Horschel tames ‘brute’ Royal Troon for Open lead

After three rounds, the 37-year-old American holds a one-stroke lead in the last major championship of 2024.

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Evian sharpens focus on Olympic women’s golf

The Olympic Games are on the horizon at this week’s fourth women’s major championship of 2024, both literally and metaphorically.

R&A chief Slumbers resigns, effective at end of year

artin Slumbers announced today that he will be stepping down as the R&A’s chief executive officer at the end of 2024 after nine years in office. Having succeeded Peter Dawson in 2015, the 63-year-old Slumbers, an Englishman and former investment banker, has pushed for change in golf and also sought to guide the sport through one of the most tumultuous periods in its history. “It has been a privilege to serve golf at the highest level,” Slumbers said. “It is a role that I have been proud to carry out on behalf of the R&A’s employees, the members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and all our global partners. In any career, there is a time to allow the next generation to have its turn. I am grateful to have had the honour, for nearly a decade, to have been the custodian of all that The R&A and the game of golf more broadly represents.” Slumbers has overseen a transformation of the Open’s corporate and commercial operations, expanded the R&A’s global brief, and been instrumental in promoting the inclusivity of the sport. On his watch, the R&A pushed initiatives for female participation and employment in the sport, launched the Women in Golf Charter, and in 2017 completed the merger with the Ladies’ Golf Union. With unification, the R&A took full control of the AIG Women’s Open, driving a rise in the prize fund from $3.25 million that first year to $9 million in 2023. “Martin has been a great friend to the game, and to me personally … I’ll miss his passion and persistence for making the game more inclusive.” –USGA CEO Mike Whan Slumbers has guided an R&A, based in St Andrews, Scotland, that governs the game worldwide, excluding the U.S. and Mexico, and serves some 41 million […]

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IMG Arena To Bring Live Data To LPGA

IMG Arena has secured a partnership to provide official betting data and live streaming distribution rights for the LPGA. Our Matt Cooper has the story.