About Doug McClelland
Doug’s long and illustrious career in golf began in earnest at the age of 16. It took only three years for Doug to progress from a handicap of 4 to the ranks of a professional golfer. Doug enjoyed continued success throughout the 1970s finishing as runner up at the British Matchplay in 1972, going on to represent England that same year. He won the Dutch Open in 1973 earning an enormous £2,800. Luckily he didn’t let all that money go to his head. Instead, Doug went from strength to strength shooting a low score of the day at the British Open and playing in the World Open at Pinewood.
Doug gained representative honours for Great Britain as they took on and beat Japan in 1974. However, in 1977, after coming close in the Zambian and New Zealand Open, he was £153 short and one spot away from making the Ryder Cup team. Of course he offered to pay the difference himself, but unfortunately they didn’t bite.
In 1978 Doug joined Laleham as the club professional and went on to win the Southern Professional Championship at Eastbourne in 1981. In 1982 he also won the Sunningdale Foursomes playing alongside Neil Coles and pipping Carl Mason and John O’Leary to the post.
Away from the golf course he married an American and spent a lot of time in the States. Whilst there he discovered how successful the big discount stores could be. The Doug McClelland Golf Superstore dream was born, using the big discount stores in the US as a template for success. He allied these ideas with the fantastic customer service that has become synonymous with his golf store.
Doug’s now been at Silvermere for 32 years as it quickly became his flagship store and it continues to thrive to this day.
“Ryder Cup 2018
What a fantastic year end for the two Justin’s! Justin Thomas has won over $20m and Justin Rose the last two tournaments and £2.1m. Tyrell Hatton has made a great recovery after a bad run of form with back to back wins. The good news is Paul Casey is rejoining the European Tour in a bid to make our team. He has a great record and would make a good addition to our team.
There seems to be a whole new breed of young American players breaking through on the US Tour, a lot of unfamiliar names shooting low scores and who knows one or two may break into the American team?
Right now I would say the Americans are slight favourites but a lot can happen in the next nine months. Brooks Koepka looks to have an amazing career in front of him and could be a future word No.1.
Paris National is a great match play venue and I have no doubt the 18th will produce a lot of drama for the games that get that far – I’m sure this will be one of the great matches in Ryder Cup history. Can’t wait for the action to start…Good golfing.”
PGA MASTER PROFESSIONAL