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.
2017 looks to be in for a bonanza golf season! The top players on either side of the Atlantic are already flexing their muscles. With so much talent on show winning Majors is going to prove difficult.
The Americans will have a strong hand. Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler plus two fantastic emerging players Justin Thomas & Jon Rahm who I feel will be a future world number 1. I feel Tiger will need a while to get back in his old routine, 17 months is a long time to be away from competitive golf. However he is swinging well & write him off at your peril!
The Europeans will fancy their chances especially Rory and Henrik, Justin Rose is my outside bet for the Open Jason Day and Adam Scott lead the Aussie challenge. Can't wait for Augusta, Johnson & Bubba Watson & all long hitters have a great advantage around there but if Dustin brings his putter he will be hard to beat?
So, look out for Jon Rahm, what a talent, he is capable of winning anywhere, anytime. Once Rory is back to full fitness and decides what's the best equipment for his prodigious game he surely must fancy himself to lift one of the Majors? So there is some great viewing lined up for us we have already had 2 scores of 59 so far, just how low can these guys go?
Good golfing & keep practising.
Doug McClelland, PGA MASTER PROFESSIONAL