Philip Reid (author)

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Philip Reid (born 12 November 1961) is a sports journalist with The Irish Times newspaper.[1] His articles on golf are widely quoted by other media outlets.


Reid, a journalism graduate of DIT, began his journalistic career with the Irish Press group of newspapers in 1985. He joined The Irish Times as a staff writer in 1996.[1] Reid is the secretary of the Irish Golf Writers' Association[1][2] and is a committee member of the UK-based Association of Golf Writers. He lives in Dublin.[1]

Reid has covered every Ryder Cup since 1993.[1] His coverage of the 2006 Ryder Cup, a notable victory by Europe over the USA, was the basis of his book The Cup published by Maverick House. He was one of four international golf journalists invited by the International Herald Tribune to a sports forum assessing US and European chances in the 2008 Ryder Cup.[3]

He is the author of 'The Irish Majors' -- The Irish Majors By Philip Reid: The success of Irish golfers since Pádraig Harrington’s first Major win in the Open at Carnoustie in 2007 has been phenomenal. Irish golfers have won seven out of 22 Majors between that victory and Rory McIlroy’s second career Major at this year’s US PGA Championship, a strike-rate matched only by the powerhouse that is the United States.

How did Ireland get from a position of glorying for so long in only one Major champion – Fred Daly’s Open championship win of 1947 – to the point where it has bred a succession of them? Without a doubt, this generation of Irish golfers has proven itself to be a golden one. Was it by accident, or design? How did a quartet of Irish players become world beaters?

In The Irish Majors Philip Reid has the inside track on these great victories, from Harrington’s three victories and the breakthrough Major wins of Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke, up to McIlroy’s most recent record-breaking PGA victory at Kiawah Island that reaffirmed his position as the world golf’s hottest property.

The Author Philip Reid is golf correspondent with The Irish Times. He is Secretary of the Irish Golf Writers’ Association and is also a committee member of the UK-based Association of Golf Writers. He lives in Dublin.

Among the endorsements: Deric Henderson (Editor, Press Association Ireland) reviewed: “….best Irish golf book in years. Wonderful!”

The Amazon and Kindle links to “The Irish Majors” by Philip Reid (published by Gill & Macmillan) are:

Amazon (USA) link is

Kindle (USA) link is

For Ireland and UK link to (free delivery Ireland and UK)

UK Kindle link is


"The Irish Majors"(Gill and Macmillan) was published in October 2012.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Philip Reid, The Irish Times". The New York Times. 15 September 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Dervan, Cathal (22 June 2011). "Rory McIlroy always had my vote". IrishCentral. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ryder Cup, part one: Impact of Tiger Woods and Colin Montgomerie". New York Times. 15 September 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 

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