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Henrik Stenson Left Shocked After Rental House Burgled

Defending Open champion Henrik Stenson experienced a shock on Thursday after his opening round at Royal Birkdale, discovering that his rented home for the week had been burgled, with personal items and his clothing being stolen during the afternoon when the house was empty.


FootJoy Launches Autumn Winter Golf Apparel Collection

FootJoy took advantage of the European Tour's recent links swing of events in Northern Ireland and Scotland to launch its eagerly anticipated 2017 Autumn/Winter Performance Golf Apparel Collection.


Rejuvenated Ian Poulter Feeling Confident at Open after Fine Start

Last year, Ian Poulter was nursing a foot injury while providing a touch of commentary at Royal Troon for Sky Sports. However, 12 months on, the 41-year-old is back feeling rejuvenated and is in contention for his first major title following an opening-round of 67 at Royal Birkdale.


Rory McIlroy Overcomes Horror Start with Stunning Recovery at Birkdale

Rory McIlroy overcame a horror start to the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale with a thrilling back-nine to keep his hopes of securing the Claret Jug for a second time just about alive.


The 2017 Open - Day 1 Wrap Up

AMERICAN golfers dominated the opening round of The Open Championship, with US Open champion Brooks Koepka and double major champion Jordan Spieth both overcoming tricky conditions to reduce Royal Birkdale to 65 strokes.


Bubba Adds Colour to Open with Volvik Golf Balls

Two-time Major Champion Bubba Watson is about to add some additional colour to the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale over the coming days, through the use of his brightly tinted Volvik golf balls.


Record Crowds Confirmed for 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale

Organisers have confirmed that they expected a recorded crowd to descend upon Royal Birkdale for the 146th Open this year, ensuring that the 2017 edition of the game's oldest major championship will be one of the best attended in history.


PGA Championship to be Broadcast Live on the BBC

Following the shock revelation that Sky Sports had failed to agree a new contract with the PGA of America to show the final major of the year, the BBC has fended off the likes of BT Sport and Twitter to secure a contract that will see next month's PGA Championship air live on public television


Golfshake Podcast #11 - The Open Preview

In this week's podcast Kieran Clark is joined by 2 special guests to discuss the 2017 Open Championship and looking ahead to who the contenders could be with Owen Davis discussing the course live from Royal Birkdale.


International Golf Bookings to Italy Significantly Increase

Italy has enjoyed a significant increase in the number of golf visitors in recent times, with international bookings having risen by an impressive 25% over the last two years of growth.


Most Dramatic Open Moments

The Open Championship has consistentely delivered some of the most dramatic stories in golf. Here, we relive some of the most unforgettable moments in Open history when disaster struck and dreams of glory were cruelly snatched away.


The Belfry Celebrates 40 Years of The Brabazon with Special Deals

The Belfry Hotel & Resort is celebrating 40 years of the famous Brabazon Course - a four-time host of the Ryder Cup - with special deals available for golfers looking to experience the iconic venue.


Revolutionary PuttView Glasses to be Showcased at European Open

German company Viewlicity has caused a stir with its product named PuttView - featuring Augmented Reality - with the glasses being able to present the line and pace of a putt before a golfer hits the ball.


ECCO Golf Adds Stylish Model to 2017 Spring Summer Range

Popular golf footwear brand, ECCO Golf, has unveiled an addition of a stylish model to its ECCO CASUAL HYBRID range for Spring/Summer 2017.


WATCH Bryson DeChambeau One Length Iron Clinic

Former U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau secured his first PGA Tour victory at the John Deere Classic, following a brilliant final round of 65. Known for having a unique approach to the game, take a look at the clubs he used to succeed, and see him explain the benefits of his One Length Irons from COBRA PUMA Golf during a clinic.


Rafa Cabrera Bello Ends Title Drought at Scottish Open

It had been a long time coming, but Rafa Cabrera Bello finally secured another European Tour victory at the Scottish Open, while Bryson DeChambeau brilliantly picked up his first title over in the United States. Derek Clements reviews the action.


The Inconsistent and Maddening Dress Code Rules in Golf

Have you ever wondered why it is permissable for caddies to wear shorts on the European and PGA Tours, while the players who employ them are forbidden from doing so? Derek Clements takes a look at the inconsistent and maddening dress code rules in golf.


The Open Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

It's time for the 146th Open Championship from Royal Birkdale. The game's best players are looking to overcome the famous layout, the conditons, and the field, to secure the Claret Jug. But who is going to do it? Derek Clements previews golf's oldest and greatest major.


Six Players to Watch at the Open

Picking winners of majors is never an easy task, but here we present six men who should give you a decent run for your money at The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.


Fleetwood Effect Boosts Huge Crowds Expected at Royal Birkdale for Open

Tommy Fleetwood will be the local hero of this week's Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, and the Southport lad's recent succcess has boosted ticket sales, with huge crowds expected to attend the game's oldest major this week.


Henrik Stenson is Looking Forward to Open Defence

12 months removed from his legendary duel with Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson is back at the Open Championship to defend the Claret Jug. Derek Clements charts the highs and lows of the popular Swede's career to date.


Tommy Fleetwood Hopes to Complete Special Season with Open at Birkdale

Tommy Fleetwood has enjoyed an incredible year to date, transforming his career with success across Europe, Asia and America, and he's now looking for hometown success in the Open at Royal Birkdale. Derek Clements reports on the Englishman's amazing season.


Explore all 18 Holes at Royal Birkdale

The Open is being played at Royal Birkdale for a tenth occasion. Widely regarded as one of the finest courses on the rotation, we take a look through all 18 holes of the famous layout near Southport.


From a Championship Belt to Winning Cheque for £1.4m

From the Championship Belt to the Claret Jug, Gold and Silver Medals, and £10 to £1.4m, we take a look through the long history of trophies and prizes awarded to the Champion Golfer of the Year.


Claim One Million Dollars with American Golf

American Golf has provided golfers from across the UK & Ireland with the opportunity to enter its biggest competition yet to have a chance of claiming a staggering $1 Million Dollars.


Titleist Prototype 818 Hybrids Make Debut at Scottish Open

Titleist has began seeding its prototype 818 hybrids with several of leading Brand Ambassadors at this week's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.


Titleist to Provide Exciting Initiatives at Women's British Open

Confirmed as the Official Golf Ball Partner of the 2017 Ricoh Women's British Open at Kingsbarns, Titleist is set to push its support for the women's game at all levels and provide several exciting initiatives for spectators in Fife.


Your Scottish Golf Photos

To mark this week's Scottish Open from Ayrshire's Dundonald Links, we asked you on Twitter and Facebook to send us your best photos taken when playing golf in Scotland. The response surpassed all expectations, with dozens of you taking the opportunity to share images from across the spectacular nation, from the Highlands to St. Andrews and East Lothian, the likes of Muirfield and Carnoustie to the Isle of Arran and Perthshire. 


Tour all 18 Holes of Dundonald Links

This week's Scottish Open venue Dundonald Links is set to be widely showcased the world, and it will be the first time seeing the course for many people. Take a look around all 18 holes of the layout that will challenge the likes of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler.


TaylorMade Golf Unveils Special England Inspired Bags and Headcovers

To celebrate the return of the game's oldest Major Championship to Royal Birkdale this month, TaylorMade Golf has launched a special series of bags and headcovers inspired by England's flag colours ahead of the annual ball for the Claret Jug.


The Open Enhances Camping Village with Adult Options and Glamping

Having launched The Open Camping Village at Royal Troon last year, which provided 500 under 25-year old's and their families with free accomodation during the championship, The R&A are enhancing that service for this month's showpiece at Royal Birkdale, with a bigger and better offering. T


Unluckiest Golfer Discovered by Broke Hill Golf Club

Broke Hill Golf Club has discovered and granted an amateur golfer a touch good fortune, after his tale of bad luck caught their attention recently.


PING Unveils G400 Series of Clubs

PING has unveiled its exciting G400 Series, with the brand's fastest and most forgiving driver to date highlight the range, in addition to an iron that is set to deliver greater distance and ball flight.


PING G400 Iron Review

PING have launched their new game improvement irons for 2017/2018. The G400 will hit the market later this summer promising higher and longer ball flights. 


PING G400 Crossover Review

PING have announced the launch of the new G400 Crossover. Golfshake's Owen Davies recently headed to the course to put the G400 Crossover to the test. 


PING G400 Hybrid Review

PING have announce the launch of their new G400 range and along withit comes the G400 Hybrid. Golfshake's Owen Davies recently headed to teh course to put the new PING hybdrid to the test. 


PING G400 Fairway Wood Review

PING ahve announced the launch of their new G400 Fairway Woods for the 2017/2018 seson and Golfshake's Owen Davies recently got his hands on the 3 wood and headed to the course to test. 


14 year old Atthaya Thitikul Makes History on Ladies European Tour

You know what they say about policemen looking younger all the time? Well, check this out - Thailand's Atthaya Thitikul has written herself into the history books by replacing Lydia Ko as the youngest ever champion on the Ladies European Tour - at the age of 14!


PING G400 Driver Review

PING have launched their new G400 Driver for the 2017/18 season and Golfshake's Owen Davies recentlly got his hands one and headed the driving range and course to test. 


Scottish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

A stellar field has assembled at Dundonald Links for the Scottish Open. Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler headline the cast at one of the European Tour's most prestigious events. Derek Clements previews the action.


John Deere Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The John Deere Classic represents the final chance for those on the PGA Tour not already in the field to qualify for The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what is always a low-scoring week.


Dominant Jon Rahm Produces Superstar Performance at Irish Open

Playing in only his second regular European Tour event, Jon Rahm produced a moment of brilliance and survived a rules controversy to thrill a large gallery and take the Irish Open title at the stunning Portstewart by six shots after a final round of 65.


Walrus Golf Launches Apparel Range for 2017

Long associated with former Masters champion Craig Stadler, Walrus is an established name within the golf industry, developing an earned reputation for producing reliable, comfortable and protective clothing, and those principles are being carried through within the re-launched apparel range for 2017, which is set to deliver on what golfers are looking for.


FX-Sport VC Golf Headphones Unique Golf Training Aid

The FX-Sport VC Golf headphones are the first 'Psychological Coaching Device for Golf' combining lightweight, water resistant headphones with an in-built MP3 player with preloaded content specific to golf training.


Grand Opening for Boundary Lakes Golf Course in Hampshire

In what is exciting news for Hampshire, the beautiful Boundary Lakes Golf Course at the Ageas Bowl is to enjoy a grand opening on Monday (10th July) as the striking layout is unveiled to the public.


Getting into golf: Lesson 4 focus on the short game

In the sixth feature of this series of getting into golf articles written by Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements, Kim completes her 4th lesson.


Getting into golf: Lesson 3 and I can't stop smiling

In the fifth feature of this series of getting into golf articles written by Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements, updates us on her club fitting and getting her new clubs.


Golf Tourism England Launches New Website

Golf Tourism England (GTE) has launched its new website, promoting the incredible variety stunning golf courses that the national has to offer across several beautiful regions.


Golf Pride MCC Plus4 ALIGN Grips Pick Up First Major Title at US Senior Open

Eaton has confirmed that its Golf Pride Grips Division created the MCC Plus4 ALIGN misdsize grips that were used by the eventual champion of the 2017 U.S. Open Senior Open, coming just three weeks after the product had made its debut on the Champions Tour.


Guarantee Safe Travel of Clubs with Caddie Express

When playing golf abroad, it's always a worry as to whether you're clubs will successfully make the journey with you. After a bad experience, Paul Hankin established Caddie Express, which is working to relieve the stress for golfers.


The Best and Worst Excuses Uttered by Golfers

Golfers love making excuses for their bad play - some more convincing than others. Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out several common reasons that are regularly used to justify poor shots.


Justin Rose Hopes to Bloom Again at Royal Birkdale

Justin Rose is looking forward to make his return to Royal Birkdale, where he enjoyed an incredible breakthrough as a teenage amateur in 1998. Now England's top ranked golfer and major champion, Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back on the 19-year career path that is now taking Rose back to the stage that made his name.


Phil and Bones - The Stories You May Not Have Heard

The player-caddie relationship between Phil Mickelson and Jim "Bones" Mackay was unlike any other on tour, surviving 25 years, and leaving many memorable stories. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out some of the best.


Famed Lynx Parallax Irons Reborn for Amateur Golfers

Lynx's famed Parallax Irons have been redefined for 2017 with regular amateur golfers in mind, in addition to the unveiling of a range of woods - including the Lynx Parallax Driver and Hybrid.


Srixon Celebrates Landmark 500th Global Tour Victory

Srixon is celebrating a milestone after the popular Z-STAR golf ball series achieved a 500th victory on the game's global professional tours. This historic triumph was secured when Malaysia's Nicholas Fung claimed the 2017 Queen's Cup on the Asian Tour, which was contested at Santiburi Samui Country Club, Samui, Thailand.


Tour the Majestic and Stunning Dunes of Irish Open Venue Portstewart

This week's Irish Open is being played at the striking Portstewart in County Londonderry. Golfshake contributer and photographer Kevin Diss takes us on a tour of the course and area, otherwise known as a shooting location for Game of Thrones!


Tommy's Honour Film Review

Tommy's Honour - the film chronicling the remarkable story of Old and Young Tom Morris in St. Andrews - has been released, and Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Pickenan has reviewed the movie (directed by Jason Connery) for us.


Misleading Golf Statements and Marketing

When it comes to golf and marketing, there are some pretty big (and misleading) claims made. Derek Clements has rooted out some genuine crazy statements and applied his own take to them.


10 Things Golfers Love

What keeps bringing us back to golf for more? Golfshake's Derek Clements has considered this phenomenon, and has come up with ten things that most of us can't resist on the course, which continue to draw us back in.


Irish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rory McIlroy defends the Irish Open this week at the majestic Portstewart, and the four-time major champion is looking for a successful July as he builds towards the final two majors of the season. Derek Clements looks ahead to should what be a memorable tournament in County Londonderry.


Greenbrier Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Greenbrier Classic returns to the Old White TPC after last year's tournament had to be cancelled following devastating floods that hit the area, and the players are going to find a course that is rather different to the one they used to know.


Imperious Tommy Fleetwood Continues Astonishing Season

Tommy Fleetwood's astonishing season continued when he shot a final round of 66 to triumph at the HNA Open de France by a shot from America's Peter Uihlein at the brutal Le Golf National near Paris.


The Struggles of 1998 Open Runner Up Brian Watts

Mark O'Meara won the 1998 Open Championship - and a teenage Justin Rose holed that approach shot - but lesser-known Brian Watts narrowly missed out on the Claret Jug. What happened to him? Derek Clements looks at the injuries and struggles that befell the American.


The Longest Golf Holes in the UK

We now see holes measuring over 600 yards regularly in major championships, but there are several closer to home in the UK that regular golfers can experience for themselves. Take a look through some of the most eye-watering holes in Britain.


Motocaddy Unveils Advanced Smart GPS Trolley

Motocaddy has launched its most technologically advanced trolley to date, featuring a free GPS app that combines with the trolley to offer distance data and mobile alerts at more than 36,000 golf courses across the planet.


Crown Golf Members Benefit from Maximum Time with PGA Pros

Members at Crown Golf clubs are taking full advantage of the latest development introduced by the leading UK golf facility operator, with significant investment creating more accessible roles for its experienced PGA Professionals.


PowaKaddy Launches Revolutionary Trolley with Integrated GPS Technology

Leading electric trolley brand PowaKaddy has confirmed that it will launch the world's first model featuring fully-integrated GPS technology, which is a defining move for the industry allowing golfers to manage their game from the trolley handle without the need for external devices or mobile reception.


Classic Harry Colt Links in France Restored to Former Glory

France's highly regarded Harry Colt classic La Mer at Le Touquet Golf Resort, has experienced a major restoration project to restore the stunning course and resort to its glory days of the 1930s.


Quinta do Lago to Host Fifth Paul McGinley Junior Cup

Quinta do Lago is underlining its impressive commitment to junior golf by hosting the fifth successive Paul McGinley Junior Cup later this summer.


Quicken Loans National Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour moves onto the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, where Billy Hurley III will be attempting to defend the title he emotionally secured 12 months ago. Derek Clements previews the action.


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