Tag: The Open

Royal Portrush Staged Passionate Open for the Ages

It was an event for the ages. Huge and passionate crowds at Royal Portrush roared Shane Lowry to success and the Claret Jug. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on this year's Open, the highs and lows, making the argument that the championship needs to return soon. read more ...


How the World's Finest Rated at Royal Portrush

When a major comes round, the focus is placed on those players at the top of the world rankings. But how did they perform at Royal Portrush? Golfshake's Derek Clements goes down the top ten and gives those golfers a rating for the week. read more ...


Why Rory McIlroy’s Open Disappointment Will Only Make Him Stronger

Rory McIlroy turned up at Royal Portrush with the highest of hopes, but it was a disastrous Thursday, costing him a place at the weekend despite a stunning Friday charge. However, Golfshake writer Will Trinkwon believes this disappointment will only drive the Northern Irishman on to more success in future. read more ...


Shane Lowry Produces Priceless Masterpiece to Win The Open

Shane Lowry admitted that he would go to bed dreaming of getting his hands on the Claret Jug. Now that dream has come true. The fans were magnificent all week long and they got precisely what they wanted - an Irish winner. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the remarkable scenes at Royal Portrush. read more ...


Why Jack Nicklaus May Be the Best Links Golfer in History

Who is the greatest links golfer in history? Harry Vardon, James Braid, John Henry Taylor, Peter Thomson and Tom Watson all won at least five Open Championships. But Golfshake's Kieran Clark believes that Jack Nicklaus has a claim to have been the best on the British seaside. read more ...


6 Beards to Look Out for During Open Sunday

It's been a very special Open return to Royal Portrush, but one thing that has struck writer Will Trinkwon are the number of bears in contention. Here is Will's light hearted look ahead to the final round of this year's championship. read more ...


Shane Lowry Shoots Incredible 63 to Control Open Championship

Three years after taking a four-shot lead into the final round of the US Open, Ireland’s Shane Lowry has the same advantage heading into the last day of the 148th Open after a sensational performance at Royal Portrush. read more ...


Shane Lowry Carries Irish Hopes at Royal Portrush

Shane Lowry dropped a shot at the final hole and missed his chance of leading The Open Championship at Royal Portrush on his own. Instead, his second 67 leaves him on eight under par, tied with American JB Holmes. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on an emotional Friday. read more ...


Rory's Portrush Dream Turns Into Open Nightmare

Rory McIlroy's Open dream turned into a nightmare of the worst possible kind as he returned to the magnificent Dunluce links at Royal Portrush. Golfshake's Derrek Clements reflects on a dramatic Thursday at the 148th Championship. read more ...


David Duval Deserves Better Than Being a Punchline

Former champion David Duval made headlines on Thursday at Royal Portrush by shooting 91 in The Open, including a 14 on one hole. Golfshake's Kieran Clark reflects on the highs and lows of Duval's career, remembering him at his peak, stating that the former number one deserves more sympathy than ridicule. read more ...


6 Reasons Why The 2019 Open Will Be One For The Ages

The 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush has begun. Returning to a spectacular venue with a variety of stories coming into the week, Golfshake writer Will Trinkwon believes that year's championship will be a classic. read more ...


The Greatest Open Championships in History

Since it began, the Open Championship has been an indelible part of the ancient game. Reflecting on that rich history, it's fascinating to see all that has come before. What are the greatest Championships? Golfshake's Kieran Clark has gone through all 147 of them - picking out two from each decade - that best tell the continuing story of the Open. read more ...


How to Pick a Winner at The Open Championship

With 10 hours of tee times bracing the often variable weather conditions of these islands, the Open Championship asks questions of the game's best players that they don't otherwise face. But there are trends to follow when it comes to identifying a potential winner this week. read more ...


2019 The Open Preview Podcast

Looking ahead to the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush, Golfshake's Kieran Clark was joined by Ryan Rastall, PGA Pro at Howley Hall Golf Club in Leeds, to preview the game's original major.  read more ...


The Open 2019 Preview, Picks & Analysis

For the first time in 68 years The Open Championship returns to Northern Ireland with the magnificent Royal Portrush hosting the world’s oldest major. But who is going to etch their name onto the Claret Jug? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the 148th Open. read more ...


Five Outsiders to Follow at The Open

Lifting the Claret Jug is to become part of history. While much attention will be placed upon the favourites at the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush, Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out a handful of players who spring a surprise. read more ...


Six Players to Watch at The Open

156 players have qualified for the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush. But which of them will add their name to the storied history of this event? Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out six key golfers to watch in Northern Ireland. read more ...


How to Keep Track of The Open on TV and Radio

The Open Championship is golf's original major, but that doesn't mean that time has stood still when it comes to showcasing it. Here are the key times and places to follow for the live coverage. read more ...


The Open by Numbers

First played at Prestwick in 1860, when eight players gathered to crown the new Champion Golfer following the death of St Andrews professional Allan Robertson, the Open Championship has been synonymous with the history and continuing story of the game. As we celebrate the 148th edition, Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out key numbers that set the scene. read more ...


Royal Portrush Hole by Hole Guide

The Open Championship returns to Royal Portrush in 2019, nearly 70 years after Max Faulkner lifted the Claret Jug in 1951. This revered layout ranks among the best rated in the world and will provide an engrossing challenge to the game's best players. Here is your guide to the Dunluce Course. read more ...


A Round to Remember for Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has achieved many incredible things in golf, but the round that sticks in his head as the most memorable was the astonishing 61 he shot at Royal Portrush as a 16-year-old in 2005. Golfshake's Derek Clements gathers quotes and footage to complete a picture of that remarkable display. read more ...


FootJoy Launches Special Edition Open Championship Shoe

Celebrating the historic return of The Open Championship to Northern Ireland, FootJoy has launched a Limited-Edition model of its acclaimed Pro/SL shoe, which features the iconic Claret Jug logo on both the saddle and tongue. read more ...


Irish Eyes Certain to be Smiling at Royal Portrush

Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the long awaited return of The Open to Northern Ireland and Royal Portrush, as the game's oldest major makes its away across the Irish Sea for just the second time, delving into the history of the 1951 Championship. read more ...


12 Women Invited to Join Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield

Two years after the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield voted to change their controversial, male-only membership policy, the historic club has announced that it has now invited 12 women to join the East Lothian institution, paving the way for its return to the Open Championship rotation. read more ...


Best Regional Open Qualifying Venues on Golfshake

Open Regional Qualifying takes place over 13 venues across the British Isles. Playing in Regional Qualifying is a potential opportunity of a lifetime, but it's also the chance to play on some revered courses. We have taken a closer look at each of the regional venues used in 2019, including the unique Golfshake reviews. read more ...


American Golf Offers Chance to Become Official Scorer at Open Championship

Presenting an unforgettable opportunity for one golf fan to experience the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush as an official scorer - in addition to meeting the legendary Tom Watson - American Golf has joined forces with Mastercard to offer a truly special prize to customers. read more ...


Portrush Boy Graeme McDowell Qualifies for The Open

Dreams do come true for Graeme McDowell, whose eighth-place finish in the Canadian Open was enough to secure a place in July's Open Championship at his hometown course of Royal Portrush. Golfshake's Kieran Clark reflects on the continuing resurgence of the Northern Irishman. read more ...


Portrush Open to Showcase Best of Northern Ireland

This summer, Royal Portrush is poised to host golf's oldest and greatest championship, an event that will showcase the best of Northern Ireland as a tourist destination. read more ...


Slumbers Raises Brexit Concerns for Portrush Open

This year's Open Championship is hotly anticipated due to the return of Royal Portrush as a venue, but the preparations for the event may prove complicated due to the impact Brexit, concerns raised by R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers.  read more ...


Countdown to the 148th Open at Royal Portrush

This year's Open Championship marks a historic return to Royal Portrush and Northern Ireland. Marking the countdown, a spectacular and inspiring film has been released, showcasing the best of what can be experienced in the nation. read more ...


2019 Open at Royal Portrush Packages Available with Golfbreaks.com

The Open Championship makes its return to Royal Portrush this July, and unprecedented demand has seen direct tickets sold out months, but midweek packages - including access to Thursday and Friday's rounds - are still available with Golfbreaks.com, providing golf fans with the opportunity to ensure that they are part of this historic event. read more ...


Record Crowds at Carnoustie Set Up Open Extravaganza at Royal Portrush

The 2018 Open at Carnoustie was an enthralling spectacle, and enjoyed by record crowds at the Angus venue, including 20,000 fans under the age of 25. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why this sets up next year's hotly anticipated return to Royal Portrush. read more ...


Newfound Ryder Cup Optimism for Europe after Open

Despite the leaderboard having been dominated by players from the United States, it turned out to be a great Open Championship for Europe, with Francesco Molinari taking the title. Derek Clements has newfound optimism for their chances in the Ryder Cup. read more ...


Carnoustie Championship Course Guide and Review

Host of the 2018 Open Championship, Carnoustie Golf Links is one of the great venues of Scottish and British golf. Here is our full guide and review to the Championship Course, including the history, experience and course. read more ...


Carnoustie is the Real Winner at the 147th Open Championship

Francesco Molinari brilliantly won the 147 Open, but plaudits are being showered upon Carnoustie, which stood up as a spectacular host venue, challenging the best and attracting record crowds. For Derek Clements, it was the real winner. read more ...


Inspired Francesco Molinari's Journey to Become the Open Champion

Francesco Molinari produced a complete display to triumph in the Open at Carnoustie, an journey that began over two decades ago in front of the TV. Golfshake's Kieran Clark looks back at the Italian's odyssey to become Champion Golfer of the Year. read more ...


Magnificent Molinari Completes Italian Job to Make History at Carnoustie

Francesco Molinari made history at Carnoustie when he became the first Italian to win The Open Championship on a thrilling day that saw many of the leading contenders’ hopes being blown away as the course finally bore its teeth. read more ...


Jordan Spieth Targets Claret Jug Defence on Open Sunday


Jordan Spieth will today attempt to become the first back-to-back winner of The Open Championship in a decade as he goes into the final round at Carnoustie tied with fellow Americans Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner.
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Former Champion Leads the Way at Carnoustie

Kevin Kisner threw away a golden chance of finishing the second round leading the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie all on his own when his approach shot at the 18th found the Barry Burn and cost him a double-bogey six, tying him with former champion Zach Johnson. read more ...


Open Farewell to the Normal Man with an Extraordinary Talent

1985 champion Sandy Lyle has completed his 43rd and likely final Open Championship. Golfshake's Kieran Clark pays tribute to this legend of the game, who remains Britain's most understated golf trailblazer. read more ...


Rory and Field Chase Kisner after Day 1 at Carnoustie

Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship saw spectacular conditions grace Carnoustie Golf Links, with American Kevin Kisner leading the way following an early round. Rory McIlroy was among those chasing him down. Derek Clements has the recap. read more ...


The Greatest Finish in Golf

The 16th, 17th and 18th at Carnoustie combine what is the most challenging - and perhaps greatest - finish in championship golf. Golfshake's Owen Davies had the chance to play these three holes, and discovered what the players will face during the Open. read more ...


See Phil Mickelson Grind His Own Wedges and Demonstrate Flop Shot

Carnoustie may be burnt to a crisp ahead of the 2018 Open, but those firm and fiery conditions haven't stopped former champion Phil Mickelson from grinding his own Callaway wedges and showcasing his famed lob shot in some pretty audacious circumstances.  read more ...


5 Outsiders to Follow at the Open

We have taken a look further down the pack for golfers at the Open who could spring a surprise run for the game's oldest title, each of them having odds greater than 100/1. read more ...


8 of the Very Best Open Championships

The Open has produced many dramatic conclusions. There have been occasions where it has been won by a moment of genius, others when somebody has left the field trailing in his wake and others when it has ended in heartbreak. Here, we look at eight of the very best. read more ...



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