Articles by Derek Clements
Derek is a freelance staff writer covering the European and PGA Tours writing our weekly tour wrap-ups and previews as well as in-depth feature articles, opinion pieces and anything related to golf.
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DP World Tour Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood head the field at the DP World Tour Championship and, at the end of it, one of them will be crowned Race to Dubai winner. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the European Tour's finale.
RSM Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
The PGA Tour heads to beautiful Sea Island for the RSM Classic, which is the last event on the schedule this year. Austin Cook defends the title, but this is a great chance for lesser known names to secure an early season victory.
Lee Westwood Rolls Back the Years to Win at Sun City
Former world number one Lee Westwood has rejuvenated his career with a spectacular performance in South Africa. He produced a brilliant final round of 64 to overhaul Sergio Garcia and win the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City. It was his first victory in four years.
When it Pays to Know the Rules
Golf prides Itself on its unwritten code of ethics, which is why there is always such a furore when a professional is caught breaking the rules. The story of Doris Chen in LPGA Qualifying School is just the latest example. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at a few of the controversies that have made the headlines.
Keith Pelley Vows to Keep Growing European Tour
European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley insists he has no intention of reducing the number of tournaments in the schedule, even though he faces the challenge of competing against the PGA Tour to attract the world’s best golfers. Derek Clements reports on a wide ranging press conference with the CEO.
Nedbank Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour's Final Series continues at the Nedbak Challenge in South Africa, with the finale in Dubai fast approaching. Branden Grace is defending his title, while Rory McIlroy is looking for his first victory on the circuit since 2016.
Mayakoba Golf Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
The PGA Tour heads down south to Mexico for the Mayakoba Golf Classic, with Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau and Rickie Fowler in the field looking to secure their first victories of 2018. Golfshake's Derek Clements assesses their chances.
Sweet Smell of Success for Justin Rose after Title Defence in Turkey
Justin Rose reclaimed his position at the top of the world rankings when he successfully defended the Turkish Airlines Open. He defeated China’s Li Haotong in a playoff. While over on the PGA Tour, Bryson DeChambeau won for the fourth time this year. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the weekend.
How Mind Games Can Threaten Lives and Careers
Lexi Thompson has recently shared her struggles with mental health and body image issues. It's the latest example of an elite sportsperson facing these difficulties. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at some of the stories across professional golf and other sports that have highlighted the subject.
Turkish Airlines Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The Race to Dubai continues with the Turkish Airlines Open, where Justin Rose is set to defend his title. Francesco Molinari leads the money list, but last year's champion Tommy Fleetwood could close the gap on his friend this week. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be an intriguing tournament.
Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Patrick Cantlay is defending his title at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, with Jordan Spieth making a notable appearance in the field as he looks to secure his first victory of the year. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.
Finau Pipped at the Post by Schauffele in China as Champ Secures First Win
Impressive Xander Schauffele held off Tony Finau to win the WGC HSBC Champions in China, while widely touted Cameron Champ lived up to his name by securing his maiden PGA Tour victory. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on an impressive weekend for American players.
Lexi Thompson Admirably Shares Personal Struggles on Social Media
LPGA Tour star Lexi Thompson is among the most popular golfers in the women's game, but has been open about the struggles she has faced lately, most recently with the admission that she has experienced body image issues. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes her honesty and candideness is to be admired.
Slow Play Rules Must be Enforced on Tour
In a rare incident, Corey Pavin received a slow play penalty on the Champions Tour in the United States. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes this isolated moment should become a widespread drive on the major circuits, particularly the PGA Tour.
Super Sergio Reigns in Spain for the Third Time
Sergio Garcia carried on his impressive form at the Ryder Cup to complete a four-stroke victory in a weather-affected Andalucia Masters from Valderrama, on a dramatic Monday finish for those looking to secure their cards for next season. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the events from Spain.
WGC HSBC Champions Preview, Picks & Analysis
Justin Rose's incredible year began 12 months ago when he triumphed in the WGC HSBC Champions, taking advantage of Dustin Johnson's collapse. Now back to defend the title, the Englishman faces most of the game's elite, as the Race to Dubai finale approaches. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the last World Golf Championship of the year.
Sanderson Farms Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
The world's elite golfers are in China for the World Golf Championship, but the regular PGA Tour returns to America for the Sanderson Farms Championship, where Ryan Armour defends, as several names are looking to reboot their careers in the early season.
Koepka on Top of the World after Victory in Korea
Brooks Koepka capped an unbelievable season when he recorded a final round of 64 to win the CJ Cup in South Korea - in the process, he became the new World No 1. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the latest stunning achievement from the American.
Tiger Wants to be Playing Captain at Presidents Cup
Tiger Woods has surpassed expectations in his comeback by contending in majors, playing in the Ryder Cup, and winning the Tour Championship. As captain of the USA at the Presidents Cup in 2019, he is intrigued by the possibility of combining that role with playing, emulating Hale Irwin in 1994. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports.
Johnny Miller to Hand Over the Microphone to Paul Azinger
Johnny Miller, the two-time major champion who redefined golf commentary on American television, is to retire early next year, and is expected to be replaced by Paul Azinger. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on this ending of an era.
British Masters Faces Uncertain Future
It has become established as one of the biggest and best tournaments on the European Tour schedule, but the future of the British Masters is in serious doubt as the search for a new sponsor continues - so far, without success.
Andalucía Valderrama Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis
Sergio Garcia hosts and defends the Andalucia Valderrama Masters as he looks to build on his performance at the Ryder Cup, but it's a stressful week for those looking to retain their cards, as the regular European Tour season concludes. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the week.
CJ Cup at Nine Bridges Preview, Picks & Analysis
A stellar field assembles in South Korea for the $9.5m CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, where Justin Thomas will be defending his title. It is only the second staging of the tournament and features an elite field of 78, with no halfway cut, including the likes of Brooks Koepka and Jason Day. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks forward to it.
Pepperell is the Master of all he Surveys at Walton Heath
Two years after losing his tour card, Eddie Pepperell's breakthrough season continues in sparkling fashion on the European Tour, after the Englishman won the British Masters at Walton Heath. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on this latest success for the 27-year-old.
Don't Blame the Golf Course Phil
Following his disappointing performance at the Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson took aim at the setup of Le Golf National, bemoaning the apparently narrow fairways and thick rough that didn't suit his game. Golfshake's Derek Clements responds to the five-time major champion's critique.
The Youngsters with Stars in their Eyes and the Guys Who Wish they Still Did
The new season on the PGA Tour is here, while the European Tour's campaign is approaching its end. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at the contrasting fresh names on the American circuit, and those battling to save their cards in Europe.
CIMB Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
The PGA Tour has headed overseas for the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur. Justin Thomas has won this event twice, and his back looking for a third triumph after his impressive display at the Ryder Cup. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the limited field event.
British Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis
Onw of the best fields of the year assembles at Walton Heath as Paul Dunne begins the defence of his British Masters title. Justin Rose is the tournament host, welcoming a field that includes Ryder Cup heroes Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood.
Lucas Bjerregard Takes Advantage of Hatton’s Slip to Win at St Andrews
Tyrrell Hatton came up a shot short in his attempt to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship for an unprecedented third year on the trot as Lucas Bjerregaard produced a brilliant round of 67 on the Old Course at St Andrews to win his second European Tour title.
Alfred Dunhill Links Preview, Picks & Analysis
It's that time of year again, when many of the world's finest golfers join forces with famous amateurs at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, playing the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. Tommy Fleetwood is among the Ryder Cup heroes taking part. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the showpiece in Scotland.
Safeway Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Believe it or not, the new PGA Tour season begins this week at the Safeway Open. Brendan Steele has won this event during the past two years, and will be hoping to complete a unique treble. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks forward to the 2018/19 opener.
Europe Win the Ryder Cup in Sensational Fashion
Europe regained the Ryder Cup in spectacular fashion, thrashing the USA 17½-10½ at Le Golf National on the outskirts of Paris. Relive an incredible Sunday, as Thomas Bjorn's team defeated what was billed as the strongest American side in generations.
The Greatest Comebacks in Sport
Tiger Woods completed one of the most incredible comebacks in history by winning the Tour Championship, but where does it rank with the greatest in sport? Golfshake's Derek Clements places it alongside a variety of different extraordinary stories and events.
Ryder Cup Preview and Prediction
It’s time for the best 12 players from Europe to take on America’s finest at Le Golf National and discover if they are good enough to wrest back the Ryder Cup. Will they succeed? Golfshake's Derek Clements makes his prediction.
Tiger Completes Fairytale Comeback with Victory in Tour Championship
Tiger Woods completed one of the greatest individual comebacks in sport when he produced a final round of 71 to win The Tour Championship at East Lake, his first victory in five years and surely the most satisfying of his remarkable career. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on an incredible weekend.
How the European Team Shapes Up
Thomas Bjorn has blended experience and youth within his Ryder Cup team as Europe look to regain the Trophy at Le Golf National. We take a look each of the 12 players representing the home side.
How the American Team Shapes Up
Jim Furyk arrives in France with a strong team at his disposal, looking to become the first American side to win the Ryder Cup on European soil since 1993. We take a closer look at each of his 12 players.
Ryder Cup by Numbers
2018 is the 42nd Ryder Cup and is the latest edition of the most popular event in golf. Derek Clements takes a look back at the facts and figures that defined the records of past years, and some key numbers to be aware of this week.
Guide to Le Golf National
Le Golf National is hosting this year's Ryder Cup. One of the most popular courses and venues on the European Tour, we take a closer look at each of the holes, and the challenge that the players of both teams will face.
Oli Fisher Shoots First 59 in European Tour History
Oliver Fisher has carded the first round of 59 in European Tour history on day two of the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura. The Englishman made 10 birdies and an eagle in his bogey-free 12-under-par effort to at last break the barrier, with 19 players having previously recorded official rounds of 60.
Guide to Golf at Quinta do Lago & Magnolia Hotel
Quinta do Lago is one of the most popular destinations for golfers who choose to visit Portugal. We take a closer look at this spectacular venue and its three golf courses.
Guide to Golf in Thailand
Thailand has become increasingly golfers looking for an all-inclusive break. We take a closer look at the incredible resorts and courses that are available in a country that may just be a dream destination for you.
England Golf Survey Presents Optimistic Picture for Memberships
So it turns out that it is not all doom and gloom at England’s golf clubs after all. There has long been a perception that the game at club level is in freefall, but England Golf’s biennial survey of 426 clubs around the country would indicate that is not the case at all. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports.
Guide to Golf at Whittlebury Hall
Whittlebury Hall may be one of the best kept secrets in England. Featuring a striking hotel with five restaurants and an award-winning spa, not to mention 36 holes of golf, this is a potentially attractive destination.
Tour Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
The PGA Tour and FedEx Cup reaches its conclusion at the Tour Championship, with Bryson DeChambeau heading the race for the incredible $10m prize, but knowing that victory at East Lake is the only guarantee of success. Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Tony Finau also have their fate in their own hands.
Portugal Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis
With the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National just around the corner, Sergio Garcia finally returns to action at the Portugal Masters and will hope to prove that he has rediscovered his form. The likes of Thorbjorn Olesen, Charl Schwartzel, Matt Wallace and Eddie Pepperell are also in the field looking for success at the Victoria Course.
Wu Pips Wood to Title as Emotional Stanford Wins Maiden Major
Wu Ashun birdied the 72nd hole to pip England's Chris Wood in a thrilling final day battle and win his third European Tour title at the KLM Open on a weekend that saw 40-year-old Angela Stanford claim her first major title at the Evian Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the action.
The Ryder Cup Defeat That Changed Everything for the USA
Jim Furyk's American team will arrive at Le Golf National confident of success. But where has this confidence come from? Golfshake's Derek Clements lessons learned from the most recent Ryder Cup on European soil at Gleneagles.
Justin Rose Misses Out on Title But is on Top of the World
Justin Rose lost the BMW Championship after a playoff with Keegan Bradley but still did enough to overtake Dustin Johnson at the top of the world rankings. The Englishman also moved up to second place in the FedEx rankings with just the Tour Championship to come.
KLM Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Romain Wattel defends his title at the KLM Open, where the likes of Matt Wallace, Eddie Pepperell, Lee Westwood and Paul Dunne have assembled looking for a strong week. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews this historic tournament.
Brilliant Matt Fitzpatrick Makes Successful Defence in Swiss Mountains
Matt Fitzpatrick produced a brilliant finish to successfully defend the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre, securing his fifth title on the tour at the age of 24. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the latest success for the Englishman, who failed to qualify for the Ryder Cup.
Bjorn Completes Team with Garcia, Poulter, Casey and Stenson
Thomas Bjorn knew that he was going to upset some fine European golfers when he named the four wild cards that complete his team to take on the United States at Le Golf National. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the captain's decision to favour experience with his picks.
Woods, Mickelson and DeChambeau Given US Ryder Cup Wild Cards
As was widely anticipated, Jim Furyk named Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau as three of his four Ryder Cup wild cards, with Tony Finau hotly tipped to claim that final pick before the event in Paris.
BMW Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
The FedEx Cup Playoffs are beginning to get serious, with the leading 70 players in the standings heading to the BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club. Bryson DeChambeau is looking to continue his amazing run of form, but an elite field will be hoping to claim a victory of their own. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the third Playoff.
Bryson DeChambeau Continues Extraordinary Run of Form in FedEx Cup Playoffs
Bryson DeChambeau continued his extraordinary run of form by winning his second successive FedEx Cup event and tightening his grip at the top of the playoff standings with Ryder Cup wild card picks looming.
Omega European Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis
Life continues on the European Tour as Matt Fitzpatrick returns to the spectacular Crans Sur Sierre to defend his Omega European Masters title. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to an iconic event played at one of the most glorious venues in world golf.
Matt Wallace Victory Throws a Spanners in the Works for Bjorn
Matt Wallace added to Thomas Bjorn’s already nigh-impossible job when the Englishman won the Made in Denmark, the final counting event for the 2018 team. The Englishman missed out on the eight automatic selections for Bjorn’s European team but but he has now surely staked an irresistible claim for one of the four wild cards.
The Two Contests That Changed the Ryder Cup Forever
The Ryder Cup has become one of the biggest sporting events on the planet, but there were two particular contests that saw it cross the line and become a spectacle that took proceedings to the edge of infamy. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflect on the 1991 and 1999 Ryder Cups.
Ryder Cup Captains Face Wild-Card Dilemma
Who would want to be in the shoes of Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjorn when they have to finalise their teams for the much-anticipatated Ryder Cup clash between Europe and the United States. Golfshake's Derek Clements assesses the difficult choices that both will have to make.
Tiger vs Phil - Does Anybody Really Care?
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will go head to head over 18 holes in Las Vegas with a mind-boggling $9m up for grabs. The match will be played. But does anybody really care? Golfshake's Derek Clements gives his thoughts on The Match.
Czech Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis
The Czech Masters represents the penultimate event in the race for European Ryder Cup qualification, with the likes of Thomas Pieters and Eddie Pepperell looking to impress captain Thomas Bjorn. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the tournament and analyses the likely contenders.
Northern Trust Preview, Picks & Analysis
The FedEx Cup Playoffs begin with the Northern Trust as the leading golfers on the PGA Tour enter the lucrative final series of events, leading to the Tour Championship and the $10m bonus. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to this week, and the players hoping to make a significant run for the prize.
Leaving Sergio Out of Ryder Cup Team is Unthinkable
Failing to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs, last year's Masters champion Sergio Garcia will require a captain's pick from Thomas Bjorn in the Spaniard's relationship with the Ryder Cup is to continue at Le Golf National. Does he merit a wild card? Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that the stalwart must be part of the European team.
Wyndham Championship Preview & Picks
Henrik Stenson defends the title at the Wyndham Championship, the final regular PGA Tour event of the season, before the FedEx Cup Playoffs get under way. There are Ryder Cup implications too. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the tournament from Greensboro.
Nordea Masters Preview & Picks
The race to qualify for Team Europe at the Ryder Cup is approaching its conclusion, with crucial points available for players in the Nordea Masters at Hills Golf Club in Gothenburg. With his place in balance, Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen will be hoping for one more solid week to edge up the standings or catch the eye of his compatriot, captain Thomas Bjorn.
Brooks Koepka Joins the Greats with Third Major Title at Engrossing PGA
Brooks Koepka won his third major title in 18 months - joining the greats of American golf - as he fended off a breathtaking charge from a resurgent Tiger Woods to claim the Wanamaker Trophy at the PGA Championship.
US PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
Justin Thomas defends the Wannamaker Trophy at the PGA Championship, which is the last chance for golf's biggest names to secure a major title this year. Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are among those chasing. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what promises to be a compelling event from Bellerive.
7 Players to Watch at the US PGA
Who is going to lift the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday at Bellerive? Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out key names to watch - including one outsider - for the 2018 US PGA Championship.
How to Watch the US PGA Championship
This year's PGA Championship won't be televised in the UK & Ireland as neither Sky Sports or the BBC secured the rights, instead the major will be available online via streaming from Eleven Sports. Golfshake's Derek Clements has all the information that you need.
The US PGA Championship by Numbers
The PGA Championship is the final major of the year, and has etched quite a history since it began over a century ago. Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out some facts and figures to take note of: the US PGA Championship by Numbers!
Georgia Hall Sees Her Dreams Come Spectacularly True at Royal Lytham
Georgia Hall wrote a piece of golfing history for herself when she became only the third home golfer to win the Women’s British Open since it became a major championship in 2001. Derek Clements recaps a famous victory for the 22-year-old English player.
Justin Thomas Cruises to Victory at Firestone
Justin Thomas warmed up for his defence at the PGA Championship by winning the final WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone, completing an assured and comfortable performance to finish four ahead of the field. Derek Clements has the recap.
Hole-by-Hole Guide to Bellerive Country Club
This year's PGA Championship is being contested at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri. The course has previously hosted the PGA in 1992, when Nick Price won, and the 1965 U.S. Open, secured by Gary Player as he completed the career Grand Slam. Now, major golf has returned, and we take a look at the 18 holes that make up this 7,329 yard layout.
Smylie Kaufman Ends Toughest 18 Months of his Golf Life
Smylie Kaufman was among the new crop of gifted young Americans, winning on the PGA Tour at the age of 23 and rubbing shoulders with the likes of Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, but after enduring the most difficult of seasons, he has taken a step back due to injury.
Golfers Who Held Back the Hands of Time
With all the success currently being enjoyed by twentysomethings it is easy to think that professional golf is a young man’s game. But that doesn’t mean that they always have things their own way. We look at 10 players who have defied the years
Ricoh Women's British Open Preview
Charley Hull heads the home challenge as a world-class field prepares to tackle Royal Lytham with the Women's British Open tile at stake, including Ladies Scottish Open winner Ariya Jutanugarn. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead fo the event at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
WGC Bridgestone Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis
The WGC Bridgestone Invitational heads to Firestone Country Club for one last time, and eight-time champion Tiger Woods has qualified, seeking a final triumph at a favoured venue. However, he is up against the game's best. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.
285th Time Lucky for Richard McEvoy at European Open
After 17 years on the European Tour, six successful trips to qualifying school and 284 tournaments. England’s Richard McEvoy proved that dreams really can come true when he birdied the 72nd hole to win the Porsche European Open by a single shot.
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.
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.
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.
Porsche European Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis
Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau have swapped Scotland for Germany, as they compete in the Porsche European Open, which also includes Paul Casey. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be a strong tournament.
Canadian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Following a missed cut at the Open Championship, Dustin Johnson has headed back across the Atlantic to compete in the Canadian Open, one of the PGA Tour's most historic events. Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his Preview & Picks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2018 Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
It's time for the 147th Open Championship, which is being contested at Carnoustie. A hot and dry summer has created fascinating conditions on the famous links. But who is going to claim the Claret Jug? Golfshake's Derek Clements delves into the latest edition of golf's oldest and greatest major.
Six Players to Watch at Carnoustie
The best players in the game have assembled in Carnoustie for the 147th Open Championship. But which of the many contenders is most likely to lift the Claret Jug on Sunday? Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out six to watch.
Jordan Spieth Reflects on Year as Champion Golfer
Jordan Spieth is the defending champion at this year's Open, and the American has reflected on his year with the Claret Jug, including remembering his dramatic victory at Royal Birkdale 12 months ago.
Brandon Sets His Name in Stone with Brilliant Scottish Open Victory
Brandon Stone came within a whisker of finally becoming the first man to record a 59 on the European Tour as he won the Scottish Open at Gullane in sensational fashion. In the process, he also claimed one of three available places in the field for this week’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Hole-by-Hole Guide to Carnoustie
The Championship Course at Carnoustie is revered as being among the greatest and most challenging in the world. We take a look at each hole of this stunning layout that is hosting the 2018 Open Championship.
The Open TV and Radio Coverage
The Open is golf's oldest and greatest major championship, and the coverage reflects that. Sky Sports has established a dedicated Open Channel, boasting comprehensive coverage. The BBC also has highlight packages of each round from Carnoustie, while 5 Live's highly regarded output is certain to be popular this week.
The Open by Numbers
The Open Championship has the richest and longest history in the game, with the 147th edition coming to the famed Carnoustie Golf Links. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at some of the facts and figures behind the story of this year's Open.
Remembering the 2007 Open Championship
When The Open Championship was last played at Carnoustie it ended in dramatic circumstances, with Sergio Garcia throwing away a wonderful opportunity to win his first major, as Padraig Harrington secured his maiden Open title. The Spaniard would have to wait 10 years before finally breaking his duck.
Scottish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Gullane Golf Club is welcoming a spectacular field for the Scottish Open, as many of the game's best players are seeking competitive links action before the Open Championship at Carnoustie. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what is always a memorable week on the European Tour.
John Deere Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
It's the PGA Tour's last stop before the Open Championship, and Bryson DeChambeau defends his title at the John Deere Classic. The unique American is coming of age on the circuit, and is becoming among the most likely winners in the world. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the event.
Scotland's Knox Enjoys Luck of Irish with Brilliant Putts to Win at Ballyliffin
Scotland's Russell Knox holed a huge putt on the first hole of a playoff to defeat New Zealand’s Ryan Fox and claim the Irish Open in dramatic fashion. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a memorable week at Ballyliffin Golf Club in County Donegal.
Sei Young Kim Destroys LPGA Tour Scoring Record with Nine-Shot Victory
Sei Young Kim destroyed the LPGA Tour scoring record when she won the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic with a staggering total of 257 - 31 under par. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps an extraordinary, historic performance.
Seven Magical Moments that Sealed the Deal
There are ways of winning a golf tournament, and then there are the magical moments that clinched victory for these players. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at some of the incredible hole-outs and finishes that won't be forgotten.
Irish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour's Rolex Series continues at the Irish Open, hosted by Rory McIlroy and the Rory Foundation. It's the beginning of a run of links courses, with the magnificent Ballyliffin serving as the stage for many of the world's best. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what promises to be a special week.
Greenbrier Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
Phil Mickelson is a late entry into the Greenbrier Classic, and will be hoping to find some form ahead of his upcoming fortnight in Scotland, highlighted by the Open at Carnoustie. Bubba Watson is also a threat. Derek Clements picks out the likely contenders.
Tiger Woods Comeback - Half-Term Report
Six months into his comeback on the PGA Tour, Golfshake's Derek Clements assesses the year of Tiger Woods, and reflects on the results and performances he has produced ahead of the Open at Carnoustie.
Le Golf National is the Star of the Show
This year's Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National was showcased during the Open de France, won by Alex Noren. Challenging but spectacular, this course has long been a star on the European Tour and will be again this September.
Europe Rules on Both Sides of the Atlantic
It was a spectacular weekend for European golfers on both sides of the Atlantic, as Sweden's Alex Noren triumphed after a day of drama at Le Golf National, and Francesco Molinari produced an astonishing dominant victory on the PGA Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps the action.
HNA Open de France Preview, Picks & Analysis
THE HNA Open de France takes on an added significance this year for two reasons - it is the latest in the European Tour’s Rolex Series, which means there is a huge amount of prize money and Race to Dubai points on offer, and it is being played at Golf National, near Paris, which will host the Ryder Cup in September.
Quicken Loans National Preview, Picks & Analysis
TIGER WOODS will be the star attraction as Kyle Stanley defends his Quicken Loans National title at TPC Potomac. And while the 14-time major champion’s appearance is bound to create quite a stir, the 42-year-old will not need anybody to tell him that it is about time he got it done this season.
Travelers Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
Following missed cuts at the US Open, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy will be hoping to recover their form at the Travelers Championship, which the Texan won in dramatic fashion last week. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to an important event for both, as we count down towards The Open at Carnoustie.
BMW International Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour heads to Germany for the BMW International Open, where both Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer will be hoping to ignite following disappointing results. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the European Tour event, celebrating its 30th year.
The US Open Should Be a Spectacle Not a Debacle
It's fair to say that the 2018 US Open was not without controversy, and much of that was due to the course setup at Shinnecock Hills, which was heavily criticised by many players on Saturday. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes it's time to stop the farce and make the Championship a level playing field.
Koepka Defies the Odds to Successfully Defend US Open
Brooks Koepka became the first man since Curtis Strange in 1989 to successfully defend the US Open on a day of high drama and extraordinary scoring at Shinnecock Hills. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps a memorable Sunday, including a remarkable finish by Tommy Fleetwood.
What on earth were you thinking, Phil?
Do you agree with Derek Clements? What he did was a flagrant breach of the rules. He should have been disqualified. Period.
It's Time to Draw a Line Under Marquee Groups at Majors
Organisers and TV companies love them, but is it time for marquee groupings at majors to end, adopting a truly random draw? Rory McIlroy spoke on the subject recently. And Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that a line should be drawn under them.
2018 US Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
This year's US Open at Shinnecock Hills promises to be compelling, with many of the game's top names arriving in form and ready to be contenders. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the second major of the year, and picks out several players who could challenge for the trophy.
7 Players to Watch at the US Open
It's hard to look beyond the major favourites ahead of this year's US Open, with so many of them arriving at Shinnecock Hills. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out seven - and one sentimental player - to keep an eye on during the week.
The Rules and Traditions of Shinnecock Hills
The 2018 US Open venue Shinnecock Hills is a tradtional golf club that boasts an extraordinary and famous course. Derek Clements takes a look at some of the more archaic rules that define this institution on Long Island.
The Golf Course Shouldn't Make Headlines at the US Open
The US Open has infamously courted controversy through the years, including at Shinnecock Hills in 2004. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at the efforts being made to ensure that is not the case in 2018.
US Open BY NUMBERS
The US Open Championship has a long and rich history, dating back to 1895. Golfshake's Derek Clements delves into the facts and figures, the looking at the numbers behind the past and present of this great event.
Hole by Hole Guide to Shinnecock Hills
Explore all 18 testing holes at Shinnecock Hills, this year's US Open venue. Regarded as being among the finest courses in the United States, take a look through flyovers and insight to learn more about the challenge of the layout.
Dustin Johnson Makes Bold Winning Statement Ahead of US Open
Before the US Open, Dustin Johnson produced a dominant display at the FedEx St Jude Classic, winning the tournament and returning to world number one, while Mikko Korhonen won the European Tour's Shot Clock Masters. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps the action.
20 Reasons Why People Don't Join Golf Clubs
Why are more golfers deciding not to join golf clubs? Golfshake's Derek Clements has considered the reasons, and has noted 20 candid and often amusing possibilties as to why memberships are not for everyone.
Golfers Ranked Inside 2018 Forbes Sport Rich List
The 2018 Forbes Sport Rich List has been unveiled, looking at the highest paid athletes of the past year, and several golfers feature on the ranking. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at where they stand in relation to other stars.
Lowest Golf Handicaps in the World
England's Matthew Jordan, recent winner of the Lytham Trophy, plays off a handicap of +7. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look through the history of low handicaps, including where many of the great professionals started.
FedEx St Jude Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
Ahead of the U.S. Open, the PGA Tour stops at TPC Southwind for the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Daniel Berger returns to defend his title, but many will be looking to see the form of Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson before Shinnecock Hills.
Olesen Breaks Molinari's Heart by Completing Italian Job
Thorbjorn Olesen became the most unpopular man in Italy when he held off local hero Francesco Molinari to win the Italian Open, while Bryson DeChambeau fulfiled his potential by winning the Memorial Tournament. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend.
It's Time to Give Rory McIlroy a Break
Disappointing Sundays at the Masters and BMW PGA, Rory McIlroy's had a year that most golfers would be delighted with, but he has nonetheless faced scrutiny for his game and consistency. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that we should step back and give the four-time major champion a break.
Justin Rose is Set for Major Summer
Following his dominant victory at Colonial, Justin Rose is back to world number three and is set for a serious run at the major championships this summer. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes the Englishman is enjoying the prime of his career.
The Memorial Tournament Preview, Picks & Analysis
The US Open fast approaching, a star-studded field has gathered at Muirfield Village for Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament. Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Jason Day are just some of the names involved. It promises to be a spectacular week, and Derek Clements has analysed the main contenders and talking points.
Italian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour moves onto the Italian Open, where Francesco Molinari will be hoping to secure a third victory in his home tournament, following his success at Wentworth. But the likes of Ian Poulter will be out to stop him. Here is Golfshake's Derek Clements' Preview.
Rose Blooms in Fort Worth as Molinari Denies McIlroy at Wentworth
Justin Rose and Francesco Molinari capped yet another amazing weekend for European golf with stunning victories on either side of the Atlantic. Rose’s win at the Fort Worth Invitational takes him to third in the world rankings, while for Molinari it was a success that almost certainly secures his place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team.
World Golf Circuit Could Happen According to PGA Tour Boss
The idea of a world golf tour has reared its head once again, with Jay Monahan, the commissioner of the PGA Tour, suggesting that it could happen. Golfshake's Derek Clements doesn't believe it would be a positive move for the game.
10 of the Best Golf Resorts Near Racecourses
Fancy combining a golf break with a day or evening at the races? Well, it's more popular than you may think. We take a look at ten of the finest golf resorts that are located close to racecourses.
End of a Ryder Cup Era for Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood has been a mainstay for Team Europe in the Ryder Cup for two decades, but now ranked outside the Top 100, and just named a vice-captain for 2018, those playing days seem behind him. Derek Clements pays tribute to one of Europe's best golfers.
Best Luxury Golf Breaks in the British Isles
We take a look at what many consider to be the finest luxury golf resorts in the British Isles. Each of them deliver a promise of fantastic rooms, food, golf courses and high quality facilities.
BMW PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
Rory McIlroy heads the field at Wentworth for the BMW PGA Championship. This marquee event is always a highlight on the British sporting calendar, and it promises to be a fantastic showpiece for the game. Derek Clements looks forward to the tournament, and picks out the likely contenders.
Fort Worth Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis
The PGA Tour heads to historic Colonial Country Club for the Fort Worth Invitational. Jordan Spieth is a former champion here, and will be looking to secure another victory. But he will have to overcome a strong field. Derek Clements has the Preview.
Wise Head on Young Shoulders Secures Maiden Title at Byron Nelson
Impressive young star Aaron Wise secured his first victory on the PGA Tour at the Byron Nelson, while Adrian Otaegui won the unique Belgian Knockout on the European Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the action.
10 of the Best Short Golf Courses in Britain
Golf courses seem to be getting longer to match the increased distances on tour, but for us mere mortals, there is little better than a quality short layout. We take a look at ten of the best shorter courses across Britain, which are worth experiencing.
Where Golfers Rank Among World's Richest Sports Stars
The Sunday Times reported that Rory McIlroy is the richest UK sportsman under the age of 30. Golfshake's Derek Clements delves into the facts to discover where golfers rank compared with the world's top earning sports stars.
The Players Championship Should not be Regarded as a Major Test
The Players Championship is among the most prestigious events on tour, and questions have consistently been asked about whether it should be regarded as a major. Golfshake's Derek Clements doesn't believe so, and the reasons for that start with TPC Sawgrass itself.
Justin Thomas Replaces DJ as World Number One
There were two winners at TPC Sawgrass at the weekend. One of them was, of course, Webb Simpson, who won the Players Championship by four shots, beating a world-class field in the process. The other is Justin Thomas, who finally achieved the World No. 1 status.
Byron Nelson Preview, Picks & Analysis
Billy Horschel is defending the title at the historic Byron Nelson on the PGA Tour, but the likes of Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar will provide a strong challenge. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the tournament at Trinity Forest Golf Club.
Belgian Knockout Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour unveils another innovative format with the Belgian Knockout, which features nine-hole strokeplay matches. Thomas Pieters, Nicolas Colsaerts and Thomas Detry lead the home challenge. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews what should be an intriguing event.
Webb Simpson Dominates Players Championship at Sawgrass
Former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson produced a superb and dominant performance to triumph at TPC Sawgras, winning the Players Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the main talking points of the week.
Golf Needs More Events Like Fun and Inclusive GolfSixes
GolfSixes took place during the weekend at Centurion Club, and it was a huge draw for spectators of all ages to watch men and women golfers compete alongside each other in a fun and accessible format. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes the event was a huge success, and that we need more like it.
Players Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
The Players Championship is one of the prestigious events in the game - with arguably the strongest field of the year - and is played on the now iconic TPC Sawgrass. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what has the potential to be a highlight of the year.
Rocco Forte Sicilian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour heads to the spectacular Verdura Resort for the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open. Italian players will be hoping to triumph, but the likes of Andy Sullivan and Eddie Pepperell lead the British challenge. Derek Clements previews the event.
Team Ireland Triumphs after Memorable Weekend at GolfSixes
GolfSixes was a tremendous spectacle in the sunshine over Centurion Club, and it was Team Ireland of Paul Dunne and Favin Moynihan who triumped, while former world number one Jason Day won the Wells Fargo on the PGA Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the weekend's action.
Rory Wrong to Say Masters is Biggest and Best Major
Rory McIlroy caused a stir last week when declaring that he "didn't care" about the US Open or Open Championship, and that the Masters is the biggest and best of the majors. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that he was wrong to say that.
It's Golf, Jim, But Not As We Know It
Eagle Nest Golf Club in Myrtle Beach has unveiled a series of tees that extend the course to 8,100 yards. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes this represents an unfortunate development for the game.
10 of the Best Nicknames in Golf
If you are a darts player, it is compulsory that you have a nickname. Golf is known for them too. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks through time to uncover some of the best monikers that have been given to golfers on tour.
Following the success of last year's debut, GolfSixes back at the Centurion Club with even more innovations, including women and mixed teams. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be an entertaining weekend in St Albans.
Wells Fargo Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
The PGA Tour heads to Quail Hollow for the Wells Fargo Championsip, where Rory McIlroy will be hoping to rebound from the Masters at a favoured venue. Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed are also in the field. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what promises to be an exciting week.
Most Iconic 19th Holes in the United States
The United States is home to many of the world's most legendary - and exclusive - golf courses. These venues regularly boast striking clubhouses packed with history in a spectacular setting. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out some of the most iconic.
Everybody Wants to Get Into the Mind of Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy's disappointing final day at the Masters raised questions about his future chances to be victorious at Augusta National, and now a leading sports psychologist has delved into the discussion. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports.
Volvo China Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Following his victory at the Trophee Hasson II, mercurial French golfer Alex Levy attempts to win the Volvo China Open for the third time when the tournament gets under way at the Topwin Golf & Country Club. Derek Clements has the preview.
Zurich Classic of New Orleans Preview, Picks & Analysis
The Zurich Classic is a unique event that features teams, and there are some striking partnerships, including Justin Rose & Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia & Rafa Cabrera Bello, and Jordan Spieth & Ryan Palmer. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks for the Europeans to dominate.
Alexander Levy in Ryder Cup Mix after Victory at Trophee Hassan II
Alexander Levy served warning that he fully intends to be a part of Europe’s Ryder Cup team in September with a sparkling performance to win the Trophée Hassan II, his fifth European Tour title.
10 Young Guns to Watch in the Future
Many young golfers seem destined to make it at the top, but often they fall short of those lofty expectations. But nonetheless, Golfshake's Derek Clements has gazed into his crystal ball to pick out ten rising stars who are worth watching in future.
10 Notable One Hit Wonders on Tour
Winning on tour is the hardest achievement of them all, and many talented golfers fail to do so once. There are others who have tasted success one time. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out ten of the most notable.
Trophee Hassan II Preview, Picks & Analysis
Paul Dunne will be hoping to go one better at the Trophee Hassan II, which he came close to winning last year. But a strong field has assembled, including former Ryder Cup players Andy Sullivan, Chris Wood and Danny Willett. However, Golfshake's Derek Clements has tipped a certain interesting Englishman to be triumphant in Morocco.
Valero Texas Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The PGA Tour heads to the Lone Star State for the Valero Texas Open, where former Masters champion Sergio Garcia is among the field and looking to bounce back from his disappointing defence at Augusta. Derek Clements has the Preview, and picks out a young American to watch.
Jon Rahm Toasts Victorious Homecoming at Open de Espana
Jon Rahm, fresh from finishing fourth at The Masters, produced a superb final round of 67 to win the Open de Espana in front of a massive and hugely partisan crowd in Madrid. Derek Clements on a victorious homecoming for the Spaniard.
18 Celebrities Who Share Our Love of Golf
Golf is a highly addictive game and draws players from all backgrounds. Many celebrities and stars from other sports have been known to spend most of their free time playing. Derek Clements picks out 18 famous names who love golf.
Complex Champion Patrick Reed Has Always Done Things His Own Way
Controversy has often followed the Masters Champion Patrick Reed, but those circumstances have created a fiercely determined and gritty golfer who has pushed himself to achieve great things. Golfshake's Derek Clements has followed his career closely and profiles the young American.
Spanish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour heads to Madrid for the Spanish Open, where Andrew "Beef" Johnston will be defending the title he won in 2016. Jon Rahm and Rafa Cabrera Bello have traveled from Augusta to compete in the event, and will be looking for home success.
RBC Heritage Preview, Picks & Analysis
With the Masters still fresh in our minds, the PGA Tour heads to the iconic Harbour Town for the RBC Heritage. Incredibly, Luke Donald is looking to secure a triumph Hilton Head, after five runner-up finishes. Here is Golfshake's Derek Clements with the Preview and Picks.
Ryder Cup Players Dominate Masters
The 2018 Masters was dominated by players who that will be part of both the European and American Ryder Cup Teams. It was a hugely encouraging week for both captains Bjorn and Furyk, as their golfers rose to the major occasion.
Masterful Reed Breaks Major Duck with Dramatic Victory at Augusta
It was meant to be the day that Rory McIlroy finally shook off his Augusta demons, won The Masters and became only the sixth golfer to achieve the career Grand Slam. But he struggled as Reed produced one of the gutsiest performances you will ever witness to land his first major.
Assessing Tiger's Return to the Masters
Tiger Woods made his return to the Masters, and though his performance fell short of the lofty expectations placed upon him, Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on that showing and why it was a hugely positive week for the 14-time major champion.
Rory Aims to Chase Down Patrick Reed to Make History at Augusta
Rory McIlroy will step onto the first tee at Augusta today believing that he has a date with destiny, that this is finally the day when he wins The Masters and completes the career Grand Slam - a feat achieved by just five other golfers, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
Patrick Reed Hits the Front at Augusta Following Stunning Round
He attracted ridicule some years ago when he declared that he considered himself to be a "top-five-in-the-world" golfer. And Patrick Reed has given himself the opportunity to prove it as he heads into the third round of The Masters with a two-shot lead after a magnificent 66 took him to nine under par after 36 holes.
Jordan Spieth Leads After Dramatic Opening Day at Masters
It's a familiar tale at Augusta National, as Jordan Spieth produced a sparkling back-nine rally to lead the Masters after day one, but a strong cast of challengers - including Rory McIlroy - remains in pursuit. Here is Derek Clements' recap.
Why You Should See Your Club Pro Before Season Begins
If you're heading back out onto the golf course for the season, it's time to improve. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the importance of seeing a club professional, and why that tuition is vital for those who really want to get better.
The Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis
Has there ever been a more eagerly anticipated Masters? Tiger Woods is back to full fitness and form, Rory McIlroy is a winner again on tour for the first time in 18 months. It has the potential to be a classic. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews this year's Masters and looks at the names who could grasp a coveted Green Jacket.
Tiger is Back at Augusta with a Green Jacket in Mind
Having missed the last two Masters due to injury, Tiger Woods is back at Augusta. Since returning to the game in December, the 14-time major champion has progressed, and looks a major contender this week. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the 42-year-old's journey and his chances of securing an extraordinary victory.
Five Players to Watch at The Masters
So many of the biggest names in golf are coming into this year's Masters in great form, leading to huge levels of expectation. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out five Augusta National specialists who could contend on Sunday.
Review of Sergio's Magical Masters Triumph
Last year, Sergio Garcia finally secured his first major victory on is 74th attempt. It was a Masters Classic, as he battled Justin Rose on the back-nine, and a finish that will go down in history. Golfshake's Derek Clements relives a magic Sunday at Augusta.
History of the Masters Champions Dinner
The Champions Dinner has been part of the Masters since 1952. Sergio Garcia will serve the menu this year, and Derek Clements looks back at the history, unusual dishes, and stories that have emerged from this club of legends.
The Masters By Numbers
2018 is the 82nd Masters Tournament, and in that time there have been many records and statistics noted at Augusta National. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look through the best of them.
Hole by Hole Guide at Augusta National
Augusta National is iconic and viewers have become familiar with its 18 holes watching the Masters each year. We take a closer look at each of them, including noting the statistical difficulty of the layout.
Postman Poulter Delivers Unlikeliest of Wins to Book Augusta Place
Ian Poulter needed a victory at the Houston Open to secure the last spot into the Masters, and the Postman delivered. Recovering from a poor start, the Englishman produced a stunning win to complete an incredible story. Derek Clements recaps an extraordinary finish.
Six Ways to Prepare Yourself for the Golf Season
April is here, the Masters is coming, and it's time for the golf season. Many of you will be returning to the course after locking away the clubs over winter, so here is some advice to help you prepare and give yourself a Golf MOT!
Best 19th Holes in Scotland
Scotland is renowned for its golf courses, but also for the famous 19th Holes that complete the experience. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out some his favourites across the country, including some iconic pubs and clubhouses.
Excited Rory Adds BMW PGA to 2018 Schedule
Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will be playing in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club, from May 24-27. It is the first of eight money-spinning Rolex Series events on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai in 2018 – with McIlroy joining a star-studded field that also includes Paul Casey and 2017 Race to Dubai Champion Tommy Fleetwood.
What Would Have Happened If...?
They say that all of us have our destiny mapped out for us and there is nothing we can do to change it. That may or may not be true. In any event, we can’t help but wonder how differently things could have turned out for certain golfers if circumstances had been different. What would have happened if…
How to Make Sure Greensomes is Fun
If you're looking for an alternative format to play with your mates and speed up the game, greensomes is becoming increasingly popular. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks closer at the format and how you can get the most from it and make it fun.
Athletes Who Tried Their Hand at Professional Golf
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback made his debut on the PGA Tour last week, shooting 77 and 82 to finish last in the field. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look through history at athletes who came from other sports into golf, with contrasting levels of success and failure.
Being on Top of the World Matters to the Best
During the WGC Match Play, Justin Thomas had a chance to become World Number One, and confessed that the thought was on his mind and negatively affected his performance. Derek Clements looks at the history of the Ranking, and some of the names who have reached the top.
Houston Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The Masters is just around the corner, and the PGA Tour is stopping at Houston, where Russell Henley defends the title. Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson are among the impressive field. Golfshake's Derek Clements has the Preview.
Bubba Watson Set for Masters and Ryder Cup after Dominant WGC Match Play Victory
Bubba Watson’s extraordinary resurgence continued as he thrashed fellow American Kevin Kisner 7&6 to win the WGC Dell Technologies World Match Play Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on a stunning victory that places the American among the favourites at the Masters.
Dell WGC Match Play Preview, Picks & Analysis
Most of the World's Top 64 are in Austin, Texas for the WGC Dell Match Play. For many of the game's best players, it's the last event before heading to Augusta for the Masters, so it's always an intriguing change of pace. Derek Clements looks through the field and picks some names to keep an eye on.
Remembering the Drama of the 1999 Open Championship
The Open returns to Carnoustie this July. We take a look back at the dramatic 1999 Championship, which saw a Scottish winner in Paul Lawrie brilliantly make history, and Jean van de Velde's disastrous finish that became part of folklore.
Guide to Attending the 2018 Open at Carnoustie
If you're thinking of attending the 2018 Open at Carnoustie - whether it be your first time or the continuation of an annual tradition - there are many options available to experience golf's oldest and greatest championship.
McIlroy Produces Grandstand Finish to Triumph at Bay Hill
It was an epic final day at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, with Rory McIlroy producing a spectacular finish to silence the doubters and secure a breathtaking first victory since 2016, as Tiger Woods again threatened to mark his return with a title.
Understanding Golf's New and Modernised Rule Book
The R&A and USGA recently unveiled the Rules of Golf from 2019, which included a raft of major changes and updates. Golfshake's Derek Clements delves into what has been altered and modernised, and what it means for your game.
Sun Mountain H2NO Bag Review
Golfshake's Derek Clements recently enjoyed a three week holiday in Western Australia, and during that trip of a lifetime, he tested and reviewed the Sun Mountain H2NO Sunday Bag. Discover why it was ideally suited for his travels.
Tiger Woods Presence Draws Staggering TV Viewing Figures
Is Tiger Woods still a draw in 2018? The answer is unquestionably yes, as the 14-time major champion's performance at the Valspar Championship - where he finished runner-up - surpassed that of the biggest events in golf during recent years.
Staggeringly Rich Rewards Remain for Golfers at the Top
Many believe that golf is declining, but earnings for the game's best players haven't diminished. In fact, they may even be increasing. Derek Clements takes a look at the money on offer for golfers at the top in 2018.
It's Only a Matter of Time Before Tiger Wins Again
For years, it had seemed unlikely, but Tiger Woods is back contending in golf tournaments. Coming just short at the Valspar Championship, the 14-time major champion's comeback is progressing tremendously, and Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that his next victory is coming soon.
Arnold Palmer Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis
Arnold Palmer would be proud of the field that has assembled at Bay Hill. Tiger Woods is back at one of his favourite venues, but faces a strong field that includes Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and Bubba Watson.
Casey and Wallace Fly the Flag for England as Woods Storms Back to Form
Paul Casey and Matt Wallace flew the flag for England in sensational style with victories on the PGA Tour and European Tour respectively. Casey won on US soil for the first time since 2009, when he shot a magnificent final round of 65 at the Valspar Championship to deny Tiger Woods a memorable win in only his fourth comeback tournament.
Wonderful Woods Silences the Doubters
ANY and all doubts about the form and fitness of 14-time major champion Tiger Woods were well and truly banished during the second round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort in Florida.
Golden Oldies Who Defied Their Age in Golf
Phil Mickelson struck a blow for the golden oldies when he won the WGC-Mexico Championship. But we take reflect on several other names throughout who defied their age to claim success against the young players.
Mixed European Golf Team Championships Coming to Gleneagles
The European Tour and Ladies European Tour have announced the format and qualification process for a brand new tournament at Gleneagles that will see men and women playing together in a revolutionary mix team event.
Valspar Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
Jordan Spieth is looking for a return to his best form at the Valspar Championship, as Tiger Woods makes another appearance as he builds towards the Masters, which is just a few weeks ago. Derek Clements Previews what should be an intriguing tournament.
Hero Indian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
S.S.P. Chawrasia will be defending the Indian Open against a strong home field that is headlined by young sensation, Shubhankar Sharma, who contended at the WGC in Mexico. Derek Clements has the Preview.
Resurgent Phil Mickelson Ends Five Year Wait for Victory
He's back! Phil Mickelson won for the first time since claiming the 2013 Open Championship when he defeated Justin Thomas in a playoff to secure the WGC – Mexico Championship and secure his first title since winning the Open in 2013.
The Best Left Handed Golfers
Surprisingly, only four left-handed golfers have won majors - and two of those are actually right-handed. Golfers are left handed but play right handed is another story altogether. We take a look at some of the best left-handed players in history.
WGC Mexico Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
Dustin Johnson collects World Golf Championship titles for fun – five of them to date, and counting. And he arrives in Mexico as the favourite to successfully defend his WGC Mexico Championship title, one of two that he added to his collection last season. Boasting a major field, it should be a terrific event, following the success of 2017.
Tshwane Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour is back in South Africa for the Tshwane Open, where home favourite Dean Burmester is looking to defend against a strong field of his compatriots at Pretoria Country Club. Derek Clements has the Preview.
Pepperell Banishes Pain of Tour Card Loss to Finally Break his Duck
England's Eddie Pepperell secured his maiden victory on the European Tour at the Qatar Masters, while Justin Thomas continued his stunning winning form to claim success at the Honda Classic in a playoff. Derek Clements has the latest reports.
In Praise of the New World Handicap System
The R&A and USGA have unveiled the World Handicap System, which is coming into effect from 2020. Golfers will make their own assessments, but Golfshake's Derek Clements sees only positive with this system and welcomes its introduction.
How Social Media Has Changed the Face of Golf Forever
Social Media has changed the face of golf. It has been used to build personas and brands, which has seen golfers earn millions and rank alongside the richest sportspeople in the world. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look behind the business and marketing side of professional golf, and why certain tour players are so attractive to sponsors.
Joys of Golf in the Sweltering Heat of Perth, Australia
Golfshake writer Derek Clements has been enjoying a February break in the sweltering heat of Perth, Australia. Reporting on the temperatures and quality of golf, our man provides just a bit of insight and colour behind his experience Down Under.
Tiger Needs to Improve as Justin Thomas Criticises Unruly Fans
Bubba Watson won the Genesis Open, but there were plenty of talking points from Riviera. Golfshake's Derek Clements assesses the comeback of Tiger Woods, who missed the cut, and comments made by Justin Thomas, criticising the behaviour of unruly fans.
Qatar Masters Preview, Picks & Anaysis
Jeunghun Wang defends at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on the European Tour, which is an opportunity for several players to secure a much welcome triumph. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.
Honda Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
The PGA Tour heads to Palm Beach Gardens for the start of its Florida Swing. PGA National is the stage, with Rickie Fowler defending the title against a field that includes Rory McIlroy. Tiger Woods is also playing, as his comeback gathers pace ahead of the Masters.
Luiten Goes Dutch in Oman as Watson Resurfaces at Riviera
JOOST LUITEN won his first title for almost two years when he beat Chris Wood by two shots to secure the inaugural NBO Oman Open, while Bubba Watson spectacularly returned to form at the Genesis Open, winning for a third time at Riviera.
Classic Movie Lines in the Mouths of Golfers
There are some great lines from movies. Lines that stick in your head. We love the movies and we also love golf. So we have put the two together ahead of the BAFTAs and Academy Awards. We have taken some classic one-liners and put them in the mouths of some players who just might have uttered the self same words.
NBO Oman Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour returns to the Middle East for the NBO Oman Open at Greg Norman's Al Mouj Golf, where the likes of Andy Sullivan, Chris Wood, Andrew Johnston and Jordan Smith will be flying the flag for England. Derek Clements has the Preview.
The Genesis Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Tiger Woods continues his comeback at Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Open, but he faces a stern task in a field that includes Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be a memorable week on one of the PGA Tour's classic venues.
Open Qualifiers Prove That Dreams Really Can Come True
Four golfers recently qualified for the Open Championship at the Singapore Open. Derek Clements looks closer at the four men who will be playing at Carnoustie in July, and how it will be a dream experience for them.
The PGA Tour Must Take Action Against Six Hour Rounds
Recently, J.B. Holmes found himself in a slow play controversy at the Farmers Insurance Open. This has reignited the debate on the time it takes for rounds to be completed on tour - sometimes six hours - and Golfshake's Derek Clements is calling for the PGA Tour to take significant action.
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Preview, Picks & Analysis
The PGA Tour heads to the spectacular Monteray Peninsula for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Jordan Spieth is the defending champion, and will be competing alongside world number one Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, who is making his start of the year in the United States.
ISPS Handa World Super 6 Preview, Picks & Analysis
Brett Rumford is defending the ISPS Handa World Super 6 in Australia, with this unique format event - which features six hole matchplay rounds - having attracted the likes of Lee Westwood and Danny Willett. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the week.
Woodland Pulls up Trees to Win in the Desert
Gary Woodland survived a playoff against Chez Reavie to lift the Waste Management Phoenix Open title - in front a record crowd at TPC Scottsdale - while rising star Shubhanker Sharma secured his second victory in two months on the European Tour. Derek Clements reports on the weekend's action.
Tiger Woods Achieves First Small Victory in Comeback
Tiger Woods made his first cut in 888 days at the Farmers Insurance Open, finishing in a tie for 23rd. Derek Clements looks closer at what is a small victory in his comeback, and what we could expect going forward from the 14-time major champion.
Waste Management Phoenix Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
IT’S the biggest, noisiest tournament on the planet and the players either love it or hate. Yes, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is back, with Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama bidding to win the title for the third successive year.
Maybank Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
THE Maybank Championship returns to Kuala Lumpur for its third staging, with Fabrizio Zanotti back to defend his title. Henrik Stenson headlines the field and will be looking to secure his first title of the year. Derek Clements has the Preview.
Haotong Li Holds Off Rory McIlroy to Triumph in Dubai
Li Haotong produced a stunning fightback on the back nine to hold off Rory McIlroy at the Emirates Golf Club and claim the Dubai Desert Classic in a thrilling climax to a memorable week.
Jason Day Overcomes Alex Noren in Marathon Playoff at Torrey Pines
Jason Day proved that class is permanent when he put a miserable 2017 season behind him and came through a gruelling playoff to defeat Alex Noren and land the Farmers Insurance Open.
Ryder Cup Fever Strikes with Months Still to Go
It seems that everybody is talking about the Ryder Cup. Given that there are four majors and just about an entire season to get out of the way before the first shot is hit in anger at Le Golf National on Friday, September 28, that comes as something of a surprise. Derek Clements reports on the buildup.
Tiger Generation Has Taken Over in Golf
Golf is becoming increasingly dominated by players in their 20s, a generation who grew up when Tiger Woods was at his peak. Derek Clements takes a closer look at this 'Tiger Generation' and the success they are having on tour.
The Peculiar Inconsistencies of Golf's World Rankings
Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, and Jon Rahm all picked up victories around the planet last week, but the movement - or lakc of it - in the World Rankings has bemused Golfshake's Derek Clements. He takes a look at some oddities.
Dubai Desert Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson, Jose Maria Olazabal – it reads like a who’s who of golf. In fact, it is just of the giants of the game who have won the Dubai Desert Classic, one of the most prestigious tournaments on the European Tour, an event that has come to symbolise the start of the European Tour season.
Farmers Insurance Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Torrey Pines is a very special place, not least because it is where Tiger Woods won the last of his 14 major titles, the US Open, 10 years ago. It is also the home of the Farmers Insurance Open, a tournament that Woods has won seven times. How fitting then that it should also be the venue for his latest, much-awaited comeback.
Tommy Fleetwood Picks Up Where He Left Off With Brilliant Victory in Abu Dhabi
Coming off a breakthrough 2017, Tommy Fleetwood proved that he's a truly a member of the game's elite after producing a spectacular final round to successfully defend his title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. His triumph joined that of Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm to complete a special Sunday for Europe.
18 Reasons Why Golf Isn't Boring
You will probably be aware that a survey has revealed golf to be the most boring sport in the world - according to those who responded at any rate. Naturally enough, we don't agree. Here, we come up with just 18 reasons why golf isn't boring, and, just like the game itself, we also have a 19th hole.
Dustin Johnson is Wrong About Not Limiting Golf Ball
World Number One Dustin Johnson - among the game's longest hitters - doesn't see the argument for limiting the golf ball for professionals, in light of lengthened courses that are struggle to contain the best players. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that the American is wrong, and that change is needed.
'Boring' Survey Proves That Golf Isn't for Everyone, and That's Alright
A recent YouGov survey had golf ranked as the most boring sport to watch. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the questions raised by these findings, which illustrate that the game isn't for everyone, but maybe that's the way it naturally will be.
Floodlights Installed for Finishing Holes at Dubai Desert Classic
Next week's Dubai Desert Classic is being played slightly earlier in the year than normal, which has raised concerns about daylight. Consequently, floodlights on the ninth and 18th holes have been installed ensure that late starters will get finished.
Mickelson Still Talking a Good Game
Phil Mickelson is making his first appearance of 2018 at the Career Builder Challenge on the PGA Tour, and the American legend has major and Ryder Cup ambitions for this year, despite approaching his 48th birthday.
Abu Dhabi Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
Tommy Fleetwood returns to defend his Abu Dhabi Championship title, which began an incredible 2017 last year. However, the Englishman faces a formidable opposition that includes Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, and Rory McIlroy. Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be an early season highlights with his Preview.
Career Builder Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis
The PGA Tour heads to California for the Career Builder Challenge - formerly the Bob Hope Classic - where Hudson Swafford is defending the title against the likes of Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed, and Phil Mickelson. Golfshake's Derek Clements has the Preview.
Sensational Chris Paisley Secures Maiden Title in South Africa
It has been a long time coming, and for Chris Paisley the dream finally came true in sensational fashion as he won the South African Open by three shots at the magnificent Glendower Golf Club. The 31-year-old Englishman pulled off his maiden win in style, finishing with a round of 66 and a total of 21 under par as he held off local favourite Branden Grace.
Thomas Bjorn's Europe Produce Brilliant Fightback in EurAsia Cup Singles
It didn't all go quite to plan, but Thomas Bjorn’s European team eventually came out on top to win the EurAsia Cup thanks to a remarkable comeback in the final-day singles, eventually seeing off their spirited opponents 14-10 in Kuala Lumpur.
Spieth Relishes Return to Action of Tiger Woods
Golf needs Tiger Woods more than Tiger Woods needs golf. If you doubt it, ask yourself why so many of his rivals are so excited about the great man’s return to competitive action. Open champion Jordan Spieth is just the latest to go on record as saying that he cannot wait to see the 14-time major champion striding the fairways again.
Fowler's Fashion Critics Need to Move with Times
Rickie Fowler caused a stir during the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, when he wore an untucked Hawaiian shirt in the first round. It inspired a variety of responses, but Golfshake's Derek Clements dismisses the critics and golf's attitude towards fashion.
Sony Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Justin Thomas' magical 2017 began with success in Hawaii, and he returns to the defend his Sony Open title. It's the first full-field event of the year on the PGA Tour, and Golfshake's Derek Clements expects it to be a compelling affair.
South African Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour begins 2018 with the South African Open, won dramatically last year by Graeme Storm in a playoff over Rory McIlroy. An impressive cast of home stars are in attendance, and Derek Clements has the Preview.
EurAsia Cup Preview, Picks & Analysis
Thomas Bjorn leads Team Europe in the EurAsia Cup, and is captain of an impressive group that includes Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Casey, Thomas Pieters and Henrik Stenson.
Dominant Dustin Johnson Blows Field Away at Kapalua
Dustin Johnson put the memory of his final-round collapse at the HSBC Champions in China well and truly behind him as he romped to an eight-shot victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. The world number one produced a superb final round of 65 for a 72-hole total of 268, 24 under par as he recorded his 17th PGA Tour victory.
Let Us Not Forget That Sport is Supposed to be Fun
Golfshake's Derek Clements recently experienced the PDC World Darts Championship from London's Alexandra Palace. It was a colourful, atmospheric setting, reminiscent of a Ryder Cup of Phoenix Open, with players and fans alike visibily enjoying themselves.
Tournament of Champions Preview, Picks & Analysis
The PGA Tour awakens from its brief winter hibernation with the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Johnson, Spieth, Thomas, and Fowler are all in place. Derek Clements looks ahead to what is always an enjoyable week.
Tiger Optimistic for Success in 2018
Something strange has happened to Tiger Woods. One of the world’s most private individuals, a sportsman who has never before shared his innermost thoughts with the world, suddenly cannot stop talking. And what a refreshing change it makes.
Heartwarming Comeback Stories that Prove Anything is Possible
Tbere is something rather heartwarming about a comeback, when somebody who has spent years in the wilderness somehow finds a way to roll back the years and win again. Here, we look at 10 of the best of them in golf.
Garcia and Spieth Provide the Most Memorable Moments of 2017
As we prepare to look forward to a new year, there is no more appropriate time to take a look back on 2017, an amazing golf season that provided us with three first-time major winners and confirmation of Jordan Spieth’s status as a superstar.
Tiger Woods to Fly Solo After Parting Company with Swing Coach
So what are we to make of the news that Tiger Woods has split from his coach Chris Como? Derek Clements looks back at past coaches and records.
Tiger Woods Remains a Box Office TV Draw
Tiger remains Box Office. Believe it or believe it not, more people watched his return at the Hero World Challenge on NBC and the Golf Channel in America than watched any other tournament on the PGA Tour in 2017.
25 Players Secure Ladies European Tour Cards in Morocco
American Casey Danielson finished as the top qualifier for the Ladies European Tour’s 2018 season at Lalla Aicha Tour School in Marrakech, Morocco, with a total of 25 women earning their full cards.
Darts Lessons to be Learned for Golf
Sports journalist and Golfshake writer Derek Clements asks if Golf could learn anything from Darts, having spent a night watching the PDC World Darts Championship from Alexandra Palace in London.
The Golfing Year of 2017 by Numbers
It's that time of year when there is very little golf being played, so we thought that it might be fun to break down the year in numbers. Some of the numbers are very impressive indeed, while others are just plain mind-boggling.
Youngsters Who Followed Family into Professional Golf
John Daly's 14-year-old son is already proving to be a formidable young golfer. It got us thinking about other youngsters who have attempted to follow in the family tradition. Here, we look at the fortunes of 10 combinations…
Justin Rose Ends Year in Style with Victory in Indonesia
Just when you thought that the golf season was done and dusted, Justin Rose produced a masterclass to win the Indonesian Masters by eight shots after a stunning final round of 62.
Remembering Gentleman Tommy Horton
Tommy Horton, one of the most influential and respected players in the development of both the European Tour and the European Senior Tour, has died at the age of 76 and the world of golf is lesser place for his passing. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on his personal experiences with the popular gentleman.
20 Players to Watch on Tour in 2018
Following a memorable year, who are the players to watch out for in 2018? Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are looking to recapture past glories, while a host of young stars are emerging at the top. Derek Clements picks out the names likely to make headlines during the months ahead.
McIlroy Ready to Bounce Back with a Bang in 2018
Rory McIlroy seems to be determined to make up for lost time, having announced a playing schedule for the start of 2018 that could see him playing nine tournaments in ten weeks. The 28-year-old Northern Irishman will start the year with his world ranking having plunged to tenth after an injury-hit season affected both his form and his schedule.
Norman Believes Tiger Needs to Manage His Expectations in Comeback
And so it goes on. Greg Norman, the former world number one, is the latest to weigh in with his views on the possibility of Tiger Woods being able to make a successful return to the winners’ circle.
Big Finish in Dubai for Yin and Hall as LET Season Concludes
A Troubled year on the Ladies European Tour came to a thrilling climax with 19-year-old American Angel Yin winning the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic and Georgia Hall winning the Order of Merit and Player of the Year awards.
Sharma Wins Maiden European Tour Title and Claims Place at The Open
Young Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma withstood a stirring challenge from South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen to claim his first European Tour title in the weather-delayed Joburg Open.
Golf and Sport Reacts to Tiger Comeback as He Expects Open Return at Carnoustie
Everyone has got an opinion on Tiger Woods' return to golf last week, including the man himself, who is now looking forward to an expected return to the Open Championship at Carnoustie. Derek Clements reflects on the responses from across golf and sport.
Hobbies and Passions of Professional Golfers
We all have hobbies, passions and interests away from our work, and professional golfers are no different. Here we look at how 10 of the top players pass their spare time. You may not be surprised to learn that several of them have used their interests to top up their bank accounts.
QBE Shootout Preview
A select group of 24 professionals arrive at Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, southwest Florida with their wheelbarrows in tow to collect a nice little bit of end-of-season Christmas spending money at the QBE Shootout, hosted by Greg Norman. Incredibly, $3.3m will be up for grabs.
Joburg Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
With the cream of the European Tour now putting their feet up for what remains of the 2017, the Joburg Open represents a terrific opportunity for the best of South Africa’s young golfers to claim a two-year exemption with a victory, but former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen will be hoping to usurp them.
Fowler Shoots 61 to Win in Paradise but Woods is the Real Hero
Rickie Fowler stole the limelight from comeback kid Tiger Woods, firing an incredible final round of 61 to win the Hero World Challenge at Albany in the Bahamas. Fowler began the final round seven shots behind leader Charley Hoffman and finished four ahead of his fellow American.
You Need a Very Thick Skin to Carry That Weight as Caddie
You can make a good living as a caddie - a very good living - if you are lucky enough to get on the right bag, but anybody who runs away with the idea that this is an easy way to make a living may want to think again.
10 Golfers With the Most European Tour Appearances
It took Wade Ormsby 264 attemtps to pick up his first title. Here, we look at the ten European Tour golfers who have played the most tournaments, the year they joined the tour and, crucially, the number of wins they have to their credit.
Positive Reports on Tiger Ahead of Comeback
The internet is alive with reports of how well Tiger Woods is hitting the ball ahead of his long-awaited comeback at the Hero Challenge in the Bahamas – especially after he played in a four ball with Dustin Johnson, Brad Faxon and some guy called Trump.
Hero World Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis
There is only one story in town this week - the comeback of a certain Tiger Woods at his own tournament, the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Derek Clements looks ahead to what promises to be a compelling event as the 14-time major champion begins his latest return to golf.
Australian PGA Championship Preview Picks & Analysis
Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, and Marc Leishman headline a strong field on the Gold Coast for the Australian PGA Championship. Harold Varner III defends the title he won last year at RACV Royal Pines Resort.
Ormsby Picks up First Victory in 264 Attempts in Hong Kong
Wade Ormsby took advantage of a dramatic collapse by SSP Chawrasia to win the UBS Hong Kong Open and secure his playing rights until 2020 – just weeks after a fifth-place finish at the Andalucia Masters secured his card for the new season.
The Missed Tiddlers That Proved Costly
They say that putting is a game within a game, and it is certainly true that short missed putts attract attention for all the wrong reasons, especially when they come at the business end of a golf tournament. Here we look at 10 of the shortest putts missed at crucial moments in some of the world's biggest championships.
Winter golf - the way it used to be
WHY do so many people decide to hang up their clubs when the winter comes along? These days, there is no need to stop playing from November-March because we see far less snow than we used to in the bad old days and it is possible to keep warm and dry.
The numbers tell the story - well, most of the time
There are those who will tell you that numbers don't lie, and when it comes to golf, statistics tend to tell much of the story. Here, we reflect on the European Tour season, and make a few judgments, based on the tour's own statistics and, yes, we admit it, our own gut feeling.
Money makes the world of professional golf go around
WITH the Race to Dubai now run for 2017 and the PGA Tour already well into the 2017-18 season, we thought it might be instructional to crunch some numbers on what has been an astonishing year.
Bjorn licking his lips at prospect of Ryder Cup
THOMAS BJORN can't quite believe his luck. With the Ryder Cup in Paris now less than a year away and the qualification process for the European team now well under way, the Dane is rubbing his hands together at the way his team is shaping up
Hong Kong Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
There is no time for anybody to rest on their laurels. The 2017 season may have just reached its climax at the Dubai World Championship, but the new campaign kicks off immediately at the Hong Kong Open with a surprisingly strong field.
Austin Cooks Up Maiden Victory on the PGA Tour
Another week, another first-time winner on the PGA Tour. Rookie Austin Cook held on to take the RSM Classic by three strokes after a final round of 67.
Winners and losers on the European Tour in 2017
Another spellbinding season on the European Tour has come to end, and what a year it has been. It is easy to feel a little downhearted about the fact that Americans won three of the year's four majors, but let's not forget Sergio Garcia's memorable victory at The Masters. Here, we take a look at the winners and losers on the European Tour in 2017, and you will quickly see that we have plenty to be upbeat about.
Rahm completes Dubai raid as Fleetwood wins the Race to Dubai
Justin Rose suffered an extraordinary collapse to hand the Race to Dubai title to England's Tommy Fleetwood as Spaniard Jon Rahm raced through the field to win the DP World Tour Championship on an amazing final day.
Horsfield Leads the Way as 33 Players Earn European Tour Cards
Sam Horsfield won the final stage of Qualifying School, beating the field by eight shots after six gruelling rounds at Lumine Golf Club as 33 players earned precious European Tour cards. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the week.
Review Hellidon Lakes Golf Stay & Play
As part of our getting into golf series written by Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements, Kim and Derek visit Hellidon Lakes in Northamptonshire.
Winning Rookie of the Year is no Guarantee of Future Success
Jon Rahm was named the 2017 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year on the European Tour. Many of the greats have taken the award, but as several long forgotten names have shown, it's been no guarantee of future success.
DP World Tour Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
And so it all comes down to this. A thrilling season on the European Tour reaches its climax at the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeriah Estates and there is still everything to play for in the Race to Dubai. Derek Clements looks forward to the showpiece and Tommy Fleetwood's chances of securing the major prize.
RSM Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
The PGA Tour heads to Sea Island for the RSM Classic, which is hosted by Davis Love III. Always a popular week with the players, Derek Clements fancies Open Championship runner-up Matt Kuchar to have a strong performance in Georgia.
Sun Shines on Amazing Grace as He Storms to Nedbank Title
Branden Grace produced a grandstand finish to win the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City, pocketing a cool £750,000 in the process. The home crowd were desperate to see a South African winner and Grace duly delivered to collect his eighth European Tour title.
Ten of the Greatest Winning Streaks in Golf
Justin Rose's recently won two events in successive weeks, as did fellow Englishman Tyrrell Hatton. It's a fine achievement, but it got us thinking of winning streaks, and there have been some remarkable ones through the years. Derek Clements picks out some of the best.
When Tiger Says Golf Ball is Going Too Far We Should Pay Attention
Does the modern golf ball go too far? That is the view of 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, who recently commented on the subject and the issues that it raises. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that we should sit up and take note of these words that have been echoed by figures including Jack Nicklaus.
Nedbank Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis
Tommy Fleetwood arrives in South Africa hoping to secure the Race to Dubai after the recent victories of Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia closed the gap at the top of the money list. Derek Clements looks at the young Englishman's chances at the Nedbank.
OHL Classic at Mayakoba Preview, Picks & Analysis
Pat Perez returns to Mexico for his defence of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. There's a formidable challenge ahead, however, with the likes of Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson and Patrick Reed in the field. Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.
Turkish Delight For Justin Rose After Dramatic Climax
He only went and did it again. Justin Rose, who had been without a victory since the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, birdied the final hole at the Turkish Airlines Open to achieve back-to-back wins and move within a whisker of Tommy Fleetwood at the head of the Race to Dubai.
Will Tiger Emerge From the Woods and Remind Us How Good He Once Was?
Tiger Woods is to make his latest comeback in the Hero Challenge to be played in the Bahamas at the end of November - and, unsurprisingly, social media is alive with anticipation. Derek Clements reports on the challenges that the 14-time major champion faces.
Winning is Hard - 10 of the Worst Final Round Collapses in Tournament Golf
Dustin Johnson's recent disastrous final round in China got Derek Clements thinking about final-round collapses. There have been lots of them, and the world number one features in our list of 10 of the best (or worst) of them.
Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin is like no other tournament on the PGA Tour. It is a week when the world's leading golfers put their own interests to one side and turn the focus on children who, in many instances, are fighting for their very lives.
Turkish Airlines Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Thorbjorn Olesen will defend his title at the Turkish Airlines Open, the sixth out of eight in the European Tour's prestigious Rolex Series, which has offered players the chance to earn some properly serious money.
Rose Blooms as Johnson Suffers a Major China Crisis
Justin Rose overturned an eight-shot deficit to win the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in dramatic fashion. The Englishman still trailed by six when he reached the turn but he then birdied five holes on the back nine for a round of 67 to get to 14 under par and defeat world No 1 Dustin Johnson by two strokes.
Shot Clock is a Start but Slow Play Has to be Tackled Properly
The European Tour has announced, with much fanfare, the introduction of the 2018 Shot Clock Masters. The tournament has been launched with the specific purpose of speeding up play and is a laudable experiment, but it does pose a question: why?
Bizarre Rules Controversy Dominates Korean LPGA Tour Event
So here we go yet again with another bizarre rules controversy - and this one may have passed you by because it occurred in a relatively minor Korean LPGA Tour event. Nevertheless, it is a cracker. Derek Clements reports.
WGC HSBC Champions Preview, Picks & Analysis
Hideki Matsuyama returns to China for his defence of the WGC HSBC Champions, while Tommy Fleetwood is looking to extend his lead at the summit of the Race to Dubai. Derek Clements looks ahead to the showpiece event in Asia.
Sergio Garcia Gives European Tour Dream Finish to Regular Season
It was the perfect end to the regular European Tour season, as Sergio Garcia won the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain. Derek Clements reports on the Spaniard's latest triumph, and successes for Justin Thomas, and Oliver Farr on the Challenge Tour.
Ryder Cup Countdown Begins in Earnest
The next Ryder Cup match doesn't get under way until September 28, 2018, but the build-up to the encounter at Le Golf National, near Paris, has already begun, with American captain Jim Furyk saying that his team have 25 years of scars to overcome if they are to retain the trophy they won is such spectacular fashion at Hazeltine in 2016.
Danny Willett Opens Up About Trials and Tribulations
Since winning the Masters in 2016, Danny Willett has endured months of disappointments and struggles on the golf course. Derek Clements reports on the Englishman's journey after becoming a major champion, and looks closer at the moving blog that the Yorkshireman had written on the European Tour's website.
Should We Be Excited by Those Swing Clips of Tiger?
There has been much excitement on social media about the footage posted by Tiger Woods showing that he is now once again fit enough to be hitting drivers. This came less than a week after he posted slow-motion film of him hitting irons.
Andalucía Valderrama Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis
Jon Rahm continues his late challenge for the Race to Dubai when he makes his first appearance on home soil as a professional at the Andalucía Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio García Foundation, and he will surely start the tournament as favourite.
CJ Cup Preview, Picks & Analysis
The PGA Tour travels to South Korea for the first time with the inaugural CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges. It will feature a field of 78 players, with no 36-hole cut, and the prize fund is a massive $9.25m - only the majors, The Players Championship and the four WGC's boast bigger purses.
Hatton Completes Italian Job for Back-to-Back Victories
Tyrrell Hatton produced a brilliant back nine to achieve back-to-back victories on the European Tour and win the Italian Open in sensational style. He banked $1m, finds himself back in the top 20 in the world rankings and has climbed into the top five in the Race to Dubai.
How Putting Yips Changed Careers and Methods Golfers Used to Overcome Them
Golfshake's Derek Clements has recently seen the affects of the yips on a golf friend, which got him thinking about many of the game's best players who suffered from that dreaded affliction, and the methods they tried to overcome it.
Thomas Bjorn Nominates 2018 Ryder Cup Official Charity
European Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjorn has announced that the European Tour Foundation will be the official charity of the 2018 Ryder Cup.
Getting into golf: Stay & Play at Luton Hoo
In this continued series from Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements, about getting into golf, following her first forays on to the course Kim visits Luton Hoo for a stay and play.
Thetford Golf Club Review
Established in 1912, Thetford Golf club is located within two Sites of Special Scientific Interest and is a haven for wildlife. It is also one of the best golf courses in East Anglia, located just off the A11. Find out how Derek Clements got on,
The Worst Tee Shots Hit by the World's Best Golfers
We could only dream of hitting the ball like the world's best players, but occasionally these golfers have produced shots exactly like us. Derek Clements has delved into the archives and picked out some of the worst drives played by the finest.
Golf ter Hille, Belgium's Latest and First Public Golf Club
Most Brits taking a journey through Eurotunnel turn right and make their way to Le Touquet or Hardelot to playgolf. However, if you turn left in less than an hour you will be in Koksijde (pronounced Coxcider) complete with 18 and nine-hole golf courses, stunning beaches, Belgium seafood, beer and chocolate.
Italian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Jon Rahm steps up his bid to catch Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the Race to Dubai when he tees it up in the Italian Open at Golf Club Milano from October 12-15. Rahm is the star attraction in what is the fifth event in the Rolex Series.
CIMB Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
Justin Thomas returns to defend the CIMB Classic. It was the victory that propelled him to an extraordinary year, and the young American will be hoping to continue that remarkable success this season on the PGA Tour.
Hatton Crowned King of the Links as Fisher Brings Old Course to its Knees
On a day of sensational low scoring, Tyrrell Hatton became the first man to successfully defend the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, holding off the challenge of Ross Fisher, who broke the Old Course record at St Andrews.
Rules, Rules and Yet MORE Broken Rules
Last week at the Presidents Cup, there was a dramatic rules incident involving Jordan Spieth. It's just the latest in several eye-catching situations, but Derek Clements has brought together ten more examples through the years that made headlines.
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour heads to the Home of Golf for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. Tyrrell Hatton defends the title, but Rory McIlroy is in attendance hoping to conclude his year with a victory at the game's most iconic venue.
Safeway Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Despite having just ended a fortnight ago, the PGA Tour begins its 2017/2018 season at the Safeway Open, which is an opportunity for players to begin their long campaign with a victory. Derek Clements looks ahead to the week.
Spotlight on Struggling Players as Race to Dubai Enters Final Straight
The European Tour is reaching its business end and while the spotlight falls on the likes of Tommy Fleetwood, who leads the Race to Dubai, what about the men who are looking for that one big week in order to keep their tour cards for the new season, which begins in November?
Paul Dunne Brilliantly Holds off Rory McIlroy to Win British Masters
Paul Dunne held off a storming challenge by Rory McIlroy at Close House to win a thrilling British Masters by three strokes. Dunne, who led The Open at St Andrews in 2015 after 54 holes while still an amateur, has been knocking on the door for a while and he burst through after producing an astonishing final round of 61 and a 20-under-par total of 260.
Tiger Has Nothing Left to Prove and His Legacy is Secure
If, as he suggested might be the case, Tiger Woods never again plays a competitive round of golf, it will be a shame for us, but what an incredible legacy he leaves behind. Golfshake's Derek Clements pays tribute to the 14-time major champion's legendary career.
10 Famous Golf Rule Infringements
Matthew Southgate received a four-shot penalty after failing to replace his ball after a putt had been struck by a stray leaf. Derek Clements takes a look at some other rules issues and controversies that we've seen in the game through the years.
British Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis
It is not every week of the year that you get the chance to watch five major champions competing on British soil, so make the most of the world-class field assembled by the European Tour for the British Masters at Close House in Northumberland.
Presidents Cup Preview, Picks & Analysis
The United States have won the last six Presidents Cup, and Steve Stricker will be hoping to continue that run against Nick Price's International Team at Liberty National in New York. Derek Clements looks ahead to the showpiece event.
Lucas Bjerregard Produces Under Pressure at Portugal Masters
Lucas Bjerregard rescued his season and possibly even his career with a superb closing round of 65 to win the Portugal Masters. At the start of the week the Dane was in danger of losing his card. Now he has put those fears to rest
Portugal Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis
Padraig Harrington returns to defend his Portugal Masters title at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, and says that he can't wait. The three-time major champion may have slipped down the world rankings recently but, on his day, he remains a world-class player.
Tour Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
And then there were 30. The PGA Tour season reaches its climax with the Tour Championship at East Lake, with the top 30 golfers playing for massive financial rewards and, at the end of it all, somebody walking away with the FedEx Cup and a tasty little bonus of $10m.
Jason Day Parts Company With 'Father Figure' Col Swatton
First it was Phil Mickelson. Next came Rory McIlroy. And now Jason Day has followed suit in parting company with his long-time caddie. In Day's case, the announcement that Colin Swatton would no longer be on his bag came as a major surprise as he has acted as a surrogate father to the Australian.
10 Things That Golfers Wish They Had Not Done
Most have us have done things on the golf course that we later regret. Maybe it was breaking a club or having a meltdown on the final hole of the medal. Well, you're not alone. Here are ten incidents that professional golfers wish they hadn't done.
European Tour Qualifying Returns to Restored Golf d'Hardelot in France
Golf d'Hardelot, the 36-hole golf resort set amid the magnificent pine forests and sand dunes of Northern France, has been selected as a European Tour First Stage Qualifying venue for the seventh successive season, and will have a whole new look for those hopefuls dreaming of teeing it up alongside the big boys.
McIlroy in Serious Danger of Missing the Party
Rory McIlroy desperately needs a strong performance at the BMW Championship to qualify for the FedEx Cup finale at East Lake. However, the Northern Irishman is not the only big name struggling to make it through this week.
BMW Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
The PGA Tour returns for the BMW Championship. With only 30 players making it through to the season finale at East Lake, the likes of Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson are looking to continue their domination of the FedEx Cup.
KLM Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Home favourite Joost Luiten defends the KLM Open this week. With many of the best players skipping the tournament, it's an opportunity for several names to pick up a long overdue title, including Lee Westwood.
Lexi Thompson Milks the Applause after Second Title of Season
Lexi Thompson has had a memorable season - from the crushing disappointment of a rules violation at the ANA Inspiration, to Solheim Cup success. She has now become the first American to claim multiple titles ths year after a four-shot victory.
USA Secures Emphatic Walker Cup Victory
THE United States regained the Walker Cup in emphatic fashion at Los Angeles Country Club, thrashing Great Britain and Ireland 19-7 in a one-sided match that offered redemption for US captain Spider Miller, who was at the helm when GB&I won two years ago at Royal Lytham.
Women's Professional Golf in Europe in Dire Straits
The final women's major of the year, the Evian Championship, takes place at the Evian Resort Golf Course in Evian-les-Bains, France, against a backdrop of uncertainty for the Ladies European Tour.
Matt's Gloss Finish Sees Fitzpatrick Join Lofty Company in the Swiss Alps
Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sandy Lyle all have something in common. Apart from the fact that they all won majors, each of them had won four times on the European Tour by the time they were 23 years old. It is pretty lofty company. And the latest to join them is Matthew Fitzpatrick after winning the European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre.
Justin Thomas Secures Fifth Victory of Incredible Season
Justin Thomas won the Dell Technologies Championship, the second of four tournaments that decide the FedEx champion. He beat Jordan Spieth, who finished runner-up for the second successive week, to claim his fifth victory of an astonishing year.
10 Ways Money Makes the World of Golf Go Around
When you consider the cash spent on football transfers, it seems like Monopoly money, but it is for real, and it got us thinking about the money swilling around in golf. How does it compare? Here, we look at 10 examples that may make you choke on your coffee.
European Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour returns to one of its most iconic venues as the Omega European Masters is staged at the stunning Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, which is surely one of the most breathtaking courses anywhere in the world.
Haydn Porteous Claims Second European Tour Victory at Czech Masters
Since winning his first European Tour title at the Joburg Open in 2016, Haydn Porteous endured a miserable run of form, but the South African vanquished that on Sunday as he secured victory at the Czech Masters.
10 Golfers Who Lived Up To Expectations
Sometimes, when you meet a golfer in the flesh they turn out to be a disappointment. Derek Clements looks at ten professionals who have gone out of their way to engage with spectators and handled themselves with class.
Bridgestone Challenge Set to be Great Event at Luton Hoo
The Challenge Tour arrives at the five-star Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa, with the Bridgestone Challenge being played there between September 7 and 10. It offers a chance to see the stars of tomorrow close up. Entry is free and the best news of all is that there will be no ropes, which means that spectators have unrestricted viewing for all four days on the golf course.
Europe Should Be Glad Ryder Cup is Not Played on Paper
Ryder Cup qualification has begun, and Thomas Bjorn can now look forward to players jostling to make his team. But as Derek Clements describes, on paper at least, the Americans seem likely to be a formiddable opponent next year in France.
10 of the Freakiest Golf Injuries
Earlier this year, Dustin Johnson suffered a crazy injury before the Masters after falling down the stairs of his rented home in Augusta. But he wasn't the first golfer to have a freak incident. Here, we look at ten of the freakiest golf injuries.
Getting into golf: Lesson 6 learning continues
Now well into her golfing journey Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements, suffers her first golf injury and completes her 6th lesson.
Czech Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour moves onto the Czech Masters - which marks the beginning of Ryder Cup qualifying. Martin Kaymer, Thomas Pieters, Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick are hoping to make an early claim for a spot on Thomas Bjorn's team.
Dell Technologies Preview, Picks & Analysis
The FedEx Cup Playoffs move onto the Dell Technologies Championship. Dustin Johnson's victory at the weekend puts him in a strong position, but the likes of Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas will be looking to triumph this week.
Dustin Johnson Overcomes Jordan Spieth After Enthralling Contest
Dustin Johnson produced one of the shots of the year at the first playoff hole to defeat Jordan Spieth, secure the Northern Trust title and claim pole position in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Emirates Renews European Tour Deal and Becomes Ryder Cup Partner
Emirates and the European Tour have renewed their existing European Tour Agreement for four years until 2021. It is great news for the European Tour and also sees Emirates becoming an official partner of the much-anticipated 2018 Ryder Cup to be held at Le Golf National in France in September.
Northern Trust Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
AND so it begins again. It may only be August, but the PGA Tour season is about to reach its climax as we start the FedEx Cup Playoffs, starting with the Northern Trust Open at Glen Oaks, New York. Derek Clements looks ahead to an exciting week ahead.
Made in Denmark Preview, Picks & Analysis
Thomas Pieters returns to Himmerland Golf and Spa resort to defend his Made in Denmark title, and will be anxious to put some disappointing performances behind him. The Belgian is one of the most gifted players currently competing on the European Tour.
Henrik Stenson Picks Up First Title of 2017 at Wyndham Championship
Henrik Stenson picked up his first victory since last year's Open Championship at the Wyndham, finishing one shot ahead of Ollie Schniederjans on a thrilling final round. Derek Clements recaps the weekly action in the United States and Europe.
United States Retains Trophy at Entertaining Solheim Cup
The United States duly retained the Solheim Cup at Des Moines with a comfortable 16.5-11.5 victory over Europe. The hosts went into the singles with a five-point lead and never really looked like losing a match that was effectively decided when the hosts won the Friday fourballs 4-0. It was a deficit from which Europe were never able to recover.
10 Reasons to Play Golf at Celtic Manor
Sir Terry Matthews had a dream. He wanted to create a stunning golf course in his native Wales. A self-made billionaire, he made his fortune abroad but his heart was always back home and he wanted to leave a legacy. Here are 10 reasons why we think you should head to Wales and play this venue.
10 Things to do to Enjoy a Golf Trip in the Sun
Increasing numbers of golfers are now leaving these shores to play golf in the sun. If you pick the right destination, at the right time of year and get the best possible price, you can have a trip to remember. But get it wrong and it could be a disaster. If you are planning to organise a trip abroad there are some definite dos and dont's.
10 Reasons to Play Golf at The Belfry
It is a long time since a top professional event was last held at the headquarters of the PGA, but tens of thousands of golfers still flock to the course. So what are the top 10 reasons for making the journey?
Golfers who took time out, some never to return
RORY McILROY has announced that he may have to take some time away from the game. He is not the first golfer to take time out. Some have stormed back, but others walked away and have never come back. We take a look.
Was Quail Hollow Really Too Hard for the World's Best Golfers?
Quail Hollow member, Webb Simpson was one of several players who remarked on the difficulty of the course and setup during this year's PGA Championship. Was it really too hard the game's best players? Derek Clements looks at the issue.
Annika's Europe Look to Reclaim Solheim Cup Two Years after Controversial Finish
Annika Sorenstem leads Europe into the Solheim Cup in Iowa, with the team hoping to rebound from a controversial finish two years ago and reclaim the trophy. Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be a fascinating week.
Wyndham Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
Crunch time is approaching on the PGA Tour. It may only be August, but the Wyndham Championship at Greensboro represents the penultimate opportunity for players to qualify for the season-ending FedEx Cup series, and there are some surprising names who still haven't secured their places.
Paul Lawrie Matchplay Preview, Picks & Analysis
Anthony Wall travels to Germany to defend the Paul Lawrie Matchplay and will fancy his chances after finishing fourth at the Scottish Open and 20th at the Irish Open. Derek Clements previews this week's event on the European Tour.
No Need to Doubt Thomas after American Lands US PGA Title
WHILE many of those around him were losing their heads and their composure, Justin Thomas kept his and emerged at the end of four brutal days at Quail Hollow as the 2017 US PGA champion. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports.
The Beauty and Danger of Short Holes
Small can be both beautiful and treacherous. Some of the shortest holes in golf are also some of the most challenging. Here we highlight some of the very best par threes you will find anywhere.
Longest Par Fives on the PGA Tour
With seemingly more players hitting bigger drives, holes themselves are increasing in distance. Looking at several examples in the UK, Derek Clements has picked out some of the longest par fives on the PGA Tour.
Biggest Fashion Crimes in Professional Golf
Golfers are free to express themselves on the course through their style of play, conduct, but also through the way they dress. Anything goes, which is fun, but it has also led to some fashion disasters. Here are several of the biggest crimes.
Great US PGA Championship Moments
THE US PGA Championship is regarded as the least prestigious of golf's four majors. However, it is a tournament that has produced some amazing moments of drama over the years, and some truly unforgettable shots. We recall just a few of them.
US PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
Has there been a more hotly-anticipated US PGA in recent memory than this week's championship at Quail Hollow? Jordan Spieth is going for the career Grand Slam, and Rory is back at one of his favourite venues. It promises to be a classic. Derek Clements previews the final major of the year.
Spieth Bids to Join Golf's Grandest Champions
This week at the US PGA Championship, Jordan Spieth is attempting to join an elite group of men who have won all four majors. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at golf's five Grand Slam Champions.
The US PGA By the Numbers
It's the 99th PGA Championship from Quail Hollow in North Carolina. Golfshake's Derek Clements delves into the record books to pick out several of the key numbers to keep in mind during the year's final major.
Tour Each Hole of US PGA Venue Quail Hollow
This week's US PGA Championship venue Quail Hollow has been regularly seen on the PGA Tour at the Wells Fargo Championship, but several changes have been made to the course for the year's final major.
US PGA Championship Broadcasting Times on the BBC
The 2017 US PGA Championship is being broadcast on the BBC this week across BBC Two, BBC Sport, BBC Red Button and the BBC iPlayer. Derek Clements has created an easy guide for you to follow the year's final major.
US PGA Championship Long Drive Contest
THE US PGA Championship is a little different from the game's other majors. For starters, it stages a long drive contest, which the big hitters will enjoy on Tuesday. The competition dates back all the way to 1952.
Masterful Matsuyama Brings Firestone to its Knees at WGC
With a perfect sense of timing, Hideki Matsuyama brought the Firestone Country Club at Akron, Ohio, to its knees when he recorded a flawless final round of 61 to secure the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title by five shots. It was his third victory of the year and his sensational return to form came on the eve of the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, the final major of the year.
Club Pros Get Chance to Live Major Dream at Quail Hollow
One of the things that marks out the US PGA Championship from the other majors is that it gives men who make their living as club professionals the opportunity to tee it up next to the best players in the world. Hear from one of them.
Top Ten Highest Earning and Richest Golfers
Golf is both lucrative and big business these days, and it's therefore no surprise to see the huge earnings that the biggest names have made this past year. We look at the top earners in golf in 2017, and also the richest in history.
Lee Keeps Her Cool as Webb Throws Away Two-Shot Lead at Dundonald
Mi Hyang Lee of South Korea shot a six-under-par 66 to win the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open by a stroke from Australian Karrie Webb and compatriot Mi Jung Hur on a dramatic final day at Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire.
Perfect 10 for Bernhard as Langer Makes History at Senior Open
Like a fine wine, Bernhard Langer just seems to get better with age. He defied wind and rain to win the Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl for the third time. It was his 10th major victory, which is a record, and it would be a huge surprise if the 59-year-old doesn't add a few more before he is finished.
Jordan Smith Secures Maiden European Tour Title in Germany
Jordan Smith crowned his extraordinary maiden season on the European Tour when he defeated defending champion Alex Levy to secure the Porsche European Open, while Jhonattan Vegas successfully defended in Canada on the PGA Tour. Derek Clements reports on the action.
WGC Bridgestone Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis
ONE of the strongest fields of the year will gather at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, with Dustin Johnson defending the title he won 12 months ago. Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be a terrific event.
Has the BBC Done Enough with Planned Coverage of the US PGA Championship
The US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow promises to be a cracking end to the major season, and it will be broadcast across the BBC this year following a shock move from Sky Sports. But has the BBC gone far enough with the coverage? Derek Clements questions some of the decisions and commitment.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the 2017 Open Championship
We've just witnessed a memorable Open at Royal Birkdale, but just how successful was this year's Championship? From high prices to the weather and Sky Sports TV coverage, Derek Clements reflects on the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Jordan Spieth - the Will of a Champion
Jordan Spieth became the Open champion on Sunday in the most dramatic circumstances, which illustrated both his flaws and incredible talents as a golfer. Derek Clements takes a closer look at the game and personality of the Champion Golfer of the Year.
Porsche European Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
SO, THAT was The Open. Now it is back to business for the European Tour as Alexander Levy defends the Porsche European Open in Hamburg, and the organisers will be praying for better luck with the weather than they had in 2016.
Canadian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
A STELLAR cast will assemble at the magnificent Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, for the latest staging of the Canadian Open, with the organisers hoping that this year's event comes somewhere close to matching the drama witnessed 12 months ago when Jhonattan Vegas beat Martin Laird, Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson by a shot after Candan amateur Jared du Toit had thrilled the home crowds by coming within three shots of winning his national Open.
Spieth sensational bounce back to become Open champion
Have you ever in your life seen anything like that? Jordan Spieth is the 2017 Open champion but even he may not know how he managed to achieve it.
The Open - Day 3 Wrap Up
Jordan Spieth will take a three-shot lead into the final round of The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. On an astonishing day, Branden Grace, of South Africa, wrote himself into the history books with a round of 62.
Early Starters Set Pace on Day 3
WITH barely a breath of wind, the early starters had Birkdale at their mercy. The rain had softened the links and the course had never looked better, or more inviting.
Amazing Grace - South African makes major history with round of 62
BRANDEN GRACE produced the lowest round in major history when he reduced Royal Birkdale to 62 magnificent blows. The South African struggled to hold back the tears after a magnificent round of golf that climaxed with a brilliant up and down from the back of the final green.
Getting into golf: My first round of golf
If you have read the other features in this 'getting into golf' series you will have followed Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements, on her quest to take up this great game and her first 5 lessons. Now time for the course!
Getting into golf: Lesson 5 more short game
In the seventh feature of this series of getting into golf articles written by Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements, Kim has another short game lesson and putting lesson.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open de France Preview, Picks & Analysis
Talented Jon Rahm is making his long-awaited debut on European soil this week at the historic Open de France played at next year's Ryder Cup venue, Le Golf National. Derek Clements assesses the 22-year-old's chances of adding himself to the impressive list of Spanish champions of the revered tournament.
Jordan Spieth Opens Door to Number 10 with Moment of Magic
Jordan Spieth produced a moment of magic to stun the gallery and overcome Daniel Berger and take the title at the Travelers Championship, dramatically holing a bunker shot to triumph in the first hole of the playoff to claim his tenth PGA Tour victory before the age of 24.
BMW International Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Henrik Stenson is back in Germany to defend the BMW International Open, but it is Martin Kaymer who will have the hearts of the home fans, as he seeks to pick up a long overdue victory. Derek Clements looks ahead to the action.
Travelers Championsip Preview, Picks & Analysis
Rory McIlroy and Jason Day will be looking to repond from missed cuts at the U.S. Open this week at the Travelers Championship, where Scotland's Russell Knox is the defending champion. Derek Clements previews the event from TPC River Highlands.
Formidable Brooks Koepka Dominates US Open at Erin Hills
Brooks Koepka, a golfer who many said would be a future major champion, fulfilled that promise with an imperious and dominant triumph in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.
Getting into golf: The club fitting
In the fourth feature of this series of getting into golf articles Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements, writes up her club fitting experience.
Getting into golf: It's all fun and progress
In the third feature of this series of getting into golf articles from Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements, find out how the 2nd lesson went.
Getting into golf: From Terre Blanche to Norwich Family Golf Centre
In the second feature of this series of articles Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements,updates us on having her first lesson.
Getting into golf: Terre Blanche - Working with Jean-Jacques Rivet
In this new series of articles Kim Dowsing, the partner of regular Golfshake contributor and sports writer Derek Clements, writes about the experience of taking up golf for the first time.
6 Questions for the 2017 US Open
There are numerous questions waiting to be answered at the US Open - will the USGA get the setup right, and will Phil Mickelson turn up on Thursday? Derek Clements picks out some of the pressing issues waiting to be settled at Erin Hills.
2017 US Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
It's time for the second major of the year, as the game's best players venture to Wisconsin to face the ominous challenge of Erin Hills, which is hosting the US Open for the first time. Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be a fascinating week, and picks out a surprise name as a potential champion.
5 Players to Follow at the 2017 US Open
It's time for the US Open, with the world's best players assembling at Erin Hills looking to secure America's national championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out five players who could take the title at this year's second major.
Erin Hills - Hole by Hole Guide
Erin Hills is the venue for this week's 117th US Open, making its debut as a major championship layout. Take a look through all 18 holes of this long and punishing course, which is set to test the game's best players in Wisconsin.
The Daunting Challenge of Erin Hills
The US Open heads to Erin Hills in Wisconsin for the first time in its 117-year history. Erin Hills, located just northwest of Milwaukee, is certain to provide the world's best golfers with a terrific test but there are already concerns that it might turn out to be another Chambers Bay.
US Open Records and Stats
This year is the 117th U.S. Open Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements delves into the numbers and picks out some of the most notable records and stats to be aware of ahead of the second men's major of the year.
Beef Leads Qualifiers at US Open
Much of the field at the US Open have come through qualifying, including the likes of Andrew 'Beef' Johnston at Walton Heath, who will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Michael Campbell who was victorious from that route in 2005.
Daniel Berger Successfully Defends in Memphis
Daniel Berger produced a flawless final round of 66 to successfully defend the St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind. Derek Clements reports on a successful weekend for the young American.
Why Terrorists Will Never Destroy our Spirit - Derek Clements' Story
Golfshake Writer and Sports Sub-Editor at The Sunday Times, Derek Clements found himself affected by the terrorist attack on London Bridge, with the tragic events being too close for comfort. Derek reflects upon his experiences at the weekend - almost losing a close friend - and why our lives must carry on into the summer ahead, including the Open Championship.
FedEX St. Jude Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
It's the week before the U.S. Open, with most of the biggest names preparing for the second major of the year, but the pack are still in place at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, and Golfshake's Derek Clements has his weekly preview focusing on the contenders.
Lyoness Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
There will be pressure on home favourite Bernd Wiesberger at the Lyoness Open in Austria, but he will face a challenge from the likes of George Coetzee, Joost Luiten and Stephen Gallacher. Derek Clements looks ahead to the event at Diamond Country Club near Vienna.
Remembering the Great Roberto De Vicenzo
The great Roberto de Vicenzo, who won The Open Championship in 1967, passed away last weekat the age of 94. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back on his incredible career, from the successes to the famous scorecard error that cost the Argentine the opportunity to become Masters Champion.
Defiant Jason Dufner Triumphs at the Memorial
Jason Dufner overcame a third round of 77 to defiantly secure a brilliant triumph at a weather-affected Memoral Tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus, while 20-year-old Renato Paratore picked up his first title on the European Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the action.
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