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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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Interview With 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem

It is 20 years since Rich Beem won the PGA Championship at Hazeltine. It was a victory that changed his life. The popular Sky Sports commentator caught up with Golfshake's Derek Clements to discuss everything from the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series to this week's major at Southern Hills.


Jack Nicklaus vs Tiger Woods - Their Greatest Clutch Putts

There are two golfers who stand head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to willing the ball into the hole when it matters most - Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. We recall some of biggest and best putts these two legends were able to hole when they absolutely had to.


2022 PGA Championship Preview

The second men's major of the season takes place at Southern Hills this week. And the bad news for his rivals is that the venue for the PGA Championship is world number one Scottie Scheffler’s favourite golf course. But who will lift the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday? Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his comprehensive preview.


10 Picks to Win The PGA Championship

We pick out 10 golfers to keep an eye on at Southern Hills. Five of them will figure on most lists ahead of the year’s second men's major, but the other five may come as a surprise to you at the PGA Championship.


6 Surprise Winners of The PGA Championship

When it comes to golf, we have seen the likes of Todd Hamilton and Ben Curtis win The Open, but the major that produces more surprise winners than any other is the PGA Championship. We take a look at some of the most unlikely names on the Wanamaker Trophy.


When Phil Mickelson Proved That Age is Just a Number

It definitely wasn't meant to happen. Kiawah Island is one of the toughest golf courses on the other side of the pond. So when it came to predicting possible winners of the 2021 PGA Championship, one name that did not feature on any list was Phil Mickelson. But at 50 years of age, he became the oldest major winner of all time. 


Sam Horsfield Wins Inaugural Soudal Open in Belgium

Sam Horsfield fought back the tears as he won the Soudal Open in Belgium, as big-hitting New Zealander Ryan Fox let victory slip from his grasp, securing the Englishman's third victory on the DP World Tour.


Do Top Golfers Earn More Than Other Sports - How They Compare

During the uproar surrounding Greg Norman and his LIV Invitational Series, golfers have found themselves being accused of greed. But before we become too obsessed with the vast sums being earned by the world’s best golfers, let’s have a look at the money swashing around in some other sports. And the numbers are simply mind-boggling.


How The Home Nations Stand in Golf's World Rankings

Golf's world rankings are dominated by Americans, with Australia and South Africa strongly represented too. But where do the home nations stand with the rest? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the best players currently from the UK & Ireland.


The Worst Golf Shots You Can Possibly Hit

When all is going well and your swing is in sync there is no better sport than golf. But it can also be unforgiving. Just when you think you have it cracked, it has a habit of biting you in the backside. We take a look at the absolute worst shots in the game.


2022 AT&T Byron Nelson Preview

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler heads the field for the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch near Dallas. With the PGA Championship being staged at Southern Hills next week, a number of the world’s best players are using this tournament as an opportunity to tune up for the year’s second major.


2022 Soudal Open Preview

Home favourites Thomas Pieters, Nicolas Colsaerts and Thomas Detry are part of the field as the DP World Tour returns to Belgium for the inaugural Soudal Open at Rinkven Golf Club.


Saudi Cash Sets Top Golfers Against One Another

Perhaps inevitably, Greg Norman’s Saudi-backed breakaway tour has set players against one another. Mike Lorenzo-Vera, a Frenchman who competes on the DP World Tour, launched a blistering attack on the likes of Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood at the British Masters.


Inspirational Kipp Popert Triumphs at The Belfry

Kipp Popert, who has cerebral palsy, became the inaugural winner on the G4D (Golf for the Disabled) Tour after defeating Kurtis Barkley and Chris Biggins in a play-off at The Belfry.


Thorbjorn Olesen Produces Stunning Finish to Win British Masters

Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen produced a sensational eagle-birdie finish for the second day in succession to win the British Masters by a single shot at The Belfry.


Lee Westwood Hopes to Play at Centurion And Admits He's Doing it For The Money

Lee Westwood has confirmed that he has sought permission for a release to play in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational at Centurion Club, placing him in conflict with the DP World Tour, but the Englishman has explained the motivations behind his stance.


The DP World Tour Faces Collision Course With Players

The DP World Tour could be on collision course with its players over releases to play in the $25m Saudi-backed event at Centurion in June. Any DP World Tour member who wants to play has to seek permission, and they have until May 10 to do so, with many believing that Chief Executive Keith Pelley is likely to refuse the wishes of those players.


Collin Morikawa Knows What His Priorities Are

Open champion Collin Morikawa says that winning majors will always matter more to him than money and that he has no interest in competing in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational events, which begin next month at Centurion Club.


British Masters Preview 2022

Richard Bland returns to The Belfry to defend the Betfred British Masters title he won in such dramatic fashion 12 months ago.  The Betfred British Masters is the first of a four-tournament mini-series, which also includes the Soudal Open, Dutch Open and Porsche European Open.


Wells Fargo Championship Preview 2022

Sports journalist Derek Clements looks ahead at the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship on the PGA Tour which is being hosted for the first time at TPC Potomac.


Arnaus Secures First Win & Seventh For Rahm on PGA Tour

Sports Journlist Derek Clements provides his weekly wrap-up from the professional tours around the world, focusing on a Spanish double on the DP World Tour and PGA Tour and a second tour win on the LPGA Tour.


Greg Norman Plea For Special Open Exemption Was Rightly Rejected

67-year-old two-time champion Greg Norman asked The R&A to give him a special exemption into the 150th Open, a prospect that was quickly shot down by a spokesperson at the weekend. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that it's been nothing more than a publicity stunt.


Why Rory McIlroy Remains The Most Brilliantly Frustrating Golfer

He electrified the final round of the Masters earlier this month, but Rory McIlroy's apparent struggles to put together four rounds in the majors continues to frustrate Golfshake's Derek Clements, who is hoping to see that trend rectified later this season.


Robert Garrigus is Unlikely to Set Your Pulse Racing

Robert Garrigus is the first man to seek permission from the PGA Tour to take part in the LIV Golf Invitational in June, but such a player isn't likely to set the pulses racing of golf fans either attending the event or watching on TV.


Mexico Open at Vidanta Preview, Picks & Analysis

US Open champion Jon Rahm has confirmed his participation in the Mexico Open at Vidanta, presented by Grupo Salinas, where he will compete against a field that includes home star Abraham Ancer.


Catalunya Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The DP World Tour visits Spain for a second successive week with the inaugural Catalunya Championship at the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya, and once again there will be a strong home presence.


Sensational Pablo Larrazabal Wins on Home Soil

Local favourite Pablo Larrazábal shot a stunning final round of 62 to claim his seventh DP World Tour title. The round featured five birdies on the trot as he won the ISPS Handa Championship by one shot.


The Craziest Things We Have Seen on The Golf Course

Golf is one of those sports. We love it and hate it in equal measures - and it makes us all do some crazy things. We have all seen and done some strange stuff on the golf course, either at first hand or perpetrated by some of the world’s best players.


The World Number One Golfers Who Fell Away

Reaching the top of the world rankings is hard enough. Even more difficult is staying there. And trickier still is keeping the ship upright when things start to go wrong. Here, we look at some former world number ones who have tumbled down the rankings. Some have managed to keep things afloat - others appear to be in freefall.


Do Golf Clubs Still Need Visiting Golf Societies

It should, perhaps, come as no great surprise that one of the side-effects of the boom in club golf we are currently experiencing has been an impact on golf societies. Green fees have increased, as has the cost of accommodation, food and drink, and there is far less availability according to the results of the recent survey we conducted into society golf.


5 Reasons Why Golf Societies Are Great

Huge numbers of golfers are members of societies, but what explains their enduring popularity? We asked you to share your thoughts on ‘Why Society Golf Is Great’ with five key reasons standing out.


Zurich Classic of New Orleans Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour heads west this week for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana.  Cameron Smith and fellow Australian Marc Leishman will defend their team title which they won defating Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in a playoff 12 months ago.


ISPS Handa Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

THE DP World Tour returns for the first of two weeks in Spain with the ISPS Handa Championship at the Lakes Course in Tarragona.


Spieth Defies The Odds To Win RBC Heritage

JUST nine days after missing the cut at The Masters for the first time in his career, Jordan Spieth bounced back to defeat Patrick Cantlay in a playoff at the RBC Heritage Classic.


Millions of New Golfers Are Taking to The Course

The scale of the boom enjoyed by golf has been revealed by two participation reports compiled by the R&A, England Golf, Golf Ireland, Scottish Golf and Wales Golf.


RBC Heritage Preview, Picks & Analysis

Stewart Cink rolled back the years at Hilton Head 12 months ago when he won the RBC Heritage with his son Reagan on the bag. And he returns to defend that title againt a formidable field that includes the likes of Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay and Justin Thomas.


There Will Never Be Another Tiger Woods

And so the question for golf is a simple enough one: what on earth happens when Tiger Woods hangs up his golf clubs for good? Just when you think that this extraordinary athlete cannot surprise you again he did precisely that with his announcement that he intended to play in The Masters last week.


Scottie Scheffler - The Masters Champion

Scottie Scheffler won The Masters in sensational style, holding off a thrilling challenge from Rory McIlroy, who came from nowhere to close out with a spectacular 64 and finish second.


Scottie Scheffler Takes Three Shot Lead Into Final Round at Augusta

Scottie Scheffler shot his third successive sub-par round to taker a three-shot leads into the final round of The Masters. The 25-year-old American shot a one-under 71 - carding four bogeys in the final seven holes - to take a three-stroke lead into Sunday's final round. 


Scottie Scheffler Overcomes Testing Conditions to Lead Masters by Five

Scottie Scheffler overcame testing conditions at Augusta National to spreadeagle the field after two rounds of The Masters. He will go into the third round with a five-shot lead after a round of 67 left him on 136, eight under par.


How to Prepare For Your First Rounds of The Golf Season

A combination of the clocks going forward and the start of The Masters at Augusta National means that, for many, the golf season is finally getting under way. But are you really ready to go? Here, we take a light-hearted look at some of the steps you should be taking in readiness for that first 18 holes.


Wondrous Woods Defies The Odds Yet Again

Well, he only went and did it again. With the hype surrounding his latest astonishing comeback at fever pitch, Tiger Woods defied the odds and shot a one-under par 71 on his Masters return at Augusta - just 14 months after he nearly lost his leg in a car crash.


Don't Expect Too Much From Tiger at Masters Warns Former Champion

Former Masters champion Ian Woosnam believes that Tiger Woods will struggle at Augusta this week. The 15-time major champion announced that we will compete after recovering from leg injuries sustained in a horrific car crash 14 months ago.


Why Do Golfers Love The Masters So Much

Everybody loves The Masters, but have you ever stopped to ask yourself why it holds such a special place in our hearts? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the various factors that combine to make this tournament so unique.


Tiger Woods WILL Play in The Masters And Believes He Can Win

Get ready for another outbreak of Tiger Mania. The news we have all craved was finally delivered when Tiger Woods confirmed that he will be making his competitive comeback at The Masters this week, 14 months after the car crash in which he nearly lost his right leg.


10 Picks to Win The Masters

The 86th Masters Tournament is set to be captivating, with Hideki Matsuyama defending and the competitive return of five-time champion Tiger Woods. But who could ultimately be the man to claim the iconic Green Jacket on Sunday? Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his 10 Picks to Win.


The 2022 Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

And so the season really gets under way as the world’s best golfers arrive at Augusta National for The Masters, with Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama defending the title he won in such emotional circumstances 12 months ago. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be a fascinating week.


Changes to Augusta National For 2022 Masters

Nothing ever stands still at Augusta National, with course changes becoming part of the tradition as the powers-that-be try to do their bit to tackle the distance debate. And this year will be no different.


Who is Missing From This Year's Masters

The powers-that-be at The Masters do things their own way. It is effectively an invitation event, usually restricted to around 90 players. That means that it boasts the weakest field of any of the sport’s four majors. And that several notable players are not making that drive down Magnolia Lane this year.


Jennifer Kupcho Wins First Major of 2022 at Mission Hills

Jennifer Kupcho became the last woman to leap into Poppie’s Pond after winning the Chevron Championship, the first women’s major of the year. The 24-year-old carded 74 in the final round to finish 14 under and secure her first victory on the LPGA Tour.


Is The Masters REALLY Golf's Best Major

The Masters likely provokes more debate and discussion than any other of the sport’s majors. It is unique in that it is the only major that is played at the same course every year and it also boasts the smallest field. But is it the best? Golfshake's Derek Clements analyses the reasons for and against and declares his own view.


What Happened at Last Year's Masters

The whole of Japan rejoiced 12 months ago as Hideki Matsuyama held off the field to win The Masters by one stroke at Augusta National and become the first Japanese man to claim a major title.


Valero Texas Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Jordan Spieth had gone 1,351 days without a victory. But, finally, he won again at the Texas Open 12 months ago, and the American will be relishing returning to defend his title this week against a field that includes Rory McIlroy.


Golfers - What Gets Under Your Skin

As you will know, we carry out lots of surveys to seek your feedback on a whole range of issues. And it has become obvious to us that there are lots of issues that get under your skin, and many of them have raised a smile with us here at Golfshake, if only because we can relate to so many of them.


Qatar Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The DP World Tour heads back to the Middle East for the Qatar Masters, where Antoine Rozner defends his title. The Frenchman will be hoping to recapture that form against a field that includes Adri Arnaus, Justin Harding and Callum Shinkwin.


WGC Match Play Preview, Picks & Analysis

With just two weeks until the Masters, the world's best golfers have gathered in Austin for the WGC Match Play, where Billy Horschel is the defending champion. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to a unique event on the calendar.


The Incredible Potential of Golf in India

There was a sense of what might have been after Anirban Lahiri finished runner-up at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. India has a population of more than 1.8 billion but just 200,000 Indians play golf. If that could change, the potential growth is extraordinary.


Sam Burns Continues Rise After Latest PGA Tour Victory

Sam Burns won his third PGA Tour title in 25 starts when he successfully defended the Valspar Championship in dramatic circumstances, defeating rookie Davis Riley in a playoff.


Greg Norman Keeps Door Open For Phil Mickelson

If Greg Norman has his way, Phil Mickelson could still emerge as the face of the new LIV Golf International series. Norman, chief executive of LIV Golf Investments, said he has spoken to Mickelson says and that "the door is wide open" for the American.


Henrik Stenson Named European Ryder Cup Captain

The speculation is over. Henrik Stenson has been named as Europe’s Ryder Cup Captain. His appointment can only mean that he has decided not to throw his lot in with the Saudi-backed Super Golf League and will now lead Europe at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome next year. 


Valspar Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The hugely impressive Sam Burns is back at Innisbrook to defend the Valspar Championship, where he faces a field that includes the likes of former world number ones Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the final event of the Florida Swing.


Cameron Smith Wins Dramatic Players Championship

Australia’s Cameron Smith survived putting his approach at the final hole into the water to win The Players Championship at the end of five days dogged by weather delays.


It's Time to Finally Address The Issue of Slow Play on Tour

Despite measures having been introduced to combat slow play in professional golf, nothing seems to be changing in the view of Golfshake's Derek Clements, who declares that it's vital for the game to address the issue as it can impact the enjoyment for golfers both watching and playing.


Ignore The Complaints - Golf Is Meant To Be a Challenging Game

From the Honda Classic to Bay Hill and TPC Sawgrass, the PGA Tour's Florida Swing provides a testing environment for the world's best, something that has drawn some criticism from the players. However, Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why this challenge is exactly what he wants to see more of in the game.


Steyn City Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Club at Steyn City, north of Johannesburg, hosts its first major international tournament with the new $1.5 million Steyn City Championship, which makes its debut on the Sunshine Tour and DP World Tour schedule.


Solheim Cup Star Nanna Koerstz Madsen Makes LPGA History

Nanna Koerstz Madsen secured her maiden LPGA Tour victory with a dramatic play-off win at the Honda LPGA Thailand, becoming the first Danish golfer to triumph on the leading circuit.


Tiger Woods Makes Emotional Speech at Hall of Fame Ceremony

Tiger Woods became the 164th inductee to golf’s Hall of Fame in Florida. And as he accepted perhaps the greatest honour of his career, the 15-time major champion chose not to mention any of his 82 PGA Tour wins, major victories or numerous operations.


The Players Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

It's time for The Players Championship, where Justin Thomas defends his title at TPC Sawgrass against the deepest field of the PGA Tour season. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what is one of the showpiece events of the year, truly a highlight on the calendar.


Pecanwood Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Pecanwood Classic will make its debut as a co-sanctioned tournament between the Sunshine Tour and DP World Tour. Bernd Wiesberger and Richard Bland are among the European stars hoping to triumph in South Africa.


When Sponsors Walk Away From Golfers

Sponsors and manufacturers pay vast sums to the world's best golfers to represent their brand and play their equipment, but these corporations demand something back in return and will remove their backing should a player make a public mistake, as Phil Mickelson has recently discovered.


Zane Scotland is Determined to Drive Change in Golf

The R&A has appointed Zane Scotland as a diversity ambassador and he is determined to drive change in the game, starting with the sport’s archaic dress code.


Scottie Scheffler Survives Brutal Bay Hill Sunday to Win Again

They usually make birdies and eagles for fun on the PGA Tour. But not at Bay Hill. The final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational was all about survival, with Scottie Scheffler shooting a final round of 72 to win on one of the most challenging courses in America.


Golf Clubs Are Benefiting From Putting Their Members First

Golf has seen many positives from the boom in playing numbers that coincided with the global pandemic. And the good news is that UK golf clubs seem to have got their act together and put the needs and demands of their members first.


Tiger Woods Pockets Millions Despite Barely Hitting a Shot

Incredibly, Tiger Woods has won $8m for generating more media interest than any other golfer in 2021 - even though he played just one tournament all year. 


Golfers Are Playing More Than Ever Before - But How Do You Compare

As life has slowly got back to something like normality, Golfshake subscribers generally got out there and played more rounds of golf than they had previously. But how do you compare to the playing habits of both club members and nomadic golfers?


Exciting News For Europe's Best Disabled Golfers

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, commenting on the exciting and timely announcement that the DP World Tour is helping to launch the G4D (Golf for the Disabled) Tour.


Zach Johnson Named US Ryder Cup Captain

Zach Johnson has been named as captain of the United States Ryder Cup team against Europe in Rome in 2023 as they look to end a run of 30 years without an away victory.


Arnold Palmer Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis

The likes of Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy will be hoping to claim their first victories of 2022 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to an iconic event.


Magical Kenya Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The DP World Tour returns after a three-week break, with Justin Harding defending his Magical Kenya Open title. He faces faces some pretty stiff competition, not least from fellow South Africans Dean Burmester, Thriston Lawrence and Daniel Van Tonder. India’s Shubhankar Sharma is also looking to continue his recent good form. 


HSBC Women's World Championship Preview

Nine of the world's top ten golfers are in the field for the HSBC Women’s World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club, which is often described as being ‘Asia’s major’.


Tony Jacklin Praises Phil Mickelson For Saudi Golf League Stance

Double major winner Tony Jacklin has praised Phil Mickelson for the stance he has taken against the PGA Tour. And the man who helped to transform the Ryder Cup has expressed his fears that any bans imposed on players who opt to take part in the Saudi-backed Super League could spell the death death knell for what has become golf’s greatest team event.


Sepp Straka Claims Dramatic Victory at Honda Classic

Daniel Berger cut a disconsolate figure as he threw away a five-shot lead on a dramatic final day at PGA National as Sepp Straka became the latest first-time winner on the PGA Tour.


When Should Golf Green Fees Stop Rising

With the cost of living rising, so too are green fees. As they continue to rise, many Golfshake subscribers have told us that they feel like they are being taken advantage of by golf clubs and venues. But where does it end?


Phil Mickelson to Take a Break From Golf After Latest Controversy

One thing you can be sure of with Phil Mickelson, on the course or off it, is that there will never be a dull moment. But now, his world has come crashing down after the Super Golf League controversy. He has apologised for his 'reckless' comments about Saudi Arabia and says he will be taking a break from golf.


What Stops Many Golfers From Joining Golf Clubs

Despite the dramatic increase of members seen during the past two years, there are three main reasons why many golfers still decide not to join a golf club and, on the face of it they are pretty obvious, as discovered by the recent Golfshake Survey.


Honda Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour's Florida Swing kicks off at the Honda Classic, where Australia's Matt Jones defends his title against a field that includes the likes of Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen and Tommy Fleetwood. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to The Bear Trap at PGA National.


When Crowd Behaviour Goes Too Far

In a new View From The Fairway, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his thoughts on the recent crowd scenes at the WM Phoenix Open and whether things went too far.


Bryson DeChambeau And Dustin Johnson Snub The Saudis

Dustin Johnson has finally ended speculation that he has signed for the Saudi-backed Super Golf League, with fellow American Bryson DeChambeau also making its clear that his future lies with the PGA Tour.


Joaquin Niemann Produces Riviera Masterclass

Joaquin Niemann survived a few nervous moments at Riviera as he shot a 71 to become the first wire-to-wire winner of The Genesis Invitational since Charlie Sifford 53 years ago.


Phil Mickelson Reveals True Thoughts About Saudi Golf League

Phil Mickelson is the most prominent supporter of the proposed Super Golf League, but an excerpt from a new book has revealed the American star's true motivations behind his potential move and his deep reservations about its Saudi Arabian backers.


Tiger Woods Insists That Return to Golf is Long Way Off

The world’s best golfers are at Riviera for the Genesis Invitational but in a tournament hosted by Tiger Woods there was always only going to be one question on everybody’s lips: when will Woods be back in action?


Genesis Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis

A strong field has gathered at Riviera Country Club as Max Homa defends his Genesis Invitational title. Rory McIlroy will make his first American start of 2022, while Open champion Collin Morikawa is searching for his best form after struggling in the Middle East.


View From The Fairway - Get Ready For Solheim Cup Fireworks

Golfshake's Derek Clements glances across the golf headlines in his latest View From The Fairway, including the announcement that Stacy Lewis will captain the United States against Suzann Pettersen's Europe in next year's Solheim Cup.


Scottie Scheffler Claims Maiden Victory at Phoenix Open

Scottie Scheffler birdied the third hole of a sudden-death playoff against Patrick Cantlay to win the WM Phoenix Open, thus securing his maiden victory on the PGA Tour.


Golf Fans React to Saudi Golf League Proposals

Professional golf is facing a revolution, the likes of which the sport has never seen before. Unsurprisingly, the Saudi involvement and proposals have exercised the minds of golf fans, with dozens of you reacting on Golfshake. We take a closer look at what the viewers think of the situation.


WM Phoenix Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Brooks Koepka returns to defend his Phoenix Open title at TPC Scottsdale, but he'll face a strong field that includes Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas and Viktor Hovland. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what is always a raucous week.


Ras Al Khaimah Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The DP World Tour’s Middle East Swing continues with the inaugural Ras Al Khaimah Classic at Al Hamra Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates. Richard Bland missed out on the Dubai Desert Classic in a playoff, but he's competing here and will be looking to beat the talented Hojgaard twins.


View From The Fairway - Saudi International Reflections

In a special View From The Fairway, Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on what we saw at the controversial Saudi International and what it means for the professional game in the months and years ahead.


Nicolai Hojgaard Continues Rise Through Game

The sensational Nicolai Hojgaard claimed his second DP World Tour title after holding off Jordan Smith in a roller-coaster final round at the 2022 Ras al Khaimah Championship presented by Phoenix Capital to win by four shots.


Leona Maguire Makes History on LPGA Tour

Ireland's Leona Maguire wrote herself into the history books by becoming the first Irish golfer to win a title on the LPGA Tour when she claimed the Drive On Championship at the Crown Colony Golf & Country Club.


Evidence That Golf Has Sustained Its Boom Popularity

There has been a great deal of data on the health of the game and the latest comes from the Hillier Hopkins 2021-22 Golf Club Report, which has provided further evidence that the golf boom is continuing. Golfshake's Derek Clements analyses some of the most intriguing findings in the report.


Professional Golf Is About To Be Shaken To Its Core

Phil Mickelson claims that every member of the top 100 in the world rankings has been approached by LIV Golf Investments to sign up for Saudi Arabia’s breakaway golf league. It seems that professional golf is about to be shaken to the core in a way that no sport has seen since Kerry Packer launched Word Series Cricket in the 1970s.


England to Host Asian Tour Event as Power Struggle Intensifies

It was only a matter of time and, sure enough, England is to host an Asian Tour event for the first time, with Greg Norman insisting it will be the first of many as a new power struggle threatens to engulf the professional game.


The Best & Worst Rory McIlroy Moments

Rory McIlroy is, in equal parts, the most thrilling and most frustrating golfer on the planet. At his very best there is no more naturally gifted golfer, smashing huge drives, producing stunning iron shots and holing putts for fun, but when it goes wrong his shoulders slump and he reminds us that he is all too human. We look at the very best and very worst of the Northern Irishman.


View From The Fairway - Rory McIlroy Plans Life After Golf

Ahead of what is destined to be a contentious week in the game, Golfshake's Derek Clements addresses the headlines in his latest View From The Fairway, including Rory McIlroy's admission that he has no intention to play senior golf later in his career.


AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Preview, Picks & Analysis

Daniel Berger defends his AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am title on the Monterey Peninsula. This is a tournament that often divides opinion, but there is no doubting the quality of the venues, or indeed the field, which includes the likes of Patrick Cantlay and Jordan Spieth.


Ras al Khaimah Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

While many of the world’s best golfers are chasing vast sums of money in Jeddah, Danny Willett, Bernd Wiesberger and the Hojgaard twins Nicolai and Rasmus will lead the field at the inaugural Ras Al Khaimah Championship, which heralds a new chapter on the DP World Tour.


Saudi International Preview

There will be no Rory McIlroy and no Jon Rahm playing for the mega riches on offer at the controversial Saudi International in Jeddah this week but the rest of the field reads like a golfing who’s who as many of the world’s finest compete at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.


Viktor Hovland Celebrates Dubai Desert Classic Victory

Rory McIlroy will be heading home to Florida wondering how on earth he failed to win the Dubai Desert Classic. Viktor Hovland celebrated his sixth tournament win in under two years after beating Richard Bland in a playoff but the Norwegian will know he should not have been raising the trophy aloft.


Dubai Desert Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

For the second successive week, Collin Morikawa and Rory McIlroy head another all-star cast as the DP World Tour heads to the Emirates Golf Club for the Dubai Desert Classic, with Paul Casey defending his title. 


Farmers Insurance Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

World number one Jon Rahm returns to Torrey Pines, the scene of both his breakthrough PGA Tour victory, and his maiden major triumph at last year's US Open, for the Farmers Insurance Open.


View From The Fairway - Can Moliwood Find Their Form Again?

From the struggles of Ryder Cup stars Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari, to the Masters retirement of former champion Ian Woosnam, Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the past week in the game in his View From The Fairway.


Thomas Pieters Secures Most Significant Career Victory at Abu Dhabi

Thomas Pieters became the first Belgian to win a Rolex Series event as he shot a 72 in difficult conditions to win the Abu Dhabi Championship by a shot. Pieters held off a strong field to secure his sixth DP World Tour title and move back into the top 50 in the world rankings, ensuring that he will be teeing it up in The Masters at Augusta in April.


The Types of Golfer You DON'T Want to Play With

Golf is a social sport and one of the advantages is that you get to stride the fairways alongside regular playing partners. However, there are occasions when you will end up playing with individuals you don’t know. We take a light-hearted look at the type of golfers you don’t want to be drawn with, as well as the ones whose company you might enjoy.


Seamus Power is Ireland's Next Big PGA Tour Hope

Ireland's Seamus Power has been quietly going about his business over the past year or so and his third-place finish behind winner Hideki Matsuyama at the Sony Open saw him break into the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time - quite a feat for a man who was ranked 434th in the world this time last year.


Bryson DeChambeau Reflects on Impact of Negative Publicity

Bryson DeChambeau would be the first to admit that he has made headlines for all the wrong reasons, but the American says that he wants to change all that and even claims that all the adverse publicity he received in 2021 made him consider walking away from the game.


When Will Tiger Woods Return to The PGA Tour

Tiger Woods thrilled golf fans when he played in the PNC Championship with his son, Charlie, but said afterwards that he is still nowhere near being tournament ready. However, that hasn’t stopped continued speculation about when he will be back.


Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The DP World Tour resumes in style with a star-studded field headed by Collin Morikawa and Rory McIlroy taking part in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Yas Links. It is the first Rolex Series event of 2022 and boasts an impressive prize fund of $8m.


The American Express Preview, Picks & Analysis

Si Woo Kim defends the American Express title he won in dramatic fashion last year against a field that includes world number one Jon Rahm, FedEx Cup winner Patrick Cantlay, and six-time major champion Phil Mickelson.


View From The Fairway - Excited About Netflix PGA Tour Documentary Series

Ahead of the DP World Tour's return in Abu Dhabi, Golfshake's Derek Clements addresses the latest headlines across the game in his View From The Fairway.


Hideki Matsuyama Produces Masterclass to Win Sony Open

Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama overturned a five-shot deficit with just nine holes to play to win the Sony Open in Hawaii after defeating Russell Henley in a playoff.


At Last - Positive Feedback About The World Handicap System

We can say, without fear of contradiction, that no subject within the game of golf has exercised the minds quite like the introduction of the World Handicap System. However, there is some encouraging feedback. There are growing signs that we are learning to live with the WHS, although the slope rating system continues to cause some confusion.


Strength of Depth in Golf is Stronger Than Ever

When you look at the golfers who have won the most tournaments in history, the vast majority of them are figures from the distant past. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes this suggests that today's events are much deeper in quality and that the game is now more competitive than it has ever been.


Sony Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Sony Open is the first full-field event of 2022 on the PGA Tour and this year’s edition will have to go some to come anywhere close to the drama served up in Hawaii 12 months ago, when Kevin Na came from three shots behind with six holes to play for a one-shot victory with a birdie on the final hole.


View From The Fairway - Rory McIlroy is Set For Special Season

With the professional game in the process of resuming for 2022, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, recapping the stories and headlines that you may have missed.


Cameron Smith Claims Tournament of Champions Title

Cameron Smith started 2022 with a sensational performance to win the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii with a mind-boggling 72-hole total of 258 - THIRTY FOUR under par, a new scoring record on the PGA Tour and beating world number one Jon Rahm in the process.


Sentry Tournament of Champions Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour returns with Harris English defending his title at the Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua and the tournament boasts a star-studded field that also includes FedExCup champion Patrick Cantlay, Open champion Collin Morikawa and Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama.


View From The Fairway - Looking Ahead Into 2022

As we enter the New Year, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, focusing on what we hope to see in 2022.


Golfers' New Year Resolutions

As we head into a new year most of us will sit down and make some resolutions. Golfers are no different to the rest of us. They also make resolutions. We take a (tongue in cheek) look at the resolutions that some of the world’s leading golfers may choose to make for the year ahead.


Personal Reflections of a Golfing Year

Reflecting on the past year in golf, our very own Derek Clements shares his thoughts on the biggest stories and the best players, in addition to describing why his reason for playing the sport was reaffirmed this season after health struggles.


Five of Tiger's Best Victories

Marking Tiger Woods' 46th birthday, Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out five of the great man's victories that stand out to him, from his first major to his last, with a pair of staggering, record-breaking performances between them.


More Proof That Some Clubs Need To Put Out The Welcome Mat

Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the feedback from a recent article looking at the experiences of non-club members and how difficult many of you still found booking tee times.


View From The Fairway - 2021 Golf Awards

It is awards season, that time of year when plaudits are handed out. We didn’t want to feel left out so here Golfshake's Derek Clements presents the View From The Fairway 2021 Golf Awards, celebrating the biggest moments and achievements from the past season.


We Should Not Be Surprised by Tiger's Comeback

Nobody who witnessed Tiger Woods’ latest comeback should be surprised. Yes, it was only a low-key 36-hole exhibition event played in the company of his 12 year-old son, but Woods once again proved to be box office. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a memorable outing for the 15-time major champion, and where it could lead in 2022.


PlayMoreGolf Reveals Special Boxing Day Offers

It is no secret that many golfers decide to pack their clubs away at this time of year but for for those of us who play all year round PlayMoreGolf, the UK's largest flexible golf membership offering, is teeing off a series of Boxing Day packages to encourage golfers to get their game back on course during the festive season and into the New Year.


Things We Want To See Happen in Golf in 2022

As we prepare for a new year our thoughts turn to what we would like to see happen in 2022, with Golfshake's Derek Clements picking out some things that he hopes to witness in the game, including major successes and rules changes.


View From The Fairway - More Accolades For Collin Morikawa

Ahead of Christmas, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, as the game prepares to usher in the New Year with an exciting schedule to come in 2022.


Tiger Woods Makes Incredible Comeback Alongside His Son

On the eve of his 46th birthday, Tiger Woods defied the odds once again by producing some sensational golf alongside his 12-year-old son Charlie as they recorded 11 successive birdies to finish two shots behind winners John Daly and his son John Jr in the PNC Championship.


Golf Popularity Booms With 5.5 million New Players

Research figures revealed by The R&A and Sports Marketing Surveys (SMS) confirms something we already all knew - golf is enjoying a huge increase in popularity.  With 5.5 million news players participating in the game over the past fives years.


Some Golf Clubs Act Like They Don't Need Visitors

One of the more surprising findings from our recent survey was that it has emerged that although golf clubs are open to visitors, a large number of non-members are actually finding it difficult to get a game, something that suggests encouragement for membership numbers, but a fact which could become an issue longer-term.


What Golf Clubs Can Do To Address Challenges

It would be all too easy to believe that all is well within the world of club golf. As we have recorded here several times, clubs are enjoying something of a boom but nobody involved in the sport should be resting on their laurels. There is so much that can be done to retain your members, keep visitors happy and ensure the tills are ringing.


More Things That Bother Golfers

When we conduct our Golfshake surveys there is always feedback that takes us by surprise. Your comments are extremely valuable and often thought-provoking and highlight areas of the game that clearly trouble you. And you have brought several more areas to our attention.


How to Get Out of a Golf Slump

When you get bitten by the golf bug, there is no known cure. It is a sport that can quite easily become an obsession. But is there a more unforgiving sport? Just when you think that you have cracked it, it has a habit of jumping up and biting you where it hurts. So how do you get out of a slump? We have some thoughts.


The Most Important Characters at Your Golf Club

It takes all sorts of people to make a golf club tick. If you get the right people doing their jobs to the very best of their abilities the chances are that you will have a club that is popular with its members. But just who is the most important person at your golf club? Here are some contenders.


Reviewing 2021 in Men's Golf

As we approach the end of 2021, what better time to reflect on what has been a memorable golfing year? Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the defining moments in the men's game, from the four majors, the Ryder Cup, and the emerging stars who look set to dominate.


Why Championship Golf Courses Are Worth The Price

Playing golf on true championship courses is not cheap, some would say the green fees are extortionate. But is it worth it? Golfshake's Derek Clements makes the argument that the experience offered by these legendary venues is worth every single penny.


10 Things Golf Clubs Must Do in 2022

Golf continues to enjoy a boom and while huge progress has been made in many areas it is clear that much still needs to be done to ensure that golf clubs capitalise on the upsurge in interest. In our most recent survey, we asked golfers to tell us about the way their clubs communicate with them. We wanted to understand how clubs engage with golfers and what they need to do to improve the experience and attract more visitors.


View From The Fairway - Captaincy Door Opens For Luke Donald

It may be December, the golf season is apparently over, but the headlines don't stop! Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on what has most caught his eye, including a major twist in the race to become Europe's next Ryder Cup captain, which could open the door for Luke Donald.


QBE Shootout Preview

Matt Kuchar and Harris English are back to defend the QBE Shootout against an intriguing collection of teams that include Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter, Bubba Watson and Lexi Thompson, and Australian pair Marc Leishman and Jason Day. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to this fun event.


Viktor Hovland Takes Full Advantage of Collin Morikawa's Collapse

Most golf eyes were on the Hero World Challenge this weekend, hosted by a resurfaced Tiger Woods, but few could have anticipated the drama as world number one hopeful Collin Morikawa struggled dramatically on Sunday, opening the door for European sensation Viktor Hovland to triumph over the limited but elite field.


The One Thing Golf Clubs Should Be Doing Right Now

This has been an extraordinary time for club golf, with most having seen an increase in membership, some having introduced waiting lists and a few bringing back joining fees. So with everything looking rosy in the garden, you would expect UK golf clubs to have stepped up to the plate when it comes to the way they treat and communicate with their members. But have they?


Tiger Woods - The Greatest of All Time

Tiger Woods changed the face of professional golf for ever and every player who routinely picks up winners’ cheques for sums in excess of $1m should give thanks to him. When Woods was in the field TV viewing figures went through the roof. Fans and sponsors alike couldn’t get enough of him. Everybody wanted him in their field.  Derek Clements assesses the impact Tiger's had on the game.


Why Do Golfers Stop Playing Golf

It is well enough documented that the past couple of years have witnessed an unprecedented number or people either returning to golf or taking it up for the first time.  So it seems like the perfect time to examine why some people walk away from the game.


The Christmas Gifts That Golfers Don't Want

It’s fast approaching that time of year when the big fella with the white beard, red suit and a penchant for reindeer gets ready for his big day.  And if you are a golfer, you will surely be dreading the “novelty” presents that you will be forced to open on Christmas Day.  So, with tongue firmly in cheek, here are just a few of the Christmas presents that the golfer in your life really doesn’t want:


Which Golfers Have The Most to Prove in 2022

It has been a sensational year for the likes of Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa and Hideki Matsuyama. But it has not all been success stories. Here, we look at golfers who will not look back on 2021 with much affection and will be hoping for a vast improvement next year.


Woods Admits His Incredible Journey Is Nearing An End

Golfshake Sports writer Derek Clements reports on the latest news following an exclusive Golf Digest interview with Tiger Woods.


Pettersen Succeeds Matthew as Solheim Cup Captain

THERE were no surprises when Suzann  Pettersen was named as Solheim Cup captain as Europe attempts to win the trophy for an unprecedented third time on the trot.  The 40-year-old Norwegian succeeds Catriona Matthew after serving as vice-captain to the Scot for last September's epic 15-13 triumph in Toledo.


View From The Fairway - Rory, Tiger, Morikawa and the Prize Pots Get Bigger

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway this weekend focusing on coverage across social media of Tiger Woods & Rory McIlroy, the drive shown by Collin Morikawa and the staggering prizes funds now being played for on the global tours.


Forget the Hype - The Real Rivalries in Golf

BROOKS KOEPKA easily swept aside his supposed bitter rival Bryson DeChambeau in The Match, a charity event at Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas.  The media has attempted to hype it up as some kind of rivalry. Golfshake's Derek Clements ask if it really is and considers some of the other rivalries in golf.


Hero World Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

IT MAY be a limited-field invitation-only tournament but the Hero World Challenge will see most of the world’s best players in action at Albany in The Bahamas.  The tournament is hosted by Tiger Woods and although he will not be competing as he recovers from the injuries sustained in a car crash in February, he is expected to be at the tournament, and will be under huge pressure to give the world an update on his rehabilitation.


South African Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The tournament is one of the oldest open golf championships in the world, having first been played in 1903.  However, with South Africa at the centre of a new strain of Covid, the tournament has been removed from the DP World Tour schedule and will now go ahead as a Sunshine Tour event.


Lawrence Wins Shortened Joburg Open as Weather and Covid Take Their Toll

JUST when you thought it was all over…the Joburg Open ended in chaos, with Thriston Lawrence becoming the first winner on the DP World Tour, being handed the title after just 36 holes.


Who Will Be Golf's Next First Time Major Winner

Professional golf is in a good place. The sport is awash with both established and up-and-coming young stars. But tour pros are judged by what they achieve in the majors. Here, we gaze into our crystal ball and pick out some young - and not so young - men who could well join the major club in the not-too-distant future.


Joburg Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The new DP World Tour season begins in South Africa at the Joburg Open, the first of three tournaments to be held in the country, where many players will be hoping to secure their status on the circuit before the year ends.


Reviewing The 2021 European Tour Season

And so the European Tour season comes to an end and, with it, an era is concluded. Without any time to draw breath, it starts all over again in South Africa and we look forward to what is now going to be called the DP World Tour. But first, Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back on the highlights from the past campaign.


View From The Fairway - Dundonald Links Moves to Another Level

Admiring the newly opened clubhouse at Dundonald Links in Ayrshire, an emotional tale on the PGA Tour, and yet another case of a golfer not shouting fore, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway.


Collin Morikawa Produces Big Finish to Claim Race to Dubai Title

Collin Morikawa shot a final round of 66 to win the DP World Tour Championship and the Race to Dubai. For much of the final round it looked like Rory McIlroy was going to win the tournament, but he suffered an astonishing piece of bad luck at the 14th, which led to a disappointing finish for the Northern Irishman.


Which Golf Format Should You Play More

Generally, most golfers will regularly play stableford, strokeplay or matchplay, but there are so many formats that can make the game competitively engaging for a group of friends on the course. We take a closer look at each of the formats that could inspire you to give one a go.


Sam Torrance Interview: Bright Future For Professional Golf

Sam Torrance is a legend of the European Tour and Ryder Cup, and the Scot is excited about what the future brings for both. Golfshake's Derek Clements caught up with the hero of The Belfry to hear his thoughts on the DP World Tour, where Europe goes next, and his magical 50-year career.


DP World Tour Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rory McIlroy is hoping to end his year on a high at the DP World Tour Championship, where Collin Morikawa and Billy Horschel will be attempting to become the first American winners of the Race to Dubai. But defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick could be the man to beat on the Earth Course.


Why I Don't Love Winter Golf

The most passionate of golfers play 12 months a year, but winter isn't for everyone, as Golfshake's Derek Clements describes in this tongue in cheek look at the reasons why our Scottish born and raised correspondent now prefers to stay at home when the cold weather rolls in. 


The RSM Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

It's the final regular PGA Tour event of the calendar year, with Robert Streb defending the RSM Classic at the beautiful Sea Island Resort. Major winners Louis Oosthuizen and Webb Simpson are among the fancied runners in the event hosted by two-time Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III.


View From The Fairway - European Tour Prepares For New Era

Ahead of the DP World Tour Championship, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, where he addresses the new era for the European Tour, the longevity of Stephen Gallacher, and the apparent split between Rory McIlroy and coach Pete Cowen.


Bernhard Langer Defies Years to Claim Season Title on Champions Tour

Fresh from becoming the oldest man to win a tournament on the PGA Tour Champions, Germany’s Bernhard Langer claimed the season-ending Schwab Cup for the sixth time as Phil Mickelson held on to win the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.


Joachim B Hansen Seals Thrilling Victory in Dubai

Denmark's Joachim B Hansen sealed his place in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship by winning the AVIV Dubai Championship. It is his second European Tour victory.


Houston Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

In-form Sam Burns and Brooks Koepka are among the favourites at the Houston Open, where European Ryder Cup legends Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood will also be hoping to roll back the years. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event from Memorial Park Golf Course.


Dubai Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

It's crunch time for many players as the European Tour season nears its conclusion in Dubai. Ryder Cup stars Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey headline the field on the Fire Course at Jumeriah Golf Estates ahead of next week's big finale at the DP World Tour Championship.


The Impact of Climate Change on UK Golf Courses

The eyes of the world have been on Glasgow as politicians from around the globe have gathered to tackle climate change, the single biggest issue facing mankind today. And it's a serious problem for golf too, with courses in the UK already feeling the impact of coastal erosion and flooding.


View From The Fairway - Most Memorable Golf Shots

Describing his most memorable shots, the secured future of an Irish classic, and the work that senior golfers put into competing on the Champions Tour, Golfshake's Derek Clements reveals his latest View From The Fairway.


Viktor Hovland Successfully Defends Title at Mayakoba

The incredible rise of Viktor Hovland continues as the young Norwegian successfully defended his title at the Mayakoba Championship in Mexico on Sunday, winning by four shots to secure his third PGA Tour victory.


Thomas Pieters Triumphs at Portugal Masters

Thomas Pieters secured his first European Tour title for more than two years with a two-shot victory at the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura, qualifying for the lucrative season-ending DP World Tour Championship in the process.


Tony Jacklin Interview: Where Golf is Heading

British golf icon and Ryder Cup legend, Tony Jacklin has spoken to Golfshake's Derek Clements and commented on a wide variety of issues in the game, including where Europe got it wrong at Whistling Straits, the impending Saudi-backed Asian Tour events, and how golf has lost the battle with distance.


The Highs And Lows of Winter Golf

There is now no denying it. Winter is here. For many golfers it is time to put the clubs away and wait for the return of longer, warmer days. But for the real enthusiasts among us, the challenge continues. So what are the highs and lows of winter golf? 


Mayakoba Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Viktor Hovland will attempt to become the first player to successfully defend his title at Mayakoba when he competes against a 132-player field that includes names like Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and Matt Fitzpatrick.


Portugal Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads to Vilamoura for the Portugal Masters, where the likes of Min Woo Lee, Laurie Canter, Victor Perez and Rasmus Hojgaard will be hoping to claim a precious victory ahead of the lucrative finale in Dubai.


View From The Fairway - Bernhard Langer is Remarkable

Golfshake's Derek Clements reveals his latest View From The Fairway, where he praises the remarkable career of Bernhard Langer, who continues to win tournaments on the Champions Tour, setting a benchmark of longevity and success that will be hard to match in the future.


The Saudi Backed Golf League Just Won't Go Away

Money talks. Much has been said and written about the proposed Saudi-backed Super Golf League. And it's not going away anytime soon. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the next steps for all parties and why it could potentially lead to the courtroom.


Lucas Herbert Secures PGA Tour Card With Victory in Bermuda

Lucas Herbert saw his life change forever with victory in the Bermuda Championship at the Princess Hamilton and Port Royal Golf Course, his first victory on the PGA Tour.


Golf Must Do More To Welcome ALL Races

Tiger Woods is arguably the most iconic figure in golf history, but his impact hasn't seen a dramatic change in the number of golfers from BAME backgrounds. Indeed, within the UK, the percentage of members from racial minorities is shamefully low. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the subject and the work being done to address the issue.


Bermuda Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Last season on the PGA Tour was all about the comebacks. It started with 48-year-old Brian Gay winning the Bermuda Championship. And now, he's back to defend against a field that includes Matt Fitzpatrick and former Masters champion Patrick Reed.


View From The Fairway - Rory's Fascinating Comments

Commenting on the stories you may have missed, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, including Rory McIlroy's intriguing post-victory remarks, the field taking shape at Tiger's Hero World Challenge, and the European Tour's upcoming South African Swing.


Hideki Matsuyama Cruises to Victory on Home Soil

Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama cruised to a five-shot victory at the Zozo Championship, thrilling an enthusiastic home gallery by sealing the deal with an eagle at the final hole.


Golf Can't Be Complacent After Participation Boom

All the evidence points towards increased numbers of people playing the game since the pandemic began. A whole host of surveys and research shows record numbers of people playing golf, but we cannot afford to be complacent. The numbers who flocked back to the sport when the first lockdown ended was unprecedented and we clearly cannot expect it to continue.


High Profile Player-Coach Splits in Golf

Rory McIlroy's recent victory and comments at the CJ Cup brought into question the future of his relationship with Pete Cowen and lifelong coach Michael Bannon. Of course, McIlroy would not be the first golfer to decide to part company with a coach. We look at some of the most high-profile splits.


It Hurts When You Can't Play Golf

With golf enjoying a boom it is all too easy to forget that there are those who have stopped playing the game for reasons beyond their control. A recent Golfshake Survey revealed that age and injury are contributory factors. Golfshake's Derek Clements has shared his own battle with rheumatoid arthritis and the impact it has had on his ability to play golf.


Eastbury Hotel & Sherborne Golf Club Review

Devon's Eastbury Hotel & Spa has a reciprocal agreement with nearby Sherborne Golf Club, making it a potentially ideal destination for a short golf break. Golfshake's Derek Clements had the chance to experience it for himself and he has reviewed the setting for us.


How to Move Golf Clubs Into The 21st Century

Golf still faces many challenges, not the least of which is how it can attract a younger audience and keep hold of those who have returned to the game. Golfshake's Derek Clements has identified some practical measures that he believes could transform more clubs into the next decade and beyond.


Zozo Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour returns to Japan for the Zozo Championship, where home favourite Hideki Matsuyama headlines a field that includes Collin Morikawa, Tommy Fleetwood and Rickie Fowler. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the week and expects great things from the Masters champion.


Mallorca Golf Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour returns to Mallorca this week for the first time in ten years, with Golf Santa Ponsa hosting the Mallorca Golf Open, where the Spanish contingent within the field will be especially hopeful of claiming victory on home soil.


View From The Fairway - Flexible Members Are Spending More at Golf Clubs

Golfshake's Derek Clements addresses several key topics and headlines in his latest View From The Fairway, including insight behind the spending habits of flexible members, a new era for The Belfry, and the sad passing of golf broadcasting great Renton Laidlaw.


Rory McIlroy Backs Up Words to Win CJ Cup

Days after saying that he still believed he is the best golfer on the planet, Rory McIlroy went some way towards proving the point by winning the CJ Cup in Las Vegas with a final round of 66 to complete an astonishing weekend for European golf as Matt Fitzpatrick landed the Andalucia Masters and Charley Hull secured the individual title at the Aramco Team Series in New York.


High Profile Player-Caddie Splits in Golf

Justin Thomas has surprised the golf world by announcing that he and long-time caddie Jimmy Johnson had split. It came hot on the heels of the news that Bubba Watson and Ted Scott had decided to part company. But it is not unusual for tour pros to sack their caddies. We look back at some high-profile splits in the game.


The CJ Cup Preview, Picks & Analysis

Nine members of the victorious United States Ryder Cup Team will this week challenge Jason Kokrak for his title at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they will be joined by seven members of Padraig Harrington’s vanquished European Team. 


Andalucia Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

World Number One and U.S. Open Champion Jon Rahm returns to Valderrama this week to compete in the Andalucia Masters. Two of the 26-year-old’s seven European Tour victories have come on Spanish soil, and Rahm now has his sights on capturing another home title after coming up short last week.


Remembering Tiger's First PGA Tour Victory

25 years ago, Tiger Woods won his first PGA Tour title, marking the start of a legendary professional career. Golfshake's Derek Clements turns back the clock and reflects on Tiger's playoff victory over Davis Love III in Las Vegas a quarter of a century ago.


View From The Fairway - New Seve Film is Magnificent

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his commentary on the latest headlines and hot topics in golf, including a review of the new film about Seve Ballesteros, his cynicism about The Match between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka, and thoughts on revamping the European Tour's membership requirements.


Rafa Cabrera Bello Ends Long Wait For Victory on Home Soil

Rafa Cabrera Bello put months of misery behind him as he won a playoff against fellow Spaniard Adri Arnaus to claim the Spanish Open in front of a boisterous home gallery, ending a long wait for another European Tour victory.


How to Find The Perfect Set of Golf Clubs Whatever Your Budget

Looking to buy a new set of golf clubs? Or perhaps you are thinking about investing in your first set? There is a perception that getting started in golf is expensive. It can be, but it doesn’t have to be. We look at some key tips that will help you to get the most suitable clubs for the best value.


The Golf Grudge Matches We Want To See

Sport needs rivalries. And a bit of spice between them only adds to the appeal in the eyes of the public. There is now anticipation ahead of the forthcoming Match between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka. It got us thinking about other golf grudge matches the public would like to see.


8 Characters You Will Likely Meet at Your Golf Club

Many people have either joined a golf club for the first time in the past 15 months or so or have taken the decision to rejoin. All golf clubs are different, of course, but there are some characters you are likely to meet. Golfshake's Derek Clements describes just a few of the individuals you may encounter.


Predicting Europe's Next Three Ryder Cup Captains

Much has already been said and written about potential successors to Padraig Harrington as Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain, but Golfshake's Derek Clements has gone a step further and predicts the names of the next three European skippers.


Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Last year, Scotland's Martin Laird ended a long title drought when he holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole to claim the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Now, he returns to defend against a field that includes Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama and Patrick Reed.


Open de Espana Preview, Picks & Analysis

World number one Jon Rahm returns to the European Tour as he attempts to win a third successive Open de Espana. Two years ago he became the first player in 66 years to successfully defend the title with a five-shot victory at Club de Campo in Madrid.


View From The Fairway - Ryder Cup Qualification Needs To Be Changed

Golfshake's Derek Clements comments on the latest headlines in golf and shares his observations, including potential captain Lee Westwood's call for a changed Ryder Cup qualification process, Rory McIlroy's determination to rebound in 2023, and some peculiar handicaps at the Dunhill Links.


Bryson DeChambeau Makes Headlines at Long Drive Championship

Bryson DeChambeau reached the final of the Professional Longest Drive Association World Championship but bowed out after reaching the last eight. The 28-year-old American was eliminated with a top distance of 391 yards, although he did manage a ball speed of 218 miles per hour in Nevada.


Danny Willett Celebrates Birthday by Winning Dunhill Links

Danny Willett celebrated his 34th birthday by winning the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, for his eighth European Tour title. The 2016 Masters champion went into the final round at St Andrews with a three-shot lead and carded a four-under 68 to win by two on 18 under par.


Sam Burns Claims Second PGA Tour Victory of Breakthrough Year

Sam Burns secured his second PGA Tour title of 2021 with a one-shot victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi. The 25-year-old American made seven birdies in his final round, picking up four shots on the back nine as he closed with a five-under 67 and 22 under par total.


Shane Lowry Criticises Minority of Fans at Ryder Cup

Shane Lowry has hit out at the 'idiots' in the crowd at Whistling Straits that soured the experience of his Ryder Cup debut. He stressed that most of the home spectators in Wisconsin were well behaved and courteous as they cheered Steve Stricker's Team USA to a record victory, but there were many who aimed abuse at the Irishman and his wife, Wendy.


Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Billy Horschel returns to British shores for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship as he attempts win the Race to Dubai. Ryder Cup stars Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry and European captain Padraig Harrington have also made the journey to Scotland for this celebration of links golf.


Sanderson Farms Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Sergio Garcia will head to Jackson, Mississippi, after his efforts at Whistling Straits to defend the Sanderson Farms Championship title he won last year, with Englishmen Aaron Rai and Matt Wallace also part of the field as the early PGA Tour season takes shape.


The Rise And Rise of Jon Rahm

World number one Jon Rahm was a bright spot for Europe at the Ryder Cup in forming a winning partnership with Sergio Garcia, which is the latest chapter in his continued rise to the top and beyond. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on Rahm's stunning journey so far through the game.


View From The Fairway - Lee Westwood Should Captain Europe in Italy

Reflecting on the Ryder Cup, Golfshake's Derek Clements states that Lee Westwood MUST be Europe's next captain, while also commenting on the successful leadership of Steve Stricker, the Spanish duo of Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia, and his thoughts on Sky's coverage of the event.


No Mystery to Why Europe Lost Ryder Cup

For once, the world rankings didn’t lie. Europe were simply outclassed and outplayed by the United States at Whistling Straits. This is no time for recriminations. The Americans were sensational and deserve full credit. Padraig Harrington will no doubt reflect on some of his choices but there was very little he could have done to influence the outcome.


United States Completes Record Ryder Cup Victory

This time there was to be no miracle. It turned out that America’s Ryder Cup team were not only better on paper after all. The world rankings don’t lie. Steve Stricker’s magnificent team duly regained the trophy with a record 19-9 victory at Whistling Straits in front of a passionate gallery.


The Ryder Cup Preview

This is going to be a very different Ryder Cup. Travel restrictions means that there are going to be very few European fans at Whistling Straits as Padraig Harrington’s 12 men take on an American side that dominates the world rankings. But is the Irishman concerned? Not a chance. We look ahead to what promises to be a compelling contest.


Picking The Greatest European Ryder Cup Team

Many players have been defined by the Ryder Cup, but which European stars through the decades would come together and complete the strongest team? We tasked Golfshake's Derek Clements - who has watched each edition since 1969 - to select his ultimate fantasy squad for Europe.


Meet The Ryder Cup Teams

The talking is almost over. The teams have been finalised and now we can look forward to three days of thrilling action at Whistling Straits. Younger and stronger in the world rankings, the Americans look formidable, while Europe is packed with experience. We take a closer look at both sides.


Can Ian Poulter Deliver Again For Europe?

Now 45, European talisman Ian Poulter was one of Padraig Harrington's wild card picks, but can the Englishman raise his game once more in the Ryder Cup? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the passionate veteran's potential impact.


American Rookies Will Face The Heat at Ryder Cup

Ian Poulter will be hoping that his words don't come back to haunt him after telling America's six rookies that nothing can possibly prepare them for the intensity of the Ryder Cup.


Ryder Cup Countdown: The Miracle at Medinah

Was there ever a more dramatic Ryder Cup than the one that was staged at Medinah in 2012? Jose Maria Olazabal’s European team went into the final day’s singles trailing 10-6, but somehow responded to claim an unforgettable comeback victory.


View From The Ryder Cup

Ahead of the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From, commenting on the omissions of Justin Rose and Billy Horschel, in addition to proposing a bold way for Steve Stricker to handle the Koepka/DeChambeau question.


Ryder Cup Countdown: Sam Torrance Wins as Captain

The Ryder Cup at Brookline in 1999 left a bad taste in the mouth, and not because of the fact that Europe lost but because of the behaviour of American players, their wives, officials and fans as the US completed an astonishing fightback. In 2002, Sam Torrance and Curtis Strange, the respective Europe and United States captains, were determined to put on a show in the true nature of the competition. 


How Europe Won The 2018 Ryder Cup

France hosted the Ryder Cup for the first time in 2018 at the magnificent Le Golf National near Paris. It is a course that is well known to European golfers, as host to the French Open. But the Americans made a schoolboy error in the run-up to the event by failing to get to know it ahead of the event. And how they paid for it.


Ryder Cup Countdown: The Battle of Brookline

The 1999 Ryder Cup has gone down in history as The Battle of Brookline after astonishing scenes on the 17th green in the crucial singles match between Justin Leonard and Jose Maria Olazabal.


Broberg Wins Dutch Open After Six Years of Hell

Kristoffer Broberg claimed his second European Tour title just under six years after his first and then admitted he had been to hell and back during that time, while Max Homa secured another victory on the PGA Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps the action.


Tony Jacklin: My Ryder Cup Journey Book Review

When you think of the Ryder Cup, few have been more connected with that event than Tony Jacklin, a stalwart player who later transformed Europe's fortunes as captain. Now, his story is recorded in a new book written with renowned journalist Tony Jimenez. Golfshake's Derek Clements reviews this new publication that's a must for golf fans.


Fortinet Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The new PGA Tour season begins this week at Napa Valley in a tournament that has a new sponsor and will now be called the Fortinet Championship, with Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama and Phil Mickelson in the field.


Dutch Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Dutch Open is back on the calendar after being absent last year, with Belgians Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters among the field and hoping to venture across the border and claim victory at Bernardus Golf Club.


View From The Fairway - Intriguing Ryder Cup Ahead

With the Ryder Cup approaching, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, where he comments on the strength of the teams, in addition to reflecting on Europe's achievement at the Solheim Cup, the journey of Patrick Cantlay, and The Open's return to Royal Portrush.


Padraig Harrington Completes Ryder Cup Team With Wildcard Picks

European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington confirmed the worst-kept secret in golf when he named Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter as two of his wild cards, with the third one going to 2019 Open champion Shane Lowry.


Billy Horschel Wins Thrilling BMW PGA Championship

Billy Horschel won a thrilling BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and then revealed that he had been spurred on by being snubbed for the Ryder Cup


Why Golf is Good For You as You Get Older

There is an obsession with reducing the age profile of those who play golf socially. But let’s not forget the benefits of playing golf for older players. And they are many and varied. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the positives that the game can offer golfers in their senior years.


Steve Stricker Names US Ryder Cup Team

Scottie Scheffler was the surprise name when Steve Stricker finally announced his six Ryder Cup wildcards - and there was another big surprise when he failed to pick Patrick Reed.


Magnificent Europe Retain Solheim Cup in Ohio

Ireland's sensational rookie Leona Maguire was the star of the show for Catriona Matthew as Europe brilliantly retained the Solheim Cup with a thrilling 15-13 victory at Inverness Club in Ohio.


View From The Fairway - Decision Time For Padraig Harrington

There are going to be some very disappointed European Tour golfers when Padraig Harrington announces his three wild cards for the Ryder Cup. Rumour has it that Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter have already been pencilled in, but who else? Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway.


BMW PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads home to Wentworth for the BMW PGA Championship, where a strong field has gathered for the flagship event. But eyes will be on Padraig Harrington, who at the conclusion of play will reveal the players who will complete Europe’s Ryder Cup team.


How Jordan Spieth Completed a Remarkable Comeback

It was the year of the comebacks on the PGA Tour, none more so than Jordan Spieth, who became a major contender again after lengthy struggles. Golfshake's Derek Clements charts the Texan's slump and subsequent rise back to the top of the game, with the promise of more to come in 2022.


A Season to Remember on the PGA Tour

What a season it was on the PGA Tour, we saw Hideki Matsuyama win The Masters from nowhere, Phil Mickelson become the oldest ever winner of a major, Jon Rahm win his first major at the US Open, and Collin Morikawa produce a stunning display of iron play to win The Open Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the past year.


Patrick Cantlay Secures FedEx Cup Jackpot at Tour Championship

Completing a memorable season on the PGA Tour, Patrick Cantlay birdied the 18th hole at East Lake to win the Tour Championship, the FedEx Cup title and the small matter of $15m, finishing one shot ahead of world number one and US Open champion Jon Rahm.


2021 Solheim Cup Preview

Catriona Matthew's European team head to Inverness Club in Ohio to defend the Solheim Cup won in such dramatic fashion at Gleneagles two years ago. The team will include four rookies and will be led by Women’s Open champion Anna Nordqvist.


When Tiger Roared to Victory at East Lake in 2018

Tiger Woods has achieved many wondrous things during his extraordinary career but his victory at the Tour Championship in 2018 takes a bit of beating. He took the title by two shots to record his 80th PGA Tour victory, and his first for five years.


What Has Happened to Luke Donald?

Who would ever have thought that, at the age of 43, Donald would have no status on the PGA Tour? But that is precisely the situation the popular Englishman finds himself in, 10 years after being ranked as the world’s best player.


Ryder Cup Countdown: Europe Finally Win on American Soil in 1987

Europe had finally brought American domination of the Ryder Cup to an end at The Belfry in 1985 but they had yet to win on US soil. They had come within a whisker of doing so in 1983 but that all changed in 1987.


BMW Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

THE top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings head to Caves Valley for the BMW Championship, knowing that they will have to go some if they are to come anywhere close to repeating the drama we witnessed in this tournament 12 months ago.


Finau Picks The Right Moment to Win His Second Tournament

TONY FINAU has waited a long time for his second victory on the PGA Tour. But if you are going to do it, you may as well do it in style, and the American did precisely that by winning the storm-delayed Northern Trust Open in New York by defeating Cameron Smith in a playoff.


European Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

After a two-year absence the European Tour returns to the spectacular Crans-sur-Sierre, with a number of big name players taking part following their failure to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs.


Seve Ballesteros Shot of a Lifetime at Crans-sur-Sierre

There have been many memorable moments at Crans-our-Sierre, home of the European Masters but none more so than the shot that Severiano Ballesteros hit at the final hole in 1993.


View From The Fairway - Another Course Maybe Sold for Development

Catch up with the latest headlines in golf with Derek Clements' View From The Fairway, including Jon Rahm's desire to play in the Olympics, hot topics from the Women's Open, another course potentially closing for redevelopment and the impact of fans returning to events.


Nordqvist Holds off Hall To Win Women's Open

SWEDEN’S Anna Nordqvist won her third major title in a nerve-shredding final day to claim the Women's Open at Carnoustie, which at one point, during a dramatic final day, had a six-way tie for the lead.


Veerman The Latest First-time European Tour Winner

Johannes Veerman became the latest first-time winner on the European Tour after securing a dramatic victory at the D+D Real Czech Masters.


Ryder Cup Countdown: American Domination Ends in 1985

We had waited a long time to see it but when Sam Torrance holed a 20-foot putt on the 18th green at The Belfry and raised his arms in triumph, tears rolling down his cheeks, Europe had delivered a first Ryder Cup defeat upon the United States since 1957 


Women's Open Preview

As she heads to Carnoustie to defend her Women's Open title, Sophia Popov will surely take a moment or two to reflect on how much her life has changed in the past 12 months. It was an incredible story, and she will be defending in front of 8,000 spectators each day against the world's best players.


The Northern Trust Preview, Picks & Analysis

Unbelievably, the FedEx Cup Playoffs begin this week, with Dustin Johnson back to defend the Northern Trust title he won by an incredible 11 shots last year, with major winners Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa and Hideki Matsuyama all looking to mount serious challenges for the FedEx Cup and its massive bonus pool.


Czech Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Czech Masters returns after a two-year absence and time is running out for those who still harbour hopes of making Europe’s Ryder Cup team with captain Padraig Harrington part of the field this week at Albatross Golf Resort in Prague.


View From The Fairway - How Mighty Have Fallen

Catch up with the latest headlines in golf with Derek Clements' View From The Fairway, including the decline of Henrik Stenson, the issue of pros not shouting fore, a change to the world rankings, and an exciting move from The R&A.


Calum Hill Completes Scottish Double on European Tour

Calum Hill put the disappointment of failing to win on home soil behind him with a dramatic victory at the Cazoo Classic to become the second Scot in as many weeks to register his maiden European Tour title.


Wyndham Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

It's the final PGA Tour event before the FedEx Cup Playoffs and Jim Herman defends his title at the Wyndham Championship. The likes of Louis Oosthuizen, Gary Woodland, Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood are in the field. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the week.


Cazoo Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Cazoo Classic at the magnificent London Club brings the curtain down on the European Tour’s UK Swing, with Bernd Wiesberger, Andy Sullivan and Victor Perez all looking for Ryder Cup points as they try to catch the eye of Padraig Harrington.


Ryder Cup Countdown: Europe Come Within Whisker of Creating History in 1983

By the 1980s, players from continental Europe were now part of the Ryder Cup, and their inclusion contributed to a dramatic impact at PGA National in 1983, where Tony Jacklin's team almost secured a momentous victory. However, the influence of Seve Ballesteros would be the difference in years to come.


View From The Fairway - Irish Golf Club Saved By Members

Including the story of an Irish golf club that was saved by its members, big changes ahead for the European Tour, golf's future in the Olympics, and two legends showing that class is permanent, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway.


Abraham Ancer Claims World Golf Championship Title

Former Australian Open winner, Abraham Ancer of Mexico won the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational for his first PGA Tour title, beating Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Sam Burns with a six-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole.


Nelly Korda Makes it a Golden Double For USA

Nelly Korda’s astonishing season continued when she won the women’s Olympic gold medal by a shot on a dramatic final day in Tokyo, completing a golfing double for Team USA after Xander Schauffele won the men's competition last weekend.


How Long Will the Golf Boom Last?

Club golf has been patting itself on the back for the past 12 months as demand for membership has continued to soar. But is everything in the garden really as rosy as we would all like to think? We ran a survey in which we asked you for your feedback and found intriguing answers for the future.


Ryder Cup Countdown: The Concession in 1969

In the second part of our Ryder Cup countdown we look back at Royal Birkdale in 1969, famously remembered for 'The Concession' as Jack Nicklaus conceded a short putt to Tony Jacklin, ensuring that the match ended in a tie.


WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis

After competing in the Olympics, Justin Thomas now defends his title at the WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational, where both Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa have a chance to overtake Jon Rahm and become world number one. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event from TPC Southwind.


View From The Fairway - Spotlight on Mental Wellbeing of Elite Golfers

Golfshake's Derek Clements addresses the latest headlines in golf, including the Olympic Games. Following recent stories involving Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka, and Ben Stokes, Derek also comments on the mental wellbeing of elite golfers, who faces similar pressures to those other stars.


Women's Golf at The Olympics Preview

Five years ago, the great Inbee Park won the Olympic gold in Rio, and she is back to defend that title in Tokyo. Mel Reid and Jodi Ewart Shadoff are representing Great Britain, with Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang, Lexi Thompson, and Jessica Korda being a formidable group for the Americans.


Rory McIlroy Revels in Olympic Experience

Rory McIlroy had previously questioned his motivation for the event, but his perception of the Olympic Games has changed after missing out on a medal in the men's golf tournament in Tokyo.


Daniel Gavins Claims Maiden Title at Galgorm Castle

Daniel Gavins carded a magnificent 65 to come from seven shots back and win his first European Tour title at the ISPS Handa World Invitational at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.


Schauffele Wins Gold as Casey and McIlroy Miss Out in Playoff

Xander Schauffele won gold for Team USA in the men's Olympic golf competition, as Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey narrowly missed out on a medal in the most dramatic fashion. They finished third with five other players after regulation play but CT Pan emerged triumphant to claim the bronze medal.


The World Handicap System - Golfers Have Their Say

The World Handicap System was introduced last year in an attempt to simplify matters and make golf a fairer game for everybody who plays it. We recently conducted a survey designed to find out what golfers make of it all. Unsurprisingly, we got a real mixed bag of results. Some of you believe it is a fairer system, others still cannot make head nor tail of it, while others still struggle to understand why things were changed in the first place.


Tommy Fleetwood is Buzzing For Olympic Games

With the headlines dominated by high-profile failed Covid-19 tests and many of golf’s leading players choosing to give it a miss, it is good to hear Tommy Fleetwood talking about how he cannot wait to represent Great Britain alongside Paul Casey at the Tokyo Olympics.


Men's Golf at The Olympics Preview

The Olympic Games golf tournament finally gets under way in Japan this week, starting with the men's competition. Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Reed are representing the US, with Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey wearing Team GB colours, while Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry will be carrying Irish hopes in Tokyo.


How Justin Rose Became an Olympic Champion

It was a golf tournament that had been blighted by withdrawals, with many of the world’s leading golfers refusing to take part in the Olympic Games golf tournament, citing concerns over the Zika virus. And here we are, five years later, and so little seems to have changed. But for Justin Rose, those four days in Rio in 2016 turned out to be hugely memorable.


Ryder Cup Countdown: How GB&I Enjoyed a Rare Victory in 1957

Ahead of this year's Ryder Cup, we are looking back at past matches, reflecting on some of the most special moments. Starting with the 1957 edition at Lindrick, it would prove to be a momentous occasion for Great Britain & Ireland.


View From The Fairway - Jordan Spieth's Resurgence is Inspiring

Golfshake's Derek Clements takes aim at the latest headlines in golf through his View From The Fairway, describing why Jordan Spieth is an inspiration, the Olympic disappointment for Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau, and how the 150th Open at St Andrews will be one for the ages.


Tears of Joy & Frustration After Incredible Sunday of Golf

There were tears of joy and frustration on an astonishing final day at the Cazoo Open and Evian Championship, while Welshman Stephen Dodd birdied the 72nd hole to win a dramatic Senior Open at Sunningdale, before Cameron Champ rediscovered his form on the PGA Tour.


The Senior Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

After a two-year absence because of the pandemic, the Senior Open returns, with the seemingly ageless Bernhard Langer defending his title at the stunning Sunningdale Golf Club against a field that includes Ernie Els, Jim Furyk and Retief Goosen.


3M Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

World number two Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Rickie Fowler and Robert MacIntyre are in the field at the 3M Open, as the PGA Tour continues its journey towards the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event from Minnesota where Michael Thompson is the defending champion.


Cazoo Open supported by Gareth Bale Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour is back at the Celtic Manor Resort for the Wales Open, this year entitled the Cazoo Open supported by Gareth Bale. England's Matt Wallace is probably the pick of the leading contenders at the Twenty Ten Course, made famous for the Ryder Cup in 2010.


View From The Fairway - Brooks & Bryson Feud is Becoming Tiresome

Reflecting on the 149th Open, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, where he describes his love for Sky Sports' coverage of the championship, the joy of seeing crowds back at Royal St George's, and why Brooks vs Bryson is becoming increasingly tiresome.


Collin Morikawa Creates Major History at Royal St George's

24-year-old American Collin Morikawa created major history at Royal St George's as he celebrated his Open debut with a magnificent two-shot victory over Jordan Spieth, becoming the first player to win two different majors at the first attempt.


Brooks Koepka Not a Fan of Royal St George's

Brooks Koepka says Royal St George's is not his favourite venue on The Open rotation but he still believes that he will contend for a fifth major victory this week.


Richard Bland to Hit First Tee Shot at 149th Open

It is an early start at The Open on Thursday, with Richard Bland having the honour of hitting the opening shot a 6.35am. Shane Lowry begins the defence of his title at 9.58am alongside US Open champion Jon Rahm and South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen.


Jon Rahm Reveals Reasons For Short Swing

Jon Rahm generates tremendous power from one of the shortest backswings in the game and he has revealed that it all stems from being born with a club foot that required extensive surgery when he was a baby.


Rory Hopes to Draw Inspiration From Darren Clarke's 2011 Victory

Rory McIlroy is hoping to draw inspiration from Darren Clarke at Royal St George’s as he competes in this week’s Open Championship on the back of a tied 59th finish at the Irish Open and a missed cut at the Scottish Open.


More Players Withdraw From The Open

Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama had already pulled out of the Open after testing positive for Covid-19 and he has been joined by  former champion Zach Johnson, South Africa's Louis de Jager and two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson, who have also all withdrawn for Covid reasons.


The Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

After two years, it's finally back, the Open is here and the world's finest golfers have assembled in Kent at Royal St George's, where Shane Lowry will defend the Claret Jug in front of 32,000 spectators each day. With a special atmosphere expected, the 149th Championship has all the makings of a classic. Get ready for the showpiece with our Preview.


My 10 Favourite Open Moments

The oldest championship in golf, the Open has defined generations of memories. Golfshake's Derek Clements has attended many of them, all of which have been special. From Jack Nicklaus in 1970 to Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson at Troon, Derek shares his ten favourite Open memories.


Five Players to Follow at The Open

Shane Lowry has held onto the Claret Jug for two years, but 155 other players at Royal St George's will be hoping to wrestle the iconic trophy from his grasp. Golfshake's Derek Clements identifies the five players he is paying close attention to this week, and it's hard to argue with the choices.


Five Outsiders to Watch at The Open

Much attention will be placed on the likes of Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy at Royal St George's, but all 156 players at the 149th Open will be determined to put themselves into a contending position. Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out five relative outsiders who may well have a memorable week in Kent.


Story of The Claret Jug

The Claret Jug, or to use its proper name, the Golf Champion Trophy, is presented to each year's winner of The Open, but it wasn't the original prize for claiming the championship, as Golfshake's Derek Clements describes.


When Darren Clarke Won The Open at Royal St George's

A decade ago, Darren Clarke finally enjoyed his major moment, winning the Open Championship at Royal St George's. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps that memorable victory, a triumph that was over 20 years in the making for the Northern Irishman.


View From The Fairway - The Open Returns With Crowds

Ahead of the 149th Open, Derek Clements shares his View From The Fairway, where he comments on the return of crowds at Royal St George's, the change of strategy for Rory McIlroy, and Paul Casey's excitement at representing Great Britain in the Olympic Games.


Inspired Min Woo Lee Wins Scottish Open

Min Woo Lee says that a 90-minute weather delay and the chance to watch Novak Djokovic clinch a sixth Wimbledon singles title inspired him to secure the Scottish Open after a play-off at the Renaissance Club.


Steve Stricker Left to Ponder Ryder Cup Picks

Steve Stricker has given the broadest indication that his captaincy at Whistling Straits in September will be an inclusive affair by saying that he plans to ask for advice from the players who earn automatic spots on the US Ryder Cup team on how he should use his six captain's picks.


Scottish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Jon Rahm headlines a stunning field at The Renaissance Club for the Scottish Open, which includes Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa. England's Aaron Rai is the defending champion at the event where many of the world's best are honing their games ahead of The Open at Royal St George's.


When Monty Made Scottish Fans Roar at Loch Lomond

As many of the world’s leading golfers head towards The Renaissance Club there is one thing that home fans want to see more than anything else - a Scottish winner of the Scottish Open. The last time it happened was in 1999 when Colin Montgomerie took the title.


John Deere Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

When the John Deere Classic was last played at TPC Deere Run two years ago, Dylan Frittelli was the surprise winner. Now, the South African is back to defend his title at the final PGA Tour event before the Open Championship.


View From The Fairway - Shane Lowry Prepares to Hand Back Claret Jug

Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at how Shane Lowry will finally have the chance to defend the Claret Jug, the brilliance of Nelly Korda, the rise of Viktor Hovland, and why Padraig Harrington is destined to be a successful Ryder Cup captain.


Cameron Davis Completes Triumphant Day For Australian Golf

Following Lucas Herbert's victory at the Irish Open, Cameron Davis secured his maiden PGA Tour title, winning the Rocket Mortgage Classic after a five-hole playoff, completing a victorious day for Australian golfers.


Fathers & Sons Who Have Won on the PGA Tour

The Kordas are proving that sporting success can run in the family across golf and tennis, but how many fathers and sons have managed to win tournaments on the PGA Tour? Golfshake's Derek Clements explains that it's a pretty short list.


View From The Fairway - Olympic Confusion

Golfshake's Derek Clements addresses the headlines in his View From The Fairway, commenting on golf withdrawals from the Olympic Games, the encouraging form of Rory McIlroy, the return of crowds at the Open Championship, and why Martin Kaymer could still play in the Ryder Cup.


Irish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rory McIlroy returns to home soil for what he hopes will be a triumphant return to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Mount Juliet. And he will do so in front of a limited number of fans. McIlroy will be joined in the field by fellow major champions Shane Lowry, Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell.


Rocket Mortgage Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Bryson DeChambeau won the Rocket Mortgage Classic last year with an astonishing display of big hitting in Detroit. With a series of jaw-dropping drives and some clutch putts, he was victorious by three strokes, and he's back this week to defend his title.


Viktor Hovland Becomes First Norwegian Winner on European Tour

Viktor Hovland confirmed his status as one of the best young golfers on the planet by becoming the first Norwegian winner in European Tour history as he completed a two shot victory at the BMW International Open.


Nelly Korda Claims First Major Title at Women's PGA

Nelly Korda landed the first major of her career and moved to world number one with a three-shot win at the Women's PGA Championship. The 22-year-old started the final day level with Lizette Salas at the top of the leaderboard. However, Korda had two eagles in a four-under final round of 68 as she won on 19 under, with Salas recording a 71.


Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell Named as Ryder Cup Vice-Captains

In a sure and certain sign that the baton in European golf is being passed on to a new generation, Padraig Harrington has named two men who holed winning Ryder Cup putts as vice-captains for the encounter against the USA in September. 


Jon Rahm Was Destined To Win A Major - And There Will Be More To Come

There were many who questioned whether Jon Rahm would ever win a major. This has nothing to do with his ability but plenty to do with his temperament. But this is a man who was born to greatness. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at the Spaniard's journey to glory and what could happen next.


Golf Legends Praise Jon Rahm

Jon Rahm's dramatic victory at the US Open at Torrey Pines touched the hearts of many in the golfing world, with legends Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player leading the tributes to the Spaniard as he landed the first of what will surely be many major victories.


Travelers Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Dustin Johnson maintained his remarkable record of winning at least once every year on the PGA Tour when he saw off Brendon Todd at last year’s Travelers Championship. And he faces a field that includes Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed.


BMW International Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The BMW International Open was postponed last year because of the pandemic. When it was last played two years ago, Andrea Pavan won in dramatic fashion. Viktor Hovland, Sergio Garcia, and home favourite Martin Kaymer are part of the field in Germany this week.


View From The Fairway - Rory Supports Ban of Green Reading Books

Golfshake's Derek Clements comments on headlines from the past week in golf, including Rory McIlroy declaring his support for banning green reading books, the ongoing Koepka and DeChambeau story, and the calls from Scottish Golf's chair for clubs to become less intimidating for new players.


Jon Rahm Secures First Major Victory at the US Open

Jon Rahm loves Torrey Pines. It was where he won his first PGA Tour event, it was where his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal and now it is the venue for his first major victory, following a typically electrifying finish at the US Open.


Golfing Feuds Are Nothing New

There has been much attention on the continuing feud between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, but these sorts of bitter rivalries aren't especially rare in the game, as Derek Clements reflects on several of the most high-profile differences of opinion on tour.


The US Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Bryson DeChambeau defends the US Open at Torrey Pines, where many eyes will be on record breaking local boy Phil Mickelson as he seeks more history. However, the likes of Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Collin Morikawa will be keen to claim America's national championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the 121st US Open.


10 Players to Watch at the US Open

Always an exacting challenge, the US Open has been dominated by home players in recent years, but international stars have often etched their name into the history of America's national championship. Who will be that man this time? Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out ten names, a mixture of leading favourites and relative outsiders, who we should be watching.


How Bryson DeChambeau Brought Winged Foot to its Knees

Bryson DeChambeau produced a wonderful final-round display to win the US Open by six shots and claim the first major title of his career last year. The 27-year-old was the only player to break par at the notoriously difficult Winged Foot in New York. We take a look back at a stunning performance.


Phil Mickelson's Six Near Misses at the US Open

Phil Mickelson has endured more than his fair share of misery at the US Open. His quest to win his national title has been one of the most compelling stories of the past 25 years. Incredibly, he has finished runner-up six times. Here, we look back at Mickelson’s six near misses.


Hole by Hole Guide to Torrey Pines

The South Course at Torrey Pines is a familiar layout, being one of the two courses used for the Farmers Insurance Open. But it will be a very different beast for the US Open. When the tournament was last played here in 2008 the average score was just over 74.


Steve Stricker Tells Feuding Rivals to Kiss And Make Up

Steve Stricker has told Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau to "put their differences aside" well ahead of the Ryder Cup in September. The pair have been embroiled in an open feud since footage of Koepka's angry reaction and offensive comments towards his American rival were leaked shortly after the PGA Championship.


View From The Fairway - Rory Provides Summer Boost to European Tour

Sharing this week's View From The Fairway, Derek Clements comments on Rory McIlroy entering July's Irish Open, the success of the Scandinavian Mixed, the rise of Garrick Higgo, and the two Premier League footballers now managing future golf stars.


Garrick Higgo in Dreamland After Maiden PGA Tour Victory

Garrick Higgo is in dreamland. After two victories on the European Tour this season, he collected the most unlikely of wins at the Palmetto Championship. While in Sweden, Jonathan Caldwell birdied the last hole and then watched Adrian Otaegui three-putt from nowhere to hand the Northern Irishman his maiden European Tour title at the Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik & Annika.


Palmetto Championship at Congaree Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour should be in Canada this week but, for the second year on the trot, the Canadian Open has had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. In the week before the US Open, the tour will instead head to South Carolina for the Palmetto Championship at Congaree and a strong field is headed by Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka.


Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik & Annika Preview, Picks & Analysis

The legendary Annika Sörenstam will tee it up on home soil for the first time in 13 years alongside fellow tournament host Henrik Stenson at the Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik and Annika at Vallda Golf and Country Club, joining a field of 78 men and 78 women.


View From The Fairway - Muirfield Village Should Host a Major

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, where he comments on why Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Village should host a major championship, while also reflecting on the form of Jordan Spieth, the LPGA Tour tackling slow play, and the growth of one English golf club.


Yuka Saso Writes Her Name Into History Books at US Women's Open

Yuka Saso wrote her name into the history books as she became the first golfer from the Philippines to win a major. Saso, who is just 19 years old, defeated Nasa Hataoka of Japan in a sudden death playoff to claim the US Women’s Open after they had finished tied on four under par.


Patrick Cantlay Wins Memorial For Second Time

Patrick Cantlay won The Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village for the second time in three years, defeating Collin Morikawa in a playoff. The American, who now tops the FedEx Cup standings, won with a par after he and Morikawa had finished the week with 71s to end the tournament on 13 under par.


The Golfers Who Became Commentators

Increasingly golf is turning to former players to populate the commentary box and the course. And, almost without exception, they have turned out to be as adept with a microphone in their hands as they were in their prime as tour players. Derek Clements picks out a few of this favourites.


What Can Golf Do to Support Mental Health of Star Players

Michelle Wie West has called for "more conversations" regarding the mental health of sports personalities in the wake of tennis star Naomi Osaka's withdrawal from the French Open, which raises the question of how all sports - including golf - can better support the well-being of players.


Porsche European Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Paul Casey returns to Germany to defend the Porsche European Open title he won in 2019. It was his first European Tour win for five years. Major champions Martin Kaymer and Henrik Stenson are also playing in the event that won't begin until Saturday due to coronavirus restrictions.


The Memorial Tournament Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour returns to Muirfield Village, with Jon Rahm defending The Memorial Tournament, which he won the hard way in July last year, where the likes of Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Bryson DeChambeu and Jordan Spieth are hoping to triumph at Jack's Place.


The Long Road Back For Paula Creamer

It has been a long road back for Paula Creamer. Once the darling of US women's golf, she has been through hell with injuries, but this week she tees it up in the US Women's Open at The Olympic Club on a special exemption, making her 18th appearance in the championship she memorably won in 2010.


View From The Fairway - Average Age of Golfers Falls in UK

Sharing his latest View From The Fairway, Derek Clements reflects on the encouraging increase in golfers playing in the UK & Ireland, the feud between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, the inconsistencies of Rory McIlroy, and the quiet return to form of Shane Lowry.


Bernd Wiesberger Successfully Defends Title in Denmark

Austria's Bernd Wiesberger defended his Made in HimmerLand title in style as he cruised to a five shot win in Denmark, while Jason Kokrak defeated Jordan Spieth by two shots to secure the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club for his second victory of the season.


The Need to Update Profile of Leadership in Golf

Perception is vital for a sport like golf, and following the appointments of Mollie Marcoux Samaan at the LPGA and Hannah McAllister at Wales Golf, Derek Clements believes that we need to see further diversification among those who lead the important organisations and decisions in the game.


Tiger Woods Describes Pain of Injuries After Car Crash

Forget any speculation about Tiger Woods playing golf again this year - the 15-time major champion has set his goal as being able to walk on his own as he continues his long and painful recovery from the multiple leg injuries he sustained in a car crash.


Phil Mickelson Proves That Age is Just a Number in Golf

Phil Mickelson became the oldest ever winner of a major, seeing off the challenge of a host of much younger challengers. Coming as it did just a week after 48-year-old Richard Bland won his first European Tour event at his 478th attempt, it confirmed that golf is not necessarily a young man’s game.


View From The Fairway - More Encouraging Signs For Golf

Sharing his latest View From The Fairway, Derek Clements reports on more encouraging news for golf, some surprising sights at Kiawah Island, new leadership at Wales Golf, and how one club is rewarding those who have been on the frontlines during the pandemic.


Charles Schwab Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

Daniel Berger is back at iconic Colonial to defend the Charles Schwab Challenge at one of the PGA Tour's great venues, where a strong field has gathered, including new PGA champion Phil Mickelson, former winner Jordan Spieth and Collin Morikawa.


Made In Himmerland Preview, Picks & Analysis

Bernd Wiesberger defends in Denmark at the newly titled Made In Himmerland, where South Africans Wilco Nienaber and Brandon Stone will be among the favourites alongside new British Masters winner Richard Bland. Golfshake's Derek Clements look ahead to the event.


Kiawah Island Brings Back Memories of Unforgettable Ryder Cup

The PGA Championship at Kiawah Island brought back vivid memories of a vitriolic Ryder Cup known as The War on the Shore which was widely regarded as the three days that changed the event for ever.


Padraig Harrington Rules Himself Out of Ryder Cup Selection

Rolling back the years, Padraig Harrington finished joint fourth at the PGA Championship but immediately ruled out the possibility of naming himself as a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup, despite his best major finish since 2012. 


Tiger Woods & Jack Nicklaus Lead Tributes to Phil Mickelson

Tiger Woods led the social media tributes to long-time rival Phil Mickelson after the 50-year-old registered a history-making victory at the PGA Championship, with the great Jack Nicklaus also sharing his praise for the age-defying six-time major winner.


Phil Mickelson Makes History With PGA Championship Victory

Phil Mickelson has always done things his own way but even by his standards what he achieved at Kiawah Island is something special. On the eve of his 51st birthday he won the PGA Championship, holding off Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen to become the oldest ever winner of a major championship.


More Players Need to Take a Stance Against Super Golf League

It seems that the Saudi Arabia-backed Super League Golf isn’t going away anytime soon. It is believed that the men behind the SLG have been at Kiawah Island sounding out the agents of top players. Bryson DeChambeau was among those commenting, and Golfshake's Derek Clements believes it's time for leading players to take a stance against the concept.


Hole by Hole Guide to Kiawah Island

Designed by Pete and Alice Dye, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island was unveiled in 1991, presenting a brutally challenging and spectacular coastal layout, that year unforgettably hosting the Ryder Cup. Now, the PGA Championship returns to a course that will be the longest in the history of the game at this stature, measuring 7,876 yards.


View From The Fairway - The Struggles of Rickie Fowler

Commenting on several key topics from the past week, Golfshake's Derek Clements declares his wish to see Rickie Fowler back to his best form, and looks at a special invite for Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau's travel exploits, and the problem of arson attacks at golf clubs.


The PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

It's time for the second men's major of the season as the PGA Championship returns to the stunning Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas are considered among the favourites, but who will lift the Wanamaker Trophy? Get ready with our comprehensive preview.


5 Outsiders to Follow at the PGA Championship

After his victory in the Wells Fargo at Quail Hollow, Rory McIlroy was installed as favourite to win the PGA Championship, but if you are looking for some more left-field bets, we have picked outside contenders that are worth considering at Kiawah Island.


5 Players to Watch at the PGA Championship

From Walter Hagen and Ben Hogan to Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, the Wanamaker Trophy lists many storied names in golf. But who is going to follow in the footsteps of those legendary champions? Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out five notable contenders who he believes will contend for the grand prize.


How Collin Morikawa Won the 2020 PGA Championship

Collin Morikawa made a major impact on the PGA Championship last year, producing a devastating display of iron play to finish two shots ahead of Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at the event from Harding Park.


Rory McIlroy Has Happy Memories at Kiawah Island

Rory McIlroy will return to Kiawah Island with some great memories. This was where he landed his second major in 2012. And he did so in sensational style, winning by a record eight shots. 


Richard Bland Secures Emotional Win at British Masters

Richard Bland rewrote the record books, securing his first European Tour title at the 478th attempt and in the process becoming the tour’s oldest first-time winner at the age of 48. He beat Guido Migliozzi, a man half his age, at the first play-off hole to land the British Masters.


View From The Fairway - Remembering Seve

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his thoughts on stories that have dominated the game in the past week, including the events being launched to remember the great Seve Ballesteros, vandalism at golf courses, and the one revered club that is finally getting with the times.


British Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The British Masters returns to The Belfry, where former Masters champion Danny Willett hosts. Many eyes will be on Scotland's Robert MacIntyre, who will be hoping to transform his impressive results in America into a triumph in Europe. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


AT&T Byron Nelson Preview, Picks & Analysis

Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth headline the field at the AT&T Byron Nelson, which heads to a new venue, TPC Craig Ranch. It's the final PGA Tour event before the next major championship, with many leading names hoping to strike form at the right time.


Rory McIlroy Ends Winless Run at Wells Fargo Championship

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy ended his winless run by clinching the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow for a third time - just six weeks after starting to work with swing coach Pete Cowen, setting the four-time major winner up for a return to Kiawah Island and the PGA Championship.


USA Retains Thrilling Walker Cup on Home Soil

The USA retained the Walker Cup after holding off a stirring fightback from Great Britain and Ireland to claim a 14-12 victory at Seminole in Florida in a match that was overshadowed by both teams being struck down by a stomach bug.


New Book Captures Essence of Seve Ballesteros

Seve Ballesteros was taken from us far too soon. He should never be forgotten. And thanks to renowned sports photographer David Cannon and his wonderful book Seve: His Life Through The Lens, he never will be. Published to mark the 10th anniversary of his death, it is a picture-led book that captures the very essence of the man.


How the World's Best Golfers Got Their Nicknames

Seve, Rory, Jack, Phil, - with the greatest sportsmen in their field you only need to hear a Christian name. Others have nicknames - often they are not known to the wider public. Here we look at some of the game’s leading players and explain their monikers.


Players Who Join Super Golf League Likely To Be Banned

Like the ill-fated European Super Football League, the proposed Super Golf League appears to be dead in the water, following the news that the PGA Tour and European Tour are "aligned in opposing" renewed plans for the breakaway circuit, with players who sign up facing suspension from the Tour.


View From The Fairway - Olympic Spotlight

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, this week focusing on some of the players chasing Olympic selection, stories from the PGA Tour and stories from the last week.


Wells Fargo Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow will see the return of Rory McIlroy back in action this week along with seven of the world's top 10, defending champion from 2019 winner Max Homa and fourteen major championship winners.


Canary Islands Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Expect to see some seriously low scoring in this week’s Canary Islands Championship at Golf Costa Adeje in Tenerife. The course measures just 6,816 yards, which makes it a comparative tiddler by today’s standards. And there are plenty of players in the field who enjoy making birdies for fun.


Burns Secures First Win & First in Four Years For Burmester

Sports writer Derek Clements reports on this weekend's action on tour including a first win for Sam Burns on the PGA Tour at the Valspar Championship and South African Dean Burmester secures his first win in four years at the Tenerife Open on the European Tour.


Why Women Play Golf - Golfshake Survey Feedback

WE ALL know that, despite the boom the game is enjoying, club golf still faces many challenges, not the least of which is finding ways to make the game more attractive to girls and women.  In our Winter Survey we wanted to know what inspired female golfers to take up the sport, how they first played, and their thoughts on what's important for beginners.


Golf Is Good For You - Except When It Isn't

The sport that we all love offers us the opportunity to socialise, to enjoy regular outdoor exercise and be at one with nature. It is good for us both physically and mentally. On the face of it, life as a tournament pro is a pretty glamorous existence. But is it?


View From The Fairway - Form is Temporary, Class is Permanent

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, looking back at the recent win from veteran Stewart Cink, Sorenstam coming out of retirement to team up with Stenson and the hot talking points in golf.


Valspar Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Paul Casey will this week attempt to win the Valspar Championship at Copperhead for a third successive time. The tournament was cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic but Casey dominated proceedings in 2018 and 2019. And he is still riding high after his victory in the Dubai Desert Classic in January.


Tenerife Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Kurt Kitayama arrives at the Tenerife Open looking for his third European Tour victory.  He has made a decent start to the current campaign and is already in the top 25 in the Race to Dubai, but is he ready to win again?


Second European Tour Win for Higgo & Leishman and Smith Win in PGA Tour Playoff

It was almost double success for the South African tour players on both major tour's this weekend.  The European Tour saw a second tour win for Garrick Higgo and Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel were pipped in the playoff by the Australian team of Leishman and Smith in the PGA Tour Zurich Classic.


How Much is Too Much - The Question of Money in Pro Golf

The PGA Tour's newly revealed Player Impact Program, which will identify the ten golfers who produce the most engagement from fans and sponsors and reward them with a total of $40m, has divided opinion and again raised the question of riches earned by the biggest names in the sport.


Spectators Will Return to the US Open

Spectators are to be allowed to attend this year’s US Open and US Women’s Open but they will have to be vaccinated against coronavirus or provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test, while the PGA Tour announces key changes to its testing policy for later this season.


The Longest Gaps Between Wins on Tour

After winning the Open in 2009, Stewart Cink waited more than 11 years before he tasted success again. The likes of Jordan Spieth, Lydia Ko, and Hideki Matsuyama have recently ended lengty gaps for another triumph. But if you think they had to wait a long time between victories, just check out these guys.


View From The Fairway - Matsuyama's Victory Felt in Japan

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, where he comments on the impact of Hideki Matsuyama's Masters success in Japan, a new golf movie in the works, a return of tour events, and the issue of temper tantrums on the golf course.


Gran Canaria Lopesan Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

It is a big week for Rafa Cabrera Bello. The Spaniard returns home to host the inaugural Gran Canaria Lopesan Open, the first of two tournaments being played in this part of the world. And he knows that he needs some big weeks if he is to have any chance of claiming a place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team.


Zurich Classic of New Orleans Preview, Picks & Analysis

Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer defend their team title at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans against partnerships that include Tyrrell Hatton and Danny Willett, Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, Billy Horschel and Sam Burns and the big-hitting duo of Tony Finau and Cameron Champ.


Lydia Ko Gets Back to Winning Ways

Following Hideki Matsuyama's victory at the Masters, the spotlight was back on the various tours around the world, and they delivered memorable stories of their own, including a long-awaited triumph for Lydia Ko and Stewart Cink's continued rolling back the years. 


It Looks Like The Golf Boom is Continuing

Following the stunning golf boom of 2020, many understandably questioned whether that could be sustained or lead to further investment within the game, but as Golfshake's Derek Clements reports, there has been plenty of encouraging news that indicates the golf boom is continuing.


Austrian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Starved of recent tournament play, many of Europe’s leading lights are heading to the Austrian Open, where two-time major champion Martin Kaymer is among those hoping to claim a cherished victory, which for the German would be a hugely significant moment.


RBC Heritage Preview, Picks & Analysis

Webb Simpson returns to the iconic Harbour Town Golf Links to defend the RBC Heritage title he won last year, denying Mexico’s Abraham Ancer his maiden PGA Tour victory by a single shot, with the likes of Collin Morikawa, Bryson DeChambeau, Tommy Fleetwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick hoping to succeed this week.


Japan Celebrates First Masters Champion

Japan has been waiting a long time for a men’s major champion, and there have been several false dawns, but Hideki Matsuyama finally made that breakthrough at the Masters, with the reaction and impact already registering as enormous.


View From The Augusta Fairway - 85th Masters Reflections

It was a week of stories and headlines from Augusta National, and Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his reflections from a memorable few days at the 85th Masters, with a touch of controversy thrown into the mx too.


Matsuyama Survives Late Scare to Win Green Jacket

It has been a long time coming for Hideki Matsuyama, but finally, the 29-year-old became the first Japanese golfer to win a men’s major with a one-stroke victory over Will Zalatoris to secure The Masters a decade after his first appearance in the tournament as an amateur.


Augusta National Bared Her Teeth at The Masters

Talk about chalk and cheese. Was that really the same course that Dustin Johnson brought to its knees in November? Augusta National bared its teeth this past week and we got a “proper” Masters in April.


Big Names Fell Early at The Masters

Hideki Matusyama triumphed, but there was despair elsewhere for many of the game's biggest names, including Dustin Johnson, who became the 11th player in the tournament’s history to miss the weekend during their Masters title defence, with the likes of Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood also struggling.


What Champions Earn Per Swing at The Masters

They don’t like to talk about money at Augusta National. It’s enough to don the Green Jacket and enjoy all the quaint traditions that go with winning The Masters. But the reality is that the financial rewards on offer at the season’s first men's major are huge.


Lee Westwood is Dreaming of Creating Masters History

Lee Westwood will be the oldest champion in Masters history if he manages to win this week, eclipsing the great Jack Nicklaus. The Golden Bear was 46 when he won in such dramatic fashion in 1986. Westwood will be 48 on April 24 and has arrived at Augusta playing some of the best golf of his life.


Tiger Woods Not Far From Everybody's Thoughts at Augusta

Tiger Woods may not be at Augusta but he remains firmly in the thoughts of those who are as he recovers from the injuries suffered in a car crash in Los Angeles in February. Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas have both spoken about the five-time champion, with whom they are in regular contact. 


Bryson DeChambeau Has a Secret Weapon at The Masters

Bryson DeChambeau says that he has a ‘secret’ club in his bag for this week’s Masters, but we are going to have to wait to find out what it is. The American dominated pre-tournament headlines when the event was held in November, and he is back in the limelight again this week as we wait to find out whether he will change his approach. 


The Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

Dustin Johnson is back at Augusta National to defend the Masters, just five months after he claimed the iconic Green Jacket, but the likes of Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy will arrive determined to enjoy a taste of glory down Magnolia Lane themselves. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the 85th Masters Tournament.


View From The Fairway - Horschel Responds to Monty Criticism

Derek Clements shares his View From The Fairway, where Billy Horschel responds to slow play criticism from Colin Montgomerie, a bizarre poll involving Tiger Woods, and some of the oddities of the Masters Tournament and Augusta National.


Dustin Johnson Reflects on Masters Triumph

Defending Masters champion Dustin Johnson has been reflecting on his triumph last November, revealing that he suffered an attack of nerves ahead of the final round and struggled to eat anything before his date with destiny at Augusta National.


Brilliant Patty Tavatanakit Denies Surging Lydia Ko at ANA Inspiration

Rookie Patty Tavatanakit from Thailand won her first major on Sunday, holding off former champion Lydia Ko, who produced a stunning final round of 62 at the ANA Inspiration.


Jordan Spieth Grateful After First PGA Tour Win Since 2017

HE’S BACK! After 1,351 days and 83 starts on the PGA Tour since his last victory, Jordan Spieth has won a golf tournament again. And he has done so on the eve of The Masters, the event he loves more than any.


Great Britain & Ireland Captain Stuart Wilson Announces Walker Cup Team

Great Britain and Ireland captain Stuart Wilson has announced his 10-man team for the Walker Cup in May, with Matt Fitzpatrick's brother, Alex, among the side bidding to win the competition for the first time since 2015 when they head to Seminole in Florida for this year's renewal against Team USA.


The Joy of Returning to the Driving Range

Golfers throughout England have made a welcome return to the game on Monday, but for Golfshake's Derek Clements, his first port of call was the driving range, where there was considerable rust to shake off. Derek describes the experience and the magic of being back at the golf club again.


View From The Fairway - Time For Ryder Cup to Make Belfry Return

Looking back at the past week of headlines, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his View From The Fairway, where he calls for a Ryder Cup return to The Belfry, reflects on another public course closure, and the potential return of spectators at the Women's Open in August.


Valero Texas Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Valero Texas Open is back on the PGA Tour schedule and it represents the last chance for a player to secure their invitation to the Masters, with Rickie Fowler among those looking in from the outside. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Billy Horschel Puts Past Defeats Behind Him to Win WGC Match Play

Following a long and unpredictable week, Billy Horschel beat Scottie Scheffler 2&1 to win the final of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin, Texas, denying the 2020 Rookie of the Year his maiden victory.


What Have You Done Without Golf?

For many golfers throughout lockdown, they have been faced with looking for an alternative activity, finding something else to fill their time. Golfshake's Derek Clements is just one of them - sharing his story of taking up and fitness, but ultimately realising that there is no substitute for the ancient game.


The Ryder Cup Golfers You May Have Forgotten

Players like Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Faldo and Sergio Garcia are considered Ryder Cup legends, stalwarts, but there are many golfers who qualified for just one team and didn't manage to return for a second appearance. We take a look at some of those names who enjoyed a brief moment in the sun.


View From The Fairway - Ian Poulter Sets Perfect Example

Golfshake's Derek Clements comments on Ian Poulter addressing golfers not repairing pitchmarks, the struggles of Rory McIlroy, the return of Michelle Wie, and Dustin Johnson's decision not to compete in the Olympic Games.


WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rory McIlroy will be praying for an upturn in his fortunes when he tees it up with the other 63 best golfers in the world at the always intriguing WGC Dell Technologies Match Play. This event features 16 groups of four players competing in a round-robin format, with the winners of each group going through to the knockout stages.


A Tournament Too Far For Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood has enjoyed a dream spell on the PGA Tour. He may not have managed to win a trophy and he may have failed to make the cut at the Honda Classic, but with his 48th birthday looming he is back in the top 20 in the world rankings and will be teeing it up for Europe in the Ryder Cup in September.


Matt Jones Completes Dominant Victory at Honda Classic

Australia’s Matt Jones closed with a final round to win the Honda Classic by five shots after a final round of 68. For Jones it was only his second victory on the PGA Tour, seven years after his first. While on the European Tour, Justin Harding carded a nerveless bogey-free 66 to claim his first win in two years at the Magical Kenya Open. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the action.


Caddies On Tour - Keeping It In The Family

We all know the importance of the relationship between tour professionals and their caddies. They spend a great deal of time together - maybe five hours on the course, an hour or so on the range before every round, perhaps another hour afterwards. Then eat together, they travel together. It’s almost like a marriage. It should come as no surprise then to see an increasing number of golfers turning to friends and family to lug those golf bags around the fairways of the world.


UK Golf Courses Threatened By Nature And Local Councils

Despite optimism across the industry, several UK golf clubs are facing some special challenges from climate change, while it has emerged that at least two others are likely to be closed after issues with local councils.


Who Will Qualify For The Ryder Cup

Three years after Europe completed a dominant victory at Le Golf National, captain Padraig Harrington is looking forward to taking on the USA at Whistling Straits and he will surely believe that his team is going to look very different from that of 2018. Golfshake's Derek Clements has studied the contenders and predicts who will qualify for both sides in September.


Honda Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Sungjae Im is a machine. He famously plays week in, week out, churning out top-10 finishes for fun. And it came as no surprise when he won The Honda Classic last year, beating Mackenzie Hughes and Tommy Fleetwood. Now, he's back at PGA National and looking to successful defend at a fierce venue.


View From The Fairway - Where Does Rory McIlroy Go Next

Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the struggles of Rory McIlroy, mental health concerns among greenkeepers, the continuing slide of Phil Mickelson, and new events that are set to be a popular addition for golfers in the UK this year.


Justin Thomas Produces Brilliant Display to Triumph at Sawgrass

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Justin Thomas completed an emotional victory at The Players Championship and fought back the tears as he dedicated the victory to his grandfather Paul, who recently passed away, finishing with a 68 to pip 54-hole leader Lee Westwood by a shot.


How One Golf Club Has Flourished During The Pandemic

Historic Wirral Golf Club is looking ahead with optimism towards the return of play in England, having enjoyed a stunning transformation in fortunes, building towards a bright future. Golfshake's Derek Clements spoke with Keith Mollan and Sean Bailey to learn more about why this venue has flourished.


Qatar Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour returns from its enforced winter hibernation with the Qatar Masters at the Education City Golf Course. Jorge Campillo defends the title against a field that includes Rasmus Højgaard, Wilco Nienaber, Brandon Stone and Thomas Pieters.


Stockwood Park Faces Potential Closure Despite Popularity

Highly Recommended on Golfshake, the popular Stockwood Park Golf Centre in Luton could be closed as the local borough council looks to make savings to cover a shortfall in its budget caused by a dramatic fall in the number of people using Luton Airport.


View From The Fairway - Brooks Koepka's Injury Woes Reapper

Reflecting on the past week in golf, Derek Clements questions the sense of limited field events, comments on a new injury concern for Brooks Koepka, the transformation of Christina Kim, and the membership woes at the iconic Wentworth Golf Club.


The Players Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Last year's event was famously abandoned after one round, but now the strongest field of the season will assemble at TPC Sawgrass for The Players Championship, with Rory McIlroy returning to defend the title he won in 2019. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to one of the most iconic tournaments in the game.


DeChambeau Denies Westwood Glory in Bay Hill Thriller

Lee Westwood failed in his bid to become the oldest foreign winner on the PGA Tour for more than 40 years but he did so in the most glorious fashion as he succumbed to the incredible power hitting of Bryson DeChambeau at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.


Jordan Spieth Praises Tyrrell Hatton

Describing him as a "competitor", three-time major winner Jordan Spieth has been speaking to the PGA Tour about the similarities he sees between himself and Tyrrell Hatton, praising the Englishman for his stunning form that has seen him break into the world's top five.


View From The Fairway - Life Slowly Returns to Normal on Tour

Presenting his latest View From The Fairway, Derek Clements describes the contrasting fortunes of two English golf courses, the struggles of one of the game's brightest young talents, and how a return of fans is a sign that life is slowly returning to normal on tour.


Arnold Palmer Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis

12 months after claiming his first victory on the PGA Tour, Tyrrell Hatton is back at Bay Hill to defend the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but the likes of Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy will be looking to mount a challenge. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


New Putting Stroke Helps Collin Morikawa to Secure WGC Title

If Collin Morikawa has a perceived weakness it is on and around the greens, but the 24-year-old US PGA champion put that argument to bed with a three-shot victory at the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession in Florida.


Progressive Changes Made to Amateur Golf Rules

Amateur golfers will be allowed to accept sponsorship without restriction if significant changes just published by The R&A and United States Golf Association are given the go ahead, in a major change to the status of the elite amateur game.


England Golf Expresses Disappointment at Reopening Date

Now we know that, in England, after months of waiting, we can all play golf again from Monday, March 29, but that news wasn't greeted by universal joy, with golfers and England Golf themselves expressing disappointment that the reopening wasn't sooner.


View From The Fairway - Waiting Lists at Golf Clubs Have Doubled

Revealing his latest View From The Fairway, Golfshake's Derek Clements expresses comment on the news that waiting lists have doubled at UK golf clubs, that Rory McIlroy now holds a prominent chairman role on tour, and Francesco Molinari shows that even the best can sometimes hit shots like the rest of us.


WGC Workday Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The first World Golf Championship of the year will be contested at The Concession Golf Club in Florida, where the finest players in the game will be competing for a significant title. Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed will be among the favourites, but Norwegian superstar Viktor Hovland is a name to look out for this week.


Tony Finau Sees Positives After Latest Near Miss

At Riviera, Tony Finau experienced the latest of many narrow losses, as he seeks the second PGA Tour title that is the least his prodigious ability merits. However, the popular American is seeing the positive side as he continues to play well and knock on the door.


Max Homa Secures Dream Victory at Riviera

It was a dramatic, Hollywood-style finish at Riviera, as local favourite Max Homa eventually overcame the challenge of Tony Finau, in a finale that saw a range of twists and turns. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a memorable event from an iconic venue.


Golf Industry Looks to the Future Despite Shutdown

As we wait for news from the Government about when courses in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland are likely to be allowed to open again, the golf industry has been looking ahead to the future, with courses being saved and initiatives being launched to grow the game.


What Does The Future Hold For Nomadic Golfers

What does the future hold for golfers who are not members of golf clubs? With courses still closed across most of the United Kingdom and the future looking pretty uncertain for us all, does the nomadic golfer still have a future, or will life become more difficult for them? It's certain to be a major issue in the game once play resumes.


Permitting Distance Measuring Devices in Majors is Backwards Step

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, reflecting on the news that the PGA of America will permit the use of distance measuring devices in its majors, and comments on the imminent return of a legend.


Genesis Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Iconic Riviera once again hosts the Genesis Open, where Adam Scott is the defending champion, but the Australian faces a formidable challenge from Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to one of the great tournaments on the PGA Tour.


Daniel Berger Finishes With Eagle to Win at Pebble Beach

Jordan Spieth's search for a first victory since the 2017 Open Championship goes on. The American led the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am by two shots after three rounds but he came up short for the second week running as Daniel Berger eagled the 18th to snatch a dramatic two-shot win from Maverick McNealy.


Will the Golf Boom Be Replicated in 2021

Last year was an extraordinary one for club golf. With courses closed for months it would be fair to assume that the picture was a bleak one, but precisely the opposite happened. But can that enthusiasm be replicated in 2021? It's a unique challenge and innovative thinking will be required to keep the numbers up.


What Is Happening With Your Golf Club Membership

It's that time of year when golfers renew their memberships, but with the pandemic continuing to complicate things, how is that going to work when most of us can't play? To understand more about the situation, we surveyed 600 avid golfers to discover their plans for the coming year, which made for fascinating reading.


Is Jordan Spieth Really on the Comeback Trail?

Jordan Spieth generated considerable excitement with his performance at the Phoenix Open, especially his third round of 61, his best result for some time. But was this a one-off or the sign of a genuine comeback? Golfshake's Derek Clements notes how frailties remain within the American.


View From The Fairway - The Great Distance Debate

It's been a busy and often controversial week of headlines in golf; and in his latest View From The Fairway, Derek Clements takes a closer look at the great distance debate, the European Tour in Saudi Arabia, and a welcome return to form from Justin Rose.


AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour heads to Pebble Beach, but this time, there will be no amateurs in the field. The field includes Paul Casey, Jordan Spieth, and Phil Mickelson. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event from a truly iconic venue.


Brooks Koepka Storms Back to Winning Form in Phoenix

Brooks Koepka proved that form is temporary but class is permanent when he put 18 months of misery behind him to win the Waste Phoenix Management Open by a shot thanks to a final round of 65. And the American admitted that there had been times when he wondered if he would ever hoist a trophy aloft again.


Robert MacIntyre Determined to Keep Going Up in the World

Scotland's Robert MacIntyre is now ranked inside the world's top 50 and is looking ahead to a potential Masters debut in April, and the possibility of qualifying for the Ryder Cup. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why the young man from Oban is only looking up in the world.


Marc Leishman Rediscovers His Mojo

Marc Leishman is a throwback to a bygone era, a player who likes to shape shots in both directions. He thrives in the wind, able to hit the ball high and low at will, but he had struggled when the game returned from the shutdown last year. Until now - the Australian is back.


Patrick Reed Comes Under the Microscope Again

Patrick Reed's victory at Torrey Pines was among the most impressive of his career, but it was mirred in controversy. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at why the American's integrity and his relationship with the rules of the game were once again called into question.


View From The Fairway - Hope for Return of Golf in England

Sharing his latest View From The Fairway, Derek Clements comments on the golf industry's hope for a phased return of the game in England, senior success for Darren Clarke, a change of direction for Brooks Koepka, and a new home for the 2022 US PGA Championship.


Waste Management Phoenix Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Somewhat quieter this year, the Phoenix Open will be a different animal without the record crowds who pack the course, but the likes of Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas will be hoping to make noise of their own and secure the title. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Saudi International Preview, Picks & Analysis

World number one Dustin Johnson headlines a star-studded field at the Saudi International, where the Masters champion will be competing against the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton.


Paul Casey Boosts Ryder Cup Hopes With Victory in the Desert

Paul Casey shot a final round of 70 to win the Dubai Desert Classic by four shots. It was his 15th victory on the European Tour and he struggled to fight back the tears as he said afterwards that he is desperate to be a member of Padraig Harrington’s Ryder Cup team later this year. This win will go a long way towards helping him achieve that goal.


Are These The Best Halfway Houses in Golf

Whether you need warmed up on a cold winter morning or cooled down on a hot afternoon in summer, halfway houses on golf courses can be just the ticket for those needing refreshment. Here we look at a selection of the best you can experience throughout the UK.


The Continuing Rise of Tyrrell Hatton

Now world number five after his victory at the Abu Dhabi Championship, England's Tyrrell Hatton is continuing his stunning rise through the game, which has been accelerated since his return from wrist surgery in 2019. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on Tyrrell's journey to this point - and where it could lead to.


Farmers Insurance Open Preview, Pick & Analysis

Marc Leishman returns to Torrey Pines for the defence of his Farmers Insurance Open title, where Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka will be among those looking for success at a venue that will also host the U.S. Open in June.


Omega Dubai Desert Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Lee Westwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick join the likes of Tyrrell Hatton, Collin Morikawa, 2017 winner Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, Christian Bezuidenhout and defending champion Lucas Herbert in an impressive field at the Dubai Desert Classic - always an early season highlight on the European Tour.


View From The Fairway - What Has Gone Wrong With Jordan Spieth

Taking a closer look at several key topics in the game, Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the importance of golfers being able to laugh at themselves, the continuing struggles of Jordan Spieth, and an upcoming AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am without the Pro-Am bit.


Tyrrell Hatton Strolls to Victory in the Desert

It turned out to be a stroll in the desert for Tyrrell Hatton as he added another Rolex title to his collection with a four-shot victory at the Abu Dhabi Championship. In the process he reaches a career-high fifth in the world rankings. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on another milestone for the Englishman.


Are Hidden Gems a Thing of the Past

Many a golf course has been described as a 'Hidden Gem', but in the age of social media, can there really be such a thing? Golfshake's Derek Clements believes it's time to retire that overused cliche, declaring that it needs to be redefined. What can be considered a true gem today? Derek attempts to identify the criteria.


An Alternative Look At MUST Play Venues

In this digital age, there may no longer be any true hidden gems in golf, but Golfshake's Derek Clements has identified courses that really ought to be on your wish list beyond the biggest, most legendary names - courses that will leave you wanting to go back for more.


Strange Things That Golf Commentators Say

Golf commentators and analysts are employed to paint pictures. When they are good, they are really good. But sometimes, even the best stray into cliche, leaving viewers groaning at the screen. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out some odd phrases that perplex him when watching tournaments on TV. 


Chris Kirk's Inspiring Story of Recovery

There was a story of redemption at the Sony Open. The headlines may have been made by Kevin Na as he secured his fifth PGA Tour victory, but the feel-good story centred around Chris Kirk. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains.


View From The Fairway - Ryder Cup Race Resumes

Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the headlines from the past week in golf and shares his View From The Fairway, discussing Ralph Lauren dropping Justin Thomas, The Open staying away from Turnberry, and the resumption of Ryder Cup Qualifying for Padraig Harrington's European Team.


Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour is back at the Abu Dhabi Championship, where Lee Westwood defends the title he claimed last year. Former champions Tommy Fleetwood, Martin Kaymer and Shane Lowry are in the field, with Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas also competing in the Rolex Series event. Get ready for a blockbuster!


The American Express Preview, Picks & Analysis

A strong field at The American Express includes Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay and Matthew Wolff. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Na Snatches Victory to Keep Ryder Cup Dream Alive

Kevin Na nearly withdrew from the Sony Open in Hawaii when he felt pain in his ribs on Wednesday, but he made it to the first tee and ultimately holed a birdie putt on the last to secure his fifth PGA Tour success, raising hopes of a potential Ryder Cup debut.


Sony Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Talented Australian Cameron Smith defends his Sony Open title in Hawaii as the PGA Tour presents its first full-field event of 2021, where the likes of Adam Scott, Collin Morikawa and Abraham Ancer will provide a formidable challenge. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the tournament.


View From The Fairway - PGA of America Distances Itself From Trump

Back for 2021, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his View From The Fairway, in which he reflects on the latest lockdown and the impact on golfers, and the news that the PGA of America has distanced itself away from President Donald Trump.


Harris English Triumphs at The Tournament of Champions

In the first event of 2021, Harris English claimed his third PGA Tour title in a playoff over Joaquin Niemann at the Plantation Course at Kapalua to secure the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at the action.


20 Things We Want To See in 2021 for Golf

THIS may be a year we will all want to forget. Derek Clements looks ahead to 2021 which it is hoped will be rather more joyful and he rounds up 20 fervent wishes for the 12 months that lie ahead


10 Golfers in Need of a Big Season in 2021

Dustin Johnson finished 2020 as the world’s undisputed number one. But it wasn’t plain sailing for everybody. Golf can be a cruel game. One minute you are on top of the world, and then you get up the next morning and can’t hit a barn door. Here, we look at 10 players who are in desperate need of a big year in 2021.


12 Golfers To Look Out For in 2021

ANOTHER big year awaits us, with four majors, the Ryder Cup and, hopefully, the return of spectators around the world.So who are the players we should be looking out for?  Here we pick out 12 golfers who could be grabbing the headlines - a mix of established winners and golfers still looking for their first victory.


When Are The Men's Majors in 2021

WE look ahead to what we can expect in 2021 when, hopefully, we will see fans allowed back in to cheer on their favourites. As good as the majors were in 2020, without spectators there was a crucial element missing, with glorious shots greeted in absolute silence.  Below we round up when the Majors are and what we hope to see.


How To Make The Most Of Your Time At The Driving Range

We all feel that we should spend time at the driving range. But we are all guilty of heading down to the range, buying a bucket or two of balls and indulging in aimlessly pounding them into submission. Here, we look at some drills you might want to consider to make your next range session more effective.


PNC Championship Round up - Charlie is a chip off the old block

Justin Thomas and his father, Mike, won the PNC Championship but it was an 11-year-old boy who stole everybody’s hearts. Charlie Woods, the son of 15-time major champion Tiger turns out to be a chip off the old block.


European Tour Announces 42-Tournament Schedule for 2021

The European Tour has announced its 2021 schedule, featuring 42 tournaments in 24 countries. Running from January to November, the schedule features 18 tournaments which were postponed or cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but there are some notable changes and misses from next year.


Lee Westwood Proves There is No Substitute for Experience

After 26 years and 567 appearances on the European Tour, Lee Westwood's Race to Dubai triumph is right up there in his list of achievements. Golfshake's Derek Clements pays tribute to the Englishman, who is enjoying a sparkling autumn in his exceptional career.


Reflecting on the PGA Tour's Fall Season

Viktor Hovland’s 12-foot birdie putt to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic brought the curtain down on the PGA Tour’s Fall Season, which covered Bryson DeChambeau winning the US Open and Dustin Johnson dominating the Masters. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on what we've seen in recent months.


A Lim Kim Overcomes Five-Shot Deficit to Win US Women's Open

Kim A Lim overcame a five-shot deficit to win the weather-delayed U.S. Women's Open, making her debut in the tournament and securing her first major title with a one-shot victory, tying the record for the biggest comeback in the tournament's history. 


Golf Boom Should Not Overshadow Course Closures

There has been an unprecedented surge in golf participation numbers in 2020 despite the devastating impact of Covid-19, with as many as 100,000 men, women and children either taking up or returning to the game this year, but Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that we shouldn't forget about the courses that have closed despite the boom.


European Tour Deserves Credit For Completing Season in Style

It was the most challenging of years, but somehow, the European Tour scrambled together a schedule of tournaments despite the coronavirus pandemic. From the UK Swing to Valderrama and the DP World Tour Championship, Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that Keith Pelley and his team deserve enormous credit for putting on an entertaining show.


Fitzpatrick Wins But Westwood Finishes Season as King of Europe

Matthew Fitzpatrick won the DP World Tour Championship, but it was Lee Westwood who secured the Race to Dubai title at the age of 47, finishing second behind his fellow Englishman to claim the Harry Vardon Trophy for a third time, topping the rankings on the European Tour in 2020.


The Types of Golfer You See at the Driving Range

Thousands of us go to the driving range to pound golf balls. In theory, it is a place where you go to improve your game, but things have changed and you will now see many different types of golfer at the driving range - using it for all sorts of reasons. Here we look at just some of the characters you might stumble across on your next visit.


Things We Learned During And After The Lockdowns

It has been an extraordinary year, one that we will never forget. We have spent much of it in lockdown and for golfer that meant weeks forced away from the game that we all love. So what did we learn about golf and about ourselves doing these strange times?


US Women's Open Preview

A field of 156 will compete for the US Women's Open in the final major of the year, with in-form Sei Young Kim the pre-tournament favourite. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be a unique tournament, played across two courses at the Champions Golf Club in Houston.


What Makes New Golfers Different

Golf enjoyed an unprecedented boom in 2020 in the most trying and difficult of circumstances. Countless people have returned to the game for the first time in years, while others took it up for the first time after weeks in lockdown. But how do these new golfers differ from traditional and long-standing club members? We identified several key themes.


DP World Tour Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

This extraordinary European Tour season finally reaches its climax this week with an all-star cast at DP World Tour Championship, where Patrick Reed hopes to become the first American to be crowned European Tour No 1. But he will face a challenge from the likes of Tommy Fleetwood, Collin Morikawa and Lee Westwood.


QBE Shootout Preview

Greg Norman hosts the QBE Shootout, which features 12 pairings in a popular team event. Included within the field are 16 of the top 50 players in the world, led by Daniel Berger, U.S. Open runner-up Matthew Wolff, Tony Finau, and Louis Oosthuizen, a first-time participant.


Sensational Hovland Wins Second PGA Tour Title

The hugely impressive Viktor Hovland hit a nine iron to 12 feet to birdie the final hole and secure the Mayakoba Classic, his second PGA Tour title, by one shot from Aaron Wise at El Camaleon GC, carding a Sunday six-under 65 – including three birdies in his final six holes – to finish the tournament on 20-under.


Christiaan Bezuidenhout Does the Double in South Africa

Christiaan Bezuidenhout secured back to back European Tour wins on home soil with a five-shot cruise to victory at the South African Open, while Antoine Rozner overcame a four-shot deficit to record his maiden victory at the Golf In Dubai Championship. He finished the week on an incredible 25 under par to win by two shots after a glorious final round of 64. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps the two events.


Peter Alliss, the Voice of Golf, Dies at 89

Peter Alliss, the voice of golf to millions of people around the world, has died at the age of 89. A fine player, he won 31 tournaments and played in eight Ryder Cup matches but it was as a commentator and analyst that he became a household name.


European Tour and PGA Tour Alliance Should Be Celebrated

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, looking at Rory McIlroy vs Tom Weiskopf, Emily Pedersen's spectacular results on the LET, and studying the new "alliance" between the European Tour and PGA Tour.


Golf is Back - Did You Get A Tee Time

Golf courses across England opened their doors for business once again to a staggering demand for tee times on Wednesday, leaving some disappointed, but many lucky golfers thrilled. We take a look at an exciting day - and the beginning of a busy winter season unlike any other.


What Makes Driving Ranges Essential

Tens of thousands of us will soon be heading back to the driving range, with 63% of golfers intending to visit one this winter. But what makes them so popular and important? We look at the numbers and asked several golf professionals to explain why these facilities are essential for the game, particularly for new players.


View From The Fairway - Leopard Creek is Majestic

Taking aim at several topics, Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the return of golf in England, praises the exceptional form of Emily Pedersen and Sei Young Kim, glows at the stunning Leopard Creek, and explains why he has an unlikely fondness for Patrick Reed.


South African Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour’s South African Swing will be completed by the South African Open Championship, which will be played the same week as the new Golf in Dubai Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event at the iconic Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.


Mayakoba Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Home player Abraham Ancer will be desperate to finally secure his maiden victory at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, but he faces a stiff challenge from major champions Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas, who are both looking to end their year on the PGA Tour in style.


Golf in Dubai Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

In a week where we see a double header on the European Tour, an all-star cast will be heading to Dubai to take part in the inaugural Golf in Dubai Championship at the Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, including Danny Willett and Martin Kaymer.


Briliant Bezuidenhout Wins Second Title on Home Soil

Christiaan Bezuidenhout won the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the magnificent Leopard Creek by four shots as all his rivals crumbled on the back nine. It was the South African’s second European title and he achieved it thanks to a brilliant back nine of 34.


Who Is The Longest And Most Accurate On Tour?

The incredible distance of Bryson DeChambeau dominated headlines this season, with South African sensation Wilco Neinaber recently causing a stir with his long hitting. But what does it mean, and how do the longest drivers compare with the straightest? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks into the stats to find out.


Golf is Back in England But Will You Be Rushing Out To Play?

What a relief that most of us can get back out there and start playing golf again. It’s been a tough few weeks, with so much uncertainty surrounding whether or not we would be able to return. But with the imminent return of the tier system, it signals the way for courses to reopen in England.  But will you get back out playing?


What Can We Expect From Golf Courses in December

Seasoned golfers will have no great expectations about what they might find when their courses reopen after this latest lockdown ends. But those who returned to the game and/or took it up for the first time after the first lockdown ended might be disappointed - they shouldn’t be. Instead, we should all be thankful of the chance to go out and play again.


View From The Fairway - Wilco Nienaber is a Future Star

Golfshake's Derek Clements believes he may have seen the future in this week's View From The Fairway in the shape of 20-year-old South African golfer Wilco Nienaber. Derek also has some reflections from the Masters and what those stories mean for the game going forward.


Alfred Dunhill Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

A strong home field will be looking to prevent Pablo Larrazabal from making a successful defence of his Alfred Dunhill Championship title when they tee it up at the magnificent Leopard Creek, the second of three tournaments on the South Africa Swing.


Hansen Claims Maiden Victory to Deny Nienaber in South Africa

Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at the weekend's action from both the PGA Tour and European Tour, where Robert Streb defeated Kevin Kisner in a playoff, and Joachim B Hansen secured his maiden victory by edging the sensational Wilco Nienaber.


Do You Think We Will Be Playing Golf in December?

With lockdown in England forcing golf courses to close across the country, Golfshake writer Derek Clements reflects on what this means to him this winter, what he is doing to keep golf active and hopes for the short term.


No Need To Panic Over Europe's Ryder Cup Prospects

Off the back of the 2020 golf season and 2020 Masters, Golfshake writer and sports journalist Derek Clements looks ahead to the 2021 Ryder Cup assessing how the European team may stack up and compare against their US counterparts.


Joburg Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads to South Africa for three tournaments, starting with the Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club. At the end of this South Africa Swing the top 60 in the Race to Dubai will head to Dubai for the season-ending DP World Championship, so there is all to play for.


RSM Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

A strong field that includes Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry and Jason Day has assembled at the majestic Sea Island for the RSM Classic, where Tyler Duncan is the defending champion. We look ahead to what is always a competitive event in a beautiful part of the United States.


Reflecting on the 2020 Masters

Before the 84th Masters, all the talk was about Bryson DeChambeau, but Dustin Johnson made the headlines with his dominant victory. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the week, from the exploits of Bernhard Langer to frustrations for Rory McIlroy, and what Augusta National was like without the atmosphere.


Dustin Johnson Sprinkles Stardust Over Augusta National

The November Masters was a historic event, so fittingly Dustin Johnson produced a stunning performance to go with it, setting a new tournament record to secure his second major title and first Green Jacket by five shots. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a sheer exhibition from the world number one at Augusta National.


Bernhard Langer Becomes Oldest Player to Make Cut at Masters

Bringing Augusta National to its knees by hitting 340-yard drives, wedges to three feet and holing birdie putts for fun? Or there is the Bernhard Langer way, who began the 84th Masters with a round of 68 before following that up with a 73 to become the oldest player to ever make the cut.


View From The Augusta Fairways

As the 84th Masters Tournament gets under way, Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps some of the main talking points and his observations from the week so far, setting the scene for what promises to be a highly intriguing event.


DeChambeau is NOT the Only Show in Town at Augusta

If you read the papers or tune in to the TV coverage you could be forgiven for thinking that Bryson DeChambeau is the only person taking part in the 84th Masters at Augusta National. His obsessive search for distance is dominating everything to do with the final major of the season. But Golfshake's Derek Clements doesn't necessarily believe that the hype will lead to success.


The Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

Tiger Woods returns to Augusta National for his defence of the Masters, but the great man has been overshadowed by other storylines, including Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. This will be a unique event, but it promises to be a captivating one. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the 84th Masters Tournament.


How a November Masters Will Look

The Masters normally takes place in April, with the azaleas in full bloom. For the first time in its history, the tournament will be staged at Augusta in November. How different is it going to be? Several knowing minds have explained what will have changed at this time of the season.


10 of the Best Masters Tournaments

Over the years Augusta National has witnessed some incredible drama. Birdies and eagles at critical moments. Golf balls being swallowed up by Rae’s Creek and bringing the world’s greatest players to their knees. Derek Clements has picked out ten of his favourite Masters Tournaments.


9 Players to Watch at The Masters

This year's Masters Tournament will be unlike any other we have witnessed, played in November and without the magical soundtrack of the gathered patrons at Augusta National. However, it's going to be undeniably compelling. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out nine competitors he thinks could be right there in contention on Sunday.


Reliving Tiger's Incredible Masters Triumph in 2019

It was the sporting comeback to end all sporting comebacks. Tiger Woods wasn't meant to win another major. But he did. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps the unforgettable Masters Tournament of 2019, one that will forever be remembered as one of the most special.


View From The Fairway - The Masters Won't Be The Same

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, explaining why he doesn't feel his usual enthusiasm for the Masters, while taking aim at new government restrictions on golf in England, and wondering what has happened to Francesco Molinari.


Robert MacIntyre Secures Maiden European Tour Victory

Scotland's Robert MacIntyre overcame a rain delay and produced a birdie-birdie finish to secure his maiden European Title thanks to a closing round of 64 at the Cyprus Showdown, while over on the PGA Tour, Carlos Ortiz won the Vivint Houston Open at Memorial Park.


Farewell Old Friend, Hope to See You Again Soon

For a second time this year, golf courses in England will close in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, this occasion for at least one month. Golfshake's Derek Clements played one last round before the enforced sabbatical and describes his thoughts on what this all means for golfers as we move into winter.


How to Stay Fit for Golf After Lockdown

Those of us in England are not going to be able to get back out on the golf course until the beginning of December at the earliest. But it is important to keep ourselves fit and active during this time, and there are plenty of things you can do to remain in shape for the game we all love so much


Cyprus Showdown Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour remains at Aphrodite Hills for the unique Cyprus Showdown, which will see the top 32 players after two rounds progressing into the weekend with their scores reset for an 18-hole shootout, with the leading 16 qualifying for Sunday. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at this striking format.


Houston Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Before the Masters, the likes of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Jason Day and Phil Mickelson are in the field at the Houston Open, where 2,000 spectators will be in attendance each day. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the final event before the world's best drive down Magnolia Lane.


View From The Fairway - Inclusivity is Vital for Golf

Golfshake's Derek Clements reveals his latest View From The Fairway, reflecting on Black History Month and the issue of race in golf, in addition to taking a closer look at the likes of Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Martin Kaymer.


Callum Shinkwin Claims Breakthrough Victory at Aphrodite Hills

Big-hitting Englishman Callum Shinkwin birdied the 17th and then holed an outrageous putt for an eagle on the final hole as he covered the back nine in 29 shots on his way to a sensational closing round of 63 at Aphrodite Hills, placing him in a playoff with Finland's Kalle Samooja, which he ultimately won for his maiden European Tour title.


Should Golf Courses Close Or Time To Keep Golf Open

Golfshake writer Derek Clements reacts to the latest announcement from the UK government and the forthcoming lockdown which will see golf courses close across England. With a growing campaign to #KeepGolfOpen an online petition has already surpassed 100,000 votes required for debate in parliament.  Should there be a U-turn to keep golf open?


Golfers Give the World Handicap System a Thumbs Up

Following months of debate and scrutiny, the World Handicap System is finally here, but will this new process be a positive for golf worldwide? All in all, on closer inspection, golfers have given it an endorsing thumbs up, with many believing that it's a welcome step that is heading in the right direction for the game.


Rory Admits He Has to Eliminate the Mistakes

Rory McIlroy recorded 29 birdies in 72 holes at the Zozo Championship, but his challenge was ended by numerous mistakes and dropped shots. Now, ahead of the Masters, the Northern Irishman knows that he must eliminate those errors to have any chance of claiming the Green Jacket.


18 Tips to Improve Pace of Play on the Golf Course

Pace of play continues to be the issue that frustrates club golfers more than any other. Nobody enjoys taking five hours to play 18 holes. So, to offer a solution, here we have 18 simple tips to follow that are designed to speed up the game for everyone. None of it is rocket science and we would like to think you are already doing most of this.


Cyprus Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads to Cyprus for the first of two tournaments to be played at the magnificent Aphrodite Hills Resort near Paphos. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event from a truly stunning venue.


Bermuda Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Bermuda Championship sees the return of spectators on the PGA Tour, with 500 people per day set to attend the event at Port Royal Golf Course, where American Brendon Todd defends against a field that includes former Masters champion Danny Willett.


View From The Fairway - Time to Embrace the WHS

Golfshake's Derek Clements reveals his latest View From The Fairway, where he takes a closer inspection at the World Handicap System, winter golf, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, TV golf commentary, and makes a pick to win the Masters.


Ross McGowan Completes Italian Job for First Win in 11 Years

Ross McGowan birdied two of the final three holes to win the Italian Open - 11 years after his last victory on the European Tour, while Patrick Cantlay produced a final round of 65 to overhaul Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm and win the Zozo Championship, setting himself up for the Masters.


Golfers Just Want a Handicap System That is Fair

The World Handicap System has generated much discussion on what it means for golfers going forward, but the vast majority of players simply want a process that is fair to everybody, reducing the number of trophy hunters and so-called bandits. Will the WHS deliver on that? That is something the governing bodies are determined to achieve.


Are You Ready For Winter Golf - Tips To Keep Playing

The clocks are turning back meaning that winter golf is officially here, a time of year that divides opinion but one that can provide enjoyable playing opportunities. We have some thoughts on what you can do to prepare yourselves for winter and on what you can expect to face in the coming months.


World Handicap System - A Step Forward Or Cause For Confusion

The World Handicap System has been designed to make the game more accessible and inclusive, but the reality is that a significant number of golfers don't agree, with a worrying proportion not understanding the changes or why they have been introduced, believing that the new process will only make things more complicated and contentious.


Italian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Bernd Wiesberger defends his Italian Open title in somewhat different conditions, with the historic tournament no longer being a Rolex Series event. However, that hasn't stopped the likes of Matt Wallace and Lee Westwood from making the journey to Chevro Golf Club.


Zozo Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Tiger Woods returns to action for his defence of the Zozo Championship, but the legendary American faces a star-studded field at Sherwood Country Club, including Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, and Jon Rahm. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


View From The Fairway - Frustration of Unrepaired Pitchmarks

Golfshake's Derek Clements has penned another View From The Fairway, taking aim at a variety of topics, including Bryson DeChambeau, hoodies, the BBC, divots and pitchmarks, all of which have drawn his considered attention.


Adrian Otaegui Wins in Scotland With Final Round of 63

Adrian Otaegui, of Spain, who began the week with a spectacular round of 62, won the inaugural Scottish Championship at Fairmont St Andrews by four shots from England’s Matt Wallace, while over on the PGA Tour, it was finally Jason Kokrak's time, shooting 64 to win the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek thanks to a magnificent performance on the greens.


Slow Play - How to Keep Things Moving on the Golf Course

Pace of play remains a hot topic in the minds of golfers, as underlined in a recent Golfshake Survey, which gathered views on the subject following the coronavirus lockdown, where measures initially led to quicker rounds, before a frustrating sense of normality began to hit. We analyse those opinions and what can be done to address the issue.


What the New COVID-19 Rules Mean for Golfers

As COVID-19 continues to run rampant in the UK, new Government restrictions have been imposed, but rules vary between different parts of the country, with golfers wondering how this impacts them. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look and explains what affect these changes have on playing golf.


COVID Reality Check for PGA Tour Before The Masters

Dustin Johnson's positive test for COVID-19 brings home for PGA Tour players just how perilous these times are, especially with The Masters near. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes it should lead to a reassessment from both golfers and organisers as the game continues to best navigate through the pandemic.


Dustin Johnson Tests Positive for COVID-19

Dustin Johnson has become the highest-profile golfer to test positive for COVID-19, forcing his withdrawal from this week's CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. And they don't really come much higher profile than the sport's World No 1.


View From The Fairway - Credit to Keith Pelley & The European Tour

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his View From The Fairway, showcasing key thoughts on the game from the past week, including praise for Keith Pelley and the European Tour, who have managed to pull together an entertaining schedule of events in the face of the pandemic.


Scottish Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour moves onto the Scottish Championship at Fairmont St Andrews, where Lee Westwood, Aaron Rai, Matt Wallace and Robert MacIntyre are among those competing. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


CJ Cup Preview, Picks & Analysis

Justin Thomas heads a star-studded cast as he defends his title at the CJ Cup. Joining him in the field will be FedExCup champion Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, and Rory McIlroy. They will be joined by Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth.


Dream Comes True for Tyrrell Hatton at Wentworth

Inspired as a child by watching golf at Wentworth, Tyrrell Hatton climbed into the top 10 in the world after winning the BMW PGA Championship, achieving a lifelong goal, while over in the US, Scotland's Martin Laird rolled back the years to secure his fourth title on the PGA Tour.


Sei Young Kim Breaks Her Major Duck With Sparkling Victory

Sei Young Kim shot a final round of 63 to secure the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, her first women’s major, by five strokes from Inbee Park. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a sparkling triumph for the 11-time LPGA Tour winner.


How to Get More Juniors Playing Golf

While golf remains highly popular and naturally appealing to older people, can the game do more to connect with the next generation? Clearly, a significant number of golfers feel that the sport must become more dynamic and engaging in the future. Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his thoughts on how that can happen.


Golfers Address Issues Facing the Game

While there has been cause for optimism in the game due to the enthusiasm of golfers in the midst of the pandemic, the deeper issues remain for many, factors that need addressing in the future for the sport to thrive in the post-COVID climate. We look at the key areas that continue to concern golfers.


Golf in Huelva - A Hidden Gem on the Costa de la Luz

Located on Spain’s Costa de la Luz, Huelva is a historic city that features some fine architecture, culture, great nightlife and delicious local and international food. It is also an ideal location for a highly affordable golf break. We take a closer look at the venues and layouts you can experience here.


Golfers Are Optimistic About Future of UK Golf Clubs

The year began with fears of mass golf course closures, but following this most unique of seasons, are golfers feeling optimistic about the future? Apparently so. When asked, 75% of golfers said they were. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks deeper into the comments and what can be learned from them.


BMW PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour's flagship event returns to Wentworth this week, with former Masters champion Danny Willett defending his title, while the likes of Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Justin Rose and Patrick Reed are looking to secure a victory of their own at the BMW PGA.


Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Kevin Na defends his title at TPC Summerlin, but eyes will be on this year's major champions, Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa, who are both in the field this week. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahad to what promises to be an intriguing event.


Mel Reid's Breakthrough on LPGA Completes Stunning Weekend for European Golf

What a weekend for European golf! Aaron Rai won the Scottish Open, Sergio Garcia returned to the winners’ circle in America for the first time since his 2017 Masters victory and Mel Reid landed the Shoprite Classic. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at the action.


Rounds of Golf Are Taking Less Time - And Golfers Are Loving It

Slow play has been a hot topic for years, but when the game resumed after lockdown, due to larger tee time intervals and an increase of two-balls, the Golfshake Survey has revealed that golfers have enjoyed quicker rounds, featuring less waiting time, something that many are hoping continues into the future.


What Made Golfers Play More This Summer

During lockdown most of us were going stir crazy and we missed playing golf. However, when the game returned, the sport boomed, thousands joined clubs and we played more than ever before. Looking at comments submitted by regular golfers, Derek Clements analyses the factors that drew us back to our courses.


Scottish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour's strongest field of the year to date will assemble at the Renaissance Club as Bernd Wiesberger defends his Scottish Open title. And he will be joined by Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Ian Poulter in the season’s second Rolex Series event.


Sanderson Farms Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Sebastian Munoz defends his title at the Sanderson Farms Championship against a field of major champions, including Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson, while Scottie Scheffler is looking to continue his wonderful recent form with a victory.


John Catlin Wins Irish Open to Claim Second Victory in a Month

John Catlin produced a brilliant closing 64 to win the Irish Open, his second European Tour title in a month, while over on the PGA Tour, Hudson Swafford won the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship after holing an eight-foot putt on the final green. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the action.


Irish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Shane Lowry headlines the field at the Irish Open, returning to competitive action in Northern Ireland for the first time since his memorable Open Championship success at Royal Portrush last year. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event from Galgorm Castle.


Bryson DeChambeau Silences Critics With Dominant US Open Victory

They said it couldn’t be done. They said that Winged Foot would bring Bryson DeChambeau to his knees. He proved them all wrong with a wonderful final round of 67 to see off Matt Wolff and win the US Open by six shots. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a dominant triumph.


When Graeme McDowell Finally Won Again

When Graeme McDowell arrived in the Dominican Republic last year he was on the crest of a slump, tumbling down the world rankings and wondering where his next win was going to come from. He would have taken any win and everything finally fell back into place on that week.


Old Thorns Stay & Play Review

Highly Recommended on Golfshake, Old Thorns Golf and Hotel Spa is an exceptional venue for a golf break. Derek Clements recently experienced this popular destination in Hampshire for himself, describing his thoughts in this detailed review.


Winged Foot Will Provide a Psychological Test Like No Other

Collin Morikawa describes it as the most difficult golf course he has ever seen and Rory McIlroy has warned the USGA about avoiding what he described as “goofy golf”. Yes, it must be the week of the US Open, which this week is being staged at Winged Foot, a course that has a history for bringing the world’s best players to their knees.


Why Autumn is a Great Time for a Midweek Golf Break

When booking a golf break most of us opt for weekends, but now that autumn is here there are some incredible midweek deals to be had at some the best golf resorts in the British Isles. There are lots of reasons for considering a midweek break, including greater tee-time availability and special offers at some of the most famous golf resorts in the UK.


The Best Places to Stay & Play Golf This Autumn

The nights are drawing in and, before we know it, the clocks will be changing and the early dark nights will have arrived. But that doesn’t mean we cannot carry on enjoying golf breaks. Far from it. There are many incredible bargains to be had for those in search of an autumn golf break. We look at some of the best.


The US Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The US Open returns to the fearsome Winged Foot - and it promises to be a cracker. World number one Dustin Johnson is searching for his second major victory, while the likes of Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele are hoping to claim their first. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the championship and analyses the venue and the main contenders.


9 Players to Watch at the US Open

The West Course at Winged Foot is ranked among the most difficult venues in the United States, a fitting stage for the US Open. Gary Woodland defends the title, but who could etch their name into history this week? Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out a group of players you should be looking out for.


The US Open By Numbers

First held 125 years ago in 1895, America's national golf championship, the US Open, has been a prominent part of the calender and defined many great moments through generations in the game. Picking out key numbers from that rich history, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his US Open By Numbers. 


Stewart Cink Rolls Back the Years to Win Again on PGA Tour

Stewart Cink had an emotional victory at the Safeway Open for his first win since the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry, while George Coetzee won his fifth European Tour title at the Portugal Masters. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the action from the weekend.


Mirim Lee Produces Magic to Secure Dramatic Major Victory

Mirim Lee of South Korea won the ANA Inspiration after a three-way playoff to land her first major. The 29-year-old beat 54-hole leaders Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson with a birdie on the first extra hole before taking the traditional leap into Poppie's Pond to celebrate her triumph.


Winged Foot 2006 - The US Open Nobody Wanted to Win

The US Open returns to Winged Foot, but it will be hard to surpass the drama of its last visit in 2006. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a truly remarkable major, one that saw Phil Mickelson, Colin Montgomerie, Jim Furyk and Padraig Harrington spurn an opportunity to grasp glory.


How Golf Breaks Have Changed With COVID Regulations

Golf breaks in the UK have taken on a whole new dimension as we learn to live with social distancing and Covid-19 restrictions, but thousands of golfers haven't allowed that to stop them enjoying a trip. We take a look at the advice and guidance on how things have to changed.


Dunston Hall Stay & Play Review

Located on the outskirts of Norwich, Dunston Hall is renowned for its English country house setting in 150 acres of stunning woodland, comprising a hotel with 166 bedrooms and 18-hole parkland golf course. Derek Clements reviews the stay and play experience at this venue.


Safeway Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Last season may have just ended, but a new one immediately begins on the PGA Tour at the Safeway Open in California, where Phil Mickelson is among the field preparing for his return to the US Open at Winged Foot. Golfshake's Derek Clements sets the scene for the event.


Dustin Johnson Hits the Jackpot and Wins FedEx Cup

World number one Dustin Johnson survived a front-nine stumble to see off the challenge of Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele and win the FedEx Cup and the small matter of $15m. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at a lucractive triumph for the American.


Portugal Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour continues with the Portugal Masters at Vilamoura, where England's Steven Brown defends the title against a field that includes late entrant Tommy Fleetwood. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to a popular event.


John Catlin Edges Out Martin Kaymer at Brutal Valderrama

There were two winners at the Andalucia Masters - American John Catlin and the fearsome Valderrama. Catlin defeated Germany’s Martin Kaymer by a shot as the two-time major champion dropped a stroke at the final hole at the end of four brutal days in which not a single player finished the week under par.


Popular Alternatives to Traditional Golf Club Memberships

Golf club memberships have gone through the roof since lockdown ended, but many golfers would still rather continue their nomadic existence than join a club. Fortunately, they have lots of choice. We take a look at the alternatives out there, the schemes and possible options that golfers have to play a variety of courses for great value.


Golf is Booming - Let's Make Sure it Continues

The number of rounds played are up. Club memberships have increased. All the evidence suggests that club golf is booming in the UK, but can that be sustained into the future? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at stories of courses that have transformed themselves, reflecting on the wider picture and this unique opportunity for the game.


Tour Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Dustin Johnson leads the FedEx Cup and holds the advantage at the Tour Championship, where the elite field of 30 will be competing for the lucrative, $15m prize bonus. However, BMW winner Jon Rahm will provide a formidable challenge to the world number one. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the PGA Tour's season finale.


Andalucia Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

After six weeks in the UK, the European Tour heads to Spain for the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama. The likes of Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood and Robert MacIntyre are in the field at the iconic former Ryder Cup venue. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Jon Rahm Holes Monster Putt to Win Dramatic BMW Championship

In an extraordinary finish, Jon Rahm holed a huge putt at the first playoff hole to win the BMW Championship and deny Dustin Johnson a second successive victory in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, capping an unforgettable Sunday at Olympia Fields, one of the most dramatic final days on the PGA Tour in many a year.


Great Dane Hojgaard Lands Second Title of Season at The Belfry

Rasmus Hojgaard won the UK Championship at The Belfry, defeating Justin Walters in a playoff, becoming only the second player to have won twice on the European Tour as a teenager. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps a thrilling finish to the UK Swing.


10 of the Strangest Golf Swings

Much is made of the search for the perfect golf swing. But there are, of course, many ways to get the job done and the world of golf is full of players who have achieved huge success by throwing away the rule book and doing it their own way. We take a closer look at ten of the most idiosyncratic techniques.


Phil Mickelson Makes Instant Impact on Champions Tour

Now 50, Phil Mickelson has managed to win on his first Champions Tour start. He not only won the Charles Schwab Series but, in the process, he equalled the scoring record for a 54-hole tournament with an astonishing total of 191. But as Derek Clements explains, Lefty is by no means the first golfer to win on his senior debut.


UK Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour's UK Swing reaches its conclusion at The Belfry, with the strongest field gathering for the UK Championship, including Danny Willett, Matt Wallace, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes the former Masters champion is ready to win again.


10 of the Best Golf Coaches

Behind many a great player is a celebrated golf coach, those swing and short game masters who guide their pupils and help them succeed at the highest level. And some of them have become household names, able to command vast sums of money for their services. Here we look at ten of the very best.


BMW Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Justin Thomas defends the title at the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields, the penultimate event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, with players looking to secure their place in the Tour Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to a big week for many star names in the game.


Inspired Sophia Popov Completes Fairytale Story at Royal Troon

Ranked 304th in the world, Sophia Popov hadn't won on either the LPGA or LET, but that spectacularly changed at Royal Troon, where the German stunned the world by playing the tournament of her life, winning the Women's Open by two shots. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a remarkable story.


Dustin Johnson Produces Masterclass to Secure Dominant Victory

Dustin Johnson regained the world number one ranking after completing a dominant victory at the Northern Trust, the first FedEx Cup Playoff, winning by an astonishing 11 shots after shooting 30-under par, a blistering total that is the second lowest in PGA Tour history.


Stacy Lewis Deserves Praise for Slow Play Comments

Stacy Lewis made headlines for claiming her first victory in three years at the Scottish Open, but also for publicly addressing the slow play of her fellow golfers. Derek Clements explains why the former Women's Open champion deserves praise for commenting on a subject that ruins for the game for many.


The Changing of the Guard on the PGA Tour

Several big names have not qualified for this year's FedEx Cup Playoffs, while new stars have risen and dominated headlines on the PGA Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at this changing of the guard and the encouraging success of the younger generation.


AIG Women's Open Preview

The Women's Open heads to Royal Troon, welcoming the best of the LPGA and LET for the first major of this unusual season, with former winner Georgia Hall set to lead the British challenge in Ayrshire. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what promises to be a fascinating week in Scotland.


Wales Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour continues its two-week residency at Celtic Manor for the Wales Open, where Sam Horsfield will be attempting to maintain his month of victories, but the likes of Thomas Pieters and Eddie Pepperell will be searching for success of their own.


The Northern Trust Preview, Picks & Analysis

The top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings are in the field at the Northern Trust, the first of three PGA Tour playoff events. Patrick Reed defends his title in Boston, but the likes of Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Webb Simpson and Bryson DeChambeau are riding high in the rankings.


Sam Horsfield Continues Incredible Summer Season

Sam Horsfield’s incredible season continued at the Celtic Classic, where he shot a final round of 67 to secure his second European Tour victory in a fortnight, while over in the States, Jim Herman claimed an unlikely triumph on the PGA Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend.


The Worst Shots Played by the Best Golfers

We marvel at what the world's top golfers can do, massive drives, fairway woods that finish three feet from the hole, stunning wedges, miraculous recoveries, glorious bunker shots and 60-foot birdie putts. But it does go wrong more often than you might believe, and sometimes in the most spectacular fashion. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at ten shots that these big names would rather forget.


No Need for Rory McIlroy to Press the Panic Button

It's now been six years since Rory McIlroy won a major championship, following a dissappointing showing at the PGA, which continued his poor form since the game restarted. Despite concerns, Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why the Northern Irishman will return to his best soon - and why majors are in his future.


Celtic Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour’s UK Swing heads to Wales for the first of two tournaments at Celtic Manor, kicking off with the Celtic Classic. Belgian star Thomas Pieters makes his first appearance since the shutdown and Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that the Ryder Cup player will perform strongly.


Wyndham Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Several big names are looking to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs as the PGA Tour's regular season concludes at this week's Wyndham Championship, where the likes of Shane Lowry and Sergio Garcia need to make a move. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event at historic Sedgefield Country Club.


Collin Morikawa Clinches First Major in Sensational Fashion

Collin Morikawa continued his sensational season by winning a thrilling US PGA Championship at Harding Park thanks to a brilliant eagle two at the par-four 16th hole, establishing himself as a new major star in golf. Derek Clements reflects on a thrilling final round in California.


English Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour's UK Swing continues with the English Championship at Hanbury Manor. Lee Westwood headlines the field, but the likes of Sam Horsfield, Justin Harding and Danish sensation Rasmus Hojgaard will be among the contenders in Hertfordshire.


US PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Brooks Koepka is looking to complete a historic treble of PGA Championship victories, but he faces stiff competition at Harding Park in the first major of this unique year, with new world number one Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau and two-time winner Rory McIlroy among the favourites to lift the Wanamaker Trophy.


How Brooks Koepka Won the 2019 US PGA

In 2020, Brooks Koepka is remarkably searching for a third consecutive victory at the PGA Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at the American's success last year at Bethpage Black, a major that the former world number one nearly lost before grasping the Wanamaker Trophy.


The US PGA By Numbers

The US PGA Championship holds a rich place in the history of golf, with the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Walter Hagen, Tiger Woods, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Nick Price, Vijay Singh and Rory McIlroy all multiple winners. We take a look at some of the key numbers that define the PGA.


Brief History of the US PGA Championship

The PGA Championship is uniquely the first major of this exatraordinary year, just the latest chapter in an event that dates back to the First World War. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a brief look at the history and describes what makes this major distinctive.


Sam Horsfield Secures Maiden European Tour Victory

England's Sam Horsfield overcame Thomas Detry in a thrilling final round to win his first European Tour title at the 2020 Hero Open at the Forest of Arden. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on an exciting finish in the Midlands.


Justin Thomas on Top of the World After WGC Triumph

Justin Thomas has returned to world number one ahead of the US PGA Championship after shooting a final round of 65 to win a dramatic WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational, fending off a challenge from the likes of Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Daniel Berger and England's Tom Lewis.


Jimenez Celebrates Record 707th European Tour Start With Magical Round

The remarkable Miguel Angel Jimenez celebrated a record-breaking 707th appearance on the European Tour with an opening round of 64 at the Hero Open at the Forest of Arden. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a special day for the popular Spaniard.


Looking for the Next Generation of Scottish Winners

From the likes of Old Tom Morris to Willie Anderson, Bernard Gallacher, Sam Torrance, Sandy Lyle, Catriona Matthew, Paul Lawrie and Colin Montgomerie, Scottish golfers have played a starring role in golf, but in recent times, that production line has slowed. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at where the next champion could emerge from.


Andrew Johnston Withdrawal Highlights Difficulty of Life in a Bubble

Last week, Andrew "Beef" Johnston withdrew from the British Masters after nine-holes, citing the difficulty of having to exist within the bubble environment on the European Tour, away from his family. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why this is understandable, looking at the challenges of this new normal for pro golf.


Hero Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour’s UK Swing continues with the Hero Open. Originally announced as the English Open, the newly named Hero Open takes place at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country Club near Birmingham. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ehad to the event.


WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis

Brooks Koepka defends his WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational title at TPC Southwind, Memphis, desperately hoping to rediscover the form that took him to the top of the world rankings. Jon Rahm is now at the summit, making his first appearance as number one, while Rory McIlroy is searching for his best ahead of the PGA Championship.


Renato Paratore Masters Close House

Kicking off the European Tour's UK Swing, Renato Paratore won the British Masters at Close House, beating teenage sensation Rasmus Hojgaard by three strokes. The Italian shot a final round of 69 to finish the week on 18 under par. Golfshake's Derek Clements relects on the action.


How Jon Rahm Conquered the World

New world number one Jon Rahm has enjoyed a constant rise to the top since turning professional in 2016. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at how the powerful Spaniard has done it, starting with his stunning amateur career, to his latest memorable success at The Memorial.


The UK Swing Tees Off in Style

Justin Walters hit the opening tee shot to signal the start of the British Masters at Close House hosted by Lee Westwood, beginning the European Tour's UK Swing. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the different feel to the event, the regulations, featuring insights from players involved.


Viktor Hovland is Europe's Next Big Thing

Jon Rahm has just been crowned world number one, but Europe has an emerging star right behind him. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at the impressive Viktor Hovland, explaining why he believes the Norwegian has all the tools to become great.


British Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

Lee Westwood hosts the British Masters at Close House, signalling another important milestone in the European Tour's return. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event and explains why the rejuvenated veteran Englishman could be the man to beat in his own event.


3M Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Tommy Fleetwood makes his long-awaited return to competitive action at the PGA Tour's 3M Open, where young American star Matt Wolff is the defending champion. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the event as the major season approaches.


Jon Rahm Becomes New World Number One After Memorial Victory

Completing a career goal at the age of 25, Jon Rahm won The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village to ascend to the top of the game, replacing Rory McIlroy as the world number one. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back on the weekend and the Spaniard's achievement.


How the 2011 Open Championship Was Won

This week should have been The 149th Open at Royal St George's, but the coronavirus pandemic forced its postponement for the first time since the Second World War. To remind us of what we're missing, Golfshake's Derek Clements relives the most recent edition of golf's oldest major in Kent, 2011, the year when Darren Clarke secured his greatest triumph.


Winners And Losers Since the PGA Tour Returned

There have now been five tournaments completed since the PGA Tour made its long-awaited return and it seems like the perfect time to take stock and look at the winners and losers to date. Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his thoughts on what we've seen so far.


The Memorial Tournament Preview, Picks & Analysis

Tiger Woods makes his return on the PGA Tour at the Memorial Tournament, but will face stiff competition from the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to a blockbuster event at the Jack Nicklaus designed Muirfield Village.


Marc Warren Turns Back the Clock to Win Austrian Open

The European Tour returned at the Austrian Open, a moment crowned by Scotland's Marc Warren, who rolled back the years to secure his fourth victory on the circuit, his first since 2014, rejuvenating the 39-year-old's career.


Collin Morikawa Produces Sparkling Golf to Beat Justin Thomas in Thriller

Securing his second title in 24 professional starts, Collin Morikawa produced some sparkling golf to beat Justin Thomas in a playoff and win the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back on a dramatic Sunday in Ohio.


Bryson DeChambeau Continues to Divide Opinion

Bryson DeChambeau has dominated headlines lately, dividing opinion. Golfshake's Derek Clements recently shared his views in an article that drew a considerable number of passionate comments, both in support and against what he said. Now, Derek responds and addresses those directly.


Workday Charity Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour arrives at Muirfield Village for the first of two tournaments with the Workday Charity Open, which replaces the John Deere Classic. Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose, Jon Rahm and Justin Thoma are among the likely contenders in the field. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


The Many Questions Raised by Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau has been the main talking point in golf for weeks, his radical physical transformation, his stunning power, and his attitude have all generated discussion and controversy. Golfshake's Derek Clements is stunned by what he's acheived, but explains why he doesn't believe the American is good for the game.


Tommy Fleetwood Heading Back to America to Resume Season

Following months at home, Tommy Fleetwood is venturing back across the Atlantic to begin two weeks of quarantine, in readiness for his return to action at the 3M Open, ahead of the WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational and PGA Championship, insisting that he has no problem with Rory McIlroy, who had been critical of those who had delayed coming over.


DeChambeau Muscles His Way to Rocket Mortgage Title

Bryson DeChambeau secured his first victory since returning from lockdown, winning the Rocket Mortgage Classic by three shots after blowing away the field with a final round 65. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on this triumph for the American who has dominated the headlines of late.


15 of the Best Caddies in Golf

For a tour player, a good caddie can be worth three or four shots a round - and maybe more than that. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at just some of the best in business, past and present, those characters who guide the world's best players around major championship venues.


The Ryder Cup Looks Set To Be Postponed

It has been widely reported that the Ryder Cup is expected to be called off, potentially as soon as this week. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the complexities behind the decision and why it's not as straightforward as some may think.


Rocket Mortgage Preview, Picks & Analysis

The travelling circus of the PGA Tour moves onto Detroit for the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Several positive COVID-19 tests have cast a shadow over the players, but there is nonetheless an impressive field gathered in the Motor City. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


PGA Tour Finally Gets COVID-19 Message

The PGA Tour's return has been mirred by positive COVID-19 tests, the latest being South Africa's Dylan Frittelli. However, Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that the circuit, its leader Jay Monahan, and the players, have learned their lesson, with stricter protocols and greater awareness displayed.


Dustin Johnson Secures 21st PGA Tour Victory at Travelers

Dustin Johnson made it 13 consecutive seasons of winning events on the PGA Tour, following a hard-fought victory at the Travelers Championship, making it title number 21 for the American. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on his latest success for the former world number one.


UK Golf Clubs Report Stunning Rise in New Members

Many golf clubs across the UK have reported dramatic increases in membership, including several notable stories of remarkable revival, but as Golfshake's Derek Clements notes, that positive trend is real, but there remains key challenges for some venues.


10 of Golf's Biggest and Best Characters

Golf has been littered with many colourful, fascinating and charismatic figures through the decades, something that Golfshake's Derek Clements celebrates in this feature, describing several of his favourite characters across various eras in the game.


Positive COVID-19 Test is Wake-up Call for PGA Tour

The PGA Tour's return at Colonial and Harbour Town has been entertaining, but the inevitable became a reality when Nick Watney was revealed to be the first golfer to test positive for COVID-19. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why this is a wake-up call for the players, who have been visibly relaxed with regards to social distancing.


Travelers Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour moves onto TPC River Highlands for the Travelers Championship, where yet another stellar field has assembled. Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Patrick Cantlay, Webb Simpson and Justin Rose will all be battling it out. And Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the event.


Why Harbour Town is the Answer

Whatever the question, Habour Town Golf Links is the answer. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why this venerable Pete Dye layout is the antidote to the one-dimensional long hitting game that we see routinely on the PGA Tour.


Webb Simpson Produces Stunning Finish to Win Thriller at Habour Town

It was yet another extraordinary day on the PGA Tour, Webb Simpson carded a bogey-free 64, including five birdies in the final seven holes, to shot a record tournament score and win the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town in the fading light, beating a congested leaderboard that included Tyrrell Hatton and Abraham Ancer. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on a thriller.


So Yeon Ryu Makes Incredible Philanthropic Gesture

There were a couple of feel-good stories in golf that you may have missed. In America, Chris Kirk completed an emotional victory on the Korn Ferry Tour, following struggles with alcoholism and depression, while in South Korea, major champion So Yeon Ryu donated her entire winning cheque for $206,000 to COVID-19 relief funds. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports.


Are You Ready For The World Handicap System

With golf now back, a big talking point among everyday golfers remains the World Handicap System (WHS), which is being rolled out across the world in 2020. Golfshake has surveyed 2,000 golfers to gather their thoughts on the new system, whether they understand it, what they hope it will achieve, and whether they think it's good for the game.


Padraig Harrington Faces Ryder Cup Headache

It didn't seem likely a few weeks ago, but there are now signs that the Ryder Cup may go ahead in September, but as Golfshake's Derek Clements explains, considering the lack of qualifying events for many European golfers, Padraig Harrington faces a headache with regard to forming a competitive team.


European Golfers Will See Rankings Fall Through No Fault of Their Own

Golf’s world rankings were suspended on March 15 when the sport locked down. But with the action back under way in the USA that has now all changed. However, Golfshake's Derek Clements explains how those men who ply their trade on the European Tour are going to suffer because they have no events to play in.


RBC Heritage Preview, Picks & Analysis

The RBC Heritage returns to the magnificent Harbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head Island boasting its strongest field in years as the PGA Tour’s resumption without fans continues. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to one of the most popular events on the schedule, which this year includes 114 tour winners vying for the title.


Live Golf is Back - And It's Nothing Like We've Seen Before

The PGA Tour returned after three months, but how did the unique circumstances of the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial translate on TV? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back on the week and shares his thoughts on the broadcast, how the event looked, and what the near future holds.


Comeback Kid Daniel Berger Crowns PGA Tour Return With Emotional Victory

Following 91 days away, the return of the PGA Tour saw a thrilling finish to the Charles Schwab Challenge with Daniel Berger claiming the title in a playoff with Collin Morikawa. And so he goes into the history books as the man who won the first tournament back at Colonial.


Where Senior Golfers Stand in the Game - What You Said

Golfshake writer and senior golfer Derek Clements reviews and breaks down the findings of a recent survey that focused on the attitudes of golfers, specifically with regards to senior golf, asking key questions about memberships, pace of play, and just how important this demograpgic is for clubs.


Rory McIlroy Suggests European Tour and PGA Tour Should Merge

With the full economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic yet to be known, world number one Rory McIlroy has expressed fear for the future of the European Tour, suggesting that it should potentially merge with the PGA Tour to help simplify and strengthen the game at the highest level.


Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour is back with an exceptionally strong field at Colonial Country Club in Texas, where the likes of Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas will be competing in unique circumstances without fans in attendance, but with millions set to watch on TV. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what is set to be a historic tournament.


The Best Players in History at Colonial Country Club

Colonial Country Club is among the most revered venues on the PGA Tour, crowning many of the greats through the years. We take a look back at some of the best players in the history of the event, including Ben Hogan, who made this course his home.


How Kevin Na Learnt to Pull the Trigger

With the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial marking the return of live action on the PGA Tour, we look back at last year’s tournament, which was won by American Kevin Na, specifically at his journey from struggles to become a regular winner.


Can You Remember Who Leads the FedEx Cup Standings?

It has been a long time since we last saw any live action on the PGA Tour so, as we prepare to get going again, Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps the FedEx Cup Standings for this season, which players are flying high, and who will be hoping to see improved form following the resumption of tournaments.


A Little Reminder of What We Have All Been Missing on the PGA Tour

Since The Players Championship was cancelled after one round in March, the PGA Tour has been in hiatus, but now the circuit returns at Colonial. Considering the break in the schedule, you could be forgiven for forgetting what happened before. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the season to date.


The Joy of Returning to the Golf Course Again

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares the final chapter of his lockdown diary, reflecting on his long-awaited return to the golf course, something that he had been initially unsure about, but the experience surpassed all expectations.


It's Time to Show More Tolerance Towards Nomadic Golfers

Since golf resumed in the UK, clubs have sought to find the balance of satisfying the needs of committed members alongside visitors who provide valuable income through green fees. But there has been a degree of dissension between many golfers. Looking at the debate and responding to comments, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his view on why more tolerance should be shown towards nomadic players.


European Tour Missed a Trick by Not Embracing Women

The European Tour has announced its return with a "UK Swing" of events in the UK, but for players on the Ladies European Tour, there remains considerable uncertainty. Golfshake's Derek Clements doesn't understand why the two circuits haven't co-hosted tournaments, bringing male and female golfers together this summer.


Why The Ryder Cup Must Be Postponed

As the game prepares for the return of professional golf without spectators, the debate continues to rage about the fate of this year's Ryder Cup. Leading stars Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka are among those calling for the event to be postponed, should fans not be in attendance at Whistling Straits. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes they are correct.


Do We Really Want to Play in Fourballs Again

Golfers across the UK have been enjoying the brisk pace of twoballs since the game resumed, but now a further relaxation in lockdown rules has seen the wider return of three and fourballs throughout England. But Golfshake's Derek Clements asks; will we be happy with that change?


Glorious Weather Turns Us Into Fitness Fanatics

Following the easing of some lockdown restrictions, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares the latest entry in his weekly diary, reflecting on the rise of outdoor exercise, the anxieties of the current situation, what has been lost, and some thoughts on the future.


Cover Your Ears - European Tour Players to Wear Microphones

In a revolutionary move, European Tour officials plan to ask players to wear microphones when the action restarts at the British Masters at Close House. CEO Keith Pelley explains why he believes that it could become 'the way of life' at future events.


The European Tour Returns With Six Event UK Swing

The European Tour has announced its new schedule for the rest of 2020, and it will kick off with the British Masters, the first of six consecutive tournaments staged in the UK, introducing events at Forest of Arden, Hanbury Manor, Celtic Manor and The Belfry.


Safety First for PGA Tour Golf Like You Have Never Seen it Before

Following months in lockdown, the PGA Tour is back on June 11, with the Charles Schwab Challenge being staged at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. And it will be tournament golf like we have not seen before, with no spectators in attendance and a huge raft of measures being introduced to ensure the safety of everybody involved.


New Members Flood Back To Golf - But Will It Last

Golf clubs across the UK have reported a surge in new members, a much welcome boost, but can that positive momentum be maintained into the future? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at how venues are adapting to take advantage of this opportunity and transform the revival into a longer-term benefit.


Is 54 Handicap A Step Too Far?

Golf handicaps divide opinions more than any other issue within the game of golf. Taking a look at our survey in Feb 2020, focused on handicaps, we we round up the data and your comments which make for interesting insights into what golfers think.


Home On The Range ... The Day I Hit 200 Golf Balls

I DID it. I went out and hit golf balls - 200 of them, to be precise. And before any of you start thinking that I have completely lost my game I should stress that the balls were hit at my local driving range in Ipswich.


Revised European Tour Events Possibly Taking Shape

THE good news is that it looks like when the European Tour makes its long-awaited return, much of the action could take place in England according to reports.


Rory Finds A Way To Be Consistently Word Perfect

WITH greatness comes responsibility.  Rory McIlroy is the world’s top-ranked golfer and, as such, he is a man who is approached for his views on just about every subject under the sun. And boy has he grown into the role.


My Clothes Don't Fit Me Any More

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest update from lockdown, detailing how he is progressing so far and also slowly returning back to golf.


How Golf Can Help Your Mental Wellbeing

It is Mental Health Awareness Week and never have we been more aware of our mental health than we are right now. Golf is known to be a hugely benefical activity for improving your mental wellbeing, but just how effective can it be? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the positive impact that the game has on mental and physical health.


Beef Finds a Road to Happiness

Andrew "Beef" Johnston quickly became a crowd favourite on both sides of the Atlantic, but spotlight brought a pressure that proved damaging to the Englishman's mental health. Now, he is speaking out on the challenges he faced, and the progress that has been made.


Ready, Steady, Golf!

Golf is back throughout much of the UK & Ireland, but due to social distancing restrictions, the game isn't quite what we knew, two-balls are mandatory, clubhouses are closed, and those post-round drinks are a thing of memory. However, Golfshake's Derek Clements has taken a fantastical gaze ahead, looking forward to a day when full normality returns.


I Have Itchy Feet to Start Playing Golf Again

Last week, Golfshake's Derek Clements wrote a piece on why he didn't feel the urge to return to the golf course, despite the game resuming in England, but now, following a range of positive and supportive comments from readers, he is beginning to feel that itch to start playing again.


McIlroy and Johnson Take the Honours - But Good Causes Are the Real Winners

Televised golf made its return on Sunday, raising millions for COVID-19 relief work in America, with Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson taking on Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in a skins game at Seminole Golf Club. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps the event, reflecing on what we saw.


Lockdown Update: I Just Don't Feel Comfortable Jogging Now

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest update from life in lockdown, describing frustrations with government messaging as the country slowly moves to reopen, and why he no longer feels comfortable jogging in the street.


Big Guns Are Back in Action for Great Causes - And We Should be Watching

Live golf returns to our screens on Sunday when Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy take on Matthew Wolff and Rickie Fowler in the TaylorMade Driving Relief skins match at Seminole Golf Club in Florida in aid of Covid-19 relief efforts. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event and explains why you should be watching.


Golf Has a Chance to Grasp That May Never Come Again

English golfers have been flocking back to their courses in huge numbers, but not everyone is happy, and many non-club members haven't been able to play. However, Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that this unique time presents an incredible opportunity for the game to revitalise memberships and draw in new players.


Rory is Raring to Go on the PGA Tour

Set for the return of golf, world number one Rory McIlroy has confirmed that he will be playing in all three PGA Tour events next month as it is revealed he is Britain’s second-wealthiest sportsman behind Lewis Hamilton.


Why I Won't Be Joining the Rush to the First Tee

Golfers in England are returning to their courses this week, but Golfshake's Derek Clements won't be among them. Offering a perspective that some may be quietly feeling themselves, he explains in this feature why, for the moment, despite loving and missing the game, golf just isn't for him right now.


The Massive Challenges Facing Golf Clubs as Doors Reopen

Golf clubs in the UK had been wrestling with many challenges before and during the coronavirus lockdown, but now with play returning in England, Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the issues that venues will face during reopening with limited revenue available.


Golf's Return - Am I The Only One Who Is Confused?

Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's address to the nation on Sunday, golf has been given the green light to return in England, but that announcement has caught the industry by surprise, leading to much confusion and search for clarity within the governing bodies and clubs. Golfshake's Derek Clements feels just like them.


Golf Ireland Sets Out Roadmap For Return Of Play

The Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) has announced how the sport is going to look when it returns on May 18 as part of a five-phase plan for golf's return in Ireland.


European Tour Finds a Virtual Solution

With tournaments suspended, many leading professionals have been turning to solutions at home and now the European Tour has come up with a novel way of giving us - and some of their top players - our fix of tournament golf, albeit without crowds and caddies.  Find out more about the new BMW Indoor Invitational powered by TrackMan.


How My Clothes Airer Landed Me With a Visit From The Police

Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on week 5 of his lockdown fitness kick, how he's getting through lockdown and his mental well-being, along with a story on why the police visited him over his clothes airer.


Communication is Key as Golf Clubs Launch Fundraising Efforts

Already struggling before the present crisis, several golf clubs, including a handful in Ireland, have closed their doors for the last time, while in the face of economic worries, other venues across the British Isles have launched fundraising efforts to ensure their survival going forward. But as Derek Clements notes, effective communication is vital in the future.


Slope Rating - What Does It Actually Mean

Ahead of the World Handicap System being introduced this year, golfers had raised concerns about understanding the changes, specifically the slope rating system. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains what the slope rating is and how this will affect your handicap from November for golf club members.


Golf's Return Edges a Step Closer

First it was Ireland that announced it was reopening its golf courses. And now courses in the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey have also allowed golfers back on the course, with restrictions, a development that advances the sentiment that a return of the game in the UK is expected sooner rather than later.


Charities Will Lose Millions as a Result of Tournaments Being Scrapped

Among the consequences of the present shutdown is the significant impact on the many charities that are supported to the sum of millions each year by professional golf tournaments. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at what these organisations are missing out on.


An Idiot's Guide to Golf

For the benefit of new golfers and those who should already know better, Golfshake's Derek Clements, with tongue firmly in cheek, has presented his idiot's guide to the game, which is a handy reminder for everyone.


Ireland Ready To Open Courses Again - When Will The UK Follow Suit?

Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the latest announcement which could mark the return of golf in Ireland on the 18th May and assesses when golf may return to the UK.


Just When It Was All Going So Well .... Catastrophe!

Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on week 4 of his lockdown fitness kick. How this entails more than just jogging and how he is reviewing what he eats, all for the better in terms of mind, body and soul.


Europe is Turning to Exercise in Huge Numbers

We report on the growth of fitness activities amongst European countries as well as the effect to golf from countries where golf courses are now back open.


Lessons to be Learnt Before Golf Reopens

When golf courses reopen for play in the UK, there will likely be recommendations to accommodate the new normality that we are adjusting to. But what could that look like? Golfshake's Derek Clements has been looking at what has been going on in Denmark, where the game has returned, analysing what lessons can be taken from that.


Troubled Times for Scottish Golf at a Time When Unity is Needed

These are uncertain times for the governing body in the nation that gave birth to the modern game, as Scottish Golf has seen its third chief executive depart in four years, with significant financial challenges leading to difficult decisions for an organisation that is battling to restore its reputation.


Should More Golf Courses Be Open to the General Public for Daily Exercise?

The Old Course at St Andrews becomes a public park on Sundays, but in this unique age of social distancing, there are calls suggesting making more venues accessible to the general population for basic exercise. Many clubs have opened their doors, but there have been tales of vandalism that have concerned courses. What should the role of golf be at this time? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the debate.


20 of the Most Unforgettable Golf Images

Making his living through the written word, Golfshake's Derek Clements also has a deep appreciation for the role of photography in capturing indelible moments in golf. There are countless examples of unforgettable images, but here are just 20 of Derek's favourites.


A Bad Week, But There Is Light At The End Of My Tunnel

Golfshake's Derek Clements is maintaining his health kick during lockdown, working on his jogging technique, improving his diet, and learning how to deal with cyclists, as our veteran writer documents week three of his journey.


Shane Lowry Desperate to Start Playing Again - Even Without Fans

While there might be mixed feelings about the resumption of play on the PGA Tour at Fort Worth on June 11, Open champion Shane Lowry says that he is looking forward to returning to action, even though the Charles Schwab Challenge will be played in eerie silence, without any spectators.


Confusion in America Over Whether Courses Should Be Open for Business

We have seen the vast majority of golf courses across Europe closed during the pandemic, but the situation is a little more confused in the United States, where state by state differences muddying the waters somewhat.


An Open and Shut Case for Golf Courses Around the Globe

Some believe that there should be an easing of restrictions for club golfers in this country and for golf to be classed as part of our daily exercise routine, but for greater insight in that debate, Golfshake's Derek Clements takes an instructive look at what is happening at other parts of the world.


Doubts Raised About PGA Tour's Scheduled Return

The PGA Tour has now confirmed that it is targeting a June restart for its season, looking to complete the year with a 36 tournament schedule, but former Open champion Francesco Molinari is among the voices who has questioned whether this is a realistic ambition.


Believe It Or Not, I Think I Am Getting Fitter To Drop

Golfshake's Derek Clements documents his continung fitness journey during lockdown, now through the first week, and he has some encouraging progress to share for those who may be looking for a touch of inspiration during these times.


The Golf Lockdown Hairstyles To Look Out For

For millions of men and women around the world, one of the less serious concerns at the moment is the fact that, while we are locked down and everything else seems to have stopped still, our hair keeps growing. But what could that mean for leading golfers? Here are some hairstyles that we can't wait to see.


Are We Ready For Tournament Golf Without Spectators?

Despite many doubting whether it's a realistic ambition, the PGA Tour is poised to return in June, but crucially without spectators in attendance. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes this has come too soon and that normality can't be expected.


Do You Know Who Said What?

Golfers don't always let their clubs do the talking, sometimes they have a lot to say. Golfshake's Derek Clements has delved into the archives to find memorable quotes and comments, but can you remember who said them? Test yourself and see if you can pair the player to the line.


The Tour Events That Have Been Postponed or Cancelled

The Senior Open at Sunningdale is just the latest tour event that has been postponed in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, with many others cancelled. Golfshake's Derek Clements provides an update on the current situation, and the state of play for professional golf.


McIlroy Licking His Lips at Prospect of Masters in November

Rory McIlroy says that he is looking forward to The Masters being played in November. He knows conditions will be very different and believes it being staged later in the year will work to his advantage. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the Northern Irishman's optimistic mood.


Am I Fit For Purpose Or Fit To Drop?

The lockdown is turning out to be a life-changing event for us all, with Golfshake's Derek Clements no exception. Living alone but looking to maintain his fitness and wellbeing, Derek has shared his story on the drastic measures taken to push himself to the limit during these unprecedented times.


Why the Face of Pro Golf May Never Be the Same Again

As the world contends with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Golfshake's Derek Clements explores the potential ramifications for tour golf, specifically whether the changing priorities of tournament sponsors could see events threatened in the near future.


Changes We Want to See in Golf

The Open is postponed to 2021 and golf is presently in limbo, but the game will return, however things may be different, which doesn't necessarily have to be a negative. What do you hope from the future? Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out areas that he wants to see change.


10 of the Very Best Golf Celebrations

Golf is a game that generates emotion and when things go right, the people who play it at the very highest level can be excused for letting their feelings get the better of them. Here we share ten of our favourite celebrations.


This Must Stop - Do NOT Play Golf

Golf courses have been closed across the UK since the country went into lockdown mode, but a tiny minority of golfers are continuing to play, defying the regulations in a manner that could see them extended further into the year. Golfshake's Derek Clements reiterates the message that we have been told to stay at home for a reason - do not play golf.


The A to Z of Golf

Golf means different things to us and, with so much time on his hands these past couple of weeks, Golfshake's Derek Clements has been thinking about what he misses most, the history of the game, the characters, the courses, and the great tournaments, coming up with his own A-Z of Golf.


The Irish Open Could Be Played Behind Closed Doors

Among many events postponed on the European Tour, could the Irish Open go ahead later this year behind closed doors? Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley beleives that is a strong possibility for the tournament at Mount Juliet.


Favourite TV Golf Commentary Lines

Knowing the right thing to say is one thing. Knowing when to say it is something different. That is the art of golf commentary, the lines that have defined generations of magical moments in the game. Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out some of his favourites.


Golf By Numbers

Golf is a game of numbers. We all love playing 18 holes, striving to pick up birdies and pars, aiming for the lowest numbers we possibly can. So here is our golf by numbers, from one to 18.


A Message to the R&A - You Cannot Be Serious!

Responding to reports that The Open was set to be cancelled, the R&A has issued a statement confirming that a decision has yet to be made, and that every scenario, including postponement was on the table. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that this development confuses things further, and that the governing body is simply delaying the inevitable.


Golf Must Not Resume Despite Contrary Calls

During the current lockdown, many golfers are understandably frustrated that they cannot play, especially as the main season should be here. We take a closer look at their comments on the subject, asking whether courses should reopen, and what their views are on paying membership fees.


21 Things We Miss And Don't Miss About Golf

With courses closed during the current lockdown, millions of us will already be missing the game that we love so much. These are extraordinary times in which we are currently living. Golfshake's Derek Clements has been thinking of the things that he misses the most, but also those aspects that he could do without anyway.


What Tour Pros Are REALLY Doing to Fill the Void

Just like the rest of us, professional golfers are struggling to cope with being stuck at home - and are dealing with it in different ways. From Ian Poulter to Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald, many tour stars are coming up with creative methods to fill the void.


What Should Happen if the Ryder Cup is Postponed?

With major championships and events being cancelled or postponed, questions are now being asked of the Ryder Cup's status, which will be in a challenging position for scheduling amid an uncertain qualification window. Opinion is divided between players and captain. Golfshake's Derek Clements asks; what should happen?


Membership Decision Time - Your Golf Club Needs You More Than Ever

Have you renewed your club membership yet? Faced with uncertainty and financial pressure, some golfers will understandably be hesitant in the current climate, but as Golfshake's Derek Clements explains, without significant commitment from members, many venues may not survive the crisis.


It's Time to Make Things Tougher for Tour Pros

When it comes to the condition of golf courses, tour professionals are spoilt, the fairways are immaculate, the greens pristine, the bunkers perfectly raked. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that making things rougher, tougher and harsher is the answer to many complaints that viewers have.


The Enforced Break Is Timely For Some Tour Professionals

Tournament golf around the world is paused, putting weekly events and the majors on limbo, but while that is bad timing for the majority of players and fans, Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why some PGA Tour stars may not be entirely disappointed by the extended break.


How Coronavirus is Affecting the World of Golf

Just how has the coronavirus pandemic impacted your golf? As Derek Clements explains, the crisis is affecting the industry at large, from regular clubs to struggling tour professionals, and the caddies whose incomes have been placed on hold for the time being.


What Your Favourite Golfers Might Be Doing During Their Enforced Break

We are living in strange times with much of the world in lockdown, but to lighten the mood, we started wondering what the world’s top tour professionals might be doing to keep themselves busy at a time when they are not able to play competitive golf.


Courses Close Across Europe But UK Golf Remains Largely Open

Thousands of golf courses across Europe have closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but in the UK, the majority remain open, with the game continuing. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at some of the imaginative measures being introduced by venues across the country.


Stay Safe, But Keep Playing Golf For Now

It is inevitable that club golf is going to suffer as a result of the coronavirus. As of yet, clubs in England, Scotland and Wales still have their doors open but action is being taken in Ireland to attempt to minimise the impact of the virus, and it is advise that we should all be following to ensure that we can continue to play the game.


Scheduling Crisis Impacting European Tour Players

The coronavirus pandemic has presented a scheduling crisis for the entirety of professional golf, but specifically for the European Tour, which already struggles to provide its players with tournaments at this time of year. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the impact.


Alice Hewson Provides Light in Dark Times for Golf

We are living in strange times. None of us quite know how coronavirus is going to play out, but we do know that it has already had a huge impact upon all of our lives. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the impact of the crisis thus far, but reports on the breakthrough victory of Alice Hewson on the LET.


The Potential Impact of Coronavirus on Golf

With more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus recorded worldwide - a figure that is sure to increase dramatically - it might be time to consider how it is going to impact on the world of golf. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the continuing situation.


The Players Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rory McIlroy returns to iconic TPC Sawgrass for the defence of his Players Championship title, where he faces the deepest field of the year in the PGA Tour's flagship tournament. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to an event that is always a highlight on the calendar.


Hatton the Last Man Standing After Gruelling Week at Bay Hill

Tyrrell Hatton became the first Englishman to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill at the end of a tournament that placed a premium on pars, delivering a major championship level test of the world's best. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a week that won't be forgotten soon.


Tommy Fleetwood Finally Misses Cut After Incredible Run

Tommy Fleetwood hadn't missed a cut anywhere since the 2018 Open de France, but that run finally came to an end at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, when the popular Englishman failed to make the weekend following two years of remarkable international consistency.


The Future of European Golf is in Safe Hands

With the Ryder Cup only months away, several of Europe's most revered stalwarts are beginning to slide down the rankings, but despite that, Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why the future is in a good place, considering the young talent that is emerging.


Rory Still Has Augusta On His Mind

Rory McIlroy needs to win the Masters to become only the sixth man in history to secure all four of golf's majors, but despite his best efforts, Augusta National has proven elusive. However, as Golfshake's Derek Clements reports, the Northern Irishman has adopted a different preparation strategy this time.


Paul Azinger Puts His Foot in it With European Tour Comments

NBC golf commentator Paul Azinger caused a mighty stir on Sunday at the Honda Classic, when he appeared to dismiss the achievements of Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood, downplaying their European Tour victories. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the reaction to what the former Ryder Cup captain said.


Arnold Palmer Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis

12 months ago, Francesco Molinari was riding the crest of a wave, winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but has struggled to find his best form since losing the Masters to Tiger Woods. However, now he's back at Bay Hill, where Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka are set to compete. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews an iconic PGA Tour event.


Qatar Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Qatar Masters has switched to a new venue - the Education City Golf Club - for this year's event, where the likes of Thomas Pieters, Robert MacIntyre, Martin Kaymer and Eddie Pepperell are in the field. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the tournament.


What Does Tommy Fleetwood Have to Do to Win on American Soil?

Tommy Fleetwood continues to show remarkable consistency worldwide, but he came up just short in securing his maiden PGA Tour victory - a career milestone at the Honda Classic. However, as Golfshake's Derek Clements notes, it's only a matter of time until the Englishman triumphs in America.


Patrick Reed Brushes Aside Critics to Have Last Laugh

Patrick Reed continues to be dogged by controversy, facing comments made by Brooks Koepka and former CBS golf commentator Peter Kostis during the WGC Mexico Championship, placing more attention on accusations of cheating. Nonetheless, as Derek Clements reflects, the American has managed to brush that aside and win.


Honda Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Having skipped the WGC in Mexico, Brooks Koepka is playing in the Honda Classic in search of his best form ahead of the Masters, but he faces a formidable field that includes Rickie Fowler, Gary Woodland, Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood.


Oman Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The regular European Tour is back on the schedule at the Oman Open, where the likes of former world number one Martin Kaymer, Eddie Pepperell and Thomas Pieters are competing to boost their chances of a surge up the rankings.


A Star is Born as Viktor Hovland Claims First PGA Tour Title

Norway's Viktor Hovland showcased why he's a rising star in the game by winning the Puerto Rico Open in thrilling fashion, raising the possibility that the former U.S. Amateur champion could be a contender for Padraig Harrington's Ryder Cup Team. Derek Clements explains why the 22-year-old is so highly rated.


Patrick Reed Defies Controversies to Win WGC Mexico Championship

Controveries surrounding Patrick Reed refuse to go away, but that hasn't stopped the former Masters champion on the golf course, with the American overtaking Bryson DeChambeau to win the WGC Mexico Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back on a dramatic finale.


Glasgow Course Closures Confirmed - And the List Keeps Growing

Glasgow City Council has passed a budget that will likely result in the closure of five of the six municipal courses within the city, a blow to golfers, but one that raises fears that future closures will be imminent in other parts of Scotland and the UK. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer inspection at the potential impact.


WGC Mexico Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Dustin Johnson returns to defend the WGC Mexico Championship, but will face a strong challenge from the likes of world number one Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, and Jordan Spieth. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to an event that kicks off the countdown to the Masters.


Adam Scott Ends American Title Drought in Style at Riviera

Former world number one Adam Scott became the third Australian to win on the PGA Tour this season when he held off a world-class field to secure the Genesis Invitational at Riviera. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on this continued resurgence from the 2013 Masters champion.


Potential Closure of Glasgow Municipal Courses is Devastating

Five of Glasgow's six municipal golf courses are facing potential closure, with a Council decision imminent. Golfshake's Derek Clements was born in the city and grew up playing these public layouts, and he describes the devastating impact that losing them could have on the wider community.


The Solution to Golf's Distance Issue

Following the publishing of the R&A and USGA's Distance Report, Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a light-hearted view of the debate, coming up with his own unique solution to an issue that is set to envelop the game during the months and years ahead.


What Golfers Think of 54 Handicaps

Golfshake's Derek Clements recently wrote two feature articles on the World Handicap System and Senior Golfers, both of which raised points that divided opinion. Gathering the views of the Golfshake Community, Derek responds in this piece.


Genesis Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

New world number one Rory McIlroy heads a stunning field at Riveria for the Genesis Open, including Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm, who could secure that top ranking for themselves. Tiger Woods is also competing that this historic venue. Golfshake's Derek Clements sets the scene for a highlight of the PGA Tour schedule.


Taylor Becomes First Canadian to Nick Title at Pebble Beach

Nick Taylor became the first Canadian to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am - and he did it in style, beating American Kevin Streelman into second place by four shots. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend's action.


Governing Bodies to Finally Address Increasing Distance in Golf

Tour professionals are hitting the ball further than they used to. Much further. And now the R&A and USGA have finally decided that something that must be done to tackle the issue and preserve the game. Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his thoughts on a huge story in the future of golf.


AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Preview, Picks & Analysis

Approaching his 50th birthday, Phil Mickelson returns to one of his favourite playgrounds for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. There is a strong field gathered at this iconic venue - among the most revered in golf - with a victory on this course rated a career highlight for anyone.


ISPS Handa Vic Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads Down Under for the ISPS Handa Vic Open, where Scotland's David Law defends the title that he secured 12 months ago. Bringing together the men's and women's games in tournaments played concurrently, Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to a unique event on the schedule.


Resurgent McDowell Kicks Up a Storm in the Desert With Victory

Graeme McDowell is celebrating his first European Tour victory in six years, continuing a career resurgence that has now seen the Northern Irishman move back into the top 50 in the world rankings. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a memorable weekend for the 40-year-old.


What is Wrong With Golfers Having a 54 Handicap?

Coming in November, the World Handicap System is destined to change the game as we know it, with one of the early main concerns being the increase of a maximum handicap to 54. But is this a problem? Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why he doesn't understand what the fuss is all about.


Don't Expect Senior Golfers to Solve the Game's Problems

Golf clubs are searching for routes to increase revenue, but is there any weight to the idea of charging those who play the most, more for their memberships? Golfshake's Derek Clements rejects the thought of senior golfers paying more, describing the vital benefits they already bring to the game.


Waste Management Phoenix Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rickie Fowler is back in Arizona to defend his title at the unique and atmospheric Waste Management Phoenix Open, where massive crowds will cheer on - and sometimes boo - the field. It's an event that divides opinion, but there is always drama. Golfshake's Derek Clements sets the scene for us.


Saudi International Preview

Dustin Johnson defends his title at the Saudi International against a strong field, which includes Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, and Phil Mickelson. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Herbert and Leishman Make it Australia Day With Brilliant Victories

What a weekend that was for Australian golf. Lucas Herbert won the Dubai Desert Classic and Marc Leishman claimed the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. And both men did it the hard way, producing fabulous final rounds to storm through their respective fields. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps the two triumphs.


Golfers Prove That Life Really Does Begin at 40

Lee Westwood rolled back the years in Abu Dhabi to win at the age of 46. The Englishman is just the latest example of golfers tasting glory later in their careers, many of whom have enjoyed incredible success. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on ten stars who defied the clock.


Golfers With the Most Appearances on the European Tour

When Soren Kjeldsen recently played in the Abu Dhabi Championship, the Dane became just the 12th golfer to have played in at least 600 European Tour events. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look back at the other names who have enjoyed a lengthy career on the circuit,


Dubai Desert Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads to one of its most iconic events, the Dubai Desert Classic. Boasting a field that includes names like Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Lee Westwood and Matt Wallace, the next chapter of this event is sure to be a memorable one.


Farmers Insurance Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Tiger Woods is attempting to overtake Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour victories, returning to one of his favourite playgrounds, Torrey Pines. However, the Masters champion faces a strong field that includes Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, and Rickie Fowler. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what could be a blockbuster.


Westwood Rolls Back the Years to Storm to Victory in the Desert

Lee Westwood continues to defy the years, producing a magnificent final round of 67 to win the Abu Dhabi Championship by two shots and revive hopes of an once seemingly unlikely Ryder Cup appearance for the 46-year-old. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a magnificent triumph for the Englishman.


Abu Dhabi Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Shane Lowry returns to defend his title at the Abu Dhabi Championship, but will be challenged by a formidable field that includes Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood, Bryson DeChambeau and Sergio Garcia. Golfshake's Derek Clements breaks down the main contenders in his tournament preview.


The American Express Preview, Picks & Analysis

The likes of Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Paul Casey and Francesco Molinari are in California for the old Bob Hope Classic, which now goes by the name of the American Express. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to an event with a rich history.


Inspired Branden Grace Fires Round of 62 to Win South African Open

Ona  day of high emotion, Branden Grace shot a sensational final round of 62 to win the South African Open, while Australia's Cameron Smith, with his attention on struggles faced by his home country, held his nerve to triumph in Hawaii. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend's action.


Hopes, Resolutions and Dreams for 2020 Vision

And so, a new year begins. Most of us will have made resolutions, many of which will have already been broken. And our guess is that the world’s best golfers will have done the same thing. Here, Derek Clements takes a look at a few of their hopes and aspirations and wonder who will end up discovering that they have 2020 vision.


South African Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel will be hoping to bring their major champion class to the historic South African Open, which is this year a tri-sanctioned event between the Sunshine Tour, European Tour and Asian Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews a standout championship on the calendar.


Sony Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Matt Kuchar returns to Hawaii to defend his Sony Open title, where Justin Thomas will be hoping to make it a double in paradise after his victory at the Tournament of Champions. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the first full-field PGA Tour event of 2020, played at Waialae Country Club.


Justin Thomas Puts on a Champion Display in Hawaii

Beginning his year in style, Justin Thomas overcame Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele in a playoff to win the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, securing his 12th victory on the PGA Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a dramatic start to the new decade.


Tournament of Champions Preview, Picks & Analysis

WHILE most of us are still digesting our Christmas turkey and mince pies and nursing New Year hangovers, there is no rest for the PGA Tour, with the 2019-20 season continuing in Kapalua with the Tournament of Champions, an event reserved purely for winners from the past 12 months.


Highlights Of The Decade

TIGER WOODS dominated the 1990s and the 2000s before his body let him down and injuries took their toll.  It got us thinking about the most outstanding performances of this decade. Woods still tops the list, but there were many other memorable moments. Here, we look at 10 of the best


Great Scott ends title drought on home soil

Adam Scott ended a near four-year title drought as he held off the challenge of New Zealand’s Michael Hendry in a thrilling finish to win the Australian PGA Championship for a second time.


Tiger Woods Steals Show in Year to Remember

Brooks Koepka finishes 2019 as the world number one and Rory McIlroy was crowned PGA Tour Player of the Year after his victories in the Players Championship, Tour Championship and Canadian Open, but the year belongs to Tiger Woods. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back on an unforgettable PGA Tour season.


Australian PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The decade of golf concludes in style at the Australian PGA Championship, where Presidents Cup star Cameron Smith is looking to complete the rare achievement of winning three titles in a row. But Adam Scott has hopes of his own at Royal Pines Resort on the Golf Coast.


USA Complete Stunning Comeback to Clinch Presidents Cup

Inspired by playing captain Tiger Woods, the United States claimed eight of the possible 12 points in the singles to win the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne yet again, denying International captain Ernie Els victory. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a memorable event in Australia.


Has Club Golf Moved Forward During the Past Decade?

It has been quite a decade for club golf, a transitional period, much has changed as the game looks to adapt to the modern age. But how successful has that time been, and what more needs done? Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his perspective.


Money Doesn't Make the World Go Around for McIlroy

Despite being offered almost £2m, Rory Mcilroy has joined Tiger Woods in boycotting the Saudi International, explaining his decision in the face of criticism directed towards Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson for competing in the controversial event.


2019 Presidents Cup Preview

Tiger Woods leads the United States as playing captain in their defence of the Presidents Cup against Ernie Els' Internationals at the magnificent Royal Melbourne in Australia, showcasing team match play at its best. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event and rates the chances of a surprise home triumph.


Stenson Proves to be the Hero as he Ends Drought

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson ended a two-year title drought when he posted a final round of 66 to win the Hero World Challenge in The Bahamas by a shot from Spain’s Jon Rahm, declaring major ambitions for the coming year.


Hojgaard Offers Bright View of Future With Thrilling Win in Mauritius

We saw a glimpse of the future at the Mauritius Open as 18-year-old Rasmus Hojgaard secured victory in a playoff at the stunning Heritage Golf Club, courtesy of an eagle on the third extra hole. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a memorable breakthrough for the Dane.


The World Handicap System - All You Need to Know

Monumental changes are coming to golf in 2020, with the launch of the new World Handicap System, which aims to provide us all with a unified and more inclusive system for the first time. But what does that mean for you? Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the system and explains.


That Was the Decade That Was...

As we come to the end of another decade (where did this one go to?), we look back on the past 10 years and gaze into our crystal ball and predict who might dominate the game in the decade to come.


Season May be Over, But There is Still Much Gold to be Won

The PGA Tour has gone into hibernation for December, while the European Tour season has just ended. But don't be fooled into thinking that's the golf done for the year. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at what is to come in the next few weeks.


Rahm Lands Jackpot With Dramatic Last-Gasp Victory in Dubai

Jon Rahm birdied the 72nd hole to snatch a dramatic last-gasp victory from the jaws of defeat at the DP World Tour Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on an enthralling conclusion to the European Tour season in Dubai.


Hull Pipped by Kim After Brilliant Finish to LPGA Tour Championship

Charley Hull produced a brilliant final day charge to come within a whisker of winning the LPGA Tour Championship, finishing one shot behind Kim Sei-young, who holed a 25-foot putt on the 18th to secure the title and $1.5m first prize.


Poke Heads Qualifiers in Dramatic Conclusion to Q-School Marathon

Denmark's Benjamin Poke ran away with Qualifying School Final Stage to secure his European Tour card alongside 27 other players. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps a marathon week of drama and pressured golf.


Rested Rahm Ready to Finish Season on a High

Jon Rahm will tee off in the DP World Tour Championship in third place in the Race to Dubai, with a chance to take it all, despite having taken a break from competing to reflect on his success and stunning rise in the game.


European Tour Postpones Hong Kong Open

With political protests continuing, the European Tour has taken the decision to postpone next week’s Hong Kong Open, scheduled for the Hong Kong Golf Club, Fanling from November 28 to December 1. An attempt will be made to reschedule the tournament next year.


Wiesberger in Pole Position to Win Race to Dubai

Bernd Wiesberger leads the Race to Dubai going into the final event, but Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry, Matt Fitpatrick and Jon Rahm still have a chance to claim the main and lucrative prize. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the possible scenarios.


DP World Tour Championship Preview & Picks

And so it all comes down to this. After a season that began almost 12 months ago, Europe’s elite gather to compete in the DP World Tour Championship, at the end of which the Race to Dubai winner will finally be crowned. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the grand finale of a memorable year.


RSM Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The regular PGA Tour schedule concludes for this year at the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia, a beautiful part of the world, where Charles Howell III defends the title he emotionally won 12 months ago. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the event.


Todd Doubles Up in Mexico to Complete Dream Comeback

Brendon Todd did not earn a single FedEx Cup point in 2018. But 12 months later he leads the standings after winning his second tournament of the new season. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a remarkable comeback story.


Tommy Fleetwood Breaks the Bank With $2.5m Win at Sun City

Tommy Fleetwood moved into Race to Dubai contention after securing his first title of 2019 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, beating Marcus Kinhult in a playoff to claim a record European Tour prize of $2.5. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a dramatic Sunday in South Africa.


Is There Any Point to the Presidents Cup?

This year's Presidents Cup is being played at the magnificent Royal Melbourne, with Ernie Els leading the International team against the United States led by playing captain Tiger Woods. Those ingredients sound exciting, but Golfshake's Derek Clements is not impressed by the event.


Meet the 2019 Challenge Tour Graduates

It was a day of gut-wrenching drama, but Francesco Laporta won the Challenge Tour Grand Final and in doing so ended the season as the 2019 Road to Mallorca Number One. He will now join the European Tour, along with 14 other hopefuls who now have the opportunity to live out their dreams.


Nedbank Golf Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

Lee Westwood rolled back the years to win the Nedbank Challenge 12 months ago, but will face a tough defence against the likes of Bernd Wiesberger, Tommy Fleetwood, Louis Oosthuizen and Matt Wallace. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks forward to the penultimate event of the European Tour season.


Mayakoba Golf Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Matt Kuchar returns to defend his title at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico, where home favourite Abraham Ancer and Australia's Jason Day will be among the main contenders. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Hatton Keeps His Cool to Land Jackpot in Turkey

England's Tyrrell Hatton won the Turkish Airlines Open in a thrilling six-man playoff under the lights to secure his fourth European Tour victory. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a dramatic Sunday.


Are Fewer People Playing Golf in the UK?

It's a great time for British sport, but is that being reflected in the world of golf? Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the newly released Golf Participation Report by KPMG to see how the UK compares with the rest of Europe.


Turkish Airlines Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Justin Rose is back at the Turkish Airlines Open, searching for a remarkable third consecutive victory. With the European Tour season nearing its conclusion, this is an opportunity for the likes of Matt Wallace, Francesco Molinari and Patrick Reed to make an impact.


McIlroy Wins Fourth Title of the Year in China

Rory McIlroy secured his fourth title of 2019 in dramatic fashion when he defeated defending champion Xander Schauffele in a playoff in the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in China.


PGA Tour Players Hate Slow Play And Are Still Intimidated by Tiger Woods

Anonymous surveys can often be a window into the minds of people. PGA Tour players were recently surveyed on a variety of topics, some more contentious than others. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at the most interesting responses.


WGC-HSBC Champions Preview, Picks & Analysis

China hosts the final World Golf Championship of the year, where Rory McIlroy is set to continue his chase of Brooks Koepka at the summit of the world rankings. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the WGC HSBC Champions.


Brown Pulls Rabbit From the Hat to Secure Card in Portugal

England's Steven Brown started his week in Portugal in 150th place on the Race to Dubai, knowing that an unlikely victory was all that he had left to secure his card for next season. And that's exactly what he did, incredibly, winning the final regular event of the campaign.


Wonderful Tiger Woods Writes Another Piece of History

Tiger Woods made history in Japan by winning the inaugural Zozo Championship, tying the 82 win record of Sam Snead on the PGA Tour, on his competitive return after knee surgery. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on yet another incredible achievement for the legendary American.


Golf Course Closures Fast Reaching Crisis Point

With a number of recent golf club closures, Golfshake writer Derek Clements asks whether we are reaching a crisis point and assesses the changing landscape over the past 20+ years.


ZOZO Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour visits Japan for the first time at the inaugural ZOZO Championship, where Tiger Woods makes his return to competitive action alongside Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Jordan Spieth, Shane Lowry, and Jason Day. Golfshake's Derek Clement look ahead to a star-studded event.


Matt Every Suspended From PGA Tour Due to Cannabis Use

Matt Every has become the seventh player on the PGA Tour to be banned for drug abuse. But Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why there is more to this story than meets the eye and the questions it raises.


Portugal Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Portugal Masters is the final regular event of the European Tour season, meaning there is huge pressure on players looking to secure their cards for next year. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what is a pivotal tournament in a beautiful setting.


Colsaerts Ends Title Drought And Secures Future With Dramatic Win

Nicolas Colsaerts won his first tournament in seven years at Le Golf National, securing his playing rights and, more importantly, his future, with a dramatic victory in the French Open. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on this precious triumph for the popular Belgian.


Koepka is Fast Becoming the Most Quotable Golfer on the Planet

Brooks Koepka is fearless on the golf course and with his comments to the press. Potential rival Rory McIlroy was just the latest target. While it may not be for everyone, Golfshake's Derek Clements is a fan of the outspoken nature of the world number one.


Open de France Preview, Picks & Analysis

A year on from the Ryder Cup, the spotlight returns to Le Golf National for the historic Open de France. Most of Europe's stars are absent, but Alex Noren is back to defend his title. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews this classic event.


CJ Cup Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour makes its annual stop in South Korea, where a formidable field has assembled, including Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Jordan Spieth and Gary Woodland. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Wonderful Wiesberger Completes Italian Job for Third Win of the Year

Bernd Wiesberger stunning resurgence from injury has continued with a brilliant victory at the Italian Open, his third win of the season on the European Tour, and second Rolex Series event. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend's play.


Is Golf Doing Enough?

Knowing that something needs addressed and actually doing something about it are two different things. There has been much said and written about how we can grow the game, but despite those lengthy debates, is golf collectively doing enough?


Don't Let Winter Weather Defeat You

It's Saturday morning in December, it's freezing and tipping down with rain. You're waiting for that inevitable phone call that cancels golf for the day. Do you accept it? Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that there are other options for you this winter.


Get Ready for DeChambeau to Become the Incredible Bulk

There has been a huge response to Bryson DeChambeau’s announcement that he plans to bulk up - modern parlance for putting on weight with a little help from an extensive work-out routine. Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his unique take on the subject.


Houston Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Last year, Ian Poulter secured a remarkable, dramatic victory, but now the Houston Open returns with a new place on the schedule, with the PGA Tour's new season continuing apace. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the event.


Italian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Open champion Shane Lowry joins home favourite Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey and Justin Rose in a star-studded field at the Italian Open – the fifth Rolex Series event of the 2019 Race to Dubai – in Rome. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to a tournament rich with history.


Rahm Reigns in Spain Again and Overtakes Seve

Jon Rahm returned to his homeland and successfully defended his Spanish Open title by five shots, in doing so beating the legendary Seve Ballesteros to a particular record. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend's tour action.


How to Get Ready for Winter Golf

Winter golf is approaching. Before you know it, the clocks will be going back and it will be dark by 4pm. There will be frost on the ground and it will rain a lot. But if you want to keep playing, here are some tips to get you ready for the challenges of winter.


Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

World number one Brooks Koepka makes his return to PGA Tour action at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, where Bryson DeChambeau defends his title. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Mutuactivos Open de Espana Preview, Picks & Analysis

Jon Rahm defends his title at the Open de Espana, with Spanish greats past and present, including Sergio Garcia, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez competing in the historic event.


Victor Perez Secures Maiden European Tour Victory at Dunhill Links

Frenchman Victor Perez is based near St Andrews in the city of Dundee, and those home comforts must have contributed something, as he secured his first title on the European Tour at the lucrative Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.


Emotional Champ Wins Safeway Open For His Dying Grandfather

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Cameron Champ completed his second PGA Tour victory at the Safeway Open. His grandfather, Mack, watched the win unfold from a hospice, knowing that he probably only has days to live. Derek Clements reflects on an emotional story in California.


Rory McIlroy Says European Tour Courses Are Too Easy

Rory McIlroy launched a blistering attack on the standards and difficulty of courses used on the European Tour after shooting a final round of 67 to finish in a tie for 26th place at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.


Reign of Spain Helped to Transform the Ryder Cup

During the BMW PGA Championship, Jose Maria Olazabal made his final appearance in the European Tour's flagship event at Wentworth. Golfshake's Derek Clements pays tribute to the two-time Masters champion and the many Spanish golfers who helped to transform the Ryder Cup.


10 Major Shocks in Golf

In Golf, like any sport, there are shocks. Players who seemingly have no right to do so, who have no pedigree, come from absolutely nowhere to win a major. Here, Golfshake's Derek Clements picked out ten of the biggest.


Alfred Dunhill Links Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads to the Home of Golf for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, where the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jon Rahm and Tommy Fleetwood will compete alongside amateur partners at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. 


Safeway Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Justin Thomas leads the strongest field in the history of the Safeway Open, joined by the likes of Patrick Cantlay, Bryson Dechambeau, Francesco Molinari and Adam Scott, as well as Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Danny Back on Top of the World After Stunning Win at Wentworth

Missing the cut at Wentworth last year, Danny Willett had slumped to 462nd in the World. Now, remarkably, he is back to his best, producing a stunning performance to win the BMW PGA Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on what has been an incredible comeback story.


Sanderson Farms Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The new PGA Tour season continues with the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the big-hitting Cameron Champ defends his title. With many of the rookies on the circuit playing, this event is a great opportunity for a new player to make a breakthrough.


BMW PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Defending champion Francesco Molinari and Rory McIlroy headline a wonderful field that has gathered at Wentworth for the BMW PGA, which takes its new place on the schedule in September. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what has the potential to be a late season classic.


Pettersen Holes Winning Putt for Europe in Dramatic Solheim Cup

Many had questioned the inclusion of Suzann Pettersen, but the Norwegian was in the right place to hole the winning putt and secure an extraordinary victory for Catriona Matthew's Europe at Gleneagles. Derek Clements reports on an unforgettable, enthralling Solheim Cup.


Sergio Garcia Claims Hard Fought Victory in the Netherlands

It had been a season of troubled headlines for Sergio Garcia, but the positive side of the Spainiard shone through as he won the 100th KLM Open in Amsterdam, while on the PGA Tour, a 20-year-old became one of the youngest players to win in modern history. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend.


Top 10 Weird And Wonderful Putters

There is a limit to what manufacturers can do with drivers, woods and irons, but putters are a different story. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at ten of the most unique putter designs, some of which changed the game, others perhaps best forgotten.


Bronte is Ready to Lay Down the Law at Solheim Cup

Bronte Law is among the European rookies at Gleneagles for the Solheim Cup, but the emerging English star has impressed on the LPGA Tour this season, securing her maiden title, with the 24-year-old set to be a key figure for the European team in Scotland.


Scotland's Catriona Matthew Ready to Lead Europe on Home Soil

Team Europe come to Gleneagles with a captain who understands all the pressures involved in the Solheim Cup. Scotland's Catriona Matthew is one of the most decorated players in the event's history, and sharing that experience on home soil is something that the 50-year-old is relishing.


2019 Solheim Cup Preview

The United States have arrived in Scotland looking for a third successive victory in the Solheim Cup, but Catriona Matthew and her European team will be attempting to stop them at Gleneagles. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the biggest event in women's golf.


Meet the Solheim Cup Teams

Catriona Matthew's Europeans host the United States led by Juli Inkster at Gleneagles. Both teams have a rich mixture of experience and youth, which promises to make for an intriguing encounter in Perthshire. We take a look at the 24 players.


The Greenbrier Preview, Picks & Analysis

Believe it or not, but the new PGA Tour season begins this week at The Greenbrier, where Kevin Na defends the title. Included among an exciting group of rookies on the circuit, England's Tom Lewis will be hoping to build a second career in the United States. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


KLM Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads to the Netherlands for the KLM Open, where home favourite Joost Luiten will be attempting to win for a third time. But he faces a strong field that includes Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed and Lee Westwood.


USA Surges Back to Win Walker Cup

Having been behind going into the Sunday singles, the United States dominated that final session to defeat Great Britain and Ireland 15.5-10.5 and win the Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool.


Paul Casey Wins European Open After Thrilling Final Day in Hamburg

Paul Casey began the week by saying that he would love to win the European Open and he did precisely that after a thrilling final day in Hamburg to deny Scotland’s Robert McIntyre his maiden European Tour title.


6 Remarkable Golfers Who Overcame Their Disabilities

There are many thousands of golfers with disabilities who get immense enjoyment from the game. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at just a few remarkable individuals who overcame physical challenges to play golf.


Porsche European Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Richard McEvoy's victory in last year's European Open was among the stories of the season, but the Englishman faces a strong test to defend his title, with the likes of Paul Casey, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele in the field. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Marathon Man Soderberg Holds His Nerve to Win Five-Man Playoff

Sweden's Sebastian Soderberg came through a nerve-wracking five-man playoff that included newly crowned FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy to win the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the event.


Reviewing the 2019 PGA Tour Season

Rory McIlroy won the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup, competing a PGA Tour season packed with stories. But Golfshake's Derek Clements believes they lucked out with several of them, as he explains in his review as the dust settles on the past campaign.


Omega European Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads to the breathtaking Crans-sur-Sierre, where FedEx Cup winner Rory McIlroy headlines an impressive field that includes Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood and defending champion Matthew Fitzpatrick. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to one of the most iconic events on the circuit.


Rory McIlroy Completes Sparkling PGA Tour Season With FedEx Cup Win

Rory McIlroy completed his PGA Tour season in lucrative style by seeing off Brooks Koepka to shoot a final round of 66 and win the Tour Championship to claim the FedEx Cup and its $15m bonus. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the Northern Irishman's latest achievement.


What Do You Make of it So Far?

Thirty of the world's leading players are competing in the Tour Championship at East Lake, battling for the FedEx Cup and $15m bonus, but the new format has been the story, something that Golfshake's Derek Clements is struggling with.


PGA Tour Must Get a Move on to Stamp Out Slow Play

The European Tour has revealed its new plan to tackle slow play, but Golfshake's Derek Clements is unconvinced by some of it. He takes a closer look at the issue and demands that the PGA Tour do more to address the subject.


Scandinavian Invitation Preview, Picks & Analysis

Henrik Stenson turned down the FedEx Cup to headline the Scandinavian Invitation. The former Open champion is making his 16th appearance on the home soil, and the allure of that opportunity was more rewarding to the popular Swede than the riches of the PGA Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Tour Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Following his spectacular victory at Medinah, Justin Thomas leads the FedEx Cup and holds the critical advantage over the other 29 players in the field, at the Tour Championship at East Lake. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the finale and the new, unique format that is set to divide opinion this week.


No Doubting Thomas as Medinah Wins Puts Him in Driving Seat

Justin Thomas secured his 10th PGA Tour title - and his first of 2019 - with a final round of 68 at the BMW Championship at Medinah to finish at 25 under par. But it places the American at the summit of the FedEx Cup standings, giving him an advantage for this week's lucrative finale.


BMW Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The FedEx Cup Playoffs move onto Medinah for the BMW Championship, with only the top 30 players in the standings making it through to East Lake for the finale. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what is a pivotal week for those hoping to make an impact at the Tour Championship.


Czech Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour returns following a four-week long hiatus, but there are many notable names in the field at the Czech Masters, including Lee Westwood, Thomas Pieters, Bernd Wiesberger, Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Reed Rights the Ship With Victory in New Jersey

Patrick Reed won an eventful Northern Trust Open in New Jersey to move to second place in the FedEx Cup standings with just two events left, with controversy surrounding Bryson DeChambeau and slow dominating the discussion. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the fallout.


The Northern Trust Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour's Playoffs begin at the Northern Trust, with a stellar field in attendence. Open champion Shane Lowry makes his return to competitive action in New York, as the race to the finish kicks off. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the main contenders.


Why Are Golfers so Utterly Clueless When it Comes to Fashion?

Derek Clements believes that are utterly clueless when it comes to fashion. We all wear tops, hats and trousers on the course that we would be seen dead in anywhere else. He takes a look at a few fashion abominations that you should avoid at all costs.


Ouch! That Hurt. A Lot.

Being hit by a golf ball is really painful. Just ask Golfshake's Derek Clements. He shares two agonising tales from his life playing the game, demonstrating the importance of shouting fore, something not always adhered to from players on tour.


Wyndham Championship Preview & Picks

The regular PGA Tour season concludes at the Wyndham Championship, with player needing to break into the top 125 in the FedEx Cup list to secure their cards for next year and to participate in the upcoming, lucrative Playoffs. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out some key names.


Thanks for the Memories Tom, Legendary Champion Golfer

The great Tom Watson completed his long career in Britain at the Senior Open on Sunday, following a links record that included five Claret Jugs. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the achievements of the American and his own experiences with the golf legend from Kansas.


Jin Young Ko Secures Second Major Title of Season at Evian

Poor weather was a factor at the Evian Championships, as were questions about the condition of the golf course, but that didn't stop Jin Young Ko from winning her second major title of the season. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the South Korean's latest victory.


Langer Keeps Swinging in the Rain for 11th Senior Major

The remarkable Bernhard Langer overcame the damp conditions to light up Royal Lytham with a briliant final round of 66 to win his fourth Senior Open Championship, on a day that will also be remembered for the farewell of the legendary Tom Watson.


Koepka Delivers Knockout Blow to McIlroy's Hopes of Victory

It was billed as a heavyweight clash between the two best golfers on the planet, but it was Brooks Koepka who underlined why he is the world number one, brushing aside the challenge of Rory McIlroy and winning the World Golf Championship by three.


There's Something To Be Said For Playing Golf in a Mankini

Have you been out on the course these past few days? How on earth do you keep cool when the mercury is exceeding 30C, especially when this great game of ours imposes so many dress rules upon us? Golfshake's Derek Clements played in the heat on Thrusday and encountered some maddening clothing requirements.


Royal Portrush Staged Passionate Open for the Ages

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


How the World's Finest Rated at Royal Portrush

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


Shane Lowry Produces Priceless Masterpiece to Win The Open

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


Shane Lowry Shoots Incredible 63 to Control Open Championship

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


Shane Lowry Carries Irish Hopes at Royal Portrush

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


Rory's Portrush Dream Turns Into Open Nightmare

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


The Open 2019 Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


Five Outsiders to Follow at The Open

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


Six Players to Watch at The Open

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


The Open by Numbers

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


Royal Portrush Hole by Hole Guide

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


A Round to Remember for Rory McIlroy

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


Bernd Wiesberger Survives Playoff to Claim Scottish Open Title

Bernd Wiesberger's remarkable comeback from injury continued with a playoff victory in the Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club, his first Rolex Series title, launching the Austrian to the summit of the European Tour's Race to Dubai. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps the main stories from East Lothian.


Scottish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

When the likes of Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner and Henrik Stenson enter your tournament, it can only mean that The Open Championship is just around the corner. Derek Clements looks ahead to the Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club, always among the annual highlights on the European Tour.


John Deere Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour's last stop before The Open is traditionally the John Deere Classic, with one spot qualifying spot at Royal Portrush being available. Who is going to claim it and the precious title? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Jon Rahm's Love of Ireland Continues With Incredible Weekend at Lahinch

Jon Rahm produced a sensational back nine to stun the field and win the Irish Open at Lahinch for the second time in his still fledgling career, instantly making him one of the favourites for the Claret Jug at Portrush. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on a memorable tournament, clinched by a brilliant player.


20 Year Old Matthew Wolff Eagles Last to Deny DeChambeau in Epic

In the most dramatic of finishes, young star Matthew Wolff matched a closing eagle from Bryson DeChambeau to secure a thrilling victory in just his third event as a professional, ushering in early success for an exciting talent. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a captivating back nine.


10 Things That Make You Do a Double Take on the Golf Course

Do you know someone who ties their tees together with string? We often find ourselves doing a double-take at some of the habits and the foibles and antics our friends get up to while on the golf course. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out ten instances.


Irish Eyes Certain to be Smiling at Royal Portrush

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


13 Personalities You Are Likely to Meet on the Golf Course

Anybody who has played golf will know that the people they play with on a regular basis will fall into a category. There are lots of different types of characters and personalities. Here, we take a light-hearted look at some of the club golfers we all know.


3M Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour returns to Minnesota with the new 3M Open, and with the Open Championship approaching, the likes of Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Bryson DeChambeau are competing at TPC Twin Cities. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Irish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Irish Open heads to the revered Lahinch Golf Club for what is set to be a thrilling celebration of links golf. Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood and Martin Kaymer are featured within the impressive field, and Golfshake's Derek Clements expects this to be a memorable week.


US Ryder Cup Captain Stricker Proves He Still Has Plenty Left in the Tank

US Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker proved that he still has plenty of game himself by winning the US Senior Open at Warren Golf Course by six shots. Derek Clements reports on a spectacular performance from the 52-year-old, who led from start to finish.


Emotions Run High on Both Sides of the Atlantic

Two tournaments on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean produced two incredible stories this weekend, proving once again that just when you thought you had heard everything, golf is capable of stopping you dead in your tracks. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the emotional victories of Christiaan Bezuldenhout and Nate Lashley.


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

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


Andalucia Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

Sergio Garcia headlines the field at the Andalucia Masters alongside Jon Rahm at the iconic Valderrama, with the former Masters champion having won the last three editions of this event. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks forward to what is a classic stage for the European Tour.


Rocket Mortgage Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour heads to Detroit for the first time for the Rocket Mortgage Classic, which is headlined by Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event and takes a closer look at the main contenders.


Andrea Pavan Sees Off Matt Fitzpatrick in Dramatic Finish in Germany

Matthew Fitzpatrick had a putt to win, but it was Andrea Pavan who claimed the BMW International Open in Germany, his second victory on the European Tour, while in America, Chez Reavie won for the first time in a decade. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the action.


BMW International Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

On the European Tour, the BMW International Open in Germany welcomes a strking field of players, headlined by Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and defending champion Matt Wallace. Golfshake's Derek Clements analyses the main favourites and who could secure the title on Sunday.


Travelers Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Following the US Open, an impressive field has headed to TPC River Highlands for the Travelers Championship, including the likes of Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Francesco Molinari and Justin Thomas. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what is a popular stop on the PGA Tour.


Gary Woodland Denies History Chasing Koepka to Win US Open

Gary Woodland held off a charge from Brooks Koepka to secure his first major title at the US Open, shooting all four rounds in the 60s at Pebble Beach. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps a memorable week on the Monterey Peninsula.


Koepka Lurks Ominously Behind Woodland and Rose at US Open

Justin Rose produced one of the best battling rounds of his career to go into the final round of the US Open at Pebble Beach just one shot behind American Gary Woodland. Ominously, however, Brooks Koepka, looking to win the tournament for the third year on the trot, lurks just four adrift. Golfshake's Derek Clements sets you up for Sunday.


Famous Sportsmen Who Took Up Golf

Former world snooker champion Shaun Murphy will enter qualifying in an attempt to make it through to the Open Championship at Royal Portrush. That got us thinking of famous sportsmen who have taken up the game. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at just some notable athletes who turned to golf.


Gary Woodland Leads Ahead of Major Champions at Pebble

Justin Rose remains in contention to win a second US Open after a round of 70 left him two shots behind the halfway leader Gary Woodland at Pebble Beach. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the action from Friday.


Justin Rose Shoots Sparkling 65 to Lead US Open at Pebble Beach

A vintage display of putting kept Tiger Woods in the hunt for a 16th major title, but it was playing his partner Justin Rose who led the way after the first round of the US Open at Pebble Beach. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the opening round in California.


The Lowest Rounds Ever in Golf

Recently, 20-year-old American college player Alex Ross shot a 57 in an amateur tournament. This remarkable score inspired Golfshake's Derek Clements to recount his own experiences and reflect on some of the lowest rounds in golf history.


5 Players to Watch at the 2019 US Open

This year's U.S. Open has the potential to be a classic. Tiger Woods is back at Pebble Beach, Brooks Koepka is chasing history, and Rory McIlroy arrives in winning form. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a close look at five of the main contenders, the players he believes that we will see at the summit of the leaderboard on Sunday.


2019 US Open Preview, Picks and Analysis

Brooks Koepka is seeking history by winning the US Open for a third successive time, while Tiger Woods returns to Pebble Beach, site of his most dominant triumph. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the third major of the year, analysing the main contenders, which has the ingredients to be a compelling week.


The US Open By Numbers

The US Open returns to Pebble Beach for a sixth time. Boasting a rich and prestigious history, this event has defined many a career. With many compelling stories heading into this week, Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look back at the key numbers that set the scene for the year's third major.


Pebble Beach Hole by Hole Guide

The U.S. Open returns to iconic Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula, California. It's the sixth occasion that America's national championship has come to this spectacular venue. Known for its breathtaking seaside views and small greens, we take a look at each hole that will challenge the best players in the world.


Supreme Rory McIlroy Runs Away With Canadian Open

Rory McIlroy prepared for this week’s US Open at Pebble Beach in perfect fashion, shotting a final round of 61 to win the Canadian Open by seven shots from Shane Lowry and Webb Simpson. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on a sparkling display from the Northern Irishman.


Kaymer Walks Away From Social Media to Get Career Back on Track

Martin Kaymer was back in form at the Memorial Tournament, finishing third. Part of his recovery was attributed to getting rid of distractions, including social media. Golfshake's Derek Clements delves into this new approach.


GolfSixes Preview, Picks & Analysis

The unique GolfSixes heads to Portugal for the first time, where Ireland's Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan will defend their title against a varied range of international teams, bringing together and men and women players into the one event. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the showpiece.


RBC Canadian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Ahead of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, four-time major champion Brooks Koepka returns to action at the Canadian Open, where he is joined by the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas in a formidable field. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks forward to an event with a rich history.


Magnificent Cantlay Produces Spectacular Final Round to Win at Jack's Place

Patrick Cantlay shot a spectacular final round of 64 to win the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, receiving that coveted handshake from Jack Nicklaus. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the American's triumph, in addition to recaps of the European Tour and U.S. Women's Open.


What Does a Tour Pro Keep in Their Golf Bag?

On tour, the average caddie has to carry a bag that weighs 50lbs, such is the mass of equipment, apparel, gadgets and accessories stored within it. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at what you'll find in a tour bag, and how that compares with the average golfer.


Belgian Knockout Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour moves onto the innovative Belgian Knockout, where home favourites Thomas Pieters, Thomas Detry and Nicolas Colsaerts will be hoping for success. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to this unique event.


Memorial Tournament Preview, Picks & Analysis

Bryson DeChambeau defends Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament, with a formidable field gathering at Muirfield Village, including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, making their final appearances before the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what is always a highlight of the PGA Tour schedule.


Wiesberger Puts Injury Nightmare Behind Him With Victory in Denmark

Bernd Wiesberger put his injury nightmare behind him when he secured his fifth European Tour title by winning the Made in Denmark after a thrilling battle with Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the weekend's action.


Benefits of Golf for the Over 50s

One of the attractions of this wonderful game of ours is that you can carry on playing to a decent standard for as long as you still have breath in your body. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at just some of the benefits of playing golf for the over-50s.


How to Take Care of Your Golf Clubs

Buying a set of golf clubs is often expensive, so how do we look after them properly having made that purchase? We reckon it is worth spending some time thinking about how you care for your clubs, during and after a round of golf, and here we give you a few tips that will help you to keep them in top condition.


How to Protect Yourself From the Sun When Playing Golf

We all love to feel the sun on our backs when playing golf, but are doing enough to protect ourselves? Golfshake's Derek Clements delves into the risks, and what can be done to ensure that we enjoy the game in the sunshine without endangering our health.


Made in Denmark Preview, Picks & Analysis

Matt Wallace returns to the Made in Denmark and will defend his title at Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort, looking to build on his third place finish at last week's PGA Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements assesses the Englishman's chances and picks out some key contenders.


Charles Schwab Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

Justin Rose returns to the magnificent Colonial Country Club to defend the newly titled Charles Schwab Challenge, facing a strong field that includes Jon Rahm, Francesco Molinari, Jordan Spieth and Ian Poulter. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to one of the PGA Tour's classic tournaments.


Brooks Koepka Joins Legends of the Game by Retaining PGA Championship

It wasn't the victory procession many had expected on Sunday, but Brooks Koepka successfully defended his PGA Championship title at Bethpage Black, making history and joining the legends of the game with a fourth major title in 23 months. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps a tense and thrilling back-nine in New York.


Why it Might be Time to Stop Carrying Your Golf Bag

Surveying thousands of golfers, we found that only 15% don't own a trolley. Are you one of those players who insist on carrying your bag? Golfshake's Derek Clements, himself a reluctant convert to the trolley, has some words for you.


What Do You Keep in Your Golf Bag?

Essentially, golf bags are designed to hold 14 clubs, some golf balls, waterproofs and an umbrella. But what do you keep inside yours? Golfshake's Derek Clements has taken a look inside his and was horrified by what he discovered.


The US PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The game's best players have headed to the formidable Bethpage Black for the 101st PGA Championship. Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, defending champion Brooks Koepka, and Tiger Woods are considered the favourites, but who is going to lift the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday? Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the year's second major.


5 to Watch at the US PGA Championship

All 100 of the Top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking are playing in this week's PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out five the main contenders for the PGA, assessing their chances of success.


The US PGA Championship By Numbers

Often considered the least distinctive of the major championships, the PGA nonetheless has a rich history. Golfshake's Derek Clements has brought together some key stats and figures that tell its story for the 2019 edition.


Bethpage Black Hole by Hole Guide

This week's 101st PGA Championship is being contested at the fearsome Black Course at Bethpage State Park, Long Island, New York. We take a closer look at each of the holes that will stage the quest for the Wanamaker Trophy.


Sweden's Kinhult Wins Enthralling British Masters at Hillside

Large crowds turned out at Hillside to watch local boy and tournament host Tommy Fleetwood, but it was Sweden's Marcus Kinhult who stole the show, making birdie on the 72nd hole to win his maiden title on the European Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a hugely entertaining event.


How to Save Money When Playing Golf

There is a perception that golf is an expensive sport, and there is no denying that it can be. But there are things you can do to enjoy the sport without spending a fortune. Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his money-saving tips.


How to Support Your Local Golf Club

It is a harsh fact of life that we are seeing golf clubs close down at an alarming rate as memberships tumble. But if you support your local golf club and encourage others to do the same there is a chance that it might just survive. Here, we have some ideas.


British Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour comes to home soil for Tommy Fleetwood, who is hosting this week's British Masters at the renowned Hillside Golf Club, bringing together many of the finest British players. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be a memorable event.


AT&T Byron Nelson Preview, Picks & Analysis

Brooks Koepka has headed to Texas before his defence of the PGA Championship, leading the field at the AT&T Byron Nelson, where Aaron Wise is defending the title. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event and analyses the main contenders.


Flying Finn Korhonen Comes Storming Back to Win Volvo China Open

Mikko Korhonen overcame a three-shot deficit to win the Volvo China Open after a playoff with Benjamin Hebert, while on the PGA Tour, Max Homa secured his breakthrough victory at the Wells Fargo Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend's action.


Why You Should Take up Golf Instead of Cycling

Cycling has become a hugely popular pastime in the United Kingdom, especially with older people, but we naturally believe that golf is a safer alternative. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at some good (and somewhat tongue in cheek) reasons why.


Wells Fargo Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Jason Day defends the Wells Fargo Championship at the highly regarded Quail Hollow, but it's a favourite of many players, including twice-champion Rory McIlroy who is hoping to claim victory as he prepares to turn 30. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look through the strong field and analyses the main contenders.


Volvo China Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The British Masters is coming, but before then, the European Tour heads to Chengdu for the Volvo China Open, where the likes of Haotong Li, Nicolas Colsaerts, Ross Fisher, Alex Levy and Paul Dunne will be competing for the title. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Campillo Secures Maiden Victory at 229th Time of Asking

It has been a long time coming but Jorge Campillo finally ended his wait for a maiden European Tour win at the 229th time of asking with a two-shot victory at the Trophée Hassan II. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend's action.


Tiger Reflects on Stunning Masters Victory

Tiger Woods has admitted that he surprised even himself by winning The Masters and thus finally securing his 15th major title, and says that he hasn't yet fully come to grips with it. Golfshake's Derek Clements reacts to the legendary American's reflections.


Dustin Johnson's Struggle at Harbour Town Showcases Challenge of Winning

World number one Dustin Johnson struggled miserably on the back-nine of Harbour Town to lose the RBC Heritage, underlining that even the best have bad days at the worst moments. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the challenge of winning.


Trophee Hassan II Preview, Picks & Analysis

Last year, Alex Levy won the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco, and the event marks the return of the regular European Tour, which had recently taken a break ahead of the Masters. Golfshake's Derek Clements delves in the field and picks out names who have an opportunity to claim the title.


Zurich Classic of New Orleans Preview, Picks & Analysis

Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia have teamed up at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where a collection of formidable partnerships will aim to take down defending champions Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to this unique event on the PGA Tour schedule.


C.T. Pan Secures First PGA Tour Victory at Harbour Town

Chinese Taipei's C.T. Pan secured his first PGA Tour victory at the RBC Heritage at the magnificent Harbour Town, overcoming a formidable field to complete a remarkabke journey that now sees many other doors opened. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the triumph.


Where Does Tiger's Victory Figure in Sport's Greatest Comebacks?

Tiger Woods' fifth Masters title has already been widely considered among the greatest comeback achievements in the history of sports. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on many of the other stories that it can be compared with.


Reviewing Sky and BBC at The Masters

Tiger Woods won the Masters, but who claimed the TV battle between Sky and the BBC? Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his opinion on both broadcasters, their strengths and weaknesses, and reveals which of the two he preferred.


RBC Heritage Preview, Picks & Analysis

Post Masters, the PGA Tour heads to stunning Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town, one of the most renowned venues on the circuit. Always an enjoyable week, Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to this iconic and intriguing event.


The Scale of Tiger's Victory at the Masters

Golfshake's Derek Clements tries to capture the enormity of Tiger's astonishing victory at the Masters, reflecting on the comments and widespread praise shared by many of the biggest names in sport and society.


Miraculous Tiger Woods is the Master Once Again

Following a Sunday of tense drama, Tiger Woods has completed the most extraordinary of comebacks and won the Masters for fifth time, 14 years since his last, and 11 since his most recent major victory. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps an unpredictable and historic final day and unimaginable achievement.


Miracle Man Woods Poised to Complete Remarkable Comeback

On a day of days at Augusta, Francesco Molinari, the Open champion, recorded a round of 66 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of The Masters at Augusta National. And one of the two men lurking behind him is 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, looking to claim his first Green Jacket in 14 years.


Tiger Roars Into Contention with Major Champions at Augusta

Tiger Woods survived a rain delay and a sliding tackle from a marshal to leave himself one shot off the lead after the second round of The Masters as he attempts to complete one of the most remarkable comebacks in sport.


Koepka and DeChambeau Lead at Masters

It was meant to be all about Rory McIlroy and his attempt to finally claim the career grand slam. Instead, the first round of The Masters was all about Brooks Koepka, whose 66 saw him leading the way with Bryson DeChambeau as he attempts to win his fourth major and his third since successfully defending the US Open in June last year.


Master the Greens at Augusta or Pack Your Bags and Head for Home

The greens at Augusta National are notoriously quick, but just how fast are they? Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look, recalling time spent with former Amateur Champion Gary Wolstenholme, to discover just how difficult these surfaces are.


The 2019 Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

It's time for the Masters, but who is going to achieve immortality at Augusta National? Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the main storylines, the potential contenders, and what we can expect from this week.


6 to Watch at the Masters

Who is going to claim that iconic Green Jacket on Sunday? Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out five names - plus one outsider - who may just achieve immortality this week at the Masters and join the legends of Augusta.


Reed Reluctant to Return Green Jacket

Patrick Reed will attempt to become just the fourth player to successfully defend the Masters, but the omens are not good for the American, who has been uninpsiring of late, but it's not a title he is willing to hand over lightly.


Conners Proves Dreams Can Come True as Kupcho Wows Augusta

It was a memorable weekend across the game. Corey Conners made it through Monday Qualifying to astonishingly win the Valero Texas Open, while Jennifer Kupcho wowed the gallery and made history at Augusta National. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a memorable few days in golf.


Opinion Divided Over Garcia and Kuchar Match Play Controversy

Perhaps the biggest story emerging from the WGC Match Play was the controversy between Sergio Garcia and Matt Kuchar, which has divided the game, but for Golfshake's Derek Clements, the responsibility ultimately rests with the Spaniard.


How Do We Keep Top European Women on Home Shores?

From Georgia Hall to Charley Hull and Bronte Law, England has a quality group of golfers, but they all play on the LPGA Tour. Is there any way to draw them - and others - regularly back to Europe? Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the cavernous divide between the two circuits and why that may never happen.


Texas Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The clock is ticking down to The Masters, and many potential contenders for Augusta are playing this week in the Texas Open, including Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the final event before the showpiece down Magnolia Lane.


Kisner Wins Match Play on Day of Comeback Success for Gallacher and McDowell

It was a weekend of comebacks. Kevin Kisner triumphed in the WGC Match Play after suffering a crushing defeat in the final last year, while Stephen Gallacher and Graeme McDowell both rolled back the clock to reignite their careers. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the latest events.


Spectator Behaviour on PGA Tour is Getting Out of Hand

Spectator behaviour has long been a topic of conversation on the PGA Tour, but Golfshake's Derek Clements has reflected on recent incidents involving Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm which have illustrated that it remains a significant problem to be addressed.


WGC Dell Match Play Preview, Picks & Analysis

Bubba Watson defends the WGC Dell Match Play, where most of the game's biggest names will be making their final competitive appearances before the Masters. It's always an intriguing, difficult to predict week, but Golfshake's Derek Clements has taken a closer look at some of the main contenders.


Rory in a Hurry to Speed Things Up

Rory McIlroy - renowned for his brisk pace - took the opportunity to have his say on the topic of slow play, and why so many of his fellow players on tour are taking so long to complete rounds, with many at The Players Championship taking over five hours.


Maybank Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, defending champion Shubhankar Sharma and the Asian Tour's top ranked golfer Gavin Green head a decent field at the fourth playing of the Maybank Championship at Saujana Golf & Country Club. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews this week's tournament on the European Tour.


Valspar Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Last year, Paul Casey won the Valspar Championship ahead of a resurgent Tiger Woods, ending a long title drought on the PGA Tour. 12 months on, the Englishman returns to defend against a formidable field that includes Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event from Innisbrook.


McIlroy Stages Big Finish to Land Players Championship

Following a season of near-misses, Rory McIlroy secured his biggest victory in years at TPC Sawgrass, producing a strong finish to win The Players Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on a thrilling Sunday, and what it could mean for the Northern Irishman ahead of The Masters.


The Players Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The world's finest golfers have assembled at TPC Sawgrass for The Players Championship, which kicks off an exciting series of significant tournaments each month through to the summer. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the event's status, many of the thrilling finishes of the past, and which of the major names we can expect to contend this week.


Kenyan Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Kenyan Open is an event with a long and proud history, and it joins the European Tour schedule this year, having been a mainstay on the Challenge Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to a tournament that presents an opportunity for players seeking a breakthrough victory.


Francesco Molinari Produces Brilliant Final Round to Win at Bay Hill

Open champion Francesco Molinari continued his dream run when he shot a brilliant final round of 64 to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a magical Sunday for the Italian.


Tour Players Turn Against Governing Bodies Over New Rules

We now be in March, but the debate around the news of golf rumbles on, with Justin Thomas being the most outspoken of the leading players against the changes, leading to an embarrassing exchange with the USGA on Twitter. Golfshake's Derek Clements delves into the controversy.


Arnold Palmer Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rory McIlroy defends the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, a year removed from his spectacular final round of 64 that secured the title at this event, which always draws a striking field. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to this week's tournament.


Qatar Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

Last year, Eddie Pepperell won the Qatar Masters, securing his first victory on the European Tour, which marked the tournament that finally saw him live up to his huge potential. Could we see another breakthrough moment this week? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks forward to the event.


Kitayama Kicks Up a Storm in the Desert

Many of the game's biggest names may have taken the week off, but there was entertainment to be had on the European and PGA Tours, as Kurt Kitayama and Keith Mitchell secured dramatic victories. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the action.


Slumbers Raises Brexit Concerns for Portrush Open

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


New Rule is Driving Top Professionals to Distraction

Much has been said about golf's new rules, but one in particular - dropping the ball from knee height - has been a been frequently criticised by the game's best players, many of whom are forgetting to adapt during these early stages. 


How to Handle Angry Playing Partners

Every one of us will at some stage in their lives have had to endure the company of a fellow player in meltdown, somebody who loses their temper, who blames everybody but himself (or herself) for bad shots. Golfshake's Derek Clements has some advice for when you're faced with these situations.


Honda Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour kicks off the Florida Swing at the Honda Classic, where Justin Thomas defends the title, once again facing the dreaded Bear Trap. Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler and Adam Scott are featured in the field and look set to contend. Golfshake's Derek Clements analyses the chances of those big names.


Oman Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads to Oman, where Joost Luiten defends the title he won in a duel with Chris Wood. Both return this year, in a field that features former Ryder Cup star Thomas Pieters. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event. 


Dominant Dustin Johnson Lands 20th PGA Tour Title of Career at WGC

American Dustin Johnson claimed the 20th PGA Tour title of his career with a five-shot victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship, seeing off a determined challenge from Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy in the process. Golfshake's Derek Clements on a memorable four days of spectacular golf.


Steve Stricker Backed to Succeed as Ryder Cup Captain

Steve Stricker was named America's new Ryder Cup captain for 2020, a largely expected move, and one that has proven popular with key names, including Tiger Woods, who have backed the man from Wisconsin to succeed at Whistling Straits.


Criticism of Rory Misses the Point

Scheduling his preparations for this year's Open Championship at Royal Portrush, Rory McIlroy has confirmed that he won't play the Irish Open, the event he rebuilt as host, a decision that drew criticism by some, a situation that Golfshake's Derek Clements believes to be unfair and misses the point widely.


Slow Play Rules Exist on the PGA Tour

JB Holmes' winning performance at the Genesis Open at Riviera drew widespread criticism due to his pace of play, which has led to debate about what can be done. However, as Golfshake's Derek Clements explains, slow play guidlines and rules already exist on the PGA Tour but are not enforced.


Players Like JB Holmes Are Killing Golf

JB Holmes won the Genesis Open at Riviera, but the main talking point emerging was the pace of his play, which contributed to the final group taking two hours and 45 minutes to play nine holes. Golfshake's Derek Clements is scathing about Holmes and other slow play offenders on tour, declaring that action is needed otherwise golf will become unwatchable.


WGC Mexico Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Resurgent veteran Phil Mickelson defends the first World Golf Championship of the year in Mexico at Chapultepec Golf Club, which is a venue that has delivered exciting finishes in recent years. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the biggest event of the season to date.



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