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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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Municipal Golf Courses SAVED From Closure

Several municipal golf courses in Scotland have recently been threatened with potential closure, but this bleak outcome looks to have been averted following a widespread public outcry and subsequent change of heart from local authorities.


Why LIV Golfers Are Competing on The Asian Tour

21 LIV players recently competed at the International Series Oman tournament, which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why an increasing number of these golfers are turning to this circuit.


The Best Golf Story of The Year So Far

What is the best golf story of the year so far? There have been some impressive candidates, but it's hard to beat the tale of Joe Dean, who finished runner-up at the Kenya Open in just his second start since gaining his DP World Tour card. As Derek Clements explains, the Englishman has waited a long time for this success.


Why First Time Winners Are The Lifeblood of Pro Golf

There was a social media outcry when former PGA Tour professional Mark Lye criticised the lack of star power on the leaderboard in Mexico. Responding to that, Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why first-time winners are the lifeblood of this sport.


The Heroes Who Keep Our Golf Clubs Alive

Our recent surveys have revealed that there are many areas of golf club membership that trouble us, much of which is understandable, but there is a small army of unsung heroes and heroines at every single course in the land - the volunteers who put themselves forward to take on positions that are both time-consuming and, in the main, thankless.


Why Women's Golf Deserves a Better Deal

Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the constant struggle for women's golf to grab attention and why that is something that desperately needs to change.


2024 LIV Golf Jeddah Preview, Picks & Analysis

LIV Golf returns this week in Jeddah, where Jon Rahm will be hoping to claim his first individual title. The Spaniard may not have won either of the two season-opening tournaments but he did enough to show that he is taking this pretty seriously.


2024 Cognizant Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rory McIlroy headlines the field at PGA National for the rebranded Cognizant Classic. Matt Fitzpatrick, Justin Rose, Shane Lowry, Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel and Cameron Young are other names that are part of an impressive field in Florida.


2024 SDC Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

England's Matthew Baldwin proved you should never give up on your dreams 12 months ago when he claimed his first DP World Tour title at the 200th attempt in winning the SDC Championship in South Africa by seven shots.


Jake Knapp Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Jake Knapp, who spent time working as a nightclub bouncer, won his first PGA Tour event on only his ninth start as he took the Mexico Open by two shots.


Darius van Driel Player Profile, Key Stats, Recent Results

Dutch golfer Darius van Driel scored a remarkable maiden DP World Tour success, winning the Magical Kenya Open by two shots.


Charlie Woods is Not The First Golfer to Follow in Big Footsteps

Following in the footsteps of a famous parent or sibling is no easy matter. And that is especially true in the world of sport, where it is done under the unremitting glare of media attention. Charlie Woods is facing that scrutiny and Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that it's deeply unfair on the teenager.


What Should You Eat on The Golf Course

When you watch the world's best golfers, you will see that they routinely consume food during their rounds. It's something that many everyday players neglect and it negatively impacts their concentration and preparation. Golfshake's Derek Clements has considered what we should all eat to play our very best.


2024 Mexico Open at Vidanta Preview, Picks & Analysis

Defending champion Tony Finau and the in-form Emiliano Grillo will be among the favourites at the Mexico Open, but Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that Belgium's Thomas Detry could upset the odds and claim his first PGA Tour victory.


2024 Magical Kenya Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

After a well-deserved two-week break, the DP World Tour returns to action this week with the Magical Kenya Open at Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi with Japan’s Rikuya Hoshino looking to continue his extraordinary start to the season.


Why Golf Needs a New Tiger Woods - But No One Comes Close

Following the short appearance of Tiger Woods at last week's Genesis Invitational, Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the unique star power of the 15-time major champion and describes why it's a major problem for golf that no one else comes anywhere near close. 


What Golf Clubs Does Hideki Matsuyama Use

Hideki Matsuyama shot a sensational final round of 62 to end a two-year-victory drought in spectacular fashion at the Genesis Invitational.


Things That You Probably Do Wrong On The Golf Course

If you are not especially proficient at something but insist on going about it in exactly the same way, the chances of ever improving are slim to non-existent. And that may apply to the game of golf more than it does to any other sport. Golfshake's Derek Clements describes some of the things that he keeps seeing golfers getting wrong.


18 Things That You Most Love About Golf

What are the things that you most love about playing golf? Have a think and see exactly what you come up with. Golfshake's Derek Clements has been pondering about the particulars that makes this game special to him.


Fundamentals That Every Golfer Needs to Get Right

There are many different ways to swing a golf club. If you doubt it, just take a look at the world’s best golfers and study their swings. But the one thing that all these golfers had or have in common is that they all did the basics in exactly the same way. Golf is a game of fundamentals.


Are We Really Any Closer to Finding Unity in Golf

Sharing his latest View From The Fairway, Golfshake's Derek Clements addresses the latest stories around LIV Golf and the contrasting views on whether departed players should be accommodated back into regular tour events.


2024 Genesis Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis

After his miserable performance at Pebble Beach, Rory McIlroy will be looking for better things at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club. But this week he will be playing second fiddle to a certain Tiger Woods.


Rikuya Hoshino Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Rikuya Hoshino of Japan captured his first DP World Tour title by shooting a final round of 68 to win the Qatar Masters by a stroke.


Dustin Johnson Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Two-time major winner Dustin Johnson birdied three of the last six holes to claim the LIV Golf Las Vegas title by one shot. It was his third title on the circuit and he claimed $4m in prize money.


The Language of Golf is Absolutely Bonkers

The English language is both peculiar and highly idiosyncratic. But have you ever thought how odd the language of golf is? All of us who play the game don’t ever give it a second thought, but imagine trying to explain our sport to a layman.


My Journey Back to Golf Has Been Painful

Golfshake's Derek Clements has recently returned to the game after several years of injury problems. Having joined a club and deciding to make his comeback to the golf course, Derek shares an update on his journey that many of us can probably relate to.


The Pro Golfers Who Have Broken 60

Cristobal del Solar wrote himself into the history books with a mind-blowing round of 57 on the Korn Ferry Tour. There have been 12 sub-60 rounds on the PGA Tour. Remarkably, there has only been one each on the DP World Tour and LPGA Tour and we have already seen two on the LIV circuit.


Korn Ferry Tour Golfer Shoots One of The Lowest Rounds Ever

Cristobal del Solar carded one of the lowest scores in the history of professional golf with an astonishing 13-under-par 57 in the Astara Championship.


Council Cuts Threaten Future of Golf Courses

Golf survived a global pandemic. However, the cost of living crisis is taking its toll in a way that COVID never did. You will no doubt be aware that many councils across the UK face serious budget shortfalls and are looking to make cuts. You also probably will not be surprised to learn that several municipal golf courses are under threat as a result.


Women Golfers Receive Massive Cash Boost

There is a huge disparity in prize money on the men’s and women’s professional golf tours. There is still a long, long way to go, but the US Women’s Open has a new partner and will be offering record-breaking prize money this year, as befits such a prestigious major.


2024 LIV Golf Las Vegas Preview, Picks & Analysis

This week we will see Jon Rahm, Tyrrell Hatton, Adrian Meronk and Lucas Herbert teeing it up in LIV Golf's second tournament of the season in Las Vegas. Rahm came within a whisker of winning on his debut in Mexico and will be looking to put that right this time.


2024 WM Phoenix Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Dig out the earplugs and prepare to take cover. Yup, it’s the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale and the loudest and largest crowd in golf. Traditionalists may not enjoy everything that goes on here but there is no denying that this tournament is second to none when it comes to entertainment value.


2024 Qatar Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The DP World Tour completes its swing of events in the Middle East at the Qatar Masters, where the likes of Scotland's Ewen Ferguson, Rasmus Hojgaard and former winner Jorge Campillo are among the likely contenders.


What Happened to Golfers Playing For The Love of The Game

With more big-money signings for LIV and billions of dollars being pumped into the PGA Tour, Golfshake's Derek Clements is feeling just a little bit dispirited by what he's seeing in the men's professional game. Sharing his latest View From The Fairway, Derek describes a story that reminded him of what things were once about.


Joaquin Niemann Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Joaquin Niemann survived starting the day with a two-stroke penalty to beat Sergio Garcia at the fourth playoff hole and win LIV Golf’s season-opening Mayakoba tournament.


Dylan Frittelli Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Dylan Frittelli won his first DP World Tour title in six years with a two-shot victory at the inaugural Bahrain Championship.


6 Golf Goals That You Should Have in 2024

The days are getting longer. It won’t be long before spring is in the air and we can think about putting the thermals away for another year. Are you somebody who sets yourself targets? And if not, why not? Golfshake's Derek Clements shares a few of the things he will doing this season.


Here's Why Anthony Kim Should Not Receive Any Special Treatment

If we are to believe everything we read then there is a bidding war going on between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to secure the signature of Anthony Kim. And Golfshake's Derek Clements doesn't understand why.


This is a Golf Club That You Would Never Leave

Our recent survey was a real eye-opener, revealing many things about what you consider makes a good course. There were also plenty of areas of concern for you, with joining fees, increased subscriptions and slow play among your bugbears. It got us thinking about what makes the perfect golf club, the one that you would never consider leaving.


Future of Golf Clubs Threatened by Flooding And Vandalism

All golf clubs face challenges - but two English venues in particular have recently been threatened by months of flooding and repeated vandalism respectively.


2024 LIV Golf Mayakoba Preview, Picks & Analysis

LIV Golf’s new season kicks off at Mayakoba this week and the one guarantee is that this time it will get a little more attention than normal - and that’s because it will see Jon Rahm making his debut.


2024 Bahrain Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The DP World Tour returns to Bahrain this week for the first time in 13 years for the inaugural Bahrain Championship. Rasmus Hojgaard headlines a field that includes rising stars Dan Bradbury, Alex Fitzpatrick, Yannik Paul and Jordan Smith.


2024 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Preview, Picks & Analysis

Justin Rose defends his title at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and if he is going to repeat his success at one of the most iconic venues in America then he is going to have to be at his very best because he will be facing a world-class field.


Why Further LIV Golf Defections Still Matter

Reacting to the news that Tyrrell Hatton has become the latest high-profile player to sign for LIV Golf, in his latest View From The Fairway, Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why these stories still matter as the professional game looks for a unified solution.


Matthieu Pavon Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Matthieu Pavon stunned his rivals by becoming the first French golfer to win on the PGA Tour as he claimed the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.


The Amateur Golfers Who Stunned Professional Golf

Amateurs winning professional golf tournaments is unusual but it is certainly not unheard of. Most of the amateurs who won pro events went on to bigger and better things, but nothing is guaranteed. Here, we look at some of the amateurs who stunned the professionals.


12 Ways to Become a Better Golfer This Year

We all dream of low scores, holing birdie putts, hitting towering drives with a gentle draw and seeing our iron shots nestle next to the pin. But improvement does not happen on its own. So here are a few ideas for each and every one of you, tips that just might help you to trim a shot or two from your handicap.


What Will You Find in Your Golf Bag

Many of us will soon be digging our golf clubs out of hibernation in readiness for the arrival of spring. But when you have a look inside the bags, what are you likely to find? Here are just some of the objects that could be there!


This is Why Keith Pelley Deserves a Break

Golfshake's Derek Clements comments in this week's View From The Fairway on the reaction to the imminent departure of DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley and why he believes that criticism levelled at the Canadian is harsh.


2024 Farmers Insurance Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Max Homa is the defending champion this week at the Farmers Insurance Open as the PGA Tour makes its way to Torrey Pines. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks forward to what is always an early season highlight on the calendar.


2024 Ras Al Khaimah Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton may have departed from the scene but the DP World Tour’s Middle East Swing continues with Daniel Gavins defending the Ras Al Khaimah Championship he won 12 months ago.


Nick Dunlap Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Nick Dunlap held his nerve to become the first amateur since Phil Mickelson way back in 1991 to win on the PGA Tour. The 20-year-old holed a six-foot par putt on the last to claim The American Express title by one shot from South Africa's Christiaan Bezuidenhout.


12 Things That Would Make Your Golf Club Perfect

As spring approaches and we get the chance to get out there and play more golf, some of us may be drawing up wish lists for what we hope to see at their golf clubs in 2024 - all the more so as subscription renewals start to drop through our letterboxes or pop into our in-boxes. Here are a few of the things that you might be hoping for in the months that lie ahead.


What Golf Can Learn From Other Sports

The game is shrouded in uncertainty as the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf desperately try to find a way to work together. It got us thinking about the way other sports deal with change. So the simple question is: what can golf learn from other sports?


How Likely is Rory McIlroy's Dream Scenario

Describing his dream scenario for the future of men's professional golf, Rory McIlroy has outlined what he believes needs to happen. For his latest View From The Fairway column, Golfshake's Derek Clements reviews what the Northern Irishman has said.


2024 The American Express Preview, Picks & Analysis

Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Tom Kim and Tony Finau have all committed to The American Express. There is also a significant European presence, with Robert MacIntyre, Victor Perez, Alexander Bjork, Shane Lowry, Seamus Power and Matt Wallace all opting to tee it up here rather than playing in Dubai.


2024 Hero Dubai Desert Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Of course all eyes will be on defending champion Rory McIlroy as he tries to become the first four-time winner of the Dubai Desert Classic this week but nobody will need to tell him that he is going to have his work cut out.


Grayson Murray Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Grayson Murray ended a six-and-a-half-year search for a win on the PGA Tour by snatching a dramatic play-off victory after a remarkable finish to the Sony Open in Hawaii.


Have You Ever Been This Angry on The Golf Course

Anybody who has ever swung a golf club will know how frustrating a game this can be. But have you ever been angry enough to literally break your equipment? Then you are not alone.


DP World Tour Chief Keith Pelley to Leave For New Job

Keith Pelley, the man who has helped to transform the DP World Tour, is reportedly quitting his post as chief executive to take up a similar job with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.


Making Sense of Rory McIlroy's Latest Comments

Rory McIlroy's recent comments about LIV Golf and the future of the game drew a variety of responses, including from Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson. For his latest View From The Fairway opinion article, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his thoughts on the motivations of those involved and what it could all mean.


Why Have Golf Courses Been Closing More This Winter

One of the things that emerged loud and clear from our recent membership survey is just how many of us have lost valuable playing time because so many courses have been closed as a result of flooding. And this is a problem that has arguably reached unprecedented levels throughout this winter.


2024 Sony Open in Hawaii Preview, Picks & Analysis

Si Woo Kim defends his title at the Sony Open as the first full-field tournament of 2024 gets under way at Waialae Country Club. Gary Woodland and Will Zalatoris return to action, while Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton and Justin Rose will be flying the flag for England.


2024 Dubai Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rory McIlroy kicks off his season with a double-header in Dubai, starting with the inaugural Dubai Invitational. Unsurprisingly, McIlroy is joined by a host of Europe’s top players, including Tommy Fleetwood, Nicolai Hojgaard, Ryan Fox and Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald.


What is Rory McIlroy Now Saying About LIV Golf

Golfshake's Derek Clements has learned not to be surprised by anything that surrounds the professional game these days. But these latest comments from Rory McIlroy on LIV Golf have left him speechless.


2024 Sentry Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour is back this week with The Sentry. Formerly the Tournament of Champions, for the first time the field includes more than just the year’s PGA Tour winners. The top 50 players from the 2022–23 FedEx Cup points list are also invited to tee it up - hence the change of name.


View From Fairway: In-fighting and Squabbles Ruined Golf in 2023

In a New Year special View From The Fairway, Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on golf in 2023 - the good, the bad, the indifferent and what golf meant for him.


What I Want to See Happen in Golf in 2024

As we head into a new year it is time to look forward. Golf is in a strange place right now, with huge uncertainty about how things are going to play out in the professional game. Derek Clements has picked out things that he sincerely hopes will happen in 2024.


How Waiting Lists And Joining Fees Made a Comeback at Golf Clubs

Your response to our recent membership survey reveals that the landscape has changed in recent years. The boom that followed the COVID lockdown has seen both waiting lists and joining fees making a gradual comeback across the game.


10 Golfers You Need to Watch in 2024

Ready for the New Year, Golfshake's Derek Clements is looking forward to seeing who emerges during the coming season. He believes that we're going to witness the rise of exceptional talent on both sides of the Atlantic - with these golfers in particular catching his eye.


What Golf Clubs Can Do To Attract More Visitors

Visitors are the lifeblood of many golf clubs around the UK. In our recent membership survey we asked what clubs could do to attract new visitors. You have plenty of views on this subject and they break down into a number of categories.


Will You Be Renewing Your Golf Club Membership in 2024

It's that time of year when subscription renewals and reminders will be arriving. We asked thousands of club members if they were planning to renew their memberships in 2024 and the results were fascinating, including a significant number of golfers who remained undecided about their plans. And they told us why.


How Much Prize Money Did The Best Golfers Earn in 2023

This is a very good time to be one of the world’s leading professional golfers. If you doubt it, you should take a look at how much money the world's best earned this year from prize money and bonuses.


10 Golfers Who Will Have a Breakthrough Season in 2024

Nothing ever stays the same, and we will surely see some players coming through next season whom we are not currently really familiar with. Golfshake's Derek Clements has gazed into his crystal ball and picks out some players he believes are ready to rise to the top in 2024.


What The World's Top Golfers Want For Christmas

Just like the rest of us, the world’s top golfers have written their letter to Father Christmas. Here is what we think they will be asking for in their stockings this year.


One Third of Golf Clubs Must Improve Their Communication Skills

In this digital age where effective communication is essential for all businesses, many golf clubs have improved massively in recent years, but our latest survey has also shown areas that require improvement to benefit both members and visitors.


LIV Has Only Changed Golf For The Worse

Reflecting on the current state of men's professional golf, Derek Clements shares his View From The Fairway in which he outlines why in his belief LIV has only changed the game for the worst.


Is The PGA Tour About to Sign a $3 Billion Deal

The PGA Tour is reportedly close to completing a lucrative agreement with a group of American billionaire sport teams owners. What this means for the framework deal with Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund remains unclear. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the recent developments.


Did Your Golf Club Tell You Why It Increased Your Subscription

This article forms part of a series of articles from our 2023 end of season survey looking at golf club membership.  This is the first article looking specifically at the feedback from golf club membership.


What Grades Do These Golfers Deserve For Their Year

Many golfers will reflect on outstanding seasons, while others will look back on a year during which they will believe they could have done better. It’s the perfect time for Golfshake's Derek Clements to pass judgment on what has unfolded in 2023.


9 Golfers Who Need a Better Season in 2024

It is said that form is temporary but class is permanent. There are a number of well-known golfers who may subscribe to that theory. Here are just a few who will want to forget 2023 and hope for better fortunes in the year that lies ahead


The Youngest Golfers to Win Professional Tournaments

Earlier this year, Northern Ireland’s Tom McKibbin won the Porsche European Open in Germany at the age of 20. But even at 20, he is nowhere near being the youngest ever winner on the DP World Tour. Here are just a few teenagers who beat him to it.


If Golf is Booming - Why is This Happening

We are consistently told that golf clubs are in a really good place and that our sport continues to enjoy a boom. While that may be true for many venues, there are some places that have sadly been forced to close recently due to a myriad of factors.


Golf Ball Rollback Will Make Little Difference to Biggest Hitters

What difference will the golf ball rollback make to the world's biggest hitters when it comes into force in 2028? Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why he thinks it will have minimal impact and that other changes may be necessary.


Why Should Ryder Cup Rules Be Changed For Jon Rahm

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, where he comments on Jon Rahm's move to LIV Golf and Rory McIlroy's suggestion that the rules need to be changed to ensure the Spaniard is part of Europe's Ryder Cup team in 2025.


How Can LIV Golfers Win DP World Tour Events

During recent weeks, several co-sanctioned DP World Tour events have been won by LIV Golf players, which ishas led to an inconsistent and confusing reflection on various ranking lists. Golfshake's Derek Clements can't get his head around the situation.


Louis Oosthuizen Wins For The First Time in Five Years

Louis Oosthuizen holed a 25-foot putt on the final green to beat his great friend Charl Schwartzel and lift the Alfred Dunhill Championship at a rain-affected Leopard Creek - his first victory for five years.


Victor Dubuisson's Light Flickered All Too Briefly

Amid all the chatter over new golf ball regulations and Jon Rahm’s shocking defection to LIV Golf, you may have missed the announcement that Victor Dubuisson has decided to retire from the sport - at the age of 33.


2023 Mauritius Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The DP World Tour’s final event of 2023 is the Mauritius Open. Most of the tour’s biggest stars have their feet up, getting ready for Christmas before it all starts again in January. And that means some of the lesser lights get an opportunity to win a tournament and gain a much sought-after two year exemption.


It Turns Out That Jon Rahm DID Have His Price

Following weeks of intense speculation, Jon Rahm has officially joined LIV Golf, which is a move that further leaves men's professional golf in turmoil. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why it seems an extraordinary twist given the Spaniard's previous comments and statements on the subject.


Losing Five Yards From The Tee is Nothing to Get Upset About

The change in golf ball specifications means that the sport’s biggest hitters are going to be reined in by an average of 15 yards, but Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why for the overwhelming majority of us, there is nothing to worry about.


Universal Golf Ball Rollback Announced by Governing Bodies

And so it has finally been confirmed. Golf balls WILL be rolled back for both professionals and amateurs, but we have plenty of time to take the news on board and prepare for it.


Is Jon Rahm About to Defect to LIV Golf

Speculation that Jon Rahm is about to join LIV Golf has increased with the announcement that he is not in the field for the American Express Championship in January. What has got everybody talking is the fact that he is the defending champion. Golfshake's Derek Clements why this would be a massive blow to the PGA Tour.


Dean Burmester Completes Special Fortnight at South African Open

Dean Burmester made it back-to-back DP World Tour victories on home soil after producing a superb 68 to win the South African Open by three shots.


How Celine Boutier Became One of The World's Best Golfers

In our series profiling the world’s best professional golfers, Derek Clements looks at Celine Boutier, the Frenchwoman who has enjoyed a year to remember in 2023, winning her first major, starring in the Solheim Cup and just being pipped to top honours on both the LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour.


The Distance Debate in Golf is About to Get Very Messy

With an expected announcement coming that will reveal plans to reduce the distance that the golf ball travels across the game, Golfshake's Derek Clements addresses what is certain to be a contentious topic in his latest View From The Fairway.


LIV Golf Promotions Field is Unlikely to Set Any Pulses Racing

LIV Golf had trumpeted the fact that a major champion would be in the field for their inaugural LIV Golf Promotions tournament in Abu Dhabi this week. It turns out that the golfer in question is Jason Dufner, a man whose career has been in terminal decline for a number of years and is now part of a field that lacking in household names.


2023 Grant Thornton Invitational Preview

Golf's so-called silly season continues this week with an innovative event that brings together stars from the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour. Mixed tournaments have become pretty commonplace on the DP World Tour but the Grant Thornton Invitational is something new on the other side of the pond.


2023 Alfred Dunhill Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The DP World Tour’s South Africa Swing continues this week at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek, with home favourite Okie Strydom defending the title he won in emotional circumstances last year.


Joaquin Niemann Dramatically Wins Australian Open

Chile's Joaquin Niemann beat Japan's Rikuya Hoshino in a play-off to win the Australian Open for the first time. The pair finished level on 14 under par after 72 holes and both birdied the 18th to send the sudden-death play-off to a second hole.


Luke Donald To Remain European Ryder Cup Captain For 2025

For once, common sense has prevailed. Luke Donald has been confirmed as the man who will once again lead Europe in New York.


Tiger Woods Surprised & Frustrated With Nature Of Truce Talks

Tiger Woods used his press conference at the Hero World Challenge to reveal his surprise at the secretive way in which a potential peace deal in golf’s civil war was agreed.


McGinley Could Be The Right Man To Replace Azinger

It came as a shock when NBC announced that they would not be renewing Paul Azinger’s contract as lead golf analyst. So it comes as another surprise that they might be replacing him with Paul McGinley.


Why Jordan Spieth Is The Right Man To Replace Rory McIlroy

Jordan Spieth has been appointed as the new player director to the PGA Tour's policy board to replace Rory McIlroy. His passion for the game make him a great fit to serve on the board in this important capacity.


Should LIV Golfers Be Welcomed Back With Open Arms

Eight-time DP World Tour winner Bernd Wiesberger has been accepted back into the circuit after fulfilling financial penalties and suspensions after being let go by LIV Golf. Sports Journalist and Golf Writer Derek Clements looks at whether the Austrian should be welcomed back with open arms in his weekly View From The Fairway


2023 Hero World Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

It may be little more than an exhibition event, but the Hero World Challenge has once again attracted a world-class field, with the added bonus that tournament host Tiger Woods will be making his competitive return.


2023 ISPS HANDA Australian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Adrian Meronk, who will be spending much of next season on the PGA Tour, will defend his ISPS HANDA Australian Open title this week. The tournament is being staged at The Australian Golf Club and The Lakes Golf Club.


2023 South African Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The South African Open is one of the oldest golf tournaments on the planet and Thriston Lawrence returns to defend the title at Blair Atholl Golf Club.


The Lowdown on Australian PGA Winner Min Woo Lee

Min Woo Lee thrilled the home crowds on Sunday, with a three-shot victory at the Australian PGA Championship. The 25-year-old Lee, who had held since  round two, produced a magnificent performance, converting a hole in one at the fourth and chip in for eagle at the ninth, and finished the week on 20 under par.


Everything You Need To Know About Joburg Open Winner Dean Burmester

South African Dean Burmester has won the 2023 Joburg Open in sensational fashion, shooting a stellar error-free final round 64 to clinch victory by three shots.


Which DP World Tour Players Are Most Likely to Succeed in America

The DP World Tour season has just come to end, with ten golfers gaining PGA Tour cards as a direct result of their efforts in 2022-23. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at each of them and predicts who will have the biggest impact in America.


Are These The Greatest Holes in Golf

What are the greatest holes in golf? Everyone will have their own choices from those they have played and watched. Golfshake's Derek Clements has been reflecting on his experiences in the game and shares the holes that have will stay in his mind forever.


Are You Ready For Tiger's Latest Comeback

We now know that Tiger Woods will make his long-awaited comeback to competitive golf for the first time since The Masters when he plays at the Hero World Challenge.


The Remarkable Journey of 35 Year Old PGA Tour Rookie Eric Cole

In the latest in our series looking at the world’s best golfers, Derek Clements profiles Eric Cole, a breakthrough star at the age of 35.


2023 Joburg Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The new DP World Tour season begins in South Africa, where England's Dan Bradbury is ready to defend his title, 12 months after securing a dream, fairytale victory in just his third appearance on the circuit. However, there are a host of home favourites ready to snatch the trophy from his grasp.


Who Can Blame Rory McIlroy For Quitting PGA Tour Board

Rory McIlroy's resignation from the PGA Tour's Policy Board surprised many observers last week, but Golfshake's Derek Clements asks whether anyone can really blame the Northern Irishman for quitting and taking himself out of that position.


2023 Australian PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

With no time to draw breath, the new DP World Tour season gets under way this week with two tournaments, the Joburg Open and the Australian PGA Championship. Among those making the trip from Dubai to Royal Queensland Golf Club in Australia are Robert MacIntyre and Min Woo Lee.


Nicolai Hojgaard Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Nicolai Hojgaard shot a final round of 64 to beat a world-class field by two strokes at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, seeing off the challenges of Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Wallace and Viktor Hovland.


Do Golf Club Memberships Offer Value For Money

Do golf club memberships represent value for money? Our latest survey revealed that one of the biggest concerns you have is the cost of playing the game. We take a closer look at how valuable becoming a member can be and just what it means to the clubs themselves.


Rory McIlroy's Resignation Stuns PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy has resigned from the PGA Tour's Policy Board. His decision, which was unexpected, was revealed in a memo to the tour's players issued by commissioner Jay Monahan.


The Issues That Non-Members Want Golf Clubs to Address

We wanted to know what you think clubs need to do to attract more members and what you see as the problems facing clubs when it comes to recruitment. These comments were submitted by non-members as they described their suggestions regarding the issues that clubs need to address.


The Meteoric Rise of Norway's Viktor Hovland

In the latest in our series looking at the new generation of golfing superstars, Derek Clements focuses on the meteoric rise of Norway’s Viktor Hovland.


What Next For Former US Open Champion Graeme McDowell

The brutal reality of life as a LIV golfer has come home to roost for five golfers who have been cut loose and now face an uncertain future. And among them is Graeme McDowell, the 2010 US Open champion whose game has been in a sharp downward spiral for some time.


2023 RSM Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The curtain comes down on the 2022-23 PGA Tour campaign, and possibly the careers of some well-known golfers, at the RSM Classic this week. It brings to an end the FedEx Cup Fall Season and, with it, the final chance to secure places in the top 125 in the standings - fall outside that and you are heading back to the Korn Ferry Tour.


2023 DP World Tour Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rory McIlroy returns to Dubai this week in search of a third DP World Tour Championship title and with a fifth Harry Vardon Trophy already secured. And the Northern Irishman is joined by a who’s who of European golf, as you would expect for such a prestigious tournament.


Allowing PGA Tour Golfers to Play in LIV Qualifier is Bonkers

Golfshake's Derek Clements expresses his astonishment that PGA Tour members will be given permission to enter the LIV Golf Promotion event in December, which could grant a player a golden ticket into the 2024 series.


Camillo Villegas Player Profile And What's In The Bag

After a brutal 3,374 days, Camilo Villegas is once again a winner on the PGA Tour. The 41-year-old shot a six-under 65 in the final round at Port Royal Golf Course to win the Butterfield Bermuda Championship at 24 under by two shots over Alex Noren, who closed the week with a 68.


The Most Underrated Players in Golf History

Golfshake's Derek Clements has been thinking about golfers who achieved great things in the game but whose part in our sport is largely overlooked. They may not have gripped the imagination in the way that the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have but they are golfers who definitely deserve a mention.


The Things You Need to Survive Winter Golf

Many people will have put their clubs away for the winter. But for some of us, this is a year-round sport. But winter golf is a very different game. So what do you need to do if you are planning to brave the course in the weeks and months that lie ahead?


Why You Shouldn't Bet on Golf

Betting in sport has been in the headlines of late - including golf. Golfshake's Derek Clements comments on the recent ban of two Korn Ferry Tour golfers for gambling, and shares his own thoughts on why placing bets on this unpredictable game is a thankless task.


The Golfers You Never Want to Play Against

Even if most of your golf is social, there are bound to be times when you play the sport competitively, either in matchplay or strokeplay/medal competitions. These can be fun. They can also be pretty stressful. Much depends on the type of golfer you are playing with or against.


Let's Name Luke Donald as 2025 Ryder Cup Captain Now

Luke Donald, who led Europe to victory at Marco Simone, did not put a foot wrong. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes it's time for the Englishman to be named as captain for the 2025 Ryder Cup.


New TGL Indoor Golf League is NOT The Answer

Star-studded and packed with technology, but will it be a success? Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his thoughts on the upcoming TGL indoor golf league that has been created by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.


2023 Butterfield Bermuda Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Life as a PGA Tour pro isn’t bad - this week they head to the Butterfield Bermuda Championship as the FedEx Cup Fall Season nears its end. The tournament represents a golden opportunity for some of the tour’s lesser lights and those still trying to make a name for themselves out here as most of the world’s top golfers are giving the event a miss.


2023 Nedbank Golf Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

Unsurprisingly, there is a star-studded field gathering at Sun City this week for the Nedbank Challenge, the penultimate event in the 2022-23 DP World Tour season. Tommy Fleetwood will be looking to cap a fine season by winning this tournament for the third time. The Englishman loves this golf course and will genuinely fancy his chances.


Erik van Rooyen Player Profile And What's In The Bag

It secured his playing rights for two years and earned him a huge pay day of $1.47m, but after he holed an eagle putt on the 18th green for a 63 that secured his second victory on the PGA Tour, his caddie, Alex Carter, fell into Erik van Rooyen’s arms in tears.


Marco Penge Emerges Victorious at Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final

After four brutal days at Club de Golf Alcanada in Mallorca, England’s Marco Penge emerged victorious at the Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final, beating Tom Valiant of France by six strokes after starting the day with a one-shot lead.


Rory McIlroy Provides Timely Boost to DP World Tour

Rory McIlroy has provided the DP World Tour with a welcome boost by announcing that he will begin 2024 by competing in back-to-back events, as he enters the Dubai Invitational and will defend his Hero Dubai Desert Classic title the following week.


Are These The Scariest Tee Shots in Golf

There are many golf holes that give players of all standards the screaming heebie-jeebies. It can be water, it can be knee-high rough, out of bounds, a howling wind, or a narrow fairway. Golfshake's Derek Clements has put together a list of what he considers to be some of the most terrifying tee-shots in the sport.


2023 World Wide Technology Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The World Wide Technology Championship, formerly known as the Mayakoba Classic, will be held at El Cardonal in Mexico, which has been designed by Tiger Woods. All eyes will be on Ludvig Aberg, who has arrived on the professional scene like a whirlwind.


Golf Can Be a Cruel Game - Just Ask These DP World Tour Stars

Professional golf at the highest level can be an incredibly rewarding way to make a living. But the Qatar Masters also marked a low for a number of well-known golfers. Only those who finished in the top 116 in the rankings have retained their cards and get to do it all again next season.


How Can Anybody Invest Their Support in LIV Golf Teams

For his latest View From The Fairway opinion article - Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the team element of LIV Golf and asks whether anyone can genuinely care about the individual sides?


The Rise And Rise of Sweden's Ludvig Aberg

In the first of an occasional series in which he will profile some of the brightest  young talents in the game, Derek Clements tells you everything you need to know about rising star Ludvig Aberg.


Everything You Need To Know About Maybank Champion Celine Boutier

Celine Boutier's incredible season continued as she shot a final round of 64 and then went on to beat Attaya Thitikul in a nine-hole playoff to win the Maybank Championship.


The LPGA & PGA Tour Combine For New Mixed Event - Grant Thornton Invitational

The PGA Tour and LPGA Tour have announced a new mixed pairs event with the Grant Thornton Invitational. It will be the first time the circuits have held a mixed event since 1999.


The Most Frightening Shots in Golf

Golf is a sport that is meant to put a smile on our faces. But there are times when golf can kick you where it hurts. These are the shots we all dread playing but all have to face at some time in our lives.


LIV Golfers Will Continue To Miss Out On The Majors

THERE has been much speculation about a peace deal that would see the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf being able to co-exist together but that seems a long way off after organisers of both The Masters and The Open made it abundantly clear that they have no plans to create exemptions for LIV Golf players in 2024.


The Legendary Golfers Who Defined Generations

In golf there have always been dominant players who win lots of tournaments but it takes more than that to write yourself into the very fabric of the game. That takes something special. Here is a list of the golfers who have helped to give us the game we know today.


Golf Club Costs May Have To Rise - But Is It Fair?

In an additional View From The Fairway this week, Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on his article last week focused on his woes joining a new golf club and it may have hit a nerve with other golfers.


Rookies Who Were Instantly Successful in Pro Golf

Many great amateurs have joined the paid ranks and disappeared into the distance. But occasionally, a rookie comes along and leaves everybody speechless at their ability to compete alongside the very best in the world right from the start.
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Does Anybody Care LIV Doesn't Get World Ranking Points?

For this week's View From The Fairway, Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on whether LIV golfers should be awarded OWGR points.


2023 Qatar Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

THE Qatar Masters returns to Doha Golf Club this week and it has special significance for a number of players. It is the final tournament of the regular season and thus the last opportunity for players to secure their playing rights.


The Barriers to Become a Golf Club Member

Golfshake's Derek Clements has recently returned to playing golf after injury and wanted to join a club in his local area. But what he found was a frustrating experience full of barriers that made becoming a member more challenging and less appealing than it needs to be.


Golfers Should NOT Be Paid to Play in The Ryder Cup

For this week's View From The Fairway, Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on whether golfers should be paid to play in the Ryder Cup and explains how the views of everyday golf fans are the same as his own.


2023 Andalucia Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The DP World Tour completes a two-week stopover in Spain this week with the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters moving to a new venue at Real Club de Golf Sotogrande for the ninth edition of the event.


Lexi Shows Why We Need More Women on The PGA Tour

Lexi Thompson's debut on the PGA Tour at the Shriners Children's Open made headlines, but what did we learn from the American's performance? Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why he wants to see more appearances like this.


2023 Zozo Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Keegan Bradley returns to Japan to defend his Zozo Championship title, where a strong field includes the likes of Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele.


10 Characters You Will Meet in The Golf Club Bar

At the heart of every good golf club lies the clubhouse. It is where we all gather after playing 18 holes to share stories, enjoy a drink and a bite to eat. And, inevitably, inside every clubhouse you will come across a variety of characters, some of whom you enjoy spending time with, others you will probably want to avoid at all costs.


The Golfers Who Never Became World Number One

When you think of world number ones since the Official World Golf Ranking was established in 1986, names such as Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and Rory McIlroy come to mind. But there are many other players who have enjoyed stellar careers without ever being crowned world number one.


The Most Confusing Rules in Golf

People getting involved with golf for the first time could be forgiven for feeling somewhat confused by the sport’s rules. Golfshake's Derek Clements has played the game all his life and still finds some of the rules and regulations utterly bemusing.


LIV Golf Fails in Bid For World Ranking Points

A peace deal may be in the offing but, for now at least, LIV Golf's attempt to be recognised by the sport's global rankings body has been denied.


Taking The Open to The Republic of Ireland Just Might Work

The R&A has said it is keen to investigate the possibility of staging The Open or Women's Open at Portmarnock in the Republic of Ireland. Having previously been against such a move, Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why his stance has softened.


2023 Shriners Children's Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

All eyes will be on Lexi Thompson as she becomes the seventh LPGA golfer to tee it up in a PGA Tour event in the Shriners Children’s Open at TPC Summerlin.


What Americans Need to Learn Before Next Ryder Cup

Now that things have settled down, in his latest View From The Fairway, Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the Ryder Cup and what both teams can learn from the week before 2025.


2023 Open de Espana Preview, Picks & Analysis

Jon Rahm is assured of a hero’s welcome when he returns to home soil to defend his Open de Espana title this week. Last year he emulated his hero, Seve Ballesteros, by winning the tournament for a third time, and, fresh from helping Europe to win the Ryder Cup, he is desperate to claim a fourth victory.


2023 Sanderson Farms Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Mackenzie Hughes defends his title at the Sanderson Farms Championship this week as the PGA Tour resumes - with rising European superstar Ludvig Aberg also competing.


2023 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Big-money tournaments continue to come thick and fast as the DP World Tour heads towards the conclusion of the Race to Dubai later in the year. And this week Ryan Fox returns to St Andrews to defend the Dunhill Links title he won in style 12 months ago.


Winners And Losers at The 2023 Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup brings out the best - and worst - in players. Here, Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out the winners and losers from a memorable week at Marco Simone.


How Dysfunctional Team USA Lost The Ryder Cup

Following Europe's brilliant victory at the Ryder Cup, much attention will now be focused on what appeared to be a dysfunctional American side led by Zach Johnson. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at where the United States got it wrong in Rome.


Sensational Europe Regain Ryder Cup in Rome

Europe reduced their captain, Luke Donald, to tears as they regained the Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club. As expected, there was an American fightback of sorts but it was all too little, too late and the Americans will surely now launch a post mortem.


Test Your Ryder Cup Knowledge

The Ryder Cup is here and will dominate conversations among golf fans - and those who would otherwise have little interest in the sport. There are going to be 28 points up for grabs at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome. To mark that, we have put together a Ryder Cup quiz consisting of…28 questions!


All You Need to Know About The Ryder Cup

Ahead of the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club on the outskirts of Rome, Golfshake's Derek Clements has brought together a range of facts and stats that will get you ready for the showpiece event!


Marco Simone - Made For The Ryder Cup

Marco Simone is a familiar layout to most of the European team as the host course for the Italian Open. But it has been no overnight story getting it prepared for the Ryder Cup.


Training Your Brain Could Improve Putting Under Pressure

Forget 320-yard drives. The Ryder Cup will be won - or lost - on the greens at Marco Simone. We've seen many crucial misses through the years, but that should come as no surprise given the pressure of this environment. A new study has analysed just how the brain influences performance on the greens.


Luke Donald Makes Big Decision Ahead of Ryder Cup

Luke Donald is hoping that history will repeat itself in Italy this week. Historically, Europe have the upper hand in foursomes so Donald has opted to kick off this year’s contest with that format, hoping it will give his men a fast start.


This Solheim Cup Was The Very Best of Team Golf

You simply could not have made up the ending for the Solheim Cup in Spain. And if you had, nobody would have believed you. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why it was the very best of team golf.


Imagine a Ryder Cup at These Venues

Rome's Marco Simone stages the Ryder Cup for the first time this week, but which courses would you most like to see the event visit? Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out the places that he thinks would make great Ryder Cup venues.


2023 Ryder Cup Preview, TV Guide, All You Need to Know

Luke Donald's European team will be thirsting for revenge after that 19-9 Ryder Cup thrashing at the hands of the United States in 2021. There will be huge crowds at Marco Simone and, of course, the vast majority will want to see a home win. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks forward to what should be a memorable week in Rome.


Luke Donald Has Got Everything Right Before Ryder Cup

Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the 2023 Ryder Cup and assesses the performance of both captains coming into the event, Luke Donald and Zach Johnson, and comments on some of the lingering controversies that they have had to overcome.


Are These Your Favourite Ryder Cup Moments

The Ryder Cup has provided many moments of high drama over the years. Until Continental Europe got on board the USA used to hand out a thrashing every couple of years. But things have changed. Here, we look at some of the best Ryder Cup moments, including a rare close-run thing when the match was still the USA v GB&I.


How The USA Won The 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits

The United States regained the Ryder Cup with a record 19-9 victory over Europe at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin two years ago. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at the most crushing loss ever suffered by a European team.


Ryo Hisatsune Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Ryo Hisatsune became just the third Japanese winner in DP World Tour history, claiming the Open de France thanks to a stunning back nine of 30.


Ciganda Ensures Europe Retain Solheim Cup in Thrilling Fashion

Europe retained the Solheim Cup in thrilling fashion with Carlota Ciganda securing the crucial point by beating Nelly Korda 2&1. The match finished 14-14 but, as holders, Europe will keep the trophy for a further year. It is the first time in Solheim Cup history that Europe have gone three successive matches unbeaten.


Nick Dougherty Vows to Get Kids Into Golf

Nick Dougherty has recently launched the ambitious Unleash Your Drive project as part of his role as president of the Golf Foundation, which aims to use golf to help improve the mental wellbeing of children in all schools. Golfshake's Derek Clements lauds the initiative.


2023 Solheim Cup Preview, How to Watch, Prediction

Europe will attempt to create a piece of history in Spain this week as they attempt to beat the USA for a third successive time in the Solheim Cup, something they have never achieved before. And the European team, captained by Suzann Petterson, will surely fancy their chances of another victory.


All You Need to Know About The 2023 USA Solheim Cup Team

With the 2023 Solheim Cup now upon us, Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at Team USA led by captain Stacy Lewis.


All You Need to Know About The 2023 European Solheim Cup Team

Now captained by the great Suzann Pettersen, Europe are attempting to make history by winning a third successive Solheim Cup. They have every reason to feel confident in 2023, but nothing can be taken for granted. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at the 12 women representing the continent at Finca Cortesin.


The 5 Most Dramatic Solheim Cup Moments

As Europe prepare to defend the Solheim Cup, and attempt to win it for an unprecedented third successive time, we look at some of the most dramatic moments in the event’s history.


How Europe Won The 2021 Solheim Cup

Europe retained the Solheim Cup on American soil two years ago, giving captain Catriona Matthew back-to-back wins as her team claimed only their second victory in the USA.


2023 Open de France Preview, Picks & Analysis

Victor Perez will look to put his Ryder Cup disappointment behind him by winning the Open de France at Le Golf National. The Frenchman looked a likely qualifier for Luke Donald’s European team for much of the year but his best form deserted him when he needed it most.


Sahith Theegala Player Profile And What's In The Bag

He came close a couple of times in his rookie season and again this year so it came as no surprise when Sahith Theegala finally got the job done at the Fortinet Championship.


Are These The Most Shocking Ryder Cup Moments

Over the years we have seen many astonishing shots in the Ryder Cup. We have witnessed remarkable fightbacks that have had us on the edge of our seats. But we have also seen some pretty unedifying incidents and some truly dreadful shots, proving that even the best golfers in the world are human, just like the rest of us.


Charley Hull Heads to Solheim Cup in The Form of Her Life

Charley Hull made her Solheim Cup debut when she was just 17 years old. She will travel to Spain next week to make her sixth appearance in the competition - and will do so in the form of her life.


Shane Lowry Will NOT Let Europe Down at Ryder Cup

As we get closer to a highly anticipated Ryder Cup clash at Marco Simone in Rome, Golfshake's Derek Clements has singled out Shane Lowry for praise, as the Irishman's performance at The K Club last week underlined that he should be a formidable competitor in Italy.


Millions of Extra UK Adults Have Hit a Golf Ball in Past Year

The boom in club golf shows no sign of ending anytime soon. According to research commissioned by the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), more than 16 million people in the UK and Ireland played some form of golf in the past 12 months.


2023 Fortinet Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

They have had a short break but now the PGA Tour resumes again, with Max Homa looking to win the Fortinet Championship for the third year on the trot.


What's Stopping The Open From Being Played in Wales

Following suggestions that The Open Championship could one day be played at Portmarnock in Ireland, Golfshake's Derek Clements asks why the historic major hasn't yet been hosted in Wales?


This Year's Ryder Cup Could Become a Classic

The Ryder Cup is fast approaching, both teams are completed and eyes are now fixed on Marco Simone in the outskirts of Rome. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why he believes that this has all the potential to become a classic between Europe and the United States of America.


2023 BMW PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm lead a star-studded cast at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth as the entirety of Europe's Ryder Cup team compete in the DP World Tour's flagship event. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what is always a highlight of the year.


Vincent Norrman Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Sweden's Vincent Norrman shot a closing 65 to win the Irish Open on a Sunday when Rory McIlroy found water four times on the final day at The K Club.


The Golfers Who Were Instantly Successful After Turning Pro

Nobody has qualified for the Ryder Cup quicker than the young Swede Ludvig Aberg but he is by no means the only golfer to waste little or no time making an impact after turning professional.


The Most Controversial Ryder Cup Selection Snubs

There is always going to be debate and controversy when it comes to captain’s picks at any Ryder Cup. 2023 is no exception. But there have been many other players over the years who still feel aggrieved at not being chosen. Here, we look at just a few of them.


Luke Donald Completes His Ryder Cup Team With Eye Catching Picks

Ludvig Aberg, a man who has played just nine tournaments as a professional, was the eye-catching choice when Luke Donald named his Ryder Cup team to face the USA at Marco Simone Golf Club at the end of the month.


2023 Irish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rory McIlroy's appearance at this week’s Irish Open guarantees a huge crowd as the countdown to the Ryder Cup continues. The tournament is being staged at The K Club, which hosted the Ryder Cup in 2006.


Europe Has NO Reason to Fear This American Ryder Cup Team

Do you think Luke Donald and his European team will be intimidated by the United States side at Marco Simone in the Ryder Cup? Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why he feels that Europe have nothing to fear from their American counterparts.


The Longest Playoffs in Pro Golf History

Eurgene Chacarra, of Spain, won the recent International Series event at Fairmont St Andrews, beating Matt Jones of Australia in a playoff that lasted 10 holes. However, it was not the longest playoff that men's professional golf has seen.


Winners And Losers From The PGA Tour Season

As the dust settles on the Tour Championship and the end of the 2022-23 PGA Tour season, it is worth reflecting on the winners and losers in this week's View From The Fairway.


Ludvig Aberg Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Ludvig Aberg continued his astonishing start to his professional career, shooting a final round of 61 to win the RSM Classic, the final event of the 2022-23 PGA Tour season.


USA Completes Comeback Victory in Walker Cup at St Andrews

In the end it was an all too familiar story, with the USA beating Great Britain & Ireland 14.5-11.5 to comfortably retain the Walker Cup at St Andrews. They have now won it 39 times, with GB&I claiming it nine times, and one match tied.


One of The Funniest Golf Books Ever Written

When was the last time you read a golf book that was laugh out loud funny? Golfshake's Derek Clements reviews Two Ruddy Ducks and a Partridge on a Par Three, The Unexpurgated Golf Letters of Mortimer Merriweather, penned by Clive Agran.


Are These The Lowest Handicaps in Golf Today

With 20 of the world’s top amateur golfers gathering at St Andrews for the Walker Cup we are about to see some of the best golfers on the planet, with some of the lowest handicaps in the game today.


Should Tiger Woods Become PGA Tour Commissioner

Golfshake's Derek Clements asks whether Tiger Woods could succeed Jay Monahan as commissioner of the PGA Tour - and would that be a positive move for the game?


Why Has The Asian Tour Been Playing in Britain

During recent weeks, the Asian Tour's International Series has featured events in England and Scotland. But what is the motivation behind these tournaments? Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at their function.


Why Europe Won't Miss LIV Golfers at Ryder Cup

The European Ryder Cup team will look different this year, with Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter among those who won't be part of the event, but Golfshake's Derek Clements doesn't believe their absence is a negative for Luke Donald in Rome.


2023 Omega European Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Masters at the magnificent Crans-sur-Sierre brings the curtain down on the race for places in Europe’s Ryder Cup team. After the winning putt has been holed on Sunday, Luke Donald will face the world’s press and name his team to face the USA at Marco Simone Golf Club.


Todd Clements Player Profile And What's In The Bag

DP World Tour rookie Todd Clements won the Czech Masters thanks to a fabulous final round of 63. He ended the week on 266, 22 under par, and pipped Matt Wallace by a single shot at Albatross Golf Club.


Will Golf Clubs Look Like This in The Future

Golf clubs have changed dramatically over the years, but there is surely more progress to come during the decades ahead. But what form shall these advancements take? Golfshake's Derek Clements has some thoughts on what the future of your average golf club will look like.


2023 Tour Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

One lucky man is going to be standing on the final green at East Lake on Sunday hoisting aloft the Tour Championship trophy and with a cheque for $18m sticking out of his back pocket.


The European Ryder Cup Selection Process is Flawed

As the race to qualify for Europe's Ryder Cup team draws to a close, Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why he feels the process is flawed and how it could negatively impact the chances of Luke Donald being a successful captain in Rome.


2023 Czech Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

Luke Donald will make his first appearance at the D+D REAL Czech Masters this week at the fearsome Albatross Golf Resort. The tournament takes on special significance because it is the penultimate qualifying event for the European Ryder Cup team. 


Alexa Pano Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Alexa Pano secured her maiden victory on the LPGA Tour when she won the women’s event at the ISPS Handa World Invitational in dramatic circumstances - on her 19th birthday!


Daniel Brown Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Daniel Brown survived a scare to claim his maiden DP World Tour victory in just his 20th start as he held his nerve for a five-shot win at the ISPS Handa World Invitational.


Are These The Most Unlikely Winners of Golf's Majors

When galleries turn up to watch majors they expect to see the game’s elite competing for the sport’s biggest prizes. Normally, they are not disappointed, but over the years there have been plenty of major champions who came from nowhere to win. Here, we look at just a few of them.


Everything You Need To Know About The 2024 DP World Tour Schedule

There is good news for those who ply their trade on the DP World Tour - next season they will be playing for record prize money of £117m. The Race to Dubai will also be split into three phases throughout the year.


How Much Could The PGA Tour Players Earn This Year

If money makes the world go around, you can be pretty sure that the planet’s best golfers have no plans to stop the globe from spinning anytime soon. The prize fund for 2023 FedEx Cup is a staggering $75m.


ISPS HANDA World Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis

All eyes will be on Tom McKibbin when he tees it up on home soil for the first time as a DP World Tour winner at the ISPS HANDA World Invitational. The ISPS HANDA World Invitational sees men and women play on the same courses, at the same time, while being co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour, LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour.


Lilia Vu Claims Second Major Title at AIG Women’s Open

Lilia Vu produced a composed display to win the Women's Open at Walton Heath, her second major title of 2023.  Vu, the Chevron Championship winner in April, clinched victory by six shots from England's Charley Hull.


Cameron Smith Dominates at LIV Golf Bedminster

Cam Smith continued his fine form as he romped away from the field to win the LIV Golf Bedminster event by seven strokes, his second success in little over a month.


Lucas Glover's St Jude Championship Victory: Is the FedEx Cup Prize Next?

Lucas Glover is walking on air. Having won the Wyndham Championship to secure his place in the FedEx Cup playoffs, he defeated Patrick Cantlay in a sudden-death playoff to add the St Jude Championship seven days later and give himself a very real chance of securing the $18m prize at the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake next week.


Had a Break From Golf? This is What You Must Do

Have you faced an extended break from playing golf due to injury or other circumstances? That's exactly been the case for Golfshake's Derek Clements, who has only recently been in a position to play again. Derek explains what he has done and what you could learn from that in a similar situation.


2023 AIG Women's Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Ashleigh Buhai will defend her AIG Women's Open title at the magnificent Walton Heath and many eyes will be on Rose Zhang, the American sensation who won on her professional debut. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the final major of the year.


2023 LIV Golf Bedminster Preview, Picks & Analysis

There's another $4m first prize on offer this week as LIV Golf arrives at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster. Henrik Stenson won the individual title last year, while Bryson DeChambeau is the man in the hottest form.


2023 FedEx St Jude Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The top 70 players on the PGA Tour this year head to TPC Southwind for the FedEx St Jude Championship. With just three events remainining, it's looking like a battle between Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy for the big money at The Tour Championship, but much can still happen.


Can Tiger Woods Help to Solve The Madness in Golf

Following the news that Tiger Woods has joined the PGA Tour's policy board as a player director, in his latest View From The Fairway, Derek Clements asks whether the 15-time major champion can become the deal broker that golf needs?


Lucas Glover Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Lucas Glover is walking on air. Having won the Wyndham Championship to secure his place in the FedEx Cup playoffs, he defeated Patrick Cantlay in a sudden-death playoff to add the St Jude Championship seven days later and give himself a very real chance of securing the $18m prize at the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake next week.


Bryson DeChambeau Shoots Incredible 58 to Win LIV Golf Event

Bryson DeChambeau shot a 61 in the second round of the LIV Golf Greenbrier. It was some round of golf, and easily the best of his professional career. But he improved upon it by three strokes in the final round as he recorded a scarcely credible third and final round of 58 to win.


LA Golf Launches Revolutionary Putters in The UK

LA Golf is an emerging brand that is quickly growing a considerable reputation. Now expanding into the UK, the manufacturer has released two new models onto the market, which boast innovative technology and claim to be revolutionary.


Are These The Worst Ryder Cup Captains in History

With anticipation growing as the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone looms into view it got us thinking about the role of the non-playing captain. Can a captain who doesn’t hit a shot in anger really make a difference? Without a shadow of doubt. Here we look at some of the best and worst captains on both sides.


The Reason Why Jay Monahan Defied The Governing Bodies

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan defied The R&A and USGA when he confirmed to players that he would reject calls to introduce the new Modified Local Rule to rollback the golf ball. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes there's a simple reason why the tour boss rejected the governing bodies.


We Need to See More Slow Play Penalties on Tour

During the Evian Championship, Carlota Ciganda was disqualified after being penalised for slow play and then refusing to add the two-stroke penalty to her scorecard. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that this sort of action is something that needs to be more greatly enforced on all tours.


Brian Harman Deserves More Credit For His Open Masterclass

A week on from Brian Harman's dominant victory at The Open, Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the American's achievements in his latest View From The Fairway article.


2023 LIV Golf Greenbrier Preview, Picks & Analysis

The 10th event of the LIV Golf season takes place at The Greenbrier this week. Talor Gooch is the form man in LIV Golf, with two wins already this season, although 2022 Open champion Cameron Smith is always going to be a threat on a course that demands such a strategic approach.


2023 Wyndham Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

As we head into August the final event of the regular PGA Tour season takes place this week for the Wyndham Championship title at Sedgefield Country Club. When the final putt is holed, the top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings will head to the FedEx St Jude Classic.


2023 Women's Scottish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Japan’s Ayaka Furue produced the round of her life 12 months ago to win the Women’s Scottish Open and will defend her title at Dundonald Links this week.


Lee Hodges Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Lee Hodges is the latest man to live the dream after scorching to a six-shot victory in the 3M Open. After what had been a pretty miserable season, the 28-year-old American claims his major PGA Tour title.


Alex Cejka Defeats Padraig Harrington to Win Senior Open

Alex Cejka defeated Padraig Harrington in a play-off to win The Senior Open in brutal conditions at Royal Porthcawl on a day when not a single player managed to break par.


Celine Boutier Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Celine Boutier's incredible season continued as she shot a final round of 64 and then went on to beat Attaya Thitikul in a nine-hole playoff to win the Maybank Championship.


Reviewing a Full Bag Club Fitting at Precision Golf

Following recent struggles with injury, Golfshake's Derek Clements wanted to make a return to the golf course, but was sure that his clubs no longer suited him. Derek visited Precision Golf to undergo a full bag custom-fitting with Simon Cooper, something that has made an enormous difference.


Why Are There No DP World Tour Events For a Month

We've just seen the world's best competing in Scotland and England, but fans of the DP World Tour will be left wondering why there are no events on the schedule for a month, leaving European-based players without any competition in a Ryder Cup year.


Will These Be The Ryder Cup Teams in September

With The Open behind us, attention for many will turn to the Ryder Cup as both teams now approach being finalised. There is much speculation about who could represent Europe and the USA in Rome, with Golfshake's Derek Clements looking at the facts and projecting which 24 men will be competing in September.


It's Time to Give Rory McIlroy a Break

Following a tie for sixth place at Hoylake, Rory McIlroy will enter 2024 facing a decade since he last won a major title. But Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that any critique of the Northern Irishman is misplaced as he faces more scrutiny that anyone else in the biggest events.


2023 3M Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Tony Finau returns to TPC Twin Cities in Minneapolis to defend his 3M Open title. It was the start of a purple patch of form that the popular American would love to emulate.


Brian Harman Player Profile And What's In The Bag

American Brian Harman destroyed a world-class field to win the 151st Open Championship at Royal Liverpool by an astonishing SIX shots. Few people would have tipped the left-handed American to land his first major but he found fairways all week and putted like a god. He may be a surprise winner but he deserved it.


Are These The Angriest Golfers in The World

Anybody who has ever picked up a golf club will know exactly just how frustrating this sport can be. And the world’s best golfers are capable of losing their cool too. Here are just a few who struggle to keep a lid on it when things go wrong.


The Open Chief Hints at Sponsorship Deal With Saudi Arabia

This time last year, R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers would not have been able to bring himself to talk about anything to do with Saudi Arabia. But now, in an extraordinary about-turn, he says that the R&A is looking at the possibility of Saudi sponsorship.


Oliver Farr is Hoping to Enjoy His Open Experience at Hoylake

Currently playing on the Challenge Tour, Welshman Oliver Farr is part of the field at Royal Liverpool, having also qualified for The 150th at St Andrews last year. This week presents an opportunity, but also an experience that he is hoping to enjoy to the fullest.


Jon Rahm Says He Doesn't Deserve Payment For Sticking With PGA Tour

Jon Rahm says that he doesn’t feel he deserves a payment from the PGA Tour just because he did not defect to to LIV Golf. He could be in line for another payout after the peace deal between the opposing sides with discussions taking place over a loyalty dividend to players who turned down the Saudi cash.


Exclusive Discount Code For Royal & Awesome Golf Clothing Range

If you wish to add colour and vibrancy to your wardrobe on the golf course, then Royal & Awesome could be the brand for you. Golfshake's Derek Clements has worn a series of their items and describes them for us - as we also reveal an exclusive discount code.


Let's Focus on The Golf at This Year's Open

Following months of noise and controversy in golf, Golfshake's Derek Clements has explained why he hopes that attention at this year's Open at Royal Liverpool will be simply on the golf itself rather than those other contentious topics in the game.


The Open 2023 Preview, Picks, Analysis, TV Guide

Eyes are fixed on Rory McIlroy as he returns to Royal Liverpool in search of a fifth major title, but he will need to be at his very best, as the list of contenders is formidable as we look ahead to The 151st Open Championship.


10 Picks to Win The Open 2023

Who is your choice to claim the Claret Jug on Sunday? Here are the 10 players we believe are most likely to be in the mix come the final round at Royal Liverpool.


10 Outsiders to Watch at The Open 2023

There is almost always a surprise challenger at the majors. Here we look at the men most likely to emerge from the pack and bid for the Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool.


Things You Might Not Know About The Open Championship

Golf's original championship, The Open is unsurpassed when it comes to history and the records and statistics associated with it. Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out a series of facts, some of which you will know, but others may be less familiar, providing knowledge that will impress your golf friends this week!


How Rory McIlroy Won at Royal Liverpool in 2014

Rory McIlroy dominated the 2014 Open at Royal Liverpool and deservedly became Champion Golfer of the Year for the first time. At 25 years and 77 days, the Northern Irishman was the third-youngest player to achieve the third leg of the modern Grand Slam at the time.


When Tiger Woods Won at Hoylake Without His Driver

Until later in his career, Tiger Woods was never a golfer to show a great deal of emotion when winning majors, but Royal Liverpool in 2006 was different. The American produced an imperious display of strategic links golf to mark the return of Hoylake as host of The Open for the first time in 39 years.


How Cameron Smith Won The 150th Open

It will be of no consolation to Rory McIlroy that Cameron Smith produced a stunning final round to claim the 150th Open. The Australian's back nine of 30 was the lowest score on a Sunday inward half by any champion in Open history.


What Are Your Favourite Moments Spectating at The Open

The Open has been part of Golfshake's Derek Clements' life for as long as he can remember and he has been fortunate enough to have attended many, both as a paying spectator and in his capacity as a journalist. Here are some of his favourite memories of the championship.


Rory McIlroy Would Rather Retire Than Play For LIV Golf

Just when you thought he had made his final public statement on LIV Golf, Rory McIlroy said that he would retire if it was the last place to play golf on earth.


Golf Prize Money Inflation Continues at The Open

The R&A has confimed that the man who lifts the Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool will also pocket a cheque for $3m, but that eye-watering sum falls short of many other events in the game, as golf's prize money inflation continues.


Sepp Straka Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Sepp Straka squandered the opportunity to break 60, but nonetheless claimed his second PGA Tour victory at the John Deere Classic, boosting his chances of representing Europe in September's Ryder Cup.


2023 Barbasol Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

As the world’s elite golfers gather in Scotland, there is a chance for an unsung PGA Tour player to make a name for himself by winning the Barbasol Championship and securing a place in the field for The Open Championship.


Brooks Koepka Should Be Ashamed Of Himself

Five-time major champion Brooks Koepka courted controversy when he publicly criticised his LIV Golf teammate, Matthew Wolff, causing the younger man distress. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that the American went too far with his comments.


How Four Days Could Change a Golfer's Life Forever

Much has been said and written about the partnership between the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, but Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that this week highlights its strengths, providing golfers with a potentially life-changing opportunity.


2023 Scottish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Scottish Open takes place at The Renaissance Club this week boasting what is surely the strongest field assembled in this country apart from The Open Championship. The star attraction is Rory McIlroy who next week will return to Royal Liverpool, where he won The Open in 2014, hoping that the stars will align for him to finally end his major drought.


Allisen Corpuz Player Profile And What's In The Bag

American Allisen Corpuz won the US Women's Open at Pebble Beach to claim a maiden title on the LPGA Tour despite a spirited final day charge from England's Charley Hull.


Rasmus Hojgaard Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Home favourite Rasmus Hojgaard won the Made in Himmerland event as bogeys cost Scots Richie Ramsay and Robert MacIntyre in Denmark. Hojgaard beat Nacho Elvira in a playoff to secure victory.


Introducing LA Golf - A Brand That is Ready to Change The Game

LA Golf is a brand that has made a name for itself in the United States, with its innovative range of putters, golf shafts and golf balls now making their way across the Atlantic. Golfshake's Derek Clements had a chance to hear about their ambitions and to test the products for himself.


What Things SHOULD Be In Your Golf Bag

For most club players, golf bags tend to be something that we fill with all sorts of detritus. Golfshake's Derek Clements is as guilty as everybody else. From time to time he decides to clear out his bag and is appalled by some of the things he finds. So, here’s what we think SHOULD be in your golf bag.


The Perfect Base For a Golf Break in Fife

Golfshake's Derek Clements recently enjoyed a marathon road trip around Scotland, which included a golf break in Fife. During his time there, Derek stayed at Letham Feus, which is run by Largo Leisure Holidays. And it turned out to be the absolutely perfect base from which to explore the area.


Daniel Hillier Player Profile, Stats, Latest Results

New Zealand's Daniel Hillier produced a finish for the ages to win the British Masters at The Belfry - his maiden victory on the DP World Tour.


The 10 Things That Actually Make Golf Special

Most of us who love this great game have had our fill of all the shenanigans that have dominated the headlines in recent months. Professional golf may be where the money is but the heart and soul of the game is all about the likes of us, the everyday golfer.


2023 US Women's Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The world’s best women golfers arrive for what will be a historic US Women’s Open, to be staged for the first time at the wonderful Pebble Beach, where Minjee Lee defends her title.


2023 John Deere Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

There is a place at The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool up for grabs for the man who wins this week’s John Deere Classic. Last year’s champion, JT Poston, returns to defend his title, hoping for a repeat of the form that secured his place at the 150th Open at St Andrews.


Rickie Fowler Player Profile And What's In The Bag

An emotional Rickie Fowler won the Rocket Mortgage Classic in dramatic style for his first success in more than four years. The American birdied the final hole of regulation and the first hole of a three-man playoff.


Why Rory McIlroy is About to End His Major Drought

In this week's View From The Fairway, Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on Rory McIlroy's chances of repeating his Open Championship victory at Royal Liverpool.


2023 Made in HimmerLand Preview, Picks & Analysis

The build-up for the 151st Open Championship at Royal Liverpool continues with all eyes on twins Nicolai and Rasmus Hojgaard at the Made in HimmerLand in Denmark.


Are These The Best Golfers Never to Have Won a Major

Rory McIlroy's well-documented struggle to land his fifth major just goes to prove how difficult it is to win one of golf’s top men's titles. But plenty of world-class golfers finished their careers without ever securing even one of golf’s majors. Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out just some of the very best.


Are These The Best Golf Shots You Have Ever Seen

The truth is that the world’s top professional golfers play a game with which the rest of us are not familiar. And for true sports fans there is nothing better than to be able to say that you were there. Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out the ten greatest shots that he has seen in the flesh.


2023 LIV Golf Valderrama Preview, Picks & Analysis

LIV Golf arrives at Valderrama this week with the usual suspects vying for another $4m bonus. And with the aftershocks following news of golf’s merger still being felt around the world, there is certain to be a whole new level of interest.


2023 Rocket Mortgage Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Tony Finau returns to Detroit for the defence of his Rocket Mortgage Classic title and will need to overcome a field that includes the likes of Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


2023 British Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

A star-studded field will line up for the British Masters which is being staged at the iconic Belfry for the third year in a row this week. The tournament will be hosted by Sir Nick Faldo who played in three Ryder Cups on the Brabazon Course.


Golf Fans Want to See Leadership Changes After Merger

It is a story that has dominated the headlines - the proposed merger between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and the Public Investment Fund (PIF). We ran a survey to seek your views. Unsurprisingly, you were as shocked as the rest of us.


40 Must Play Golf Courses in The UK & Ireland

Derek Clement's rounds up 40 of the best golf courses he has played over the year's across the UK and Ireland based solely on his enjoyment, experience and how long they have lived in his memory.  How many have you played?


2023 Travelers Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

GOLF fans are being spoilt right now. All of the world’s best players will be in action at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands, the latest of the PGA Tour’s elevated tournaments, including Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele.


2023 BMW International Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

IF YOU were ever in doubt that this is a Ryder Cup year then you should tune in to the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried this week, when Luke Donald and his vice-captains are all in the field to cast an eye over some of those vying for a place in the team.


Who is US Open champion Wyndham Clark

Wyndham Clark carded a level-par 70 to claim his first major on 10 under and the $3.6m (£2.8m) winner's cheque at the 2023 US Open held at Los Angeles Country Club.


I Love Golf But Sometimes I Wonder Why

Golfshake's Derek Clements is returning to his homeland of Scotland for a holiday, something that got him thinking about his formative years growing up in golf and the often painful experiences that this game provides - both metaphorically and literally.


Top Players Are Still Confused After Stunning Golf Merger

Since the announcement of the merger between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and the Public Investment Fund was made, the deal has been short on detail. Even the players at the heart of it all are confused, as Golfshake's Derek Clements describes in his new View From The Fairway.


How Much Money is Too Much For The World's Best Golfers

The world of golf is still reeling from the astonishing U-turn that will see the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf forming an uneasy alliance that has led to widespread accusations of hypocrisy. But with talk of more money being injected into the game, Derek Clements asks how much is too much?


15 Things You Didn't Know About The US Open

The 2023 US Open is the 123rd playing of America's national championship, which means there is rather a lot of history behind the event. Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out some of his favourite facts and stats to give you a flavour of the US Open at its best.


6 Favourite Moments at The US Open

Ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick's defence at the 2023 US Open, Golfshake's Derek Clements has reflected on the past history of this iconic championship and identified several of his favourite US Open moments.


Dale Whitnell Player Profile, Stats, Latest Results

It has been a long haul for Dale Whitnell so it was no surprise when the Englishman struggled to hold back the tears after winning the Volvo Scandinavian Mixed in Sweden.


Why The Canadian Open Was a Huge Boost For Europe's Ryder Cup Team

You may have noticed something about the leaderboard at the Canadian Open - it was dominated by English golfers. Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Aaron Rai and Justin Rose were all in the mix. Luke Donald, Europe’s Ryder Cup captain, will have been delighted with what he witnessed.


10 Picks to Win The 2023 US Open

The 2023 US Open is being staged for the first time at Los Angeles Country Club, a venue that has long possessed significant mystique. England's Matt Fitzpatrick defends the title he won so dramatically last year, but a significant challenge is posed by the many leading contenders who are in top form.


10 Outsiders to Watch at The US Open

While most eyes will be fixed on the biggest names and championship favourites, there is undeniably an opportunity for a relative outsider to usurp those fancied individuals and spring a surprise to claim America's national title.


2023 US Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Providing a welcome distraction from recent events in golf, the US Open is surely the most brutal of the four majors in the men's majors. Matt Fitzpatrick will defend his title at Los Angeles Country Club, which is hosting the event for the first time. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the championship.


Billy Horschel Ready to Put Himself on The Line Again at The US Open

Most professional golfers, having just shot a round of 84, would have headed straight into their car and headed for their hotel or the nearest airport departure lounge. But not Billy Horschel, who showed his class at the recent Memorial Tournament when opening up to the press on his emotions during a tough season.


How Matt Fitzpatrick Won The 2022 US Open

12 months ago, Matt Fitzpatrick won the US Open at Brookline after a dramatic final day. And he did it on the course upon which he won the US Amateur Championship nine years earlier thanks to a sensational bunker shot at the final hole.


Nick Taylor Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Nick Taylor produced a finish for the ages to set up a playoff victory over 47-year-old Charley Hoffman at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in front of massive crowds at TPC Scottsdale.


How to Make Your Rounds of Golf Even More Fun

We all agree that golf is meant to be fun, right? In saying that, you would be hard-pushed to believe it when you watch or experience at first hand the antics of some club golfers. But Golfshake's Derek Clements has a few ideas for ways that you and your mates can spice things up, while having a bit of fun.


Rory McIlroy Describes Emotions After Men's Pro Golf Merger

Speaking less than 24 hours after it was announced that the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf had merged, Rory McIlroy addressed the media at the Canadian Open and was typically candid with his thoughts.


Shocking Merger Throws Golf Into Even More Chaos

In a special View From The Fairway column, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his current thoughts on the staggering news story that has engulfed the world of golf this week.


How The Whole LIV Golf Saga Unfolded

As we digest the shock news of the merger between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf, it is worth taking some time to reflect on how this whole sorry saga has played out.


The 10 Best Golfers Who Have Been World Number One

The Official World Golf Rankings were first launched in 1986 and a total of just 24 golfers have occupied that lofty position of number one. Some of the men who have been crowned as the world’s best golfers will surprise you. Having taken a long look at the list, Golfshake's Derek Clements thought that the time had come to rank the top 10.


Why The Cut Must Remain an Essential Part of Pro Golf

Whether it be LIV Golf or the PGA Tour's proposed designated events, Golfshake's Derek Clements addresses the importance of having cuts in professional golf as part of this week's View From The Fairway.


2023 RBC Canadian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rory McIlroy will be looking to become the first player to win three consecutive RBC Canadian Open titles at Oakdale Golf & Country Club in Toronto this week. And with the US Open looming large on the horizon, McIlroy could do with making a decent fist of his defence.


2023 Scandinavian Mixed Preview, Picks & Analysis

Defending champion Linn Grant and 10-time DP World Tour winner Alex Noren will tee it up this week at the unique Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed at Ullna Golf & Club, just 30 minutes from the Swedish capital Stockholm.


Tom McKibbin Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Northern Ireland's Tom McKibbin has won his first DP World Tour title with a two-shot victory at the European Open in Hamburg. The 20-year-old carded a three-under-par 70 to finish nine under and beat home hopes Maximilian Kieffer and Marcel Siem, with France's Julien Guerrier also finishing on seven under.


What Makes The Perfect Group Golf Break

It's that time of year when you might be considering planning a golf break, either with a small group of friends or with a society. So, what do you need to consider before you get it booked? Golfshake's Derek Clements shares some key advice - most of it from personal experience.


Professional Golf Continues to Tear Itself Apart

If you had any doubts that a schism still exists within the world of professional golf, they would have been dispelled by a series of press conferences at Muirfield Village, scene of this week’s Memorial Tournament.


Emiliano Grillo Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Emiliano Grillo won the Charles Schwab Challenge despite a double-bogey six at the 72nd hole. He hit his drive into a penalty area, took a drop, played his third shot to just short of the green, then pitched on and two-putted for a six at the par four.


2023 Memorial Tournament Preview, Picks & Analysis

Much is made of The Players Championship being golf’s fifth major, but if ever there was a course that was made to host the US Open it is Muirfield Village, the venue for this week’s Memorial Tournament, hosted by Jack Nicklaus.


2023 Porsche European Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

There are genuinely high hopes of a home winner at the Porsche European Open in Germany this week, following a resurgence in German golf, but Frenchman Victor Perez could be the man to beat on the outskirts of Hamburg.


How Can Zach Johnson Possibly Not Pick Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka has won one major championship this year and finished runner-up in another, so will the LIV Golf star be part of the American Ryder Cup team? Golfshake's Derek Clements can't imagine a reality where Koepka is not part of Zach Johnson's side in Italy.


What Makes a Great Caddie

You could be forgiven for believing that a caddie is simply somebody who lugs a huge golf bag around and tells his or her player how far they are from the green. If it were that simple, we would all be doing it, especially when you consider the serious amounts of money to be made from accompanying the best golfers on the world’s fairways.


2023 LIV Golf Washington DC Preview Picks & Analysis

Brooks Koepka goes for his third victory of the year when he joins 47 other golfers for the latest LIV Golf tournament at Trump National in Potomac Falls, Virginia. And who would bet against him claiming another win this week?


Michael Block Reminded Us Why We Love Sport

The feel-good story at the PGA Championship was written by a club pro called Michael Block. From comfortably making the cut to playing with major champions and making a hole-in-one on Sunday, the 46-year-old reminded us all why we love sport.


10 Golfers Who Would Be Great TV Commentators

There is a knack to being a successful golf commentator. It certainly helps if you have been involved at the sharp end, and that contributed towards Nick Faldo’s success with a microphone in his hand. Golfshake's Derek Clements has been thinking about who among those currently playing the game that would make a successful transition.


2023 Charles Schwab Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

Usually, the week after a major sees a seriously weakened field but with the US Open just around the corner the likes of Scottie Scheffler, Tony Finau, Max Homa, Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood have opted to play in the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial.


2023 KLM Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Ryder Cup hopeful Victor Perez will defend his KLM Open title at Bernardus Golf Club this week, knowing that victory would go a long way towards securing his place in Luke Donald’s team


How Jason Day Battled His Way Back to The Top

Jason Day's recent victory at the Byron Nelson was a long time coming, following years of struggles and doubts. Golfshake's Derek Clements has previously found the Australian's slow style difficult to watch, but he describes why he has a new-found respect for the former world number one.


The PGA Championship Should Return to August Date on Calendar

There was much to like about this year's PGA Championship, but Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that the event has lost a degree of spark following its move to May and that should be addressed by the PGA of America.


Brooks Koepka Proves That Class Really is Permanent

Brooks Koepka won over the fans at Oak Hill with a sensational performance to claim his third PGA Championship title and fifth major victory, establishing the American as an all-time great, something that seemed unlikely just a year ago.


Golfers Dominate Latest Forbes Sports Rich List

With the influx of money as a result of LIV Golf it will come as no surprise to learn that golfers figure prominently in the Forbes Sports List top 20 for 2023, with five LIV players in the top 20 and four times as many golfers in the top 50 as last year.


Predicting Future Ryder Cup Captains

When Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia resigned from the DP World Tour, it meant that Europe lost three future Ryder Cup captains in the blink of an eye. So who are the men most likely to be asked to step into the fray in future? Here are some serious contenders, and a couple who won’t be asked but really would bring something special to the contest.


2023 PGA Championship Preview, Picks, Analysis, TV Guide

The second men's major of the year kicks off with most of the world’s best golfers in sensational form as they do battle for the Wanamaker Trophy. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what promises to be a compelling week at Oak Hill.


10 Players to Watch at The 2023 PGA Championship

It's time for the second major of the year as the PGA Championship returns to the revered Oak Hill, one of the most acclaimed venues in the United States. Always competitive and fascinating, who do you think will triumph? Golfshake's Derek Clements has some names for you to watch.


9 Outsiders to Watch at The 2023 PGA Championship

Who could surprise the favourites and lift the Wanamaker Trophy at Oak Hill? Golfshake's Derek Clements has identified several outsider contenders to follow during the 2023 PGA Championship.


What You Need to Know About Oak Hill Country Club

Oak Hill Country Club was originally designed by Donald Ross. Cary Middlecoff, Lee Trevino and Curtis Strange won US Opens here, while Jack Nicklaus, Shaun Micheel and Jason Dufner have lifted the Wanamaker Trophy on the famous East Course. And who could forget the Ryder Cup in 1995 when Europe triumphed again on American soil.


How Justin Thomas Won The 2022 PGA Championship

Justin Thomas won the 2022 PGA Championship after shooting a final day 67 to finish five under and complete a stunning come-from-behind victory. He battled back from an eight-shot deficit to ultimately prevail in sweltering heat at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


The G4D Open Was Inspiring For All Golfers

In this week's View From The Fairway, Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the remarkable stories behind the competitors at the inaugural G4D Open, demonstrating that golf can be the most inclusive of sports, irrespective of disability or impairment.


My 6 Favourite PGA Championship Moments

The PGA Championship has often been regarded as the least significant of the sport’s four majors, something that Golfshake's Derek Clements believes is unfair. There have been some amazing editions of the PGA in recent years, and here are just a few of Derek's favourites.


How Jason Dufner Won The 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill

The last time the PGA Championship was played at Oak Hill it was won by Jason Dufner, who set himself on the way to victory with a stunning 63 in the second round. His triumph made up for the disappointment of finishing runner-up to Keegan Bradley at Atlanta Athletic Club two years earlier.


Jason Day Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Jason Day produced a stunning final round of 62 to win the AT&T Byron Nelson. It’s his 13th PGA Tour title at the same tournament at which he broke through for his first success way back in 2010, but it was his first since 2018.


Simon Forsstrom Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Simon Forsstrom recovered from a back-nine wobble with a series of late birdies as he held off the charge of fellow Swede Jens Dantorp to claim his first DP World Tour title at the 2023 Soudal Open.


Wyndham Clark Player Profile And What's In The Bag

US Open champion Wyndham Clark won a weather-affected AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. After a third round of 60 he was on 17 under par after 54 holes and that proved to be good enough when tournament organisers decided not to ask the players to return on Monday.


2023 LIV Golf Oklahoma Preview, Picks & Analysis

Talor Gooch will this week attempt to win his third successive LIV Golf event at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. And he has an additional incentive for doing so as he is from this part of the world.


Recent Tour Withdrawals Provoke Frustration And Disappointment

Tour players withdraw from events they had entered fairly regularly, but there has been much scrutiny about recent decisions made by Rory McIlroy, Georgia Hall and Charley Hull. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why he hasn't been impressed by these actions.


2023 AT&T Byron Nelson Preview, Picks & Analysis

With the PGA Championship taking place next week you will not be surprised to learn that many of the world’s leading players have chosen to give the AT&T Byron Nelson a miss. However, Scottie Scheffler and Tyrrell Hatton are heading to TPC Craig Ranch to tune up for the second major of the year.


Social Media Trolls Have Become a Blight on Golf

For this week's View From The Fairway column, Derek Clements addresses the growing impact of social media trolls in golf, including the shameful recent online abuse of Brendan Lawlor.


2023 Soudal Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Belgium’s top golfer will not be in the field for this week’s Soudal Open at Rinkven International Golf Club. But in the absence of Thomas Pieters, home hopes lie with Nicolas Colsaerts and the gifted Thomas Detry, who is currently plying his trade on the PGA Tour and is to be commended for crossing the Atlantic to compete on home soil.


The Best Golf Courses You Haven't Considered Playing Before

Golfshake's Derek Clements has been lucky to play many of the most famous golf courses on the planet, but he wanted to share with you some of the lesser-known tracks that he has been fortunate enough to tackle over the years.


The Golfers Who Are Ready For a Big Victory

As we approach the PGA Championship it seems like a good time to take a look at a number of golfers who may have gone under the radar and are now ready to make some headlines on both the PGA Tour and DP World Tour.


European Ryder Cup Legends Quit DP World Tour

Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood have officially ruled themselves out of the running for this year’s Ryder Cup after resigning from the DP World Tour.


Pablo Larrazabal Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Pablo Larrazabal secured his second DP World Tour title in three starts, his fourth in 15 months and his ninth in total after producing a great finish to win the 2023 KLM Open by two shots.


World Golf Rankings - It's Time For Common Sense to Prevail

There has been much discussion about the Official World Golf Rankings, how points aren't been awarded for LIV events, and the impact that could have on the major championships. Ultimately, Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that it's time for common sense to prevail.


Women's Major Golf Deserves Better Than This

For this week's View From The Fairway, Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the recent Chevron Championship and describes why he thinks the women's majors aren't getting the coverage they deserve.


2023 Wells Fargo Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Max Homa will attempt to win the Wells Fargo Championship for the third time in four years but will have to see off course specialist Rory McIlroy if he is to do so.


2023 Italian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Italian Open takes on an added significance this week. It will be staged at Marco Simone Golf Club, which hosts the Ryder Cup later this year and will provide European captain Luke Donald with a unique opportunity to view the course and gauge the form of some of the players who will be representing his team at the end of September.


The World Handicap System - The Debate Rages On

And so the debate goes on. We recently reported on the feedback from our latest annual survey regarding the World Handicap System, a subject that continues to divide opinion. And it came as no surprise that the article exercised many of your minds yet again.


8 Ways That Golf Has Changed For The Better

Golfshake's Derek Clements has been playing golf for longer than he cares to remember. That got him thinking about how the game has changed during that time, including the ways that things have progressed for the better.


2023 LIV Golf Singapore Preview, Picks & Analysis

The LIV Golf League will be in action for a second successive week. After playing Adelaide last week, they head to Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore. And they will do so in high spirits after performances of Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson and Patrick Reed at The Masters.


It's Time to Give Keith Pelley a Break

Sharing his weekly View From The Fairway column, Golfshake's Derek Clements comes to the defence of DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley, who has faced criticism from some observers in recent months.


2023 Mexico Open at Vidanta Preview, Picks & Analysis

Jon Rahm returns to Vidanta to defend his Mexico Open title and he will do so as the only member of the world’s top 10 in the field. It is difficult to see beyond Rahm making a successful defence after a meteoric start to 2023. He has already won four times this year, including that memorable performance at Augusta National.


2023 Korea Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

A cosmopolitian field gathers in Incheon for the inaugural Korea Championship, with Europe’s best golfers facing a strong challenge from some of the most gifted home talent. The likes of Robert MacIntyre, Guido Migliozzi, Rasmus Hojgaard and Jordan Smith know that they need to find some big weeks if they are to have any chance of making it to the Ryder Cup in Italy.


Talor Gooch Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Talor Gooch gave US Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson food for thought as he denied Bryson DeChambeau his first LIV Golf victory with a birdie-birdie finish at Valderrama.


Lucas Herbert Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Australia's Lucas Herbert came through a marathon effort to beat Aaron Cockerill in a playoff and win the ISPS HANDA Championship in Japan and secure his third DP World Tour title.


Get to Know Golf's Newest Major Champion - Lilia Vu

America's Lilia Vu beat compatriot Angel Yin in a playoff for her first major title at the Chevron Championship. Vu started the day four shots back but moved up the leaderboard and took full advantage of the sluggish finish of Yin, who had victory in her grasp.


The Best Sibling Rivalries in Golf

Over the years many golfers have attempted to follow in the footsteps of famous fathers and very few have enjoyed much success. However, brothers and sisters are an entirely different kettle of fish. We take a look at golf’s top sibling rivalries.


Fears of Protest Disruption at The Open This Summer

Major sporting events have suddenly become soft targets for protesters, and with Just Stop Oil promising to disrupt further sporting events this summer it begs an obvious question: just how vulnerable is professional golf?


What Can Be Done To Actually Grow Golf

From our most recent annual survey it became abundantly clear that many of you believe that much work still needs to be done in order to successfully grow the game and attract more people to golf. Our sport talks a good game but does it deliver?


2023 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Preview, Picks & Analysis

After weeks of intense pressure, the world’s best golfers have a chance to relax and have a bit of fun this week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Week in, week out, these guys try to beat each other’s brains out but this tournament has a unique format, giving PGA Tour golfers the chance to pair up with their buddies for what is always a birdie fest.


2023 LIV Golf Adelaide Preview, Picks & Analysis

The LIV Golf League heads to Adelaide in Australia this week for the first of two back-to-back tournaments - next week the destination is Singapore. Brooks Koepka, now fully fit again after struggling with a knee injury for almost two years, could be the man to beat Down Under.


2023 ISPS Handa Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The DP World Tour returns with the ISPS Handa Championship being staged at PGM Ishioka Golf Club in Japan. Rasmus Hojgaard is a key name in the field, which also includes the likes of Rafa Cabrera Bello, Robert MacIntyre and Christiaan Bezuidenhout.


Rory McIlroy Has to Play by The Rules - And That Means Losing Big Money

Rory McIlroy's decision to withdraw from the RBC Heritage has won him few friends - and is likely to cost him a great deal of money. So it should surprise nobody that many of his fellow players want to know how he is going to be punished.


The World Handicap System Continues to Divide Golfers

The World Handicap System was introduced in Britain amid much fanfare more than two years ago. It was supposed to end the debate once and for all. But many of you still have serious issues with it. In our recent annual Golfshake Survey it once again turned out to be a thorny subject for you.


Rory McIlroy Disappoints After Snubbing Media And Withdrawing From RBC Heritage

Rory McIlroy will have won few fans after deciding to withdraw from the RBC Heritage. His decision came after he missed the cut at The Masters, where he refused to speak to the media afterwards, two actions that Golfshake's Derek Clements believes are unprofessional.


How Spaniards Have Lit Up The World of Golf

Jon Rahm's victory at the 2023 Masters meant he was the fourth Spaniard to claim the Green Jacket. He followed the legendary Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia. Spanish golfers have thrilled galleries all around the world with their swashbuckling style of play. Here, we look at some of their most memorable moments on the world stage.


What Makes Playing Golf in Australia Totally Different

Golfshake's Derek Clements has just returned from a holiday to Australia, where he played golf at Secret Harbour Golf Links near Perth. What Derek found out is that golf - and life - is very different Down Under when compared to back home in the UK.


PGA Tour And LIV Animosity is Not Driven by The Media

Before The Masters got under way, two-time champion Bubba Watson, who defected to LIV Golf last year, claimed that the animosity between the PGA Tour and LIV was media driven. However, Golfshake's Derek Clements believes there is enough evidence to prove that statement is inaccurate.


2023 RBC Heritage Preview, Picks & Analysis

Don't you just love this time of year on the PGA Tour? We have just had four glorious days at Augusta National and now we move on to the RBC Heritage at the beautiful Harbour Town Links at Hilton Head Island, which is a Designated Event, meaning that the field is spectacular.


The Party is Surely Over For Tiger Woods

In his View From The Fairway column, Derek Clements addresses the Masters withdrawal of Tiger Woods and explains why the legendary golfer's major career may soon be over.


Reviewing The Stories And TV Coverage at The 2023 Masters

Following a memorable 87th Masters, Golfshake's Derek Clements reviews the whole spectacle, the stories, the talking points, and shares his thoughts on the Sky Sports coverage of the week, including praise for the commentary and analysis.


Jon Rahm Storms to Victory at Augusta National

Jon Rahm held his nerve to become the fourth Spaniard to win The Masters. In the process, he emulated last year’s champion Scottie Scheffler by winning his fourth tournament of the year, reclaimed the world No1 spot and tightened his grip at the top of the FedEx Cup standings.


Arbitration Panel Backs DP World Tour Over LIV Golf Players

The DP World Tour has been told that it was within its rights to fine and suspend the likes of Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood after they took part in LIV Golf’s inaugural tournament at the Centurion Club last year.


Don't Panic - The European Ryder Cup Team Looks Strong

Much has been made in some circles of what is perceived to be a lack of form by European golfers on the world stage. But Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald has no reason to be losing any sleep over his potential team.


2023 Masters Preview, Picks, Analysis & TV Guide

Scottie Scheffler will head to Augusta this week as one of the hottest favourites to retain the Green Jacket since Tiger Woods was in his prime - and with some justification. Get ready for the 87th Masters with our comprehensive preview.


10 Picks to Win The 2023 Masters

This year's Masters is hotly anticipated considering the brilliant form of the favourites in addition to the extra dynamic of LIV Golf players being determined to contend for that coveted Green Jacket. Golfshake's Derek Clements has given us ten picks to win the Masters at Augusta!


10 Outsiders to Watch at The 2023 Masters

There are 88 invited players expected to compete in the 87th Masters Tournament at Augusta National, with attention fixed on leading favourites like Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy. However, there is plenty of quality further down the field. Golfshake's Derek Clements has identified ten possible contenders who could be worth an outside bet!


Complete Augusta National 18 Hole Course Guide

Augusta National has been extended since last year. It now measures 7,521 yards. Originally designed by Alister MacKenzie, it has been lengthened over the years and changed significantly in places since those early days.


How Scottie Scheffler Won The 2022 Masters

Scottie Scheffler began 2022 still looking for his first tournament victory. He finished The Masters as champion and world number one as he won his fourth event in an extraordinary run of form.


Things You Didn't Know About The Masters

The Masters Tournament and Augusta National boasts a rich, fascinating and sometimes controversial history. Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out a series of facts and stats that you may not know - which tell the story of this iconic event.


11 of The Most Dramatic Masters Moments

More than any other major, The Masters is a tournament that is guaranteed to produce more than its fair share of dramatic moments. Here are just a few of them.


The Solution to Golf Ball Distance Debate is Obvious

Golfshake's Derek Clements has been on holiday for a month and returns to share his thoughts on the golf ball proposals from The R&A and USGA, believing that there is a better and simpler solution to curb the impact of distance.


Brooks Koepka Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Brooks Koepka produced a final round of 67 to win his third PGA Championship and his fifth major, in the process becoming the first LIV Golf member to claim a major title.


Corey Conners Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Canada's Corey Conners warmed up for his sixth Masters appearance by winning the Texas Open for a second time. He shot a bogey-free four-under-par 68 to finish on 15 under, one clear of PGA Tour rookie Sam Stevens who had two eagles in a 66 at TPC San Antonio. Had Stevens won he would have secured a spot at Augusta.


Why The PGA Tour Needs to Restore Match Play Event

Dell’s sponsorship has come to an end, which means there is now not a single matchplay tournament on the PGA Tour schedule. As things stand, there is nothing on the calendar for 2024. And that is a crying shame in the view of Golfshake's Derek Clements.


2023 Valero Texas Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

JJ Spaun will relish his return to the Valero Texas Open, scene of his maiden PGA Tour success 12 months ago - and a victory that signalled the start of a magnificent run of good form for the American.


2023 Jonsson Workwear Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Brandon Stone will be among the home players looking to succeed at the Jonsson Workwear Open in South Africa, with the former Scottish Open champion attempting to get his DP World Tour career back on track.


2023 WGC Dell Technologies Match Play Preview, Picks & Analysis

The top 64 players in the world are eligible to play in the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play, with Scottie Scheffler defending one of the four titles he won during a quite extraordinary run in 2022.


What LIV Golf Gets Wrong About Team Sports

Presenting his latest View From The Fairway opinion column, Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the crucial team aspect of LIV Golf and explains why he finds it difficult to engage with, unlike the passionate connection people have to sides in other sports.


2023 Valspar Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Sam Burns will attempt to create a piece of history this week as he goes for a third successive title at the Valspar Championship, but the likes of Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Tommy Fleetwood will be hoping to stop his winning run here.


2023 SDC Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

There will be a strong South African presence at the SDC Championship at the magnificent St Francis Links this week. They include Thriston Lawrence, Shaun Norris, the prodigiously talented Wilco Nienaber, Zander Lombard, Brandon Stone, Darren Fichardt and Oliver Bekker.


The Most Entertaining Golfers in History

We all watch professional sport to be entertained. And in every sport there is a man or woman who stands out from the crowd. It is not just about a God-given talent - it is charisma, it is an ability to do the unexpected. There is a feeling that golfers are robots. Not true. Here are 10 of the greatest entertainers the game has ever seen.


2023 The Players Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

It's time for The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. This is one fabulous golf tournament, boasting the strongest field of the year to date, and with huge financial rewards on offer. The winner this week will pick up a cheque for a mind-boggling $4.5m.


The Way That We Watch Golf Has Changed Dramatically

The way that we watch golf on TV has changed, just as the game itself has been transformed forever with the launch of LIV Golf. So, what can be done to grow golf coverage viewing figures? Here are some of your opinions from our 2022 Golfshake Survey.


2023 Magical Kenya Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Ashun Wu of China returns to Nairobi to defend his Magical Kenya Open title. He won 12 months ago after a closing 65 gave him a four-shot win. This year, the likes of Marcel Siem and Robert MacIntyre are in the field.


What Makes Jon Rahm The Most Impressive of Golfers

With so much cash sloshing around in the world of professional golf, Jon Rahm must be wondering what on earth all the fuss is about. But for now, everybody is in awe of what the Spaniard is achieving as we build towards the 2023 Masters.


The Different Types of Golfers You Will See in The Monthly Medal

For many of us, one of the joys of competition is that it provides us with the opportunity to play with people we don’t normally compete alongside. It can lead to new friendships. It can also pair you with people you will never want to see again. Here are just a few of the characters you can expect to come across in the monthly medal.


What Makes Chris Kirk a Special Golf Comeback Story

When Tiger Woods won The Masters in 2019 it was hailed by some as the greatest sporting comeback the world has ever seen. Golfshake's Derek Clements has suggested that what Chris Kirk achieved at the Honda Classic comes pretty close.


Just What Has The PGA Tour Done?

The PGA Tour has announced that its designated tournaments in 2024 will consist of smaller fields - and will have no cut, a decision that has raised eyebrows among golf fans and led to coordinated derision from LIV Golf members.


14 Things That ALL Golfers HATE

Golf is a hard enough game as it is. But there are plenty of outside influences that add to our frustration, things we have no influence over. So, what are the things that ALL golfers hate? Golfshake's Derek Clements has shared his thoughts.


Was This The Best Part of Full Swing

So, have you watched Full Swing yet? Golfshake's Derek Clements loved every single minute of the Netflix series. Not because of any insights into LIV Golf or those who opted to jump ship. And not because of any of the golf clips, of which there are plenty. He explains just what aspect of the programme he found genuinely moving and insightful.


2023 Arnold Palmer Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis

Scottie Scheffler returns to Bay Hill to defend his title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, hoping to continue the form that saw him win four times by the middle of last April and rise to the top of the world rankings.


The Longest Gaps Between Victories on Tour

Marcel Siem turned the clock back by winning the Hero Indian Open. It was his first DP World Tour success for eight years. That sounds like a long time to wait between victories, but it is way short of the record.


Charles Howell III - The First LIV Golf Winner of 2023

Charles Howell III fired a final round of 63 to win the individual title at the LIV Golf Mayakoba and also lead Crushers GC to the team prize as the new LIV Golf season got under way.


Chris Kirk Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Chris Kirk produced one of sport’s great comeback stories as he claimed the Honda Classic, his first title in nearly eight years, after overcoming alcoholism and deep depression.


Marcel Siem Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Marcel Siem won his fifth DP World Tour title at the Hero Indian Open - eight years after his fourth victory. He held off the challenge of fellow German Yannik Paul to win by a single shot.


Where Do Golf Club Memberships Stand in 2023

What is the current state of golf club memberships ahead of the 2023 season? We all know that golf enjoyed a massive boom during the height of the pandemic, but does the picture remain quite so optimistic this year? Our latest survey has offered some fascinating insights.


2023 LIV Golf Mayakoba Preview, Picks & Analysis

The new LIV Golf season kicks off this week at El Camaleón Golf Course at Mayakoba in Mexico with all the usual suspects once again competing for vast sums of money. It is the start of an expanded season, with 14 tournaments being played in 2023.


2023 Honda Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The always tricky PGA National hosts the Honda Classic, which boasts a field that includes defending champion Sepp Straka, and former winners Sungjae Im, Padraig Harrington, Rory Sabbatini and Camilo Villegas. Hoping to join that list is Billy Horschel, who is playing five weeks in a row.


2023 Hero Indian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Indian Open returns for the first time since 2019, when Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher claimed the title. Gallacher’s victory was a surprise - home golfers normally dominate this event, and Shubhankar Sharma will be looking to continue that at DLF Golf & Country Club this week.


Why You Must Watch Kipp Popert Profile Film

Golfshake's Derek Clements has some recommended viewing for you in his latest View From The Fairway as he describes the profile film about the world's top ranked disabled golfer Kipp Popert that you can see on Sky Sports Golf.


Bernhard Langer Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Bernhard Langer wrote another piece of history and broke a host of records after a two-shot victory over Steve Stricker at the US Senior Open. The German's win is his 46th PGA Tour Champions title, breaking the previous all-time total held by Hale Irwin, with the victory also his 12th senior major and extending his own record tally.


Thorbjorn Olesen Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen won his eighth DP World Tour title by six shots after a closing round of 67 at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship.


The Secret to Lowering Your Golf Handicap This Year

One of the most encouraging findings from our 2022 Golfshake Survey shows that 48% of you saw your handicap fall last year. So, how did these golfers manage that? It seems pretty obvious to say but it appears that you get out of the game what you put into it.


Who Exactly is Watching LIV Golf

LIV Golf was a massive story last year and remains a talking point going into 2023. We wanted to find out more about how many golfers have watched those events and how the demographic of that audience compares to the overall picture of golf fans who view tournaments on TV and attend in person.


Are Golfers Playing Less Often Due to Rising Costs

Ahead of the 2023 golf season, what is the current state of the game? These have been strange times for golf, with the sport enjoying a well-documented boom during the pandemic. So how are things looking now? The results are in for the Golfshake Survey, with more than 3,500 of you responding to tell us about your lives on the golf course.


2023 Genesis Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Genesis Invitational is hosted by Tiger Woods and the big news is that the 15-time major champion will be playing in the event. There is also a world-class field heading to Riviera, led by Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler and man of the moment Jon Rahm.


2023 Thailand Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Local favourite Kiradech Aphibarnrat says that he can’t wait to tee it up on home soil once again at this week's Thailand Classic as the DP World Tour returns to the country for the first time since 2016.


Golfers Are Excited to Watch Full Swing on Netflix

Both leading professionals and golf fans have expressed their excitement ahead of the release of Full Swing, including Golfshake's Derek Clements, who looks forward to the Netflix series following an unforgettable year on the PGA Tour.


Scottie Scheffler Player Profile And What's In The Bag

After twice finishing runner-up, world number one Scottie Scheffler won the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Scheffler's bogey-free four-under round of 68 meant he finished on 20 under and sealed a three-shot win from Austrian Sepp Straka.


How to Make Golf on TV Better to Watch

If you regularly watch golf on TV you will know that in this country, Sky Sports leads the way. When you don’t have competition it is all too easy to become complacent and rest on your laurels. It is, therefore, to Sky’s credit that they have continued to innovate. But how could they further improve their coverage? Golfshake's Derek Clements has some ideas.


What Makes a Perfect Day on The Golf Course

We reckon that any day spent at the golf course is fundamentally a good one, but what factors come together to create the perfect day? Golfshake's Derek Clements has given that some thought and describes what would be his absolutely perfect, dream round of golf.


How Does Someone Become a Proper Golfer

There are all sorts of golfers at clubs around the country. But what makes them a proper golfer? Sharing his tongue in cheek analysis on the various personalities and behaviours he sees, Golfshake's Derek Clements offers his thoughts on the subject.


Justin Rose Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Justin Rose ended a four-year drought by winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. In the process, the Englishman secured his place in the field for The Masters.


The Golf Documentaries That We Most Want to See Made

Full Swing, the Netflix documentary series following a year in the life of the PGA Tour, has sparked a huge amount of interest. When the producers came up with the idea they could not possibly have imagined what would follow. It got us wondering about the documentaries and real-life movies that never happened but would surely have been ratings winners.


Why Golf Will Overcome Controversy to Have a Great Year

There is much controversy surrounding professional golf at the moment, but Golfshake's Derek Clements offers an optimistic take on things, demonstrating why he sees enough positive things for fans and viewers to be excited about in 2023.


DP World Tour Set For Hearing Against LIV Golfers

This is a significant week for the DP World Tour, with an arbitration panel to decide whether the likes of Lee Westwood, Patrick Reed, Martin Kaymer and Ian Poulter can carry on playing in its tournaments.


Ian Poulter Opens Up About LIV Golf in Netflix Documentary

Ian Poulter recently announced that if he was invited to play in this year’s Ryder Cup he would probably decline. But he tells a very different story in the new Netflix series, Full Swing, which will be available from February 15.


Phil Mickelson is Way Off The Mark on Social Media Return

Phil Mickelson has been making a lot of noise on social media in recent weeks, stirring things up and causing a fair degree of controversy along the way. Golfshake's Derek Clements hasn't been left impressed by the six-time major champion.


2023 WM Phoenix Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

There is a truly exceptional field that has been assembled by the PGA Tour for the typically raucous WM Phoenix Open, where Scottie Scheffler defends the title. World number one Rory McIlroy is competing. Fresh from winning the Dubai Desert Classic, TPC Scottsdale is a course that should be made for him.


2023 Singapore Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Li Haotong is one of the star attractions at the inaugural Singapore Classic at Laguna National Golf Resort, but one of last year's standout performers, Ryan Fox, is surely among the favourites in this new DP World Tour event.


Get to Know DP World Tour Winner Daniel Gavins - Profile, Stats, Ranking

Daniel Gavins found water twice at the final hole and then holed a 30-foot double-bogey putt to win the Ras Al Khaimah Championship in the most dramatic fashion.


Everything You Need to Know About Abraham Ancer

Abraham Ancer held off the challenge of Cameron Young to win the Saudi International by two strokes and claim a wire-to-wire victory after dropping just two shots all week.


How to Create The Complete Golfer

Yes, even the best golfers on the planet have areas of the game that could be improved. So what would happen if you took the best parts from the best players? You would end up with some player. Thanks to golf’s obsession with statistics, it is actually possible to produce the complete golfer.


The Public Squabbles Over LIV Golf Need to Stop

The public spats over LIV Golf continued last week, involving Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed, with even Sir Nick Faldo getting involved. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that it's a pattern that has done the wider game no favours.


2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Preview, Picks & Analysis

It's one of the PGA Tour's most divisive events, but Tom Hoge defends his title in California at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, with reigning US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick among the favourites to be successful this week.


2023 Ras Al Khaimah Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The DP World Tour’s Desert Swing ends this week with the Ras Al Khaimah Championship at Al Hamra Golf Club. And Thriston Lawrence will make his second appearance at the event after getting his season off to a flyer with victory on home soil at the South African Open, while Padraig Harrington will again attempt to become the oldest winner in tour history.


2023 Saudi International Preview, Picks & Analysis

Cameron Young, one of the hottest properties on the PGA Tour, will tee it up in the Saudi International. As expected, the field is full of LIV Golf members, including defending champion Harold Varner III, Phil Mickelson, Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed.


Rory McIlroy Claims Dramatic Dubai Desert Classic Triumph

It was somehow inevitable that the Dubai Desert Classic would come down to Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed, but it was the Northern Irishman who triumphed in dramatic style with a closing birdie on the last to deny the American.


Max Homa Secures Come From Behind Victory at Torrey Pines

Max Homa shot a 66 to come from five behind to claim the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines as Spain’s Jon Rahm, who had been attempting to win his third event in a row slumped to a 74 


The Types of Golfers You Want And Do NOT Want to Play With

When Golfshake's Derek Clements looks around at the behaviour of some of the people he sees playing this great game, it sometimes makes him wonder why they bother. And it got him thinking about the sort of individuals that, in an ideal world, we would want to play with. And those we wouldn’t want to be on the same course with, never mind in the same fourball.


The Footballers Who Tried Their Hand at Golf

Jon Rahm has been singing the praises of former Wales and Real Madrid footballing superstar Gareth Bale’s golfing ability after they played together in the pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open. Bale isn’t the first professional footballer to have a gift for golf.


The Most Underrated Events in Golf

There are some golf tournaments that you know will always deliver, whether it be by providing guaranteed drama or an incredible atmosphere. But there are other wonderful events that might not obviously capture the public’s imagination. Derek Clements has picked out some underrated dates for your diary.


2023 Dubai Desert Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rory McIlroy kicks off 2023 looking for a third victory at the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club as part of a world-class field that includes Shane Lowry, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Ryan Fox, Francesco Molinari, Thomas Pieters, Guido Migliozzi, Robert MacIntyre, Adrian Meronk, Thriston Lawrence and Victor Perez.


2023 Farmers Insurance Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Jon Rahm is back at his favourite venue, Torrey Pines, for the Farmers Insurance Open. The in-form Spaniard will be joined in the field by the likes of Xander Schauffele, Will Zalatoris, Hideki Matsuyama, Max Homa, Collin Morikawa and Tony Finau.


Golf And Sports Fans Should Be Treated With More Respect

Using The Open, the Premier League and the Australian Open tennis as examples, Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the manner in which spectators are treated, with the highest consideration seemingly paid to whatever TV demands.


Just What is Ian Poulter Talking About

Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter has suggested that he would turn down a place on this year's team, should he qualify for Europe. But in his latest View From The Fairway opinion piece, Derek Clements believes that the Englishman's comments were delusional and misplaced.


The Questions Raised by LIV Golf's First TV Deal

You will probably be aware that LIV Golf has struck a deal with the CW Network for it to broadcast all 14 of its tournaments in 2023, but it's an announcement that left several unanswered questions.


Jon Rahm Continues Stunning Run of Victories

Jon Rahm came out on top in an epic duel with rookie Davis Thompson to claim the American Express title. It was the Spaniard’s fourth win in five starts and his second in succession.


Victor Perez Player Profile

Frenchman Victor Perez secured the biggest win of his career and boosted his Ryder Cup qualification hopes after holing a bunker shot at the penultimate hole on his way to a final round of 66 and a dramatic victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.


How to Choose The Best Golf Club to Join

What should you be looking for if you have decided that the time has come to join a golf club? It's a scenario that many golfers face if there are several options available in their area. Golfshake's Derek Clements has been a member at venues across the country and he has outlined a number of factors you must consider.


2023 American Express Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

After his spectacular comeback victory at the Tournament of Champions, Jon Rahm declared that nobody in the world is playing better golf than the Spaniard - and it is difficult to argue with him. And he will be one of the favourites to win The American Express Championship at PGA West this week.


2023 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Belgium's Thomas Pieters returns to Yas Links to defend his Abu Dhabi Championship title against a strong field as the DP World Tour resumes. Seamus Power will make his debut alongside former winners Shane Lowry, Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton, Ryan Fox, 2018 Open Champion Francesco Molinari and Sepp Straka.


The World Golf Rankings Continue to Confuse Everyone

The Official World Golf Rankings have continued to be a hot topic, with Jon Rahm again questioning his positioning following recent victories. Golfshake's Derek Clements is perplexed too, as he describes in his new View From The Fairway column.


Si Woo Kim Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Si Woo Kim shot a final round of 64 to pip Hayden Buckley and win the Sony Open in Hawaii by a stroke, continuing what has been a fast start to the year for Callaway's new Paradym Driver.


Continental Europe Win Inaugural Hero Cup

High-flying Polish star Adrian Meronk holed the winning putt as Continental Europe beat Great Britain & Ireland 14.5-10.5 to win the inaugural Hero Cup in what has been set up as a dress rehearsal for Europe’s prospects in the Ryder Cup later this year.


The Biggest Misconceptions About Golf - And Why They Are Wrong

Golf is a very special game. Those of us who play it love the sport and almost everything about it. However, for those who look in from the outside, it is also a game that is surrounded by misconceptions. Golfshake's Derek Clements addresses some of those and, hopefully, dispels a few myths.


The 10 Most Influential Golfers of All Time

Rory McIlroy is a man who influences much of what happens in professional golf. And his resurgence got our Derek Clements thinking about the men he considers to be the 10 most influential golfers of all time.


Why Has The PGA Tour Released Players For The Saudi International

The Saudi International is a tournament that has consistently divided opinion, even before the arrival of LIV Golf, but given that context, many will be surprised to discover that the PGA Tour has given permission to several of its players to compete next month.


Golf Fans Should Be Excited About Netflix Documentary

2022 was quite the year to follow the PGA Tour, but that's just what the makers of Full Swing did for a fly-on-the-wall documentary series for Netflix, which is hotly anticipated by golf fans following the reveal of its first trailer.


The Hero Cup Preview

Tommy Fleetwood captains GB&I against a Continental Europe side led by Francesco Molinari in the inaugural Hero Cup this week. It is seen as a dress rehearsal for the Ryder Cup and while some of the 20 players in action in Abu Dhabi will be in Rome, many of them will not.


2023 Sony Open in Hawaii Preview, Picks & Analysis

Hideki Matsuyama defends his title at the Sony Open this week, the first full-field tournament of 2023. The likes of Billy Horschel, Jordan Spieth and Tom Kim are competing in Hawaii, making this an intriguing event to follow as the PGA Tour kicks back into gear.


The 2023 Ryder Cup Already Looks Ominous For Europe

Golfshake's Derek Clements assesses the current state of the Ryder Cup, the impact of possible exclusions for LIV golfers, and how the potential teams are looking with the showpiece event only nine months away.


Why Doesn't Patrick Cantlay Have Any Sponsors

There were several talking points that emerged from the Tournament of Champions, including the news that Patrick Cantlay is no longer sponsored by either Titleist or Hugo Boss. Golfshake's Derek Clements delves into some of the off-the-course highlights from an intriguing week.


Masters LIV Golf Decision Sets Precedent For 2023 Majors

As the new golf year kicks into action we should not underestimate the importance of the decision made by Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley and his committee to allow LIV Golf players to compete at The Masters in April.


Jon Rahm Begins Year With Miraculous Comeback Victory

Jon Rahm produced a glorious final round of 63 to overturn a seven-shot deficit as he won the Tournament of Champions by two shots. It allowed the Spaniard to put last year’s disappointment behind him when he finished second as Cameron Smith won the same event, making birdies for fun.


9 Golfers Who Are Guaranteed to Make Headlines

There are some individuals who are guaranteed to generate interest and make headlines, no matter what they say and do. Here, we look at the nine people in golf who are absolutely guaranteed to move the needle - even without hitting a single shot in anger.


2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions Preview, Picks & Analysis

With barely any time to draw breath, the PGA Tour is off and running again with the Sentry Tournament of Champions at The Plantation Course at Kapalua - and it will need to go some to top last year’s tournament.  Derek Clements looks head to this year's event.


Golfers Who Will Win Again in 2023

SPORT can be an unforgiving mistress. Just when you think that you have it sussed, it has a nasty habit of biting you where it hurts most.  And golf is no exception. Just because a golfer has a couple of dream years, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will continue.


What LIV Golf Needs To Do, And What We Can Learn From It

The introduction of LIV Golf has divided the golfing world, creating tension between players and fans alike. As we head into 2023, it is time to consider ways to bridge this gap and reconcile the sport. Derek Clements explores ways to reunite golfers and fans, and bring harmony back to the game.


The Golfers You Should Be Watching in 2023

With Tiger Woods' best days now behind him, the search is on for the next golfing superstar. The 2022-23 season on the PGA and DP World Tours may be the key to discovering just who that individual might be. We have identified 10 golfers whose progress bears watching in the upcoming season. From well-known names to potential up-and-comers, these players could be the future of golf.


12 Golfers Who Should Have Won More

There are no guarantees of success in sport. Over the years there have been many young prodigies who have been identified as being the next big thing. Here, we look at golfers we believe have underachieved. Some of the names in this list may surprise you.


The Biggest Comebacks in Golf History

Winning golf tournaments is no easy matter. No lead is ever big enough going into the final round. We have seen some remarkable final rounds this year on both the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour, and it got us thinking about the greatest comebacks in the history of our sport.  Here are 10 of the best.


Things We Want to See Happen in 2023

This is a time of year for both reflection and for looking ahead. It is to be hoped that 2023 is a rather more uneventful year off the course.  Sports Writer Derek Clements shares what he would like to see happen in the 12 months that lie ahead.


2022: Who Are The Biggest Winners And Losers in Golf

This has been a year that we will not forget in a hurry. 2022 was the year when LIV Golf arrived, many of the world’s best players defected after being given massive signing-on cheques and were suspended by the PGA Tour. Here, we take a look at some of golf’s biggest winners and losers in 2022.


How on Earth Could The BBC Snub Matt Fitzpatrick

There was considerable outrage expressed by many in the golf community when neither US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick nor Rory McIlroy made the short list for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.


Golfers Officially LOVE to Play Challenging Courses

What makes a good golf course? What makes you want to return? What lives long in the mind and makes you want to tell everybody you know? It may surprise you to learn that, according to Golfshake subscribers, the thing we all want is a proper challenge.


10 Golfers Looking For Their First Major Victory in 2023

Nobody wants to be known as the best golfer never to have won a major. Make no mistake - they are not easy to win. Next year promises to be another exciting one, and Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out ten players he believes are most likely to be challenging for their first major successes.


Antoine Rozner Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Kylian Mbappe and France may have lost the World Cup final but their countryman Antoine Rozner produced a superb display of front-running as he fired a 67 to win the Mauritius Open by five shots.


What Stops Golfers Wanting to Play a Golf Course Again

We all know what makes a good golf course and a decent golf club. There are all sorts of reasons that we want to visit courses other than the ones of which we are members. Sadly, you tell us that there are still many courses and clubs that you visit once and decide never to return.


The Top 10 Golfers of 2022

It has certainly been an eventful year in the world of professional golf. We have seen some outstanding performances in the majors, the resurgence of Rory McIlroy and the arrival of LIV Golf. There has been a lot of focus on events off the course, but we think there is still plenty to celebrate. Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his top 10 golfers of 2022.


How Far LIV Golf Stars Have Fallen Down The World Rankings

The lack of world ranking points on LIV Golf has led to serious consequences for a number of players who have tumbled down the rankings during the past 12 months. For some it means that they will no longer be exempt to play in any of the four majors.


2022 Mauritius Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Belgium's Thomas Detry, who has made a superb start to his PGA Tour career, goes in search of his first DP World Tour victory at the Mauritius Open, which brings the curtain down on another wonderful golf year.


Why Established Tour Venues Are Defecting to LIV Golf

In his View From The Fairway opinion piece, Derek Clements recaps the latest around LIV Golf and the questions surrounding its newly announced venues for 2023 and what that could mean for the established tours.


Get to Know New DP World Tour Winner Ockie Strydom

South Africa's Ockie Strydom carded a final-round 69 to claim a maiden title on the DP World Tour with a two-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Sunday.


Analysing The Confirmed Hero Cup Teams

In his latest View From The Fairway opinion article, Derek Clements takes a closer look at the two teams announced for the Hero Cup in January and analyses whether the event can make a difference for Europe at September's Ryder Cup.


2022 QBE Shootout Preview

The QBE Shootout brings the curtain down on an eventful year for the PGA Tour, with 12 two-person teams competing at Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida.


2022 Alfred Dunhill Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Alfred Dunhill Championship returns to Leopard Creek for the first time in two years with Christiaan Bezuidenhout back to defend his title on home soil. The tournament marks the end of the DP World Tour’s South Africa Swing and once again boasts a strong field, dominated by home players.


Viktor Hovland Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Viktor Hovland produced a sensational display of golf to win the Tour Championship, the FedEx Cup and $18m. The 25-year-old Norwegian finished with a 63 - and he needed it as Xander Schauffele, his nearest challenger, ended the week with a 62.


Thriston Lawrence Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Thriston Lawrence claimed his second win of the season as he overhauled Joost Luiten on a dramatic final day in Germany to take the title at the BMW International Open.


Adrian Meronk What's In The Bag And Player Profile

Poland's Adrian Meronk shot a closing 66 for a one-stroke victory over Matti Schmid at the Andalucia Masters at Real Club de Golf Sotogrande in San Roque.


Ashleigh Buhai Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Ashleigh Buhai capped a magnificent year by winning the Australian Open in Melbourne. Trailing 54-hole leader leader Jiyai Shin of South Korea by one stroke, Buhai carded a one-over par 73 to post a winning total of 14-under.


Tiger Woods Joins Calls For Greg Norman to Quit

Speaking ahead of the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods has repeated Rory McIlroy’s call for Greg Norman to quit as LIV Golf CEO - to allow a settlement to be negotiated in golf’s civil war.


2022 Hero World Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

Sadly, Tiger Woods isn't competing in the Hero World Challenge this week after withdrawing due to injury, but the 15-time major champion will host 20 impressive names, including Jon Rahn, Justin Thomas and Scottie Scheffler.


2022 South African Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The South African Open returns this week at Blair Atholl Golf Club in Johannesburg. As you would expect, there is a strong home presence, led by the likes of Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, Dean Burmester, Dylan Frittelli, JC Ritchie, Thriston Lawrence, Wilco Nienaber, Erik van Rooyen and Darren Fichardt.


2022 Australian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

A significant piece of history will be created this week at the first mixed gender Australian Open at Victoria Golf Club and Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne. With men, women and disabled players all competing on the same stages at the same time, the Australian Open will return for the first time since 2019.


What Next For The Golfers Axed by LIV Golf

You will be aware that Greg Norman’s LIV Golf series has been adding new marquee signings all year and that more big names are due to join for the 2023 season, when a total of 14 big-money tournaments will be staged. What you may have missed throughout the season is that LIV Golf axed golfers who might have thought they were set up for life.


Cam Smith Completes Magical Year With Victory on Home Soil

Cameron Smith completed his astonishing year by winning the Australian PGA Championship for his fifth victory of 2022. The Australian won the Tournament of Champions, Players Championship and Open Championship. He then moved to LIV Golf and wasted no time in winning again.


Dan Bradbury Player Profile

Dan Bradbury, a 23-year-old Englishman, is in wonderland after his wire-to-wire victory in the Joburg Open. Bradbury, who only turned professional in the summer, came into the tournament with no status on any tour but made the most of a sponsor’s invite, clinching a magnificent three-shot win as the 2023 season got off to a start that he will never forget.


Caroline Hedwall Player Profile

Sweden's Caroline Hedwall beat Switzerland’s Morgane Metraux in a four-hole playoff to win the LET’s season-ending Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open de Espana - her first tournament victory in four years.


12 Golfers Who Have Done Things Their Own Way

There are many, many ways to play golf well. When we start the game we all have it drummed into us that mastering the basics is essential if we are ever to play at a decent level. And while that is undoubtedly true, it has to be said that there are some very good professionals who do things their own way. Here, we look at some of the top stars’ idiosyncrasies.


10 of The Most Memorable Feuds in Golf

It's often been said that golf is a gentleman's game, but some of the actions of its best players have regularly defied that cliche. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at some of the sport's highest profile - and ugliest - public feuds.


Why Does Everyone Seem to Dislike Greg Norman

For those hoping to see a reconciliation of sorts across men's professional golf, the continued prominence of Greg Norman appears to be a significant stumbling block, with Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and new PGA Tour board member Jimmy Dunne all seeing the two-time Open champion as a negative representative for LIV Golf.


2022 Joburg Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

With no time to draw breath, one season on the DP World Tour ends and another one begins. And South Africa’s Thriston Lawrence will defend the Joburg Open title he won 12 months ago in a tournament reduced to 36 holes because of the weather.


2022 Australian PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Open champion Cameron Smith is the star attraction and red-hot favourite to win the Australian PGA Championship in Brisbane this week, a tournament co-sanctioned with the DP World Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia.


The World Golf Rankings Truly Are Laughable

Eventual DP World Tour Championship winner Jon Rahm was highly critical of the Official World Golf Ranking, which under a new algorithm granted the PGA Tour's RSM Classic more ranking points. Golfshake's Derek Clements supports the Spaniard's view.


Rory McIlroy Tops Off Season With Fourth Race to Dubai

Rory McIlroy's fourth-place finish at the DP World Tour Championship means that he finishes as Europe’s top golfer for the fourth time and caps an outstanding season that also saw him him claim the Tour Championship, the CJ Cup and the Canadian Open on the PGA Tour.


All You Need to Know About DP World Tour Championship Winner Jon Rahm

The DP World Tour Championship was won for the third time by Jon Rahm, of Spain, who finished with a 67 and a 72-hole total of 268, 20 under par, to beat Alex Noren and Tyrrell Hatton by two shots.


The Lowdown on Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko's resurgence continued as she won the LPGA Tour Championship in Florida, beating Ireland’s Leona Maguire by two shots. It is Ko’s second victory in less than a month.


Adam Svensson Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Canada's Adam Svensson won his maiden PGA Tour title at the RSM Classic at Sea Island after barely making the 36-hole cut. The 28-year-old's first Tour victory came on what was a 70th PGA start for the world number 174.


Where to Stay in Marbella For a Golf Break

Marbella is one of the most famous holiday destinations in Spain. It is, of course, famous for its mix of night clubs, beach bars and shopping. But it has far, far more to offer both holidaymakers and golfers, including the spectacular Los Monteros Spa & Golf Resort.


3 of The Best Winter Destinations For Golfers

As the red-hot summer starts to become a distant memory it might be time to start thinking about a winter golf break in the sun - and there are plenty of options to choose from to suit all budgets. We look at the USA, Dubai and the beautiful island of Mauritius, each coming recommended by our friends at Golfbreaks.


Rory McIlroy Calls For Greg Norman to Walk Away to Help End Golf's Civil War

Rory McIlroy has called for Greg Norman to quit as commissioner of LIV Golf, hinting it is the only way that a peace deal can be achieved to end the dispute that has rocked men's golf in 2022.


Belton Woods Hotel, Spa And Golf Resort Stay & Play Review

Lincoln is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in England, and just 20 miles away you will find Belton Woods Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, a magnificent golf resort boasting a stunning hotel and two golf courses.


How Prize Money Compares Between Major Golf Tours

The news that the prize fund for the Aramco Saudi Ladies International is to be increased from $1m to $5m got us thinking about the whole question of prize money once again. The boost means that the women will be playing for the same financial rewards as those competing in the men’s Saudi International. Sadly, this is something of an exception.


Will The Hero Cup Really Help Europe's Ryder Cup Chances?

In his weekly View From The Fairway, sports journalist Derek Clements addresses the new Hero Cup to be staged in January, featuring captains Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari, in a team event that is hoped will improve Europe's chances at the Ryder Cup. But Derek is skeptical about its likely impact.


2022 DP World Tour Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rory McIlroy arrives in Dubai for what he hopes will be his coronation as Europe’s number one when he tees it up at the DP World Tour Championship. The Northern Irishman leads the DP World Tour rankings ahead of Ryan Fox and US Open champion Matthew Fitzpatrick before the showpiece finale.


2022 RSM Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Seamus Power and Sepp Straka will be looking for another big week at the RSM Classic as both begin to lay their claims for Ryder Cup berths. They are joined by another European who is still looking to find his way back to his best form. Since winning The Open, Francesco Molinari has endured something of a rollercoaster ride, but he is finally back to full fitness and there have been some encouraging recent signs.


Tommy Fleetwood Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Tommy Fleetwood birdied the final two holes to win the Dubai Invitational by one shot from Rory McIlroy and Thriston Lawrence.


Who is Houston Open Winner Tony Finau?

THERE was a six-year gap between Tony Finau’s maiden victory and his second. But after winning in successive weeks in July 2022 on the PGA Tour, the 33-year-old American has clearly developed a taste for it.


Chiara Noja Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Chiara Noja turned the form book on its head by shooting a final round of 65 to win the Aramco Team Series at the tender age of 16. She finished tied with England’s Charley Hull after regulation play and then held her nerve to win the playoff with a birdie.


Woods Announces Return to Golf in 2022

Social media has gone into meltdown with the news that Tiger Woods has announced he will return to action at the 2022 Hero World Challenge.


10 Golfers Who Quietly Go About Their Business

There are sportsmen and women who go about their business with great fanfare. Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed are examples of golfers who wear their hearts on their sleeves, get the crowd involved and know how to enjoy winning golf tournaments.  But not everybody is like that. Many Tour pros go about their business quietly, with a minimum of fuss. Here, we look at 10 players who go under the radar.


11 Bad Decisions You Can Make on The Golf Course

IT IS often said that the most important six inches in golf is the space between our ears. We have all made decisions on the golf course that we later live to regret. We have all walked off a tee or green shaking our heads in disbelief at some act of stupidity.  So here are just a few of them.


Bonus Announced for Journeymen of Golf

In his weekly - View From The Fairway - Sports Journalist Derek Clements reports on the last announcement from the DP World Tour guaranteeing every player who plays in at least 15 tournaments $150,000 and poses the questions - do the players have LIV Golf to thank?


2022 Houston Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour visits Memorial Park for the 2022 Houston Open which was won last year by Jason Korkrak. The Houston Open was first played in 1946, with the inaugural event captured by Byron Nelson at River Oaks Country Club.


2022 Nedbank Golf Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Gary Player Country Club in South Africa hosts the penultimate event of the 2021-22 DP World Tour schedule, with the curtain coming down at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai next week. The event, which is widely regarded as South Africa’s major, makes a welcome return to the calendar, boasting a tremendously strong field.


Russell Henley Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Russell Henley ended a five-year winless drought when he claimed the Mayakoba Championship by four shots from Brian Harman.


7 DP World Tour Events That Should Be Elevated

The PGA Tour has made dramatic enhancements to several of its events, but what about this side of the pond? It got us thinking about tournaments on the DP World Tour that we believe could perhaps do with a review - and a boost in prize money and status.


3 Winter Golf Destinations You Must Experience

As the days get shorter, our thoughts may turn to the prospect of heading off for some winter sun. And there are some incredible destinations recommended by our friends Golfbreaks that are closer than you might think.


The Golfers Who Lost Their DP World Tour Cards

A number of high-profile professionals have lost their DP World Tour cards. They include tournament winners such as Joost Luiten, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, David Horsey, Brandon Stone and Lucas Bjerregaard. But none had a more agonising finish than Italy's Renato Paratore.


The Best Places to Buy Second Hand Golf Clubs

Are you looking to change your golf clubs? Maybe you fancy a set of shiny new irons, or you could be looking for a set of second-hand clubs. You could, of course, head to your local professional’s shop and seek advice, but there are many options open to you.


How LIV Golf Has Impacted The Professional Game

The first LIV Golf season has come to an end after eight tournaments that have ripped professional golf asunder, setting many of the sport’s leading lights against one another. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the impact of the new circuit and what's ahead.


2022 World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba Preview

Fans will return to the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba for the first time in two years as Viktor Hovland returns in an attempt to win the title for the third year on the trot. The hugely talented Norwegian will have his work cut out for him, however, with his biggest challenge perhaps coming from Collin Morikawa.


Seamus Power Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Ireland's Seamus Power laid down a marker for European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald by winning the Butterfield Bermuda Championship on the PGA Tour, beating Belgium's Thomas Detry by a shot.


Jordan Smith Player Profile And What's In The Bag

After a hiatus of five years, Jordan Smith finally won his second DP World Tour title, securing the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria. And he did so in the most spectacular fashion, shooting a final round of 63 for a mind-boggling 72-hole total of 254 - an astonishing 30 under par.


LIV Golf Miami Team Championship Preview

The LIV Golf season reaches its conclusion at Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami this week, with huge sums of money on offer once again. The iconic Blue Monster course will stage the seeded three-day, knockout tournament featuring both match play and stroke play as LIV Golf’s 12 teams compete for a $50m purse.


2022 Bermuda Championship Preview

There are worse places to be at the end of October than at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship this week. And Polish star Adrian Meronk will be hoping to make a name for himself as he makes a rare start on the PGA Tour after what has been an outstanding season in Europe.


2022 Portugal Masters Preview

The Portugal Masters represents the last-chance saloon for number of players on the DP World Tour. It is the final regular tournament of the 2021-22 season and offers the final chance to secure playing privileges for the year ahead.


Rory McIlroy Player Profile And What's In The Bag

It was not pretty but Rory McIlroy held on to win the Dubai Desert Classic for a record fourth time, defeating Poland’s Adrian Meronk by a single shot after leading by four at one point.


Yannik Paul Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Yannik Paul secured his maiden DP World Tour title after a dramatic finish to the Mallorca Golf Open. Paul birdied the last to post a one-over 72 at Son Muntaner Golf Club and end the week on 15 under, a shot ahead of fellow German Nicolai von Dellinghausen and England's Paul Waring.


The Cary Arms And Teignmouth Golf Club Review

The Cary Arms is a luxury, five-star venue that is located in a glorious bay in Babbacombe, near Torquay in Devon. It also has a stay-and-play arrangement with Teignmouth Golf Club, designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie. Golfshake's Derek Clements had the opportunity to experience both and he describes his time spent there.


Discover The Best Golf Breaks in France

France is becoming an increasingly popular destination for UK golfers. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which are the quality of courses combined with how easy it is to get there. However, we believe that The Resonance Golf Collection can provide you with the answers to all of your French golf questions.


What Makes Murcia The Ideal Golf Destination

Murcia is a historic city located in the south-east of Spain and is the perfect location for a golf break, no matter what time of year you may be thinking of heading off for some R&R.


How Much Did The Best Golfers Earn This Year

Whether it be the PGA Tour, the DP World Tour, or LIV Golf, the riches available to the best men's golfers are extraordinary, with purses also rising across the women's game. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at what some leading golfers have pocketed this year.


What It's Like to Cover a Golf Tournament

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a sports journalist covering a golf tournament, especially a major championship? Golfshake's Derek Clements has decades of experience and he offers a behind the scenes view of what that week looks like for members of the press.


2022 CJ Cup Preview

Rory McIlroy began his outstanding 2021-22 season with a victory at the CJ Cup at Congaree Golf Club in Ridgeland, South Carolina and returns to defend his title against a world-class field that includes Scottie Scheffler, Hideki Matsuyama, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Viktor Hovland.


2022 Mallorca Golf Open Preview

The DP World Tour completes its Spanish Swing at the Mallorca Open at Son Muntaner Golf Club in Palma. The field include Ryan Fox, Ewen Ferguson, Rafa Cabrera Bello, the Hojgaard twins, Nicolai and Rasmus, Erik Van Rooyen and Daniel Gavins.


Keegan Bradley Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Keegan Bradley sealed a sixth career win on the PGA Tour with victory at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. It was his second win of what is turning out to be a resurgent season for the 37-year-old.


Lexi Thompson Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Lexi Thompson put a tough couple of years behind her with a three-shot victory at the Aramco Team Series in New York. It is the American’s first win since she claimed the title at the Shoprite LPGA Classic in 2019.


Brooks Koepka Player Profile

Brooks Koepka became the latest $4m man when he defeated Peter Uihlein in a playoff to win the LIV Golf tournament in Jeddah. Both men finished the 54-hole tournament on 198, 12 under par.


Adrian Otaegui Player Profile

Adrian Otaegui stormed to a six-shot victory with an astonishing display of stroke-making to win the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama. He reduced the course to 265 strokes, 19 under par, as he beat Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren. Min Woo Lee was third, a further three shots adrift.


2022 Andalucia Masters Preview

US Open champion Matthew Fitzpatrick defends his Andalucia Masters title at Valderrama this week as the DP World Tour remains in Spain for the second of three events.


2022 Zozo Championship Preview

Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele lead the field at the Zozo Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Japan. Also heading to the land of the rising sun are Cameron Champ, Rickie Fowler and Tommy Fleetwood.


LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah Preview

LIV Golf moves to Jeddah for the penultimate event of its inaugural campaign, where the likes of Dustin Johnson and Cameron Smith will be among the favourites to triumph on Saudi Arabia's Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.


Jodi Ewart Shadoff Player Profile - First LPGA Tour Title

It took her 246 attempts but England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff is finally a LPGA Tour winner, going wire to wire to claim the Mediheal Championship by a shot.


Tom Kim Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Tom Kim made a successful defence of his Shriners Children’s Open title at TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas. At the age of just 21, this was his third PGA Tour victory - only Tiger Woods managed the same thing at a younger age.


Jon Rahm Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Jon Rahm's victory at The Masters takes him back No1 in the world rankings and consolidates his position at the top of the FedEx Cup standings. It also means he has now won two majors. This was his fourth victory of the year - exactly the number achieved by Scottie Scheffler when he claimed the Green Jacket 12 months ago.


Introduction to Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra

You may have never heard of Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra, but he woke up this morning $4m richer after claiming the LIV Golf Bangkok title. His final round of 69 gave him a three-stroke victory.


Golf to Make Commonwealth Games Debut in 2026

Golf returned to the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, when Justin Rose and Inbee Park claimed the gold medals. Xander Schauffele and Nelly Korda took the gold in Tokyo last year. And now, it has been confirmed that the game will make its debut at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Australia in 2026.


2022 Shriners Children's Open Preview

Sungjae Im defends his Shriners Children’s Open title, looking to emulate his astonishing performance 12 months ago, when he shot a final round of 62 to win by four shots. Jason Day, Gary Woodland and Stewart Cink are all in the field at TPC Summerlin and will be joined by Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Cameron Champ, Harris English and J.T. Poston. But it's Patrick Cantlay who should be the man to beat.


2022 Open de Espana Preview

Jon Rahm leads a star-studded field at the Open de Espana, and has his sights on a third success to add to his victories in 2018 and 2019. He is determined to emulate legendary fellow Spaniard Seve Ballesteros, who won this tournament in 1981, 1985 and 1995.


LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok Preview

LIV Golf moves to Bangkok this week, where Open champion Cameron Smith's biggest threats are likely to come from Dustin Johnson, who has yet to finish outside the top 10 in the LIV Golf series, and the hugely gifted Joaquin Niemann.


Should The Dunhill Links Championship Move to Summer

It was a memorable week at the Dunhill Links, perhaps most so for the horrendous weather conditions on Friday that have Golfshake's Derek Clements wondering whether this long-standing autumn tradition at the Home of Golf would be better served moving to summer.


Mackenzie Hughes Player Profile And What's In The Bag

It wasn't pretty to watch but Mackenzie Hughes finally has his second PGA Tour victory, six years after his first. The Canadian beat Austria’s Sepp Straka at the second hole of a playoff at the Sanderson Farms Championship thanks to a magnificent birdie on the 18th.


Charley Hull Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Charley Hull shot a magnificent final round of 64 to win The Ascendant on the LPGA Tour with a 72-hole total of 266, 18 under par. It was the English golfer’s first success on the LPGA Tour for six years and it wasn’t easy. Her last triumph on the Tour came in 2016 when she won the CME Group Tour Championship in Florida.


Ryan Fox Player Profile And What's In The Bag

In a perfect world, Luke Donald would have watched one of his Ryder Cup team win the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Instead, the title went to New Zealand's Ryan Fox, who recovered from a triple bogey to beat Tyrrell Hatton and Aaron Rai.


How Professional Golfers Make Their Way to The Main Tours

Feeder tours are an essential part of the professional game - they are where young players go to learn their trade and, for the lucky few, they are the route to the likes of the PGA Tour and DP World Tour.


What Does The Presidents Cup Tells Us About Europe's Ryder Cup Prospects

The Ryder Cup may still be 12 months away but it is already dominating the thoughts of many pundits. After the USA’s comfortable victory in the Presidents Cup, you can be sure that the events that will unfold in Italy next year are already dominating the thoughts of European captain Luke Donald.


2022 Sanderson Farms Championship Preview

Last year at the Sanderson Farms Championship, Sam Burns rolled off four birdies in a six-hole stretch to start the back nine and pulled away for a five-under 67 to secure his second PGA Tour title. And he is back, fresh from helping the USA to retain the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow.


2022 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Preview

Rory McIlroy returns to Europe for the third time in four weeks when he plays in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He finished second at the BMW PGA Championship and fourth at the Italian Open to extend his lead at the top of the DP World Tour rankings, and he can more or less sew things up with a victory at St Andrews this week.


USA Victorious Again in Presidents Cup

Xander Schauffele holed the putt that gave the USA a 17.5-12.5 victory in the Presidents Cup. And so The Internationals’ quest for success on American soil continues despite a spirited performance during the last two days of matches.


Guido Migliozzi Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Guido Migliozzi won the Open de France at Le Golf National thanks to a sensational final round of 62, which was good enough to pip Rasmus Hojgaard by a single shot.


Klara Spilkova Player Profile - 2022 Women's Irish Open Winner

Klara Spilkova claimed the Women's Irish Open after a three-way play-off at Dromoland Castle in Clare. It was her first victory in five years. The 27-year-old from the Czech Republic birdied the par-five 18th to defeat Nicole Broch Estrup and Ursula Wikstrom, both of whom made pars. The trio finished on 14 under par after a dramatic final day.


What is Stopping LIV Golf From Earning World Ranking Points

All 50 golfers currently signed to LIV Golf have written to Peter Dawson, chairman of the Official World Golf Rankings board, demanding that they be awarded ranking points. But what is stopping the new circuit from being eligible for points? There are several established criteria that it must meet.


The Most Expensive Golf Courses You Can Play

Imagine for a moment that money was no object, that you have a series of luxury cars in the driveway of your eight-bedroom home. We have looked at some of the golf courses in the UK that provide the very best value for money. Now, we explore those where the green fees would make most of us baulk and walk away.


2022 Presidents Cup Preview

Captain Trevor Immelman will be hoping to mastermind the biggest of upsets as he prepares to captain The Internationals against Davis Love's USA in the Presidents Cup at the magnificent Quail Hollow this week.


2022 Open de France Preview

A strong field has assembled at Le Golf National this week for the Open de France, which is being played for the first time since 2019. Three years ago the tournament was won by Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Max Homa Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Max Homa cruised to victory at the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City, his third win of a fabulous season for the American.


Robert MacIntyre Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Scotland's Robert MacIntyre put a miserable season behind him as he saw off U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick in a play-off to win the Italian Open.


Cameron Smith Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Cam Smith continued his fine form as he romped away from the field to win the LIV Golf Bedminster event by seven strokes, his second success in little over a month.


Has Sergio Garcia Destroyed His Reputation in Europe?

Last week's BMW PGA Championship will not be forgotten in a hurry. Among the many stories from the week was that of Sergio Garcia, who withdrew after the opening round without a word of apology or explanation, instead attending a college football game in America. Derek Clements wonders just how much damage this has done to the Spaniard's reputation.


2022 Italian Open Preview

This week's Italian Open takes on special significance as it will be hosted at Marco Simone Golf Club which, in 12 months' time, will host the Ryder Cup, with Europe thirsting for revenge after suffering a humiliating defeat at Whistling Straits last year.


Shane Lowry Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Shane Lowry produced a flawless final round of 65 to win the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. He finished the tournament - reduced to 54 holes after the death of The Queen - on 199, 17 under par.


2022 BMW PGA Championship Preview

A stellar cast gathers at Wentworth this week for the BMW PGA Championship, with huge excitement surrounding the appearance of Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy.


Oliver Wilson Player Profile

After a gap of eight years, England’s Oliver Wilson finally landed his second DP World Tour title at the Made in Himmerland in Denmark.


Alexander Knappe Player Profile - The Challenge Tour Number One

Alexander Knappe moved to the top of the Road to Mallorca Rankings as a four under par round of 68 was enough to secure a fourth Challenge Tour title at the B-NL Challenge Trophy by Hulencourt. In the process, he secured his return to the DP World Tour.


18 Golf Courses That Won't Break The Bank

MANY of you have told us about the soaring cost of green fees since lockdown ended. And while it is quite clearly true that many clubs have opted to cash in on the golf boom by increasing their green fees for visitors, it is still possible to find a bargain.  We have had a trawl around and have come up with 18 courses that won’t break the bank - and the best news of all is that these are courses you should thoroughly enjoy as a visiting golfer.


A PGA Tour Season We Will Not Forget In a Hurry

AND so the 2021-22 PGA Tour season has come to end. And it is one that we will not forget in a hurry.  There has been plenty of fabulous action on the course, with several new names coming to the fore, as well as established stars continuing to build upon their reputations.


Donald To Get Six Picks For 2023 Ryder Cup

RYDER  Cup Europe has announced a radical change to the qualification process for the 2023 European Ryder Cup Team at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy, with Luke Donald being given six picks.


2022 Made in Himmerland Preview

THE DP World Tour heads to Denmark this week for the Made in Himmerand, a tournament won last year by Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger. 2022 will see a new champion and there will be a great deal of attention on a strong home presence, led by Thorbjorn Olesen, Thomas Bjorn, Soren Kjeldsen and Nicolai and Rasmus Hojgaard.


LIV Golf Invitational Boston Preview

THE fourth LIV Golf tournament takes place in Boston this week, with the organisers promising to announce the names of more marquee defectors. It comes at the end of a PGA Tour season we will not forget in a hurry.


Rory McIlroy - What's In The Bag and What You Need To Know

KERCHING! Rory McIlroy overturned a six-shot deficit to pocket a cheque for $18m as he became the first golfer to win the FedEx Cup three times after an astonishing final round at the Tour Championship at East Lake.


Rory McIlroy Embraces Leadership Role in Golf

Rory McIlroy - alongside Tiger Woods - has taken on a significant leadership role as the PGA Tour reacts to LIV Golf and the current situation in the game, but as Golfshake's Derek Clements notes, that lofty position has also brought with it some unwanted attention.


2022 Tour Championship Preview

It is a big week at East Lake. The Tour Championship has seen some dramatic finishes over the years and some of the biggest names in the game of golf picking up the trophy. And, of course, there is also the small matter of the FedEx Cup and a cheque for $17m for the champion.


2022 Omega European Masters Preview

The DP World Tour heads to the Swiss Alps for the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre, one of the most spectacular venues on the planet. Unsurprisingly, this stunning golf course has attracted a strong field.


Patrick Cantlay Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Defending FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay rewrote the record books by becoming the first golfer to successfully defend a tournament in the FedEx Cup post-season by retaining the BMW Championship.


Nelly Korda Player Profile

American Nelly Korda produced a superb five-under-par 67 to win the Aramco Team Series event at La Reserva Club, Spain as her sister, Jessica, collapsed to 77 in the final round. 


Max Kieffer Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Max Kieffer of Germany won his first DP World Tour title at the 249th attempt following a dramatic finish to the Czech Masters. We take a closer look at his career to date, profiling the player and looking at the clubs that he uses.


Former Open Champion Tom Weiskopf Dies Aged 79

Tom Weiskopf was blessed with a glorious golf swing but he was cursed with a volcanic temper. It is one of golf's great mysteries that a man who struck the ball as well as Weiskopf, who has passed away at the age of 79, ended his career with just one major to his name.


The Schism in Professional Golf Grows Ever Wider

Sadly, the scale of the schism that exists in professional golf has come to the fore once again this week, with events off the course continuing to dominate the headlines.


Discover The Spectacular Las Madrigueras Hotel in Tenerife

Tenerife is one of the most popular year-round European destinations for British tourists - and it is not difficult to work out why. You won’t be surprised to learn that it is also a paradise for golfers, boasting no fewer than nine courses, many with luxurious accommodation. Let’s start with Hotel Las Madrigueras and the superb Golf Las Americas.


What Makes Penina Golf Resort a Timeless Jewel in The Algarve

The Algarve boasts a variety of spectacular golf courses that will live long in the memory. Perhaps the most famous of all is Penina, designed by the legendary Henry Cotton. It was also the first course to be built in the Algarve. And while many others have since been created, Penina has stood the test of time and remains a must-play for anybody visiting the region.  


St Jude Leaderboard Showcased Strength of Depth on PGA Tour

During the FedEx St Jude Championship, there was a social media debate surrounding the apparent lack of star names on the leaderboard. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on that and why it demonstrated the strength of depth on the PGA Tour.


2022 BMW Championship Preview

With just two events left in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, everything can change. There is huge money at stake, as well as extra points for the man who wins the BMW Championship. Will Zalatoris’ win at the St Jude means he now leads the standings, with Scottie Scheffler in second.


2022 Czech Masters Preview

The D+D Real Czech Masters has become something of a personal benefit for Thomas Pieters and the Belgian will be looking to win the tournament for a third time this week. 


Will Zalatoris Player Profile And What's In The Bag

If you are going to win your first tournament on the PGA Tour you may as well make it a FedEx Cup playoff event. And that’s exactly what Will Zalatoris did, when he defeated Austria's Sepp Straka on the third play-off hole to claim the FedEx St Jude Championship in Memphis.


Ewen Ferguson Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Ewen shot a final-round 69 to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the ISPS Handa World Invitational at Galgorm Castle Golf Club - his second win of the year.


New World Golf Ranking System Hasn't Pleased Everyone

There have been some changes made to the Official World Golf Rankings, but it's fair to say that they haven't been received positively by everyone, with some DP World Tour players expressing concerning that they are being short-changed when compared to the PGA Tour.


2022 FedEx St Jude Championship Preview

And so the PGA Tour enters its final straight as the Playoffs begin, with Tony Finau defending his title at what was the Northern Trust Open but is now the FedEx St Jude Championship at TPC Southwind.


2022 ISPS HANDA World Invitational Preview

Daniel Gavins returns to Galgorm Castle to defend his title at the ISPS HANDA World Invitational, while Irish star Leona Maguire headlines the women's section of this unique event where the DP World Tour and Ladies European Tour stage tournaments simultaneously.


LIV Golfers Will Not Be Welcomed Back With Open Arms

It was always going to come to this, but the news that Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Ian Poulter are among 11 LIV Golf players who have filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour in order to challenge their suspensions simply confirms that professional golf is in the middle of a civil war in which there are unlikely to be any winners.


Ashleigh Buhai Player Profile - 2022 AIG Women’s Open Champion

Two decades after her idol Ernie Els won the Open at Muirfield, South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai followed in his footsteps after a dramatic finish to the £6 million AIG Women’s Open. Els had to come through a four-man, five-hole play-off to claim his third major title in 2002 and Buhai required four extra holes to win her first by beating South Korea’s In Gee Chun after giving up two seemingly commanding leads.


Joohyung Kim Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Joohyung Kim shot a final round of 61 to win the Wyndham Championship, his maiden PGA Tour title. Born in Seoul, the 20-year-old becomes one of the youngest ever winners on the American circuit and is a rising star in the game.


Callum Shinkwin Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Big-hitting Englishman Callum Shinkwin claimed a four-shot victory over Scotland's Connor Syme at the Cazoo Open at Celtic Manor. It was his second DP World Tour success but his first, in 2020, was when there were no crowds because of the pandemic. This was different.


What Confuses Me About LIV Golf

The continuing fallout from the emergence of the LIV Golf Series and the wider response to the venture remains dominant in the headlines, but Golfshake's Derek Clements has been left confused by much of the whole situation and the discussion around it.


2022 AIG Women's Open Preview

A frantic spell for women’s golf comes to a head when Anna Nordqvist defends her Women’s Open title at Muirfield. This is the final major of the year, with the world’s best heading to one of the most famous golf courses on the planet.


Luke Donald Confirmed as New European Ryder Cup Captain

Luke Donald has been named as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain, replacing Henrik Stenson, who was sacked after joining the Saudi-back LIV Golf Series.


How Anna Nordqvist Won The 2021 Women's Open

Ahead of the Women's Open at Muirfield, Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on last year's championship at Carnoustie, where Anna Nordqvist claimed her third major title in dramatic fashion with Scottish amateur Louise Duncan giving the home fans a thrill on the final day.


2022 Wyndham Championship Preview

This week’s Wyndham Championship is a season-defining tournament. It marks the final regular event of the 2021-22 PGA Tour season, with the top 125 players in the rankings guaranteeing their playing rights for next season.


2022 Cazoo Open supported by Gareth Bale Preview

The Cazoo Open returns to the Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor, representing the fifth of six successive tournaments being staged in the UK, with the run coming to an end with the ISPS Handa World Invitational at Galgorm Castle next week.


Henrik Stenson Secures Latest LIV Golf Jackpot

Henrik Stenson admitted last week that he had joined LIV Golf for the money. And it didn’t take long for the decision to pay off for the controversial Swede as he shot a final round of 69 to win at Trump National, beating Dustin Johnson and Matthew Wolff by two shots. 


Tony Finau - Everything You Need to Know

Tony Finau claimed a second PGA Tour title in as many starts by cruising to a five-stroke victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. The 32-year-old recorded six birdies on his way to a five-under 67, seeing him end the week on 26 under and become the first player since Brendon Todd in 2019 to win PGA Tour events on successive weeks.


Getting to Know Hero Open Winner Sean Crocker

American Sean Crocker landed his maiden DP World Tour title as he took the Hero Open by a single shot but boy did England’s Eddie Pepperell give him a fright.


LIV Golf Announces Huge Expansion For 2023

LIV Golf has announced that 2023 will feature 14 tournaments boasting a mind-boggling total prize fund of £335m. The full schedule will be revealed at a later date but the Saudi-backed organisation’s footprint will expand to incorporate Europe, North America, the Middle East, Latin America and Australia.


What Now For The Likes of Pablo Larrazabal?

Greg Norman’s Saudi-backed-series appears to have cut loose a number of golfers who played in the first event at Centurion Golf Club in St Albans, including Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal and American Andy Ogletree.  So what now?


2022 Hero Open Preview

RYAN FOX will be looking to continue his astonishing DP World Tour season when he tees it up at the Hero Open at Fairmont St Andrews as many of Europe’s finest golfers return to the home of golf.


2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic Preview

CAMERON YOUNG arrives at the Rocket Mortgage Classic fresh from his wonderful performance at the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews, where he finished a shot behind winner Cameron Smith after a spectacular final round of 65.


LIV Trump National - What You Need to Know

The third LIV Series 54-hole tournament takes place this week at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New York, with the news that Henrik Stenson has, as widely predicted, joined the circus. He will be joined by Jason Kokrak and the money-making machine that is Charles Howell III.


Tony Finau Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Twelve months ago it was Jon Rahm who saw off the challenge of Tony Finau to win the Mexico Open. But this time Finau produced a final round of 66 to secure a three-stroke victory over the world No.1. He finished the week on 260, a magnificent 24 under par.


Brooke Henderson Finally Lands Second Major at Evian Championship

ON A roller-coaster day that saw 13 players lead at one point or another, Canada's Brooke Henderson holed an eight-foot birdie putt on the final green to win the Evian Championship and secure her second major title after a six-year wait.


Richie Ramsay Player Profile And What's In The Bag

RICH RAMSAY ended his seven-year wait for a fourth DP World Tour title as he nervelessly holed his tricky par putt at the 18th to win the 2022 Cazoo Classic by one shot.


Clarke Completes Memorable Double at Gleneagles

DARREN CLARKE joined a pretty elite club when he became only the fourth man to add the Senior Open to the Claret Jug he won at Royal St George’s in 2001.


LIV Knew What They Were Doing When They Targeted Henrik Stenson

For Golfshake's Derek Clements, it was bad enough that Henrik Stenson is expected to confirm his defection to the Saudi-backed LIV Series. It is now a hundred times worse that he has done so after being named as captain of Europe’s Ryder Cup team, a coveted position that the Swede has now lost.


Whatever Happens - The Ryder Cup Must Be Protected

What was initially a minor inconvenience for the PGA Tour and DP World Tour is now a crisis as LIV Golf continues to attract new players, with speculation mounting that Henrik Stenson, Cameron Smith and Hideki Matsuyama are about to take the jump. For Golfshake's Derek Clements, whatever happens, the Ryder Cup must be protected - no matter what it takes to do so.


There is NOTHING Like an Open at St Andrews

WHAT a week that was. The 150th Open Championship was long-anticipated and boy did it live up to expectations. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on an extraordinary event that delivered on history, moments, atmosphere and the weather, an Open that all of the 290,000 spectators who attended will never forget.


2022 3M Open Preview

The 3M Open boasts a pretty strong field this year, led by 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, who will be flying from St Andrews. Matsuyama will be joined by former World No. 1 Jason Day, J.T. Poston, who won the John Deere Classic, and former Open champion Stewart Cink. Former major champions Danny Willett and Lucas Glover are also teeing it up, along with the big-hitting Tony Finau and four-time DP World Tour winner Matt Wallace.


2022 Cazoo Classic Preview

The magnificent Hillside Golf Club hosts the DP World Tour at the Cazoo Classic, where the likes of Robert MacIntyre, Marcus Armitage and Eddie Pepperell will be hoping to produce a strong performance. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Barracuda Champion Chez Reavie - What You Need to Know

Chez Reavie took advantage of the absence of the world’s best players to win the Barracuda Championship on Sunday, holding on in the final round of the PGA Tour’s modified Stableford scoring event to secure his third title.


The Open Champion Cameron Smith Profiled, WITB, Stats

Australia's Cameron Smith rewrote the record books as he won the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews by a single shot from American rookie Cameron Young. Between them, Smith and Young broke the heart of Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman, seeking his first major victory since 2014, was joint lead after 54 holes with Norway’s Viktor Hovland.


Rich Beem Tips Tyrrell Hatton to Win The 150th Open

Major champion and Sky Sports Golf Rich Beem analyst has tipped Tyrrell Hatton and Patrick Cantlay to do well at St Andrews, and also believes that Tommy Fleetwood has an outside chance at the historic 150th Open.


2022 Barracuda Championship Preview

With the world’s best playing in The Open Championship at St Andrews this week, the Barracuda Championship represents a chance for many of the sport’s lesser lights to gain some valuable FedEx Cup points.


The 150th Open Preview

There is huge excitement ahead of the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews, with a record crowd of 290,000 guaranteed at the Home of Golf to see if Collin Morikawa can successfully defend the Claret Jug.


10 Players to Follow at The 150th Open

The 150th Open Championship at St Andrews is a milestone event that would be a unique achievement for a player to win. But who could that be? Golfshake's Derek Clements has some thoughts...


Hole by Hole Guide to The Old Course

The Old Course at St Andrews is one of the most iconic venues in sport. Unusually, it features just two par threes and two par fives. Seven of the greens are shared by two holes each, with hole numbers adding up to 18. Only the 1st, 9th, 17th and 18th holes have their own greens.


8 Classic Open Moments at St Andrews

The Old Course at St Andrews, host to the 150th Open Championship, has been the scene of much drama over the years. Here, we look at some of the classic moments that have unfolded at the Home of Golf.


150 Facts About The Open

Unless you have been living on the moon, you will know that this year’s Open Championship at St Andrews is the 150th and we thought it might be fun to mark what will be a very special week by giving you 150 facts and figures about The Open.


Xander Schauffele Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Xander Schauffele continued his red-hot run of form by winning the Scottish Open at Renaissance. The American, who led after 54 holes, opened with early birdies but dropped shots at the sixth, seventh and ninth holes. However, birdies at the 14th and 16th holes got him back on track and his final round of 70 was good enough to give him a one-shot victory over fellow American Kurt Kitayama and South Korea's Joohyung Kim.


The 150th Open Champion Will Pick Up Record Prize Fund

The winner of the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews will walk away with a record £2m. It represents an increase of more than £300,000 on the £1.7m Collin Morikawa won last year, while the total purse for the game's oldest major has risen by 22% from last year to £11.2m.


Everything You Need to Know About St Andrews

St Andrews is, of course, known as the home of golf. But the Auld Grey Toun offers so much more to those who visit it. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out some of the key attractions and history behind this remarkable corner of Fife.


Remembering The 2015 Open at St Andrews

The most most recent Open Championship to be played at St Andrews featured a dramatic conclusion, fitting for such an iconic venue. Arnold Palmer and Peter Thomson made final appearances in the Champion's Challenge, Nick Faldo and Tom Watson bowed out, and there was incredible tension as the action unfolded on the delayed final day. 


Adam Scott is Hoping For Open Redemption

Ten years ago we witnessed one of the most remarkable Open collapses. Adam Scott led by four shots with four holes to play at Lytham but bogeyed each one to lose by one to Ernie Els. Now 41, Scott says he cannot wait to tee it up at St Andrews.


How Collin Morikawa Won The Open in 2021

Last year, Collin Morikawa shot a scintillating bogey-free final round to clinch the Claret Jug on his Open Championship debut as returning fans soaked up the sun at Royal St George's.


Loyalty in Golf - What Does That Actually Mean?

There has been a great deal of talk about loyalty in recent weeks. LIV golfers Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia have been quick to criticise the DP World Tour for fining and suspending them and have all talked about their years of loyal service to the tour. But what can be considered loyal these days?


Can of Worms Opened After Ian Poulter Cleared to Play in Scottish Open

A can of worms has been opened with the news that Ian Poulter will be allowed to play in the Scottish Open after an appeal against his ban was upheld. Adrian Otaegui and Justin Harding have also been cleared to play after taking legal action against the DP World Tour, whose chief executive Keith Pelley said: “We are disappointed by the outcome of today’s hearing.”


2022 Scottish Open Preview

The Scottish Open boasts the strongest field of the year to date as many of the world’s best golfers use it as an opportunity to get their games in shape for The Open Championship at St Andrews next week.


Why Professional Golf Does Need to Embrace Some Changes

The launch of the controversial LIV Golf Series has caused uproar within the world of professional golf, but Golfshake's Derek Clements believes there is a need for innovation and freshness on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour to provide a more compelling product to golf fans.


LIV Golf European Legends Still Expect to Compete in Ryder Cup

Lee Westwood says that he doesn’t think his defection to the LIV Golf series should affect his chances of playing for Europe in the Ryder Cup next year, with record points scorer Sergio Garcia holding a similar view about his future participation in the event.


JT Poston Player Profile And What's In The Bag

JT Poston became the first wire-to-wire winner of the John Deere Classic in 30 years winning by three shots at Deere Run in Illinois. The 29-year-old also claimed a place in The Open at St Andrews, along with Emiliano Grillo and Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who finished tied second, three shots behind Poston.


Adrian Meronk Player Profile

Adrian Meronk wrote a piece of golfing history as the first Polish winner on the DP World Tour after producing some wonderful golf on the back nine to win the Irish Open by three shots.


Branden Grace Player Profile

South Africa's Branden Grace won the second LIV Golf Invitational Series in Portland, pocketing a massive $4,375,000 in the process.


Keith Pelley Admits Talks With Saudis Before Announcing New Deal With PGA Tour

DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley has admitted for the first time that talks did take place about a possible collaboration with the Saudis who are funding the LIV Series, but a new 13-year joint venture partnership has instead been announced with the PGA Tour.


When Rory McIlroy Says What He Thinks

Rory McIlroy is one of the most exciting and naturally gifted golfers on the planet. There is no more thrilling sight than watching the Northern Irishman in full flight. He is also one of his sport’s great thinkers. The media loves him because when he speaks he usually has something worthwhile to say. He is also not afraid to stir up a bit of controversy.


2022 John Deere Classic Preview

Many of the PGA Tour’s biggest stars are taking some time off as they prepare for the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews. It means that the field for this week’s John Deere Classic is not the strongest, but it does provide the potential for somebody to make a name for themselves.


LIV Golf Invitational Portland - What You Need to Know

The likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Abraham Ancer, Patrick Reed and Pat Perez will be teeing it up alongside the likes of Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson and Charl Schwartzel, winner of the inaugural event at Centurion, for the second LIV Golf event.


2022 Irish Open Preview

The entry list for the Irish Open at Mount Juliet reads like a who’s who of European golf. With The Open Championship just a couple of weeks away, it is little surprise that so many leading lights should choose to head to Ireland in order to tune up for St Andrews.


Get to Know Xander Schauffele - Stats & What's in His Golf Bag

Xander Schauffele won the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands after rookie Sahith Theegala suffered a nightmare on the final hole.


Three-time Major Champion In Gee Chun - All You Need to Know

Lexi Thompson threw away a two-shot lead with three holes to play to hand the Women’s PGA Championship to South Korea's In Gee Chun. It was her third major title but her first in six years.


Haotong Li Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Haotong Li ended a four-year wait for a DP World Tour title in style as he beat Thomas Pieters in a play-off with a gigantic birdie putt to complete a stunning wire-to-wire victory at the BMW International Open in Munich.


Padraig Harrington Wins US Senior Open - What You Should Know

Ireland's Padraig Harrington led the US Senior Open at Bethlehem by six shots with 10 holes to play. That’s when Steve Stricker decided to put his foot to the floor and, in the end, Harrington was forced to hang on for dear life to claim the title by a single shot.


LIV Golfers Fined And Banned From Scottish Open

The DP World Tour put itself on collision course with the players who took part in the LIV Series tournament at Centurion. The tour stopped short of suspending them but the likes of Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Richard Bland will each be fined £100,000 - with the threat of further fines if they take part in other LIV events.


The PGA Tour Fights Back With New Series of Big Money Events

It was clear that the PGA Tour had to do something to keep its best players, and they have come up a format that should do precisely that, announcing a series of highly lucrative tournaments, eight events to begin at the end of 2023, each boasting purses of $20m for the top 50 in the previous season's FedEx Cup standings.


The Worst Excuses For Hitting Bad Golf Shots

It is just you against the golf course and the elements so when you play badly there is nobody to blame but yourself. And that means you are going to hear excuses for poor shots. Lots of excuses. Some of them are pretty far-fetched. Some of them are just plain daft. Without further ado, here are some of the best excuses you will hear on the golf course.


A Reduced Playing Schedule Appeals to Many Top Golfers

Although the money is obviously a significant factor, it is becoming increasingly clear that a reason many of the world’s best players are signing for the LIV Series is that the idea of playing less competitive golf is appealing to them.


Are Mixed Gender Tour Events The Future of Professional Golf

Linn Grant's astonishing victory at the Scandinavian Mixed has reopened the debate about the disparity in prize money between men’s and women’s golf with a potential solution either being more mixed gender tournaments or men's and women's championhips being staged alongside each other. Golfshake's Derek Clement delves into the debate.


The Next Ryder Cup is Going to Look Very Different

The most significant impact of the LIV Series is going to be on the Ryder Cup. With a number of top Europeans reaching the end of their careers, there was always going to be a changing of the guard for European captain Henrik Stenson. But now his hand has been forced and things will look different in 2023.


2022 Travelers Championship Preview

Harris English returns to defend his title at the Travelers Championship, where Rory McIlroy headlines a star field that includes Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood.


2022 BMW International Open Preview

Billy Horschel fresh from his victory in The Memorial at Muirfield Village, is the star attraction as he makes his debut at the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany.


Matt Fitzpatrick Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Matt Fitzpatrick beat defending champion Jordan Spieth in a dramatic play-off to win the RBC Heritage title in South Carolina - a tournament he used to attend with his family.


2022 US Open Preview

Jon Rahm will arrive at the fearsome Brookline Country Club looking to successfully defend his US Open title, but will face contenders in hot form, including Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Sam Burns and Scottie Scheffler. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what is sure to be a fascinating week at a venue rich with history.


10 Picks to Win The 2022 US Open

The US Open returns to The Country Club, Brookline, where Jon Rahm defends America's national title. But who will lift the famous trophy at this most historic of venues? Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out ten potential winners, ranging from pre-tournament favourites to surprise contenders.


The Country Club at Brookline - What You Need to Know

The Country Club, Brookline, will host the US Open for the fourth time but the course will see some changes from when Curtis Strange defeated Nick Faldo in 1988.


What Happens IF a LIV Series Golfer Wins The US Open

The 2022 US Open is going to be overshadowed by the news that the PGA Tour has suspended every player who took part in the LIV Invitational at Centurion. The likes of Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Talor Gooch and Louis Oosthuizen will tee it up at Brookline with the prospect of any of them winning America's national title surely a concern for the powers-that-be.


The Battle of Brookline And The Infamous Ryder Cup

The Country Club at Brookline is best remembered by many for some of the most unedifying scenes ever witnessed on a golf course during the 1999 Ryder Cup between Europe and the United States.


How Jon Rahm Won The 2021 US Open

Jon Rahm claimed his first major 12 months ago after finishing with back-to-back birdies on an astonishing final day of the US Open at Torrey Pines.


When Curtis Stange Won The US Open at Brookline

Curtis Strange had twice won the money list on the PGA Tour but he had also thrown away a golden chance of victory at The Masters in 1985 and had earned the unwanted tag of being the best player never to have won a major. That all changed at the 1988 US Open at Brookline when he defeated Nick Faldo in an 18-hole playoff.


How Do Golfers Qualify For The US Open

There will be a field of 156 golfers teeing it up at Brookline on Thursday. But when entries closed in April the USGA had accepted a total of 9,265 entries, including 12 champions. The number of entries was the sixth-highest total in championship history.


Rory McIlroy Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Rory McIlroy produced a sensational final round of 62 to retain the Canadian Open title he won in 2019. It was his first victory of the year and the timing could not have been better, with the US Open at Brookline starting on Thursday.


Linn Grant Player Profile - The History Maker

Sweden's Linn Grant wrote herself into the history books with a stunning nine-shot victory at the Scandinavian Mixed to become the first female winner on the DP World Tour.


Charl Schwartzel Player Profile

Charl Schwartzel woke up this morning $4.75m richer than when he arrived at St Albans last week. The South African won the inaugural LIV Invitational at Centurion Golf Club, for which he picked up a cool $4m and he also collected a further $750,000 for being a member of the winning team element.


My Favourite Golf Courses

There are many lists of must-play courses, together with seemingly endless lists of the best courses. That made Golfshake's Derek Clements think about all the courses he has played, picking out those that left an impression and made him want to come back and play them again.


Dustin Johnson Quits Membership of The PGA Tour

Two-time major champion Dustin Johnson has quit the PGA Tour to focus on the LIV Series, which is reported to have paid him $150m to commit his future to the Saudi-backed project.


LIV Golf Invitational Preview

Get ready for a media feeding frenzy as Phil Mickelson emerges from his self-imposed exile as the highest-profile player in the 48-man field for the inaugural LIV Invitational at Centurion Golf Club in St Albans.


18 of The Toughest Holes in Golf

We thought it was about time that we featured 18 of the holes that give those who compete on the PGA and DP World Tour the heebie-jeebies. You won’t be surprised to see that it features several huge par fours. You may, however, be taken aback when you realise that it also contains four par threes - all beautiful, but all with the potential to inflict disaster and wreck the best of scorecards.


2022 RBC Canadian Open Preview

It is three years since the Canadian Open was last staged. The pandemic saw the tournament being scrapped in both 2020 and last year. Rory McIlroy won in 2019 and heads to St George’s Golf Club in Toronto as defending champion, looking to fine tune his game ahead of next week’s US Open.


2022 Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik & Annika Preview

Home favourites Alex Noren, Linn Grant and Ingrid Lindblad will join defending champion Jonathan Caldwell at the Volvo Scandinavian Mixed, which features a field of 78 men and 78 women playing for one prize fund and one trophy and is hosted by Swedish golf legends Annika Sorenstam and Henrik Stenson.


LIV Golf Sums Just Don't Add Up For Saudis

With Dustin Johnson now the headline act of the first LIV Series event at Centurion Club, for Golfshake's Derek Clements it again raises questions about the staggering sums of money being pushed into this venture, with little chance of any financial return.


Minjee Lee Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Minjee Lee, the 21-year-old Australian golfing sensation, has added another extraordinary title to her growing list of accomplishments. On Sunday, Lee made history by winning the US Women's Open at Pine Needles by four impressive shots.


Billy Horschel Player Profile And What's In The Bag

Billy Horschel is a seven-time winner on the PGA Tour, not to mention his triumph at the BMW PGA Championship in 2021. Golfshake's Derek Clements describes the American's career, performance statistics and golf clubs, with the 35-year-old now unquestionably a major contender.


Kalle Samooja Player Profile And What's In The Bag

New European Open champion Kalle Samooja overcame a brutally testing golf course to claim his maiden DP World Tour victory. It has been a long time in the making for the 34-year-old. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the Finn, profiling his career and looking at what clubs he uses.


The First LIV Golf Field Has Finally Been Revealed

And so, finally, we know who is going to be playing in the LIV Golf Invitational at Centurion Golf Club next week, and there are few surprises. Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia are among the field confirmed for the first $25m Saudi-funded event, and will be joined by Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Richard Bland and Graeme McDowell.


Meet The Golf Course of Your Dreams

What are your favourite golf holes? We all have a selection that stick in the mind, but imagine if you could combine them all into one course! Providing a touch of inspiration for you to consider, Golfshake's Derek Clements has taken to describing his dream ones - the places where some unforgettable magic has occurred. 


2022 Memorial Tournament Preview

There is something special about The Memorial. Maybe it’s the magnificent Muirfield Village course upon which it is played. Perhaps it’s because it is hosted by the legendary Jack Nicklaus. Or it could be because the US Open is just around the corner and this course provides a proper test ahead of the season’s third major.


2022 Porsche European Open Preview

Tommy Fleetwood showed a welcome return to form at Southern Hills, where finished in a tie for fifth place. And he will start the week at the Porsche European Open as a warm favourite to claim Marcus Armitage's title from last year.


What Next For Rory McIlroy?

Rory McIlroy cut a dejected figure after the recent PGA Championship when a promising start finished with yet another missed chance at a major victory. But where does the Northern Irishman go from here as he look to finally cross that winning line again?


Countdown Begins to Senior Open at Gleneagles

It only seems like yesterday that Padraig Harrington was winning The Open and the PGA Championship but he has just announced that he will be making his Senior Open debut at Gleneagles in July.


Magical Putting Secures Dutch Open Win For Victor Perez

You can talk all you like about 350-yard drives that split the middle of fairways, but if you can’t putt nobody is likely to remember anything you do from the tee. Just ask Victor Perez, who ended a three-year victory drought by holing a series of incredible putts to defeat Ryan Fox in a play-off and win the Dutch Open.


Meet The Golf Course of Your Nightmares

What are the golf holes that still make you scream with terror? Everyone has a tale of somewhere that utterly shattered their scorecard and spirit. For a touch of inspiration, Golfshake's Derek Clements has shared his 18 nightmare holes, completing a course of pure horror.


2022 Charles Schwab Challenge Preview

The week after a major usually sees pretty weak fields, but that is not the case as the PGA Tour arrives at historic Colonial for the Charles Schwab Challenge, where Scottie Scheffler headlines alongside the likes of Jordan Spieth and Viktor Hovland.


2022 Dutch Open Preview

Kristoffer Broberg returns to Bernardus Golf in Cromvoirt for the Dutch Open, a tournament he won in highly emotional circumstances last year. And the Swede will be looking to draw on some positive memories  as he looks to successfully defend the title.


Absent Phil Mickelson Was Sad Loss to PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson, the defending champion, was a sad loss at the PGA Championship. How things have changed for him since he won at Kiawah Island, in the process becoming the oldest-ever winner of a major. The past year should have been a celebration for one of the most popular golfers ever to bestride the world’s fairways. Instead, it has all fallen apart for the 51-year-old.


Justin Thomas Wins PGA Championship in Dramatic Finish

History will record that Justin Thomas won his second PGA Championship at Southern Hills, overcoming a seven-shot deficit to beat Will Zalatoris in a play-off, but this was the major that should have been won by Chilean Mito Pereira.


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.


Collin Morikawa What's In The Bag And Player Profile

Collin Morikawa produced a brilliant final round of 63 to win the Zozo Championship in Japan, ending a worrying drought for the American double major champion.


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.


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