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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In Praise of the New World Handicap System

The R&A and USGA have unveiled the World Handicap System, which is coming into effect from 2020. Golfers will make their own assessments, but Golfshake's Derek Clements sees only positive with this system and welcomes its introduction.


How Social Media Has Changed the Face of Golf Forever

Social Media has changed the face of golf. It has been used to build personas and brands, which has seen golfers earn millions and rank alongside the richest sportspeople in the world. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look behind the business and marketing side of professional golf, and why certain tour players are so attractive to sponsors.


Joys of Golf in the Sweltering Heat of Perth, Australia

Golfshake writer Derek Clements has been enjoying a February break in the sweltering heat of Perth, Australia. Reporting on the temperatures and quality of golf, our man provides just a bit of insight and colour behind his experience Down Under.


Tiger Needs to Improve as Justin Thomas Criticises Unruly Fans

Bubba Watson won the Genesis Open, but there were plenty of talking points from Riviera. Golfshake's Derek Clements assesses the comeback of Tiger Woods, who missed the cut, and comments made by Justin Thomas, criticising the behaviour of unruly fans.


Qatar Masters Preview, Picks & Anaysis

Jeunghun Wang defends at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on the European Tour, which is an opportunity for several players to secure a much welcome triumph. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Honda Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour heads to Palm Beach Gardens for the start of its Florida Swing. PGA National is the stage, with Rickie Fowler defending the title against a field that includes Rory McIlroy. Tiger Woods is also playing, as his comeback gathers pace ahead of the Masters.


Luiten Goes Dutch in Oman as Watson Resurfaces at Riviera

JOOST LUITEN won his first title for almost two years when he beat Chris Wood by two shots to secure the inaugural NBO Oman Open, while Bubba Watson spectacularly returned to form at the Genesis Open, winning for a third time at Riviera.


Classic Movie Lines in the Mouths of Golfers

There are some great lines from movies. Lines that stick in your head. We love the movies and we also love golf. So we have put the two together ahead of the BAFTAs and Academy Awards. We have taken some classic one-liners and put them in the mouths of some players who just might have uttered the self same words.


NBO Oman Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour returns to the Middle East for the NBO Oman Open at Greg Norman's Al Mouj Golf, where the likes of Andy Sullivan, Chris Wood, Andrew Johnston and Jordan Smith will be flying the flag for England. Derek Clements has the Preview.


The Genesis Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Tiger Woods continues his comeback at Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Open, but he faces a stern task in a field that includes Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be a memorable week on one of the PGA Tour's classic venues.


Open Qualifiers Prove That Dreams Really Can Come True

Four golfers recently qualified for the Open Championship at the Singapore Open. Derek Clements looks closer at the four men who will be playing at Carnoustie in July, and how it will be a dream experience for them.


The PGA Tour Must Take Action Against Six Hour Rounds

Recently, J.B. Holmes found himself in a slow play controversy at the Farmers Insurance Open. This has reignited the debate on the time it takes for rounds to be completed on tour - sometimes six hours - and Golfshake's Derek Clements is calling for the PGA Tour to take significant action.


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

The PGA Tour heads to the spectacular Monteray Peninsula for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Jordan Spieth is the defending champion, and will be competing alongside world number one Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, who is making his start of the year in the United States.


ISPS Handa World Super 6 Preview, Picks & Analysis

Brett Rumford is defending the ISPS Handa World Super 6 in Australia, with this unique format event - which features six hole matchplay rounds - having attracted the likes of Lee Westwood and Danny Willett. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the week.


Woodland Pulls up Trees to Win in the Desert

Gary Woodland survived a playoff against Chez Reavie to lift the Waste Management Phoenix Open title - in front a record crowd at TPC Scottsdale - while rising star Shubhanker Sharma secured his second victory in two months on the European Tour. Derek Clements reports on the weekend's action.


Tiger Woods Achieves First Small Victory in Comeback

Tiger Woods made his first cut in 888 days at the Farmers Insurance Open, finishing in a tie for 23rd. Derek Clements looks closer at what is a small victory in his comeback, and what we could expect going forward from the 14-time major champion.


Waste Management Phoenix Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

IT’S the biggest, noisiest tournament on the planet and the players either love it or hate. Yes, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is back, with Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama bidding to win the title for the third successive year.


Maybank Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

THE Maybank Championship returns to Kuala Lumpur for its third staging, with Fabrizio Zanotti back to defend his title. Henrik Stenson headlines the field and will be looking to secure his first title of the year. Derek Clements has the Preview.


Haotong Li Holds Off Rory McIlroy to Triumph in Dubai

Li Haotong produced a stunning fightback on the back nine to hold off Rory McIlroy at the Emirates Golf Club and claim the Dubai Desert Classic in a thrilling climax to a memorable week.


Jason Day Overcomes Alex Noren in Marathon Playoff at Torrey Pines

Jason Day proved that class is permanent when he put a miserable 2017 season behind him and came through a gruelling playoff to defeat Alex Noren and land the Farmers Insurance Open.


Ryder Cup Fever Strikes with Months Still to Go

It seems that everybody is talking about the Ryder Cup. Given that there are four majors and just about an entire season to get out of the way before the first shot is hit in anger at Le Golf National on Friday, September 28, that comes as something of a surprise. Derek Clements reports on the buildup.


Tiger Generation Has Taken Over in Golf

Golf is becoming increasingly dominated by players in their 20s, a generation who grew up when Tiger Woods was at his peak. Derek Clements takes a closer look at this 'Tiger Generation' and the success they are having on tour.


The Peculiar Inconsistencies of Golf's World Rankings

Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, and Jon Rahm all picked up victories around the planet last week, but the movement - or lakc of it - in the World Rankings has bemused Golfshake's Derek Clements. He takes a look at some oddities.


Dubai Desert Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson, Jose Maria Olazabal – it reads like a who’s who of golf. In fact, it is just of the giants of the game who have won the Dubai Desert Classic, one of the most prestigious tournaments on the European Tour, an event that has come to symbolise the start of the European Tour season.


Farmers Insurance Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Torrey Pines is a very special place, not least because it is where Tiger Woods won the last of his 14 major titles, the US Open, 10 years ago. It is also the home of the Farmers Insurance Open, a tournament that Woods has won seven times. How fitting then that it should also be the venue for his latest, much-awaited comeback.


Tommy Fleetwood Picks Up Where He Left Off With Brilliant Victory in Abu Dhabi

Coming off a breakthrough 2017, Tommy Fleetwood proved that he's a truly a member of the game's elite after producing a spectacular final round to successfully defend his title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. His triumph joined that of Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm to complete a special Sunday for Europe.


18 Reasons Why Golf Isn't Boring

You will probably be aware that a survey has revealed golf to be the most boring sport in the world - according to those who responded at any rate. Naturally enough, we don't agree. Here, we come up with just 18 reasons why golf isn't boring, and, just like the game itself, we also have a 19th hole.


Dustin Johnson is Wrong About Not Limiting Golf Ball

World Number One Dustin Johnson - among the game's longest hitters - doesn't see the argument for limiting the golf ball for professionals, in light of lengthened courses that are struggle to contain the best players. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that the American is wrong, and that change is needed.


'Boring' Survey Proves That Golf Isn't for Everyone, and That's Alright

A recent YouGov survey had golf ranked as the most boring sport to watch. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the questions raised by these findings, which illustrate that the game isn't for everyone, but maybe that's the way it naturally will be.


Floodlights Installed for Finishing Holes at Dubai Desert Classic

Next week's Dubai Desert Classic is being played slightly earlier in the year than normal, which has raised concerns about daylight. Consequently, floodlights on the ninth and 18th holes have been installed ensure that late starters will get finished.


Mickelson Still Talking a Good Game

Phil Mickelson is making his first appearance of 2018 at the Career Builder Challenge on the PGA Tour, and the American legend has major and Ryder Cup ambitions for this year, despite approaching his 48th birthday.


Abu Dhabi Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Tommy Fleetwood returns to defend his Abu Dhabi Championship title, which began an incredible 2017 last year. However, the Englishman faces a formidable opposition that includes Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, and Rory McIlroy. Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be an early season highlights with his Preview.


Career Builder Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour heads to California for the Career Builder Challenge - formerly the Bob Hope Classic - where Hudson Swafford is defending the title against the likes of Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed, and Phil Mickelson. Golfshake's Derek Clements has the Preview.


Sensational Chris Paisley Secures Maiden Title in South Africa

It has been a long time coming, and for Chris Paisley the dream finally came true in sensational fashion as he won the South African Open by three shots at the magnificent Glendower Golf Club. The 31-year-old Englishman pulled off his maiden win in style, finishing with a round of 66 and a total of 21 under par as he held off local favourite Branden Grace.


Thomas Bjorn's Europe Produce Brilliant Fightback in EurAsia Cup Singles

It didn't all go quite to plan, but Thomas Bjorn’s European team eventually came out on top to win the EurAsia Cup thanks to a remarkable comeback in the final-day singles, eventually seeing off their spirited opponents 14-10 in Kuala Lumpur.


Spieth Relishes Return to Action of Tiger Woods

Golf needs Tiger Woods more than Tiger Woods needs golf. If you doubt it, ask yourself why so many of his rivals are so excited about the great man’s return to competitive action. Open champion Jordan Spieth is just the latest to go on record as saying that he cannot wait to see the 14-time major champion striding the fairways again.


Fowler's Fashion Critics Need to Move with Times

Rickie Fowler caused a stir during the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, when he wore an untucked Hawaiian shirt in the first round. It inspired a variety of responses, but Golfshake's Derek Clements dismisses the critics and golf's attitude towards fashion.


Sony Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Justin Thomas' magical 2017 began with success in Hawaii, and he returns to the defend his Sony Open title. It's the first full-field event of the year on the PGA Tour, and Golfshake's Derek Clements expects it to be a compelling affair.


South African Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour begins 2018 with the South African Open, won dramatically last year by Graeme Storm in a playoff over Rory McIlroy. An impressive cast of home stars are in attendance, and Derek Clements has the Preview.


EurAsia Cup Preview, Picks & Analysis

Thomas Bjorn leads Team Europe in the EurAsia Cup, and is captain of an impressive group that includes Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Casey, Thomas Pieters and Henrik Stenson. 


Dominant Dustin Johnson Blows Field Away at Kapalua

Dustin Johnson put the memory of his final-round collapse at the HSBC Champions in China well and truly behind him as he romped to an eight-shot victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. The world number one produced a superb final round of 65 for a 72-hole total of 268, 24 under par as he recorded his 17th PGA Tour victory.


Let Us Not Forget That Sport is Supposed to be Fun

Golfshake's Derek Clements recently experienced the PDC World Darts Championship from London's Alexandra Palace. It was a colourful, atmospheric setting, reminiscent of a Ryder Cup of Phoenix Open, with players and fans alike visibily enjoying themselves.


Tournament of Champions Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour awakens from its brief winter hibernation with the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Johnson, Spieth, Thomas, and Fowler are all in place. Derek Clements looks ahead to what is always an enjoyable week.


Tiger Optimistic for Success in 2018

Something strange has happened to Tiger Woods. One of the world’s most private individuals, a sportsman who has never before shared his innermost thoughts with the world, suddenly cannot stop talking. And what a refreshing change it makes.


Heartwarming Comeback Stories that Prove Anything is Possible

Tbere is something rather heartwarming about a comeback, when somebody who has spent years in the wilderness somehow finds a way to roll back the years and win again. Here, we look at 10 of the best of them in golf.


Garcia and Spieth Provide the Most Memorable Moments of 2017

As we prepare to look forward to a new year, there is no more appropriate time to take a look back on 2017, an amazing golf season that provided us with three first-time major winners and confirmation of Jordan Spieth’s status as a superstar.


Tiger Woods to Fly Solo After Parting Company with Swing Coach

So what are we to make of the news that Tiger Woods has split from his coach Chris Como?  Derek Clements looks back at past coaches and records.


Tiger Woods Remains a Box Office TV Draw

Tiger remains Box Office. Believe it or believe it not, more people watched his return at the Hero World Challenge on NBC and the Golf Channel in America than watched any other tournament on the PGA Tour in 2017.


25 Players Secure Ladies European Tour Cards in Morocco

American Casey Danielson finished as the top qualifier for the Ladies European Tour’s 2018 season at Lalla Aicha Tour School in Marrakech, Morocco, with a total of 25 women earning their full cards.


Darts Lessons to be Learned for Golf

Sports journalist and Golfshake writer Derek Clements asks if Golf could learn anything from Darts, having spent a night watching the PDC World Darts Championship from Alexandra Palace in London.


The Golfing Year of 2017 by Numbers

It's that time of year when there is very little golf being played, so we thought that it might be fun to break down the year in numbers. Some of the numbers are very impressive indeed, while others are just plain mind-boggling.


Youngsters Who Followed Family into Professional Golf

John Daly's 14-year-old son is already proving to be a formidable young golfer. It got us thinking about other youngsters who have attempted to follow in the family tradition. Here, we look at the fortunes of 10 combinations…


Justin Rose Ends Year in Style with Victory in Indonesia

Just when you thought that the golf season was done and dusted, Justin Rose produced a masterclass to win the Indonesian Masters by eight shots after a stunning final round of 62.


Remembering Gentleman Tommy Horton

Tommy Horton, one of the most influential and respected players in the development of both the European Tour and the European Senior Tour, has died at the age of 76 and the world of golf is lesser place for his passing. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on his personal experiences with the popular gentleman.


20 Players to Watch on Tour in 2018

Following a memorable year, who are the players to watch out for in 2018? Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are looking to recapture past glories, while a host of young stars are emerging at the top. Derek Clements picks out the names likely to make headlines during the months ahead.


McIlroy Ready to Bounce Back with a Bang in 2018

Rory McIlroy seems to be determined to make up for lost time, having announced a playing schedule for the start of 2018 that could see him playing nine tournaments in ten weeks. The 28-year-old Northern Irishman will start the year with his world ranking having plunged to tenth after an injury-hit season affected both his form and his schedule.


Norman Believes Tiger Needs to Manage His Expectations in Comeback

And so it goes on. Greg Norman, the former world number one, is the latest to weigh in with his views on the possibility of Tiger Woods being able to make a successful return to the winners’ circle.


Big Finish in Dubai for Yin and Hall as LET Season Concludes

A Troubled year on the Ladies European Tour came to a thrilling climax with 19-year-old American Angel Yin winning the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic and Georgia Hall winning the Order of Merit and Player of the Year awards.


Sharma Wins Maiden European Tour Title and Claims Place at The Open

Young Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma withstood a stirring challenge from South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen to claim his first European Tour title in the weather-delayed Joburg Open.


Golf and Sport Reacts to Tiger Comeback as He Expects Open Return at Carnoustie

Everyone has got an opinion on Tiger Woods' return to golf last week, including the man himself, who is now looking forward to an expected return to the Open Championship at Carnoustie. Derek Clements reflects on the responses from across golf and sport.


Hobbies and Passions of Professional Golfers

We all have hobbies, passions and interests away from our work, and professional golfers are no different. Here we look at how 10 of the top players pass their spare time. You may not be surprised to learn that several of them have used their interests to top up their bank accounts.


QBE Shootout Preview

A select group of 24 professionals arrive at Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, southwest Florida with their wheelbarrows in tow to collect a nice little bit of end-of-season Christmas spending money at the QBE Shootout, hosted by Greg Norman. Incredibly, $3.3m will be up for grabs.


Joburg Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

With the cream of the European Tour now putting their feet up for what remains of the 2017, the Joburg Open represents a terrific opportunity for the best of South Africa’s young golfers to claim a two-year exemption with a victory, but former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen will be hoping to usurp them.


Fowler Shoots 61 to Win in Paradise but Woods is the Real Hero

Rickie Fowler stole the limelight from comeback kid Tiger Woods, firing an incredible final round of 61 to win the Hero World Challenge at Albany in the Bahamas. Fowler began the final round seven shots behind leader Charley Hoffman and finished four ahead of his fellow American.


You Need a Very Thick Skin to Carry That Weight as Caddie

You can make a good living as a caddie - a very good living - if you are lucky enough to get on the right bag, but anybody who runs away with the idea that this is an easy way to make a living may want to think again. 


10 Golfers With the Most European Tour Appearances

It took Wade Ormsby 264 attemtps to pick up his first title. Here, we look at the ten European Tour golfers who have played the most tournaments, the year they joined the tour and, crucially, the number of wins they have to their credit.


Positive Reports on Tiger Ahead of Comeback

The internet is alive with reports of how well Tiger Woods is hitting the ball ahead of his long-awaited comeback at the Hero Challenge in the Bahamas – especially after he played in a four ball with Dustin Johnson, Brad Faxon and some guy called Trump.


Hero World Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

There is only one story in town this week - the comeback of a certain Tiger Woods at his own tournament, the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Derek Clements looks ahead to what promises to be a compelling event as the 14-time major champion begins his latest return to golf.


Australian PGA Championship Preview Picks & Analysis

Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, and Marc Leishman headline a strong field on the Gold Coast for the Australian PGA Championship. Harold Varner III defends the title he won last year at RACV Royal Pines Resort.


Ormsby Picks up First Victory in 264 Attempts in Hong Kong

Wade Ormsby took advantage of a dramatic collapse by SSP Chawrasia to win the UBS Hong Kong Open and secure his playing rights until 2020 – just weeks after a fifth-place finish at the Andalucia Masters secured his card for the new season.


The Missed Tiddlers That Proved Costly

They say that putting is a game within a game, and it is certainly true that short missed putts attract attention for all the wrong reasons, especially when they come at the business end of a golf tournament. Here we look at 10 of the shortest putts missed at crucial moments in some of the world's biggest championships.


Winter golf - the way it used to be

WHY do so many people decide to hang up their clubs when the winter comes along? These days, there is no need to stop playing from November-March because we see far less snow than we used to in the bad old days and it is possible to keep warm and dry.


The numbers tell the story - well, most of the time

There are those who will tell you that numbers don't lie, and when it comes to golf, statistics tend to tell much of the story. Here, we reflect on the European Tour season, and make a few judgments, based on the tour's own statistics and, yes, we admit it, our own gut feeling.


Money makes the world of professional golf go around

WITH the Race to Dubai now run for 2017 and the PGA Tour already well into the 2017-18 season, we thought it might be instructional to crunch some numbers on what has been an astonishing year.


Bjorn licking his lips at prospect of Ryder Cup

THOMAS BJORN can't quite believe his luck. With the Ryder Cup in Paris now less than a year away and the qualification process for the European team now well under way, the Dane is rubbing his hands together at the way his team is shaping up


Hong Kong Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

There is no time for anybody to rest on their laurels. The 2017 season may have just reached its climax at the Dubai World Championship, but the new campaign kicks off immediately at the Hong Kong Open with a surprisingly strong field.


Austin Cooks Up Maiden Victory on the PGA Tour

Another week, another first-time winner on the PGA Tour. Rookie Austin Cook held on to take the RSM Classic by three strokes after a final round of 67.


Winners and losers on the European Tour in 2017

Another spellbinding season on the European Tour has come to end, and what a year it has been. It is easy to feel a little downhearted about the fact that Americans won three of the year's four majors, but let's not forget Sergio Garcia's memorable victory at The Masters.  Here, we take a look at the winners and losers on the European Tour in 2017, and you will quickly see that we have plenty to be upbeat about.


Rahm completes Dubai raid as Fleetwood wins the Race to Dubai

Justin Rose suffered an extraordinary collapse to hand the Race to Dubai title to England's Tommy Fleetwood as Spaniard Jon Rahm raced through the field to win the DP World Tour Championship on an amazing final day.


Horsfield Leads the Way as 33 Players Earn European Tour Cards

Sam Horsfield won the final stage of Qualifying School, beating the field by eight shots after six gruelling rounds  at Lumine Golf Club as 33 players earned precious European Tour cards. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the week.


Review Hellidon Lakes Golf Stay & Play

As part of our getting into golf series written by Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements, Kim and Derek visit Hellidon Lakes in Northamptonshire.


Winning Rookie of the Year is no Guarantee of Future Success

Jon Rahm was named the 2017 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year on the European Tour. Many of the greats have taken the award, but as several long forgotten names have shown, it's been no guarantee of future success.


DP World Tour Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

And so it all comes down to this. A thrilling season on the European Tour reaches its climax at the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeriah Estates and there is still everything to play for in the Race to Dubai. Derek Clements looks forward to the showpiece and Tommy Fleetwood's chances of securing the major prize.


RSM Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour heads to Sea Island for the RSM Classic, which is hosted by Davis Love III. Always a popular week with the players, Derek Clements fancies Open Championship runner-up Matt Kuchar to have a strong performance in Georgia.


Sun Shines on Amazing Grace as He Storms to Nedbank Title

Branden Grace produced a grandstand finish to win the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City, pocketing a cool £750,000 in the process. The home crowd were desperate to see a South African winner and Grace duly delivered to collect his eighth European Tour title.


Ten of the Greatest Winning Streaks in Golf

Justin Rose's recently won two events in successive weeks, as did fellow Englishman Tyrrell Hatton. It's a fine achievement, but it got us thinking of winning streaks, and there have been some remarkable ones through the years. Derek Clements picks out some of the best.


When Tiger Says Golf Ball is Going Too Far We Should Pay Attention

Does the modern golf ball go too far? That is the view of 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, who recently commented on the subject and the issues that it raises. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that we should sit up and take note of these words that have been echoed by figures including Jack Nicklaus.


Nedbank Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

Tommy Fleetwood arrives in South Africa hoping to secure the Race to Dubai after the recent victories of Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia closed the gap at the top of the money list. Derek Clements looks at the young Englishman's chances at the Nedbank.


OHL Classic at Mayakoba Preview, Picks & Analysis

Pat Perez returns to Mexico for his defence of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. There's a formidable challenge ahead, however, with the likes of Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson and Patrick Reed in the field. Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.


Turkish Delight For Justin Rose After Dramatic Climax

He only went and did it again. Justin Rose, who had been without a victory since the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, birdied the final hole at the Turkish Airlines Open to achieve back-to-back wins and move within a whisker of Tommy Fleetwood at the head of the Race to Dubai.


Will Tiger Emerge From the Woods and Remind Us How Good He Once Was?

Tiger Woods is to make his latest comeback in the Hero Challenge to be played in the Bahamas at the end of November - and, unsurprisingly, social media is alive with anticipation. Derek Clements reports on the challenges that the 14-time major champion faces.


Winning is Hard - 10 of the Worst Final Round Collapses in Tournament Golf

Dustin Johnson's recent disastrous final round in China got Derek Clements thinking about final-round collapses. There have been lots of them, and the world number one features in our list of 10 of the best (or worst) of them.


Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin is like no other tournament on the PGA Tour. It is a week when the world's leading golfers put their own interests to one side and turn the focus on children who, in many instances, are fighting for their very lives.


Turkish Airlines Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Thorbjorn Olesen will defend his title at the Turkish Airlines Open, the sixth out of eight in the European Tour's prestigious Rolex Series, which has offered players the chance to earn some properly serious money.


Rose Blooms as Johnson Suffers a Major China Crisis

Justin Rose overturned an eight-shot deficit to win the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in dramatic fashion. The Englishman still trailed by six when he reached the turn but he then birdied five holes on the back nine for a round of 67 to get to 14 under par and defeat world No 1 Dustin Johnson by two strokes.


Shot Clock is a Start but Slow Play Has to be Tackled Properly

The European Tour has announced, with much fanfare, the introduction of the 2018 Shot Clock Masters. The tournament has been launched with the specific purpose of speeding up play and is a laudable experiment, but it does pose a question: why?


Bizarre Rules Controversy Dominates Korean LPGA Tour Event

So here we go yet again with another bizarre rules controversy -  and this one may have passed you by because it occurred in a relatively minor Korean LPGA Tour event. Nevertheless, it is a cracker. Derek Clements reports.


WGC HSBC Champions Preview, Picks & Analysis

Hideki Matsuyama returns to China for his defence of the WGC HSBC Champions, while Tommy Fleetwood is looking to extend his lead at the summit of the Race to Dubai. Derek Clements looks ahead to the showpiece event in Asia.


Sergio Garcia Gives European Tour Dream Finish to Regular Season

It was the perfect end to the regular European Tour season, as Sergio Garcia won the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain. Derek Clements reports on the Spaniard's latest triumph, and successes for Justin Thomas, and Oliver Farr on the Challenge Tour.


Ryder Cup Countdown Begins in Earnest

The next Ryder Cup match doesn't get under way until September 28, 2018, but the build-up to the encounter at Le Golf National, near Paris, has already begun, with American captain Jim Furyk saying that his team have 25 years of scars to overcome if they are to retain the trophy they won is such spectacular fashion at Hazeltine in 2016.


Danny Willett Opens Up About Trials and Tribulations

Since winning the Masters in 2016, Danny Willett has endured months of disappointments and struggles on the golf course. Derek Clements reports on the Englishman's journey after becoming a major champion, and looks closer at the moving blog that the Yorkshireman had written on the European Tour's website.


Should We Be Excited by Those Swing Clips of Tiger?

There has been much excitement on social media about the footage posted by Tiger Woods showing that he is now once again fit enough to be hitting drivers. This came less than a week after he posted slow-motion film of him hitting irons.


Andalucía Valderrama Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

Jon Rahm continues his late challenge for the Race to Dubai when he makes his first appearance on home soil as a professional at the Andalucía Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio García Foundation, and he will surely start the tournament as favourite.


CJ Cup Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour travels to South Korea for the first time with the inaugural CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges. It will feature a field of 78 players, with no 36-hole cut, and the prize fund is a massive $9.25m - only the majors, The Players Championship and the four WGC's boast bigger purses.


Hatton Completes Italian Job for Back-to-Back Victories

Tyrrell Hatton produced a brilliant back nine to achieve back-to-back victories on the European Tour and win the Italian Open in sensational style. He banked $1m, finds himself back in the top 20 in the world rankings and has climbed into the top five in the Race to Dubai.


How Putting Yips Changed Careers and Methods Golfers Used to Overcome Them

Golfshake's Derek Clements has recently seen the affects of the yips on a golf friend, which got him thinking about many of the game's best players who suffered from that dreaded affliction, and the methods they tried to overcome it.


Thomas Bjorn Nominates 2018 Ryder Cup Official Charity

European Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjorn has announced that the European Tour Foundation will be the official charity of the 2018 Ryder Cup.


Getting into golf: Stay & Play at Luton Hoo

In this continued series from Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements, about getting into golf, following her first forays on to the course Kim visits Luton Hoo for a stay and play.


Thetford Golf Club Review

Established in 1912, Thetford Golf club is located within two Sites of Special Scientific Interest and is a haven for wildlife. It is also one of the best golf courses in East Anglia, located just off the A11.  Find out how Derek Clements got on,


The Worst Tee Shots Hit by the World's Best Golfers

We could only dream of hitting the ball like the world's best players, but occasionally these golfers have produced shots exactly like us. Derek Clements has delved into the archives and picked out some of the worst drives played by the finest. 


Golf ter Hille, Belgium's Latest and First Public Golf Club

Most Brits taking a journey through Eurotunnel turn right and make their way to Le Touquet or Hardelot to playgolf. However, if you turn left in less than an hour you will be in Koksijde (pronounced Coxcider) complete with 18 and nine-hole golf courses, stunning beaches, Belgium seafood, beer and chocolate.


Italian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Jon Rahm steps up his bid to catch Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the Race to Dubai when he tees it up in the Italian Open at Golf Club Milano from October 12-15. Rahm is the star attraction in what is the fifth event in the Rolex Series.


CIMB Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Justin Thomas returns to defend the CIMB Classic. It was the victory that propelled him to an extraordinary year, and the young American will be hoping to continue that remarkable success this season on the PGA Tour.


Hatton Crowned King of the Links as Fisher Brings Old Course to its Knees

On a day of sensational low scoring, Tyrrell Hatton became the first man to successfully defend the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, holding off the challenge of Ross Fisher, who broke the Old Course record at St Andrews.


Rules, Rules and Yet MORE Broken Rules

Last week at the Presidents Cup, there was a dramatic rules incident involving Jordan Spieth. It's just the latest in several eye-catching situations, but Derek Clements has brought together ten more examples through the years that made headlines.


Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads to the Home of Golf for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. Tyrrell Hatton defends the title, but Rory McIlroy is in attendance hoping to conclude his year with a victory at the game's most iconic venue.


Safeway Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Despite having just ended a fortnight ago, the PGA Tour begins its 2017/2018 season at the Safeway Open, which is an opportunity for players to begin their long campaign with a victory. Derek Clements looks ahead to the week.


Spotlight on Struggling Players as Race to Dubai Enters Final Straight

The European Tour is reaching its business end and while the spotlight falls on the likes of Tommy Fleetwood, who leads the Race to Dubai, what about the men who are looking for that one big week in order to keep their tour cards for the new season, which begins in November?


Paul Dunne Brilliantly Holds off Rory McIlroy to Win British Masters

Paul Dunne held off a storming challenge by Rory McIlroy at Close House to win a thrilling British Masters by three strokes. Dunne, who led The Open at St Andrews in 2015 after 54 holes while still an amateur, has been knocking on the door for a while and he burst through after producing an astonishing final round of 61 and a 20-under-par total of 260.


Tiger Has Nothing Left to Prove and His Legacy is Secure

If, as he suggested might be the case, Tiger Woods never again plays a competitive round of golf, it will be a shame for us, but what an incredible legacy he leaves behind. Golfshake's Derek Clements pays tribute to the 14-time major champion's legendary career.


10 Famous Golf Rule Infringements

Matthew Southgate received a four-shot penalty after failing to replace his ball after a putt had been struck by a stray leaf. Derek Clements takes a look at some other rules issues and controversies that we've seen in the game through the years.


British Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

It is not every week of the year that you get the chance to watch five major champions competing on British soil, so make the most of the world-class field assembled by the European Tour for the British Masters at Close House in Northumberland.


Presidents Cup Preview, Picks & Analysis

The United States have won the last six Presidents Cup, and Steve Stricker will be hoping to continue that run against Nick Price's International Team at Liberty National in New York. Derek Clements looks ahead to the showpiece event.


Lucas Bjerregard Produces Under Pressure at Portugal Masters

Lucas Bjerregard rescued his season and possibly even his career with a superb closing round of 65 to win the Portugal Masters. At the start of the week the Dane was in danger of losing his card. Now he has put those fears to rest


Portugal Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

Padraig Harrington returns to defend his Portugal Masters title at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, and says that he can't wait. The three-time major champion may have slipped down the world rankings recently but, on his day, he remains a world-class player.


Tour Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

And then there were 30. The PGA Tour season reaches its climax with the Tour Championship at East Lake, with the top 30 golfers playing for massive financial rewards and, at the end of it all, somebody walking away with the FedEx Cup and a tasty little bonus of $10m.


Jason Day Parts Company With 'Father Figure' Col Swatton

First it was Phil Mickelson. Next came Rory McIlroy. And now Jason Day has followed suit in parting company with his long-time caddie. In Day's case, the announcement that Colin Swatton would no longer be on his bag came as a major surprise as he has acted as a surrogate father to the Australian.


10 Things That Golfers Wish They Had Not Done

Most have us have done things on the golf course that we later regret. Maybe it was breaking a club or having a meltdown on the final hole of the medal. Well, you're not alone. Here are ten incidents that professional golfers wish they hadn't done.


European Tour Qualifying Returns to Restored Golf d'Hardelot in France

Golf d'Hardelot, the 36-hole golf resort set amid the magnificent pine forests and sand dunes of Northern France, has been selected as a European Tour First Stage Qualifying venue for the seventh successive season, and will have a whole new look for those hopefuls dreaming of teeing it up alongside the big boys.


McIlroy in Serious Danger of Missing the Party

Rory McIlroy desperately needs a strong performance at the BMW Championship to qualify for the FedEx Cup finale at East Lake. However, the Northern Irishman is not the only big name struggling to make it through this week.


BMW Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour returns for the BMW Championship. With only 30 players making it through to the season finale at East Lake, the likes of Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson are looking to continue their domination of the FedEx Cup.


KLM Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Home favourite Joost Luiten defends the KLM Open this week. With many of the best players skipping the tournament, it's an opportunity for several names to pick up a long overdue title, including Lee Westwood.


Lexi Thompson Milks the Applause after Second Title of Season

Lexi Thompson has had a memorable season - from the crushing disappointment of a rules violation at the ANA Inspiration, to Solheim Cup success. She has now become the first American to claim multiple titles ths year after a four-shot victory.


USA Secures Emphatic Walker Cup Victory

THE United States regained the Walker Cup in emphatic fashion at Los Angeles Country Club, thrashing Great Britain and Ireland 19-7 in a one-sided match that offered redemption for US captain Spider Miller, who was at the helm when GB&I won two years ago at Royal Lytham.


Women's Professional Golf in Europe in Dire Straits

The final women's major of the year, the Evian Championship, takes place at the Evian Resort Golf Course in Evian-les-Bains, France, against a backdrop of uncertainty for the Ladies European Tour.


Matt's Gloss Finish Sees Fitzpatrick Join Lofty Company in the Swiss Alps

Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sandy Lyle all have something in common. Apart from the fact that they all won majors, each of them had won four times on the European Tour by the time they were 23 years old. It is pretty lofty company. And the latest to join them is Matthew Fitzpatrick after winning the European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre.


Justin Thomas Secures Fifth Victory of Incredible Season

Justin Thomas won the Dell Technologies Championship, the second of four tournaments that decide the FedEx champion. He beat Jordan Spieth, who finished runner-up for the second successive week, to claim his fifth victory of an astonishing year.


10 Ways Money Makes the World of Golf Go Around

When you consider the cash spent on football transfers, it seems like Monopoly money, but it is for real, and it got us thinking about the money swilling around in golf. How does it compare? Here, we look at 10 examples that may make you choke on your coffee.


European Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour returns to one of its most iconic venues as the Omega European Masters is staged at the stunning Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, which is surely one of the most breathtaking courses anywhere in the world.


Haydn Porteous Claims Second European Tour Victory at Czech Masters

Since winning his first European Tour title at the Joburg Open in 2016, Haydn Porteous endured a miserable run of form, but the South African vanquished that on Sunday as he secured victory at the Czech Masters.


10 Golfers Who Lived Up To Expectations

Sometimes, when you meet a golfer in the flesh they turn out to be a disappointment. Derek Clements looks at ten professionals who have gone out of their way to engage with spectators and handled themselves with class.


Bridgestone Challenge Set to be Great Event at Luton Hoo

The Challenge Tour arrives at the five-star Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa, with the Bridgestone Challenge being played there between September 7 and 10. It offers a chance to see the stars of tomorrow close up. Entry is free and the best news of all is that there will be no ropes, which means that spectators have unrestricted viewing for all four days on the golf course.


Europe Should Be Glad Ryder Cup is Not Played on Paper

Ryder Cup qualification has begun, and Thomas Bjorn can now look forward to players jostling to make his team. But as Derek Clements describes, on paper at least, the Americans seem likely to be a formiddable opponent next year in France.


10 of the Freakiest Golf Injuries

Earlier this year, Dustin Johnson suffered a crazy injury before the Masters after falling down the stairs of his rented home in Augusta. But he wasn't the first golfer to have a freak incident. Here, we look at ten of the freakiest golf injuries.


Getting into golf: Lesson 6 learning continues

Now well into her golfing journey Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements, suffers her first golf injury and completes her 6th lesson.


Czech Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour moves onto the Czech Masters - which marks the beginning of Ryder Cup qualifying. Martin Kaymer, Thomas Pieters, Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick are hoping to make an early claim for a spot on Thomas Bjorn's team.


Dell Technologies Preview, Picks & Analysis

The FedEx Cup Playoffs move onto the Dell Technologies Championship. Dustin Johnson's victory at the weekend puts him in a strong position, but the likes of Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas will be looking to triumph this week.


Dustin Johnson Overcomes Jordan Spieth After Enthralling Contest

Dustin Johnson produced one of the shots of the year at the first playoff hole to defeat Jordan Spieth, secure the Northern Trust title and claim pole position in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.


Emirates Renews European Tour Deal and Becomes Ryder Cup Partner

Emirates and the European Tour have renewed their existing European Tour Agreement for four years until 2021. It is great news for the European Tour and also sees Emirates becoming an official partner of the much-anticipated 2018 Ryder Cup to be held at Le Golf National in France in September.


Northern Trust Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

AND so it begins again. It may only be August, but the PGA Tour season is about to reach its climax as we start the FedEx Cup Playoffs, starting with the Northern Trust Open at Glen Oaks, New York. Derek Clements looks ahead to an exciting week ahead.


Made in Denmark Preview, Picks & Analysis

Thomas Pieters returns to Himmerland Golf and Spa resort to defend his Made in Denmark title, and will be anxious to put some disappointing performances behind him. The Belgian is one of the most gifted players currently competing on the European Tour.


Henrik Stenson Picks Up First Title of 2017 at Wyndham Championship

Henrik Stenson picked up his first victory since last year's Open Championship at the Wyndham, finishing one shot ahead of Ollie Schniederjans on a thrilling final round. Derek Clements recaps the weekly action in the United States and Europe.


United States Retains Trophy at Entertaining Solheim Cup

The United States duly retained the Solheim Cup at Des Moines with a comfortable 16.5-11.5 victory over Europe. The hosts went into the singles with a five-point lead and never really looked like losing a match that was effectively decided when the hosts won the Friday fourballs 4-0. It was a deficit from which Europe were never able to recover.


10 Reasons to Play Golf at Celtic Manor

Sir Terry Matthews had a dream. He wanted to create a stunning golf course in his native Wales. A self-made billionaire, he made his fortune abroad but his heart was always back home and he wanted to leave a legacy.  Here are 10 reasons why we think you should head to Wales and play this venue.


10 Things to do to Enjoy a Golf Trip in the Sun

Increasing numbers of golfers are now leaving these shores to play golf in the sun. If you pick the right destination, at the right time of year and get the best possible price, you can have a trip to remember. But get it wrong and it could be a disaster. If you are planning to organise a trip abroad there are some definite dos and dont's.


10 Reasons to Play Golf at The Belfry

It is a long time since a top professional event was last held at the headquarters of the PGA, but tens of thousands of golfers still flock to the course. So what are the top 10 reasons for making the journey?


Golfers who took time out, some never to return

RORY McILROY has announced that he may have to take some time away from the game.  He is not the first golfer to take time out. Some have stormed back, but others walked away and have never come back.  We take a look.


Was Quail Hollow Really Too Hard for the World's Best Golfers?

Quail Hollow member, Webb Simpson was one of several players who remarked on the difficulty of the course and setup during this year's PGA Championship. Was it really too hard the game's best players? Derek Clements looks at the issue.


Annika's Europe Look to Reclaim Solheim Cup Two Years after Controversial Finish

Annika Sorenstem leads Europe into the Solheim Cup in Iowa, with the team hoping to rebound from a controversial finish two years ago and reclaim the trophy. Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be a fascinating week.


Wyndham Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Crunch time is approaching on the PGA Tour. It may only be August, but the Wyndham Championship at Greensboro represents the penultimate opportunity for players to qualify for the season-ending FedEx Cup series, and there are some surprising names who still haven't secured their places.


Paul Lawrie Matchplay Preview, Picks & Analysis

Anthony Wall travels to Germany to defend the Paul Lawrie Matchplay and will fancy his chances after finishing fourth at the Scottish Open and 20th at the Irish Open. Derek Clements previews this week's event on the European Tour.


No Need to Doubt Thomas after American Lands US PGA Title

WHILE many of those around him were losing their heads and their composure, Justin Thomas kept his and emerged at the end of four brutal days at Quail Hollow as the 2017 US PGA champion. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports.


The Beauty and Danger of Short Holes

Small can be both beautiful and treacherous. Some of the shortest holes in golf are also some of the most challenging. Here we highlight some of the very best par threes you will find anywhere.


Longest Par Fives on the PGA Tour

With seemingly more players hitting bigger drives, holes themselves are increasing in distance. Looking at several examples in the UK, Derek Clements has picked out some of the longest par fives on the PGA Tour.


Biggest Fashion Crimes in Professional Golf

Golfers are free to express themselves on the course through their style of play, conduct, but also through the way they dress. Anything goes, which is fun, but it has also led to some fashion disasters. Here are several of the biggest crimes.


Great US PGA Championship Moments

THE US PGA Championship is regarded as the least prestigious of golf's four majors. However, it is a tournament that has produced some amazing moments of drama over the years, and some truly unforgettable shots. We recall just a few of them.


US PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Has there been a more hotly-anticipated US PGA in recent memory than this week's championship at Quail Hollow? Jordan Spieth is going for the career Grand Slam, and Rory is back at one of his favourite venues. It promises to be a classic. Derek Clements previews the final major of the year.


Spieth Bids to Join Golf's Grandest Champions

This week at the US PGA Championship, Jordan Spieth is attempting to join an elite group of men who have won all four majors. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at golf's five Grand Slam Champions.


The US PGA By the Numbers

It's the 99th PGA Championship from Quail Hollow in North Carolina. Golfshake's Derek Clements delves into the record books to pick out several of the key numbers to keep in mind during the year's final major.


Tour Each Hole of US PGA Venue Quail Hollow

This week's US PGA Championship venue Quail Hollow has been regularly seen on the PGA Tour at the Wells Fargo Championship, but several changes have been made to the course for the year's final major.


US PGA Championship Broadcasting Times on the BBC

The 2017 US PGA Championship is being broadcast on the BBC this week across BBC Two, BBC Sport, BBC Red Button and the BBC iPlayer. Derek Clements has created an easy guide for you to follow the year's final major.


US PGA Championship Long Drive Contest

THE US PGA Championship is a little different from the game's other majors. For starters, it stages a long drive contest, which the big hitters will enjoy on Tuesday. The competition dates back all the way to 1952.


Masterful Matsuyama Brings Firestone to its Knees at WGC

With a perfect sense of timing, Hideki Matsuyama brought the Firestone Country Club at Akron, Ohio, to its knees when he recorded a flawless final round of 61 to secure the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title by five shots. It was his third victory of the year and his sensational return to form came on the eve of the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, the final major of the year.


Club Pros Get Chance to Live Major Dream at Quail Hollow

One of the things that marks out the US PGA Championship from the other majors is that it gives men who make their living as club professionals the opportunity to tee it up next to the best players in the world. Hear from one of them.


Top Ten Highest Earning and Richest Golfers

Golf is both lucrative and big business these days, and it's therefore no surprise to see the huge earnings that the biggest names have made this past year. We look at the top earners in golf in 2017, and also the richest in history.


Lee Keeps Her Cool as Webb Throws Away Two-Shot Lead at Dundonald

Mi Hyang Lee of South Korea shot a six-under-par 66 to win the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open by a stroke from Australian Karrie Webb and compatriot Mi Jung Hur on a dramatic final day at Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire.


Perfect 10 for Bernhard as Langer Makes History at Senior Open

Like a fine wine, Bernhard Langer just seems to get better with age. He defied wind and rain to win the Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl for the third time. It was his 10th major victory, which is a record, and it would be a huge surprise if the 59-year-old doesn't add a few more before he is finished.


Jordan Smith Secures Maiden European Tour Title in Germany

Jordan Smith crowned his extraordinary maiden season on the European Tour when he defeated defending champion Alex Levy to secure the Porsche European Open, while Jhonattan Vegas successfully defended in Canada on the PGA Tour. Derek Clements reports on the action.


WGC Bridgestone Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis

ONE of the strongest fields of the year will gather at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, with Dustin Johnson defending the title he won 12 months ago. Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be a terrific event.


Has the BBC Done Enough with Planned Coverage of the US PGA Championship

The US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow promises to be a cracking end to the major season, and it will be broadcast across the BBC this year following a shock move from Sky Sports. But has the BBC gone far enough with the coverage? Derek Clements questions some of the decisions and commitment.


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the 2017 Open Championship

We've just witnessed a memorable Open at Royal Birkdale, but just how successful was this year's Championship? From high prices to the weather and Sky Sports TV coverage, Derek Clements reflects on the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.


Jordan Spieth - the Will of a Champion

Jordan Spieth became the Open champion on Sunday in the most dramatic circumstances, which illustrated both his flaws and incredible talents as a golfer. Derek Clements takes a closer look at the game and personality of the Champion Golfer of the Year.


Porsche European Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

SO, THAT was The Open. Now it is back to business for the European Tour as Alexander Levy defends the Porsche European Open in Hamburg, and the organisers will be praying for better luck with the weather than they had in 2016.


Canadian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

A STELLAR cast will assemble at the magnificent Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, for the latest staging of the Canadian Open, with the organisers hoping that this year's event comes somewhere close to matching the drama witnessed 12 months ago when Jhonattan Vegas beat Martin Laird, Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson by a shot after Candan amateur Jared du Toit had thrilled the home crowds by coming within three shots of winning his national Open.


Spieth sensational bounce back to become Open champion

Have you ever in your life seen anything like that? Jordan Spieth is the 2017 Open champion but even he may not know how he managed to achieve it.


The Open - Day 3 Wrap Up

Jordan Spieth will take a three-shot lead into the final round of The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. On an astonishing day, Branden Grace, of South Africa, wrote himself into the history books with a round of 62.


Early Starters Set Pace on Day 3

WITH barely a breath of wind, the early starters had Birkdale at their mercy. The rain had softened the links and the course had never looked better, or more inviting.


Amazing Grace - South African makes major history with round of 62

BRANDEN GRACE produced the lowest round in major history when he reduced Royal Birkdale to 62 magnificent blows. The South African struggled to hold back the tears after a magnificent round of golf that climaxed with a brilliant up and down from the back of the final green.


Getting into golf: My first round of golf

If you have read the other features in this 'getting into golf' series you will have followed Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements, on her quest to take up this great game and her first 5 lessons.  Now time for the course!


Getting into golf: Lesson 5 more short game

In the seventh feature of this series of getting into golf articles written by Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements, Kim has another short game lesson and putting lesson.


Most Dramatic Open Moments

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


Rafa Cabrera Bello Ends Title Drought at Scottish Open

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


The Inconsistent and Maddening Dress Code Rules in Golf

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


The Open Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


Six Players to Watch at the Open

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


Fleetwood Effect Boosts Huge Crowds Expected at Royal Birkdale for Open

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


Henrik Stenson is Looking Forward to Open Defence

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


Tommy Fleetwood Hopes to Complete Special Season with Open at Birkdale

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


Explore all 18 Holes at Royal Birkdale

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


14 year old Atthaya Thitikul Makes History on Ladies European Tour

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


Scottish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


John Deere Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


Dominant Jon Rahm Produces Superstar Performance at Irish Open

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


Getting into golf: Lesson 4 focus on the short game

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


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

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


Guarantee Safe Travel of Clubs with Caddie Express

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


The Best and Worst Excuses Uttered by Golfers

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


Justin Rose Hopes to Bloom Again at Royal Birkdale

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


Phil and Bones - The Stories You May Not Have Heard

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


Misleading Golf Statements and Marketing

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


10 Things Golfers Love

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


Irish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


Greenbrier Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


Imperious Tommy Fleetwood Continues Astonishing Season

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


The Struggles of 1998 Open Runner Up Brian Watts

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


Quicken Loans National Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


Open de France Preview, Picks & Analysis

Talented Jon Rahm is making his long-awaited debut on European soil this week at the historic Open de France played at next year's Ryder Cup venue, Le Golf National. Derek Clements assesses the 22-year-old's chances of adding himself to the impressive list of Spanish champions of the revered tournament.


Jordan Spieth Opens Door to Number 10 with Moment of Magic

Jordan Spieth produced a moment of magic to stun the gallery and overcome Daniel Berger and take the title at the Travelers Championship, dramatically holing a bunker shot to triumph in the first hole of the playoff to claim his tenth PGA Tour victory before the age of 24. 


BMW International Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Henrik Stenson is back in Germany to defend the BMW International Open, but it is Martin Kaymer who will have the hearts of the home fans, as he seeks to pick up a long overdue victory. Derek Clements looks ahead to the action.


Travelers Championsip Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rory McIlroy and Jason Day will be looking to repond from missed cuts at the U.S. Open this week at the Travelers Championship, where Scotland's Russell Knox is the defending champion. Derek Clements previews the event from TPC River Highlands.


Formidable Brooks Koepka Dominates US Open at Erin Hills

Brooks Koepka, a golfer who many said would be a future major champion, fulfilled that promise with an imperious and dominant triumph in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.


Getting into golf: The club fitting

In the fourth feature of this series of getting into golf articles Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements, writes up her club fitting experience.


Getting into golf: It's all fun and progress

In the third feature of this series of getting into golf articles from Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements, find out how the 2nd lesson went.


Getting into golf: From Terre Blanche to Norwich Family Golf Centre

In the second feature of this series of articles Kim Dowsing, partner of regular Golfshake contributor Derek Clements,updates us on having her first lesson.


Getting into golf: Terre Blanche - Working with Jean-Jacques Rivet

In this new series of articles Kim Dowsing, the partner of regular Golfshake contributor and sports writer Derek Clements, writes about the experience of taking up golf for the first time.


6 Questions for the 2017 US Open

There are numerous questions waiting to be answered at the US Open - will the USGA get the setup right, and will Phil Mickelson turn up on Thursday? Derek Clements picks out some of the pressing issues waiting to be settled at Erin Hills.


2017 US Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

It's time for the second major of the year, as the game's best players venture to Wisconsin to face the ominous challenge of Erin Hills, which is hosting the US Open for the first time. Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be a fascinating week, and picks out a surprise name as a potential champion.


5 Players to Follow at the 2017 US Open

It's time for the US Open, with the world's best players assembling at Erin Hills looking to secure America's national championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out five players who could take the title at this year's second major.


Erin Hills - Hole by Hole Guide

Erin Hills is the venue for this week's 117th US Open, making its debut as a major championship layout. Take a look through all 18 holes of this long and punishing course, which is set to test the game's best players in Wisconsin.


The Daunting Challenge of Erin Hills

The US Open heads to Erin Hills in Wisconsin for the first time in its 117-year history. Erin Hills, located just northwest of Milwaukee, is certain to provide the world's best golfers with a terrific test but there are already concerns that it might turn out to be another Chambers Bay.


US Open Records and Stats

This year is the 117th U.S. Open Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements delves into the numbers and picks out some of the most notable records and stats to be aware of ahead of the second men's major of the year.


Beef Leads Qualifiers at US Open

Much of the field at the US Open have come through qualifying, including the likes of Andrew 'Beef' Johnston at Walton Heath, who will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Michael Campbell who was victorious from that route in 2005.


Daniel Berger Successfully Defends in Memphis

Daniel Berger produced a flawless final round of 66 to successfully defend the St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind. Derek Clements reports on a successful weekend for the young American. 


Why Terrorists Will Never Destroy our Spirit - Derek Clements' Story

Golfshake Writer and Sports Sub-Editor at The Sunday Times, Derek Clements found himself affected by the terrorist attack on London Bridge, with the tragic events being too close for comfort. Derek reflects upon his experiences at the weekend - almost losing a close friend - and why our lives must carry on into the summer ahead, including the Open Championship.


FedEX St. Jude Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

It's the week before the U.S. Open, with most of the biggest names preparing for the second major of the year, but the pack are still in place at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, and Golfshake's Derek Clements has his weekly preview focusing on the contenders.


Lyoness Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

There will be pressure on home favourite Bernd Wiesberger at the Lyoness Open in Austria, but he will face a challenge from the likes of George Coetzee, Joost Luiten and Stephen Gallacher. Derek Clements looks ahead to the event at Diamond Country Club near Vienna.


Remembering the Great Roberto De Vicenzo

The great Roberto de Vicenzo, who won The Open Championship in 1967, passed away last weekat the age of 94. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back on his incredible career, from the successes to the famous scorecard error that cost the Argentine the opportunity to become Masters Champion.


Defiant Jason Dufner Triumphs at the Memorial

Jason Dufner overcame a third round of 77 to defiantly secure a brilliant triumph at a weather-affected Memoral Tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus, while 20-year-old Renato Paratore picked up his first title on the European Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the action.



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