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Have the Rule Makers Dropped a Clanger?

Golf's new rules weren't going to please everyone, and one in particularly has many top professionals talking, specifically the fact that the drops will have to be taken from knee height. Golfshake's Derek Clements asks, have the rule makers dropped a clanger? read more ...


Desert Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Jon Rahm is back to defend the Desert Classic - the old Bob Hope tournament - on the PGA Tour, as he embarks on the next stage of what he hopes to be a spectacular year, while veteran Phil Mickelson will be hoping that his golf makes the headlines in California. Derek Clements looks ahead to an event with considerable history. read more ...


All of a Sudden Matt Kuchar Can't Stop Winning Again

Matt Kuchar has continued his resurgence in form after securing his second victory of the PGA Tour season at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on this triumph and the 40-year-old's ambitions going forward. read more ...


What do the Statistics Tell us About Rory McIlroy?

Rory McIlroy turns 30 in 2019. It is almost five years since the most recent of his four major championship victories, but has anything changed in his game? Golfshake's Derek Clements has taken a look through the Northern Irishman's key stats on the PGA Tour. read more ...


Sony Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour moves onto Waialae Country Club for the Sony Open, where Patton Kizzire defends the title. Former champion Justin Thomas is playing, as is three-time major champion Jordan Spieth, who is seeking an improved year. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event. read more ...


Brilliant Schauffele Wins in Hawaii but it's More Sunday Disappointment for Rory

Xander Schauffele shot a remarkable final round of 62 to pip Gary Woodland to the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua in Hawaii, but it was a disappointing Sunday for Rory McIlroy. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the first event of the year. read more ...


Titleist to Sponsor PGA Tour Coverage on Sky Sports Golf in 2019

The PGA Tour has just resumed for 2019 on Sky Sports Golf, ushering a fresh era of sponsorship from Titleist, who have backed the channel's coverage of those regular season tournaments and the prestigious World Golf Championships. read more ...


Rory McIlroy Declares Primary Focus on America Over European Tour

Rory McIlroy is beginning his 2019 season at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, but the former world number one has caused a stir by confirming his intention to focus primarily on the PGA Tour this year. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the Northern Irishman's comments, and doesn't believe it quite adds up. read more ...


Sentry Tournament of Champions Preview, Picks & Analysis

THEY say that there is no rest for the wicked and it certainly seems like the elite of the PGA Tour have hardly had time to draw breath before they return to action at the Tournament of Champions, an event exclusively for men who won in 2018. read more ...


10 Players to Watch on the PGA Tour in 2019

What can we expect to witness on the PGA Tour in 2019? The likes of Cameron Champ have offered a glimpse into the future, while veterans and established names will looking for better times. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out ten players to follow. read more ...


Notable World Golf Ranking Rises and Falls of 2018

We have looked through the latest Official World Golf Ranking – 16th December – and compared it to the final list of 2017 to pick out some of the most notable players who have ascended and slumped throughout this year. read more ...


10 of the Best from the PGA Tour in 2018

It was quite a season on the PGA Tour. From the comeback of Tiger Woods, the major dominance of Brooks Koepka, and the continued success of Justin Rose, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas, Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the best from the past year. read more ...


9 Disappointments from 2018 in Golf

It's been a year packed with great performances and achievements on tour, but there have been disappointments too. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at golfers who could have done better in 2018. read more ...


Youngest Golfers to Play in Professional Tournaments

The story of 14-year-old Chinese golfer Kuang Yang qualifying for the Volvo China Open has rekindled memories of past teenagers who emerged onto the professional stage at a remarkably young age. We take a look back at some of the most notable examples of kids playing on tour. read more ...


Laidback Louis Crowned King of South Africa

Having lifted the Claret Jug at St Andrews in 2010, Louis Oosthuizen has achieved much in his career, but there have rarely been more emotional triumphs than his success at the South African Open on Sunday. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on a meaningful victory. read more ...


QBE Shootout Preview, Picks & Analysis

24 golfers have been paired together for the QBE Shootout, including a team of Tony Finau and Lexi Thompson, which is a fun and lucrative exhibition to complete the year. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the partnerships. read more ...


Tiger Reflects on Comeback Year as he Plans to Reduce Playing Schedule

Tiger Woods has reflected on a remarkable 12 months that saw him return to the game, win again on the PGA Tour, contend in majors, and play in the Ryder Cup, but also note his plans for 2019 will be different to this past year. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports. read more ...


Rahm Leaves Woods in the Shade as Rose Fails to Reclaim World No 1 Spot

Jon Rahm finished his year in style by cruising to victory in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, while there were victories across the planet for Cameron Smith and Kurt Kitayama. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the action. read more ...


The Hero World Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

A year since he made this return to the game, Tiger Woods hosts the Hero World Challenge, bringing together a select field of impressive names in The Bahamas, including Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Tommy Fleetwood. Who is going to end the year on a high? Derek Clements previews the event. read more ...


Breakthrough for Rai, Success for Van Dam, and World Cup Triumph for Belgium

Christmas lights have been switched in high streets across the country, but that hasn't curbed the weekly anthology of professional golf, with a series of events concluding during the weekend. From the World Cup of Golf in Australia, the European Tour season-opener in Hong Kong, the LET finale in Spain, and yes, 'The Match' between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, there was surprisingly a lot going on. read more ...


Heartwarming Comeback Stories in Golf Lead to Tears of Joy

We have seen a series of heartwarming comeback victories in recent weeks across the professional game, with emotional triumphs for Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar, Danny Willett, Charles Howell III and Lexi Thompson. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look the significance of each of them. read more ...


World Cup of Golf Preview, Picks & Analysis

28 nations have been brought together for the World Cup of Golf in Australia. The home team - represented by Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith - are the top seeds but will face a strong challenge from England's Tyrrell Hatton and Ian Poulter. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to this showpiece event. read more ...


Emotional Charles Howell Secures First Title in 11 Years

IF Danny Willett thought that his 31-month wait for a victory was excruciating, then he might want to spare a thought for Charles Howell III, whose triumph at the RSM Classic at Sea Island was his first in 11 years. Derek Clements reports on another memorable and inspiring story in professional golf. read more ...


When Caddying Becomes a Family Affair

Lee Westwood secured his first victory in four years with his partner, Helen Storey, caddying, having recently had his son Sam on the bag. There have been many examples of professionals employing a friend or family member. We take a look at some of the most notable golfers to have done so. read more ...


RSM Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour heads to beautiful Sea Island for the RSM Classic, which is the last event on the schedule this year. Austin Cook defends the title, but this is a great chance for lesser known names to secure an early season victory. read more ...


Lee Westwood Rolls Back the Years to Win at Sun City

Former world number one Lee Westwood has rejuvenated his career with a spectacular performance in South Africa. He produced a brilliant final round of 64 to overhaul Sergio Garcia and win the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City. It was his first victory in four years. read more ...


Mayakoba Golf Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour heads down south to Mexico for the Mayakoba Golf Classic, with Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau and Rickie Fowler in the field looking to secure their first victories of 2018. Golfshake's Derek Clements assesses their chances. read more ...


Sweet Smell of Success for Justin Rose after Title Defence in Turkey

Justin Rose reclaimed his position at the top of the world rankings when he successfully defended the Turkish Airlines Open. He defeated China’s Li Haotong in a playoff. While over on the PGA Tour, Bryson DeChambeau won for the fourth time this year. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the weekend. read more ...


How Mind Games Can Threaten Lives and Careers

Lexi Thompson has recently shared her struggles with mental health and body image issues. It's the latest example of an elite sportsperson facing these difficulties. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at some of the stories across professional golf and other sports that have highlighted the subject. read more ...


Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Patrick Cantlay is defending his title at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, with Jordan Spieth making a notable appearance in the field as he looks to secure his first victory of the year. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event. read more ...


Finau Pipped at the Post by Schauffele in China as Champ Secures First Win

Impressive Xander Schauffele held off Tony Finau to win the WGC HSBC Champions in China, while widely touted Cameron Champ lived up to his name by securing his maiden PGA Tour victory. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on an impressive weekend for American players. read more ...


WGC HSBC Champions Preview, Picks & Analysis

Justin Rose's incredible year began 12 months ago when he triumphed in the WGC HSBC Champions, taking advantage of Dustin Johnson's collapse. Now back to defend the title, the Englishman faces most of the game's elite, as the Race to Dubai finale approaches. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the last World Golf Championship of the year. read more ...


Sanderson Farms Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The world's elite golfers are in China for the World Golf Championship, but the regular PGA Tour returns to America for the Sanderson Farms Championship, where Ryan Armour defends, as several names are looking to reboot their careers in the early season.  read more ...


Koepka on Top of the World after Victory in Korea

Brooks Koepka capped an unbelievable season when he recorded a final round of 64 to win the CJ Cup in South Korea - in the process, he became the new World No 1. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the latest stunning achievement from the American. read more ...


Tiger Wants to be Playing Captain at Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods has surpassed expectations in his comeback by contending in majors, playing in the Ryder Cup, and winning the Tour Championship. As captain of the USA at the Presidents Cup in 2019, he is intrigued by the possibility of combining that role with playing, emulating Hale Irwin in 1994. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports. read more ...


Johnny Miller to Hand Over the Microphone to Paul Azinger

Johnny Miller, the two-time major champion who redefined golf commentary on American television, is to retire early next year, and is expected to be replaced by Paul Azinger. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on this ending of an era. read more ...


CJ Cup at Nine Bridges Preview, Picks & Analysis

A stellar field assembles in South Korea for the $9.5m CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, where Justin Thomas will be defending his title. It is only the second staging of the tournament and features an elite field of 78, with no halfway cut, including the likes of Brooks Koepka and Jason Day. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks forward to it. read more ...


Pepperell is the Master of all he Surveys at Walton Heath

Two years after losing his tour card, Eddie Pepperell's breakthrough season continues in sparkling fashion on the European Tour, after the Englishman won the British Masters at Walton Heath. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on this latest success for the 27-year-old. read more ...


Don't Blame the Golf Course Phil

Following his disappointing performance at the Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson took aim at the setup of Le Golf National, bemoaning the apparently narrow fairways and thick rough that didn't suit his game. Golfshake's Derek Clements responds to the five-time major champion's critique. read more ...


The Youngsters with Stars in their Eyes and the Guys Who Wish they Still Did

The new season on the PGA Tour is here, while the European Tour's campaign is approaching its end. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at the contrasting fresh names on the American circuit, and those battling to save their cards in Europe. read more ...


CIMB Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour has headed overseas for the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur. Justin Thomas has won this event twice, and his back looking for a third triumph after his impressive display at the Ryder Cup. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the limited field event. read more ...


Lucas Bjerregard Takes Advantage of Hatton’s Slip to Win at St Andrews

Tyrrell Hatton came up a shot short in his attempt to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship for an unprecedented third year on the trot as Lucas Bjerregaard produced a brilliant round of 67 on the Old Course at St Andrews to win his second European Tour title. read more ...


Safeway Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Believe it or not, the new PGA Tour season begins this week at the Safeway Open. Brendan Steele has won this event during the past two years, and will be hoping to complete a unique treble. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks forward to the 2018/19 opener. read more ...


The Greatest Comebacks in Sport

Tiger Woods completed one of the most incredible comebacks in history by winning the Tour Championship, but where does it rank with the greatest in sport? Golfshake's Derek Clements places it alongside a variety of different extraordinary stories and events. read more ...


Golfshake Podcast #31: Ryder Cup Preview, Tiger's Incredible Comeback

Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook joins Kieran Clark on the Golfshake Podcast to discuss the incredible scenes as Tiger Woods claimed an incredible comeback victory at the Tour Championship, and they look forward to this week's Ryder Cup. read more ...


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