Tag: The Open

Golf Quiz #4 - How Much Do You Know About The Open?

Staged across many of the finest links courses in the United Kingdom, The Open is golf's most prestigious event, the most distinctive, and the one that has the biggest international reach. But how much do you know about the championship? Have a go at our latest quiz and see test your knowledge. read more ...


The Only 3 Golf Events You Must Attend

Watching sport on TV is one thing, it's undoubtedly the best way to witness the unfolding drama of a final day, but there is nothing else that can replicate being there live. There are hundreds of events in golf each year, but we wanted to identify the ones that you must experience above the rest, putting the question to the masses on social media to find a consensus. read more ...


The Open Championship Cancelled For 2020

Not since the darkness of war in 1945 has the Champion Golfer of the Year not been crowned in golf's oldest major, but the R&A has now confirmed that The Open Championship in 2020 has been cancelled, setting the schedule back by 12 months. read more ...


New Major Championship Dates Confirmed

Beginning what was scheduled to be the week of The Masters, it's been a significant day of news in golf, as the various governing bodies and organisations have revealed a newly revised plan of dates for this season's majors.  read more ...


A Message to the R&A - You Cannot Be Serious!

Responding to reports that The Open was set to be cancelled, the R&A has issued a statement confirming that a decision has yet to be made, and that every scenario, including postponement was on the table. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that this development confuses things further, and that the governing body is simply delaying the inevitable. read more ...


Guide to Staying at The Open in 2020

In July this year, thousands of people will descend on the small historic town of Sandwich, Kent, to watch the 149th playing of The Open Championship at Royal St George's. Now, if you want to be among them, but don't fancy commuting from a long distance, Golfshake's Will Trinkwon explains what options you have for accomodation. read more ...


The Biggest Crowds in Golf History

Each year, the Waste Mangement Phoenix Open draws a staggering number of people to TPC Scottsdale, a record 719,179 for the week in 2018. But how does this compare to other events in the game? We take a look at the biggest crowds in golf history. read more ...


80 Remarkable Jack Nicklaus Facts & Stats

The Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus remains the ultimate benchmark for golf's emerging champions. Now 80, we felt it was a timely moment to pick out 80 Facts & Stats that underline the greatness of a career that rewrote the history books. read more ...


18 Toughest Holes on The Open Rota

There are 180 holes that comprise the Open Championship rotation, but which are the most difficult for average golfers? Looking at a decade of statistics from the Golfshake Score Tracker, we have been able to identify some of the most testing holes based on the scorecards of Golfshake Members. read more ...


Why is the 18th Hole So Hard?

Whether it be the pressure, stamina, or difficulty, there is something about 18th holes that many golfers find troublesome. We have studied thousands of tracked rounds, looked back at major disasters, and shared our own personal stories, to reflect on the mystery that is the final hole of the round. read more ...


Attend the 2021 Open at St Andrews

Despite being two years away, anticipation is already rising for the 150th Open at St Andrews in 2021. This milestone edition of the game's original major at the Home of Golf is an unmissable event, with Golfbreaks.com unveiling attractive packages to ensure that you can experience the dramatic setting of the Old Course with the iconic Claret Jug on the line. read more ...


Royal Portrush Staged Passionate Open for the Ages

It was an event for the ages. Huge and passionate crowds at Royal Portrush roared Shane Lowry to success and the Claret Jug. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on this year's Open, the highs and lows, making the argument that the championship needs to return soon. read more ...


How the World's Finest Rated at Royal Portrush

When a major comes round, the focus is placed on those players at the top of the world rankings. But how did they perform at Royal Portrush? Golfshake's Derek Clements goes down the top ten and gives those golfers a rating for the week. read more ...


Why Rory McIlroy’s Open Disappointment Will Only Make Him Stronger

Rory McIlroy turned up at Royal Portrush with the highest of hopes, but it was a disastrous Thursday, costing him a place at the weekend despite a stunning Friday charge. However, Golfshake writer Will Trinkwon believes this disappointment will only drive the Northern Irishman on to more success in future. read more ...


Shane Lowry Produces Priceless Masterpiece to Win The Open

Shane Lowry admitted that he would go to bed dreaming of getting his hands on the Claret Jug. Now that dream has come true. The fans were magnificent all week long and they got precisely what they wanted - an Irish winner. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the remarkable scenes at Royal Portrush. read more ...


Why Jack Nicklaus May Be the Best Links Golfer in History

Who is the greatest links golfer in history? Harry Vardon, James Braid, John Henry Taylor, Peter Thomson and Tom Watson all won at least five Open Championships. But Golfshake's Kieran Clark believes that Jack Nicklaus has a claim to have been the best on the British seaside. read more ...


6 Beards to Look Out for During Open Sunday

It's been a very special Open return to Royal Portrush, but one thing that has struck writer Will Trinkwon are the number of bears in contention. Here is Will's light hearted look ahead to the final round of this year's championship. read more ...


Shane Lowry Shoots Incredible 63 to Control Open Championship

Three years after taking a four-shot lead into the final round of the US Open, Ireland’s Shane Lowry has the same advantage heading into the last day of the 148th Open after a sensational performance at Royal Portrush. read more ...


Shane Lowry Carries Irish Hopes at Royal Portrush

Shane Lowry dropped a shot at the final hole and missed his chance of leading The Open Championship at Royal Portrush on his own. Instead, his second 67 leaves him on eight under par, tied with American JB Holmes. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on an emotional Friday. read more ...


Rory's Portrush Dream Turns Into Open Nightmare

Rory McIlroy's Open dream turned into a nightmare of the worst possible kind as he returned to the magnificent Dunluce links at Royal Portrush. Golfshake's Derrek Clements reflects on a dramatic Thursday at the 148th Championship. read more ...


David Duval Deserves Better Than Being a Punchline

Former champion David Duval made headlines on Thursday at Royal Portrush by shooting 91 in The Open, including a 14 on one hole. Golfshake's Kieran Clark reflects on the highs and lows of Duval's career, remembering him at his peak, stating that the former number one deserves more sympathy than ridicule. read more ...


6 Reasons Why The 2019 Open Will Be One For The Ages

The 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush has begun. Returning to a spectacular venue with a variety of stories coming into the week, Golfshake writer Will Trinkwon believes that year's championship will be a classic. read more ...


The Greatest Open Championships in History

Since it began, the Open Championship has been an indelible part of the ancient game. Reflecting on that rich history, it's fascinating to see all that has come before. What are the greatest Championships? Golfshake's Kieran Clark has gone through all 147 of them - picking out two from each decade - that best tell the continuing story of the Open. read more ...


How to Pick a Winner at The Open Championship

With 10 hours of tee times bracing the often variable weather conditions of these islands, the Open Championship asks questions of the game's best players that they don't otherwise face. But there are trends to follow when it comes to identifying a potential winner this week. read more ...


2019 The Open Preview Podcast

Looking ahead to the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush, Golfshake's Kieran Clark was joined by Ryan Rastall, PGA Pro at Howley Hall Golf Club in Leeds, to preview the game's original major.  read more ...


The Open 2019 Preview, Picks & Analysis

For the first time in 68 years The Open Championship returns to Northern Ireland with the magnificent Royal Portrush hosting the world’s oldest major. But who is going to etch their name onto the Claret Jug? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the 148th Open. read more ...


Five Outsiders to Follow at The Open

Lifting the Claret Jug is to become part of history. While much attention will be placed upon the favourites at the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush, Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out a handful of players who spring a surprise. read more ...


Six Players to Watch at The Open

156 players have qualified for the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush. But which of them will add their name to the storied history of this event? Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out six key golfers to watch in Northern Ireland. read more ...


How to Keep Track of The Open on TV and Radio

The Open Championship is golf's original major, but that doesn't mean that time has stood still when it comes to showcasing it. Here are the key times and places to follow for the live coverage. read more ...


The Open by Numbers

First played at Prestwick in 1860, when eight players gathered to crown the new Champion Golfer following the death of St Andrews professional Allan Robertson, the Open Championship has been synonymous with the history and continuing story of the game. As we celebrate the 148th edition, Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out key numbers that set the scene. read more ...


Royal Portrush Hole by Hole Guide

The Open Championship returns to Royal Portrush in 2019, nearly 70 years after Max Faulkner lifted the Claret Jug in 1951. This revered layout ranks among the best rated in the world and will provide an engrossing challenge to the game's best players. Here is your guide to the Dunluce Course. read more ...


A Round to Remember for Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has achieved many incredible things in golf, but the round that sticks in his head as the most memorable was the astonishing 61 he shot at Royal Portrush as a 16-year-old in 2005. Golfshake's Derek Clements gathers quotes and footage to complete a picture of that remarkable display. read more ...


FootJoy Launches Special Edition Open Championship Shoe

Celebrating the historic return of The Open Championship to Northern Ireland, FootJoy has launched a Limited-Edition model of its acclaimed Pro/SL shoe, which features the iconic Claret Jug logo on both the saddle and tongue. read more ...


Irish Eyes Certain to be Smiling at Royal Portrush

Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the long awaited return of The Open to Northern Ireland and Royal Portrush, as the game's oldest major makes its away across the Irish Sea for just the second time, delving into the history of the 1951 Championship. read more ...


12 Women Invited to Join Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield

Two years after the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield voted to change their controversial, male-only membership policy, the historic club has announced that it has now invited 12 women to join the East Lothian institution, paving the way for its return to the Open Championship rotation. read more ...


Best Regional Open Qualifying Venues on Golfshake

Open Regional Qualifying takes place over 13 venues across the British Isles. Playing in Regional Qualifying is a potential opportunity of a lifetime, but it's also the chance to play on some revered courses. We have taken a closer look at each of the regional venues used in 2019, including the unique Golfshake reviews. read more ...


American Golf Offers Chance to Become Official Scorer at Open Championship

Presenting an unforgettable opportunity for one golf fan to experience the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush as an official scorer - in addition to meeting the legendary Tom Watson - American Golf has joined forces with Mastercard to offer a truly special prize to customers. read more ...


Portrush Boy Graeme McDowell Qualifies for The Open

Dreams do come true for Graeme McDowell, whose eighth-place finish in the Canadian Open was enough to secure a place in July's Open Championship at his hometown course of Royal Portrush. Golfshake's Kieran Clark reflects on the continuing resurgence of the Northern Irishman. read more ...


Portrush Open to Showcase Best of Northern Ireland

This summer, Royal Portrush is poised to host golf's oldest and greatest championship, an event that will showcase the best of Northern Ireland as a tourist destination. read more ...


Slumbers Raises Brexit Concerns for Portrush Open

This year's Open Championship is hotly anticipated due to the return of Royal Portrush as a venue, but the preparations for the event may prove complicated due to the impact Brexit, concerns raised by R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers.  read more ...


Countdown to the 148th Open at Royal Portrush

This year's Open Championship marks a historic return to Royal Portrush and Northern Ireland. Marking the countdown, a spectacular and inspiring film has been released, showcasing the best of what can be experienced in the nation. read more ...


2019 Open at Royal Portrush Packages Available with Golfbreaks.com

The Open Championship makes its return to Royal Portrush this July, and unprecedented demand has seen direct tickets sold out months, but midweek packages - including access to Thursday and Friday's rounds - are still available with Golfbreaks.com, providing golf fans with the opportunity to ensure that they are part of this historic event. read more ...


Record Crowds at Carnoustie Set Up Open Extravaganza at Royal Portrush

The 2018 Open at Carnoustie was an enthralling spectacle, and enjoyed by record crowds at the Angus venue, including 20,000 fans under the age of 25. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why this sets up next year's hotly anticipated return to Royal Portrush. read more ...


Newfound Ryder Cup Optimism for Europe after Open

Despite the leaderboard having been dominated by players from the United States, it turned out to be a great Open Championship for Europe, with Francesco Molinari taking the title. Derek Clements has newfound optimism for their chances in the Ryder Cup. read more ...


Carnoustie Championship Course Guide and Review

Host of the 2018 Open Championship, Carnoustie Golf Links is one of the great venues of Scottish and British golf. Here is our full guide and review to the Championship Course, including the history, experience and course. read more ...


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