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Strange Things That Golf Commentators Say

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


View From The Fairway - Ryder Cup Race Resumes

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


Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


The Amateur Golfers Who Won Professional Tour Events

It has now been 30 years since then-amateur Phil Mickelson won the Northern Telecom Open in Tucson. He remains the most recent amateur golfer to win on the PGA Tour. There has naturally always been a divide between the paid and non-paid ranks, but throughout the history of the game, several amateurs have successfully upstaged their professional rivals on tour and in major championships. read more ...


Lee Westwood Voted AGW Golfer of the Year

Following a season that saw him clinch the Race to Dubai and European Tour No 1 crown a third time, Lee Westwood has been voted the "Golfer of the Year" by the Association of Golf Writers (AGW). read more ...


World No 2 Jon Rahm Joins Callaway Golf

World No. 2 Jon Rahm has signed with Callaway Golf ahead of the 2021 season, becoming a Staff Pro, where he will now transition into deploying a full bag of Callaway Woods, Callaway Irons, Callaway Wedges, a Callaway Chrome Soft X Golf Ball and an Odyssey Putter. read more ...


10 Golfers in Need of a Big Season in 2021

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


12 Golfers To Look Out For in 2021

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


European Tour Announces 42-Tournament Schedule for 2021

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


Lee Westwood Proves There is No Substitute for Experience

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


European Tour Deserves Credit For Completing Season in Style

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


Fitzpatrick Wins But Westwood Finishes Season as King of Europe

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


DP World Tour Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


Christiaan Bezuidenhout Does the Double in South Africa

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


Peter Alliss, the Voice of Golf, Dies at 89

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


European Tour and PGA Tour Alliance Should Be Celebrated

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


View From The Fairway - Leopard Creek is Majestic

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


South African Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


Golf in Dubai Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


Briliant Bezuidenhout Wins Second Title on Home Soil

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


Who Is The Longest And Most Accurate On Tour?

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


View From The Fairway - Wilco Nienaber is a Future Star

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


Alfred Dunhill Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


Hansen Claims Maiden Victory to Deny Nienaber in South Africa

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


No Need To Panic Over Europe's Ryder Cup Prospects

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


Joburg Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


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

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


Robert MacIntyre Secures Maiden European Tour Victory

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


Cyprus Showdown Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


View From The Fairway - Inclusivity is Vital for Golf

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


Callum Shinkwin Claims Breakthrough Victory at Aphrodite Hills

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


Paul Lawrie & Catriona Matthew to Help Develop Future Scottish Champions

Scotland's two most recent major champions, Paul Lawrie and Catriona Matthew, are to lend their support to deliver future generations of Scottish winners as part of a mentoring programme for the country's most exciting young talent. read more ...


Rory Admits He Has to Eliminate the Mistakes

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


Cyprus Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


View From The Fairway - Time to Embrace the WHS

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


Ross McGowan Completes Italian Job for First Win in 11 Years

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


Italian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


View From The Fairway - Frustration of Unrepaired Pitchmarks

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


Adrian Otaegui Wins in Scotland With Final Round of 63

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


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

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


Scottish Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


Dream Comes True for Tyrrell Hatton at Wentworth

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


BMW PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

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


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

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


Why Geography Holds Back English Golfers in Majors

When recalling Englishmen who have won majors in the last 20 years, despite many great contenders, only Justin Rose and Danny Willett have tasted that glory in the men's game. Will Trinkwon believes that geography and the nature of the golf calendar is the main factor that prevents further success. read more ...



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