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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. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


Behind the Scenes at the Hero Challenge with Provision Events

The final 'Hero Challenge' of the season was played in Dubai, with the spectacular Atlantic Palm Resort serving as a striking backdrop. Several of the best golfers in the world hit their shots towards a Provision Events designed floating green. This is a chance to get a touch of insight behind the process of building the stage for the event. read more ...


Q-School Would Be Dramatic and Compelling Television

Majors and Tour Championships are great TV, but surely the purest exhibition of pressure within golf comes at the Final Stage of Qualifying School, the six-round gauntlet that whittles down hundreds of hopefuls into a select few who ensure themselves of status on the European Tour. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


Great History of the European Tour Order of Merit and Race to Dubai

The European Tour season comes to its natural conclusion this week as Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia battle for the Race to Dubai and Harry Vardon Trophy. Golfshake's Kieran Clark looks back at the history of the Order of Merit, and reflects on its significance. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


European Tour to Debut 40 Second Shot Clock in 2018

 Next year's Shot Clock Masters in Austria on the European Tour will be the first official tournament to use a shot clock on every shot as the circuit looks to combat the increasingly lengthy time it is taking for the top professionals to complete 18 holes. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


Rory McIlroy Sets Major Career Goals for 2018 and Beyond

Rory McIlroy completed a disappointing season at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, but as Kieran Clark writes, the Northern Irishman is now looking forward to gearing himself up for a major 2018, targeting several lofty objectives next year and throughout the rest of his career. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


New Dad Tommy Fleetwood Steps Back Onto Favourite Stage

New father Tommy Fleetwood steps back into the competitive environment of the European Tour at his favourite destination on the circuit, as he looks to extend his lead at the summit of the Race to Dubai after enjoying a sparkling season to date. read more ...


Rory McIlroy is Enjoying Return to the Dunhill Links

Rory McIlroy is bringing down the curtain on his 2017 season this week at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and he’s enjoying a long overdue return to the showpiece event at the Home of Golf that saw him secure his tour card as a fledgling professional a decade ago. read more ...


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. read more ...


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? read more ...


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. read more ...


New Events, Revised Dates and Innovative Formats Define 2018 European Tour

The European Tour season has several considerably important weeks to come, but that hasn’t stopped the game’s most international and diverse circuit from unveiling its full 2018 schedule, which includes new events, revised dates, and innovative formats. read more ...


Rory McIlroy Looks Forward to Refreshed and Healthier 2018

Rory McIlroy is already looking forward to a required period of respite from the game as he builds towards better things in 2018, with his fortnightly UK season-ending sojourn beginning in earnest this week at the eagerly anticipated British Masters from Close House in Newcastle. read more ...


Golfshake Podcast #16 FedEx Cup, British Masters & Urban Golf

Host Kieran Clark discusses the 2017 FedEx Cup, the European Tour's British Masters and this week's Podcast features an interview by Owen Davies with James Day of Urban Golf in London. read more ...


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. read more ...


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 read more ...


Rory McIlroy Enters British Masters

This month's British Masters presented by Sky Sports was already set to be a major highlight on the calendar, but anticipation will only increase over the coming week in the north-east of England with the news that Rory McIlroy has confirmed his participation in the event at Close House, which is to be hosted by Lee Westwood. read more ...


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. read more ...


Marc Leishman Completes Impressive Victory at BMW Championship

Australia’s Marc Leishman completed an impressive wire-to-wire victory in the BMW Championship to banish the memories of a disappointing loss in his previous event to secure a third victory on the PGA Tour and move into one of the coveted top five positions on the FedEx Cup standings before the season-ending Tour Championship. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


Rory McIlroy to Skip Race to Dubai and Conclude Season Early

Rory McIlroy has confirmed that his 2017 season will conclude earlier than originally planned, with the Northern Irishman set to pass on competing in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai finale later in the autumn. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


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. read more ...


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