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Golfers Prove That Life Really Does Begin at 40

Lee Westwood rolled back the years in Abu Dhabi to win at the age of 46. The Englishman is just the latest example of golfers tasting glory later in their careers, many of whom have enjoyed incredible success. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on ten stars who defied the clock. read more ...


Lee Westwood’s Win Could Herald Even Bigger Things for 2020

Lee Westwood's resurgent triumph in Abu Dhabi was the latest highlight in a career littered with glorious days, continuing a revival in his 40s. But could this success be the signal that more is coming; potentially an elusive major or Ryder Cup return? Golfshake's Will Trinkwon speculates. read more ...


Golfers With the Most Appearances on the European Tour

When Soren Kjeldsen recently played in the Abu Dhabi Championship, the Dane became just the 12th golfer to have played in at least 600 European Tour events. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look back at the other names who have enjoyed a lengthy career on the circuit, read more ...


Dubai Desert Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads to one of its most iconic events, the Dubai Desert Classic. Boasting a field that includes names like Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Lee Westwood and Matt Wallace, the next chapter of this event is sure to be a memorable one. read more ...


Westwood Rolls Back the Years to Storm to Victory in the Desert

Lee Westwood continues to defy the years, producing a magnificent final round of 67 to win the Abu Dhabi Championship by two shots and revive hopes of an once seemingly unlikely Ryder Cup appearance for the 46-year-old. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a magnificent triumph for the Englishman. read more ...


Abu Dhabi Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Shane Lowry returns to defend his title at the Abu Dhabi Championship, but will be challenged by a formidable field that includes Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood, Bryson DeChambeau and Sergio Garcia. Golfshake's Derek Clements breaks down the main contenders in his tournament preview. read more ...


Inspired Branden Grace Fires Round of 62 to Win South African Open

Ona  day of high emotion, Branden Grace shot a sensational final round of 62 to win the South African Open, while Australia's Cameron Smith, with his attention on struggles faced by his home country, held his nerve to triumph in Hawaii. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend's action. read more ...


What Golf Needs to Change in the 2020s

Golf will survive, but how can it thrive in the new decade? Golfshake's Kieran Clark has identified things that he would like to see happen and change in the game that he believes will benefit the sport during the coming ten years. read more ...


Hopes, Resolutions and Dreams for 2020 Vision

And so, a new year begins. Most of us will have made resolutions, many of which will have already been broken. And our guess is that the world’s best golfers will have done the same thing. Here, Derek Clements takes a look at a few of their hopes and aspirations and wonder who will end up discovering that they have 2020 vision. read more ...


South African Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel will be hoping to bring their major champion class to the historic South African Open, which is this year a tri-sanctioned event between the Sunshine Tour, European Tour and Asian Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews a standout championship on the calendar. read more ...


Notable World Golf Ranking Rises and Falls of 2019

Tiger Woods, Rory Mcllroy, and Brooks Koepka were the stars of this year. However, behind them, there have been many tales of growth and decline. Emerging stars made a name for themselves with the future to come, but for others, there are deep questions to answer going into the new decade. read more ...


Tiger Woods Steals Show in Year to Remember

Brooks Koepka finishes 2019 as the world number one and Rory McIlroy was crowned PGA Tour Player of the Year after his victories in the Players Championship, Tour Championship and Canadian Open, but the year belongs to Tiger Woods. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back on an unforgettable PGA Tour season. read more ...


Money Doesn't Make the World Go Around for McIlroy

Despite being offered almost £2m, Rory Mcilroy has joined Tiger Woods in boycotting the Saudi International, explaining his decision in the face of criticism directed towards Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson for competing in the controversial event. read more ...


Hojgaard Offers Bright View of Future With Thrilling Win in Mauritius

We saw a glimpse of the future at the Mauritius Open as 18-year-old Rasmus Hojgaard secured victory in a playoff at the stunning Heritage Golf Club, courtesy of an eagle on the third extra hole. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a memorable breakthrough for the Dane. read more ...


Mauritius Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Thomas Pieters attempts to get his 2019-20 season off to the perfect start at the Mauritius Open at the Heritage Golf Club.  There will also be a strong South African challenge, led by George Coetzee, Justin Harding and Brandon Stone. read more ...


Larrazabal Walking On Air After Blisters Nearly Derail Win at Leopard Creek

Pablo Larrazabal produced one of the most heart-stopping victories in European Tour history when he won the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek by a single shot from Sweden’s Joel Sjoholm. read more ...


Season May be Over, But There is Still Much Gold to be Won

The PGA Tour has gone into hibernation for December, while the European Tour season has just ended. But don't be fooled into thinking that's the golf done for the year. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at what is to come in the next few weeks. read more ...


Rahm Lands Jackpot With Dramatic Last-Gasp Victory in Dubai

Jon Rahm birdied the 72nd hole to snatch a dramatic last-gasp victory from the jaws of defeat at the DP World Tour Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on an enthralling conclusion to the European Tour season in Dubai. read more ...


Poke Heads Qualifiers in Dramatic Conclusion to Q-School Marathon

Denmark's Benjamin Poke ran away with Qualifying School Final Stage to secure his European Tour card alongside 27 other players. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps a marathon week of drama and pressured golf. read more ...


Rested Rahm Ready to Finish Season on a High

Jon Rahm will tee off in the DP World Tour Championship in third place in the Race to Dubai, with a chance to take it all, despite having taken a break from competing to reflect on his success and stunning rise in the game. read more ...


European Tour Postpones Hong Kong Open

With political protests continuing, the European Tour has taken the decision to postpone next week’s Hong Kong Open, scheduled for the Hong Kong Golf Club, Fanling from November 28 to December 1. An attempt will be made to reschedule the tournament next year. read more ...


Wiesberger in Pole Position to Win Race to Dubai

Bernd Wiesberger leads the Race to Dubai going into the final event, but Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry, Matt Fitpatrick and Jon Rahm still have a chance to claim the main and lucrative prize. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the possible scenarios. read more ...


DP World Tour Championship Preview & Picks

And so it all comes down to this. After a season that began almost 12 months ago, Europe’s elite gather to compete in the DP World Tour Championship, at the end of which the Race to Dubai winner will finally be crowned. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the grand finale of a memorable year. read more ...


Tommy Fleetwood Breaks the Bank With $2.5m Win at Sun City

Tommy Fleetwood moved into Race to Dubai contention after securing his first title of 2019 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, beating Marcus Kinhult in a playoff to claim a record European Tour prize of $2.5. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a dramatic Sunday in South Africa. 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 ...


Craziest Mistakes That Golfers Make

Eddie Pepperell was disqualified at the Turkish Airlines Open after literally running out of golf balls during his third round. Such a bizarre scenario got us thinking about some of the most unusual incidents, daft mistakes and mishaps that we have seen on tour. read more ...


Meet the 2019 Challenge Tour Graduates

It was a day of gut-wrenching drama, but Francesco Laporta won the Challenge Tour Grand Final and in doing so ended the season as the 2019 Road to Mallorca Number One. He will now join the European Tour, along with 14 other hopefuls who now have the opportunity to live out their dreams. read more ...


Nedbank Golf Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

Lee Westwood rolled back the years to win the Nedbank Challenge 12 months ago, but will face a tough defence against the likes of Bernd Wiesberger, Tommy Fleetwood, Louis Oosthuizen and Matt Wallace. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks forward to the penultimate event of the European Tour season. read more ...


Hatton Keeps His Cool to Land Jackpot in Turkey

England's Tyrrell Hatton won the Turkish Airlines Open in a thrilling six-man playoff under the lights to secure his fourth European Tour victory. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a dramatic Sunday. read more ...


Turkish Airlines Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Justin Rose is back at the Turkish Airlines Open, searching for a remarkable third consecutive victory. With the European Tour season nearing its conclusion, this is an opportunity for the likes of Matt Wallace, Francesco Molinari and Patrick Reed to make an impact. read more ...


McIlroy Wins Fourth Title of the Year in China

Rory McIlroy secured his fourth title of 2019 in dramatic fashion when he defeated defending champion Xander Schauffele in a playoff in the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in China. read more ...


WGC-HSBC Champions Preview, Picks & Analysis

China hosts the final World Golf Championship of the year, where Rory McIlroy is set to continue his chase of Brooks Koepka at the summit of the world rankings. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the WGC HSBC Champions. read more ...


Brown Pulls Rabbit From the Hat to Secure Card in Portugal

England's Steven Brown started his week in Portugal in 150th place on the Race to Dubai, knowing that an unlikely victory was all that he had left to secure his card for next season. And that's exactly what he did, incredibly, winning the final regular event of the campaign. read more ...


Portugal Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Portugal Masters is the final regular event of the European Tour season, meaning there is huge pressure on players looking to secure their cards for next year. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what is a pivotal tournament in a beautiful setting. read more ...


Colsaerts Ends Title Drought And Secures Future With Dramatic Win

Nicolas Colsaerts won his first tournament in seven years at Le Golf National, securing his playing rights and, more importantly, his future, with a dramatic victory in the French Open. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on this precious triumph for the popular Belgian. read more ...


McIlroy vs Koepka: Who Will Win More Majors?

There has been much said about whether Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy have an emerging rivalry, but if that was the case, who would come out the victor? Golfshake's Will Trinkwon takes a closer look at the dynamic between the two and makes his judgement. read more ...


Open de France Preview, Picks & Analysis

A year on from the Ryder Cup, the spotlight returns to Le Golf National for the historic Open de France. Most of Europe's stars are absent, but Alex Noren is back to defend his title. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews this classic event. read more ...


Wonderful Wiesberger Completes Italian Job for Third Win of the Year

Bernd Wiesberger stunning resurgence from injury has continued with a brilliant victory at the Italian Open, his third win of the season on the European Tour, and second Rolex Series event. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend's play. read more ...


Italian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Open champion Shane Lowry joins home favourite Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey and Justin Rose in a star-studded field at the Italian Open – the fifth Rolex Series event of the 2019 Race to Dubai – in Rome. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to a tournament rich with history. read more ...


Rahm Reigns in Spain Again and Overtakes Seve

Jon Rahm returned to his homeland and successfully defended his Spanish Open title by five shots, in doing so beating the legendary Seve Ballesteros to a particular record. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend's tour action. read more ...


Mutuactivos Open de Espana Preview, Picks & Analysis

Jon Rahm defends his title at the Open de Espana, with Spanish greats past and present, including Sergio Garcia, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez competing in the historic event. read more ...


Victor Perez Secures Maiden European Tour Victory at Dunhill Links

Frenchman Victor Perez is based near St Andrews in the city of Dundee, and those home comforts must have contributed something, as he secured his first title on the European Tour at the lucrative Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. read more ...


Rory McIlroy Says European Tour Courses Are Too Easy

Rory McIlroy launched a blistering attack on the standards and difficulty of courses used on the European Tour after shooting a final round of 67 to finish in a tie for 26th place at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. read more ...


Who Could Make Their Ryder Cup Debut in 2020

The 2020 Ryder Cup us now under a year away, but who could make their debuts for Padraig Harrington's Europe? Golfshake's Kieran Clark has picked out some potential contenders to secure a place on the team at Whistling Straits. read more ...


Why the Dunhill Links Deserves a Bigger Profile

The European Tour has gathered at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which has attracted a hugely impressive field. But does this unique event receive the hype and status that it deserves? Golfshake's Will Trinkwon makes the case that it doesn't. read more ...


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