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Tommy Fleetwood Heading Back to America to Resume Season

Following months at home, Tommy Fleetwood is venturing back across the Atlantic to begin two weeks of quarantine, in readiness for his return to action at the 3M Open, ahead of the WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational and PGA Championship, insisting that he has no problem with Rory McIlroy, who had been critical of those who had delayed coming over. read more ...


15 of the Best Caddies in Golf

For a tour player, a good caddie can be worth three or four shots a round - and maybe more than that. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at just some of the best in business, past and present, those characters who guide the world's best players around major championship venues. read more ...


Rory McIlroy's 7 Most Controversial Moments

For over a decade, Rory McIlroy has captivated golf fans with his incredible play and major championship successes, but his admirable outspokenness, honesty and strength of character has occasionally placed the Northern Irishman into controversy situations. Will Trinkwon has picked out seven of the world number one's most contentious moments. read more ...


US Open Reveals New Exemption Categories

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Open was forced to switch from its original date to September at the fearsome Winged Foot Golf Club. But without normal qualifying in place, confirming the makeup of America's national championship, the USGA has revealed new exemption categories, designed to create a field of 144 golfers. read more ...


10 of Golf's Biggest and Best Characters

Golf has been littered with many colourful, fascinating and charismatic figures through the decades, something that Golfshake's Derek Clements celebrates in this feature, describing several of his favourite characters across various eras in the game. read more ...


Marcus Armitage Claims Latest 2020protour Title

Popular European Tour star Marcus Armitage produced a stunning back-nine at Oulton Hall to claim a narrow one stroke victory at the latest 2020protour event, a series that is providing gender-equal tournaments in the north of England. read more ...


Padraig Harrington Faces Ryder Cup Headache

It didn't seem likely a few weeks ago, but there are now signs that the Ryder Cup may go ahead in September, but as Golfshake's Derek Clements explains, considering the lack of qualifying events for many European golfers, Padraig Harrington faces a headache with regard to forming a competitive team. read more ...


European Golfers Will See Rankings Fall Through No Fault of Their Own

Golf’s world rankings were suspended on March 15 when the sport locked down. But with the action back under way in the USA that has now all changed. However, Golfshake's Derek Clements explains how those men who ply their trade on the European Tour are going to suffer because they have no events to play in. read more ...


Rory McIlroy Suggests European Tour and PGA Tour Should Merge

With the full economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic yet to be known, world number one Rory McIlroy has expressed fear for the future of the European Tour, suggesting that it should potentially merge with the PGA Tour to help simplify and strengthen the game at the highest level. read more ...


European Tour Missed a Trick by Not Embracing Women

The European Tour has announced its return with a "UK Swing" of events in the UK, but for players on the Ladies European Tour, there remains considerable uncertainty. Golfshake's Derek Clements doesn't understand why the two circuits haven't co-hosted tournaments, bringing male and female golfers together this summer. read more ...


Cover Your Ears - European Tour Players to Wear Microphones

In a revolutionary move, European Tour officials plan to ask players to wear microphones when the action restarts at the British Masters at Close House. CEO Keith Pelley explains why he believes that it could become 'the way of life' at future events. read more ...


Discover the UK Swing Venues

Reminiscent of the European Tour's formative days in the 1970s and 80s, the circuit will spend an extended period across the United Kingdom this summer courtesy of the newly unveiled 'UK Swing' of tournaments, showcasing several courses that haven't been seen on TV for years. We take a closer look at each of the venues you'll see this July and August. read more ...


The European Tour Returns With Six Event UK Swing

The European Tour has announced its new schedule for the rest of 2020, and it will kick off with the British Masters, the first of six consecutive tournaments staged in the UK, introducing events at Forest of Arden, Hanbury Manor, Celtic Manor and The Belfry. read more ...


Revised European Tour Events Possibly Taking Shape

THE good news is that it looks like when the European Tour makes its long-awaited return, much of the action could take place in England according to reports. read more ...


Beef Finds a Road to Happiness

Andrew "Beef" Johnston quickly became a crowd favourite on both sides of the Atlantic, but spotlight brought a pressure that proved damaging to the Englishman's mental health. Now, he is speaking out on the challenges he faced, and the progress that has been made. read more ...


Rory is Raring to Go on the PGA Tour

Set for the return of golf, world number one Rory McIlroy has confirmed that he will be playing in all three PGA Tour events next month as it is revealed he is Britain’s second-wealthiest sportsman behind Lewis Hamilton. read more ...


European Tour Finds a Virtual Solution

With tournaments suspended, many leading professionals have been turning to solutions at home and now the European Tour has come up with a novel way of giving us - and some of their top players - our fix of tournament golf, albeit without crowds and caddies.  Find out more about the new BMW Indoor Invitational powered by TrackMan. read more ...


20 of the Most Unforgettable Golf Images

Making his living through the written word, Golfshake's Derek Clements also has a deep appreciation for the role of photography in capturing indelible moments in golf. There are countless examples of unforgettable images, but here are just 20 of Derek's favourites. read more ...


Shane Lowry Desperate to Start Playing Again - Even Without Fans

While there might be mixed feelings about the resumption of play on the PGA Tour at Fort Worth on June 11, Open champion Shane Lowry says that he is looking forward to returning to action, even though the Charles Schwab Challenge will be played in eerie silence, without any spectators. read more ...


Doubts Raised About PGA Tour's Scheduled Return

The PGA Tour has now confirmed that it is targeting a June restart for its season, looking to complete the year with a 36 tournament schedule, but former Open champion Francesco Molinari is among the voices who has questioned whether this is a realistic ambition. read more ...


The Lowest Rounds Shot in Golf

What is the lowest round shot in golf? The first place to check are records on the professional tours. However, if you dig a little deeper, there have been several staggering 18-hole totals compiled beyond the glare of TV cameras. We take a look at the rounds that made history. read more ...


Do You Know Who Said What?

Golfers don't always let their clubs do the talking, sometimes they have a lot to say. Golfshake's Derek Clements has delved into the archives to find memorable quotes and comments, but can you remember who said them? Test yourself and see if you can pair the player to the line. read more ...


The Tour Events That Have Been Postponed or Cancelled

The Senior Open at Sunningdale is just the latest tour event that has been postponed in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, with many others cancelled. Golfshake's Derek Clements provides an update on the current situation, and the state of play for professional golf. read more ...


Why the Face of Pro Golf May Never Be the Same Again

As the world contends with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Golfshake's Derek Clements explores the potential ramifications for tour golf, specifically whether the changing priorities of tournament sponsors could see events threatened in the near future. read more ...


Changes We Want to See in Golf

The Open is postponed to 2021 and golf is presently in limbo, but the game will return, however things may be different, which doesn't necessarily have to be a negative. What do you hope from the future? Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out areas that he wants to see change. read more ...


10 of the Very Best Golf Celebrations

Golf is a game that generates emotion and when things go right, the people who play it at the very highest level can be excused for letting their feelings get the better of them. Here we share ten of our favourite celebrations. read more ...


The A to Z of Golf

Golf means different things to us and, with so much time on his hands these past couple of weeks, Golfshake's Derek Clements has been thinking about what he misses most, the history of the game, the characters, the courses, and the great tournaments, coming up with his own A-Z of Golf. read more ...


The Irish Open Could Be Played Behind Closed Doors

Among many events postponed on the European Tour, could the Irish Open go ahead later this year behind closed doors? Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley beleives that is a strong possibility for the tournament at Mount Juliet. read more ...


Favourite TV Golf Commentary Lines

Knowing the right thing to say is one thing. Knowing when to say it is something different. That is the art of golf commentary, the lines that have defined generations of magical moments in the game. Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out some of his favourites. 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 ...


What Tour Pros Are REALLY Doing to Fill the Void

Just like the rest of us, professional golfers are struggling to cope with being stuck at home - and are dealing with it in different ways. From Ian Poulter to Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald, many tour stars are coming up with creative methods to fill the void. read more ...


What Should Happen if the Ryder Cup is Postponed?

With major championships and events being cancelled or postponed, questions are now being asked of the Ryder Cup's status, which will be in a challenging position for scheduling amid an uncertain qualification window. Opinion is divided between players and captain. Golfshake's Derek Clements asks; what should happen? read more ...


It's Time to Make Things Tougher for Tour Pros

When it comes to the condition of golf courses, tour professionals are spoilt, the fairways are immaculate, the greens pristine, the bunkers perfectly raked. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that making things rougher, tougher and harsher is the answer to many complaints that viewers have. read more ...


The Enforced Break Is Timely For Some Tour Professionals

Tournament golf around the world is paused, putting weekly events and the majors on limbo, but while that is bad timing for the majority of players and fans, Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why some PGA Tour stars may not be entirely disappointed by the extended break. read more ...


What Your Favourite Golfers Might Be Doing During Their Enforced Break

We are living in strange times with much of the world in lockdown, but to lighten the mood, we started wondering what the world’s top tour professionals might be doing to keep themselves busy at a time when they are not able to play competitive golf. read more ...


Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm Join Rory McIlroy in Rejecting Premier Golf League

The proposed Premier Golf League drew headlines for several weeks, but tide quickly turned against this controversial circuit following dismissive comments by Rory McIlroy. Now, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm have joined the world number one in declaring their loyalty to the PGA Tour. read more ...


Scheduling Crisis Impacting European Tour Players

The coronavirus pandemic has presented a scheduling crisis for the entirety of professional golf, but specifically for the European Tour, which already struggles to provide its players with tournaments at this time of year. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the impact. read more ...


Alice Hewson Provides Light in Dark Times for Golf

We are living in strange times. None of us quite know how coronavirus is going to play out, but we do know that it has already had a huge impact upon all of our lives. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the impact of the crisis thus far, but reports on the breakthrough victory of Alice Hewson on the LET. read more ...


The Potential Impact of Coronavirus on Golf

With more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus recorded worldwide - a figure that is sure to increase dramatically - it might be time to consider how it is going to impact on the world of golf. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the continuing situation. read more ...


Hatton the Last Man Standing After Gruelling Week at Bay Hill

Tyrrell Hatton became the first Englishman to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill at the end of a tournament that placed a premium on pars, delivering a major championship level test of the world's best. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a week that won't be forgotten soon. read more ...


Tommy Fleetwood Finally Misses Cut After Incredible Run

Tommy Fleetwood hadn't missed a cut anywhere since the 2018 Open de France, but that run finally came to an end at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, when the popular Englishman failed to make the weekend following two years of remarkable international consistency. read more ...


The Future of European Golf is in Safe Hands

With the Ryder Cup only months away, several of Europe's most revered stalwarts are beginning to slide down the rankings, but despite that, Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why the future is in a good place, considering the young talent that is emerging. read more ...


Paul Azinger Puts His Foot in it With European Tour Comments

NBC golf commentator Paul Azinger caused a mighty stir on Sunday at the Honda Classic, when he appeared to dismiss the achievements of Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood, downplaying their European Tour victories. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the reaction to what the former Ryder Cup captain said. read more ...


Qatar Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Qatar Masters has switched to a new venue - the Education City Golf Club - for this year's event, where the likes of Thomas Pieters, Robert MacIntyre, Martin Kaymer and Eddie Pepperell are in the field. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the tournament. read more ...


Why You SHOULDN'T Be Excited About The Premier Golf League

Continuing the debate around the proposed Premier Golf League, Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook responds with the perspective of an avid golf fan, explaining why he doesn't believe that it would be a positive route for the game. read more ...