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The 2019 Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

It's time for the Masters, but who is going to achieve immortality at Augusta National? Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the main storylines, the potential contenders, and what we can expect from this week. read more ...


Kisner Wins Match Play on Day of Comeback Success for Gallacher and McDowell

It was a weekend of comebacks. Kevin Kisner triumphed in the WGC Match Play after suffering a crushing defeat in the final last year, while Stephen Gallacher and Graeme McDowell both rolled back the clock to reignite their careers. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the latest events. read more ...


Paul Casey Maintains European Run of Success on PGA Tour

Paul Casey is certainly ready for Augusta after successfully defending the Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour, while Australia's Scott Hend won in Malaysia following a tournament finish that was scarecly believable. Golfshake's Kieran Clark reflects on the weekend's action. read more ...


Maybank Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, defending champion Shubhankar Sharma and the Asian Tour's top ranked golfer Gavin Green head a decent field at the fourth playing of the Maybank Championship at Saujana Golf & Country Club. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews this week's tournament on the European Tour. read more ...


Kenyan Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Kenyan Open is an event with a long and proud history, and it joins the European Tour schedule this year, having been a mainstay on the Challenge Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to a tournament that presents an opportunity for players seeking a breakthrough victory. read more ...


Francesco Molinari Produces Brilliant Final Round to Win at Bay Hill

Open champion Francesco Molinari continued his dream run when he shot a brilliant final round of 64 to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a magical Sunday for the Italian. read more ...


Qatar Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

Last year, Eddie Pepperell won the Qatar Masters, securing his first victory on the European Tour, which marked the tournament that finally saw him live up to his huge potential. Could we see another breakthrough moment this week? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks forward to the event. read more ...


Kitayama Kicks Up a Storm in the Desert

Many of the game's biggest names may have taken the week off, but there was entertainment to be had on the European and PGA Tours, as Kurt Kitayama and Keith Mitchell secured dramatic victories. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the action. read more ...


Oman Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads to Oman, where Joost Luiten defends the title he won in a duel with Chris Wood. Both return this year, in a field that features former Ryder Cup star Thomas Pieters. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.  read more ...


Dominant Dustin Johnson Lands 20th PGA Tour Title of Career at WGC

American Dustin Johnson claimed the 20th PGA Tour title of his career with a five-shot victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship, seeing off a determined challenge from Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy in the process. Golfshake's Derek Clements on a memorable four days of spectacular golf. read more ...


Criticism of Rory Misses the Point

Scheduling his preparations for this year's Open Championship at Royal Portrush, Rory McIlroy has confirmed that he won't play the Irish Open, the event he rebuilt as host, a decision that drew criticism by some, a situation that Golfshake's Derek Clements believes to be unfair and misses the point widely. read more ...


How to Pick a Winner at the WGC Mexico Championship

This week's WGC Mexico Championship could be viewed as an especially difficult event to predict, but despite its frequent venue changes, there are key trends to pay attention to when it comes to identifying a potential winner. read more ...


European Tour Adds Even Greater Riches to Race to Dubai Finale

To keep interest in the Race to Dubai alive until the final putt has been holed, the European Tour has announced that it will be paying golf’s biggest individual prize at the season-ending Dubai World Championship, where the winner will receive a mind-boggling $3m. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the latest changes to the big finale. read more ...


Top Professionals Have Been Saying Sorry Lately

Usually, it's the quality of their golf that makes headlines, but Sergio Garcia and Matt Kuchar have recently become embroiled in contrasting controversies, with both now apologising. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on each tale of contrition. read more ...


Elementary for JB Holmes as Justin Thomas Falters at Riviera

The former world number one Justin Thomas had looked set to win the weather-affected Genesis Open at Riviera, but his advantage slipped away during the final round, opening the door for J.B Holmes to take advantage. Golfshake's Derke Clements reflects on the weekend's action on the PGA and European Tours. read more ...


ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour remains Down Under for the unique ISPS Handa World Super 6, which features a hybrid stoke play/match play format over shorter distance. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event and picks out some of the key names to watch. read more ...


There is Now a Glimmer of Sunlight for Scottish Golf

David Law's victory in Australia was a rare bright moment for Scottish golfers, but could it just be the start of more to come? Golfshake's Kieran Clark believes that a fresh generation of players provide reason to feel optimistic. read more ...


Scotland's David Law Claims Maiden European Tour Victory in Australia

Scotland's David Law transformed his career with a spectacular maiden victory at the ISPS Handa Vic Open, making eagle on the 72nd hole to secure this life-changing triumph in just his fifth event as a European Tour member. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on this impressive early season success. read more ...


ISPS Handa Vic Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Following the Middle East swing, the European Tour ventures further afield to Australia for the ISPA Handa Vic Open, which is an opportunity for someone to emerge and claim a title. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the tournament. read more ...


Rickie Fowler Survives Sunday Drama to Claim Phoenix Title

Hugely popular Rickie Fowler finally managed be secure victory in the Phoenix Open, but it was a dramatic, rollercoaster of a Sunday, as he claimed a fifth title on the PGA Tour, hours after former world number one Dustin Johnson triumphed on the European Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend's events. read more ...


Will Sergio Garcia Ever Grow Up?

Sergio Garcia was sensationally disqualified at the weekend on the European Tour for misconduct, after damaging several greens on the golf course, but has escaped further punishment. Golfshake's Derek Clements condemns the Spaniard's behaviour, and notes that it's reflective of a pattern that we've seen throughout his career. read more ...


Pelley Applies Voice of Reason Over Li Haotong Penalty

There has been much discussion and controversy surrounding a penalty Haotong Li received at the conclusion of the Dubai Desert Classic, which has led to outrage from players, and statements from both the European Tour and R&A. Golfshake's Derek Clements tries to make sense of it all. read more ...


Saudi International Preview, Picks & Analysis

A brad new tournament takes its place on the European Tour schedule with the first staging of the Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club and, there is a truly star-studded field in attendance. read more ...


Justin Rose Enjoys Sweet Smell of Success at Torrey Pines

World number one Justin Rose held off the challenge of Adam Scott to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, while Bryson DeChambeau dominated in Dubai to continue his spectacular run of form. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on victories for two of the game's most accomplished players. read more ...


Magic Monty in Dubai

To mark this 30th anniversary year for the tournament, we have reflected back on the 1996 triumph of Colin Montgomerie, who produced what is perhaps the most famous and memorable shot in the history of the Dubai Desert Classic. read more ...


Dubai Desert Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

It's the 30th anniversary of the Dubai Desert Classic, and a strong field has gathered for the showpiece event. Bryson DeChambeau, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, and Lee Westwood are featured among the potential contenders. read more ...


10 Feuds, Spats and Petty Disagreements on Tour

Golf is generally regarded as being a sport that is played by people of both sexes who know how to behave themselves. However, there have been notable exceptions when petty spats and disagreements took over. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out ten of them. read more ...


Shane Lowry Battles Back to Claim First Title Since 2015

Shane Lowry won his first European Tour title for almost four years when he secured Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in dramatic fashion. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on a thrilling and unpredictable finish, which is a huge boost for the Irishman. read more ...


Callaway Becomes Official Partner of European Tour

In a major announcement, the European Tour has revealed that legendary golf brand Callaway will become an Official Partner of the professional circuit for the next five years, beginning an exciting partnership for both. read more ...


Abu Dhabi Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Defending champion Tommy Fleetwood leads a stellar cast at the Abu Dhabi Championship as the European Tour resumes for 2019, with the likes of Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson ready to challenge in the field. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks forward to the year's opening event. read more ...


Golfshake Podcast #35: Yearly Stats, Captain Harrington, European Tour Preview

The Golfshake Podcast returns for the New Year with Kieran Clark joined by Matt Holbrook for a reaction to Padraig Harrington being named Europe's Ryder Cup captain for 2020, a review of the staggering Golfshake Score Tracker stats from 2018, and a look ahead to the resumption of the European Tour at the Abu Dhabi Championship. read more ...


Harrington Succeeds Bjorn as Europe's Ryder Cup Captain

The worst-kept secret in golf is out - three-time major winner Padraig Harrington has been named Europe’s captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup match at Whistling Straits. read more ...


Rory McIlroy Declares Primary Focus on America Over European Tour

Rory McIlroy is beginning his 2019 season at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, but the former world number one has caused a stir by confirming his intention to focus primarily on the PGA Tour this year. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the Northern Irishman's comments, and doesn't believe it quite adds up. read more ...


10 Players to Watch on the European Tour in 2019

What does 2019 hold in store on the European Tour? Here, Golfshake's Derek Clements gazes into his crystal ball and picks out at ten golfers he believes are worth keeping an eye on during the coming season. read more ...


Notable World Golf Ranking Rises and Falls of 2018

We have looked through the latest Official World Golf Ranking – 16th December – and compared it to the final list of 2017 to pick out some of the most notable players who have ascended and slumped throughout this year. read more ...


Lipsky Finally Wins Second Title as Justin Rose Fails to Reclaim Number One

The European Tour completed its 2018 in South Africa at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, where David Lipsky rebounded from a disappointing season to win his second title on the circuit, while over in Indonesia, Justin Rose came up just short on his bid to restore himself to the summit of the world rankings. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the action. read more ...


10 of the Best from the European Tour in 2018

Winning The Open, Wentworth and the Race to Dubai, Francesco Molinari grabbed the headlines on the European Tour, but there were magnificent stories throughout the season, particularly for golfers from England. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at some of the best. read more ...


9 Disappointments from 2018 in Golf

It's been a year packed with great performances and achievements on tour, but there have been disappointments too. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at golfers who could have done better in 2018. read more ...


Youngest Golfers to Play in Professional Tournaments

The story of 14-year-old Chinese golfer Kuang Yang qualifying for the Volvo China Open has rekindled memories of past teenagers who emerged onto the professional stage at a remarkably young age. We take a look back at some of the most notable examples of kids playing on tour. read more ...


14-Year-Old Secures Place in Volvo China Open

14-year-old Kuang Yang will become one of the youngest players to compete in a European Tour-sanctioned event after his success in the Volvo China Junior Match Play Championship secured his place in May's Volvo China Open. read more ...


Eddie Pepperell Joins Bettinardi Golf as Staff Player

Eddie Pepperell is reflecting on the greatest season of his career, and there has been more positive news for the 27-year-old, who has been officially signed up as a staff player for Bettinardi Golf, a move coming 20 months after he purchased the brand's Studio Stock8 putter an Oxfordshire stockist. read more ...


Alfred Dunhill Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour draws the 2018 calendar to a close with the Alfred Dunhill Championship from the spectacular Leopard Creek in South Africa. Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Ernie Els and Brandon Stone are among the home players looking for success. read more ...


Laidback Louis Crowned King of South Africa

Having lifted the Claret Jug at St Andrews in 2010, Louis Oosthuizen has achieved much in his career, but there have rarely been more emotional triumphs than his success at the South African Open on Sunday. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on a meaningful victory. read more ...


South African Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads to South Africa, where England's Chris Paisley is defending the title that he won in January, and will face a strong home challenge led by the likes of Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace and Charl Schwartzel. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event. read more ...


Rahm Leaves Woods in the Shade as Rose Fails to Reclaim World No 1 Spot

Jon Rahm finished his year in style by cruising to victory in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, while there were victories across the planet for Cameron Smith and Kurt Kitayama. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the action. read more ...


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