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The Longest Gaps Between Wins on Tour

After winning the Open in 2009, Stewart Cink waited more than 11 years before he tasted success again. The likes of Jordan Spieth, Lydia Ko, and Hideki Matsuyama have recently ended lengty gaps for another triumph. But if you think they had to wait a long time between victories, just check out these guys. read more ...


View From The Fairway - Matsuyama's Victory Felt in Japan

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, where he comments on the impact of Hideki Matsuyama's Masters success in Japan, a new golf movie in the works, a return of tour events, and the issue of temper tantrums on the golf course. read more ...


Gran Canaria Lopesan Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

It is a big week for Rafa Cabrera Bello. The Spaniard returns home to host the inaugural Gran Canaria Lopesan Open, the first of two tournaments being played in this part of the world. And he knows that he needs some big weeks if he is to have any chance of claiming a place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team. read more ...


Lydia Ko Gets Back to Winning Ways

Following Hideki Matsuyama's victory at the Masters, the spotlight was back on the various tours around the world, and they delivered memorable stories of their own, including a long-awaited triumph for Lydia Ko and Stewart Cink's continued rolling back the years.  read more ...


Austrian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Starved of recent tournament play, many of Europe’s leading lights are heading to the Austrian Open, where two-time major champion Martin Kaymer is among those hoping to claim a cherished victory, which for the German would be a hugely significant moment. read more ...


Special New Book Celebrates Life of Seve Ballesteros

Celebrating the incredible life and golf career of Severiano Ballesteros, a new book, Seve: His Life through the Lens has been released by acclaimed Getty Images photographer David Cannon, who befriended the legendary Spaniard and captured many of his most iconic moments. read more ...


View From The Fairway - Horschel Responds to Monty Criticism

Derek Clements shares his View From The Fairway, where Billy Horschel responds to slow play criticism from Colin Montgomerie, a bizarre poll involving Tiger Woods, and some of the oddities of the Masters Tournament and Augusta National. read more ...


View From The Fairway - Time For Ryder Cup to Make Belfry Return

Looking back at the past week of headlines, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his View From The Fairway, where he calls for a Ryder Cup return to The Belfry, reflects on another public course closure, and the potential return of spectators at the Women's Open in August. read more ...


Billy Horschel Puts Past Defeats Behind Him to Win WGC Match Play

Following a long and unpredictable week, Billy Horschel beat Scottie Scheffler 2&1 to win the final of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin, Texas, denying the 2020 Rookie of the Year his maiden victory. read more ...


View From The Fairway - Ian Poulter Sets Perfect Example

Golfshake's Derek Clements comments on Ian Poulter addressing golfers not repairing pitchmarks, the struggles of Rory McIlroy, the return of Michelle Wie, and Dustin Johnson's decision not to compete in the Olympic Games. read more ...


Matt Jones Completes Dominant Victory at Honda Classic

Australia’s Matt Jones closed with a final round to win the Honda Classic by five shots after a final round of 68. For Jones it was only his second victory on the PGA Tour, seven years after his first. While on the European Tour, Justin Harding carded a nerveless bogey-free 66 to claim his first win in two years at the Magical Kenya Open. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the action. read more ...


Caddies On Tour - Keeping It In The Family

We all know the importance of the relationship between tour professionals and their caddies. They spend a great deal of time together - maybe five hours on the course, an hour or so on the range before every round, perhaps another hour afterwards. Then eat together, they travel together. It’s almost like a marriage. It should come as no surprise then to see an increasing number of golfers turning to friends and family to lug those golf bags around the fairways of the world. read more ...


Who Will Qualify For The Ryder Cup

Three years after Europe completed a dominant victory at Le Golf National, captain Padraig Harrington is looking forward to taking on the USA at Whistling Straits and he will surely believe that his team is going to look very different from that of 2018. Golfshake's Derek Clements has studied the contenders and predicts who will qualify for both sides in September. read more ...


Justin Thomas Produces Brilliant Display to Triumph at Sawgrass

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Justin Thomas completed an emotional victory at The Players Championship and fought back the tears as he dedicated the victory to his grandfather Paul, who recently passed away, finishing with a 68 to pip 54-hole leader Lee Westwood by a shot. read more ...


Qatar Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour returns from its enforced winter hibernation with the Qatar Masters at the Education City Golf Course. Jorge Campillo defends the title against a field that includes Rasmus Højgaard, Wilco Nienaber, Brandon Stone and Thomas Pieters. read more ...


View From The Fairway - Waiting Lists at Golf Clubs Have Doubled

Revealing his latest View From The Fairway, Golfshake's Derek Clements expresses comment on the news that waiting lists have doubled at UK golf clubs, that Rory McIlroy now holds a prominent chairman role on tour, and Francesco Molinari shows that even the best can sometimes hit shots like the rest of us. read more ...


WGC Workday Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The first World Golf Championship of the year will be contested at The Concession Golf Club in Florida, where the finest players in the game will be competing for a significant title. Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed will be among the favourites, but Norwegian superstar Viktor Hovland is a name to look out for this week. read more ...


The Golfers Who Should Have Been Ryder Cup Captain

The Ryder Cup has developed into a seismic sporting event, one that draws the eyes of millions. That scrutiny brings added focus onto those chosen to captain Europe and the United States. But there are only so many Ryder Cups and more than enough candidates, an oversubscription of talent that has seen numerous storied names being passed over for the role. We have picked out 16 notable golfers - eight Europeans, eight Americans - who never became a Ryder Cup captain. read more ...


Brooks Koepka Storms Back to Winning Form in Phoenix

Brooks Koepka proved that form is temporary but class is permanent when he put 18 months of misery behind him to win the Waste Phoenix Management Open by a shot thanks to a final round of 65. And the American admitted that there had been times when he wondered if he would ever hoist a trophy aloft again. read more ...


Robert MacIntyre Determined to Keep Going Up in the World

Scotland's Robert MacIntyre is now ranked inside the world's top 50 and is looking ahead to a potential Masters debut in April, and the possibility of qualifying for the Ryder Cup. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why the young man from Oban is only looking up in the world. read more ...


View From The Fairway - Hope for Return of Golf in England

Sharing his latest View From The Fairway, Derek Clements comments on the golf industry's hope for a phased return of the game in England, senior success for Darren Clarke, a change of direction for Brooks Koepka, and a new home for the 2022 US PGA Championship. read more ...


Saudi International Preview, Picks & Analysis

World number one Dustin Johnson headlines a star-studded field at the Saudi International, where the Masters champion will be competing against the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton. read more ...


Paul Casey Boosts Ryder Cup Hopes With Victory in the Desert

Paul Casey shot a final round of 70 to win the Dubai Desert Classic by four shots. It was his 15th victory on the European Tour and he struggled to fight back the tears as he said afterwards that he is desperate to be a member of Padraig Harrington’s Ryder Cup team later this year. This win will go a long way towards helping him achieve that goal. read more ...


The Continuing Rise of Tyrrell Hatton

Now world number five after his victory at the Abu Dhabi Championship, England's Tyrrell Hatton is continuing his stunning rise through the game, which has been accelerated since his return from wrist surgery in 2019. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on Tyrrell's journey to this point - and where it could lead to. read more ...


Young European Tour Stars Are Ready For Dubai Desert Classic

Part of an exciting field at the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic, a group of emerging stars on the European Tour will be among the major champions and marquee names competing for the prestigious title. read more ...


Omega Dubai Desert Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Lee Westwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick join the likes of Tyrrell Hatton, Collin Morikawa, 2017 winner Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, Christian Bezuidenhout and defending champion Lucas Herbert in an impressive field at the Dubai Desert Classic - always an early season highlight on the European Tour. read more ...


View From The Fairway - What Has Gone Wrong With Jordan Spieth

Taking a closer look at several key topics in the game, Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the importance of golfers being able to laugh at themselves, the continuing struggles of Jordan Spieth, and an upcoming AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am without the Pro-Am bit. read more ...


Tyrrell Hatton Strolls to Victory in the Desert

It turned out to be a stroll in the desert for Tyrrell Hatton as he added another Rolex title to his collection with a four-shot victory at the Abu Dhabi Championship. In the process he reaches a career-high fifth in the world rankings. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on another milestone for the Englishman. read more ...


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 ...



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