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How Social Media Has Changed the Face of Golf Forever

Social Media has changed the face of golf. It has been used to build personas and brands, which has seen golfers earn millions and rank alongside the richest sportspeople in the world. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look behind the business and marketing side of professional golf, and why certain tour players are so attractive to sponsors. read more ...


Qatar Masters Preview, Picks & Anaysis

Jeunghun Wang defends at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on the European Tour, which is an opportunity for several players to secure a much welcome triumph. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event. read more ...


Luiten Goes Dutch in Oman as Watson Resurfaces at Riviera

JOOST LUITEN won his first title for almost two years when he beat Chris Wood by two shots to secure the inaugural NBO Oman Open, while Bubba Watson spectacularly returned to form at the Genesis Open, winning for a third time at Riviera. read more ...


NBO Oman Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour returns to the Middle East for the NBO Oman Open at Greg Norman's Al Mouj Golf, where the likes of Andy Sullivan, Chris Wood, Andrew Johnston and Jordan Smith will be flying the flag for England. Derek Clements has the Preview. read more ...


Potter is Magic at Pebble as Aphibarnrat Triumphs Down Under

Ted Potter Jr. produced a marvellous round of golf to see off world number one Dustin Johnson and secure his second PGA Tour victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, while Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat defeated home favourite James Nitties 2 and 1 in the final of the uniquely formatted ISPS Handa Super 6 Perth in Australia. read more ...


ISPS Handa World Super 6 Preview, Picks & Analysis

Brett Rumford is defending the ISPS Handa World Super 6 in Australia, with this unique format event - which features six hole matchplay rounds - having attracted the likes of Lee Westwood and Danny Willett. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the week. read more ...


Woodland Pulls up Trees to Win in the Desert

Gary Woodland survived a playoff against Chez Reavie to lift the Waste Management Phoenix Open title - in front a record crowd at TPC Scottsdale - while rising star Shubhanker Sharma secured his second victory in two months on the European Tour. Derek Clements reports on the weekend's action. read more ...


Haotong Li Broke Records with Bettinardi Putter

Haotong Li produced a superb back-nine to overcome Rory McIlroy to triumph in Dubai, using a Bettinardi Custom Studio Stock 3 Tour Edition Putter, breaking several records on the greens. read more ...


2018 Major and Ryder Cup Predictions

Now that we're into the regular golf season, and the Masters is fast approaching, we have asked Golfshake Staff and Ambassadors to consider their thoughts on what we're likely to see in the majors and Ryder Cup. read more ...


Maybank Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

THE Maybank Championship returns to Kuala Lumpur for its third staging, with Fabrizio Zanotti back to defend his title. Henrik Stenson headlines the field and will be looking to secure his first title of the year. Derek Clements has the Preview. read more ...


Haotong Li Holds Off Rory McIlroy to Triumph in Dubai

Li Haotong produced a stunning fightback on the back nine to hold off Rory McIlroy at the Emirates Golf Club and claim the Dubai Desert Classic in a thrilling climax to a memorable week. read more ...


The Peculiar Inconsistencies of Golf's World Rankings

Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, and Jon Rahm all picked up victories around the planet last week, but the movement - or lakc of it - in the World Rankings has bemused Golfshake's Derek Clements. He takes a look at some oddities. read more ...


Dubai Desert Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson, Jose Maria Olazabal – it reads like a who’s who of golf. In fact, it is just of the giants of the game who have won the Dubai Desert Classic, one of the most prestigious tournaments on the European Tour, an event that has come to symbolise the start of the European Tour season. read more ...


Tommy Fleetwood Picks Up Where He Left Off With Brilliant Victory in Abu Dhabi

Coming off a breakthrough 2017, Tommy Fleetwood proved that he's a truly a member of the game's elite after producing a spectacular final round to successfully defend his title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. His triumph joined that of Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm to complete a special Sunday for Europe. read more ...


Step Inside the Falcon Clubhouse at Abu Dhabi Golf Club

Abu Dhabi Golf Club has been hosting the world's finest golfers on the European Tour, this new video welcomes viewers to experience a 'Day in the Life' of the club from the perspective of a memebr or guest. read more ...


Dustin Johnson is Wrong About Not Limiting Golf Ball

World Number One Dustin Johnson - among the game's longest hitters - doesn't see the argument for limiting the golf ball for professionals, in light of lengthened courses that are struggle to contain the best players. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that the American is wrong, and that change is needed. read more ...


Floodlights Installed for Finishing Holes at Dubai Desert Classic

Next week's Dubai Desert Classic is being played slightly earlier in the year than normal, which has raised concerns about daylight. Consequently, floodlights on the ninth and 18th holes have been installed ensure that late starters will get finished. read more ...


Paisley Secures First Title with Prototype Callaway Driver

England's Chris Paisley completed a masterful performance to secure his first European Tour victory on the European Tour at the BMW South African Open, with the aid of Callaway Prototype Drivers and Fairway Woods. read more ...


Abu Dhabi Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Tommy Fleetwood returns to defend his Abu Dhabi Championship title, which began an incredible 2017 last year. However, the Englishman faces a formidable opposition that includes Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, and Rory McIlroy. Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be an early season highlights with his Preview. read more ...


Sensational Chris Paisley Secures Maiden Title in South Africa

It has been a long time coming, and for Chris Paisley the dream finally came true in sensational fashion as he won the South African Open by three shots at the magnificent Glendower Golf Club. The 31-year-old Englishman pulled off his maiden win in style, finishing with a round of 66 and a total of 21 under par as he held off local favourite Branden Grace. read more ...


Thomas Bjorn's Europe Produce Brilliant Fightback in EurAsia Cup Singles

It didn't all go quite to plan, but Thomas Bjorn’s European team eventually came out on top to win the EurAsia Cup thanks to a remarkable comeback in the final-day singles, eventually seeing off their spirited opponents 14-10 in Kuala Lumpur. read more ...


South African Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour begins 2018 with the South African Open, won dramatically last year by Graeme Storm in a playoff over Rory McIlroy. An impressive cast of home stars are in attendance, and Derek Clements has the Preview. read more ...


EurAsia Cup Preview, Picks & Analysis

Thomas Bjorn leads Team Europe in the EurAsia Cup, and is captain of an impressive group that includes Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Casey, Thomas Pieters and Henrik Stenson.  read more ...


Best Flop Shots on the European Tour

Phil Mickelson is the golfer most closely associated with the 'flop shot', but it's become increasingly over time with the continued development of lofted wedges. There were many players on the European Tour who showcased their skills during the past year, and it's something that even regular amateurs at home look to use in rounds at their local course.  read more ...


The Golfing Year of 2017 by Numbers

It's that time of year when there is very little golf being played, so we thought that it might be fun to break down the year in numbers. Some of the numbers are very impressive indeed, while others are just plain mind-boggling. read more ...


Youngsters Who Followed Family into Professional Golf

John Daly's 14-year-old son is already proving to be a formidable young golfer. It got us thinking about other youngsters who have attempted to follow in the family tradition. Here, we look at the fortunes of 10 combinations… read more ...


Remembering Gentleman Tommy Horton

Tommy Horton, one of the most influential and respected players in the development of both the European Tour and the European Senior Tour, has died at the age of 76 and the world of golf is lesser place for his passing. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on his personal experiences with the popular gentleman. read more ...


20 Players to Watch on Tour in 2018

Following a memorable year, who are the players to watch out for in 2018? Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are looking to recapture past glories, while a host of young stars are emerging at the top. Derek Clements picks out the names likely to make headlines during the months ahead. read more ...


McIlroy Ready to Bounce Back with a Bang in 2018

Rory McIlroy seems to be determined to make up for lost time, having announced a playing schedule for the start of 2018 that could see him playing nine tournaments in ten weeks. The 28-year-old Northern Irishman will start the year with his world ranking having plunged to tenth after an injury-hit season affected both his form and his schedule. read more ...


Sharma Wins Maiden European Tour Title and Claims Place at The Open

Young Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma withstood a stirring challenge from South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen to claim his first European Tour title in the weather-delayed Joburg Open. read more ...


Justin Rose Named Host of 2018 British Masters at Walton Heath

Following recent and successful tradition, Justin Rose has been named as British Masters host for 2018, with the prestigious event moving to the superb Walton Health in Surrey. The highly regarded venue – widely remembered for welcoming the Ryder Cup in 1981 – has also been used for the European Open, Senior Open Championship, and has been the U.S. Open qualifying site since 2005. read more ...


Joburg Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

With the cream of the European Tour now putting their feet up for what remains of the 2017, the Joburg Open represents a terrific opportunity for the best of South Africa’s young golfers to claim a two-year exemption with a victory, but former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen will be hoping to usurp them. read more ...


Fowler Shoots 61 to Win in Paradise but Woods is the Real Hero

Rickie Fowler stole the limelight from comeback kid Tiger Woods, firing an incredible final round of 61 to win the Hero World Challenge at Albany in the Bahamas. Fowler began the final round seven shots behind leader Charley Hoffman and finished four ahead of his fellow American. read more ...


10 Golfers With the Most European Tour Appearances

It took Wade Ormsby 264 attemtps to pick up his first title. Here, we look at the ten European Tour golfers who have played the most tournaments, the year they joined the tour and, crucially, the number of wins they have to their credit. read more ...


Australian PGA Championship Preview Picks & Analysis

Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, and Marc Leishman headline a strong field on the Gold Coast for the Australian PGA Championship. Harold Varner III defends the title he won last year at RACV Royal Pines Resort. read more ...


Ormsby Picks up First Victory in 264 Attempts in Hong Kong

Wade Ormsby took advantage of a dramatic collapse by SSP Chawrasia to win the UBS Hong Kong Open and secure his playing rights until 2020 – just weeks after a fifth-place finish at the Andalucia Masters secured his card for the new season. read more ...


The numbers tell the story - well, most of the time

There are those who will tell you that numbers don't lie, and when it comes to golf, statistics tend to tell much of the story. Here, we reflect on the European Tour season, and make a few judgments, based on the tour's own statistics and, yes, we admit it, our own gut feeling. read more ...


Money makes the world of professional golf go around

WITH the Race to Dubai now run for 2017 and the PGA Tour already well into the 2017-18 season, we thought it might be instructional to crunch some numbers on what has been an astonishing year. read more ...


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 ...



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