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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 ...


Why You Should Be Excited About The Premier Golf League

The much talked about elite Premier Golf League has been a major topic of discussion in recent weeks, drawing a variety of responses. Despite concerns about its funding and unanswered questions, Golfshake's Will Trinkwon believes there are reasons to be excited by this proposed new circuit.  read more ...


Oman Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The regular European Tour is back on the schedule at the Oman Open, where the likes of former world number one Martin Kaymer, Eddie Pepperell and Thomas Pieters are competing to boost their chances of a surge up the rankings. read more ...


Patrick Reed Defies Controversies to Win WGC Mexico Championship

Controveries surrounding Patrick Reed refuse to go away, but that hasn't stopped the former Masters champion on the golf course, with the American overtaking Bryson DeChambeau to win the WGC Mexico Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back on a dramatic finale. read more ...


WGC Mexico Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Dustin Johnson returns to defend the WGC Mexico Championship, but will face a strong challenge from the likes of world number one Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, and Jordan Spieth. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to an event that kicks off the countdown to the Masters. read more ...


The Solution to Golf's Distance Issue

Following the publishing of the R&A and USGA's Distance Report, Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a light-hearted view of the debate, coming up with his own unique solution to an issue that is set to envelop the game during the months and years ahead. read more ...


10 Things Only Tour Pros Use

There are many differences between a tour pro and the average amateur, not just in ability, but also in the equipment and gadgets that they use. Golfshake's Will Trinkwon has picked out ten things that you will typically only see leading professionals deploy. read more ...


Taylor Becomes First Canadian to Nick Title at Pebble Beach

Nick Taylor became the first Canadian to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am - and he did it in style, beating American Kevin Streelman into second place by four shots. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend's action. read more ...


Rory McIlroy World Ranking Journey

Rory McIlroy returns as world number one, eight years on from when he first reached that status, and a decade since he broke into the top ten. We take a look through his career journey in the World Ranking, including the many ups and downs, but reflecting his brilliant consistency. read more ...


Governing Bodies to Finally Address Increasing Distance in Golf

Tour professionals are hitting the ball further than they used to. Much further. And now the R&A and USGA have finally decided that something that must be done to tackle the issue and preserve the game. Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his thoughts on a huge story in the future of golf. read more ...


Golf Pong With Adrian Otaegui

Golfshake's Ryan Rastall had the chance to meet two-time European Tour winner Adrian Otaegui, who has signed up with striking apparal company TravisMathew, testing both his golf skills and depth of knowledge in a unique game of Golf Pong. read more ...


ISPS Handa Vic Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads Down Under for the ISPS Handa Vic Open, where Scotland's David Law defends the title that he secured 12 months ago. Bringing together the men's and women's games in tournaments played concurrently, Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to a unique event on the schedule. read more ...


Resurgent McDowell Kicks Up a Storm in the Desert With Victory

Graeme McDowell is celebrating his first European Tour victory in six years, continuing a career resurgence that has now seen the Northern Irishman move back into the top 50 in the world rankings. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a memorable weekend for the 40-year-old. read more ...


The Biggest Crowds in Golf History

Each year, the Waste Mangement Phoenix Open draws a staggering number of people to TPC Scottsdale, a record 719,179 for the week in 2018. But how does this compare to other events in the game? We take a look at the biggest crowds in golf history. read more ...


The Fastest Rounds of Golf

On Sunday at the Dubai Desert Classic, Sweden's Sebastian Soderberg astonishingly completed his final round in just 96 minutes, having ran between shots, a time that the European Tour has now reported to be a record. We took a look back at previous blink and you'll miss it rounds. read more ...


Saudi International Preview

Dustin Johnson defends his title at the Saudi International against a strong field, which includes Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, and Phil Mickelson. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event. read more ...


Herbert and Leishman Make it Australia Day With Brilliant Victories

What a weekend that was for Australian golf. Lucas Herbert won the Dubai Desert Classic and Marc Leishman claimed the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. And both men did it the hard way, producing fabulous final rounds to storm through their respective fields. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps the two triumphs. read more ...


80 Remarkable Jack Nicklaus Facts & Stats

The Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus remains the ultimate benchmark for golf's emerging champions. Now 80, we felt it was a timely moment to pick out 80 Facts & Stats that underline the greatness of a career that rewrote the history books. read more ...


Players to Watch at the Dubai Desert Classic

The Dubai Desert Classic is among the European Tour's most iconic stops. Ahead of the event, we have taken a closer look at several of the likely contenders, noting their pre-tournament thoughts. read more ...


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 ...


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