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Everybody Wants to Get Into the Mind of Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy's disappointing final day at the Masters raised questions about his future chances to be victorious at Augusta National, and now a leading sports psychologist has delved into the discussion. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports. read more ...


Volvo China Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Following his victory at the Trophee Hasson II, mercurial French golfer Alex Levy attempts to win the Volvo China Open for the third time when the tournament gets under way at the Topwin Golf & Country Club. Derek Clements has the preview. read more ...


Alexander Levy in Ryder Cup Mix after Victory at Trophee Hassan II

Alexander Levy served warning that he fully intends to be a part of Europe’s Ryder Cup team in September with a sparkling performance to win the Trophée Hassan II, his fifth European Tour title. read more ...


10 Young Guns to Watch in the Future

Many young golfers seem destined to make it at the top, but often they fall short of those lofty expectations. But nonetheless, Golfshake's Derek Clements has gazed into his crystal ball to pick out ten rising stars who are worth watching in future. read more ...


10 Notable One Hit Wonders on Tour

Winning on tour is the hardest achievement of them all, and many talented golfers fail to do so once. There are others who have tasted success one time. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out ten of the most notable. read more ...


Where Are They Now?

In 2013, Golfshake picked out ten golfers to watch on tour. Looking back, half a decade on, several of those included progressed to achieve great succes, while others failed to reach that level. We ask: Where Are They Now? read more ...


Trophee Hassan II Preview, Picks & Analysis

Paul Dunne will be hoping to go one better at the Trophee Hassan II, which he came close to winning last year. But a strong field has assembled, including former Ryder Cup players Andy Sullivan, Chris Wood and Danny Willett. However, Golfshake's Derek Clements has tipped a certain interesting Englishman to be triumphant in Morocco. read more ...


Jon Rahm Toasts Victorious Homecoming at Open de Espana

Jon Rahm, fresh from finishing fourth at The Masters, produced a superb final round of 67 to win the Open de Espana in front of a massive and hugely partisan crowd in Madrid. Derek Clements on a victorious homecoming for the Spaniard. read more ...


Rising Stars to Watch on the European Tour in 2018

This season, in a similar way to every other thrilling season on the European Tour, features many golfers with incredible potential. Of course, not all of these guys will go on to become a multiple major winner, but there are definitely several players who are looking to emerge from the golfing shadows into the professional spotlight. read more ...


Spanish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads to Madrid for the Spanish Open, where Andrew "Beef" Johnston will be defending the title he won in 2016. Jon Rahm and Rafa Cabrera Bello have traveled from Augusta to compete in the event, and will be looking for home success. read more ...


Excited Rory Adds BMW PGA to 2018 Schedule

Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will be playing in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club, from May 24-27. It is the first of eight money-spinning Rolex Series events on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai in 2018 – with McIlroy joining a star-studded field that also includes Paul Casey and 2017 Race to Dubai Champion Tommy Fleetwood. read more ...


Being on Top of the World Matters to the Best

During the WGC Match Play, Justin Thomas had a chance to become World Number One, and confessed that the thought was on his mind and negatively affected his performance. Derek Clements looks at the history of the Ranking, and some of the names who have reached the top. read more ...


Bubba Watson Set for Masters and Ryder Cup after Dominant WGC Match Play Victory

Bubba Watson’s extraordinary resurgence continued as he thrashed fellow American Kevin Kisner 7&6 to win the WGC Dell Technologies World Match Play Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on a stunning victory that places the American among the favourites at the Masters. read more ...


Dell WGC Match Play Preview, Picks & Analysis

Most of the World's Top 64 are in Austin, Texas for the WGC Dell Match Play. For many of the game's best players, it's the last event before heading to Augusta for the Masters, so it's always an intriguing change of pace. Derek Clements looks through the field and picks some names to keep an eye on. read more ...


Staggeringly Rich Rewards Remain for Golfers at the Top

Many believe that golf is declining, but earnings for the game's best players haven't diminished. In fact, they may even be increasing. Derek Clements takes a look at the money on offer for golfers at the top in 2018. read more ...


Casey and Wallace Fly the Flag for England as Woods Storms Back to Form

Paul Casey and Matt Wallace flew the flag for England in sensational style with victories on the PGA Tour and European Tour respectively. Casey won on US soil for the first time since 2009, when he shot a magnificent final round of 65 at the Valspar Championship to deny Tiger Woods a memorable win in only his fourth comeback tournament. read more ...


Mixed European Golf Team Championships Coming to Gleneagles

The European Tour and Ladies European Tour have announced the format and qualification process for a brand new tournament at Gleneagles that will see men and women playing together in a revolutionary mix team event. read more ...


Hero Indian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

S.S.P. Chawrasia will be defending the Indian Open against a strong home field that is headlined by young sensation, Shubhankar Sharma, who contended at the WGC in Mexico. Derek Clements has the Preview. read more ...


Resurgent Phil Mickelson Ends Five Year Wait for Victory

He's back! Phil Mickelson won for the first time since claiming the 2013 Open Championship when he defeated Justin Thomas in a playoff to secure the WGC – Mexico Championship and secure his first title since winning the Open in 2013. read more ...


The Best Left Handed Golfers

Surprisingly, only four left-handed golfers have won majors - and two of those are actually right-handed. Golfers are left handed but play right handed is another story altogether. We take a look at some of the best left-handed players in history. read more ...


When Does Golf Spectator Behaviour Turn Unacceptable?

Despite winning the Honda Classic, Justin Thomas was engulfed in a debate after requesting the removal of a heckler at PGA National. He later apologised. But when is the line crossed, and fan behaviour becomes unacceptable? Alex Picken delves into the subject. read more ...


Innovative GolfSixes to Bring Together Male and Female Golfers

GolfSixes was a popular introduction onto the European Tour last year, but that innovation has taken an exciting and inclusive step further with the announcement that male and female professionals will be brought together in a competitive environment for when the event returns to Centurion Club in St. Albans in May. read more ...


WGC Mexico Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Dustin Johnson collects World Golf Championship titles for fun – five of them to date, and counting. And he arrives in Mexico as the favourite to successfully defend his WGC Mexico Championship title, one of two that he added to his collection last season. Boasting a major field, it should be a terrific event, following the success of 2017. read more ...


Tshwane Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour is back in South Africa for the Tshwane Open, where home favourite Dean Burmester is looking to defend against a strong field of his compatriots at Pretoria Country Club. Derek Clements has the Preview. read more ...


Pepperell Banishes Pain of Tour Card Loss to Finally Break his Duck

England's Eddie Pepperell secured his maiden victory on the European Tour at the Qatar Masters, while Justin Thomas continued his stunning winning form to claim success at the Honda Classic in a playoff. Derek Clements has the latest reports. read more ...


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 ...


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