The Open

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the 2017 Open Championship

We've just witnessed a memorable Open at Royal Birkdale, but just how successful was this year's Championship? From high prices to the weather and Sky Sports TV coverage, Derek Clements reflects on the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. read more ...


Jordan Spieth - the Will of a Champion

Jordan Spieth became the Open champion on Sunday in the most dramatic circumstances, which illustrated both his flaws and incredible talents as a golfer. Derek Clements takes a closer look at the game and personality of the Champion Golfer of the Year. read more ...


Golfshake Podcast #12 - The Open Review

Kieran Clark is once again joined by special guest FuzzyGolf to discuss the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. read more ...


Jordan Spieth is the Rarest of Gems and We Should Marvel at Him

Jordan Spieth cemented his place alongside the legends of golf on an unforgettable Sunday at Royal Birkdale. Golfshake's Kieran Clark looks at what makes the young American so special and why we should marvel at his talents. read more ...


Spieth sensational bounce back to become Open champion

Have you ever in your life seen anything like that? Jordan Spieth is the 2017 Open champion but even he may not know how he managed to achieve it. read more ...


The Open - Day 3 Wrap Up

Jordan Spieth will take a three-shot lead into the final round of The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. On an astonishing day, Branden Grace, of South Africa, wrote himself into the history books with a round of 62. read more ...


Early Starters Set Pace on Day 3

WITH barely a breath of wind, the early starters had Birkdale at their mercy. The rain had softened the links and the course had never looked better, or more inviting. read more ...


Amazing Grace - South African makes major history with round of 62

BRANDEN GRACE produced the lowest round in major history when he reduced Royal Birkdale to 62 magnificent blows. The South African struggled to hold back the tears after a magnificent round of golf that climaxed with a brilliant up and down from the back of the final green. read more ...


The Open - Day 2 Wrap Up

JORDAN SPIETH takes a two-shot lead into the third round of The Open Championship after adding a 69 to his opening round of 65  read more ...


Henrik Stenson Left Shocked After Rental House Burgled

Defending Open champion Henrik Stenson experienced a shock on Thursday after his opening round at Royal Birkdale, discovering that his rented home for the week had been burgled, with personal items and his clothing being stolen during the afternoon when the house was empty. read more ...


Rejuvenated Ian Poulter Feeling Confident at Open after Fine Start

Last year, Ian Poulter was nursing a foot injury while providing a touch of commentary at Royal Troon for Sky Sports. However, 12 months on, the 41-year-old is back feeling rejuvenated and is in contention for his first major title following an opening-round of 67 at Royal Birkdale. read more ...


Rory McIlroy Overcomes Horror Start with Stunning Recovery at Birkdale

Rory McIlroy overcame a horror start to the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale with a thrilling back-nine to keep his hopes of securing the Claret Jug for a second time just about alive. read more ...


The 2017 Open - Day 1 Wrap Up

AMERICAN golfers dominated the opening round of The Open Championship, with US Open champion Brooks Koepka and double major champion Jordan Spieth both overcoming tricky conditions to reduce Royal Birkdale to 65 strokes. read more ...


Record Crowds Confirmed for 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale

Organisers have confirmed that they expected a recorded crowd to descend upon Royal Birkdale for the 146th Open this year, ensuring that the 2017 edition of the game's oldest major championship will be one of the best attended in history. read more ...


Golfshake Podcast #11 - The Open Preview

In this week's podcast Kieran Clark is joined by 2 special guests to discuss the 2017 Open Championship and looking ahead to who the contenders could be with Owen Davis discussing the course live from Royal Birkdale. read more ...


Most Dramatic Open Moments

The Open Championship has consistentely delivered some of the most dramatic stories in golf. Here, we relive some of the most unforgettable moments in Open history when disaster struck and dreams of glory were cruelly snatched away. read more ...


The Open Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

It's time for the 146th Open Championship from Royal Birkdale. The game's best players are looking to overcome the famous layout, the conditons, and the field, to secure the Claret Jug. But who is going to do it? Derek Clements previews golf's oldest and greatest major. read more ...


Six Players to Watch at the Open

Picking winners of majors is never an easy task, but here we present six men who should give you a decent run for your money at The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. read more ...


Fleetwood Effect Boosts Huge Crowds Expected at Royal Birkdale for Open

Tommy Fleetwood will be the local hero of this week's Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, and the Southport lad's recent succcess has boosted ticket sales, with huge crowds expected to attend the game's oldest major this week. read more ...


Henrik Stenson is Looking Forward to Open Defence

12 months removed from his legendary duel with Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson is back at the Open Championship to defend the Claret Jug. Derek Clements charts the highs and lows of the popular Swede's career to date. read more ...


Tommy Fleetwood Hopes to Complete Special Season with Open at Birkdale

Tommy Fleetwood has enjoyed an incredible year to date, transforming his career with success across Europe, Asia and America, and he's now looking for hometown success in the Open at Royal Birkdale. Derek Clements reports on the Englishman's amazing season. read more ...


Explore all 18 Holes at Royal Birkdale

The Open is being played at Royal Birkdale for a tenth occasion. Widely regarded as one of the finest courses on the rotation, we take a look through all 18 holes of the famous layout near Southport. read more ...


From a Championship Belt to Winning Cheque for £1.4m

From the Championship Belt to the Claret Jug, Gold and Silver Medals, and £10 to £1.4m, we take a look through the long history of trophies and prizes awarded to the Champion Golfer of the Year. read more ...


The Open Enhances Camping Village with Adult Options and Glamping

Having launched The Open Camping Village at Royal Troon last year, which provided 500 under 25-year old's and their families with free accomodation during the championship, The R&A are enhancing that service for this month's showpiece at Royal Birkdale, with a bigger and better offering. T read more ...


Justin Rose Hopes to Bloom Again at Royal Birkdale

Justin Rose is looking forward to make his return to Royal Birkdale, where he enjoyed an incredible breakthrough as a teenage amateur in 1998. Now England's top ranked golfer and major champion, Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back on the 19-year career path that is now taking Rose back to the stage that made his name. read more ...


The Struggles of 1998 Open Runner Up Brian Watts

Mark O'Meara won the 1998 Open Championship - and a teenage Justin Rose holed that approach shot - but lesser-known Brian Watts narrowly missed out on the Claret Jug. What happened to him? Derek Clements looks at the injuries and struggles that befell the American. read more ...


Did Honourable Company at Muirfield Do Right Thing For The Right Reasons?

The Honourable Company at Muirfield voted to admit women members, and were immediately restored to the Open Championship rota, but should they have been to wait? Derek Clements questions the R&A's decision making. read more ...


Muirfield Returns to Open Rota after Vote to Admit Women Members

Following last year's initial ballot that widely embarrassed golf and saw Muirfield - arguably the finest course on the circuit - removed from the Open Championship rotation, the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers has voted to admit women members in a second vote that was released this morning to the delight of the R&A.  read more ...


The Open Returns to Royal St. George's in 2020

The Open Championship will make a welcome return to the South East of England in 2020, when the 149th edition of the game's oldest and most prestigious major is once again played at Royal St. George's. read more ...


Golf Centre to be Redeveloped at Carnoustie in Time for 2018 Open

Carnoustie Golf Links has been granted permission to redevelop its golf centre, with the enhancements due to be completed in time for the 2018 Open Championship, which is to be contested on the famed Angus course. read more ...


Rickie Fowler and Martin Kaymer had fun at the Open with Mercedes Benz

They may not have had the result they were looking for, but Rickie Fowler and Martin Kaymer had an enjoyable week at Royal Troon with Mercedes Benz during the Open Championship. read more ...


Inside the Bag of Open Champion Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson produced one of the greatest major championship finales in history at Royal Troon, with the 40-year-old Swede winning the Claret Jug for his first major. Here are the clubs they used to thrill us. read more ...


Greatest Day in the Grandest Championship

The 2016 Open Championship will forever be considered among the finest in history. It was a classic, and for Golfshake's Derek Clements, the duel betweeen Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson was as good as golf can be. read more ...


Italy's Number One Venue Launches Packages for UK Golfers

Royal Park in Turin, the highest rated golf venue in Italy, has further cemented itself as a favourite among visitors across Europe in the past year, but now UK golfers can experience it for themselves. read more ...


The Open Championship 2016: Stenson edges Mickleson in epic final day

HENRIK STENSON and Phil Mickelson produced the best finish The Open Championship has seen since Tom Watson beat Jack Nicklaus in 1977 in the Duel in the Sun, with the Swede finally securing his first major. read more ...


Was the Sky Open Coverage On Par?

So it is all over for another year. And just what did we make of Sky Sports' much-heralded coverage of The Open Championship? read more ...


The Open Championship 2016 - Day 4 Report

It was a lefty against a righty, Europe against the USA and when push came to shove, Henrik Stenson became the first Swede to win a major championship when he came out on top in an epic battle against Phil Mickelson to become Open Champion. read more ...


The Open Championship 2016 - Day 2 Report

Phil Mickelson remained atop the leaderboard at the end of day two of the Open Championship at Royal Troon after a two under par 69 in testing conditions. read more ...


Greg Norman Overcomes the Weather at Turnberry

If you think the weather is bad at Troon, you should see what it was like at nearby Turnberry when Greg Norman secured his first major championship victory in 1986. read more ...


Aces at the Postage Stamp

The Postage Stamp has seen many great moments and disasters, but perhaps none more memorable than these hole-in-ones by Gene Sarazen and Ernie Els. read more ...


The Open Championship 2016 - Day 1 Report

Derek Clements reports from Royal Troon on stunning start to The Open, none more so than by Phil Mickelson as he equaled the lowest ever score in a major!  read more ...


Rickie Fowler Going for Magnificent Number Seven at Troon

Americans have won the last six Opens at Royal Troon, with Rickie Fowler among the likely contenders in 2016. Can he do it? Let's see what he thinks of the US dominance and his own chances. read more ...


Seve Plays From the Car Park at Lytham in 1979

It was the 108th Open Championship, and it was Seve's first major victory. It is mostly remembered for the 22-year-old making a thrilling recovery from a temporary car park on route to securing the Claret Jug. read more ...


Open Strategy with Bernhard Langer

Two-time Senior Open Championship winner Bernhard Langer talks through some of the key holes at Royal Troon, which could determine the destiny of this year's Claret Jug. read more ...


Tiger's Masterful Performance at Hoylake

It's now been a decade since Tiger won his third Open Championship, with a stunning display of control and ball striking at a summer burnt Royal Liverpool securing the Claret Jug months after the death of his father. read more ...


Titleist Launches Unique Promotion for The Open

Titleist is celebrating being the #1 ball of choice for the assembled field at Royal Troon for the 145th Open Championship, with a unique promotion and Major online sweepstake for members. read more ...


McIlroy fails to grasp his position in golf

Derek Clements reports on Rory's shock comments on growing the game and the Olympics. The 2014 winner caused a stir Tuesday at Royal Troon when talking to the press.  read more ...


The Inexplicable Open Dominance of Americans at Troon

The last six Open Championships at Royal Troon have been won by golfers from the United States. Golfshake's Kieran Clark looks back at that dominance that dates back to Arnold Palmer in 1962. read more ...


Rickie Fowler Wearing PUMA Golf's Autumn Winter Collection at Troon

During the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon, Rickie Fowler will be wearing PUMA Golf's Autumn Winter 2016 Collection. read more ...


Andy Sullivan Smiling from Ear to Ear at the Open

England's Andy Sullivan has enjoyed a stunning rise in the game in recent times, with multiple victories and a Ryder Cup berth seeming likely. But how about winning the Open? That smile would be even wider than normal. read more ...


Open Championship Facts and Figures

The Open is golf's oldest major championship, so it has attained a level of history that boasts a number of interesting facts and figures. Derek Clements picks out some of them for your attention. read more ...


The Open Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

It's time for the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon. Golf's oldest and greatest major returns to the Ayrshire links, with the Claret Jug within touching grasp. Derek Clements looks ahead to this year's showpiece. read more ...


Sky's the Limit for David Livingstone and his Team

It's a new era for the Open Championshpip, with Sky Sports broadcasting exclusive live coverage for the first time. Derek Clements commends the comprehensive viewing that will enjoy this week from Royal Troon. read more ...


Royal Troon Hole by Hole Flyover

Watch a hole by hole flyover for 2016 Open venue Royal Troon by Foresight Europe using their 4K ready FSX software. read more ...


The Home of Ayrshire Golf

Derek Clements takes a closer look at the small town of Troon, which is hosting the world's best players for the Open. You quickly realise that it's a little piece of golfing heaven. read more ...


Hamilton's Shock Victory at Royal Troon

The Open Championship returns to Royal Troon for a ninth time, 12 years after American Todd Hamilton shocked Ernie Els by securing the Claret Jug on the Ayrshire coast. Derek Clements takes a look back in time to that week. read more ...


Open Championship Prize Money Increased

The R&A have announced that the total prize money for this year's Open at Troon will be £6,500,000, with the winner receiving £1,175,000, which is an overall increase of £200,000. read more ...


Monty Qualifies for the Open!

Colin Montgomerie, Paul Dunne and Matthew Southgate were among the biggest stroies from Open Championship Final Qualifying on Tuesday, with each of them securing their place at Royal Troon. read more ...


Dinosaurs Alive and Well and Living at Muirfield

Derek Clements reports on the discovery of living dinosaurs at Muirfield - home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers - who voted to maintain their controversial all-male membership policy. read more ...


R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers Responds Swiftly To Muirfield Vote

Following the disappointing result of a vote at Muirfield (home to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers) that retained the club's all-male status, the R&A have responded swiftly with an emphatic statement of their own. read more ...


Golf Proves Once Again That Nobody Is Born Equal

Derek Clements provides his scathing assessment of both Royal Troon and the R&A, with the Open Championship being contested at another single-sex club this coming July. read more ...


R&A Appoints Two New Starters for The Open Championship

The R&A has appointed two new starters for The Open - David Lancaster and Matt Corker - succeeding Ivor Robson, who retired after more than 40 years in the role on the first tee. read more ...


The Open Camping Village is offering Free Accommodation to Young Golf Fans

The R&A has announced that this year's Open Championship at Royal Troon will be more accessible for young people and families than ever before, with the introduction of a Camping Village that offers free accommodation. read more ...


Happy Birthday Sandy Lyle

Scotland's two-time major champion celebrates his 58th birthday. We take a look back at the Hall of Fame career of the man Seve Ballesteros once described as being the greatest God-given talent in history.  read more ...


Look Back At The 1977 Open Championship - The Duel In The Sun

This week on Golfshake, we take a look back at the legendary 1977 Open Championship from Turnberry, now iconic for the famous Duel in the Sun between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus. One of the greatest majors in history. read more ...


A sad day for golf in the UK

Derek Clements shares his thoughts on the news this week that the BBC will relinquish the rights to broadcast The Open live a year earlier than planned. read more ...


2015 - The year of Jordan Speith

Jordan Spieth has always promised a lot and he has always delivered, but nobody could have predicted the impact he had on the game in 2015. Derek Clements looks back on one of Golf's great seasons.  read more ...


BBC relinquishes rights to The Open 2016

The R&A have confirmed that it was approached in recent weeks by the BBC to discuss being released from its contract to provide live coverage of The 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon in 2016.  read more ...


The future of the game is in great shape

With the demise of Tiger Woods and to a lesser extent Phil Mickelson, we have been left wondering where are the stars, but three have emerged - It is the time of Jordan, Rory and Jason!  read more ...


Open Reflections - A worthy Champion, Old Course Frustrations and Coverage to Forget

Derek Clements reflects on an Open that no doubt produced great displays from many in the game, but he raises questions about the suitabilty of The Old Course from a spectator stand point.  read more ...


Zach Johnson Wins The Open on Epic Final Day

Zach Johnson claimed the 144th Open Championship on a epic day at St Andrews. Derek Clements wraps up the action.  read more ...


The Open Day 3 - What a day!!

Wow, what can you say, it was worth waiting for wasn't it? Derek Clements wraps up an amazing 3rd round Sunday at The Open.  read more ...


Open Saturday Wrap Up

DUSTIN JOHNSON leads The Open by a shot at the halfway stage after another weather-hit day at St Andrews. read more ...


Know anyone like this? Open tournament frustrations

IF YOU have ever sat in a grandstand a golf tournament, you will not need me to tell you about the guy who insists on commentating on every single shot, who states the bleedin' obvious and who, quite clearly, knows very little about golf and nothing at all about links golf. read more ...


Open Day 3 Update

WE ARE all dressed up and ready to go here at St Andrews, but no play has been possible since 7.32am due to strong winds. read more ...


The Open Day 2 Wrap Up

DANNY WILLETT probably still can't quite believe his luck. The Yorkshireman, who began The Open with a round of 66, got to 10 under par after 10 holes of his second round and eventually finished with a 69 for a 36-hole total of 135, nine under par. read more ...


The Open Day 1 Wrap Up

You have got to hand it to Dustin Johnson. No matter how many times you knock him down, he gets back up again and carries on as if nothing has happened. read more ...


Tom Watson Farewell

Ten years ago, Jack Nicklaus crossed the Swilcan Bridge for the final time in competition and now, a decade on from Jack’s day, it is Tom Watson’s turn. After 40 years and five victories, the 144th Open Championship will be the last one of Watson’s incredible career. read more ...


Open Championship Preview

Winning the Open Championship at St. Andrews. It is one of the great and most notable feats in sport. The chance for indelible greatness only comes round once every five years, when the very best players in the world are presented with that enticing opportunity to be triumphant in golf’s oldest major championship on the game’s most historic course. read more ...


Scottish Open champion and links lover Rickie Fowler is all set for St. Andrews

For years, Rickie Fowler has spoken of his love and appreciation for the original form of the sport. At the magnificent Gullane Golf Club, the Scottish Open would be the event where that reverence and positivity had finally converted itself into a victory. read more ...


The Silver Medal

There are not many amateurs in The Open field, but those lucky enough to playing will battle it out for most of the most precious trophies of the amateur game. read more ...


The Open preview, picks & analysis

Derek Clements shares his betting and fantasy picks for the 144th Open Championship.  read more ...


The Open Championship - New generation ready to let rip

This year's Open Championship could be one of the best we have ever witnessed - the Old Course is going to bear witness to a host of brilliant young golfers going toe to toe for the oldest prize in golf. read more ...


Jordan Spieth sets his sights on making history

So, the Spieth Slam is on! In fact the Grand Slam is on! Can he do it? Derek Clements takes a in-depth look at his chances.  read more ...


The Open Championship: Player Focus - Hideki Matsuyama

We take a closer look if Asia's very own super star golfer can claim the Claret Jug and make history at St Andrews. read more ...


The Open Championship: Player Focus - Martin Kaymer

Martin Kaymer is two time major champion and has showed some signs of form in recent weeks. At St Andews he will be hoping to add the third leg of the Grand Slam.  read more ...


Open Championship Countdown - Focus on Louis Oosthuizen

We take a closer look at the last man to win The Open at St Andrews - Louis Oosthuizen.  read more ...


Watson & Faldo prepare for last hurrah

The Open at St Andrews has become a traditional point in which to bow out for the games greats. This year is no differen't with Tom Watson and Nick Faldo due to wave goodbye on the Swilican Bridge read more ...


The Scottish Open - Perfect Preparation

Kieran Clark looks ahead to this weeks Scottish Open at Gullane and how, for many players it will prove to the perfect preparation for The Open Championship.  read more ...


Rory looks likely to miss The Open following ankle injury

Rory McIlroy looks like a major doubt for the 144th Open Championship at St Andrews following what appears to be a serious ankle injury sustained playing footballI with friends on Saturday.  read more ...


Golfing wonderkids - How do they compare?

So, just how good are the likes of Jordan Spieth & Rory McIlroy? We take a look at how todays wonderkids compare to likes of Jones, Sarazen and Nicklaus.  read more ...


Countdown to St Andrews - The Top 10 shots of 2010

Golfing World count down the Top 10 shots from the last time The Open was played at St Andrews - 2010. read more ...


Winning with Seve - The 1984 Open, St Andrews

Check out this brilliant film from Golfing World which looks back at a truly great moment in golf - Seve's victory at the 1984 Open.  read more ...


Most unexpected wins since the turn of the century

Nick Bonfield counts down some of the most unexpected wins since the turn of the century.  read more ...


The Sky's the limit!

Last week Derek Clements wrote on his disappointment that The Open was no longer to broadcast live free-to-air Tv, but their are silver linings in every cloud specifically in the quality of Sky coverage.  read more ...


The Open’s Move to SKY: Why the R&A Made the Right Decision

Nick Bonfield discusses why, for him the R&A have made exactly the right decision in moving The Open Championship coverage to Sky Sports.  read more ...


The Dawson Legacy

Derek Clements shares his opinions on the R&A's decision to award full TV rights to SKY for the Open Championship.  read more ...


Troon to conduct review of male-only membership policy

Following the R&A's decision to accept lady members it seems that several other clubs on the Open rota are also considering their stance on membership. The latest of these being Troon GC.  read more ...


Guaranteed Tee Times at the Old Course with Winter Packages

Fairmont St Andrews, has launched a residential package which includes a coveted guaranteed tee time on the Old Course. read more ...


2015 Major Predictions

Ahead of the 2015 season, Nick Bonfield explains why he thinks it will be an absolute cracker and who he thinks will gain major honours.  read more ...


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