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The Greatest Finish in Golf

The 16th, 17th and 18th at Carnoustie combine what is the most challenging - and perhaps greatest - finish in championship golf. Golfshake's Owen Davies had the chance to play these three holes, and discovered what the players will face during the Open. read more ...


See Phil Mickelson Grind His Own Wedges and Demonstrate Flop Shot

Carnoustie may be burnt to a crisp ahead of the 2018 Open, but those firm and fiery conditions haven't stopped former champion Phil Mickelson from grinding his own Callaway wedges and showcasing his famed lob shot in some pretty audacious circumstances.  read more ...


5 Outsiders to Follow at the Open

We have taken a look further down the pack for golfers at the Open who could spring a surprise run for the game's oldest title, each of them having odds greater than 100/1. read more ...


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8 of the Very Best Open Championships

The Open has produced many dramatic conclusions. There have been occasions where it has been won by a moment of genius, others when somebody has left the field trailing in his wake and others when it has ended in heartbreak. Here, we look at eight of the very best. read more ...


The 2018 Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

It's time for the 147th Open Championship, which is being contested at Carnoustie. A hot and dry summer has created fascinating conditions on the famous links. But who is going to claim the Claret Jug? Golfshake's Derek Clements delves into the latest edition of golf's oldest and greatest major. read more ...


Six Players to Watch at Carnoustie

The best players in the game have assembled in Carnoustie for the 147th Open Championship. But which of the many contenders is most likely to lift the Claret Jug on Sunday? Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out six to watch. read more ...


Jordan Spieth Reflects on Year as Champion Golfer

Jordan Spieth is the defending champion at this year's Open, and the American has reflected on his year with the Claret Jug, including remembering his dramatic victory at Royal Birkdale 12 months ago. read more ...


Brandon Sets His Name in Stone with Brilliant Scottish Open Victory

Brandon Stone came within a whisker of finally becoming the first man to record a 59 on the European Tour as he won the Scottish Open at Gullane in sensational fashion. In the process, he also claimed one of three available places in the field for this week’s Open Championship at Carnoustie. read more ...


Hole-by-Hole Guide to Carnoustie

The Championship Course at Carnoustie is revered as being among the greatest and most challenging in the world. We take a look at each hole of this stunning layout that is hosting the 2018 Open Championship. read more ...


The Open TV and Radio Coverage

The Open is golf's oldest and greatest major championship, and the coverage reflects that. Sky Sports has established a dedicated Open Channel, boasting comprehensive coverage. The BBC also has highlight packages of each round from Carnoustie, while 5 Live's highly regarded output is certain to be popular this week. read more ...


The Open by Numbers

The Open Championship has the richest and longest history in the game, with the 147th edition coming to the famed Carnoustie Golf Links. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at some of the facts and figures behind the story of this year's Open. read more ...


Remembering the 2007 Open Championship

When The Open Championship was last played at Carnoustie it ended in dramatic circumstances, with Sergio Garcia throwing away a wonderful opportunity to win his first major, as Padraig Harrington secured his maiden Open title. The Spaniard would have to wait 10 years before finally breaking his duck. read more ...


Playing the 18th Hole at Carnoustie

The 18th at Carnoustie is the most intimidating finishing hole in championship golf. Golfshake's Owen Davies took on the challenge and made a miraculous par that golfers in contention at the Open would be desperate for.  read more ...


Golfshake Podcast #29: 2018 Open Preview

Previewing the 147th Open Championship, Golfshake's Kieran Clark and Owen Davies look ahead to the game's oldest and greatest major, discussing their favourite memories, their own experiences of playing Carnoustie this year, and reviewing the chances of the many fancied contenders for the Claret Jug. read more ...


The Open Championship Venues

Each of the venues on the Open rotation have their own distinct identity, making every Championship that bit extra special. We're taking the opportunity to celebrate each of the famous courses that have witnessed a player become Champion Golfer of the Year. read more ...


Playing the 17th Hole at Carnoustie

Having faced the difficult par three 16th at Carnoustie, players at The Open will turn in the opposite direction to face the par four 17th, which features the famous Barry Burn. Golfshake's Owen Davies took on this formidable hole. read more ...


Playing the 16th Hole at Carnoustie

Ahead of The 147th Open at Carnoustie, we are taking you onto the ground to showcase what is perhaps the Greatest Finish in Golf. Starting with the par three 16th, Golfshake's Owen Davies plays this famed hole to provide you with some insight before the Championship begins. read more ...


Odyssey Launches Red Ball Putter to Enhance Alignment

Odyssey has unveiled its new Red Ball Putter, which is a revolutionary design that has been created to enhance the way in which golfers align their putter. read more ...


Scottish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Gullane Golf Club is welcoming a spectacular field for the Scottish Open, as many of the game's best players are seeking competitive links action before the Open Championship at Carnoustie. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what is always a memorable week on the European Tour. read more ...


John Deere Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

It's the PGA Tour's last stop before the Open Championship, and Bryson DeChambeau defends his title at the John Deere Classic. The unique American is coming of age on the circuit, and is becoming among the most likely winners in the world. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the event. read more ...


Scotland's Knox Enjoys Luck of Irish with Brilliant Putts to Win at Ballyliffin

Scotland's Russell Knox holed a huge putt on the first hole of a playoff to defeat New Zealand’s Ryan Fox and claim the Irish Open in dramatic fashion. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a memorable week at Ballyliffin Golf Club in County Donegal. read more ...


Sei Young Kim Destroys LPGA Tour Scoring Record with Nine-Shot Victory

Sei Young Kim destroyed the LPGA Tour scoring record when she won the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic with a staggering total of 257 - 31 under par. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps an extraordinary, historic performance. read more ...


Seven Magical Moments that Sealed the Deal

There are ways of winning a golf tournament, and then there are the magical moments that clinched victory for these players. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at some of the incredible hole-outs and finishes that won't be forgotten. read more ...


Callaway Rogue Technology Carries Noren to Open de France Success

Callaway Staff Professional Alex Noren secured his 10th victory on the European Tour at the spectacular Le Golf National in Paris to win the HNA Open de France, using the highly regarded technology of the Rogue Driver and Fairway Woods. read more ...


Irish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour's Rolex Series continues at the Irish Open, hosted by Rory McIlroy and the Rory Foundation. It's the beginning of a run of links courses, with the magnificent Ballyliffin serving as the stage for many of the world's best. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what promises to be a special week. read more ...


Greenbrier Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Phil Mickelson is a late entry into the Greenbrier Classic, and will be hoping to find some form ahead of his upcoming fortnight in Scotland, highlighted by the Open at Carnoustie. Bubba Watson is also a threat. Derek Clements picks out the likely contenders. read more ...


Tiger Woods Comeback - Half-Term Report

Six months into his comeback on the PGA Tour, Golfshake's Derek Clements assesses the year of Tiger Woods, and reflects on the results and performances he has produced ahead of the Open at Carnoustie. read more ...


Le Golf National is the Star of the Show

This year's Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National was showcased during the Open de France, won by Alex Noren. Challenging but spectacular, this course has long been a star on the European Tour and will be again this September.  read more ...


Europe Rules on Both Sides of the Atlantic

It was a spectacular weekend for European golfers on both sides of the Atlantic, as Sweden's Alex Noren triumphed after a day of drama at Le Golf National, and Francesco Molinari produced an astonishing dominant victory on the PGA Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps the action. read more ...


HNA Open de France Preview, Picks & Analysis

THE HNA Open de France takes on an added significance this year for two reasons - it is the latest in the European Tour’s Rolex Series, which means there is a huge amount of prize money and Race to Dubai points on offer, and it is being played at Golf National, near Paris, which will host the Ryder Cup in September. read more ...


Quicken Loans National Preview, Picks & Analysis

TIGER WOODS will be the star attraction as Kyle Stanley defends his Quicken Loans National title at TPC Potomac. And while the 14-time major champion’s appearance is bound to create quite a stir, the 42-year-old will not need anybody to tell him that it is about time he got it done this season. read more ...


Weekend Wrap up - Ws for Wallace & Watson

Wallace saw off the challenge of two time major champion, Martin Kaymer and others, to take home the trophy at the BMW International Open in Germany, whilst Watson put in a brilliant final round to finish three-shots clear and pick up his third Travelers Championship. read more ...


Phil Mickelson Apologises for US Open Controversy

Following major controversy at the U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson has apologised days later in a text message sent to an exclusive mailing list of reporters and writers. read more ...


5 Golfers Who Struggled at Shinnecock But Could Contend at the Open

Following a controversial US Open, several of golf's biggest names will be hoping to rebound from missed cuts at Shinnecock in the Open Championship at Carnoustie. Joe Hughes has picked out a few potential Claret Jug contenders from this group. read more ...


Peter Thomson, the Man Behind the Legend

Learn about Peter Thomson in his own words from this lengthy interview from 2015, Peter Thomson, the Man Behind the Legend, delving into his storied career and life. It's worth watching for anyone interested to gain knowledge about a champion who is arguably underappreciated within the history of golf. read more ...


Remembering Golf's Gentleman Champion Peter Thomson

Golf is mourning the loss of Peter Thomson, the legendary Australian who passed away on Wednesday in Melbourne at the age of 88. Five-times Champion Golfer of the Year. Golfshake's Kieran Clark remembers Golf's Gentleman Champion. read more ...


Travelers Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Following missed cuts at the US Open, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy will be hoping to recover their form at the Travelers Championship, which the Texan won in dramatic fashion last week. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to an important event for both, as we count down towards The Open at Carnoustie. read more ...


BMW International Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads to Germany for the BMW International Open, where both Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer will be hoping to ignite following disappointing results. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the European Tour event, celebrating its 30th year. read more ...


The US Open Should Be a Spectacle Not a Debacle

It's fair to say that the 2018 US Open was not without controversy, and much of that was due to the course setup at Shinnecock Hills, which was heavily criticised by many players on Saturday. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes it's time to stop the farce and make the Championship a level playing field. read more ...


Koepka Defies the Odds to Successfully Defend US Open

Brooks Koepka became the first man since Curtis Strange in 1989 to successfully defend the US Open on a day of high drama and extraordinary scoring at Shinnecock Hills. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps a memorable Sunday, including a remarkable finish by Tommy Fleetwood. read more ...


What on earth were you thinking, Phil?

Do you agree with Derek Clements?  What he did was a flagrant breach of the rules. He should have been disqualified. Period. read more ...


It's Time to Draw a Line Under Marquee Groups at Majors

Organisers and TV companies love them, but is it time for marquee groupings at majors to end, adopting a truly random draw? Rory McIlroy spoke on the subject recently. And Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that a line should be drawn under them. read more ...


5 Outsiders to Watch at the US Open

It's hard to look beyond the favourites at the US Open, but we have picked out five golfers who are moving somewhat under the radar with the bookmakers. These potential winners are all at least 60/1 on the latest betting and may spring a surprise on Sunday. read more ...


Severity of Greens at Shinnecock Hills Cause Stir

Organisers famously lost control of the greens at Shinnecock Hills in 2004, but while changes have been made to the course, the severity of the surfaces remains, particularly the dramatic 18th.  read more ...


Golfshake Podcast #28: US Open, Shinnecock & Bethpage Memories, Long Island Golf

In a Special US Open Edition of the Golfshake Podcast, Kieran Clark is joined Long Island golf radio show host Anthony Scorcia to preview the 2018 US Open Championship. They also look at the rich history and culture of golf on New York’s Long Island, while Anthony shares his memories of playing Shinnecock Hills, and reflections on past US Opens held at Bethpage Black. The guys take the opportunity to gaze ahead to the 2019 PGA and 2024 Ryder Cup to be held in the area, sharing a unique and local perspective into the second major of the year and golf as a whole. read more ...


2018 US Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

This year's US Open at Shinnecock Hills promises to be compelling, with many of the game's top names arriving in form and ready to be contenders. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the second major of the year, and picks out several players who could challenge for the trophy. read more ...


7 Players to Watch at the US Open

It's hard to look beyond the major favourites ahead of this year's US Open, with so many of them arriving at Shinnecock Hills. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out seven - and one sentimental player - to keep an eye on during the week. read more ...


The Rules and Traditions of Shinnecock Hills

The 2018 US Open venue Shinnecock Hills is a tradtional golf club that boasts an extraordinary and famous course. Derek Clements takes a look at some of the more archaic rules that define this institution on Long Island. read more ...


The Golf Course Shouldn't Make Headlines at the US Open

The US Open has infamously courted controversy through the years, including at Shinnecock Hills in 2004. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at the efforts being made to ensure that is not the case in 2018. read more ...


US Open BY NUMBERS

The US Open Championship has a long and rich history, dating back to 1895. Golfshake's Derek Clements delves into the facts and figures, the looking at the numbers behind the past and present of this great event. read more ...


Hole by Hole Guide to Shinnecock Hills

Explore all 18 testing holes at Shinnecock Hills, this year's US Open venue. Regarded as being among the finest courses in the United States, take a look through flyovers and insight to learn more about the challenge of the layout. read more ...


Dustin Johnson Makes Bold Winning Statement Ahead of US Open

Before the US Open, Dustin Johnson produced a dominant display at the FedEx St Jude Classic, winning the tournament and returning to world number one, while Mikko Korhonen won the European Tour's Shot Clock Masters. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps the action. read more ...


Will Shinnecock Hills Get the US Open Back on Track?

Will the US Open's return to Shinnecock Hills restore the championship's reputation for providing the most difficult test in golf? That's the question Golfshake's Joe Hughes explores ahead of the year's second men's major. read more ...


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