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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 ...


Bjorn licking his lips at prospect of Ryder Cup

THOMAS BJORN can't quite believe his luck. With the Ryder Cup in Paris now less than a year away and the qualification process for the European team now well under way, the Dane is rubbing his hands together at the way his team is shaping up read more ...


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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 ...


Austin Cooks Up Maiden Victory on the PGA Tour

Another week, another first-time winner on the PGA Tour. Rookie Austin Cook held on to take the RSM Classic by three strokes after a final round of 67. 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 ...


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 ...


Great History of the European Tour Order of Merit and Race to Dubai

The European Tour season comes to its natural conclusion this week as Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia battle for the Race to Dubai and Harry Vardon Trophy. Golfshake's Kieran Clark looks back at the history of the Order of Merit, and reflects on its significance. read more ...


DP World Tour Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

And so it all comes down to this. A thrilling season on the European Tour reaches its climax at the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeriah Estates and there is still everything to play for in the Race to Dubai. Derek Clements looks forward to the showpiece and Tommy Fleetwood's chances of securing the major prize. read more ...


RSM Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour heads to Sea Island for the RSM Classic, which is hosted by Davis Love III. Always a popular week with the players, Derek Clements fancies Open Championship runner-up Matt Kuchar to have a strong performance in Georgia. read more ...


Sun Shines on Amazing Grace as He Storms to Nedbank Title

Branden Grace produced a grandstand finish to win the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City, pocketing a cool £750,000 in the process. The home crowd were desperate to see a South African winner and Grace duly delivered to collect his eighth European Tour title. read more ...


Ten of the Greatest Winning Streaks in Golf

Justin Rose's recently won two events in successive weeks, as did fellow Englishman Tyrrell Hatton. It's a fine achievement, but it got us thinking of winning streaks, and there have been some remarkable ones through the years. Derek Clements picks out some of the best. read more ...


When Tiger Says Golf Ball is Going Too Far We Should Pay Attention

Does the modern golf ball go too far? That is the view of 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, who recently commented on the subject and the issues that it raises. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that we should sit up and take note of these words that have been echoed by figures including Jack Nicklaus. read more ...


The Future Looks Bright for Europe in the Ryder Cup

The 2016 Ryder Cup saw Europe's most crushing defeat in over 30 years, but Alex Picken believes there are positive signs ahead of next year's showpiece at Le Golf National. He looks at several of the impressive and emerging players who could have a huge impact for Thomas Bjorn in 2018. read more ...


Nedbank Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

Tommy Fleetwood arrives in South Africa hoping to secure the Race to Dubai after the recent victories of Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia closed the gap at the top of the money list. Derek Clements looks at the young Englishman's chances at the Nedbank. read more ...


OHL Classic at Mayakoba Preview, Picks & Analysis

Pat Perez returns to Mexico for his defence of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. There's a formidable challenge ahead, however, with the likes of Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson and Patrick Reed in the field. Derek Clements looks ahead to the event. read more ...


Turkish Delight For Justin Rose After Dramatic Climax

He only went and did it again. Justin Rose, who had been without a victory since the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, birdied the final hole at the Turkish Airlines Open to achieve back-to-back wins and move within a whisker of Tommy Fleetwood at the head of the Race to Dubai. read more ...


Will Tiger Emerge From the Woods and Remind Us How Good He Once Was?

Tiger Woods is to make his latest comeback in the Hero Challenge to be played in the Bahamas at the end of November - and, unsurprisingly, social media is alive with anticipation. Derek Clements reports on the challenges that the 14-time major champion faces. read more ...


Winning is Hard - 10 of the Worst Final Round Collapses in Tournament Golf

Dustin Johnson's recent disastrous final round in China got Derek Clements thinking about final-round collapses. There have been lots of them, and the world number one features in our list of 10 of the best (or worst) of them. read more ...


Tiger Woods Announces Latest Return to Competitive Golf

Nine months after withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic, Tiger Woods has announced that he will be making his latest comeback to professional golf at next month’s Hero World Challenge. read more ...


Paul Casey to Rejoin European Tour in Ryder Cup Boost

It's been a decade since Paul Casey last represented Europe in the Ryder Cup, but the Englishman looks set to end that long-standing hiatus after confirming that he will take up membership on the European Tour in 2018, opening the door to become part of Thomas Bjorn's team for the showpiece at Le Golf National next year.  read more ...


Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin is like no other tournament on the PGA Tour. It is a week when the world's leading golfers put their own interests to one side and turn the focus on children who, in many instances, are fighting for their very lives. read more ...


Turkish Airlines Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Thorbjorn Olesen will defend his title at the Turkish Airlines Open, the sixth out of eight in the European Tour's prestigious Rolex Series, which has offered players the chance to earn some properly serious money. read more ...


Rose Blooms as Johnson Suffers a Major China Crisis

Justin Rose overturned an eight-shot deficit to win the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in dramatic fashion. The Englishman still trailed by six when he reached the turn but he then birdied five holes on the back nine for a round of 67 to get to 14 under par and defeat world No 1 Dustin Johnson by two strokes. read more ...


Shot Clock is a Start but Slow Play Has to be Tackled Properly

The European Tour has announced, with much fanfare, the introduction of the 2018 Shot Clock Masters. The tournament has been launched with the specific purpose of speeding up play and is a laudable experiment, but it does pose a question: why? read more ...


Golfshake Stats Reveal Odds of Making Hole in One

You have probably seen the hilarious video from the European Tour that challenged Edoardo Molinari to make a hole-in-one with 500 golf balls. It got us thinking about the averages and odds of making a hole-in-one and how they relate to regular golfers. Delving into the Golfshake Score Tracker stats from this summer - in which tens of thousands regularly record their rounds - we have drawn up statistical conclusions as to how likely you are of achieving that most magical of shots read more ...


European Tour to Debut 40 Second Shot Clock in 2018

 Next year's Shot Clock Masters in Austria on the European Tour will be the first official tournament to use a shot clock on every shot as the circuit looks to combat the increasingly lengthy time it is taking for the top professionals to complete 18 holes. read more ...


Bizarre Rules Controversy Dominates Korean LPGA Tour Event

So here we go yet again with another bizarre rules controversy -  and this one may have passed you by because it occurred in a relatively minor Korean LPGA Tour event. Nevertheless, it is a cracker. Derek Clements reports. read more ...


WGC HSBC Champions Preview, Picks & Analysis

Hideki Matsuyama returns to China for his defence of the WGC HSBC Champions, while Tommy Fleetwood is looking to extend his lead at the summit of the Race to Dubai. Derek Clements looks ahead to the showpiece event in Asia. read more ...


Sergio Garcia Gives European Tour Dream Finish to Regular Season

It was the perfect end to the regular European Tour season, as Sergio Garcia won the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain. Derek Clements reports on the Spaniard's latest triumph, and successes for Justin Thomas, and Oliver Farr on the Challenge Tour. read more ...


Jordan Spieth Donates Famous Open 3-Iron to Royal Birkdale

Jordan Spieth’s dramatic Open Championship victory in July will live long in the memory, and it has been permanently immortalised at Royal Birkdale after the young American donated his Titleist 718 T-MB 3-Iron that helped to carry the Texan to success over Matt Kuchar and secure the Claret Jug. read more ...


Ryder Cup Countdown Begins in Earnest

The next Ryder Cup match doesn't get under way until September 28, 2018, but the build-up to the encounter at Le Golf National, near Paris, has already begun, with American captain Jim Furyk saying that his team have 25 years of scars to overcome if they are to retain the trophy they won is such spectacular fashion at Hazeltine in 2016. read more ...


Danny Willett Opens Up About Trials and Tribulations

Since winning the Masters in 2016, Danny Willett has endured months of disappointments and struggles on the golf course. Derek Clements reports on the Englishman's journey after becoming a major champion, and looks closer at the moving blog that the Yorkshireman had written on the European Tour's website. read more ...


Should We Be Excited by Those Swing Clips of Tiger?

There has been much excitement on social media about the footage posted by Tiger Woods showing that he is now once again fit enough to be hitting drivers. This came less than a week after he posted slow-motion film of him hitting irons. read more ...


Andalucía Valderrama Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis

Jon Rahm continues his late challenge for the Race to Dubai when he makes his first appearance on home soil as a professional at the Andalucía Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio García Foundation, and he will surely start the tournament as favourite. read more ...


CJ Cup Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour travels to South Korea for the first time with the inaugural CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges. It will feature a field of 78 players, with no 36-hole cut, and the prize fund is a massive $9.25m - only the majors, The Players Championship and the four WGC's boast bigger purses. read more ...


Hatton Completes Italian Job for Back-to-Back Victories

Tyrrell Hatton produced a brilliant back nine to achieve back-to-back victories on the European Tour and win the Italian Open in sensational style. He banked $1m, finds himself back in the top 20 in the world rankings and has climbed into the top five in the Race to Dubai. read more ...


How Putting Yips Changed Careers and Methods Golfers Used to Overcome Them

Golfshake's Derek Clements has recently seen the affects of the yips on a golf friend, which got him thinking about many of the game's best players who suffered from that dreaded affliction, and the methods they tried to overcome it. read more ...


Amendoeira's Faldo Course to Host EuroPro Tour Finale

Popular destination in the Algarve, Amendoeira Golf Resort is getting set to host the HotelPlanner.com EuroPro Tour Championship for the first time. read more ...


Thomas Bjorn Nominates 2018 Ryder Cup Official Charity

European Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjorn has announced that the European Tour Foundation will be the official charity of the 2018 Ryder Cup. read more ...


The Worst Tee Shots Hit by the World's Best Golfers

We could only dream of hitting the ball like the world's best players, but occasionally these golfers have produced shots exactly like us. Derek Clements has delved into the archives and picked out some of the worst drives played by the finest.  read more ...


Rory McIlroy Sets Major Career Goals for 2018 and Beyond

Rory McIlroy completed a disappointing season at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, but as Kieran Clark writes, the Northern Irishman is now looking forward to gearing himself up for a major 2018, targeting several lofty objectives next year and throughout the rest of his career. read more ...


Italian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Jon Rahm steps up his bid to catch Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the Race to Dubai when he tees it up in the Italian Open at Golf Club Milano from October 12-15. Rahm is the star attraction in what is the fifth event in the Rolex Series. read more ...


CIMB Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

Justin Thomas returns to defend the CIMB Classic. It was the victory that propelled him to an extraordinary year, and the young American will be hoping to continue that remarkable success this season on the PGA Tour. read more ...


Hatton Crowned King of the Links as Fisher Brings Old Course to its Knees

On a day of sensational low scoring, Tyrrell Hatton became the first man to successfully defend the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, holding off the challenge of Ross Fisher, who broke the Old Course record at St Andrews. read more ...


Nick Dougherty Talks Career, St Andrews, Sky, Niall Horan, and Growing Golf

Having bowed out from competitive golf last year, Nick Dougherty tells Golfshake's Kieran Clark about his love for working at Sky Sports Golf, and is ambition to help share the game widely and raise awareness of the benefits that it can make to the lives of people in need. read more ...


New Dad Tommy Fleetwood Steps Back Onto Favourite Stage

New father Tommy Fleetwood steps back into the competitive environment of the European Tour at his favourite destination on the circuit, as he looks to extend his lead at the summit of the Race to Dubai after enjoying a sparkling season to date. read more ...


Rory McIlroy is Enjoying Return to the Dunhill Links

Rory McIlroy is bringing down the curtain on his 2017 season this week at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and he’s enjoying a long overdue return to the showpiece event at the Home of Golf that saw him secure his tour card as a fledgling professional a decade ago. read more ...


Nick Dougherty Dunhill Diaries Video

2016 was the final professional golf tournament that Nick Dougherty competed in, an event he won back in 2007.  The Dunhill Diaries are 3 short videos filmed by Nick, his wife Di and friend and providing an intimate insight into his final professional event. read more ...


Rules, Rules and Yet MORE Broken Rules

Last week at the Presidents Cup, there was a dramatic rules incident involving Jordan Spieth. It's just the latest in several eye-catching situations, but Derek Clements has brought together ten more examples through the years that made headlines. read more ...


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