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2018 Masters to be Broadcast on Sky Sports and BBC

Following months of speculation, Sky Sports has confirmed that it has extended its association with the Masters, ensuring that the 2018 Tournament will be showcased on both Sky and the BBC, who have retained live coverage over the Saturday and Sunday of the iconic first men’s major of the year. read more ...


Sergio Garcia Nominated for Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award

Sergio Garcia's thrilling victory at the Masters last April was a dramatic triumph for a player who had been long seeking success in one of golf's four major championships, and the Spaniard has been recognised for that win by being included among the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award nominees as part of the prestigious 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards. 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 ...


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Career Builder Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour heads to California for the Career Builder Challenge - formerly the Bob Hope Classic - where Hudson Swafford is defending the title against the likes of Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed, and Phil Mickelson. Golfshake's Derek Clements has the 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 ...


Thomas Bjorn's Europe Produce Brilliant Fightback in EurAsia Cup Singles

It didn't all go quite to plan, but Thomas Bjorn’s European team eventually came out on top to win the EurAsia Cup thanks to a remarkable comeback in the final-day singles, eventually seeing off their spirited opponents 14-10 in Kuala Lumpur. read more ...


Spieth Relishes Return to Action of Tiger Woods

Golf needs Tiger Woods more than Tiger Woods needs golf. If you doubt it, ask yourself why so many of his rivals are so excited about the great man’s return to competitive action. Open champion Jordan Spieth is just the latest to go on record as saying that he cannot wait to see the 14-time major champion striding the fairways again. read more ...


Fowler's Fashion Critics Need to Move with Times

Rickie Fowler caused a stir during the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, when he wore an untucked Hawaiian shirt in the first round. It inspired a variety of responses, but Golfshake's Derek Clements dismisses the critics and golf's attitude towards fashion. read more ...


Sony Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Justin Thomas' magical 2017 began with success in Hawaii, and he returns to the defend his Sony Open title. It's the first full-field event of the year on the PGA Tour, and Golfshake's Derek Clements expects it to be a compelling affair. read more ...


South African Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour begins 2018 with the South African Open, won dramatically last year by Graeme Storm in a playoff over Rory McIlroy. An impressive cast of home stars are in attendance, and Derek Clements has the Preview. read more ...


EurAsia Cup Preview, Picks & Analysis

Thomas Bjorn leads Team Europe in the EurAsia Cup, and is captain of an impressive group that includes Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Casey, Thomas Pieters and Henrik Stenson.  read more ...


Dominant Dustin Johnson Blows Field Away at Kapalua

Dustin Johnson put the memory of his final-round collapse at the HSBC Champions in China well and truly behind him as he romped to an eight-shot victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. The world number one produced a superb final round of 65 for a 72-hole total of 268, 24 under par as he recorded his 17th PGA Tour victory. read more ...


Best Shots on the PGA Tour in 2017

The PGA Tour returns to our television screens for 2018 at the Tournament of Champions played in the breathtaking surrounds of Kapalua in Hawaii, so it's a fitting time to reflect on some of the great moments created by the game's finest golfers last year. read more ...


Let Us Not Forget That Sport is Supposed to be Fun

Golfshake's Derek Clements recently experienced the PDC World Darts Championship from London's Alexandra Palace. It was a colourful, atmospheric setting, reminiscent of a Ryder Cup of Phoenix Open, with players and fans alike visibily enjoying themselves. read more ...


Tournament of Champions Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour awakens from its brief winter hibernation with the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Johnson, Spieth, Thomas, and Fowler are all in place. Derek Clements looks ahead to what is always an enjoyable week. read more ...


Tiger Optimistic for Success in 2018

Something strange has happened to Tiger Woods. One of the world’s most private individuals, a sportsman who has never before shared his innermost thoughts with the world, suddenly cannot stop talking. And what a refreshing change it makes. read more ...


Heartwarming Comeback Stories that Prove Anything is Possible

Tbere is something rather heartwarming about a comeback, when somebody who has spent years in the wilderness somehow finds a way to roll back the years and win again. Here, we look at 10 of the best of them in golf. read more ...


Garcia and Spieth Provide the Most Memorable Moments of 2017

As we prepare to look forward to a new year, there is no more appropriate time to take a look back on 2017, an amazing golf season that provided us with three first-time major winners and confirmation of Jordan Spieth’s status as a superstar. read more ...


Tiger Woods to Fly Solo After Parting Company with Swing Coach

So what are we to make of the news that Tiger Woods has split from his coach Chris Como?  Derek Clements looks back at past coaches and records. read more ...


Best Flop Shots on the European Tour

Phil Mickelson is the golfer most closely associated with the 'flop shot', but it's become increasingly over time with the continued development of lofted wedges. There were many players on the European Tour who showcased their skills during the past year, and it's something that even regular amateurs at home look to use in rounds at their local course.  read more ...


Most Ridiculous Moments on the PGA Tour in 2017

Beginning in October and ending during the following September, it's a long season on the PGA Tour. From the Majors to FedEx Cup and World Golf Championships, there is a lot to unpack. Much of the brilliance of the likes of Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth will be remembered for years to come, but we also witnessed some bizarre and surreal moments. read more ...


Tiger Woods Remains a Box Office TV Draw

Tiger remains Box Office. Believe it or believe it not, more people watched his return at the Hero World Challenge on NBC and the Golf Channel in America than watched any other tournament on the PGA Tour in 2017. read more ...


25 Players Secure Ladies European Tour Cards in Morocco

American Casey Danielson finished as the top qualifier for the Ladies European Tour’s 2018 season at Lalla Aicha Tour School in Marrakech, Morocco, with a total of 25 women earning their full cards. read more ...


The Golfing Year of 2017 by Numbers

It's that time of year when there is very little golf being played, so we thought that it might be fun to break down the year in numbers. Some of the numbers are very impressive indeed, while others are just plain mind-boggling. read more ...


Youngsters Who Followed Family into Professional Golf

John Daly's 14-year-old son is already proving to be a formidable young golfer. It got us thinking about other youngsters who have attempted to follow in the family tradition. Here, we look at the fortunes of 10 combinations… read more ...


Justin Rose Ends Year in Style with Victory in Indonesia

Just when you thought that the golf season was done and dusted, Justin Rose produced a masterclass to win the Indonesian Masters by eight shots after a stunning final round of 62. read more ...


New Rules on Video Reviews Close Door on Viewers Calling In at Tournaments

Following consultation with a comprehensive working group, The R&A and USGA have announced an updated set of protocols for video review in tournaments when applying the Rules of Golf, effectively closing the window on viewers calling in to report potential infractions that they have spotted on television. read more ...


Remembering Gentleman Tommy Horton

Tommy Horton, one of the most influential and respected players in the development of both the European Tour and the European Senior Tour, has died at the age of 76 and the world of golf is lesser place for his passing. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on his personal experiences with the popular gentleman. read more ...


20 Players to Watch on Tour in 2018

Following a memorable year, who are the players to watch out for in 2018? Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are looking to recapture past glories, while a host of young stars are emerging at the top. Derek Clements picks out the names likely to make headlines during the months ahead. read more ...


McIlroy Ready to Bounce Back with a Bang in 2018

Rory McIlroy seems to be determined to make up for lost time, having announced a playing schedule for the start of 2018 that could see him playing nine tournaments in ten weeks. The 28-year-old Northern Irishman will start the year with his world ranking having plunged to tenth after an injury-hit season affected both his form and his schedule. read more ...


Norman Believes Tiger Needs to Manage His Expectations in Comeback

And so it goes on. Greg Norman, the former world number one, is the latest to weigh in with his views on the possibility of Tiger Woods being able to make a successful return to the winners’ circle. read more ...


Big Finish in Dubai for Yin and Hall as LET Season Concludes

A Troubled year on the Ladies European Tour came to a thrilling climax with 19-year-old American Angel Yin winning the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic and Georgia Hall winning the Order of Merit and Player of the Year awards. read more ...


Sharma Wins Maiden European Tour Title and Claims Place at The Open

Young Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma withstood a stirring challenge from South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen to claim his first European Tour title in the weather-delayed Joburg Open. read more ...


Golf and Sport Reacts to Tiger Comeback as He Expects Open Return at Carnoustie

Everyone has got an opinion on Tiger Woods' return to golf last week, including the man himself, who is now looking forward to an expected return to the Open Championship at Carnoustie. Derek Clements reflects on the responses from across golf and sport. read more ...


Hobbies and Passions of Professional Golfers

We all have hobbies, passions and interests away from our work, and professional golfers are no different. Here we look at how 10 of the top players pass their spare time. You may not be surprised to learn that several of them have used their interests to top up their bank accounts. read more ...


Justin Rose Named Host of 2018 British Masters at Walton Heath

Following recent and successful tradition, Justin Rose has been named as British Masters host for 2018, with the prestigious event moving to the superb Walton Health in Surrey. The highly regarded venue – widely remembered for welcoming the Ryder Cup in 1981 – has also been used for the European Open, Senior Open Championship, and has been the U.S. Open qualifying site since 2005. read more ...


Sky Sports Golf Looks Set to Retain Masters Live TV Rights

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Sky Sports' deal to showcase all four days of the Masters Tournament had ended without a renewal being immediately apparent. However, months down the line, that Sky is on the verge of agreeing a new contract with Augusta National officials. read more ...


Comeback Suggests Tiger's Latest Return May Not Be False Dawn

Tiger Woods largely impressed - and surprised - during his return to golf at the Hero World Challenge. Reflecting on previous comebacks, Golfshake's Kieran Clark believes this latest one feels significantly different and may suggest a glorious final chapter for the 14-time major champion. read more ...


QBE Shootout Preview

A select group of 24 professionals arrive at Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, southwest Florida with their wheelbarrows in tow to collect a nice little bit of end-of-season Christmas spending money at the QBE Shootout, hosted by Greg Norman. Incredibly, $3.3m will be up for grabs. read more ...


Joburg Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

With the cream of the European Tour now putting their feet up for what remains of the 2017, the Joburg Open represents a terrific opportunity for the best of South Africa’s young golfers to claim a two-year exemption with a victory, but former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen will be hoping to usurp them. read more ...


Fowler Shoots 61 to Win in Paradise but Woods is the Real Hero

Rickie Fowler stole the limelight from comeback kid Tiger Woods, firing an incredible final round of 61 to win the Hero World Challenge at Albany in the Bahamas. Fowler began the final round seven shots behind leader Charley Hoffman and finished four ahead of his fellow American. read more ...


You Need a Very Thick Skin to Carry That Weight as Caddie

You can make a good living as a caddie - a very good living - if you are lucky enough to get on the right bag, but anybody who runs away with the idea that this is an easy way to make a living may want to think again.  read more ...


10 Golfers With the Most European Tour Appearances

It took Wade Ormsby 264 attemtps to pick up his first title. Here, we look at the ten European Tour golfers who have played the most tournaments, the year they joined the tour and, crucially, the number of wins they have to their credit. read more ...


Positive Reports on Tiger Ahead of Comeback

The internet is alive with reports of how well Tiger Woods is hitting the ball ahead of his long-awaited comeback at the Hero Challenge in the Bahamas – especially after he played in a four ball with Dustin Johnson, Brad Faxon and some guy called Trump. read more ...


Hero World Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

There is only one story in town this week - the comeback of a certain Tiger Woods at his own tournament, the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Derek Clements looks ahead to what promises to be a compelling event as the 14-time major champion begins his latest return to golf. read more ...


Australian PGA Championship Preview Picks & Analysis

Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, and Marc Leishman headline a strong field on the Gold Coast for the Australian PGA Championship. Harold Varner III defends the title he won last year at RACV Royal Pines Resort. read more ...


Ormsby Picks up First Victory in 264 Attempts in Hong Kong

Wade Ormsby took advantage of a dramatic collapse by SSP Chawrasia to win the UBS Hong Kong Open and secure his playing rights until 2020 – just weeks after a fifth-place finish at the Andalucia Masters secured his card for the new season. read more ...


The Missed Tiddlers That Proved Costly

They say that putting is a game within a game, and it is certainly true that short missed putts attract attention for all the wrong reasons, especially when they come at the business end of a golf tournament. Here we look at 10 of the shortest putts missed at crucial moments in some of the world's biggest championships. read more ...


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 ...


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 ...


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