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The 6 Weirdest Places Tour Players have Hit Golf Balls

At last week’s Genesis Open, Tiger Woods endured an unusual situation. On the third hole of the final round he blazed his tee shot well wide of the fairway and into… a rubbish bin.  The bizarre spectacle got us thinking: what are the oddest places pro golfers have hit golf balls during a tournament round? read more ...


Remembering Golf Legend Mickey Wright

Mickey Wright, winner of 13 major championships and 82 titles on the LPGA Tour, has died at the age of 85. We take a look back at the remarkable career of a players who stands regarded as being the finest female golfer in history. read more ...


WGC Mexico Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Dustin Johnson returns to defend the WGC Mexico Championship, but will face a strong challenge from the likes of world number one Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, and Jordan Spieth. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to an event that kicks off the countdown to the Masters. read more ...


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Adam Scott Ends American Title Drought in Style at Riviera

Former world number one Adam Scott became the third Australian to win on the PGA Tour this season when he held off a world-class field to secure the Genesis Invitational at Riviera. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on this continued resurgence from the 2013 Masters champion. read more ...


Want to Experience The Ryder Cup in 2020?

The Ryder Cup has become a sporting occasion unlike any other, dramatic and atmospheric, a rich spectacle that all golfers should experience. And you could there at Whistling Straits in September, backing Team Europe, thanks to incredible packages available from Golfbreaks.com. read more ...


The Solution to Golf's Distance Issue

Following the publishing of the R&A and USGA's Distance Report, Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a light-hearted view of the debate, coming up with his own unique solution to an issue that is set to envelop the game during the months and years ahead. read more ...


10 Things Only Tour Pros Use

There are many differences between a tour pro and the average amateur, not just in ability, but also in the equipment and gadgets that they use. Golfshake's Will Trinkwon has picked out ten things that you will typically only see leading professionals deploy. read more ...


Genesis Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

New world number one Rory McIlroy heads a stunning field at Riveria for the Genesis Open, including Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm, who could secure that top ranking for themselves. Tiger Woods is also competing that this historic venue. Golfshake's Derek Clements sets the scene for a highlight of the PGA Tour schedule. read more ...


Taylor Becomes First Canadian to Nick Title at Pebble Beach

Nick Taylor became the first Canadian to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am - and he did it in style, beating American Kevin Streelman into second place by four shots. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend's action. read more ...


How Far Should You Hit Your Driver?

Tour players are hitting the ball further than before, but is that the same for the average golfer? It has been hot topic of discussion since the R&A published their Distance Insights Project Report, and we have studied data to see just how far everyday golfers are driving across a range of handicap categories. read more ...


Rory McIlroy World Ranking Journey

Rory McIlroy returns as world number one, eight years on from when he first reached that status, and a decade since he broke into the top ten. We take a look through his career journey in the World Ranking, including the many ups and downs, but reflecting his brilliant consistency. read more ...


Governing Bodies to Finally Address Increasing Distance in Golf

Tour professionals are hitting the ball further than they used to. Much further. And now the R&A and USGA have finally decided that something that must be done to tackle the issue and preserve the game. Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his thoughts on a huge story in the future of golf. read more ...


Oman Open Commissions Environmentally Sustainable Bamboo Golf Tees

Pursuing environmental sustainability, OCEAN TEE, a creator of biodegradable golf tees, has been commissioned by the Oman Open to produce bespoke branded tees in time for the event, which will be made available to European Tour players at the tournament, packaged in recyclable, custom branded matchboxes. read more ...


Golf Pong With Adrian Otaegui

Golfshake's Ryan Rastall had the chance to meet two-time European Tour winner Adrian Otaegui, who has signed up with striking apparal company TravisMathew, testing both his golf skills and depth of knowledge in a unique game of Golf Pong. read more ...


AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Preview, Picks & Analysis

Approaching his 50th birthday, Phil Mickelson returns to one of his favourite playgrounds for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. There is a strong field gathered at this iconic venue - among the most revered in golf - with a victory on this course rated a career highlight for anyone. read more ...


ISPS Handa Vic Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads Down Under for the ISPS Handa Vic Open, where Scotland's David Law defends the title that he secured 12 months ago. Bringing together the men's and women's games in tournaments played concurrently, Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to a unique event on the schedule. read more ...


Resurgent McDowell Kicks Up a Storm in the Desert With Victory

Graeme McDowell is celebrating his first European Tour victory in six years, continuing a career resurgence that has now seen the Northern Irishman move back into the top 50 in the world rankings. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a memorable weekend for the 40-year-old. read more ...


The Biggest Crowds in Golf History

Each year, the Waste Mangement Phoenix Open draws a staggering number of people to TPC Scottsdale, a record 719,179 for the week in 2018. But how does this compare to other events in the game? We take a look at the biggest crowds in golf history. read more ...


Amy Boulden Wins LET Qualifying School at La Manga

Welsh star Amy Boulden has confirmed her return to the Ladies European Tour for the 2020 season after topping the leaderboard at LET Qualifying School, winning the event at Spain's La Manga Club by three shots from Magdalena Simmermacher and Alison Muirhead. read more ...


The Fastest Rounds of Golf

On Sunday at the Dubai Desert Classic, Sweden's Sebastian Soderberg astonishingly completed his final round in just 96 minutes, having ran between shots, a time that the European Tour has now reported to be a record. We took a look back at previous blink and you'll miss it rounds. read more ...


Waste Management Phoenix Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rickie Fowler is back in Arizona to defend his title at the unique and atmospheric Waste Management Phoenix Open, where massive crowds will cheer on - and sometimes boo - the field. It's an event that divides opinion, but there is always drama. Golfshake's Derek Clements sets the scene for us. read more ...


Saudi International Preview

Dustin Johnson defends his title at the Saudi International against a strong field, which includes Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, and Phil Mickelson. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event. read more ...


Herbert and Leishman Make it Australia Day With Brilliant Victories

What a weekend that was for Australian golf. Lucas Herbert won the Dubai Desert Classic and Marc Leishman claimed the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. And both men did it the hard way, producing fabulous final rounds to storm through their respective fields. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps the two triumphs. read more ...


80 Remarkable Jack Nicklaus Facts & Stats

The Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus remains the ultimate benchmark for golf's emerging champions. Now 80, we felt it was a timely moment to pick out 80 Facts & Stats that underline the greatness of a career that rewrote the history books. read more ...


Players to Watch at the Dubai Desert Classic

The Dubai Desert Classic is among the European Tour's most iconic stops. Ahead of the event, we have taken a closer look at several of the likely contenders, noting their pre-tournament thoughts. read more ...


Golfers Prove That Life Really Does Begin at 40

Lee Westwood rolled back the years in Abu Dhabi to win at the age of 46. The Englishman is just the latest example of golfers tasting glory later in their careers, many of whom have enjoyed incredible success. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on ten stars who defied the clock. read more ...


Lee Westwood’s Win Could Herald Even Bigger Things for 2020

Lee Westwood's resurgent triumph in Abu Dhabi was the latest highlight in a career littered with glorious days, continuing a revival in his 40s. But could this success be the signal that more is coming; potentially an elusive major or Ryder Cup return? Golfshake's Will Trinkwon speculates. read more ...


Golfers With the Most Appearances on the European Tour

When Soren Kjeldsen recently played in the Abu Dhabi Championship, the Dane became just the 12th golfer to have played in at least 600 European Tour events. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look back at the other names who have enjoyed a lengthy career on the circuit, read more ...


Dubai Desert Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads to one of its most iconic events, the Dubai Desert Classic. Boasting a field that includes names like Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Lee Westwood and Matt Wallace, the next chapter of this event is sure to be a memorable one. read more ...


Farmers Insurance Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Tiger Woods is attempting to overtake Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour victories, returning to one of his favourite playgrounds, Torrey Pines. However, the Masters champion faces a strong field that includes Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, and Rickie Fowler. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what could be a blockbuster. read more ...


Westwood Rolls Back the Years to Storm to Victory in the Desert

Lee Westwood continues to defy the years, producing a magnificent final round of 67 to win the Abu Dhabi Championship by two shots and revive hopes of an once seemingly unlikely Ryder Cup appearance for the 46-year-old. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a magnificent triumph for the Englishman. read more ...


Abu Dhabi Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Shane Lowry returns to defend his title at the Abu Dhabi Championship, but will be challenged by a formidable field that includes Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood, Bryson DeChambeau and Sergio Garcia. Golfshake's Derek Clements breaks down the main contenders in his tournament preview. read more ...


The American Express Preview, Picks & Analysis

The likes of Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Paul Casey and Francesco Molinari are in California for the old Bob Hope Classic, which now goes by the name of the American Express. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to an event with a rich history. read more ...


Inspired Branden Grace Fires Round of 62 to Win South African Open

Ona  day of high emotion, Branden Grace shot a sensational final round of 62 to win the South African Open, while Australia's Cameron Smith, with his attention on struggles faced by his home country, held his nerve to triumph in Hawaii. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend's action. read more ...


Hopes, Resolutions and Dreams for 2020 Vision

And so, a new year begins. Most of us will have made resolutions, many of which will have already been broken. And our guess is that the world’s best golfers will have done the same thing. Here, Derek Clements takes a look at a few of their hopes and aspirations and wonder who will end up discovering that they have 2020 vision. read more ...


South African Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel will be hoping to bring their major champion class to the historic South African Open, which is this year a tri-sanctioned event between the Sunshine Tour, European Tour and Asian Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews a standout championship on the calendar. read more ...


Sony Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Matt Kuchar returns to Hawaii to defend his Sony Open title, where Justin Thomas will be hoping to make it a double in paradise after his victory at the Tournament of Champions. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the first full-field PGA Tour event of 2020, played at Waialae Country Club. read more ...


Justin Thomas Puts on a Champion Display in Hawaii

Beginning his year in style, Justin Thomas overcame Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele in a playoff to win the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, securing his 12th victory on the PGA Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a dramatic start to the new decade. read more ...


Who Will Win a Major in 2020?

A new year is fast approaching, which can only mean one thing: a new crop of majors. 2019 delivered top-tier thrills, from Tiger Woods winning his first major in ten years at the Masters, to Shane Lowry putting a leprechaun in the claret jug at Royal Portrush.  Here’s Golfshake’s Will Trinkwon's predictions for who will win a major championship in 2020. read more ...


Tournament of Champions Preview, Picks & Analysis

WHILE most of us are still digesting our Christmas turkey and mince pies and nursing New Year hangovers, there is no rest for the PGA Tour, with the 2019-20 season continuing in Kapalua with the Tournament of Champions, an event reserved purely for winners from the past 12 months. read more ...


PGA Tour Players of the Decade

There have been a plethora of memorable performances during the past decade, and the emergence of a host of world-class players who have thrilled us since 2010.  In the first part of our 'look back at the decade' series, Golfshake writer Derek Clements reviews the top players on the PGA Tour. read more ...


Great Scott ends title drought on home soil

Adam Scott ended a near four-year title drought as he held off the challenge of New Zealand’s Michael Hendry in a thrilling finish to win the Australian PGA Championship for a second time. read more ...


Notable World Golf Ranking Rises and Falls of 2019

Tiger Woods, Rory Mcllroy, and Brooks Koepka were the stars of this year. However, behind them, there have been many tales of growth and decline. Emerging stars made a name for themselves with the future to come, but for others, there are deep questions to answer going into the new decade. read more ...


Tiger Woods Steals Show in Year to Remember

Brooks Koepka finishes 2019 as the world number one and Rory McIlroy was crowned PGA Tour Player of the Year after his victories in the Players Championship, Tour Championship and Canadian Open, but the year belongs to Tiger Woods. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back on an unforgettable PGA Tour season. read more ...


Australian PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The decade of golf concludes in style at the Australian PGA Championship, where Presidents Cup star Cameron Smith is looking to complete the rare achievement of winning three titles in a row. But Adam Scott has hopes of his own at Royal Pines Resort on the Golf Coast. read more ...


USA Complete Stunning Comeback to Clinch Presidents Cup

Inspired by playing captain Tiger Woods, the United States claimed eight of the possible 12 points in the singles to win the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne yet again, denying International captain Ernie Els victory. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a memorable event in Australia. read more ...


Patrick, What Were You Thinking?

Former Masters champion Patrick Reed was engulfed in controversy last week at the Hero Challenge, when he was penalised for improving his lie in a bunker, raising questions about his character and ethics. Will Trinkwon weighs in on the situation, speculating the potential impact at the Presidents Cup. read more ...


Money Doesn't Make the World Go Around for McIlroy

Despite being offered almost £2m, Rory Mcilroy has joined Tiger Woods in boycotting the Saudi International, explaining his decision in the face of criticism directed towards Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson for competing in the controversial event. read more ...


2019 Presidents Cup Preview

Tiger Woods leads the United States as playing captain in their defence of the Presidents Cup against Ernie Els' Internationals at the magnificent Royal Melbourne in Australia, showcasing team match play at its best. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event and rates the chances of a surprise home triumph. read more ...


Stenson Proves to be the Hero as he Ends Drought

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson ended a two-year title drought when he posted a final round of 66 to win the Hero World Challenge in The Bahamas by a shot from Spain’s Jon Rahm, declaring major ambitions for the coming year. read more ...


Hojgaard Offers Bright View of Future With Thrilling Win in Mauritius

We saw a glimpse of the future at the Mauritius Open as 18-year-old Rasmus Hojgaard secured victory in a playoff at the stunning Heritage Golf Club, courtesy of an eagle on the third extra hole. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a memorable breakthrough for the Dane. read more ...


New Gender Equal Tour Launched in North of England

The 2020protour has been officially launched for 2020, making history as the UK's first gender equal pro circuit with an equitable policy. Established by European Tour player Chris Hanson and fellow pro Adam Walker, this new tour is set to make waves across the North of England next year.  read more ...


Hero World Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis

Jon Rahm will arrive in The Bahamas as the red-hot favourite to successfully defend the Hero World Challenge, hosted by Tiger Woods. He is one of an elite field of 18.  The field in The Bahamas comprises Reavie, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas,  Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Tiger Woods, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Webb Simpson, Patrick Reed, Gary Woodland, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson and Kevin Kisner. read more ...


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