July

  • Justin Rose and Niall Horan talk about growing the game of golf

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016

    One is among the world’s most popular music stars, with 25 million followers on social media, 50 million album sales and six Brit Awards under his belt. The other is an English pro golfer with 524,000 followers on Twitter, a US Open to his name and a Team GB Olympic appearance on the cards. There may be a 13-year age...

  • Andrew 'Beef' Johnston takes up serving sandwiches

    Written by Edward Colman on Tuesday, 26 July 2016

    From Royal Troon to serving sandwiches in a Manhattan restaurant – Andrew 'Beef' Johnston has been a busy man. These photos show the 27-year-old serving guess in one of Arby's Manhattan restaurants after signing a sponsorship deal with the quick-service US sandwich chain. "I've ordered enough burgers in my life, it is about time I try handing them out for a change,"...

  • Tom Watson on why golf doesn't fit the Olympic formula

    Written by Edward Colman on Friday, 22 July 2016

    After 112 years, golf is again an Olympic sport but it has caused quite a stir and opinion within the sport remains heavily divided.  Several of golf's biggest names have been quick to criticise the sport's best players for withdrawing from this summer's Olympic Games in Rio but Tom Watson has waded in with a different take on the matter. The 66-year-old...

  • Gary Player and Danny Willett on Zika at Rio 2016

    Written by Edward Colman on Thursday, 21 July 2016

    Sixteen male golfers have pulled out of the Rio Olympics so far and the string of withdrawals are sure to make it harder to argue the sport should continue in the Games beyond 2020. The idea that golfers regarded the Olympics as something they could do without is certainly logical and Masters Champion Danny Willett believes that Zika is simply an excuse...

  • REVEALED: 2016 Ryder Cup fanwear range

    Written by Edward Colman on Thursday, 21 July 2016

    The 2016 Ryder Cup Official European fanwear range has been unveiled today, as fans look to show their support for team Europe. The competition starts on Friday September 30 and the fanwear is available to pre-order now through www.euroshop.rydercup.com. The range is designed to give both male and female supporters the opportunity to wear their colours with pride - whether watching at...

  • The Open 2016: Greens in Regulation

    Written by Edward Colman on Thursday, 21 July 2016

    Here are the players who achieved the most Greens in Regulation (G.I.R) throughout the Open Championship at Royal Troon. Also shown is the top ten player's greens in regulation percentage. 1          Henrik Stenson           Sweden           56/72 77.8% 2         Dustin Johnson            USA                 54/72 75.0% T3       Emiliano Grillo            Argentina         53/72 73.6% T3      ...

  • Darren Clarke and Davis Love III talk Ryder Cup

    Written by Edward Colman on Wednesday, 20 July 2016

    The 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine is fast approaching and European captain Darren Clarke and US captain Davis Love III have been talking about it takes to win the Ryder Cup. Worldwide partner of The Ryder Cup, Standard Life Investments have released this video featuring Darren Clarke and Davis Love III alongside Matthew Syed, an expert in the science of sports...

  • Henrik Stenson predicted 2016 major win

    Written by Edward Colman on Wednesday, 20 July 2016

    Did you see Henrik Stenson's first major championship success coming? The Iceman certainly did... Speaking to Today's Golfer back in March, Stenson told us 2016 was going to be his year and here's what he had to say. You must be eager to build on 2015? Yeah, it was a very good season on the whole, although it was a little bit...

  • Tiger Woods withdraws from PGA Championship

    Written by Edward Colman on Wednesday, 20 July 2016

    It will be the first time in his career that Tiger will miss all four majors in a calendar year. Woods last played a PGA Tour event in August 2015, when he finished tied for 10th at the Wyndham Championship. A statement from the PGA said, "We have been in contact with Tiger's agent, Mark Steinberg, and he informed us...

  • Gary Player Invitational at Wentworth Golf Club raises more than $150,000 for charity

    Written by Edward Colman on Tuesday, 19 July 2016

    Men and women of professional golf were brought together by Black Knight International and title sponsor Berenberg, under the banner of a Union of Golf and Giving, for a star-studded event that raised more than $150,000 for charity.   Part of the world leading Gary Player Invitational series, which has helped The Player Foundation raise more than $62 million for...

  • Justin Rose speaks out on Rory McIlroy’s controversial Olympics comments

    Wednesday, 13 July 2016

    His quest for a maiden Open Championship may start tomorrow, but Justin Rose was back in front of the cameras again this morning for the Team GB press conference. He spoke at length yesterday about his Open preparations, but it merely became a footnote after Rory McIlroy hit the headlines for his controversial comments about competing in Rio and growing the...

  • Jordan Speith and Rory McIlroy best backed players for Open glory

    Written by Edward Colman on Tuesday, 12 July 2016

    Colin Montgomerie has also been heavily backed for a fairytale win. Jordan Speith and Rory McIlroy have been the best backed players to win the 145th Open Championship although it is Colin Montgomerie who is the worst result for the bookies. He is 150/1 with William Hill to win the Open and while he has not attracted huge sums of money, he...

  • When you can and can't use a broken club

    Written by Michael Catling on Monday, 11 July 2016

    Hands up if you’ve ever broken a club. Or banged one into the ground, slammed one into your bag or thrown one in the air. Apart from the immediate regret at such behaviour, these temper tantrums can come at a cost… and that’s without considering the financial implications of replacing a broken club. PGA Tour player Zac Blair suffered the ignominy...

  • The Open 2016 tee times: Colin Montgomerie to hit opening historic shot at Royal Troon

    Monday, 11 July 2016

    It will be a speical moment for Colin Montgomerie when he hits the opening tee-shot at his home-town on Thursday morning at 6.35am. Montgomerie’s father, James, was secretary at Troon for over 20 years and will soon take over as club president. First round tee times 6:35 a.m.         Colin Montgomerie     Marc Leishman           Luke Donald 6:46 a.m.         Steven Alker               ...

  • Inside the bag of Scottish Open winner Alex Noren

    Written by Edward Colman on Monday, 11 July 2016

    Sweden's Alex Noren won the Scottish Open title at Castle Stuart and here’s a look at the gear he used to do it. Alex Noren's bag Driver: Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero (8.5°) Fairway Wood: Callaway XR 16 (15°) Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18°) Irons: Callaway Apex Pro (4-9) Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (47°, 52°, 56°, 60°) Putter: Odyssey Works...

  • The Open at Royal Troon through the years

    Written by Edward Colman on Monday, 11 July 2016

    We have delved into the Open archives and using these videos from The Open's Youtube channel can take you back to the very first open held at Royal Troon in 1923 when the prize fund was just £200, within the winner receiving £75.   The videos also show how the tournament played out in South Ayrshire through the years as well as...

  • 10 putting tips from the world's best putter. No, not Jordan Spieth... Aaron Baddeley

    Written by Garrett Johnston on Sunday, 10 July 2016

    Based on the stats, Aaron Baddeley ranks as one of the greatest putters in modern golf. Last year, he topped the 'strokes gained putting statistic. In fact, since the start of his PGA Tour career in 2007, he’s only ranked outside the top-15 putters once, and he’s usually been in the top 10. He puts his success down to a simple...

  • 11 of the best links golf courses in England

    Friday, 8 July 2016

    With the Open fast approaching we have taken a look at some of the best places to play links golf in England. How many of these courses have you played? 1 Royal Birkdale - It begins as it means to go on, a long, challenging double dog-leg par-4 making an opening par here a badge of honour for even the pros. Others...

  • Nine of the UK's most unusual golf courses

    Written by Edward Colman on Friday, 8 July 2016

    How many of these unusual golf courses have you played? 1 Bala - This ten-holer is short but exceptionally sweet. But the hilltop layout can turn sour from the word go – the opening hole is a severe 231 yards uphiller and if you fail to give it a mighty thump your ball could end up tumbling back towards you. Bala...

  • Why do golf clubs have grooves and what happens if they're full of dirt?

    Written by Michael Catling on Thursday, 7 July 2016

    They are part of the identity of every single golf club. But just how much of an impact do grooves really have? Could you still generate spin without them and should we all be carrying a groove sharpener in our golf bag? We asked Scott Manwaring, Callaway’s Director of Irons R&D, to explain... What is the function of grooves? In layman’s terms, they...

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