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  • Paul McGinley captains pro golfers to victory at Abu Dhabi Invitational

    Written by Michael Catling on Monday, 30 January 2017

    Paul McGinley underlined his captaincy credentials once again after leading a team of professional golfers to a resounding win over a celebrity all-stars team at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational. The Irishman, who famously led Europe to victory in the 2014 Ryder Cup, beat celebrity captain and Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel 3&2 to add gloss to a scoreline which read...

  • My life in golf: Wayne Rooney

    Written by Kevin Brown on Monday, 30 January 2017

    Wayne Rooney has just broken Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time goal-scoring record for Manchester United, with his 250th strike for the club. “Obviously it is a proud moment,” Rooney said. “It is a bit of a strange feeling as obviously we wanted three points but didn't get it. But on the other end it is a proud moment for myself to get...

  • Make practice more fun

    Written by Darren Parris on Monday, 30 January 2017

    Footballers can practise on the pitch, and snooker players on the table. But when we golfers want to practise, we are forced off our playing arena to a wide expanse of nothing that bears little relevance to the challenges of the game. But it doesn’t have to be this way! You can work on your game in the arena where you...

  • Paul McGinley: Thomas Pieters needs more experience before he can challenge for Major titles

    Written by Michael Catling on Saturday, 28 January 2017

    Paul McGinley has played down Thomas Pieters’ chances of becoming the first rookie since Fuzzy Zoeller to win the first Major of the year at this year’s Masters. Pieters made an inauspicious start to 2017 by missing the cut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship last week and McGinley believes the Belgium has struggled to recapture the form that saw him...

  • 2017 TaylorMade M1 and M2 driver reviews: Everything you need to know

    Written by Edward Colman on Friday, 27 January 2017

    TaylorMade's 2017 M1 and M2 drivers have arrived in the UK, so here's everything you need to know about TaylorMade's newest M-series. Along with the TaylorMade M1 and TaylorMade M2 drivers, TaylorMade have launched several other products - and we've reviewed them all. The TaylorMade Fairway Woods, TaylorMade hybrids and TaylorMade M2 irons are being put in to play this year by...

  • Callaway GBB Epic driver on sale today

    Written by Edward Colman on Friday, 27 January 2017

    The Callaway GBB Epic and Epic Sub-Zero drivers have arrived in stores across the UK. The two drivers that utilise Callaway's ground breaking Jailbreak Technology have an RRP of £469 and are now available for the first time following January's launch. Callaway GBB Epic Drivers The face of both the Epic and Epic Sub Zero is made more efficient by Jailbreak Technology that...

  • One overnight stay, two rounds plus a free pint for £99

    Written by Kevin Brown on Thursday, 26 January 2017

    Golfers can enjoy 36 holes and an overnight stay in the New Forest with The Bell Inn’s new ‘Stay & Play for £99pp’ offer. Under the same family ownership, The Bell Inn is also home to Bramshaw GC which boasts two contrasting 18-hole courses - the undulating fairways of the Manor course and the open heathland of the Forest Course, Hampshire’s oldest...

  • Welcome to seven of the UK's most romantic resorts

    Written by Kevin Brown on Wednesday, 25 January 2017

    With Valentine's Day fast approaching, here are some suggestions to ensure you're well and truly in your other half's very good books.... Great golf and sensational Spas. The best of both words. Paradise. What more can you ask for? Stoke Park, Bucks Stay and play venues simply don’t come any better than this iconic venue which boasts 27 holes of quality Harry Colt...

  • Free fourballs up for grabs

    Written by Kevin Brown on Tuesday, 24 January 2017

    QHotels, the UK's largest golf resort operator, is offering visiting golfers the chance to double their enjoyment with a BOGOFF offer - Buy One Get One Fourball Free - at each of its 10 outstanding venues. Until March 31, golfers booking a fourball at any of QHotels' venues will receive a voucher entitling them to another fourball visit, with the only...

  • Learn from Abu Dhabi champion Tommy Fleetwood

    Written by Michael Catling on Monday, 23 January 2017

    Tommy Fleetwood was in danger of becoming golf's forgotten man. That was until he ended a 1,247-day wait for a second European Tour title by winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. He has since followed that up with a second-place finish at both the WGC Mexico and the Shenzhen International which has resulted in his best ever World ranking of no.29. In the past three seasons, he's ranked...

  • The day we played golf with President Trump

    Written by Kevin Brown on Friday, 20 January 2017

    The 45th US president plays it hard and fast. Golf that is. Well, that’s the way it was when I joined Donald Trump for a game following the official opening of his spectacular Trump International Golf Links just outside Aberdeen. Trump loves golf with a burning passion – virtually everything about it - and just as much as he does making...

  • The world (of golf) according to President Donald Trump

    Written by Kevin Brown on Friday, 20 January 2017

    As you would expect, President Trump freely and frankly offers his views on why golf is great….and how it can be even better. The exclusive interview took place in the summer of 2015 at The Donald's beloved Trump International Golf Links just outside Aberdeen. TRUMP’S OPENING DRIVE…GENERALLY-SPEAKING Firstly, let me say I think I like everything about the game of golf and overall...

  • New US president Donald Trump admits he's a golf nut

    Written by Kevin Brown on Friday, 20 January 2017

    The new US president has a passion for golf. He owns some of the best golf venues on the planet including three in the UK and Ireland. Not even Donald Trump's unveiling later today as the 45th president - and arguably the most powerful man in the world - will stop him from getting a round, or three, in. Once...

  • Stephen Gallacher joins European Tour 500 club in Abu Dhabi

    Written by Edward Colman on Thursday, 19 January 2017

    Stephen Gallacher has joined an exclusive club at Abu Dhabi Golf Club by becoming just the 32nd player to play 500 European Tour events. The former Ryder Cup player becomes the fifth Scot in history to reach the milestone, following Sam Torrance (706), Colin Montgomerie (605), Gordon Brand Jnr (597) and Paul Lawrie (591). TOP STORIES Reader Test: Cobra's new CobraCONNECT grip When should...

  • Top Greece resort to stage major Pro-Am event

    Written by Kevin Brown on Wednesday, 18 January 2017

    Greece’s no.1 golf resort – Costa Navarino – is getting ready to host the first Messinian Pro Am on February 21-24. Top professional and amateur players, celebrities and special guests from all over the world will compete on the award-winning Dunes and Bay courses,  the only signature courses in Greece. Basketball legend and accomplished golfer Joe Arlauckas, along with Tino Schuster, member...

  • Ryder Cup 2018: Team Europe to increase wildcards to four

    Written by Edward Colman on Wednesday, 18 January 2017

    Europe's Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn will have four wildcard picks for his team in 2018. The increase from three, at Le Golf National in France, is among several changes the European Tour has made to its qualifying criteria. TOP STORIES Choose the best golf ball for your game When should you replace irons with hybrids? Golf Equipment Reviews One of the main changes is that...

  • Rory McIlroy withdraws from Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    Written by Edward Colman on Tuesday, 17 January 2017

    World number two Rory McIlroy has been forced to pull out of the Abu Dhabi Championship because of a rib injury. The Northern Irishman had tests on Monday which showed he had sustained a stress fracture and will now begin a rehabilitation programme. TOP STORIES Which Callaway irons are right for you? Reader Test: Cobra's new CobraCONNECT grip When should you replace irons with hybrids? "It's bitterly...

  • Peter Schmeichel to captain celebrity team at 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational

    Written by Edward Colman on Monday, 16 January 2017

    Football legend Peter Schmeichel will captain a Celebrity team of sports stars against Paul McGinley's Pro Golfers at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational. Schmeichel will be joined by his former Manchester United team-mate Dwight Yorke, as well as other footballing greats Ruud Gullit, Ronald de Boer, Roberto di Matteo, Gabriel Batistuta, Hasan Salihamidzic and Liam Brady at the award-winning Yas Links...

  • Golf legend John Jacobs dies, aged 91

    Written by Kevin Brown on Friday, 13 January 2017

    Tributes have started pouring in for true golfing legend John Jacobs, widely regarded as the “father of modern day golf”, who has died, aged 91. And among the first was from PGA chief executive Sandy Jones who declared: “John Jacobs will be fondly remembered by those of us who were privileged to know him. He was a legend of the game...

  • Three wise men: Jacobs, Alliss, Steel

    Written by Jock Howard on Friday, 13 January 2017

    In 2013, Golf Illustrated magazine sat down with John Jacobs for an in-depth interview, along with two other doyens of the British game, Peter Alliss and Donald Steel. The conversation was fascinating...  John Jacobs, Peter Alliss and Donald Steel are three of the most eloquent and respected voices in the game. Between them, they know everyone there is to know and...

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