2015

  • Should the PGA Tour and European Tour merge to create a World Golf Tour?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 17 November 2015

    Increasing number of top European players focusing on PGA Tour European Tour reducing number of tournaments required to retain membership Prize money on PGA Tour more than double that of European Tour The announcement that the European Tour is reducing the number of tournaments players must enter to retain membership from 13 to five again raises the issue of whether having a PGA...

  • Fantasy Golf tips: Who is going to win the DP World Tour Championship?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 17 November 2015

    The Race to Dubai comes to a close this weekend, with the DP World Tour Championship signalling the conclusion of the European Tour season and bringing Today’s Golfer Fantasy Golf to an end until 2016. There are double points available for this event, so it’s a last chance to make some big moves in your Fantasy Golf leagues. At the end of...

  • Patrick Reed's 100-yard bunker hole-out leads our Shots of the Week

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 16 November 2015

    We've had to wait a bit longer to compile this week's Shots of the Week, thanks to a rain delay causing the OHL Classic in Mexico to run over into Monday. It's worth the wait, though, with fine shots from that event and the BMW Masters in Shanghai, which saw Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg seal a maiden European Tour victory.  WIthout any...

  • There's been a record number of holes-in-one on the European Tour this season. Here are the best of them

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 16 November 2015

    There has been 41 holes-in-one on the European Tour this season. That's six more than last year, and two more than the previous record-holding year, when 2006 saw 39 aces. Miguel Angel Jimenez was responsible for three of them, registering an ace at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, the Open de Espana and the BMW PGA Championship.  There were five aces...

  • Who is going to win the BMW Masters?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 10 November 2015

    The European Tour stays in Shanghai for this week, with the BMW Masters following last week's WGC HSBC Champions, which saw a maiden victory for 30-year-old Scot Russell Knox. It's the penultimate event of the season, with next week's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai drawing things to a close. So if you're battling it out at the top of...

  • Miguel Angel Jimenez: "I want to be Ryder Cup captain"

    Written by Garrett Johnston on Tuesday, 10 November 2015

    Miguel Angel Jimenez has been winning golf tournaments for longer than Jordan Spieth has been alive. He has finished inside the top-100 on the European Tour Order of Merit every year since 1989 (Spieth was born in 1993). This is a man who has spent his entire life at the top tier of golf, and yet there are no signs...

  • Inside the ropes: WGC-HSBC Champions

    Tuesday, 10 November 2015

    This week the European Tour's Season Pass gives you all the best of the action from on and off the course at the star-studded WGC-HSBC Champions, including some partisan Scottish commentary of Russell Knox's win, Rory's illness woes, a lucky fan with Shane Lowry's putter and the unluckiest shot this year.

  • It's Monday! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the best shots from last week

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 9 November 2015

    Scotsman Russell Knox secured a two-shot victory at last week's WGC HSBC Champions at Sheshan International in Shanghai.  His final round 68 saw him finish 20-under, two clear of Kevin Kisner and three clear of Danny Willett, who equalled the course record with a 62. It was 30-year-old Knox's first victory on either the PGA or European Tour, and will catapult...

  • Russell Knox: The shot that changed my game

    Written by Golf World on Monday, 9 November 2015

    Scotland's Russell Knox won the first World Golf Championship he'd ever entered on Sunday. He wasn't even eligible for the HSBC Champions in Shanghai until he got in 10 days ago as an alternate. "Everyone who wins this tournament is a superstar," Knox said. "I knew this would be the hardest day in my life." He needn't have worried, though. Two early birdies...

  • Phil Mickelson splits up with coach Butch Harmon

    Written by Courses & Travel Editor Kevin Brown on Thursday, 5 November 2015

    The successful golfing ‘marriage’ of Phil Mickelson and coach Butch Harmon has ended after an eight-year partnership. ‘Lefty’ flew to Harmon’s Las Vegas base to inform him their time was up and that he intended moving in another ditrection. Said Mickelson: “It’s just that at the moment I need to hear new ideas from a different perspective.” With Harmon by his side, Mickelson...

  • Who is going to win the WGC HSBC Champions?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 3 November 2015

    The European and PGA Tour both head to Shanghai this week, which is good news for two reasons. One: it means that the majority of the world’s best players will be in attendance. And two: it means loads of weird promotional shots of Bubba Watson and co looking uncomfortable in kimonos while being accosted by dragons. Photos like this: And this: And here’s one of...

  • Victor Dubuisson does it again in Turkey

    Written by Courses & Travel Editor Kevin Brown on Monday, 2 November 2015

    Golfers have a history of delivering the goods at an event and venue where they have previously tasted success, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson being the latest example. It’s not been the best of campaigns for the 2014 Ryder Cup hero but yesterday he put those disappointments to the back of his mind as he bounced back in style at the Montgomerie course...

  • 2019 Solheim Cup to be staged in Scotland

    Written by Courses & Travel Editor Kevin Brown on Thursday, 29 October 2015

    Scotland has won the right to host The Solheim Cup in 2019 and the 16th edition of the greatest team event in women’s golf will be played at the world famous PGA Centenary Course at The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire. After an extensive and very competitive bidding process, the final decision saw Scotland’s submission up against a strong bid from Sweden, which nominated The...

  • Danny Willett and Rory McIlroy go head-to-head in Turkey

    Written by Courses & Travel Editor Kevin Brown on Wednesday, 28 October 2015

    Danny Willett is determined to round off a memorable year by pushing Rory McIlroy all the way in the Race to Dubai, starting in the Turkish Airlines Open which starts tomorrow. Willett, 28, has enjoyed an incredible year on the European Tour, with two big victories that have had him in the hunt for the Race to Dubai all season. After winning...

  • Royal Portrush given green light to stage The Open

    Written by Courses & Travel Editor Kevin Brown on Tuesday, 20 October 2015

    After an absence of nearly 70 years, The Open is set to return to Royal Portrush and Northern Ireland in 2019. Portrush has been invited to stage The Open by the R&A and the County Antrim club’s members will now be asked to ratify the proposal to enable preparations to begin for what is expected to be the largest sporting event...

  • Luke Donald to host the 2016 British Masters at The Grove

    Monday, 19 October 2015

    Next year's British Masters will be hosted by Luke Donald at The Grove following its successful return to the European Tour calendar at Woburn. The Grove, designed by Kyle Phillips, is one of the UK's best-conditioned inland layouts, and is close to the Hertfordshire courses that Donald grew up playing. It will be the course's second European Tour event; it held an...

  • Weekend roundup: Rory almost hit by ball, LPGA star birdies every hole

    Monday, 19 October 2015

    The season may be coming to a close on this side of the Atlantic, but it's just beginning on the PGA Tour. Here's a round-up of the winners and losers from the weekend. Sullivan makes it three Andy Sullivan became the first man this year to bag three titles on the European Tour with a runaway victory in the Portuguese Masters.

  • Welcome to Rory McIlroy's world

    Friday, 16 October 2015

    If you hit a basket of range balls once a week, visit the gym twice in January and take one flight a year on your annual holiday, compare it to Rory McIlroy's average year. He hits 16,500 balls, does 6,800 press ups and signs more than 6,000 autographs, according to a new app that can monitor your lifestyle. He also runs...

  • The youngest winners in golfing history

    Written by Courses & Travel Editor Kevin Brown on Monday, 12 October 2015

    Aged 21, Matt Fitzpatrick became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious British Masters at Woburn at the weekend. And here we pay tribute to golf's most successful young guns - players who made their mark at a ridiculously early age. The youngest champions… The Masters – Tiger Woods in 1997 at 21 years, 3 months, 14 days US Open - John J.

  • British Masters Champion Matt Fitzpatrick has the world at his feet

    Written by Golf World on Monday, 12 October 2015

    Matthew Fitzpatrick bagged his first European Tour title with a two-stroke victory in the British Masters at Woburn on Sunday.  The 21-year-old was tied for the lead going into the final day, but four birdies in seven holes on the back nine saw him shoot 68 and join the likes of Lee Westwood, Ian Woosnam and Nick Faldo as home-grown British...

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