November

  • Rory McIlroy only plays golf for 10 minutes a day

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 27 November 2015

    We've always thought it strange that we play golf for enjoyment but the less we do of it, the more we enjoy it. Go out and shoot 65 and you've had a great time. So if you go out and shoot 130, you've had twice as much fun, right? Well, as we all know, it doesn't quite work like that.  It's...

  • Should Jordan Spieth have been penalised for slow play at The Open?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 26 November 2015

    Jordan Spieth went into this year's Open Championship with history in his sights. Having won the Masters and U.S. Open, a victory at St Andrews would have put him three-quarters of the way to a historic single-year Grand Slam. It wasn't to be, after a bogey on the Road Hole and a disappointing par on the last left Spieth one...

  • Shot of the Week – vote for your favourite

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 24 November 2015

    Golf can be a confusing game, at times. While the European Tour was wrapping up its season with the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai – which, last time we checked, isn't in Europe – the PGA Tour was playing its seventh tournament of the new season, the RSM Classic. We're no experts in time differences, but the PGA Tour does...

  • Rickie Fowler: "I want to be known for what I win, not what I'm wearing"

    Written by James Henderson on Monday, 23 November 2015

    Until last year, it was all too easy to dismiss Rickie Fowler as a likeable lad, helping the game appeal to youngsters but unlikely to ever cause much of a stir on the Sunday afternoon of a Major. He was the kid in orange, trailed by dozens of adolescent wannabes sporting identikit flat-peaked luminous Puma caps. The relaxed Californian looked...

  • Everything you need to know about the 2016 European Tour rookies

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 20 November 2015

    27 players secured European Tour cards at Qualifying School yesterday. Among them were 2010 Ryder Cup hero Edoardo Molinari, who put together a scintilating back-nine 32 when his hopes of making the European Tour for next season looked lost. Ulrich van den Berg was the oldest qualifier, at 40 years and 310 days. Alongside Molinari, three other former European Tour...

  • What will happen to golf when Tiger Woods retires?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 19 November 2015

    Congratulations, Tiger Woods! You've just been named as one of Team USA's vice-captains for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine.  "Once I'm fully healthy, I'd like to try to make the team too," says Woods, battling to recover from a back injury that has plagued him for years. "Either way, I'm very excited to work with Davis [Love III], the other...

  • 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, 09 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, 09 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, 05 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, 03 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, 02 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...