2016

  • Ernie Els' seven-putt on the 1st green at the Masters was one of the worst things we've ever seen

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 7 April 2016

    It's genuinely the stuff of golfing nightmares. You're playing in the Masters, with thousands in the crowds and millions more watching on television at home. It's taken you three shots to reach the green, but at least you're only two feet from the hole. Hole this, escape with a par and you're golden.  But then the putt slips by, leaving another...

  • The Masters Roundup – Day One

    Thursday, 7 April 2016

    Spieth takes early Masters lead Reigning champion Jordan Spieth took up where he left off last April with a commanding opening round at the 2016 Masters. The American birdied the last for a six-under 66 to banish thoughts of his indifferent form this season to date with an authoritative statement of intent to the rest of the field. Shane Lowry of...

  • This may be the most open Masters in history

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 7 April 2016

    Who's the favourite to win the Masters this year?  Technically, the answer is Jason Day, priced at around 7/1 with most bookmakers.  But the real answer is that there isn't one. This year, perhaps for the first time ever, there is no discernible favourite to be picked from the field.  "I don’t think that’s been the case in a major championship for a...

  • Definitive proof that Jimmy Walker won't win the Masters

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 7 April 2016

    The annual Par-3 Contest is a fun part of the Masters. It's a chance for players to interact with fans, free from the pressure they'll be under from Thursday to Sunday. It features a host of celebrities, helping showcase golf to a wider audience. And it tends to feature an exciting mix of holes-in-one and outrageous scores, as the world's...

  • Rory McIlroy says he's "clinging on" – but Tom Watson thinks he's going to win the Masters

    Written by Rob McGarr on Wednesday, 6 April 2016

    No European has won the Masters since Jose Maria Olazabal way back in 1999. Should Rory McIlroy end Europe's 17-year wait for a green jacket, he'll also complete the career grand slam, adding the Masters to his US Open, Open Championship, and pair of PGA Championship titles. Two-time Masters champ Tom Watson knows what it's like to be one major short...

  • Here are the tee times for Thursday and Friday of the Masters

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 5 April 2016

    The start of the 2016 Masters is so close we can almost taste it.  Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus will start proceedings at 8.05am local time, which is 1.05pm in the UK. Sadly, they won't be joined by Arnold Palmer, whose continued recovery from a shoulder injury will prevent him from hitting the ceremonial tee shot.  Then, once Gary Player has entertained...

  • Rory McIlroy has started Masters week pretty nicely – with a hole-in one!

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 5 April 2016

    There are people saying that Rory McIlroy has no chance of winning the Masters this year. His naysayers are pointing to his recent struggles on the green, and a new putting grip he's still getting used to, suggesting the world number three is in no fit shape to tackle the notoriously tricky greens of Augusta National.  Whether or not they have...

  • Fantasy Golf Preview: The Masters

    Written by Michael Catling on Monday, 4 April 2016

    Get the TV on standby and your local takeaway on speed dial. Masters week is finally here, which also means the start of Fantasy Golf for a sixth season. We've revamped the format and secured another set of top prizes, including trips to Mallorca, Sicily, La Manga and Belek. Excited? You should be. The team of the month will also win...

  • Tour players can shoot 68 in 2.5 hours – so why is play so slow?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 4 April 2016

    The standout hero on the Sunday of the Shell Houston Open was undoubtedly Jim Herman. The 38-year-old surprised everyone to beat a stellar field and secure his maiden PGA Tour victory.  But we want to talk about Colt Knost. The 30-year-old American was 12 shots off the lead going into the final round of the Shell Houston Open. With an odd...

  • Why 38-year-old Jim Herman has Donald Trump to thank for his maiden PGA Tour victory

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 4 April 2016

    Jim Herman's victory at the Shell Houston Open was yet another example of the unpredictability and strength in depth of the professional game. Prior to the Shell Houston Open, 38-year-old Herman had never finished in the top three of a PGA Tour event in 105 starts. He'd only managed five top-10s. And yet the man ranked 189th in the world was...

  • Lydia Ko's latest major win was a victory for laying up

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 4 April 2016

    That Lydia Ko won the year's first major was not a big surprise. The ANA Inspiration was world number one Ko's second consecutive victory and the 12th of her short LPGA Tour career. Ko has now won the last two majors, meaning that at just 18, she's the youngest in LPGA Tour history to win two majors as she continues...

  • How Rory's prepped for Augusta

    Written by Staff Writer, Today's Golfer on Monday, 4 April 2016

    When you’re one of the world’s best golfers, a hotel room becomes a putting green. A picnic table transforms into the perfect target for pitching. A mirror in the bedroom becomes a swing plane aid... “If you don't love the work you have to put in to become the best, then you may want to consider a different line of work...

  • The British golf course that inspired Augusta National

    Monday, 4 April 2016

    Every golfer knows about Augusta National, the most famous course on earth. But few are aware of humble Cavendish in Derbyshire – the course that inspired the Georgia track. Both were the handiwork of eminent architect Dr Alister MacKenzie and current course designer Jonathan Gaunt has been researching how the game's most famous course was born – in the Peak District.

  • The incredible story of Jason Day

    Written by Golf World on Monday, 4 April 2016

    When Jason Day was gowing up, his baths were filled with a kettle, his mum 'mowed' the lawn with scissors, and his first golf club came from the local dump. It was a hard upbringing, yet these weren't even the biggest obstacles golf's new shining star faced on his journey to the top of the sport. The 27-year-old's father, Alvin, was...

  • A winning Augusta Caddie reveals how to master The Masters

    Written by Kevin Brown on Monday, 4 April 2016

    Few people know Augusta National more intimately than veteran bagman Damon Green, the supremely knowledgeable and influential caddie who helped Zach Johnson celebrate an against-theodds Masters victory nine years ago. The 50-year-old's Masters experience has helped him understand better than most when you can go for it, and when you need to throttle back; where you can leave it for a...

  • The Masters has been cancelled!

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 1 April 2016

    Yes, we know it's 1 April, but this is no April Fools'. But, if you're breaking down in tears as your dreams of spending four days glued to the action from Augusta National disappear in a blur of azaleas and pine straw, don't panic.  It's the Australian Masters that has been cancelled.  The event has been on the calendar since 1979, but will...

  • Jordan Spieth doesn't think anyone is going to win the Grand Slam

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 31 March 2016

    Jordan Spieth had us ridiculously excited after winning the first two majors of 2015. We went into The Open at St Andrews knowing that Spieth, who was yet to turn 21, was already halfway to a proper Grand Slam.  The 'Tiger Slam' of 2000-2001 which saw him hold all four major titles at once was hugely impressive, of course, but Big...

  • A Caddie's guide to Augusta

    Tuesday, 29 March 2016

    Zach Johnson’s caddie Damon Green gives a fascinating insight into what you need to do to don a green jacket. Take your pick – the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10... The 11th is just a bear now they've got the trees down the right side, making it a very demanding tee shot now. There's water left but it's a difficult up-and-down...

  • One Direction star Niall Horan talks The Masters

    Tuesday, 29 March 2016

    With his 39 million Facebook friends and 24.4 million Twitter followers, pop superstar and golf nut Niall Horan will be one of the most popular people in the grounds during his second trip to Augusta National this year. The One Direction star is big mates with lots of the players, notably Rory McIlroy, whom he caddied for in last year's Par-3...

  • The Big Three: Jordan Spieth

    Written by Golf World on Tuesday, 29 March 2016

    AUGUSTA WEAPONS: Great putting, distance control with irons John Fields remembers the first time he saw Jordan Spieth play. "He was 13, had shot a 62 a few months before, and was making a lot of noise in Texas junior golf," says the head coach of the men's golf team at the University of Texas (UT). "I was immediately impressed with...

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