2016

  • Irish? Own golf clubs? Want to play in the Olympics?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 23 June 2016

    Rory McIlroy's announcement that he would not be traveling to Rio to compete in the Olympic Games meant Team Ireland would consist of world number 12 Shane Lowry and world number 73 Graeme McDowell.  It didn't take long for McDowell to follow McIlroy's announcement with a similar one of his own, however.  "I woke yesterday morning to the news that Rory McIlroy had...

  • Sign up to play with the Tour pros at the Willow Senior Golf Classic

    Written by Michael Catling on Thursday, 23 June 2016

    Amateur golfers are being offered the chance to compete alongside several legends of the game when the Willow Senior Golf Classic begins on August 26 at Hanbury Manor, a Marriott Golf and Country Club, in Ware, Hertfordshire. The alliance-formatted event – the first of its kind on the European Senior Tour – allows club golfers to put their skills to the test alongside several...

  • Fantasy Golf Preview - Quicken Loans National and BMW International Open

    Written by Michael Catling on Wednesday, 22 June 2016

    No sooner has the world of golf come to terms with the farcial ending at the US Open, the action now splits across both Tours once again as the countdown to the Open Championship begins at the Quicken Loans National and BMW International Open. Sadly, there are no bonus points on offer this week, but there's still plenty to play for if...

  • Rory McIlroy is out of the Olympics

    Written by Rob McGarr on Wednesday, 22 June 2016

    Rory McIlroy has announced that he will not be competing in the Olympics in Rio this year, due to concerns about the Zika virus.  "After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero," said McIlroy. "After speaking with those closest to me, I've come to realise that my...

  • Jason Palmer, the European Tour's one-handed chipper, is looking for a new job

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 21 June 2016

    Golf can be a cruel mistress sometimes.  It's tough at the top, where one mistake can cost you a major championship, but at least those players are fit and well to fight another day.  31-year-old Jason Palmer is not so fortunate.  Palmer came to our attention a couple of years ago when he won The Foshan Open and followed it with a second-place...

  • The USGA expresses "regret" for the U.S. Open Dustin Johnson ruling fiasco

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 21 June 2016

    Dustin Johnson's U.S. Open victory will unfortunately be remembered as much for a rules debacle that marred the final round as much as it will for DJ's fantastic golf and first major title.  The USGA have come under substantial criticism from fans and players alike, and have now released the following statement: "The USGA wishes to congratulate Dustin Johnson on his victory...

  • Watch how U.S. Open champ Dustin Johnson warms up to hit bombs and win majors

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 20 June 2016

    Dustin Johnson is arguably the most athletic golfer on the planet. At 6ft 4in and a lean 14 stone, Johnson is able to launch drives that can bring most courses to their knees.  But even someone like DJ can't do it without a proper warm-up. If you want to play your best golf – including hitting powerful drives – you need...

  • Dustin Johnson overcomes rules drama to win the U.S. Open and finally break his major duck

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 20 June 2016

    In the end, Dustin Johnson won the U.S. Open by three clear shots. His final round 1-under par 69 contained three birdies and two bogeys. It all sounds straightforward and free from drama, doesn't it? Unfortunately, as is often the way with DJ, it was anything but.  On Oakmont's fifth green, as Johnson prepared to address his ball, it moved slightly. Johnson...

  • US Open Champion Dustin Johnson tells you how he hits it so far

    Monday, 20 June 2016

    Dustin Johnson won his first major championship at the US Open with a stunning display of precision power at Oakmont. He was regularly booming tee shots well over 350 yards using his TaylorMade M1 driver, tearing up the 7,255 yard par 70 track and winning by three shots over Shane Lowry. But Johnson played his last seven holes knowing he had to...

  • 20 questions with Padraig Harrington

    Friday, 17 June 2016

    Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington shares his favourite hole, favourite club, favourite holiday location and the best shot he's ever hit... 1. When did you first shoot under par? I was probably 15 years old, but I can’t remember where. 2. What has been your career highlight? Winning my first Major has got to be my highlight (the 2007 Open at Carnoustie). 3. What about...

  • Fantasy golf preview – US Open

    Written by Michael Catling on Wednesday, 15 June 2016

    Forget the Euros. The 116th US Open starts tomorrow which means you've got a great excuse to put your feet up, rekindle your on-off relationship with the local takeaway and send your electricity bill rocketing skywards. There's plenty at stake this week as well, and we're not just referring to your livelihood if you don't show your partner a bit of...

  • Bryson DeChambeau: "Golf drove me to madness"

    Monday, 13 June 2016

    Bryson DeChambeau, the self-proclaimed ‘golfing scientist’, is as wacky as they come. His one-plane swing is unconventional, and he’s already fascinated Rory McIlroy with his same-length clubs. He lists Albert Einstein among his idols, sports Ben Hogan-style flat caps on the course and ensures his golf balls are perfectly balanced by floating them in Epsom salts. The 22-year-old American's radical...

  • Everything you need to know about Oakmont Country Club, this year's U.S. Open venue

    Monday, 13 June 2016

    The U.S. Open starts this Thursday at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania. The course has been described my many of the world's leading players as the toughest in the world. 22-year-old Jordan Spieth will be making his first visit as he attempts to defend the U.S. Open crown he won at Chambers Bay last year. We examine what he and the rest...

  • Rookie of the Year Daniel Berger picks up his first win at the St Jude Classic

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 13 June 2016

    Most players crowned Rookie of the Year pick up at least one win on their way to that award. Daniel Berger, Rookie of the Year for the 2014-2015 season, took the crown for a series of accomplished performances that saw him finish 25th on the PGA Tour money list, but didn't have a tour title to his name until yesterday.  Berger's...

  • Ashun Wu makes history by winning the Lyoness Open

    Sunday, 12 June 2016

    China's Ashun Wu won the Lyoness Open, his second win in 38 starts on the European Tour. The win makes him the first Chinese golfer to win on European soil, and also the first to win more than one European Tour event. Wu's previous European Tour title came on home soil at the Volvo China Open last year.  "It’s been my...

  • Is U.S. Open venue Oakmont the world's most difficult golf course?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 10 June 2016

    We get used to seeing the world's best golfers make mincemeat of the world's best courses on a weekly basis, but, once in a while, the course bites back. The U.S. Open tends to be one of those weeks, and when the tournament heads to Oakmont next week, the players could be in for the toughest test they've ever faced. Here's...

  • Fantasy Golf Preview: FedEx St Jude Classic and Lyoness Open

    Wednesday, 8 June 2016

    It's that week before a major, when many of the game's biggest names are prepping their game for the torture that awaits at a US Open at Oakmont. Some – like Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson – are fine-tuning at the FedEx St Jude Classic, while many Euros make their way over to the US for the year's second major. The European...

  • What do you think of players who don't shout "fore"?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 7 June 2016

    We recently ran a story about tour players not shouting fore after hitting a shot that is heading towards spectators. If you missed it, you can read it and watch the video here. The response to that article was overwhelming, ferocious, and, in many cases, too loaded with profanity to reproduce. Amongst all the impassioned swearing, a great number of interesting points...

  • Tiger Woods will not be playing in the U.S. Open

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 7 June 2016

    Tiger Woods got everyone a bit excited whe he registered for the U.S. Open back in April, but with the tournament now only a week away, the 14-time major champ has confirmed that he will not be teeing it up at Oakmont.  "While I continue to work hard on getting healthy, I am not physically ready to play in this year's...

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