April

  • Is the Olympics about to reveal a doping epidemic in golf?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 28 April 2016

    There are many reasons why some of the world's best golfers are reluctant to participate in the Olympics. Many golfers and fans argue that the competition should be reserved for amateurs, for whom a gold medal would be the highlight of their career, rather than for professionals, many of whom would barely find a space for it in their trophy cabinet. There's...

  • Rory McIlroy: "I'd love to have a crack at Tiger down the stretch in a major"

    Written by Today's Golfer on Wednesday, 27 April 2016

    2016 is going to be a busy year for Rory McIlroy (subject to football injuries...). With four majors, the Olympics and the Ryder Cup, golf has never seen a year like it. So how does 26-year-old McIlroy viewing the big events in this biggest of golf years? And what is his take on the game’s biggest rivalry? We asked him... Have you...

  • Greens quicker than Augusta and 300-yard par-3s... welcome to the US Open at Oakmont

    Written by Rob McGarr on Wednesday, 27 April 2016

    It's less than two months until the second major of the year, the US Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania.  The US Open is a major that prides itself on providing a real test for the world's best golfers. When Rory McIlroy had the temerity to blast his way to a record 16-under winning total in 2011, the USGA made...

  • Gary Player: "I would have given anything to play in the Olympics"

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 26 April 2016

    First it was Vijay Singh. Then Adam Scott. Louis Oosthuizen followed, then fellow South African Charl Schwartzel. It is highly likely that more top players will withdraw from the Olympics before the tournament starts in Rio de Janeiro this August.  South Africa's greatest ever golfer, Gary Player, is not at all pleased with what he's witnessing.  "I am sad and disappointed that...

  • Fantasy Golf Preview - Zurich Classic of New Orleans and China Open

    Written by Michael Catling on Monday, 25 April 2016

    It has taken a few dodgy predictions granted, but one of our top tips from last week – Charley Hoffman – secured maximum points for fantasy managers with a dramatic one-shot victory at the Texas Open. The new world number 34 rolled in a birdie putt on the last to avoid a play-off with Patrick Reed and leave yours truly feeling...

  • The trickshot specialist set to take the PGA Tour by storm

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 25 April 2016

    Only a month ago we brought you the exciting news that Wesley Bryan, one half of golf's leading trickshot duo the Bryan Bros, was well on his way to earning a PGA Tour card for next season.  We weren't wrong.  The 26-year-old won the El Bosque Mexico Championship yesterday, his second win in just six starts – and this is his debut...

  • Charley Hoffman hit one of the worst drives ever, but still won the Texas Open

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 25 April 2016

    As the old saying goes, "there are no pictures on the scorecard". (For argument's sake, let's ignore the fact that there is normally a picture on the front.) Unfortunately for Charley Hoffman, whilst there are no pictures on the scorecard, there are video cameras everywhere when you're playing a PGA Tour event. Those cameras captured the woeful drive Hoffman hit on...

  • Jordan Spieth didn't win Sportsman of the Year, did win Breakthrough of the Year

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 22 April 2016

    A while ago, we told you that Jordan Spieth had been shortlisted for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award. The Laureus awards, which involve the difficult task of comparing stars from a variety of sports and trying to decide who had the better year, ultimately decided that Novak Djokovic, who reached four grand slam finals and won three of...

  • Els goes from worst putter to best

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 19 April 2016

    In the highly unlikely event that you haven't seen Ernie Els' six-putt on the first hole of the Masters, here it is:  Ernie demonstrated incredible resolve to not only keep playing, but to play the remaining 17 holes in just three over, on a day when even players who weren't six-putting were struggling to shoot good scores.  "I can't explain it. I...

  • Bryson DeChambeau had a better pro debut than Tiger, Rory, Spieth and Day

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 18 April 2016

    How much did you earn in the first week of your first job? Chances are it was quite a bit less than the $259,000 cheque Bryson DeChambeau pocketed for finishing tied-fourth in the RBC Heritage, his first tournament as a professional.  "It's tough to really sum up. What I can tell you is it's been quite a journey so far these...

  • Fantasy Golf Preview – Texas Open and Shenzhen International

    Written by Michael Catling on Monday, 18 April 2016

    Another week and another victory for an English underdog. Andrew Johnston followed in the footsteps of Danny Willett by upstaging the higher-ranked Sergio Garcia and co to claim his maiden European Tour title at the Spanish Open. The new world number 125, priced at just £5.5m, capitalised on a disastrous start from overnight leader Michael Lorenzo-Vera to seal a one-shot victory...

  • Scratch another one up for England... Andrew Johnston wins the Spanish Open

    Written by Rob McGarr on Sunday, 17 April 2016

    A week after Rotherham's Danny Willett won the Masters, Londoner Andrew Johnston has recorded another victory for England golf, winning the Spanish Open (Open de Espana, if you're feeling fancy) at Valderrama.  "It’s a dream come true, really," said 27-year-old Johnston, whose previous best finish in a European Tour event was a third at the Alfred Dunhill Championship. "You always try...

  • Exclusive interview with Danny Willett's coach

    Friday, 15 April 2016

    Danny Willett's coach, Pete Cowen, talks to us about their preparations heading into Augusta, fitness time in the gym, and just what is coming next for the Masters champion!...

  • Jordan Spieth will never get over his Masters collapse

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 14 April 2016

    Davis Love III could sympathise when watching world number two Jordan Spieth collapse on the back-nine of the Masters. Love knows exactly what it feels like to fall at the final hurdle of a major. He had a putt on the final hole to win the 1995 US Open at Oakland Hills, but things didn't go to plan.  "Every time I...

  • One more reason for golfers to skip the Olympics... there are alligators on the course

    Written by Rob McGarr on Wednesday, 13 April 2016

    On the same day three-time major champion Vijay Singh announced that he wouldn't be competing in this year's Olympic golf tournament due to scheduling issues and his concerns over the Zika virus, another issue emerged that may encourage more players to steer clear of Rio this August.  Several large alligators have been spotted on the Olympic golf course, traversing the course...

  • Players have already started pulling out of the Olympics – how many will follow suit?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Wednesday, 13 April 2016

    We're excited about Olympic golf. Sure, we'd rather it was in a more interesting format than the 72-hole strokeplay we see almost every single week, but we'd rather have that than nothing.  And some of the world's best players feel exactly the same way.  World number two Jordan Spieth says, "Winning a gold medal has got to be up there now, in...

  • Why the Masters proves* that Europe are going to win the Ryder Cup again (*kind of)

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 12 April 2016

    Danny Willett wasn't the only European to fare well during the 2016 Masters. There were seven Europeans in the top-15 at the end of play, and only five Americans, despite nearly half of the field being American.  Willett, the first European winner since Jose Maria Olazabal in 1999, was joined in the top-10 by Lee Westwood, who finished tied-second with Jordan...

  • See what Jordan Spieth had to say immediately after throwing away the Masters

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 11 April 2016

    The 2016 Masters was Jordan Spieth's to win. Spieth had a five-shot lead as he reached the 10th tee. Three holes later, he'd dropped six shots and found himself off the top of the leaderboard for the first time that day.  Danny Willett is the main story, and his fantastic achievement should not be undermined by suggestions that Spieth handed it...

  • Danny Willett's Top Ten Courses

    Written by Courses & Travel Editor Kevin Brown on Monday, 11 April 2016

    Newly-crowned Masters champion Danny Willett not surprisingly has Georgia at the forefront of his mind when carefully selecting his 10 favourite courses on Planet Golf... ► Augusta National, Georgia, USA I've now played in two Masters and even if you take the fact that it’s the Masters to one side. Without the crowds though it feels a bit strange and I think the...

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