April

  • Fantasy Golf Preview: RBC Heritage & Spanish Open

    Monday, 11 April 2016

    The world of golf may still be coming to terms with Danny Willett’s dramatic victory last night, but what does it all mean for your Fantasy Golf team? The final round chucked up plenty of surprises along the way and it’s hard not to feel rueful if you had Jordan Spieth in your team, let alone as captain. The big...

  • The Masters Final Round - Willett wins as Spieth unravels

    Monday, 11 April 2016

    Danny Willett shot a bogey-free final round of 67 to win the Masters by three shots and become only the second Englishman to win at Augusta National - after Jordan Spieth endured a calamitous journey around Amen Corner when the American was seemingly poised to retain the title. Spieth made four birdies in a row to reach the turn in...

  • Bernhard Langer's performance at the Masters is proof that distance isn't everything

    Written by Rob McGarr on Sunday, 10 April 2016

    Bernhard Langer's average driving distance on the PGA Tour Champions this year is 276.9 yards. That's perfectly acceptable on a tour made up of over-50s, but at the Masters he's not only competing with players in their sixth decade; he's competing with the best – and most powerful – golfers in the world.  Langer played with world number one Jason Day...

  • The Masters Roundup - Day Three

    Sunday, 10 April 2016

    Spieth stays out in front Jordan Spieth will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Masters despite a poor finish to day three dragged him back to three under at Augusta. Spieth will be paired with Smylie Kaufman after his compatriot shot a three-under 69, the only sub-70 round on a day of tough scoring, to get to...

  • The Masters Roundup - Day Two

    Saturday, 9 April 2016

    Jordan maintains slim lead over Rory Jordan Spieth remains out in front after the second round of the Masters, but will play in the last group on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy after the Northern Irishman made up three shots on his American rival. Spieth looked to be running away with the tournament in exactly the same manner as 12 months ago...

  • The Masters bids farewell to Tom Watson and Ian Woosnam

    Written by Rob McGarr on Saturday, 9 April 2016

    25 years after his famous Masters triumph, Ian Woosnam says he's calling it a day.  "I am in pain all the way round so it's time to say bye-bye really," said the 58-year-old, the only Welshman ever to win a green jacket.  "There's not much they can do. I have ankylosing spondylitis  and I can't play with all the slopes here. I was swinging...

  • Who said what? The best comments after round one of the Masters

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 8 April 2016

    They say that nothing is decided during round one of the Masters, and whilst that is likely true, it's a day filled with drama nonetheless.  There was Ernie Els taking seven putts from six feet on the first hole, on his way to a 10, the worst score ever recorded on the opening hole of the Masters There was defending champion Spieth,...

  • 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.

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