February

  • The public have spoken... Rory McIlroy is going to win The Masters

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 29 February 2016

    With just over a month until The Masters, we're already getting excited about watching the action from Augusta National. Will Bubba Watson overpower the par 5s with driver-wedge? Will Spieth defend his crown and set up another shot at a grand slam? Will Rory McIlroy finally get the Augusta monkey off his back to pick up a green jacket and...

  • What do tour pros look at when putting?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 23 February 2016

    That sounds like a stupid question, doesn't it? Doesn't everyone look at the ball when putting?  Well, no.  Jordan Spieth looks at the hole when putting Jordan Spieth looks at the hole, rather than the ball, when hitting a short putt.  "I think that the most important fundamental in putting is understanding where your putter is aligned," explains Spieth.  Golf's most influential psychologist, Bob Rotella,...

  • What is life really like for a tour golf caddie?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 22 February 2016

    In the past, anyone with two shoulders and the ability to grunt, “Aye, a seven’ll get there” could be a caddie. But things have changed. The role of caddie is now a highly technical, respected, and, in some cases, well remunerated one. In a world where one shot can cost you hundreds of thousands, the top professionals acknowledge that golf...

  • Watch the highlights from the Northern Trust Open and Maybank Championship

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 22 February 2016

    Bubba Watson won the Northern Trust Open in California for the second time in three years. Watson shot 68 in the final round to finish on 15-under for the week, one shot clear of Adam Scott and a further one ahead of Dustin Johnson.  Here are the best shots from the Northern Trust Open: Ryan Moore made a lovely ace at the...

  • Even tour pros look for golf tips on the internet

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 19 February 2016

    We've all turned to the internet for help when our golf game isn't on song. Don't believe us? 74,000 people a month search for "shank" on Google, and it's not because they're trying to buy some delicious lamb for their dinner.  One breed of golfer we assumed was beyond search bar diagnosis was tour pros. After all, these are the world's...

  • The forgotten man: Vaughn Taylor

    Written by Michael Catling on Friday, 19 February 2016

    If you ever wanted to catch people out at a pub quiz, ask them to recall the four rookies who represented USA at the 2006 Ryder Cup. Zach Johnson will likely gather the most votes. After all, he has carved out a pretty successful career since, as his two major titles would testify. The names of J. J. Henry, Brett...

  • "A gold medal would be bigger than a green jacket." Some golfers can't wait for the Olympics (but some couldn't care less)

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 19 February 2016

    We're only six months away from Olympic golf! The provisional schedule has the men's tournament down for 11th-14th August, with the women's event to follow on 17th-20th August. The top 15 players of each gender will automatically qualify for the Olympic golf event, limited to four per country.  The remaining 45 spots will go to the highest-ranked players from countries that do...

  • The longest gap between PGA Tour wins

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 19 February 2016

    Some of the world's top tour pros seem to win on an almost monthly basis, but for others, the gap between wins can be pretty long. Take yesterday's Pebble Beach Pro-Am winner, Vaughn Taylor, for instance. Taylor, now 39, had to wait 10 years, five months and 24 days between victories, a drought that extended back to his win at the...

  • The last time Vaughn Taylor won a PGA Tour event...

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 19 February 2016

    Vaughn Taylor hit a final-round 65 to win the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, securing his first PGA Tour victory for 11 years. A lot has changed since 39-year-old Vaughn Taylor's last win, which came at the Reno-Tahoe Open in August 2005. The last time Vaughn Taylor won a PGA Tour event... Jordan Spieth was 11 years old And he'd only just turned 11.

  • Is David Leadbetter improving Lydia Ko's swing – or ruining it?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 18 February 2016

    Lydia Ko is unbelievable. She is the world number one. She was the youngest golfer of either gender to be ranked number one in the world. She was the youngest to win a professional event. She was the youngest to win a major. She was the youngest to get five wins. The youngest to get 10 wins. She was the...

  • Bubba Watson got booed in a big way at the Waste Management Open

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 5 February 2016

    Bubba Watson isn't always the most popular golfer. His tendency to say what he thinks, even if what he thinks is not a lot, has, at various times, offended almost as many people as Donald Trump. Bubba's attitude led to him being voted the player his fellow pros would be least likely to help in a fight. Stuart Appleby once tweeted, "Rumour...

  • A golf robot just made a hole-in-one!

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 4 February 2016

    Raymond Kurzweil once said, "There are physical limits to computation, but they're not very limiting". What he was getting as is that there isn't much that computers can't do, or at least won't be able to do in the very near future.  We all know that robots are going to take over. Terminator... The Matrix... I, Robot... Ex Machina... Robot Wars... That moment when Siri...

  • Ernie Els: "I was so terrible on the greens I was thinking about getting another job"

    Written by Rob McGarr on Wednesday, 3 February 2016

    Ernie Els did not have a good year with the putter in 2015. If you don't like scary movies, look away now, because here follows two videos of Ernie Els missing extremely short putts.  There was this yippy horror show at the Dunhill Links Championship: And this painful to watch miss at the CIMB Classic: We could easily show more, but we've all...

  • Brandt Snedeker's 69 at the Farmers Insurance Open was one of the best rounds in PGA Tour history

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 2 February 2016

    Brandt Snedeker shot an incredible 69 to win the Farmers Insurance Open! I know what you're thinking.  A 69 doesn't sound that special. Players shoot 69 all the time. In fact, more often than not, four rounds of 69 would barely get you into the top-10, let alone the top of the leaderboard.  So what was so special about the 69 that Brandt Snedeker shot...