May

  • Fantasy golf preview – Memorial Tournament and Nordea Masters

    Written by Michael Catling on Wednesday, 1 June 2016

    Another week and another win for fantasy owners who backed the favourite. Jordan Spieth's victory at the Dean & Deluca Invitational in his home state of Texas means the so called 'Big Three' head into this week's Memorial Tournament having each won on their previous outing. Spieth needed just nine putts on his inward nine to win by three shots – the...

  • With the biggest win of his career, Chris Wood looks set for a Ryder Cup debut

    Written by Rob McGarr on Sunday, 29 May 2016

    Chris Wood's final round 69 was enough to secure victory at the BMW PGA Championship, holding off the challenge of Rikard Karlberg, who shot a sensational 65 on a day when only six players broke 70.  "It is the biggest win of my career," said Wood, whose previous European Tour titles came at the 2013 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and 2015...

  • Could the Zika virus mean the end of Olympic golf before it's even begun?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 27 May 2016

    Golf's return to the Olympics, after a 112-year hiatus, has not gone entirely smoothly.  There have been calls from fans and players that it should be for amateurs, rather than professionals. There have been doubts over whether the course would be ready in time. There have been suggestions that a 72-hole strokeplay format is unimaginative and boring. And there have been...

  • Youngsters are absolutely dominating the LPGA Tour this season

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 27 May 2016

    Alan Hansen famously said "you can't win anything with kids," right before Manchester United went and won the double with – you guessed it – a team of kids.  But experience tends to count in professional golf, where players tend to peak and win most between the ages of 30 and 35.  It's a different story on the LPGA Tour this season,...

  • If golf was played over nine holes, Westwood would be Masters champ and Tiger would have won majors in 2012 and 2013

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 26 May 2016

    There's been a great deal of talk about nine-hole golf lately.  It's been proposed as a solution for people who can't spare the best part of four hours to play an 18-hole round of golf. This year's Open will even see a nine-hole championship hosted at Royal Troon in the week before the main tournament.  But imagine if all of the majors...

  • Fantasy Golf Preview – BMW PGA Championship and Dean & DeLuca Invitational

    Written by Michael Catling on Wednesday, 25 May 2016

    We did tell you that it pays to back the favourite, and those fantasy managers who heeded the TG Tipster’s advice last week were handsomely rewarded on Sunday night as Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia notched their first victories of the year. The duo more than vindicated their hefty price tags, with McIlroy’s three-shot victory at the Irish Open catapulting the...

  • The greens at Oakmont during the U.S. Open will be the quickest golf has ever seen

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 24 May 2016

    A few weeks ago, we told you that Oakmont was going to give players in this year's U.S. Open one of the toughest challenges they're ever likely to face. With a 300-yard par-3 and rock-hard fairways, players will have their work cut out just getting to the greens. When they do reach the dance floor, things are only going to...

  • Sergio Garcia's AT&T Byron Nelson win shows he's still got it, but let's not pretend he's level with Seve

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 23 May 2016

    Whatever happens between now and the end of his career, Sergio Garcia's legacy will be one of nearly moments, missed opportunities and failure to capitalise on immense talent.  Garcia has become known for an ability to fall at the final hurdle that has cost him countless tournaments, including several majors.  But, Garcia's win at the AT&T Byron Nelson was his ninth on...

  • Rory McIlroy won the Irish Open and donated €666,660 to charity

    Written by Rob McGarr on Sunday, 22 May 2016

    Hosting a big party isn't always all it's cracked up to be. You spend so much time worrying about whether everyone else is enjoying themselves and waiting for things to get broken or spilled that you barely have a chance to enjoy yourself.  Irish Open host Rory McIlroy, however, didn't appear to have any such problems. Rounds of 67, 70, 70 and...

  • Tiger Woods is better than Jason Day and Bubba Watson is more popular than Rickie Fowler, apparently...

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 20 May 2016

    If the last General Election taught us anything, it's that you shouldn't pay attention to opinion polls.  That didn't stop Public Policy Polling carrying out their annual sports survey, though, with some eye-raising results when it comes to golf. Take a look at some of these – and bear in mind that the poll takes place in America, which explains some...

  • Rory McIlroy says he nearly gave up golf

    Written by Rob McGarr on Wednesday, 18 May 2016

    Rory McIlroy has won four major championships. He has been world number one for 95 weeks, a reign only bettered by Nick Faldo (97 weeks), Greg Norman (331 weeks) and Tiger Woods (683 weeks). He has appeared in three Ryder Cups, emerging victorious each time. He has twice been named RTE Sports Person of the Year, the Irish equivalent of...

  • Jamie Sadlowski, a long drive champ who hits it 445 yards, could be playing in the U.S. Open

    Written by Rob McGarr on Wednesday, 18 May 2016

    This year's U.S. Open is going to be tough. The organisers pride themselves on providing a stern challenge for the world's best golfers, and Oakmont Country Club is as tough as they come. Last time it hosted the tournament, the winning total was five-over. One of Oakmont's defences is its sheer length. 7,254 yards sounds long enough, until you realise it's...

  • Do players have a responsibility to support the European Tour by playing the BMW PGA?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 17 May 2016

    The BMW PGA Championship is the European Tour's flagship event. It offers the highest prize money available in Europe, with €5 million up for grabs. It's hosted at one of the world's most exclusive golf clubs and boasts attendances of over 100,000 across the week. You'd think players would be jumping at the chance to play in it, especially Europeans. So...

  • Fantasy Golf Preview - AT&T Byron Nelson and Irish Open

    Written by Michael Catling on Tuesday, 17 May 2016

    Sometimes it pays to back the favourite, as Jason Day proved in sensational fashion at the Players Championship. The Australian justified his top billing and £15m price tag with his second wire-to-wire victory this season, becoming only the fourth man since 1970 to achieve such a feat. The 28-year-old also led from start to finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at...

  • Should The Players Championship be a fifth major? Absolutely not!

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 16 May 2016

    The Players Championship is often referred to as golf's "fifth major". It is hugely popular with fans and players, always boasts one of the strong fields in golf, offers more prize money than any other PGA Tour event, and attracts television audiences that more than rival the majors.  So, if The Players Championship has everything it needs to be classed as...

  • WATCH the highlights from The Players Championship

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 16 May 2016

    World number one Jason Day cemented his place on top of the world with a wire-to-wire victory at the 2016 Players Championship.  Day's tournament opened with a course record tying 63 on Friday, before a 6-under par 66 set a new 36-hole scoring record and gave the Australian a commanding lead going into the weekend. Rounds of 73 and 71 were...

  • Watch the best bits from a brilliant first round at The Players Championship

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 13 May 2016

    I played golf yesterday with someone who said The Players Championship is their favourite tournament, even above all four major championships.  "But obviously not ahead of the Masters?" I said. "Yep, nothing beats The Players at Sawgrass," he replied.  I internally labelled him a lunatic and slowly edged away. TPC Sawgrass is a sensational course and The Players is a fantastic event, but...

  • Justin Rose says slow play is not the players' fault

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 12 May 2016

    Everybody knows that slow play is a problem in professional golf. The sport cannot be expected to attract and retain its largest possible audience when it takes five and a half hours or six hours to watch a two-ball play 18 holes.  But not everybody agrees on the root of the problem.  Many feel that the players are to blame, a belief...

  • 6 reasons why the next 144 days will be the greatest period golf has ever seen

    Written by Rob McGarr on Wednesday, 11 May 2016

    Tomorrow is the start of The Players Championship. It is also the start of what should be the greatest 144 days golf has ever seen.  In the space of less than five months, the golf schedule includes The Players Championship, the U.S. Open, The Open, the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup and the Olympics. It's a veritable golf feast.  The Players Championship, 12-15 May  Everybody...

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