2017

  • European Senior Tour to play on nine-hole golf course

    Monday, 6 March 2017

    The European Senior Tour will make history this month as they become the first European Tour-sanctioned event to ever stage a tournament on a nine-hole golf course. The Sharjah Senior Golf Masters presented by Shurooq will played at Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club in the United Arab Emirates and will become the first European Tour, European Challenge Tour or Senior Tour...

  • Masters Countdown: The Field

    Written by Camilla Tait on Monday, 6 March 2017

    Russell Henley won the Shell Houston Open to secure the final qualifying spot for the Masters, taking the official number of entrants to this years major up to 94. The deadline to qualify by order of merit was March 27, and thanks to their performances at the WGC Dell Match Play, four players secured their last-minute place in to the field.  Ross...

  • Top driving tips from Tshwane Open champion Dean Burmester

    Written by Kevin Brown on Monday, 6 March 2017

    Zimbabwean Dean Burmester is one of the biggest hitters in world golf and that hugely valuable asset helped him register an impressive victory in the European Tour’s Tshwane Open in South Africa yesterday. Here, Burmester reveals how he achieves reaching prodigious distances off the tee as well as giving some useful driving tips for average club golfers seeking extra driving length…. How...

  • Dustin Johnson affirms World No.1 status with win at WGC Mexico

    Written by Camilla Tait on Monday, 6 March 2017

    Dustin Johnson became the fifth player in history to win his first tournament appearance as World No.1 following his victory at the WGC Mexico. He joins Ian Woosnam, David Duval, Vijay Singh and Adam Scott to that accolade, in addition to securing his fourth World Golf Championship title. The 32-year-old overcame difficulty with the putter throughout the tournament to finish one shot...

  • WGC Mexico: The battle for World no.1

    Written by Camilla Tait on Tuesday, 28 February 2017

    With the exception of Jason Day, all of the world’s top 50 players will be present at the WGC Mexico Championship this week, with the event moving away from Florida for the first time since 2007. Rory McIlroy returns from injury to start his first PGA tournament of the year at Club de Golf Chapultepec, and the 27-year-old has a huge...

  • Honda Classic: Rickie Fowler wins 4th PGA title

    Written by Camilla Tait on Sunday, 26 February 2017

    Rickie Fowler claimed his fourth PGA Tour title at the Honda Classic with a one-over-par round of 71, easing to a four-shot victory at the first event of the Florida swing. Despite starting four ahead, Fowler faltered on the front nine of PGA National. He struggled to keep his driver on the fairway, resulting in a double-bogey on the...

  • Fichardt claims Open spot with win at Joburg Open

    Written by Camilla Tait on Sunday, 26 February 2017

    Darren Fichardt birdied the final hole of the Joburg Open to claim a one-shot victory on home soil at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. The 41-year-old South African weathered a tournament plagued by storms and delays to card a four-under-par 68 on the final day, earning the 139th South African win on the European Tour in the process. The tournament...

  • The Bear Trap at PGA National: How tough is it?

    Written by Camilla Tait on Wednesday, 22 February 2017

    The Florida Swing of the PGA Tour kicks off this week with the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, where Adam Scott is hoping to defend last year’s title. The 2016 champion is the top ranked player in the field at World No. 7 and currently leads the tour in strokes gained for putting this season, coming in...

  • Joburg Open offers three Open qualifying spots

    Written by Camilla Tait on Wednesday, 22 February 2017

    The Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club in South Africa this week marks the third event in the 2017 Open Qualifying Series. Following on from the Emirates Australian Open in November and last month’s SMBC Singapore Open, the Joburg Open provides the opportunity for three competitors to qualify for the 146th Open at Royal Birkdale in...

  • Open Championship going back to Royal St George’s

    Written by Kevin Brown on Monday, 20 February 2017

    The Open Championship is going back to top Kent links Royal St George’s in 2020. The 149th Open will be played at St George’s – the scene of Darren Clarke’s memorable 2011 success from July 16-19, 2020. Said 2016 Ryder Cup captain Clarke: “I have so many wonderful memories from that week and will be thrilled to go back there for The...

  • Dustin Johnson claims World No 1 title

    Written by Camilla Tait on Monday, 20 February 2017

    Dustin Johnson has replaced Jason Day as the World No.1 after he produced a convincing five-shot victory to win the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club. Difficult weather conditions cancelled most of Friday’s rounds and left the leaders with 36 holes to complete on the final day, yet an undeterred Johnson carded rounds of 67-67-64 to go six shots clear...

  • Brett Rumford wins World Super 6 Perth

    Written by Camilla Tait on Sunday, 19 February 2017

    Brett Rumford was crowned the first ever ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth Champion after beating 17-year-old Phacara Khongwatmai 2&1 in the the final round of Sunday’s matchplay at Lake Karrinyup CC.  The Australian undoubtedly outplayed most of his competitors throughout the week, and at 17-under-par he was ahead by five shots at the end of the stroke-play format, totalling the...

  • Inside the World Super 6 Perth

    Written by Camilla Tait on Wednesday, 15 February 2017

    The European Tour are doing their best to introduce new innovative formats to the game, and this week’s ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth tournament is setting the benchmark as the first of two completely new events to debut on the European Tour circuit this year. Combining both stroke play and match play, the unconventional format at Lake Karrinyup CC is...

  • 16 things you can learn from Jordan Spieth

    Written by Kevin Brown on Monday, 13 February 2017

    Jordan Spieth picked up his 3rd major title at Royal Birkdale, just a month after winning his 10th PGA Tour title at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands – and both were pretty memorable. At just 23-years-old Spieth became the second youngest player in history to reach the feat of 10 titles, sandwiching himself between two of the greatest golfers...

  • How to hit straighter drives, with Fabrizio Zanotti

    Written by Kevin Brown on Monday, 13 February 2017

    Fabrizio Zanotti played the round of his life to claim the Malaysian Open at the weekend. He bagged seven birdies and an eagle at the last to shoot a final round 63 and secure his first win since the 2014 BMW International Open. The Paraguayan finished on 19-under and claimed the first prize of just under £400,000 by one shot from America’s...

  • GolfSixes is golf’s answer to cricket’s smash hit Twenty20 format

    Written by Courses & Travel Editor Kevin Brown on Monday, 13 February 2017

    The European Tour over the weekend unveiled GolfSixes, a revolutionary and novel short form of the game which further illustrates the Tour’s desire to embrace innovation and originality in professional golf. The inaugural GolfSixes event – featuring a prize fund of €1m – will take place at the Centurion Club (pictured) in St Albans, Herts, on May 6-7. The event will feature...

  • Tiger Woods to miss next two events

    Written by Courses & Travel Editor Kevin Brown on Friday, 10 February 2017

    Tiger Woods will spend the next fortnight on the sidelines and has been forced to pull out of the upcoming Genesis Open and Honda Classic tournaments. The former World no.1 withdrew from the recent Dubai Desert Classic after suffering back spasms ahead of the 2nd round and he revealed: “My doctors have advised me not to play the next two weeks,...

  • Get to know Japan’s rising son

    Written by Golf World on Monday, 6 February 2017

    They call the last few months of the year golf’s ‘silly season’, but there
has been nothing ridiculous about Hideki Matsuyama’s recent form. Since finishing 5th in the Tour Championship at the end of September, Japan’s top golfer has played in nine individual strokeplay events and won five of them. It is a sensational run of form that has propelled him to...

  • Tiger Woods: The party’s over and he’s almost out the door

    Written by John Huggan on Friday, 3 February 2017

    Tiger Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic before the second round because of a back problem. The 14-time major winner came back to the game in December after more than a year out recovering from back surgery.  But the 41-year-old has struggled since, and shot a five-over 77 in the first round at the Emirates Course. Agent Mark Steinberg said the American...