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US Open 2018 – Phil Mickelson takes a 10 but at what cost to the game?

Last night, Brooks Koepka, repeated his 2017 US Open victory by retaining the title over four punishing days at the Shinnecock Hills course in New York after narrowly beating England’s Tommy Fleetwood by a single shot. The US Open is often billed as the hardest test in golf with organisers renowned for setting their respective … Continue Reading

Out of the Woods – the return of Golf’s biggest star and its impact on the sporting world

This year’s Masters tournament marked Tiger Woods’ first return to the major championships in three years. Although the primary aim was pursuit of his fifth Green Jacket and 15th major title, the fresh round of excitement and buzz brought about by the iconic golfer’s return has sent the sporting world into a frenzy, generating huge … Continue Reading

Inaugural Golf Sixes Event: plenty of panache and pyrotechnics but was there any pizzazz?

In February 2017, Sports Shorts wrote about the European Tour’s new short form golf tournament, Golf Sixes. As a reminder, Golf Sixes was billed as a ‘revolutionary and novel short form of the game’ which is designed to ‘embrace innovation and originality in professional golf’.  The inaugural Golf Sixes event took place at the Centurion … Continue Reading

Sergio Garcia wins the 2017 Masters: Who is now the best player never to have won a Major tournament?

In the early hours of Monday morning, at the Augusta National golf course, Sergio Garcia emerged victorious at the 81st edition of the Masters Tournament. Garcia won on the first playoff hole against 2013 US Open winner Justin Rose after a round of golf bathed in sunshine and good sportsmanship; on this occasion golf was … Continue Reading

Armchair referees: why Tiger Woods was right about Lexi Thompson’s wrong

On Sunday 2 April 2017, Lexi Thompson was given a four-stroke penalty while leading the LPGA’s first Major of the year and was subsequently defeated in a play-off to Ryu So-yeon, following the actions of a vigilant television viewer.  This was not a mistake nor the result of a new or innovative fan engagement exercise; this was the … Continue Reading

GolfSixes: are shorts and selfies soon going to be synonymous with golf?

On Sunday 12 February 2017, golf’s European Tour unveiled a ‘revolutionary and novel short form of the game’ which is designed to ‘embrace innovation and originality in professional golf’.  The first GolfSixes event will take place in North West London on 6-7 May 2017 and will feature two-man teams from 16 European nations.  The teams … Continue Reading

Justin Rose wins Gold; International Golf Federation breathes a sigh of relief

Yesterday, Great Britain’s Justin Rose won a thrilling finale of the Olympic Games Men’s Golf competition beating Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, the 2016 Open Champion, by 2 shots. In doing so, Rose secured Great Britain’s 12th Gold Medal in Rio. While Rose’s achievement was a personal success and a source of great pride to the Brits; … Continue Reading