Aug 12th, 2019
It’s Manic Monday, so here is a very quick round up of all the results and stories from the weekend on the PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA and Women’s European Tour.
It’s Manic Monday, so here is a very quick round up of all the results and stories from the weekend on the PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA and Women’s European Tour.
She is only 20, has never played a major championship or even played outside Japan until this week and now Hinako Shibuno finds herself leading the Women’s British Open at Woburn. She takes a two-shot lead into the Sunday but there is plenty of talent queuing up behind her should she slip up on the final day.
It was all getting quite crowded at the top of the leaderboard on day two at the AIG Women’s British Open at Woburn on Friday until the overnight leader, Ashleigh Buhai, who was out late in the day, suddenly put her foot on the accelerator to open up daylight between her and the field.
Defending Women’s British Open champion Georgia Hall is set to tee off at 12.16 on Thursday alongside Brooke Henderson of Canada and Japan’s Mamiko Higa and according to her she is “actually very excited. I don't feel any pressure. It’s really nice for me to be home because I've been in the US the whole year.”
There have been many incredible Open debuts, here is our Top 10...
There have been many an odd occurence at the oldest of all the majors but these are our pick of the top ten weirdest Open Championship moments.
Why is the golf now only on Sky TV in the UK with the BBC set to produce, if last year is anything to go by, a set of very ordinary highlights programmes? Who is to blame - Sky, the BBC, the politicians, the R&A or perhaps even Brexit?
Who will win the Open? Vote now for your pick of the Top 20, as per the bookies, or do you think it will be more of an outsider who takes the Claret Jug on the shores of Northern Ireland?
Darren Clarke will hit the opening tee shot at The 148th Open, while fellow local favourite Rory McIlroy is paired with US Open champion Gary Woodland for the opening two rounds at Royal Portrush, which we cannot wait to see!
GolfPunk fave Georgia Hall (no less!!) and nine of the past ten Champions will compete at the Women’s British Open for a 40% larger prize fund of $4.5m (circa £3.6m at time of writing) in recognition of the importance of the Championship and women’s golf according to the R&A.
The Open is looming up on the horizon so come and test your knowledge of all things Openey with the GolfPunk Open Golf Quiz 2019. It's got something for everyone who err like quizes.
So Muirfield or to give its proper title, The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, has formally invited women to join the club as members for the first time since voting to change the club’s rules in 2017.
Justin Rose shot a third round 68 to close the gap on leader Gary Woodland to just one shot, with the field a further three shots back. Looming ominously in the pair’s rear-view mirror is one Brooks Koepka who shot a bogey free round of 68 to continue his slow, but continuous, move up the leaderboard.
America’s Gary Woodland shot a 65 to take the lead in the US Open and join Justin Rose and Tiger Woods in the record books with the joint lowest score in a US Open at Pebble Beach. He leads England’s Justin Rose, who added a round of 70 to his own 65, by two shots as they go into the weekend.
England’s Justin Rose birdied the final three holes of his round to post a six under par 65 and lead the U.S. Open by one shot. One of GolfPunk’s tips, Ricky Fowler, sits in second place alongside his fellow countrymen, Xander Schauffele and Aaron Wise, and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen. Rose’s round is the joint lowest ever shot at Pebble Beach in an U.S. Open.
'Yo the man!', 'In the hole!' and other suitable golf course cries! It's US Open time. Pebble Beach is looking as scary as ever. Who can hold those tiny greens? Who knows. Certainly not us - well maybe we do - see our new algorithm. What do we know, the best of us got 14/18 in the GolfPunk US Open quiz Part 2. Which is not great considering we set the questions... Let's see how you can do!
The US Open at Pebble Beach is almost upon us! Tiger is back in the mix, Brooks is looking for three in a row and Phil is still searching for that elusive US Open. Here's our Quiz testing your knowledge of all things US errrm, Openish! Come and have a go if you think you're smart enough.
The US open is returning to Pebble Beach with its magnificent views, tiny greens and changeable conditions. All factors that are taxing The Spiv’s brain matter as he sips on his port and peruses the field. But this year its all different as GolfPunk has a new algorithm and its going to make us all rich (necessary caveats and waivers apply of course).
It was a great day for Northern Ireland at the final day of Canadian Open from Hamilton Golf and Country Club. Rory McIlroy shot an incredible nine under 61 to take the title by 7 shots and Graeme McDowell finished in the top ten and qualified for The Open.
The Open is coming back to Northern Ireland after a break of 68 years. When Max Faulkner, one of the most flamboyant golfers of his generation, won the Open Championship in 1951 at Royal Portrush it would be 18 years until a Brit, Tony Jacklin in 1969, was to do so again.
The fourteen qualifiers from yesterday’s European U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying consisted of no fewer than ten different nationalities. South African Dean Burmester led the list of qualifiers with a total of 128, sixteen under par and four shots clear.
Twenty Chinese golfers made the cut for the weekend of the Volvo China Open but it was an inhabitant of the 116th biggest country in the world, by population, who lifted the spoils at the Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen. FInland’s Mikko Korhonen clinched his second European Tour title seeing off France’s Benjamin Hebert at the first play-off hole.
Wu Ashun delighted the Chinese crowd, adding an excellent 65 to his opening 66 and a two shot lead at the Volvo China Open at the Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen. But it was Wu’s young countryman Yang Kuang who grabbed all the headline as the youngest player to make a cut on the European Tour at the tender age of 14 years, six months and 12 days.
Last week’s winner and GolfPunk’s tip for the China Open, Jorge Campillo, leads the way once again after an opening round of 65. Joining the Spaniard on the same mark are Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and David Lipsky of America.
Who wouldn’t want to tee it up in their home open? Well for one, Rory McIlroy, who is giving this year’s Irish Open a miss. No biggy, I hear you say, it’s not like choosing to miss something like the Olympics is it? Oh, hang on Rory turned that one down too. So, what are the priorities of the 29-year-old darling of Irish Golf
PING today unveiled details of its 2019 Spring/Summer ladies’ apparel collection, which takes its inspiration from the company’s heritage in Arizona, USA.
Kurt Kitayama produced a remarkable comeback at Al Mouj Golf to win his second European Tour title of the season at the Oman Open. This is the third global win for TaylorMade's new M5 and M6 drivers featuring Speed Injected Twist Face technology and fourth win for the new 2019 TP5/x golf ball.
Two events this week. It's the Oman Open and the Honda Open. Here's where the action is......
Guangdong’s Liang En Qi will line up alongside many of the world’s best golfers at the 2019 Volvo China Open after winning the tournament’s Amateur Qualifying Final at Mission Hills Golf Club in Haikou, Hainan Province.
Canterbury Golf Club is gearing up for the staging of The Open Championship in July 2020 at nearby Royal St George’s by linking up with fellow Kent golf clubs in Visit Kent’s Golf in Kent Partnership.
The Shenzhen Genzon Golf Club will be the venue for the 25th staging of the Volvo China Open when China's National Open Golf Championship returns to the city from May 2-5, 2019.
Great to start the year with a winner in Hawaii with our 2 point selection Xander Schauffele winning at 25/1 from our other selection Gary Woodland at 29/1 by 1 shot having equalled the course record in the final round!!! A profit of 42 points.
23-year-old Bronte Law has broken a Ladies European Tour record by holing nine straight birdies in the Lalla Aicha Tour School event in Morocco.
Swingin Siren Amy Boulden has been busy on Instagrtam lately. Here's a catch up with the LET star and a cracking interview in which she ponders if they really did land on the moon, and if she can lend us a fiver... Oh yes, and happy birthday Amy!
American International Group (AIG) has announced that it will become the title sponsor of the Women’s British Open beginning in 2019.
GolfPunk selections at last week's Hong Kong Open finished 3rd Jason Schrivner 37/1, tied 6th Rafa Cabrera Bello 12/1 and Shubhanker Sharma 45/1. Three events this week....
A great result for GolfPunk readers with Danny Willett winning the DP World tour Championship at 139/1. He actually drifted on Betfair to 179/1 so hopefully GolfPunk readers got the best odds??
Dr Abed Al-Razzaq Arabiyat, Managing Director of Jordan Tourism Board, was joined by representatives of the European Challenge Tour, the Staysure Tour and the Ladies European Tour at World Travel Market in London this week to unveil the trophy for the Jordan Mixed Open presented by Ayla.
Here are our top twenty weirdest Open Championship moments.
1st and 2nd for GolfPunk readers at last week’s HSBC event!!! For most of the tournament Tony Finau 29/1 looked like winning, but our other selection Xander Schauffle 56/1 beat him in a play off !!!
A woman has died after her car crashed into a wall at the entrance to Donald Trump’s Aberdeen golf course.
Just the one event this week and note it’s on the red button on Sky Golf TV.
The 148th Open Championship, which will be staged in Northern Ireland for the first time in 67 years, has sold out!
There has been unprecedented demand for tickets and hospitality from fans wanting to attend The 148th Open at Royal Portrush from 14-21 July 2019. They have now completely sold out of Weekly, Weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Championship Day Tickets.
The galleries were large with few seats left within the first tee grandstand. For many, it would be a daunting experience as they settled their nerves ahead of their third round of a major championship.
Georgia Hall has continued with her fine form from yesterday at Royal Lytham St Annes and in doing so, has put herself in a prime position to contend at this year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open. However, it is Pornanong Phatlum that finds herself in pole position at the halfway stage with a one-stroke advantage over the Brit.
You have to go back to 2009 in order to remember the last time that a British player last won the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Back then, Catriona Matthew sealed victory after giving birth to her daughter only 11 weeks prior. It has been a long wait but perhaps Royal Lytham St Annes could provide another British winner.
The dunes system at Trump’s Aberdeen resort has been “partially destroyed” in the construction process, according yo documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Richard McEvoy has won his first European Tour title with a 20-foot putt on the final hole.
Francesco Molinari withstood a final round challenge from playing partner Tiger Woods to win his first Major title at the 147th Open Championship with another world-class putting performance using his Bettinardi BBZero Tour putter.
After three days where the Angus breeze barely whispered against Carnoustie’s tobacco-burnt fairways, on the fourth and final day it blustered with familiar gusto. Here's GP's take on the last day.
What a great last day at the Open last Sunday, there were at least 12 possible winners with 6 holes to go and it's fair to say Tiger is back!!! The winner Francesco Molinari by 2 shots from Justin Rose but it was Tiger that had the crowd on its feet!!!
Rachael McQueen, the GolfPunk Golf Nurse and Skechers GoGo Golf ambassador, has been out as a ball spotter at this year’s 147th Open Championship, and we caught up with Rachael to ask her about her first experience as an official ball spotter.
These guys ought to know what they're talking about... Right?
Day 2 at ther Open with the GolfPunk dudes Tim, Rachel & Jonny. How did their 1st round predictions go? And how the hell did they get this ridiculous venue towering over the R&A's main entrance???....
The Open is nearly upon us. So what better way to embrace the impending glory of the greatest golf festival on earth, than by taking on Sam Torrance in our Open Quiz. Good luck, he knows a few things...
We’ve been asking for nominations for the best five courses never to host The Open Championship, and these beauties rose to the top.
Ian Poulter has not been making friends and influencing people it would seem at the Scottish Open, as a leading Gullane member has sent a long and caustic letter to the Scottish Open tournament director titled: “Ian Poulter is an a—hole”.
The third major of the year is usually one that pits players against the unpredictable elements. For that reason, it’s even more important that players have everything they need to perform their best on the course.
Two events this week the Scottish Open and the John Deere Classic. We concentrate on the Scottish Open, the last event before The Open. Two near misses last week in Ireland with both Jon Rahm and Andy Sullivan placed!!
There's a new cocktail in town and it's got your name on it...
The prize fund for this year’s 147th Open Championship has increased by $250,000 to a total of $10.5 million. The winner will take home $1.89 million, the R&A confirmed on Monday.
Russell Knox has won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin, as the 33-year-old Scot secured a play-off win over New Zealander Ryan Fox.
POTUS Donald Trump is going to be golfing at one of his Scottish courses next week, and it could become one very expensive game of golf…
Two events this week - the Irish Open and the Greenbrier in the USA. We will focus on the Irish Open, which has attracted a great field and is the ideal warm up for the Open in 2 weeks.
Justin Thomas is the only US Ryder Cup player who has made it over the pond to play the French Open at Le Golf National in Paris, the home of this year's Ryder Cup. Taking one for the team?
Tony Jacklin's got plenty to say on the US Open, Phil Mickelson, The Open and Golf Sixes. Here's his take on the current world.
Here's a fascinating Question and Answer session with USGA C.E.O Mike Davis from the 118th US Open at Shinnecock Hills. Mike covers U.S. Open venues, rolling back the ball, and the new world handicapping system.
Award-winning independent Scotch whisky distiller, Loch Lomond Whiskies has unveiled three new highly covetable limited edition single malts to tee-off its prestigious, five-year partnership with The Open.
It was an extraordinary week. The US Open never fails to deliver. What that actually is we're not sure but, right or wrong, you couldn't take your eyes off it...
Brooks Koepka captured his first US Open last year at Erin Hills with a belligerent display of big hitting and aggressive scoring, devastating the Wisconsin course with a winning score of 16-under. He has become only the third man in post-war going history to retain that title in totally different circumstances.
Mizuno is celebrating after its JPX900 Tour forged irons were used to win the U.S. Open for the second consecutive year at Shinnecock Hills.
In a week in which Titleist celebrated its historic run as the most trusted ball at the U.S. Open for 70 consecutive years, the Pro V1 family did not disappoint.
Here's Jeff Ritter's tips for how to win the US Open. Pay attention Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, and Dustin Johnson. You might need these thoughts in your bag tomorrow.
Jeff Ritter helps you get out of the deep rough - a crucial play if you want to win the 118th US Open. Listen up people.
Check out this amazing footage as Storm Hector creates carnage at the site of the Scottish Open.
It's moving day!! And it doesn't move any movier than the US Open!!!
Dustin Johnson is in charge of the US Open, as he shot a three-under-par 67 to take a four shot lead, and is now the only player to be under par at the half way mark in what has been a gruelling first two days at Shinnecock Hills.
Phil Mickelson has had a moment of complete madness, as he has hit his ball when it was still in motion. Shinnecock is breaking players' minds....
Shinnecock is clearly tough this year, but it doesn't look anything like as tough as it was for these – here it is, the Top 5 Hardest US Opens Of All Time...
A welcome return to one of the worlds great golf courses, it’s been slightly redesigned by widening the fairways but it’s still a monster with the prospect for lightning fast greens. Immense skill required to even contend on this great course so I expect the top players to monopolise !!!
The USGA have released the tee times and pairings for next week’s US Open at Shinnecock Hills, and there is one almighty supergroup that is going to be unleashed on us. Plus here are the full tee times and pairings for days one and two.
On 11–17 June 2018, an elite field of golfers from around the world will gather at one of the United States’ most iconic venues, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, to contest the 118th edition of the U.S. Open, the championship regarded by many as golf’s ultimate test and for which Rolex has been Official Timekeeper since 1980.
When it comes to the second major of the year, Rickie Fowler will be dressed to the nines each day in apparel from PUMA Golf’s Spring Summer ‘18 Collection.
The second Major of the season is almost upon us, and this year’s edition looks more open than most US Opens in recent years.
Great to have the winner of BMW PGA at Wentworth in Francesco Molinari 24/1 and Brandon Grace 16/1 and Kiradech Aphibarnrat 59/1 placed. And now it is time for Memorial and the Italian Open.
Kedleston Park Golf Club, home to one of Derbyshire’s most highly regarded golf courses, is fully geared up for its debut as a host venue for Regional Qualifying for The Open Championship on 25th June 2018.
Tiger Woods will tee it up at The 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie in July, it has been confirmed.
The cream of Italian golf is hoping that a return to Sicily will help inspire them to success in front of their home fans when they take part in the 2018 Rocco Forte Sicilian Open at Verdura Resort this month.
So near to a 99/1 winner last week with Van Rooyen and Bjork 94/1, who both got to the joint lead in the final round only to lose to a determined Levy who is trying to get in Ryder cup squad!! This week we will give the New Orleans event a miss as its pairs and I am fairly sure not taken too seriously?? So we concentrate on the China Open!!
The 2018 Volvo China Open has attracted a powerful field of star players from The European Tour, the Asian Tour and the China Golf Association for the 24th staging of the RMB 20 million at Topwin Golf and Country Club from April 26-29.
Jon Rahm was won his maiden European Tour event, with a three shot victory over Ireland's Paul Dunne, with Nacho Elvira and George Coetzee in third and fourth places respectively.
Paul Dunne shot a brilliant 65 to take a three shot lead into moving day at the Open de Espana. But write off a well placed Jon Rahm at your peril.
Ian Poulter has won the Houston Open in dramatic style, with victory on the first playoff hole against 23-year-old American Beau Hossler, and with it his ticket to this year's Masters.
St Andrews is quite rightly holding the 150th-anniversary Open championship. Some of us here at GP think it should never leave the place but that's another story.
There have been new record crowds at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, with over 719,179 people attending! Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
A new era for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was unveiled today with news that the tournament, from 2019 onwards, will be hosted annually by some of the greats of the Irish game.
The CobraPUMA brothers Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau both shot -5 66s at TPC Scottsdale for -10 totals, that's just 132 shots...
The Waste Management Phoenix Open has lived up to its reputation as an event where boundaries are pushed to the limit, and this year’s event has been no different as it witnessed its first ever streaker.