Mar 3rd, 2017
Now this was surprising....
Now this was surprising....
A golf club is counting the cost of a horrific attack on their greens by mindless vandals. Seven of the greens at Oldham Golf Club were hacked at with what appears to have been a golf club or clubs. The distressing pictures were posted by the club on their social media feeds.
It’s been a while since this fine course has featured a major event and it’s been even longer since GolfPunk played it. If we recall correctly you head south out of Dublin on the M9 and you can’t miss it – well you can as its in middle of nowhere, if we recall.
Take one bike, one set of clubs, 14 different Open venues and one complete nutter and you have the ‘The Great British Open Challenge’. London-based PGA professional, Luke Willett, he with a famous golfing namesake, is to pedal his way between all the Open venues playing 18 holes at each and cycling with his clubs on his back!
Not happy with having the most popular golf ball those clever chaps at Titleist continue to push the boundaries of ball technology. The Titleist Golf Ball Research & Development team were thrown into a room and told they could not come out until they came up with a new golf ball. The result, the Experimental EXP•01 Golf Ball.
Scotland’s Craig Ross and England’s Eleanor Givens are the first round leaders lead in the The ISPS HANDA World Invitational, both carding an impressive 6 under par. Ross shot an impressive birdie free round of 64 Massereene Golf Club while Givens had seven birdies and one solitary bogey in carding a 67 at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.
It has rather flown under the radar but yesterday the ISPS HANDA World Invitational event for both men and women teed of at Galgorm Castle Golf Club and Massereene Golf Club. A first for golf in Europe as women will play alongside (sort of) the men and will play for the same money.
After exhaustive reseach, including feedback from tour players, their caddies and PGA professionals, Titleist have produced their latest tour bag collection. This is a glimpse of what is to come from Titleist in 2020 and clearly the theme is a sleak jet black look.
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.
South African Ashleigh Buhai shot a seven-under-par opening 65 to lead the AIG Women’s British Open. However, home favourites Charlie Hull, Georgia Hall and Bronte Law gave the crowd something to cheer about on day one at Woburn Golf Club in Buckinghamshire.
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.”
Hybrids are becoming a bigger component of all golfers’ bags. Titleist have always been at the forefront of design and technology when it comes hybrid clubs. The new Titleist TS hybrids represent a new standard in hybrid performance – combining the explosive speed and distance of TS metal woods with the advanced technology that has made Titleist the most played hybrids on the PGA Tour.
Old Head of Kinsale Golf Links, Co. Cork, Ireland 12th hole (Courcean Stage) Par 5 564 yards
As we sit and watch the various trials and tribulations of the players at the 148th Open, something pops up and immediately the whole team at GolfPunk are in total agreement, an event which I can assure you is as rare as rocking horse poop. The chance to own a luxury residence at the Hamilton Grand one of the most iconic buildings located virtually on top of the 18th hole of the Old Course at St. Andrews and in time for the 150th Open in 2021. The very definition of lovely stuff!
Each year the winner of The Open receives the famous claret jug which he must return before the following year’s event. But what is the history behind this iconic trophy?
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.
You know something is iconic when its value on the second hand market can be more than when it was new. It happens to some old cars, it happens to certain fine wines and expensive spirits and occasionally it happens to golf clubs that are owned by famous dudes but it doesn’t happen often to regular golf kit.
Robert Rock of England came close to being only the second man to shoot 59 on the European Tour. After a string of five consecutive birdies, Rock had an eagle chance at the 18th hole at Lahinch to achieve the historic landmark. His long putt from the edge of the green went agonisingly close but missed on the left, leaving Rock to tap in for his sixth consecutive birdie, a back nine of 29 and a third round 60.
Now we at GolfPunk are not averse to admiring the fairer sex both on and off the golf course but even our eyebrows were raised when we were given the heads up about an event called ‘The Sink the Pink – Big Boy And Bigger Golf Day!
As Matt Wallace thumped the green with his putter as another birdie putt slipped by the hole at the 18th he knew he had blown a chance to lift the British Masters crown. Step forward Marcus Kinhult, the world’s number 210th ranked player, to coolly hole his ten-foot birdie putt and complete Wallace’s nightmare.
Matt Wallace of England retained his lead of the British Masters at a windy Hillside. However, he was looking over his shoulder as the tournament host, Tommy Fleetwood, closed to within three shots. Fleetwood, who at one point trailed Wallace by nine shots, played the last eight holes in five under to close the gap to just three.
Matt Wallace, saw a return to form to take a one shot lead into the weekend at the British Masters at Hillside. Wallace’s new approach to the game, including the hiring of fitness expert Dr Steve McGregor, appears to be paying dividends as he added a 67 to his opening 65.
GolfPunk's resident tipster, Nick Fleming, picked 2nd place Joel Dahmen as an each way bet at Wells Fargo Championship at the weekend and sadly missed out on Jorge Campillo, who down as a winner, faded to finish third as Mikko Korhonen came through to see off France’s Benjamin Hebert at the first play-off hole.
Its only two weeks until The British Golf Show which is the only free event for golfers this summer. Taking place at Wycombe Air Park, High Wycombe over the 17th and 18th of May, the event boasts over 150 exhibitors and plenty of fun both inddors and outdoors.
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
We featured the Titleist TS2 and TS3 models in our 7 Of The Best Drivers For 2019 article and Titleist are now introducing the next iteration of the TS design, the TS4. The Titleist TS4 takes the gains made with the TS2 and TS3 models and adds an ultra low spin driver which still delivers distance.
Titleist is continuing its support of dedicated golfers across the UK & Ireland by rolling-out its Loyalty Rewarded promotion once again in 2019.
Online ticketing is now open for this year’s British Golf Show, which takes place May 17th-18th at Wycombe Air Park.
Leading golf club rental agency Clubs to Hire is now offering Titleist products for the first time.
All visitors to this year’s inaugural British Golf Show will receive a free gift which can be redeemed at almost 100 golf clubs.
Golf fans visiting this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla. will have a special opportunity to immerse themselves in the life and experiences of the tournament’s iconic namesake in the Arnold Palmer Experience, a series of interactive experiences designed to celebrate the life of Mr Palmer.
Callaway, Cobra, The Belfry, Duca del Cosma, Zen Green Stage and Power Tee are some of the latest well-known brands to confirm their presence at this year’s inaugural British Golf Show.
Callaway has further strengthened its team of Staff Professionals representing the brand on the PGA European Tour with the signing of Tom Lewis.
The British Speedgolf Pairs Championships will take place on Saturday 8 June, at Sweetwoods Park Golf club, a parkland course bordering East Sussex, Kent and West Sussex.
In Depth: The incredible story of Melissa Reid's golfing come back. Mel gives us the lowdown on her career so far and comments on the golfing fireworks that are about to explode at the Solheim Cup.
Scotty Cameron has created his most technically advanced putter line to date with the 2019 Phantom X family – a collection of nine new modern mallets engineered to take putting performance to the next level. There is, quite literally, something for everyone here!
Renowned for its outstanding mixture of history, culture and gastronomy, Lisbon also provides access to a plethora of first-class golf courses, and players can experience some of its finest this spring with ORIZONTE – Lisbon Golf’s new stay-and-play breaks.
Solheim Cup star and six-time LET winner Mel Reid has come out as gay in an interview with Athlete Ally.
When Lexi Thompson decided she wanted to rid herself of the 'little girl on the big tour' image, who she gonna call? That's right, GolfPunk!! Here's our exclusive photo/video shoot with the world number 4!!!!
Melissa Reid is every golfer’s dreamboat. Very pretty, and brilliant at golf. As she strikes a pose for our photographer, the whole room gasps.
Golfers seeking the breakthrough technology and proven performance of Titleist 718 AP3 and AP2 irons can bring an extra edge to their game with the introduction of new limited all-black editions.
The British Golf Show is set to launch this year from 17th – 18th May 2019 at Wycombe Air Park, near Marlow, in Buckinghamshire.
Here she is, Natalie Gulbis, all the way back in April 2006 in her first GolfPunk photo shoot... and today is her birthday!!!
Titleist will continue to build its long association with the world’s best players through their sponsorship of Sky Sports Golf’s coverage of the 2019 PGA Tour and World Golf Championships (WGCs).
The clubhouse at Machrihanish GC has been consumed by fire in an incident that occurred yesterday.
If you’re looking for last minute Christmas gifts for someone who loves their golf then look no further. Our friends over at Golfbidder.co.uk have some fantastic golf products suitable for family and loved ones that you’ve left till the very last minute, all for reasonable prices!
American International Group (AIG) has announced that it will become the title sponsor of the Women’s British Open beginning in 2019.
Turnberry has had some dramatic changes over the years so it's worth taking a quick glance back in history. We soon discover that Turnberry is no stranger to change... PLUS: The Turnberry Opens in pictures. And captions...
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??
COBRA PUMA GOLF Athlete Lexi Thompson ended the 2018 season on a high note, atop the leaderboard of the CME Group Tour Championship, capturing her 10th career victory. With this win, Thompson is projected to move to number two in the world.
With the festive-season fast approaching, Titleist is getting into the Christmas spirit by offering free personalisation on the #1 ball in golf. The initiative sees Titleist offer golfers the perfect Christmas gift, with the chance to add a custom Christmas greeting to the #1 ball in golf.
Titleist celebrated an incredible milestone for the Pro V1 golf ball at the Nedbank Golf Challenge this weekend, notching up its 3,000th win since the launch of the franchise in 2000 at the Invensys Classic at Las Vegas.
I’m packing my bag for Belek in Turkey, which is back on the rise as a leading golfing destination after three quiet years following the shooting down of a Russian fighter back in 2015.
DVO is Las Colinas's official ambassador. She is also a big Alan Partridge fan so we've given over the picture captions to Alan. Lovely stuff...
It’s day three of my stay at ROBINSON Club Nobilis in Turkey. And the club is throwing it all at us. It's BBQ Central time.
Here she comes: It's Carly Booth, the new GolfPunk Golf Nurse!!! Lesson1: How To Hit Perfect Lob Shots. Take it away, Nursey!!
British trolley manufacturer Stewart Golf has announced that any European customer buying a new X9 Follow this Christmas will be able to claim a FREE Stewart Golf cart bag of their choice worth up to £199.
I am based at ROBINSON Club Nobilis in Belek, Turkey, for a few days of R&R, all-inclusive luxury living and golf. Here's how you can fill your golf boots.
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 !!!
Lexi Thompson speaks out about her body image struggles.
Since signing for Team Mizuno, 27-year-old Eddie Pepperell’s career has gone from strength to strength, with February’s maiden European Tour win in Qatar followed by a wire-to-wire to victory in October at Walton Heath in the Sky Sports British Masters.
Tish Alyn is on a mission. Make golf more appealing to more people. Here at GolfPunk we know how much fun golf is and we know how cool it is too. Convincing other people is the hard part. And Tish is giving it her best shot.
As Ryder Cup fever firmly sets in, after the climax of the PGA Tour season at the weekend, Titleist is inviting golf fans to commemorate the 2018 Matches with its Limited Edition Ryder Cup range, available at the official Ryder Cup online store and on-site at Le Golf National within the Official Ryder Cup Merchandise Store.
Dom Pedro Hotels & Golf Collection, the Algarve’s premier golf brand, and its Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course witnessed history during the 12th edigtion of the Portugal Masters as Oliver Fisher recorded the Tour's first ever 59.
The 2018 season for Mizuno continues to go from strength to strength, with the latest chapter a leading role in helping ‘Team Mizuno’ player, Oliver Fisher, create history by shooting the European Tour’s first ever 59 in round two of September’s Portugal Masters.
BREAKING NEWS: Oliver Fisher has signed for a 59 at the Portuguese Masters to make European Tour history.
Titleist, an Official Partner of the European Tour, will welcome golfers of all ages and abilities onto the driving range at the Sky Sports British Masters as The Ultimate Fit returns to Walton Heath Golf Club.
Lexi Thompson crashed out of the Evian Championship on Friday, after making a complete mess of a chip on the 18th, when her ball hardly moved at all.
The new Titleist TS fairway metals, born from the insights and technical breakthroughs of the Titleist Speed Project, are designed to drive faster ball speeds with higher launch, lower spin and increased MOI for more distance and game-changing forgiveness.
A two-year mission to design greater speed into every detail of driver technology has led to the introduction of the new Titleist TS drivers, available in store from September 28th with fittings at Titleist fitting events and select retailers beginning nationwide from today.
The last round has been completed and the final ball has been putted. Marking the end of the 2018 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship. In what was once again an incredibly successful week, Nailcote Hall in Warwickshire played host to the four-day event that saw Challenge Tour star, Steven Tiley crowned champion.
Steven Tiley has won this year’s Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship following a dramatic final day at Nailcote Hall. Tiley scored -6 on the Cromwell Course to clinch victory and the €50,000 prize that comes with it.
Steve Staunton has won this year’s first Celeb-Am at the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship. Staunton put in a stunning performance on the Cromwell Course to clinch victory with a score of +1 (35). He fought off competition from the likes of ex-Manchester United star Clayton Blackmore and former Strictly judge Len Goodman.
Gordon Campbell Gray, Founder of Campbell GRAY Hotels has announced the much-anticipated opening of The Machrie Hotel and Links on Islay.
Lexi Thompson, world number 5, has withdrawn from the British Open in order to "recharge" her "mental batteries" after 18 months which have seen her suffer rules controversies.
Stars of the ladies’ game, Amy Boulden, Trish Johnson and Carly Booth are all in for a bid to win €50,000 as they compete in the Warwickshire-based, Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship.
Titleist’s Major domination continued in dramatic fashion at the 147th Open Championship, with victory for Francesco Molinari marking the sixth consecutive win for the #1 ball in golf at a Major Championship. The remarkable Major run stretches back to the 2017 US Open.
Titleist has continued its Major domination at the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Links with the #1 ball in golf being trusted by more of the world’s best golfers than any other brand.
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”.
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!!
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.
"When Tiger Woods came up here to this tee box for the first time, he said "Holy shit! So now it's called the 'Holy Shit' hole. Every time anyone comes up here for the first time, they say "Holy shit!"' Little John, Old Head Caddie
They’re twins perhaps best known for being stars of one of the biggest film franchise of all time, Harry Potter, but James and Oliver Phelps have also become regular faces at golf courses across the country. This year, they will be returning to the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championships.
Natalie Gulbis is making another return to competitive golf, after successfully recovering from her fourth back surgery.
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.
23 year old Alisa has been swinging the wrenches for about 10 years and she's working her socks off with her coach in San Diego to get as far in golf as she can.
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.
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.
Check out this amazing footage as Storm Hector creates carnage at the site of the Scottish Open.
Titleist has extended its streak as the most trusted ball at the U.S. Open in 2018, making it 70 years as the #1 ball at the toughest Major for the #1 ball in golf. To celebrate golf’s longest winning streak, the brand is giving golfers the opportunity to purchase Special Play #70 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls in Limited Edition U.S. Open packaging.
The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship is getting ready to support the next generation of golfing stars with its junior qualifier. The qualifier will give young players the opportunity to rub shoulders with the professionals at this summer’s Championship.
PUMA Golf have announce the signing of sisters Leona & Lisa Maguire with immediate effect.
Titleist welcomed golfers of all ages and abilities onto the driving range at the BMW PGA Championship, as The Ultimate Fit returned to Wentworth Club for the second year running.
After coming through qualifying last week, Melissa Reid got off to a great start at the US Women's Open with a -2 round of is three shots off the lead after the first round of 70 at the US Women's Open in Alabama.
The British Open Speedgolf Championships will take place on Sunday 9 September, returning to the superb Piltdown Golf Club, East Sussex just 20 miles from London Gatwick.
Melissa Reid has spoken out about how some Ladies European Tour players are having to take part time jobs to survive.
Ian Woosnam OBE has been confirmed as one of the first professional players for this years Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship