Nov 22nd, 2017
GolfPunk goes in search of sandy beaches, glorious golf courses and feisty rum...
GolfPunk goes in search of sandy beaches, glorious golf courses and feisty rum...
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.
Welcome back to part two of our Friday Fitness feature as the GolfPunk team get back to working on improving their waistline and their game! This time we are going for the current GP Team's favourite exercise and one that has ramped up the competitive tension at GolfPunk Towers.
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.
Last night at our team get together we were discussing all things golf and one of the team asked what our Top 5 golf related movies were sparking heated debate until the boss put his foot down and decided what they were and also the order (which was perhaps even more hotly contested as you will see!).
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.
Welcome to GolfPunk’s latest regular feature - Fitness Friday - where we detail the exercises the team are doing in an effort to get both golf fit and ready for the looming summer golf tour where, god forbid, shorts maybe the order of the day!
The resident GolfPunk Tipster, Nick Fleming, picked 2nd place Julian Suri at last week’s event in Morocco. We are hoping he will go one better this week with his selections for the Wells Fargo Championship from Quail Hollow, Charlotte, North Carolina and the China Open. Both events will be on Sky and look to provide some good entertainment.
So, the Pro pairings at the Zurich Classic have had to select walk up music for their entrance on the first tee should they make the cut for the final two rounds. GolfPunk has not been that enamoured with the choices and so have come up with their own Top 5.
Etiquette - “The customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group.” There were certain sporting maxims when we grew up. Football is a gentleman's game played by thugs, and rugby is a thug’s game played by gentlemen. Cricket and golf were games for protaganists who played with a significant side order of honour.
Following the storm delays of Friday, Shane Lowry completed his second round on Saturday morning, retaining his one shot lead over the field. His impressive run of bogey free golf continued with only one in his first 48 holes but he then dropped a shot at his next two holes. He did well at the 14th to only drop the one shot as his approach found the water and it required a fine long putt to rescue the situation.
You have to go back a long time to remember a Masters when so many players, at some point, were arguably in contention to grab that fabled Green Jacket. We know who ultimately prevailed but what happened to other runners who came up short when the chips were down? Here is GP's rundown of the how the main contenders finished.
As Tiger Woods holed the winning putt some time around 7.35pm on Sunday I was asked an awkward question: "Are you crying??", "Seriously, mate, are you crying?" "I've just something... sniff... in my eye, that's ... sniff... all..."
Tiger Woods signed a multi-year deal with TaylorMade back at the begining of 2017, with Woods set to play their driver, fairway woods, irons and wedges. And now it is pay back time for TaylorMade....
Lilac was the colour of the day at The Masters as the leaders appeared to have coordinated their wardrobes to don shirts of the same hue. The three players that lead in to the final round chose the colour for their shirt with Tiger again modelling a very snazzy mock turtle neck number. Ian Poulter, always one to be different, went instead for a lilac pair of strides.
The threat of bad weather has resulted in an early start for the whole field. Play will commence from both the 1st and 10th tees at 7:30 local time and will be in groups of three. Rather handy for UK and European viewers who can watch it after their Sunday lunch rather than having to stay up late!
I’m probably going to get shot down in flames for this one, but I am going to put it out there, Mr Woods is a lucky golfer. It may be golfing blasphemy akin to suggesting the Beatles, excluding their early stuff, were not that good or suggesting that David Beckham was actually not all that brilliant.
Well, there you have it. After all these years it seemed to be written in the stars that Tiger would deliver once again among the azaleas and pines of Augusta. Yes, he rode his luck a little, but ultimately he was the player that held his nerve the best coming down the stretch.
We had everything on Friday at The Masters: A stellar leaderboard; birdies galore; storm threats; unbelievable recovery shots; a marshall slide-tackling Tiger Woods on the 14th hole (he still made birdie) and some truly comical moments starring Zach Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
This is the moment we've all been waiting for. Who's playing with who? When are they off and did they remember to put the cat out before hastily legging it to Magnolia Lane? All you need to know right here: How to watch, best odds, course guide, winning score predictor, everything...
As the freshly blooming azaleas of Augusta National Golf Club mark the arrival of the northern spring, the golfing world’s attention turns towards Georgia, USA, for the first men’s Major of the year – the Masters Tournament, which has been supported by Rolex since 1999.
The Golf Scientist, Bryson DeChambeau, and one half of golf's Odd Couple, Brooks Koepka, lit up day one of the Masters with rounds of 66 to take a one shot lead over fellow American Phil Mickelson.
Harpenden’s Joss Gosling implemented a smart irons-only game plan in winning last weekend’s 60th Berkhamsted Trophy in association with Bushnell Golf, at Berkhamsted Golf Club.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has announced it will be offering free golf bag luggage on its flights to Abu Dhabi with immediate effect.
Seven lucky golfers are heading to this week’s Masters to battle it out for a million dollars – all hoping they can land another ace to change their life.
The unofficial start to golf season is upon us and we are excited to see the azaleas, dogwoods and green grass again! Peter Millar will outfit five players for the 2019 Masters.
Patrick Reed promises to “fatten those boys up a little” with his Masters menu. But what exactly did he serve up?
Remember when Europeans dominated the Masters? From 1980 to 2000, the tournament was won 11 times by European golfers. Since then, not so much, with only two winners in the last 18 years. It's worth noting, however, that those wins (Danny Willett and Sergio Garcia) make up two of the last three Masters. Maybe the transition of power at Augusta has already begun?
The weather conditions look a bit unpredictable this week so this is a tough one to call.
There have been some amazing moments at The Masters over the years and some incredible shot-making. We celebrate the 10 best shots ever here...
We love celebrating the truly great shots but nothing makes us mortal golfers feel better than seeing our heroes occasionally making berks of themselves. Especially at the Masters. In 2018... here are the worst offenders...
GolfPunk's unique Masters Course Guide & trivia special: Augusta uncovered...
Over to GP's ace golf betting tipster, The Golf Spiv, (AKA Nick Fleming):
It's 2 more sleeps until the Masters!!!! We've put together a little Masters quiz to get you in the mood.
It's 1932 at Augusta and America is under prohibition. But people are still seeing things... aren't they?...
The guys at 1PUTT have come up with a new formula aimed at attracting a broader audience for golf. With DJs, 19th hole refreshment stops and a bigger hole to putt at, the thinking is, if we make the first introduction to the game more fun, a bit easier and a hell of a lot less daunting, they will come... and stick around...
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.
It's Masters Monday and to celebrate here we bring you the Top 20 Masters Dramas Ever...
No matter what game you play, gambling is always fun, especially when played with friends. Imagine mixing the game of golf and gambling over it.
Rory McIlroy has been installed as the favourite to win The Masters after making a blistering start to the year.
Time to maximise the extreme and re-organise the envelope!
It'll be Champagne Verchenova every time you come face to face with a shot to the green over water, once you've had a look at Maria's great tip at the majestic PGA Catalunya...
Olympic record-holder (shooting an incredible 61 in Brazil 2016) Maria Verchenova brings us the latest in her award-winning series of fitness videos for GolfPunk. It's time to stop being a plank and get your core, arms and everything maximised to the extreme!
Every golf footwear brand has to have a spikeless option these days and Footjoy are no exception, launching their eye-catching 'sneaker-style' golf shoes for 2019.
Great to deliver a winner again for GolfPunk readers; nervy stuff but Paul Casey held on to win at 26/1 at last week’s Valspar Championship!!
West Cliffs Golf Links has further enhanced its reputation as one of the leading lights of world golf after claiming a leading accolade in Golf Inc. magazine’s prestigious ‘2019 Golf Development of the Year’ awards.
Rising Chinese Taipei teenage star Chang Hsin-chiao defied jangling nerves and an accomplished male opponent on a nail-biting final day at the 13th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final.
adidas Golf announce the TOUR360 XT, the newest model of the TOUR360 franchise that features the highest-performing cleated outsole the brand has ever made. Plus, with the growing popularity of spikeless golf shoes, adidas have got in on the action with their new TOUR360 franchise launch including their first ever sneaker-style model. And they rock.
Guests can combine world-class golf with an array of luxury lifestyle facilities when booking a golfing break at Portugal’s Quinta do Lago resort this spring – with three-night, two-round hotel packages available from €338 per person including buggies.
GOLFBUDDY is introducing the latest generation of golf GPS devices this spring, as it launches the aim W10 GPS watch and the Voice 2 GPS.
The first four Professional Golfers’ Association, We Love Golf events for 2019, have been hailed as a huge success after 135 women and girls braved the wind and rain to take part in four golf taster events held across the Great Britain & Ireland.
We've all had a bad haircut or three over the years, but the pictorial evidence is probably buried deep down in some box of memories only to be opened when suitably drunk. The PGA Tour pros don't have it so lucky...
You can’t mess around when it comes to choosing your next pair of golf shoes. Here are 14 of the very best for 2019...
Brrrrr, gettting a bit parky out... Time to invest in a lovely new golf jacket to keep you warm as toast on the links. Here are GolfPunk's Selects for 2-19...
We bring you the 12 finest jumpers to grace the earth for 2019...
Great to see Rory McIlroy winning the Players Championship last week. Our selection Tommy Fleetwood led well into the final round but faded to finish 5th. Two televised events this week but the EuropeanTour event low key so we concentrate on the Valspar Championship on PGA tour.
European golf legend Ian Woosnam has based his new indoor swing room around SkyTrak, golf’s most affordable launch monitor and simulator.v
PGA Catalunya Resort, one of Europe’s finest golf experiences, today begins a year-long celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of its iconic Stadium Course, the No.1* ranked layout in Spain for the last seven years.
Great debate abounds year-round amongst golfers and the golf media alike about which the top golf courses in England are, but less often the topic turns to which are the best value courses in a country boasting hundreds of good quality layouts.
The luxurious and picturesque Argentario Golf Resort & Spa (www.argentarioresort.com) has joined The PGA’s growing list of exceptional branded resorts as the ‘PGA National Italy’.
Yesterday I was faced with an impossible shot – my ball was suspended in a bush. It was just asking to be hit even though it was a foot off the ground, and three inches into the bush. Things did not end well from there. But in the spirit of taking on the damned near ridiculous...
If you want t really REALLY good laugh, take a look at this brilliant compilaiton of golf fails from the 'cart jumping maniac' to the lake dancing bafoon!
Titleist is continuing its support of dedicated golfers across the UK & Ireland by rolling-out its Loyalty Rewarded promotion once again in 2019.
Whether you are cashing in $2 skins for Nassau team junk, two down presses or any other expensive or complicated golf game, playing golf is always a bit more interesting when there’s cash involved.
GolfPunk goes on a pilgrimage to Sawgrass and encounters marines, Hooters, Vanilla Ice and the 17th....
Introducing Belinda Whent, PGA professional and England amateur international. Belinda joins our GolfJunk Editor Daniel Owen in the golf-geekery department and will be bringing us her take on the latest equipment every issue.
Drivers. Love them or loathe them you've got to, errm... love them. There's nothing better than smoking one down the fairway with a brand new big dog. And here we've picked 7 of our favourites for 2019. Grip it, rip it and have the best golf year of your life!
We all need a putter we can trust and, in time, even come to love and admire. Here are 7 of our favourite new birdie baggers for 2019.
It's back. They say that golf's '5th major' is the hardest tournament to win. It has the best field of the entire year and it all kicks off today at Sawgrass. Here we have all the best tips to turn your pennies into pounds...
Fancy going Pro V1 fancy? Join the likes of Bubba Watson, Zac Blair, Rory Sabatini and Mark Calcavecchia in using the new Pro V1 yellow golf balls.
Step forward Rickie, Bryson and Gary Woodland...
Women’s Golf Day will return for its fourth year on June 4th 2019 in what promises to be the largest single-day celebration of Women’s golf that the world has ever seen.
Online ticketing is now open for this year’s British Golf Show, which takes place May 17th-18th at Wycombe Air Park.
We all long to hear success stories of people in various fields. There are top professional golfers who have soared so high and The Golf Punk team sought to learn how they made it to the levels they are at today, and below are the betting stories of the best golf gamblers.
The great players won everything right? Well, not the USPGA they didn't. The USPGA proved elusive for many serial major winners. Here's the Top 7 players never to win the PGA.
Laguna Golf Phuket will become the first golf course to host a PGA TOUR Series-China event outside of mainland China when it hosts the Tour’s third and final Global Qualifying Tournament from March 5-8.
British golf trolley manufacturer Stewart Golf has delivered a fleet of 60 of its flagship X9 Follow machines to Taiwan’s most prestigious golf club.
Leading golf club rental agency Clubs to Hire is now offering Titleist products for the first time.
The 2019 Honda Classic proved to be an early season highlight for Mizuno – with winner Keith Mitchell just one of four players using Mizuno irons to hold a share of the lead on the final day.
The Argentario Golf Resort & Spa (www.argentarioresort.com), one of the most highly-regarded golf destinations in Tuscany, Italy, has opened a stylish new Club House in time for the 2019 golf season.
Following a series of high-profile events and after hosting some of the best players in the world from the PGA, European and Ladies Tours, Abu Dhabi is now looking forward to welcoming golfers from around the world for one of the best seasons yet in the Middle East region.
Unlimited golf in an idyllic setting is the mouth-watering prospect that awaits golfers taking up Verdura Resort’s invitation to book a stay-and-play break at the exclusive Sicilian venue this spring.
Today Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY) announced that Francesco Molinari, the reigning Open Champion and 2018 Race to Dubai winner, has joined its Tour Professional Staff.
The most major revision of the rules for more than 30 years came into effect two months ago. Nevertheless, a lot of golfers do not seem to know enough about the rules changes yet.
A video has gone viral of a fight between two golfers in the clubhouse at a Gauteng golf club, and the club has now issued a formal apology.
When Padraig Harrington took one on the elbow whilst giving an amateur a lesson, he thought his career was over. In very ludicrous fashion. Padraig, you are not alone. Check out these Top 10 bizarre golfer mishaps.
In tribute to Arnold Palmer, Rickie Fowler will once again head to Bay Hill for the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, with special plans to pay tribute to The King.
During 2018 saw the rise of all-inclusive golf holidays abroad, and GolfHolidaysDirect.com have listed the top all-inclusive golf holidays valid throughout 2019.
PowaKaddy, the world’s best-selling electric trolley company, will launch its most complete trolley range ever in 2019 with the introduction of the eagerly-anticipated Compact C2i GPS model.
Wilson Golf has launched a D7 iron Challenge, inviting golfers from major markets in Europe to put their own 7-iron up against its new Wilson Staff model to see how much more distance they can gain.
The nominations for the 59club Service Excellence Awards have today been revealed, with some of the highest-profile and best-loved venues across the globe in the running for a golf industry sales and service excellence ‘Oscar’.
The premier indoor golf academy in South Wales now has an additional attraction – the Zen Green Stage.
If you are already thinking ahead to playing golf abroad in 2019, here is a great all-inclusive golf holiday offer from Golf Holidays Direct for three nights at the Salgados Palm Village Suites in Portugal, with three Championship courses to enjoy. Knock yourselves out!
Two events this week. It's the Oman Open and the Honda Open. Here's where the action is......
The altruistic Golf in Society initiative, which delivers person-centred golf sessions for people with chronic illnesses, is the first recipient of a financial award from the new charitable arm of the not-for-profit Golf Business International.
All visitors to this year’s inaugural British Golf Show will receive a free gift which can be redeemed at almost 100 golf clubs.
British golf trolley manufacturer Stewart Golf has now added solar energy to its green credentials and flicked the switch on a £40,000 installation to make it more than self-sufficient in electricity.