Aug 11th, 2016
And they're off at the Olympic golf, as Brazil’s Adilson da Silva took the opening tee shot this morning to end golf’s 112-year absence from the games.
And they're off at the Olympic golf, as Brazil’s Adilson da Silva took the opening tee shot this morning to end golf’s 112-year absence from the games.
Check out Justin Rose's hole in one at the Olympics - the first ever Olympic hole in one ever!
Martin Kaymer has compared the Rio Olympic Games camaraderie he has experienced in his first three days to the Oktoberfest in Munich.
We are always pleased to have a bit of good news about the Olympics, and the fact that Justin Rose is bang up to represent Team GB in Rio comes as music to our ears.
Darren Clarke, Europe’s Ryder Cup captain, has expressed fears over the impact of golf at the Olympics this year. Here's what he had to say for himself.
Rory McIlroy has officially withdrawn from the Olympics, and released the following statement.
Rory McIlroy fears golf could be thrown out of the Olympics because of its apparent lack of interest in the Games.
As Rory McIlroy is from Northern Ireland he actually had the choice to represent either for Ireland or Great Britain in the Olympics. And he chose Ireland. But there is some fallout from this decision.
Tim Henman was at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship last week, and mingled with the golfers to listen to their frankly rather diverse views about golf being in this year’s Olympics.
The PGA Tour is trying to organize a test event for the new Olympic course in Rio de Janeiro. But the Tour is struggling to find anyone who has time in their already hectic schedules. But they have to do it. Can they pull it off?
Sergio Garcia is bang up for the Olympics, and desperate to qualify for Spain.
Jordan Speith will be treating the Olympics in 2016 as if were “a fifth major.” And he really wants to enjoy the whole experience, which is what the Olympics is all about for competitors.
Sergio Garcia is in, but Brendon De Jonge is out. We're talking the Olympics of course. More importantly he's been honest about his withdrawal...
Jason Day has announced via Twitter that he will not be playing in the Olympics and, like Rory McIlroy last week, it’s because of the Zika virus.
Waaahhh??? We thought Rory was nailed on for the Olympics. Everything he'd said up to now indicated an intense desire to represent on the podium. Until now.. Don't do it Rory!!Rory is golf's golden ticket right now
Now who's interested? In a move that is bound to turn tour pro heads and have them queuing up for 5 ring tattoos, the PGA has announced that golf medal winners at the Olympics will receive exemptions to all majors in 2017.
Paul Casey is behind Justin Rose and the on-form Danny Willett for a place at the Olympics. He’s still very much hoping that he can play in Rio this year. He’s motivated for sure.
If like some of us on the GolfPunk team you're an '80's child (well one of us), you might remember the Sega and Nintendo console wars. Hell would have frozen over before you could ever imagine Mario and Sonic in the same game. Yet here we are in 2016, and not only are they in the same game, they're going to be playing golf together. Thank you Mario and Sonic at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games!
According to a report from the Guardian, it appears that golf's tenure as an Olympic sport is about to be extended.
We should be in for a real treat tomorrow for the final round of the men’s Olympic golf, as the last group out will be Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson.
Australia’s Marcus Fraser was the surprise leader on day one of the Olympic golf, when he shot an eight under 63. But Stenson is lurking.
Justin Rose has been fully embracing the Olympic experience. Here's what he's been up to in Rio.
The new course in Rio is according to reports teeming with wildlife, and not just Zika bearing mosquitos.
Irish Flagbearer Paddy Barnes has been critical of Rory’s decision not to play in the Olympics over fears of the Zika virus. Now he's found a new way of taunting Rory.
Rory has given golf in the Olympics another good kicking this afternoon, as he has told a press conference at the Open that he won’t even be bothered to watch the Olympic golf.
Jason Day may be another golfer who doesn’t make it to the Olympics this year over fears of the Zika virus. Here's what he had to say at Muirfield Village in the run up to the Memorial tournament.
Adam Scott is too busy to try and win a gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games.
Solheim Cup star Melissa Reid believes Olympic organizers have missed a trick by not opting for a mixed Matchplay event when golf returns to the Games in August following a 112-year absence.
We all know that golf is coming back to the Olympics in Rio after a break of 108 years. Yet we don’t feel that golf, at least at a professional level, has really embraced this development. And this pisses us right off.
Here’s someone that really, really wants a bit of Olympic action. Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman makes no bones about its importance to the wider world ahead of the sport's return at the Rio Games in August 2016.
Golf Channel president, Mike McCarley, has reported that the changing of the guard at the top of professional golf is already having a positive impact in terms of bringing in younger viewers.
Adam Scott confirmed today that he is by no means certain to play at the Olympics in Rio next year, even if he does qualify. He’s also been highly critical of the organisers for not including a team event, something we’ve been crying out for as well.
There’s an interesting debate going on right now between some of Australia’s top players. A year out from golf’s return to the Olympics, Adam Scott and Jason Day have differing views on the new competition. Scott is not ruling out a no-show, while Day can’t wait to have a go at getting a gold medal round his neck.
The International Olympic Committee has officially requested the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games organizers to address the issue of Kasumigaseki Country Club, the scheduled Olympic golf venue that does not extend full memberships to women.
There’s more Olympic golf controversy as a Japanese non–profit group has demanded the golf tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics be moved from the Kasumigaseki Country Club, which does not accept women as full members.
Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes has vowed to appeal a judge’s decision to freeze his assets after it was alleged he waived an environmental fee for a company that built the golf course used at the 2016 Olympic Games.
David Leadbetter has not being pulling his punches, as he branded the stay-at-homers ‘a pack of spoiled athletes.’
In the ecstasy of victory Justin Rose forget to pick his Olympic Gold winning golf ball out of the hole. Here's what happened to it.
England Golf believes Justin Rose’s spectacular gold medal at the Rio Olympics will inspire people in the UK to try golf for the first time.
Michelob ULTRA have produced a great little ad to show their support for the American Olympic golf team in Rio de Janeiro.
Christie’s Auction House is auctioning the gold medal won by 17-year-old Robert Hunter in the team competition in 1904 at Glen Echo Country Club.
Rory was trolled yesterday by Irish boxer and flag bearer Paddy Barnes. But Rory was not going to take it lying down. Here's how he responded.
At just 20-years old, Charley Hull will be the youngest member of the Great Britain golf team for the Rio Olympics, and will complete with Catriona Matthews for women’s Olympic Gold.
Colin Montgomerie has stated that if he was on the International Olympic Committee he would question whether to allow golf to remain in the Games given that so many of the top players have withdrawn.
Louis Oosthuizen has withdrawn from Olympic contention has his management company, Chubby Chandler's ISM, has issued a statement. Here it is in full plus some of the fallout from Adam Scott's withdrawl.
Olympic officials have announced that the Gil Hanse-designed golf course that will be used for next year’s Games is “100 percent complete.”
Derek The Donkey, GolfPunk's grumpy horse-envier once again delivers his 'Joke of the Week'. As you know he likes nothing better than a proper good laugh as long as it's at someone else's expense...
Jason Day gets in private jet, hot foots it from CJ Cup in China where he was 31st and then beats Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and home favourite Hideki Matsuyama to the spoils taking home $210,000 of the $350,000 pot. Happy Days then (do you see what we did there?)! Well perhaps for Jason but not really for golf as the inaugural 'The Challenge: Japan Skins' lived up to our pretty low expectations.
Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama will go head to head in a globally televised skins game, the first in a series of annual competitions staged by GOLFTV. "The Challenge: Japan Skins" will take place on the 21st October ahead of the PGA Tour's Zozo Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino C.C. in Chiba, Japan, and we will not be watching.
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!
Something for the weekend? Ooh, suit you!
Something for the weekend? Ooh suit you!
The stuff that's floated our boats and scrunched our undies this week...
Well we have run out of majors but Tiger will still be coming out to play in August as the FedEx Cup Playoffs commence this week in Jersey City, with The Northern Trust. It’s all change with the play-offs and we had to read it a few times before we sussed it out. So here’s how it will work..
The AIG Women’s British Open is now set to follow Woburn Golf Club with back to back regal courses with Royal Troon added to the Championship roster for 2020 and Royal Porthcawl confirmed for 2021. It seems therefore, that that we are set for some quality golf on iconic courses now that The R&A has taken over the women's home Championship.
They needed it to be tough out there if they were going to challenge Shane Lowry but in the end, it was too tough and the conditions actually played in to the hands of the big man. For a man who grew up playing links golf up and down Ireland he was always going to be one of best equipped if the really high winds came.
The fairy tale has slowly unwound. Local boy, Darren Clarke, who led the field off on Thursday in the 148th Open Championship, took seven at the last to miss the cut. Rory McIlroy, who famously shot 61 around Royal Portrush at the age of 16, shot 65, equalling best score of the day, but agonisingly missed the cut by one. And our man, Gmac, held firm just making it through on the cut line, nine back from the leader.
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?
Hughie's is the 416 yards, par 4 first hole on the Royal Portrush course. There is out of bounds on both sides of the hole with most golfers most concerned with that on the right. However, as there are bunkers on the right and left of the fairway at 262 yards and 291 yards respectively, most pros will go with an iron.
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!
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?
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.
Derek The Donkey, GolfPunk's grumpy horse-envier delivers his 'Joke of the Week'. He likes nothing better than a proper good laugh as long as it's at someone else's expense...
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.
Rory McIlroy shot a six under 64 in the third round of the Canadian Open to move into a share of the lead with the US’s Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson. McIlroy’s countryman Graeme McDowell slipped back slightly but sits in joint ninth on eight under – Come on Gmac!
Graeme McDowell shot a second round 67 at the Canadian Open to sit on eight under, four off the halfway lead which is held by Matt Kuchar and Scott Brown. Gmac still work to do if he is to grab one of the three spots available for The Open but he is well placed come the weekend.
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.
Derek The Donkey, GolfPunk's grumpy horse-envier is back with 'Joke of the Week'. He likes nothing better than a proper good laugh as long as it's at someone else's expense...
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
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..."
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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...
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?...
Rory McIlroy has been installed as the favourite to win The Masters after making a blistering start to the year.
It's the Players Championship this week at TPC Sawgrass - check out these Top 10 Putts on the infamous 17th hole with shots from Tiger, Bubba and more.
Step forward Rickie, Bryson and Gary Woodland...
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.
Galvin Green, the leading premium performance golf apparel brand, has launched its most advanced collection of technical clothing for the start of the 2019 season, with a total of 368 ground-breaking garments and matching accessories.
Galvin Green has boosted the line-up of global ambassadors for the 2019 season with the addition of proven Tour winners to wear its premium apparel.
Galvin Green, the leading technical performance golf clothing brand, is calling younger golfers to attention with its military-inspired EDGE collection for 2019.
From venerable golf clubs to courses in historic settings or alongside ancient buildings, the past is ever-present when you play golf in Northern Ireland.
PUMA Golf continues to take golf footwear to the next level, today introducing NXT generation footwear designed on a completely new IGNITE spikeless traction platform with three unique, versatile, and fashion forward upper silhouettes.
The Belfry Hotel & Resort’s Executive Head Chef Robert Bates took home top honours in The Caterer’s Hotel Cateys 2018 Awards this week as he won ‘Hotel Chef of the Year (more than 250 covers)’.
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...
Phil Mickelson is $9million richer this morning after a playoff victory under the floodlights against Tiger Woods in the much trumpeted and equally maligned 'Match' at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.
Danny Willett has won his first title since the 2016 Masters at the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday, and there was much celebration down at GolfPunk Towers.