Nov 1st, 2017
GolfPunk looks back to 1994 – a time when a humble journalist from London could actually get Tiger Woods on the phone at his house and get his mum to haul him out of the shower to speak to you...
GolfPunk looks back to 1994 – a time when a humble journalist from London could actually get Tiger Woods on the phone at his house and get his mum to haul him out of the shower to speak to you...
Many happy returns from GolfPunk to arguably the greatest golfer that has lived and who turns 80 today. It may be that Tiger will surpass or equal Jack’s eighteen major titles mark, only time will tell but until then we raise our glasses to the Golden Bear and thank him for all those great memories.
Tiger Woods will open his account for 2020 and quest for his record breaking 83rd tour title at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines from 23rd to 26th January. Woods last seen leading Team USA to victory at the Presidents Cup will then head to the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in mid-February.
There were lots of hugs and high fives as Team USA fought back from a 10-8 deficit to win the Presidents Cup, once again, by a score of 16-14. That huge smile we saw after Wood’s victory at Augusta was back and the there was obvious emotion in the US Captain’s voice when talking after his team’s victory.
The folk at Galvin Green, in keeping with their name, are enhancing their environmental credentials by introducing a collection of golf wear using high-performance fabric that is left over from the production of its comprehensive core range. The UpCycle Edition collection consists of a limited number of garments for both men and women.
For the first time since 1955 there will be no live coverage of any golf on the BBC in 2020. The BBC has lost their rights to show any live coverage of the Augusta event which means that the UK pay TV Channel Sky is now the only place to watch live coverage of the majors. This is the end game for millions of golf fans who have seen the free to air coverage of their favourite sport fade and die in the hands of the BBC over the past decade.
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.
Eddie Pepperell must have mixed memories of Portugal Masters after missing the cut and losing his card in 2016. However, this year he appears to have found an innovative way to motivate himself, wagering Martin Kaymer about appearing on the Television Show First Dates.
There has been much debate about parity for women golfers and there have been attempts to move in the right direction, for example the Jordan Mixed Open and the ISPS Handa World Invitational promoted by Niall Horran’s Modest media. With all respect to these other events, finally, there is a big one with some serious money attached.
Following close on behind the launch of their Go Faster Turbo Woods Cleveland have unveiled the Launcher HB Turbo Irons. Built for more speed and more precision and targeted specifically at improvement players the irons deliver maximum forgiveness and an easy-to-hit to profile.
Rory McIlroy has won the PGA Tour Player of the year award for the third time, beating world number one Brooks Koepka into second place, and he got the Nicklaus award from the Golden Bear himself whilst having lunch.
Cleveland have been on a bit of a role when it comes to launching wrenches recently. Their CBX 2 wedges kicked it off, followed by their amazing Frontline Putters and the Huntington Beach range. Now, two years on from their return to the woods and irons market they are releasing the Launcher HB Turbo woods which they say are “sleeker, faster, and more forgiving” which is exactly what you want!
Sometimes we look at a player and wonder what is going through their head. In what can only be considered a nightmare year for Matt Kuchar the American really doesn’t seem to know when to stop digging, quite literally in this case!
Two Foxhills members both hit a hole-in-one on the same hole with consecutive shots. Apparently, the odds of this happening are millions to one although we must confess, we haven’t a clue how that is calculated.
Cleveland wedges are definitely always in the mix when you think about premium tour products and we loved their recent CBX 2 launch aimed at the slightly more regular golfers amongst us. What they aren’t as well known for are their top of the line putters and perhaps, with the new Frontline range, that is about to change?
We often read about how a club has been designed for the tour players and is now being released to us mere mortals and, to be honest, it sells a great idea that by adding said stick to our bag will result in us playing like Brooks, Tiger or Rory. Sadly, in real life this is rarely the case so the idea that Cleveland have launched their CBX2 wedges with the majority of golfers in mind is a refreshing change of pace.
Local favourite Stephanie Meadow will take a four shot lead into the final round of the ISPS HANDA World Invitational. The 27-year-old from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland shot a six under par 67 to sit on ten under for the event, four clear of England’s Eleanor Givens. In the men’s event, Damien Perrier of France and Todd Clement of England lead the field by a single shot following another long day with rain delays at Galgorm Castle.
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.
The stuff that's floated our boats and scrunched our undies this week...
Less than 24 hours after the Evian Championship was wrapped up by Jin Young Ko, 49 of the top 50 women in the world hightailed it to Milton Keynes to somehow prepare themselves for the very different test that Woburn Golf Club’s Marquess Course will offer. Or at least most of them would have been preparing had Lexi Thompson not left her passport in her bag!
South Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim holds a one-shot lead over compatriot Sung Hyun Park heading into day four of the Evian Championship. Indeed, Kim has no shortage of company from home as five of the top six players are from South Korea with the only interloper being Shanshan Feng of China.
One of golf´s great masterpieces, severe, fascinating, beautiful and without weakness...... Continuing the theme of everything Ireland, GolfPunk looks back to one of its favourite courses south of the border, Waterville Golf Club - You Little Beauty!
J. B. Holmes leads the Open after a fine 66 on day one but all the talk was about Tiger and Rory. Once again when the spotlight of expectation was on him McIlroy failed to deliver and Tiger, well Tiger just looked tired.
As Brooks Koepka quietly tiptoes his way up the leaderboard at the Open at Royal Portrush we take a look at the club he is using to boom those drives out there on this famous links course.
We get a loads of stuff sent to us at GP Towers and a much of it doesn’t really get us going. One area sure to unite the team are any efforts to bring in young’uns into our beloved sport and on Sunday 14th (this weekend) Crown Golf have a beauty as over 100 juniors can walk away with a year’s free membership!
Despite no mortal being able to move it on their own the answer is the boulder. As Tiger Woods found out to his benefit at the 1999 Phoenix Open when a friendly rules official suggested it was a loose impediment.
We have highlighted competitions for all sorts, from clubs to holidays, but American Golf have come up with the mother of all competitions. Win the MVP – Golf’s Most Valuable Prize – at American Golf and get oodles of golf goodies.
The weather has been rubbish so far this year (on both sides of the pond it seems) and it’s got the team dreaming of sunnier climbs. The Maldives is always a luxurious option (especially if you're feeling flush), but there was never a need to take the wrenches….UNTIL NOW!
It’s an early rise for us on day two and a slightly thick head, that Schnapps for the road wasn't a great idea after all! After an excellent breakfast at the hotel we are off to experience two more courses. It will be an entirely different experience from the first day as the courses are located in undulating valley landscapes.
Everybody’s chewing or so it seems these days and it’s no longer just plain old Wrigley’s, now it’s all about CBD, the new craze sweeping the sporting world and even two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson has endorsed it (who’d have thought it?).
“Fancy playing in Bavaria?” came the call. Visions of steins of beers and shouts of prost from froth moustachioed faces sprung to the mind as I nodded furiously. Ok grab your clubs you’re off to The Quellness Resort.
Excellent interview with Tiger Woods speaking to GOLFTV’s Lead Tour Correspondent, Henni Zuel about the upcoming 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. He discusses the course, his preparations and his playing partners for the first two days - Brooksie and Franny!
After the debacle of last year when no broadcaster wanted the 4th major of the 2018 season and you had to find some obscure Facebook page set up by Eleven Sport to watch it, Sky will be showing this year’s event from Bethpage Black.
As Tiger prepares for what could be the compelling second chapter of his come-back story he could have done without a lawsuit being slapped on him and his girlfriend in relation to death of an employee of his restaurant in Florida.
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!).
Seeing TaylorMade’ announcement (our coverage here) of its new mini driver got me thinking. What the hell is a mini driver? Surely, I need a Mahoosive big headed driver with a sweet spot the size of a tea plate which will launch the ball in to the stratosphere (Kaboom!). Did I not have a mini driver back in the 70s, it was made out of wood (persimmon if you were posh) and it had the propensity to fly all over the place.
Tiger Woods. The incredible story so far...
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....
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.
Despite being slide-tackled by a steward on the 14th hole, Tiger Woods produced a stunning round of 68 to put himself right in contention for his fourth Masters title going into the weekend.
Saturday Tee Times and pairings as Ian Poulter goes out with Tiger Woods...
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.
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...
GolfPunk's unique Masters Course Guide & trivia special: Augusta uncovered...
Over to GP's ace golf betting tipster, The Golf Spiv, (AKA Nick Fleming):
Calling all self-respecting better players out there. Tiger Woods and TaylorMade have collaborated to create a premium players iron set. Say hello to the new P-7TW range...
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'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...
Golf aficionados regularly call out Portugal's Monte Rei as Europe's finest new golf course. And now, as Jack tells us, there is going to be another 18 holes to set your hearts racing...
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.
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...
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.
Let this be a warning to you – never tamper with your golf equipment during a competitive round. Harold Varner III did exactly that and unwittingly got a two-shot penalty during the opening round of The Players after making an equipment change that was influenced in part by the actions of a walking official.
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!
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.
PowaKaddy, the UK’s best-selling electronic trolley company, has unveiled a new range of cart bags featuring state-of-the-art materials and the latest technology as well as a host of complementary new colours, resulting in a collection that caters for every golfer’s needs.
New golf and cycling services have been introduced at the popular Lindner Golf Resort Portals Nous, in Mallorca, as it reopened for the new season following a major €6.5m renovation.
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.
Leading golf club rental agency Clubs to Hire is now offering Titleist products for the first time.
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.
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.
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!
The successful third annual Messinia ProAm, featuring competitors from 20 countries, saw a victory for Italy, while Hollywood actor Bill Murray and England's Rugby World Cup winner Mike Tindall added to the event's appeal.
Dustin Johnson held off the challenges of Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter to wn the WGC in Mexico.
La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational, a Ladies European Tour event sponsored by La Reserva de Sotogrande and organized by Deporte & Business that will be played from 16 to 19 May, will mark the first of three visits to Spain for the LET in 2019.
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.
Situated in the foothills of the beautiful Mijas Mountains with breath-taking views of the stunning Andalusian countryside, La Cala’s superb 54-hole resort offers an idyllic rural retreat just 20 minutes from Marbella and only 30 minutes from Malaga airport.
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.
Take the worry out of your game and enjoy yourself. Tiger Woods and Fred Couples give it to us straight...
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.
How to play golf in the rain by Tiger Woods. No umbrella, 15 gloves and wet jumpers...
Forces golf charity, On Course Foundation, was celebrating a late Christmas present yesterday as American Golf handed over a cheque for £11,649, raised by its customers over the festive period.
Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa has joined the growing number of elite golfing venues to partner with Golfmanager, the rapidly-growing Spanish company offering the most modern golf club management software in the world.
Golfers eager to sharpen their short-game skills can combine state-of-the-art facilities and a world-renowned coaching progamme thanks to a new link-up between Foxhills and Dave Pelz Golf Schools.
Group holidaymakers looking for style and luxury in Mallorca will be turning their attentions to Carrossa after the addition of two new lavish villas.
A new golf campaign, aimed specifically at encouraging more women to travel to Scotland to play golf, has been launched today by VisitScotland.
Spain is one of the most sought-after golf holiday destinations in the world and Your Golf Travel customers have the opportunity to secure the best tee times at championship courses scattered around Andalucia including Valderrama Golf Club, Finca Cortesin, La Reserva and many more.
Callaway has further strengthened its team of Staff Professionals representing the brand on the PGA European Tour with the signing of Tom Lewis.
Callaway has today revealed arguably its strongest ever line up of PGA European Tour Staff Professionals for 2019.
Is long-injured Tiger finally out of the woods?
Hever Castle Golf Club is launching a Health & Wellbeing Centre, known as Hever Castle Wellbeing, this Spring to enhance the club’s offering to members, visiting golfers and members of the public.
Overseas Golf Properties have hundreds of superb properties at a range of prices to make your golf property dreams come true!
Bryson DeChambeau shot a sublime 64 in the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic to win his first European Tour event by seven shots.
Is this the perfect golf club? Just look at it. Makes you want to put it in a glass case and sell tickets. Or just whip it out of the bag from 153-yards and hit the greatest shot of your life. Wilson Staff tip their cap to a classic with the new 2019 blades...
Guerin Rife adds new shapes, unique putting trainer and grip to revolutionary Evnroll putter line for the 2019 season.
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.
2019 Models Provide Improved Tee-To-Green Performance and now include New High Optic Yellow Colour Options.
If you like your metal woods to go for miles and look the absolute business, you've come to the right place. Mizuno has announced that its highly anticipated ST190 range will be available to the public from Feb 2019.
Galvin Green, the leading technical performance golf clothing brand, is calling younger golfers to attention with its military-inspired EDGE collection for 2019.
PING fans listen up!! The new G410 drivers range is.... OUT!!
The best performing wedges in the game – Vokey SM7 – are now available in a stunning Slate Blue limited finish.
It's been a long time coming but Shane Lowry finally tured his immense talent and potential into a win at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, his first since 2015 when he bagged the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
The Team USA vs. Team Europe Celebrity Golf Cup for the Ryder Cup Trust is heading to St. Moritz, Switzerland, for the first time this year from 22 to 25 July.
The Algarve has retained its place as the top European golf destination after sealing its latest major success at the Today’s Golfer Travel Awards.
Slaley Hall has been voted ‘best golf hotel/resort in the north of England' in the 2019 Today's Golfer Travel Awards … for an unprecedented fifth successive year!