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  1. It's just been announced that Royal St. George's will host the Open Championship in 2020. It will be the 15th time that the game's oldest major has come to Sandwich, with St. Andrews widely expected to be the venue of the 150th Open in 2021. R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers has confirmed that Turnberry remains on the rotation (despite its controversial owner) and that Muirfield will return providing the members vote to open up for female members. Question I have is, what is your favourite venue on the Open rotation? It can be for whatever reason. The quality of the course, location, or particular memories you have there. It goes without saying what mine is, considering I live in the Home of Golf, but I'm intrigued to see which of them stands out to everyone else?
  2. That's probably the main argument in its favour. Pebble Beach seems beyond us...so any chance to play it should be grasped. Nonetheless, it's hard to beat the trio of Dunhill courses. Must be a dream to play in. Rich man's toy, of course!
  3. In theory, you could argue that the Masters is the "easiest" of the bunch to win. Providing, that is, the player feels comfortable at Augusta National. Field is usually around 90-95, and you can automatically discount about ten former champions, and a handful of champions. Suddenly it becomes a competitive tournament of around 75. And how many of those guys feel they can win there? For Sergio, considering his record, I feel that the Open is the one he's most likely to win. He's more than capable, but than can only take you so far. Securing a major victory would be the validation of an excellent career that still has many years left.
  4. Harsh, but true! His current caddie Joey LaCava has the easiest job in the world right now.
  5. It's the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week on the PGA Tour. It's a fairly awful event to watch on television, with the second-rate celebrities dominating the coverage. Bill Murray could do with falling down a gopher hole. However, it's an incredibly stunning place and is their version of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Question is...as an amateur, which event would you rather play in? Opportunity to experience Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula in the California sunshine, or St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns in the unpredictable October in Scotland? For me, as a resident in the Home of Golf, it's a no brainer. Dunhill any day of the week!
  6. We all have theories and questions about Tiger's fitness and game after his withdrawal from the Dubai Desert Classic. Nine-time major winner, Gary Player's view is that Woods is suffering from the yips, using his chipping woes from a couple of years ago as evidence. Now, I'm very much of the opinion that his problems are as much mental as they are physical. In fact, that may very well be the crux of the issue. He looks like a lost man on the golf course. And it's sad to see. Whether Player is right or not is another thing entirely. But there are clearly confidence and belief issues within the psychology of Tiger Woods. What do you think?
  7. How great was Sergio in Dubai? Leading from start to finish. He's now 37, and showing that there is still millage in his career. But the big question is, can he FINALLY win a major? Every year, I keep saying it, and he continually lets me down. But I believe that this could just be his time. Last month, I predicted that Garcia would win the Open at Birkdale. That was long before the Desert Classic. So, I've stuck my neck out. Don't let me down, Sergio!
  8. Looking for a golf break to a stunning destination? We're running our #WinterBirdieBlitz competition at the moment, which ends in a few days. It's all about rewarding golfers playing at this time of year. Prize is an incredible holiday to Mauritius. It's easy to get involved. CLICK HERE to Enter.
  9. It's hard to argue against that one! Different question, then. Who would you LEAST like to caddie for?
  10. Did you see this? Guy spent 206 consecutive tweeting Sergio Garcia with the hashtag #LetMeCaddieForYou. It was equally amusing and strange. However, eventually, out of nowhere, he got a reply, with Sergio offering him the opportunity to caddie during the Pro-Am of the British Masters later this year! Here was the story... http://www.golfshake.com/news/view/10726/Incredible_Persistence_Pays_Off_For_Tweeting_Sergio_Garcia_Fan.html. Question is...if you had the chance to caddie for any golfer, who would it be and why? Personally, I would go for Phil Mickelson. Interesting guy, and it would be fun to watch him work his way around a course from that close perspective.
  11. Following the madness of the Ryder Cup, six of Europe's players have sought the sanctuary of the Dunhill Links in Scotland, with the comparatively relaxed pro-am event being played over the Old Course at St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. With the spectacular courses, it's a tournament that should always be intriguing, but I'm of the view that the presence of the celebrity amateurs takes away from the overall experience. Pace of play is even more ridiculous than normal, and 20 pf them clutter up the field on the Sunday. That seems nothing more than an indulgence. I've written more about that in my preview: http://www.golfshake.com/news/view/10389/Alfred_Dunhill_Links_Championship_Preview.html Let me know whether you agree or not!
  12. It was Europe's biggest Ryder Cup loss since 1981, but what (if anything) should Darren Clarke had done differently? Many will say that his first mistakes came during his wild card picks, when he chose experience over form by selecting Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer over two-time PGA Tour winner Russell Knox. Others will question his pairings and strategy, leaving Andy Sullivan out till Sunday after the Friday morning, not to mention dropping an impressive Chris Wood and splitting up the all-Spanish pair of Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello. So, what do you think? Golfshake writer Derek Clements had his say in this article. http://www.golfshake.com/news/view/10387/2016_Ryder_Cup_Review.html