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Meraj Shah

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Sensei Matsuyama: Zen Master

Hideki Matsuyama gave a masterclass at the Masters Tournament to become the first Japanese Major winner in history

If this week was any indication, we’re going to see a lot more of the American in the time to come.

Ground Rules: Don’t penalise yourself. Golf is hard. You’ll make it harder if you don’t know The Rules of the game

Non-golfers have an arrogant hierarchy of existence. Right on top, is, let's just call it a celestial presence, that looks over the world; below that lie humans, and below them, lie all other living things on this planet.

Reality Bites: Golf simulators can be as much fun, and not half as terrifying, as the real thing

Golf simulators can be as much fun, and not half as terrifying, as the real thing

This was Saturday night last week, and I switched over to the live telecast just in time to see Justin Thomas begin his weekend charge: four birdies on the first holes to get within three of lead after starting seven shots back.

He’ll be back: Tiger Woods will survive, he will endure, and he will return

If there's one man in the world today who would command the greatest odds of beating this seemingly hopeless situation and, returning, not only to form, but to competitive golf, and winning, then that man would be Tiger Woods

So, in a nutshell, yes, while it's another nasty blow to 45-year-old Woods, but by no means is it a knockout.

Stay classy: It’s hard not to lose your composure in the game but sometimes it’s well worth the effort

You know the best thing about not being a pro? You can self-flagellate all you want, and, in as colourful a language as will ease your angst, without fear of corrupting the kids.

Control temper tantrums on the golf course

Money talks: Saudi Arabia has unleashed a soft-power blitzkrieg, can golf change its perception on global stage?

Golf Saudi is on overdrive; besides the Saudi International, the national golf association has got Aramco, the state-owned oil-producer to sponsor a four-tournament leg on the Ladies European Tour, with the finale being held

UNICEF Ambassador Paul Casey teeing off at the European Tour's 2021 Saudi International

Damage Control: Former US president Donald Trump’s love for golf casts a long shadow on the game

Apparently, Donald Trump played an unprecedented number of times — 77 rounds — during his presidency, the most ever by any sitting President of the United States.

As a golfer, I share the angst that so many of us do, of being clubbed together with Trump in the same lot, and, to borrow an appropriately antiquated phrase, the way he's besmirched the reputation of the game.

Hall of Infamy: Timing was all wrong for two of the greatest golfers of all time

Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam have been widely criticised for accepting an honour from Donald Trump.

Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam decided to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump.

Hello, World! Why Charlie Woods is much more than a star kid!

Charlie Woods is a chip off the old block

Black And White: ‘America’s Son’ speaks candidly about racism

Maybe Tiger Woods will become the champion that America needs to face down its demons

Swing states: Sir Sean Connery and other tales from golf course

Champions are different from winners, and are usually defined not by their wins but how they handle failure

The Trump-owned Turnberry resort on the west coast of Scotland has been out in the cold when it comes to being considered as a venue for the Open Championship.

Turning the corner: Despite cancellations and empty galleries, pro golf is staging a recovery in the pandemic

In the shadow of the unimpeded march of the Coronavirus, the show rolls on, albeit sans spectators, and often with less than full-strength fields.

Sophia Popov

Down and under: Australian Open, PGA Championship get the axe due to Covid-19

Pro golfers rely on the Australian Open, Australian PGA Championship—the biggest official money spinners

Adam Scott will be defending his Australian Open title in 2021

Open and Shut: No one is snickering at radical golf swings anymore

In case you missed watching the US Open that was played at Whistling Woods last month, I’m talking about the two gents who battled it out on the final day and their tremendously powerful, effective, and bizarre-looking golf

US Open Champion Bryson De Chambeau

Grounded at winged foot

The hardest challenge in golf is the fickle nature of the game combined with the four-day format of an event

Thomas Pieters lines up his putt on the fifth green during the second round of the US Open golf tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club, New York (Danielle Parhizkaran–USA TODAY Sports)

Drama, at last! A lacklustre season is poised for a thrilling end at the most awaited 2020 Tour Championship

A lacklustre season is poised for a thrilling end at the most awaited 2020 Tour Championship

But, perhaps it was just a trailer; perhaps, the real battle will come tonight, at the final round of season-ending Tour Championship, that will also determine the FedEx Champion.

Off season: It’s no small testament to just how playoffs might redeem a lacklustre year for golf

American Justin Thomas starts the Playoffs ranked number one, followed by rising star Collin Morikawa and Webb Simpson in third position.

Of all these contenders, the one I'm most excited to watch is none other than PGA Champion, Collin Morikawa.

Remember me? Tiger Woods headlines a clutch of ex top-ranked pros mounting comebacks at PGA Championship

In any case, Woods is no has-been; no Hall-of-Famer whose credentials, storied as they may be, lie firmly in the past.

Woods' performance set the stage for a bunch of players seeking redemption from the golfing Gods to make a run for it.

Golfer Jeev Milkha Singh on COVID-19 break: ‘After so many years spent time like this at home’

More than the wins, or the money for that matter ($3.5 million career earnings), it's how Jeev galvanised innumerable youngsters in India to pick up the sport.

Lest you think that this is an end-of-the-road paean, be reassured, Jeev isn't hanging up his boots anytime soon.

Golfers are ‘luckier than most’, but we can still get out and play. Here’s a checklist of factors

Golfers are ‘luckier than most’: we can still get out and play.

PGA Tour: Nick Watney and Cameron Champ test positive for Covid-19

The PGA Tour resumes play, Nick Watney and Cameron Champ test positive for Covid-19

What’s your frequency? This is the perfect time to fine-tune your clubs

This is the perfect time to fine-tune your clubs

Carry that weight! Ditch the tour bag, get a push cart for golf riding

Was it Jack Nicklaus who said that golf punishes those who don’t practice? This lockdown has taken the wheels off my game, and from the comical array of shots I’ve been seeing on the golf course, I’m hardly the only one

Golf courses around the world have opened or are in the process of reopening.

Should golf, ideal for social distancing, be allowed to open for play?

At the end of the day golf does have a clear advantage over other sports when it comes to keeping players and golf course staff safe in the wake of a virus pandemic.

Golf courses around the world have opened or are in the process of reopening.

Walk in the park: Golf courses around the world are under pressure to open up as parks for the general public

Nearly 7,000 people have signed a change.org petition to open up courses in the UK as parks during the pandemic.

People riding their horses at the Old Course at St Andrews, which is currently not open for play

Coronavirus pandemic: What would Seve Ballesteros have told Spaniards in these times?

As the world grapples with a pandemic, maybe we can take inspiration from the life and times of Spain’s greatest golfer Severiano Ballesteros

Ballesteros' Masters win in April 1983 remains one of the most remarkable golfing feats of all time

Golf in the time of Covid-19

For those of us not as prescient or lucky, the option is to turn to that holy fount of eternal golf instruction—YouTube.

Breaking that, you’ve been warned, would lead to consequences of a magnitude that would obscure any golf catastrophe you’ve been through.
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