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Meraj Shah

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The Siege of Dubai

Collin Morikawa becomes the first American to win the European Tour’s Order-of-Merit

Collin Morikawa, the 24-year-old American who’s gone deep into foreign territory and come back with the European Tour’s biggest prize—the Race to Dubai—is without question, American golf’s biggest star of 2021.

New Innings: Bryson DeChambeau to square off against bete noire Brooks Koepka at ‘The Match’

End of another pandemic-affected year, and start of the 2021-22 season. Things are looking up.

Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka will square off against each other at 'The Match.'

Favourite Son: Hideki Matsuyama, wins the Zozo Championship, the PGA Tour’s first stop in Japan

I wasn’t surprised, when after holing a blinder on the final day to wrest the lead, Matsuyama just grabbed the title and stepped on the gas, taking it far out of reach of the chasing pack.

World No 1., Jin Young Ko's 'old-fashioned 'turning within a barrel' golf swing

Pure grit: South Korean pro Sungjae Im, now ranked 21st in the world, plays a patient game

Sungjae’s professional career graph hasn’t been a blitz as much as a methodical rise through the ranks.

Hard reset: Bryson DeChambeau is changing the way golf is played in the modern era

The widely-held gentle-nature-of-the-game theory has all but disappeared from the biggest stages of the professional game.

Bryson has beefed up his body and his golf game in 2021

One for the team: Team Europe looks good to trounce the Americans at the Ryder Cup

As far as the Ryder Cup is concerned, it's a bit like placing the easiest bet in roulette. It's got to be Red or Black (in this case blue), and perhaps that's why people fancy that the biennial event is literally, their best

Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter made it to Team Europe as a Captain's pick

The Last Word: The Brooks Koepka—Bryson DeChambeau spat highlights future ramifications involving social media & legalised betting in golf

I have to admit—given the extraordinary circumstances of his spat with Brooks Koepka—DeChambeau, once again, deserves a collective doffing of hats for the way he’s handled himself in the face of constant heckling by fan

Bryson DeChambeau was mercilessly heckled during the PGA TOur's BMW Championship

Diamonds in the rough: Golf may be an individual sport, but competitive success is rarely a solitary affair

There's no great mystery why India's consistently poor performance at global sporting events belies its wealth of talent and sheer number of sportspersons.

Talking of partnerships, there was a bit of talk about Aditi Ashok's mother being on her bag at Tokyo 2020.

Heartbreak! Aditi Ashok’s quest for a medal at Tokyo 2020 was the standout Indian performance at the Olympic Games

The Bengaluru golfers’ incredible performance at the ladies’ event at Tokyo 2020 was punctuated by abilities that would do a veteran proud.

Aditi Ashok

Ugly Duckling: Angel Cabrera, the greatest Argentine golfer in history, joins the Hall of Infamy

For a country like Argentina, Angel Cabrera’s success wasn’t about the money he made, or about his golfing abilities, but rather about him being a beacon for what’s possible.

Major Winner Angel Cabrera being taken into custody after being extradited from Brazil last month.

All’s well that ends well: In a Shakespearean twist of fate, Jon Rahm’s tragedy ends with a thrilling triumph

If you’ve not been following Jon Rahm’s travails over the past few weeks, here’s a quick reckoner.

Jon Rahm kisses the trophy after winning the US Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, US (Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

Good for the Game! Megha Ganne’s coming out party; Jon Rahm’s heartbreak; and two bruisers straining at the bit

17-year-old high-school junior, Megha Ganne, whose parents hail from India, burst on to the scene with a major bang, contending at the US Women's Open.

Amateur Megha Ganne, ranked 30th in the world, nearly made history at the US Women's Open

Rolling the rock, rocking the shades: Who ever thought Phil Mickelson could pull off a style statement or win the PGA Championship?

I imagine Phil came out and teed it up at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course with a certain lightness of being, a, thinking not so much about battling a foe like Tiger, but admiring Miguel Ángel Jiménez’s languid tenacity.

But, bucking considerable trend and abundant snickering, this column isn’t headlined, ‘Rolling back the years,’ or something on those lines.

Road to the Olympics: It may not be business as usual at 2020 Tokyo Games, but tackling adversity is a way of life for Olympians

The Olympics are the greatest sporting spectacle on Earth; not the WGC events, not even the Major Championships, can hold a candle to the significance of the Games.

Japan's biggest golf star, Masters Champion, Hideki Matsuyama has admitted to being unsure about the prudence of going ahead with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Out of Bounds: The new Coronavirus mutant is airborne. Lockdown or not, this is not the time to be playing golf in India

In theory, you could book your round online, tee it up an hour before sunrise, pull your own bag, play alone, have zero interaction with anyone, and rest at ease knowing that you've minimised your chances of being infected wi

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
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