Stories by Alistair
Sweden's Marcus Kinhult adds Lytham Trophy to his spring haul
Marcus Kinhult became the first Swede to win the Lytham Trophy on Sunday when he claimed an eight-shot victory at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
Ashun Wu makes history with win at European Tour's Volvo China Open in Shanghai
European Tour golfer Ashun Wu made history on Sunday becoming the first Chinese golfer to win on home soil with a victory in the Volvo China Open in Shanghai.
Golf course Trump Turnberry to undergo renovations for future British Opens
Golf course Trump Turnberry to undergo major renovations for future British Opens, Donald Trump said Tuesday. Golf course architect Martin Ebert is leading the charge.
Nick Faldo, Tom Watson era of the Open Championship ends at St. Andrews
Like Tom Watson, Nick Faldo will end his Open Championship run at the Old Course at St. Andrews in July.
Big-money events should be focus of Keith Pelley's European Tour tenure
European Tour golf new chief executive Keith Pelley should focus on bringing in more money to attract the likes of Rory McIlroy Martin Kaymer and Ian Poulter.
Marco Penge, 16, scores record-tying victory at McEvoy Trophy
Marco Penge won the prestigious McEvoy Trophy on April 16 and now heads to the Sage Valley Junior Invitational.
Keith Pelley chosen to replace Euro Tour's George O'Grady
The European Tour has hired a Canadian as its new chief executive. Keith Pelley has been appointed to replace George O’Grady, who retires this summer.
Danny Willett enters Masters leading England’s next generation of talent
Danny Willett will make his Masters debut this week as one of European Tour's young leading men.
Padraig Harrington sings Rory McIlroy's praises ahead of the 2015 Masters
Rory McIlroy replaced Tiger Woods at the Masters as the PGA Tour golfer to watch, according to Padraig Harrington.
Top 10 in Morocco looks like the Jose Maria Olazabal of old
Jose Maria Olazabal’s joint ninth-place finish the Trophee Hassan II is welcome news for European golf fans, and a sign of the determination that has defined his career.
European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke says Rory McIlroy will win Masters sooner or later
European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke says Rory McIlroy eventually will win the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club because his power and comfort as World No. 1.
European captain Darren Clarke hopes Tiger Woods returns for Masters, 2016 Ryder Cup
European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke said that he hopes Tiger Woods will return to play at the Masters and make the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Darren Clarke's best bet for Ryder Cup success? Stick to the European plan
Darren Clarke isn’t planning to rock the Ryder Cup boat. The Northern Irishman will stick to a so-far successful script in the hopes of leading Europe to an unprecedented fourth consecutive Ryder Cup victory.
Tait: Tour pros could benefit from Rules of Golf knowledge
Tour players could benefit from a working knowledge of the Rules of Golf, as proved again Sunday when Keegan Bradley incurred a two-shot penalty at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Alistair Tait says England provdes the best international players for college golf
Which country tops the list when it comes to providing international players for NCAA Division I players? Alistair Tait has only one answer and it may surprise you.
Englishman Matt Ford ditches postman job to fulfill dream on European Tour
Matt Ford's runner-up finish at the European Tour's Africa Open stop is big for the Englishman, in more ways than one.
Alistair Tait: Padraig Harrington might be golf's ultimate overachiever
Arguably no current golfer has worked harder or been more dedicated than the recent Honda Classic winner Padraig Harrington, writes Alistair Tait.
The European Tour's British Masters is set to return in 2015 at Ian Poulter's house course of Woburn Golf Club in England
The European Tour has officially announced the return of the British Masters to the schedule after a seven-year absence. It will take place at Woburn (England) Golf Club, Oct. 8-11.
Royal St. George's will open club to female members
Members of Royal St. George’s Golf Club have voted unanimously to accept female members, the club announced today.
Andy Sullivan joins select group joins successful GB&I Walker Cuppers on European Tour
Andy Sullivan, who won the European Tour's 2015 Joburg Open Sunday, is one of a few former Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup stars who have found consistent success on the European Tour.
Darren Clarke hopes Ryder Cup captaincy stirs his own game
A week has passed since Darren Clarke was named European Ryder Cup captain for the 2016 matches, and now it’s time for Clarke to get back to his day job.
Anirban Lahiri could inspire next generation of Indian players
Seven years ago, Ernie Els predicted India would embrace golf and produce world-class players. That prediction is playing out as Anirban Lahiri continues his tear on the European Tour.
R&A, Ladies' Golf Union open talks about possible merger
Just a week after the Royal & Ancient Golf of St. Andrews, Scotland, admitted female members, the R&A has announced it has opened talks with the Ladies' Golf Union about a possible merger.
Darren Clarke to lead Europeans in 2016 Ryder Cup matches at Hazeltine
The European Tour is following a tried-and-tested formula in naming Darren Clarke the European Ryder Cup captain for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine.
Tait: R&A's Martin Slumbers could tackle golf ball technology
When Martin Slumbers takes over for Peter Dawson as R&A chief executive in September, he could address modern golf ball technology, writes Alistair Tait.
Tait: O'Grady key in deciding between Jimenez and Clarke for 2016 European Ryder Cup captain
George O'Grady could hold the deciding vote for the 2016 European Ryder Cup captain, presumable between Miguel Angel Jimenez and Darren Clarke, when a five-man committee meets next week.
Report: Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell under tax avoidance investigation
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell are among a number of sports people under investigation by the British government for possible tax avoidance, according to a report.
Incoming Royal and Ancient chief executive Martin Slumbers aims to increase golf participation
Incoming R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers, who begins working for the R&A on March 2, says one of his goals is to help increase participation in golf.
Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews names Laura Davies, Annika Sorenstam among honorary members
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews has taken the next step toward equality by naming 14 women as members to the previously all-male club, including Laura Davies and Annika Sorenstam among seven honorary members.
Anirban Lahiri rallies, passes Bernd Wiesberger for European Tour's Malaysian title
It didn’t take long for India’s Anirban Lahiri to make his mark on the European Tour. The 27-year-old found the winner’s circle Feb. 8 in the Maybank Malaysian Open.
Rory McIlroy settles contract dispute with Horizon Sports
Rory McIlroy can concentrate fully on winning the career Grand Slam at Augusta National this April after he and former management team Horizon Sports Management settled their long legal dispute.
Peter Dawson: R&A's British Open deal with Sky Sports a competitive move
The R&A’s deal with Sky Sports to exclusively broadcast the British Open was influenced by the commercial arrangements of other major championships.
R&A grants exclusive British Open broadcast rights to Sky Sports
The R&A has signed a five-year deal with Sky Sports granting exclusive broadcast rights for the British Open beginning in 2017. The deal significantly alters a 59-year-relationship with the BBC.
Rory McIlroy looks untouchable in winning Dubai Desert Classic
Call him “untouchable,” “class,” “brilliant” or any other superlative of the sort. They all apply to Rory McIlroy after his Dubai Desert Classic victory, and perhaps spell bad news for the rest of golf.
Hall of Famer and winner of the 1960 British Open Kel Nagle died at the age of 94 on Wednesday
The world of golf is mourning the loss of one of the game’s true gentlemen with the passing of Kel Nagle. The Hall of Famer died at Mona Vale hospital in Sydney. He was 94.
European Ryder Cup captaincy comes down to Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jimenez
The battle is brewing to see who will follow in Paul McGinley’s footsteps as European Ryder Cup captain. It's a battle between Darren Clarke and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
British Open should stick with BBC, says sponsor HSBC
The British Open should stick with BBC for its broadcast, says said Giles Morgan, HSBC's global head of sponsorship and events.
Gary Stal benefits from Martin Kaymer's collapse, wins Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship title
Gary Stal picked up his first European Tour victory after Martin Kaymer surrendered a 10-shot lead in Sunday's final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
Martin Kaymer builds six-shot lead at European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Martin Kaymer is on a roll in Abu Dhabi and seems unlikely to be knocked off track from winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship after building a six-shot lead on Saturday.
Martin Kaymer keeps Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship lead; Rory McIlroy close behind
Martin Kaymer added a 67 to his opening 64 to move to 13 under and keep his lead at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Rory McIlroy, however, is just two shots back after 36 holes.
In Abu Dhabi, Young Thomas Pieters shows he can keep pace on European Tour
Belgium's Thomas Pieters, the 2012 NCAA champion from Illinois, has had no problem making the adjustment from college golf to the European Tour. Keeping pace at Abu Dhabi is just another example.
From European Tour event in Abu Dhabi, Rickie Fowler endorses world travel
Rickie Fowler has a simple message to young Americans: get out and see the world. Fowler is doing that by teeing up in the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week.
European Tour's Martin Kaymer blisters Abu Dhabi yet again for 1st-round lead
Martin Kaymer sits in a familiar spot after the first round of the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship: atop the leaderboard.
Rory McIlroy uses late rally for opening 67 at European Tour's Abu Dhabi Golf Championship
Rory McIlroy, playing the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, birdied his first hole of the 2015 season on the way to a 5-under 67. But it was the late-round magic that really turned heads.
Justin Rose looks to convert more top 10s into wins, starting at Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Justin Rose is already a major champion. Now, he wants to become a more prolific winner and convert more top 10s into victories, starting with this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
Martin Kaymer taking low-key approach entering Abu Dhabi Golf Championship
Martin Kaymer enters the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship as one of the favorites, but he's hoping to take some pressure off of himself by taking a laid-back approach.
Europe's rising star Renato Paratore will have to return to high school in Italy after the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Not many European Tour pros will leave Abu Dhabi to return to the world of academia, but after the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Renato Paratore will return to Italy to try and finish high school.
Henrik Stenson focuses on winning a major in 2015
Henrik Stenson looks to become the first Swedish golfer to win a major championship as he prepares to start his 2015 season at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Abu Dhabi could start Rickie Fowler's global trend, lead to European Tour membership
Rickie Fowler’s debut appearance in the Middle East for the $2.7 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship could become a trend. Fowler may become a European Tour member at some point in the future.
European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship field has youthful side
England’s Callum Shinkwin took the last place in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship field thanks to a bit of creative accounting by tournament organizers.