Stories by Alistair
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.
Pablo Larrazabal hires guru to increase winning percentage on European Tour
Pablo Larrazabal, defending champion at this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the European Tour, has employed a guru to try to help him win more.
Rory McIlroy's goals in 2015 are lofty and secret
Wondering what Rory McIlroy's goals are for the upcoming year? The World No. 1 has them written down on an airplane boarding pass, which is stuffed inside his wallet.
Andy Sullivan's maiden European Tour title sign of a new age
Andy Sullivan’s South African Open win on the European Tour could be part of a new age of English golf that fully blossoms in 2015.
Tommy Fleetwood trending toward becoming English golf's next marquee name
Tommy Fleetwood has come a long way since turning professional five years ago, and now the 23-year-old has his sights set on a top-50 world ranking.
My Year in Golf: Alistair Tait remembers the good and bad tears of 2014
Senior writer Alistair Tait will remember 2014 for the tears as he watched people he respected bow out of the game and tears of joy for some first time winners.
Number crunching: Paul Lawrie hopes to forget poor 2014 on European Tour
Over the final two weeks of 2014, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, we highlight Paul Lawrie.
European top 10: Rory McIlroy steals the show in 2014
Rory McIlroy dominated the 2014 European Tour season, but others managed to make some highlights of their own.
Number crunching: Injury stymies Simon Khan in '14
Over the final two weeks of 2014, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, we highlight Simon Khan.
Former Gamecock Madsen, 20, earns top honors at LET Q-School
Eyebrows were raised when Nanna Madsen recently left the University of South Carolina halfway through her freshman year to try to earn a Ladies European Tour card.
Number crunching: Steve Lewton hits paydirt on Asian Tour in 2014
Over the final two weeks of 2014, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, we highlight Steve Lewton.
Torrance's defense of Garcia should come as no surprise
Sam Torrance’s criticism of Sir Nick Faldo in a recent Scottish golf magazine comes as no surprise.
Goldschmidt, af Rosenborg join European Tour board
Could the appointment of two women as non-executive directors to the European Tour board herald a radical shake-up of the world’s second-best professional tour? That will be the speculation that greets the appointment of Jutta af Rosenborg and Sophie Goldschmidt.
Tait: Amateur Championship an annual reminder to have a plan B
The untold story I wanted to write this year is the same story I want to write every year. I always ask myself the same question after attending the Amateur Championship: Will the winner make it in the professional ranks?
Royal & Ancient mourns death of ex-club captain's daughter
Members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club are in mourning along with the rest of the golf world over the news that one of the victims of the Sydney cafe siege was the daughter of Sandy Dawson, the former Royal & Ancient captain.
Charley Hull's Order of Merit title further proves drive, determination
Charley Hull’s achievement in becoming the youngest winner of the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit came as no surprise to anyone in golf. When you can call Ian Poulter a mentor and have Dave Hull guiding your career, anything is possible.
Notes: Branden Grace's Alfred Dunhill victory familiar, overdue
The final European Tour event of the year in the second event of the 2015 season produced a home winner. Here’s what you need to know from the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
With Nedbank title, Danny Willett joins young English standouts
Danny Willett, who surged on Sunday for the Nedbank Golf Challenge victory, is one of many young English golfers on the rise.
Paul Lawrie gives back to the game, Aberdeen with Euro Tour event
Golf would be in much better shape if every tour pro had the same attitude as Paul Lawrie. It’s debatable whether any current tour pro gives more back to the game than the 1999 Open Champion.
European Tour notes: Tyrrell Hatton in rookie race against Brooks Koepka; Shane Lowry to Masters
Tyrrell Hatton of England, made the most of his week at the DP World Tour Championship with a sixth place finish, but it will only be good enough for a runner-up finish in the Rookie of the Year race on the European Tour.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello well ahead of fellow countryman Pablo Martin in terms of a successful career
Rafael Cabrera-Bello may have lost out on the chance to win the DP World Tour Championship Sunday, but he is exceeding expectations and outplaying former collegiate No. 1 Pablo Martin in the process.
Henrik Stenson successfully defends his DP World Tour Championship title in Dubai
Henrik Stenson won the European Tour's season finale Sunday with a one-shot victory at the DP World Tour Championship over Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Victor Dubuisson in Dubai.
Fitzpatrick, Paratore among Euro Tour card winners
Renato Paratore, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Chris Paisley and Andrea Pavan earned cards for the 2015 European Tour season after the sixth and final round of European Tour Qualifying School at PGA Cataluyna Resort in Girona, Spain.
Renato Paratore one step closer to bright future on European Tour
Remember the name Renato Paratore. Not because he’s leading after five rounds of European Tour Qualifying School at PGA Catalunya in Girona, Spain, but because he has the talent to be a major European star.
Big moves, misses highlight fourth round of European Tour Q-School
John Hahn’s dream of a European Tour card is alive and well thanks to a career-low 58 in the fourth round. He was the biggest mover on cut day at European Tour Qualifying School at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain, but there were others who made big moves to keep their dreams alive.
John Hahn fires 12-under 58 at European Tour Qualifying School in Spain
John Hahn shot 12-under 58 in the fourth round of European Tour Qualifying School at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain.
Notes: Ian Poulter finds form at WGC-HSBC Champions, Graeme McDowell falters
Ian Poulter has had a pretty poor season by his own lofty standards. However, the Englishman proved he’s in better form heading into the final two events of the European season.
Thriller in Shanghai: Bubba Watson walks away with HSBC Champions title
The final round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions turned into a shoot-out Sunday, and required sudden death at the end of a long week. Graeme McDowell led through each of the first three rounds, but Bubba Watson walked away with the trophy.
Tait: George O'Grady's successor must lure top Europeans back home
George O’Grady’s replacement as chief executive of the European Tour needs to succeed where O’Grady failed. The new CEO needs to find a way to get Europe’s biggest stars to play more in its traditional heartlands
5 Things: Perth International title signals Thorbjorn Olesen's healthy return
Not even a camel could stop Thorbjorn Olesen from his second European Tour win. Olesen returned a 17-under 271 for a three-shot victory at the Perth International.
European Tour releases early part of 2014-15 schedule of tournaments
The early part of the European Tour's 2014-15 schedule has been released -- and Hero, sponsor of the Tiger Woods Foundation's World Challenge near Orlando, Fla., will put its name on the new Indian Open.
Mikko Ilonen edges Henrik Stenson to win 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship on European Tour
Mikko Ilonen outplayed Henrik Stenson, especially during the middle of the round, in Sunday's final to win the 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship.
R&A names Martin Slumbers as CEO replacement for Peter Dawson
The R&A announced that Martin Slumbers will replace Peter Dawson as chief executive on Oct. 1, 2015. Slumbers also will serve as secretary of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews.