This Week In Golf: Jan 09 - 15

Catch up with all the latest news from the world of golf

Catch up with all the latest news from the world of golf

This Week In Golf: Jan 09 - 15

Rory McIlroy confirms for BMW PGA Championship

McIlroy last played at Wentworth in 2015

In excellent news for the European Tour and UK golf fans, world no.2 and 2014 winner Rory McIlroy has confirmed his participation in the 2017 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May.

The event will be the first of the European Tour's new Rolex Series. McIlroy said: “You know I am a very proud member of the European Tour and I think it’s only right that I am there.


Spieth and Kaufman capsize canoe

Jordan Spieth and Smylie Kaufman, stars of Spring Break '16, attempted to go for a spot of fishing yesterday after the first round of the Sony Open. However, once they got into the canoe it didn't exactly go to plan, with the pair capsizing under a large wave.


Keep your hands warm this winter with Kasco winter gloves

With temperatures expected to drop below -7° across the UK in the coming weeks, now is the time to invest in a pair of high-performance winter golf gloves.

Kasco's winter gloves, which retail at £29.99, are constructed with ‘Heatwarm’ microfleece material that retains heat keep to hands warm and supple. They also feature a Velcro wrist enclosure to help store heat inside the glove and are touchscreen friendly, with silicone on the palm and the thumb.

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Play with Rory McIlroy in the Abu Dhabi Golf Champs Pro Am!

The lucky winner will get to play with the four-time major winner in the Pro-Am and receive a VIP package for two that includes return Etihad business Class flights, VIP hospitality and a stay in the five star Shangri-La Hotel throughout the Championship week.

McIlroy will also be sharing his golfing tips and advice in a private 1-on-1 range masterclass on the day. In addition, the winner will be able to enjoy the special occasion with their chosen guest as their caddy.



See Golf Tourism England's 'England's Golf Coast' video

Golf Tourism England has revealed its first video in a mini-series designed to capture the essence of golf in each of five regions up and down the country.

The first video in the series focuses on England’s Golf Coast, featuring three Golf Monthly Top 100 courses - Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham & St Annes and Hillside.


Motocaddy offering golfers 5 year warranty on Lithium batteries

Motocaddy is offering golfers a full 5-year warranty on any new Motocaddy Lithium battery purchase.

“We’re delighted to offer golfers such a comprehensive warranty cover which shows how much confidence we place in the quality of our Lithium batteries,” said Sales Director Neil Parker.

John Daly signs with Vertical Groove Golf

Two-Time Major Champion and the #1 driver on the PGA TOUR Champions, John Daly, has signed a multi-year deal with Vertical Groove Golf.

The American will now tee off with the Vertical Groove Driver when competing on the PGA TOUR, PGA Tour Champions and other professional golf tournaments in 2017 and beyond.

Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV