Ryder Cup shake-up opens the door to players in form

Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn believes Europe had to “move with the times” after significant changes were announced to the qualification process.


Video: Trainer Rachael Tibbs is long on ideas for improved distance in golf

CLUB professionals do not have to be mind-readers to know the answer they can expect when they ask a prospective customer: “What are you looking for from new clubs?”

Rachael Tibbs directs European Tour professional Chris Hanson through a fitness session at Oulton Hall, Leeds.

Yorkshire golf: Profile of golf fitness trainer Rachael Tibbs

RACHAEL TIBBS went to great lengths in pursuit of her ambition to specialise in golf fitness training – to Germany and Spain, in fact.

Sheffield pictured after completing the YIDU double of league title and six-man championship.

Yorkshire golf - YIDU review: Neil Stones eager for Sheffield to continue riding 'crest of a wave'

SHEFFIELD had a new captain during the 2016 Yorkshire Inter-District Union season in Neil Stones, but that was the only thing that changed as they reprised their double of the previous year, winning both the league title and the six-man crown.

York Union line-up with captain Martin Greaves, fourth left.

Yorkshire golf - YIDU review: York honour Russ Chilton's memory with stoical season

YORK endured a difficult campaign in 2016, playing under the shadow cast by the sudden death of their captain Russ Chilton on the eve of the season.

Leeds Union's Tom Broxup putts during the YIDU six-man championship at Halifax Bradley Hall (Picture: Chris Stratford).

Yorkshire golf - YIDU review: Leeds captain Nigel McKee wants squad depth to give him too much choice

NIGEL McKEE admits to being left a little frustrated initially after his first season as Leeds's captain in the Yorkshire Inter-District League.

East Riding Union team line-up.

Yorkshire golf - YIDU review: Home ties against top two buoy East Riding captain Andy Woodhead's optimism

EAST RIDING captain Andy Woodhead acknowledges that, while his side placed third in the Yorkshire Inter-District League's final table, they were “quite a way behind” champions Sheffield and runners-up York.

Captain Dave Pullen, right, with the Halifax-Huddersfield Union team who placed runners-up in the YIDU six-man championship.

Yorkshire golf - YIDU review: Lee Shepherd on board as Halifax-Huddersfield look to build on six-man championship display

HALIFAX-HUDDERSFIELD head into the new season buoyed by their runner-up spot in the Yorkshire Inter-District League six-man championship, where they lost out to Sheffield only on an afternoon count back.

Knaresborough's Jason Taylor was Harrogate Union's player of the season in 2016.

Yorkshire golf - YIDU review: Harrogate players urged to use league as stepping stone to county level

HARROGATE captain Kev Ward hopes the incentive of possibly catching the eye of Yorkshire selectors will encourage players to try to use the YIDU League as a stepping stone to county golf.

Sheffield's six-man team

State of the Nation – Golf: Sheffield continue to boss the other unions

Bradford's Chris Green, winner of the individual trophy at the Yorkshire Inter-District Union six-man team championship.

Yorkshire golf - YIDU review: Bradford captain Martin Gaffney sure players will find keys to improvement

BRADFORD, under new leadership in Martin Gaffney, got off to a promising start in the YIDU League and recorded two wins in their first three matches.

Teesside pictured after winning the Yorkshire six-man junior championship at Hessle.

Yorkshire golf - YIDU review: Teesside juniors' success points to bright future

TEESSIDE captain Gary Ient saw his side end bottom of the YIDU table, but the infusion of several juniors into the team bodes well for the union's future.
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White Rose will continue to be in full bloom in the year ahead

THE year 2016 was another memorable one for Yorkshire.

Andy Krawchuk holds up his seven-iron and five-wood, with which he scored two aces in the same round at Lindrick.

Yorkshire golf: Lindrick’s Andy Krawchuk aces twice in same round

LINDRICK’S 125-year history is rich in achievement and 70-year-old Andy Krawchuk has added to its wealth by pulling off a 67 million to one chance.

Zachariah arrived just in time to allow father Danny Willett, seen with wife Nicole, to compete  and win  the Masters (Picture: PA).

SPOTY 2016: Danny Willett honoured to be golf’s flag-bearer

aS MASTERS champion, Danny Willett has enjoyed front row seats at some of the summer’s biggest sporting occasions, including Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix.


SPOTY 2016: How will Yorkshire's five contenders fare?

The annual debate over which sporting personality has the greatest achievement over the last 12 months is upon us and the winner of the BBC vote will be announced on Sunday evening.

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Matt Fitzpatrick celebrates after holing the final putt to win the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai (Picture: Kamran Jebreili/AP).

Matt Fitzpatrick will play numbers game after Christmas break

SHEFFIELD’S Matt Fitzpatrick is determined to enjoy his Christmas holiday, which will span five weeks either side of the new year, as it is the longest break from golf he has had since his invasion of the upper echelons of the world amateur rankings.

Sandburn Hall's Steve Robinson with his award as England Golf's Coach of the Year.

Yorkshire golf: Sandburn Hall's Steve Robinson is England's coach of the year

STEVE ROBINSON, coach to Yorkshire's women's and boys' teams, has been named England Golf's Coach of the Year.

Perfect fit: Masters champion and Rotherham Golf Club member Danny Willett wears the green jacket as he waves to supporters after his victory by three shots over American Jordan Spieth in April in Augusta, Georgia. (Picture: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Saturday Interview: Masters champion Danny Willett now coping with his major shift

For a man who enjoyed the highs of becoming a major champion, an Olympian, a Ryder Cup debutant and a father in 2016, to describe that year as ‘turbulent’ offers an insight into just how much life has changed for Masters champion Danny Willett.

Europe's Danny Willett during the  41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota

Danny Willett aiming to set the right example...

Danny Willett is determined to carry the title of Masters champion with distinction, both in the range of tournaments he plays and his demeanour on the course.

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