The 2016 Golfbidder £500 Challenge with Rick Shiels and Peter Finch

Thomas Tanner
Mar 29, 2016
5 minutes

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Picking the clubs

In March 2016, Rick Shiels and Peter Finch arrived at Golfbidder HQ, and the £500 challenge was born. The concept behind the videos is simple - Rick and Peter both receive £500 each and free reign of the Golfbidder inventory, to put together a second-hand set of clubs.

Over the years, Rick and Pete have gone on to develop the challenge into a YouTube series that four years later has resulted in millions of views and are the some of the most recognisable and most anticipated golf series on the platform.

Rick's bag Pete's bag
Driver TaylorMade R580 XD TP /
Callaway Warbird Great Big Bertha
Callaway FT Tour /
Callaway Hawk Eye
Fairway wood Ping i15 (3-wood) Ping Rapture V2 (3-wood)
Hybrid / Utility iron Titleist 712U
Iron set Ping Eye 2 BeCu Cobra King Pro MB Forged
Wedges Cobra King Trusty Rusty Tri Bounce (57°) TaylorMade ATV (54° & 58°)
Putter Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Scotty Cameron Newport

The Round

A par a piece kicked off an exciting match between the two, with both players commenting on the quality of their drivers on the second tee. Sociable golf ensued on the 2nd hole with both Rick and Pete calling on long 2nd shots on the 550-yard par-5 from the right side of the fairway.

Pete took the upper hand with a 3-wood out of the rough, leaving a short chip to within 10 ft for a birdie and a 1-shot lead.

A pair of pars at the third preceded the first bogey of the round. An unlucky bobble for Rick gave Pete the chance to further extend his lead on the par-3 fourth with a 3. With the honour, Pete hit a perfect drive down the fifth fairway. Rick, however, left himself a supremely difficult fairway wood shot out of the rough, which ultimately ended up skidding through the rough to set up a long iron into the green.

Pete converted his birdie, and by the time the front nine was over had opened up an insurmountable lead with a score of 2-under par against Rick’s 4-over, a harsh score for the quality of play.

The back nine marked a change. The clubs were swapped, and the scores remained. With Pete armed with the TaylorMade R580 XD, Rick sought to catch him using the weapons Pete took apart the front nine with.

Watching Pete split the tenth fairway Rick stepped up to smash his drive down the fairway just falling into the rough. Was this the start of a potential recovery? Two rogue saplings between Rick and the green soon put pay to any immediate thoughts of this. The Cobra MB’s workability, however, enabled Rick to put together and scrambled par to maintain the gap. The gap changed at the 12th with Rick lipping out for par, leaving him 5-over and 7-shots behind Pete.

With Pete declaring his love for the Golfbidder clubs he eventually dropped a shot at the 14th slipping to 1 under par with Rick holding steady at 5-over.

Having decided to run the last three holes with both bags available to both players, Rick and Pete looked to finish strong. The 16th was highlighted by a now-infamous hole out for eagle by Pete using his TaylorMade ATV, a clip which has been referenced in future videos, prompting massive celebrations.

Stood on the 17th tee at 3-under Pete could only manage a par which was matched by Rick. The last hole concluded a round of ups and downs with Pete taking the first match with a brilliant score of 2 under following a bogey four.

This dominant win began a series of matches that continue to this day with a range of results and will have highlight articles of their own. As we stand though, Peter Finch 1-0 Rick Shiels.