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European Tour joins forces with PGA Tour to fight off breakaway PGL Tour plans

PLANS for a breakaway “super tour” appear to have heralded a major move to create a strategic alliance between the European Tour and the PGA Tour. In a bid to fend off moves by the The Raine Group – reported to be backed by Saudi Arabian money – the European Tour and PGA have signed […]

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Leader Mansell caught Knappe-ing as Alexander races up leaderboard

ALEXANDER Knappe opened a two-stroke lead at the Challenge Tour Grand Final after posting a sensational bogey-free round of 63 in his second round at Mallorca’s T-Golf & Country Club. The German finished with two birdies and an eagle in his last three holes. He moved two clear of overnight co-leaders Richard Mansell and Björn […]

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Mansell roars into lead at Challenge Tour Grand Final despite the lack of practice

RICHARD Mansell claimed a share of the first-round lead at the Challenge Tour Grand Final after posting a five-under par round of 66 – despite having not played a practice round at T-Golf & Country Club. The Staffordshire golfer only arrived in Mallorca on the eve of the tournament, having been in isolation following a […]

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MacIntyre shrugs off his struggles to claim Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown

SCOTLAND’S Robert MacIntyre claimed an emotional maiden European Tour title at the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown. A seven-under par final round 64 earned the Scot a one-stroke victory in a thrilling finale to the European Tour’s ground-breaking shoot-out . Tears welled up as the 14th different first-time winner of the 2020 European Tour season spoke […]

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World Handicap System will make game more enjoyable says governing bodies

THE World Handicap System (WHS) has come into effect for golfers in Great Britain and Ireland. Developed by The R&A and USGA, in close collaboration with existing handicapping authorities, the WHS provides all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability, with handicaps calculated in the same way wherever they are in the world. Launched […]

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Shinkwin debt to caddie Sam after sealing first victory at Cyprus’ Aphrodite Hills

HERTFORDSHIRE’S Callum Shinkwin defeated Kalle Samooja in a play-off to win his first European Tour title after a dramatic final day at the 2020 Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open. Shinkwin holed an incredible 54-foot putt for eagle on the 18th in regulation to get into a play-off as the three gave him the clubhouse lead on […]

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Ross McGowan relieved to rejoin winner’s circle after unlikely win in Italian Open

SURREY’S Ross McGowan sealed an emotional victory at the Italian Open with his first win in 11 years. The Banstead Downs pro holed a 20-foot putt at the last to overcome playing partner Laurie Canter in a thrilling final day battle at Chervò Golf Club. McGowan, who helped Surrey win both the English Boys and […]

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Otaegui gets strokeplay win to go with his two matchplay victories on European Tour

ADRIAN Otaegui produced a brilliant closing round of 63 in the Scottish Championship to storm to his first 72-hole strokeplay victory on the European Tour. The Spaniard has shown himself to be an expert at head-to-head battles. He won both the 2017 Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay and the 2018 Belgian Knockout. After those first […]

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From a Wee Wonder to king of Wentworth, Hatton sees BMW PGA dream come true

FORMER Wee Wonder Tyrell Hatton realised a childhood dream by claiming his third Rolex Series title at the BMW PGA Championship. Hatton, who first started watching the BMW PGA at Wentworth as a five-year-old, held off the formidable challenge of Frenchman Victor Perez to earn a dream victory at his home event. Back in 1996, […]

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Hatton happy to be home at Wentworth having visited BMW PGA since he was five

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE’S Tyrrell Hatton enjoyed a happy homecoming in his first round on British soil in 2020 at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. The former Wee Wonders champion shot an opening round of 66 on the West Course to share the lead with Spain’s Adri Arnaus and South African Justin Harding. The 28-year-old carded an […]

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Tommy Fleetwood aiming for a third Rolex title at BMW PGA Championship

TOMMY Fleetwood is hoping to convert his strong run of form on the European Tour into a third Rolex Series title with a victory on home soil in this week’s BMW PGA Championship, at Wentworth. The Southport golfer finished tied third in the Portugal Masters prior to last month’s US Open. He then lost to […]

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Rai ready for Race to Dubai climax after Rolex win over Fleetwood in Scottish Open

AARON Rai defeated Tommy Fleetwood in a play-off to win his first Rolex Series title at the 2020 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open. The former HSBC Wee Wonders winner – famous for wearing two gloves – signed for a wonderful 64 to set the target at 11-under par. But Fleetwood holed a 20-foot putt on […]

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Westwood storms into first round as he enjoys continued Renaissance at Scottish Open

LEE Westwood fired two eagles on his way to carding a superb nine-under par 62 to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open. It is 22 years since the veteran of nine Ryder Cups won the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond. The Notts-rasied golfer, who now lives […]

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Johnston spurred on by Syme success fires brilliant first round 61 at Portugal Masters

SCOTLAND’S Liam Johnston produced the lowest round of his European Tour career at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf course. The 26-year-old from Dumfries fired a sparkling round of 61 to lead by one shot at the end of the opening day of the 2020 Portugal Masters. At nine-under par through 16 holes, the Scot was in […]

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Fleetwood returns to Algarve to fine tune his game before next week’s US Open

TOMMY Fleetwood is teeing it up at the Portugal Masters, on the Algarve, for the first time since 2016. And the Ryder Cup star is excited to be back at a regular European Tour event after the four-month hiatus due to coronavirus. Fleetwood played every edition of this event between 2012 and 2016. And the […]

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How Clements came up with improvement plan while left on his Todd during lockdown

TODD Clements feels under no pressure and hopes this week’s Northern Ireland Open will be the beginning of a period of progression for the Challenge Tour player from Essex. The 24-year-old tees it up at Galgorm Castle Golf Club this week having finished in third place at the venue in last year’s ISPS Handa World […]

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Martin Kaymer can’t find a better course in Spain than Ryder Cup’s Valderrama

A REJUVANATED Martin Kaymer cannot wait to take on the test of Real Club Valderrama at this week’s Estrella Damm Andalucía Masters. The former World No. 1 has made no secret of his love for the 1997 Ryder Cup venue. And the German heads into the week with renewed confidence afterchallenging for the title at […]

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Rasmus joins Manassero as Tour’s top teenage winners with Belfry win over Walters

RASMUS Højgaard became only the second teenager to win twice on the European Tour after edging out Justin Walters in a play-off for the 2020 ISPS Handa UK Championship. On a dramatic final day at The Belfry, the 19-year-old, from Denmark, came from five strokes back to finish level with Walters on 14-under par. When […]

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Toy takes her time in defence of Amateur Championship title at West Lancashire

CORNWALL’S Emily Toy maintained her bid to successfully defend the Women’s Amateur Championship after reaching Friday’s last-16 at West Lancashire GC. The 22-year-old, who claimed victory at Royal County Down last year, is aiming to become the first player since Sweden’s Louise Stahle to retain the championship, back in 2005. Having progressed on the cut […]

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Ben Schmidt on the trail of The Amateur crown and place in Masters and Open

YORKSHIRE’S Benjamin Schmidt comfortably advanced in his quest to win The 125th Amateur Championship. Taking on Germany’s Brandon Dietzel, Schmidt – the highest ranked player in the field at No. 35 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking – recorded a 3&2 victory across the famed Royal Birkdale links. The 18-year-old, from Rotherham GC, will meet […]

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