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Royal Troon all set to stage AIG Women’s British Open … but fans will be missing

THE AIG Women’s British Open will go ahead without spectators at Royal Troon in August – because of the COVID-19 pandemic – the R&A has confirmed. It will be the first women’s Major Championship to be played in 2020 and will be broadcast globally to more than 11 million TV fans. Japan’s Hinako Shibuno was […]

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The top five European Tour members in the UK swing mini order of merit will earn a place in the US Open the USGA has announced

European Tour mini order of merit will offer 10 places from UK Swing for US Open

STARTING spots in the US Open will be up for grabs in a mini order of merit for players competing in the European Tour’s UK Swing, which gets under way next month. The USGA – golf’s governing body in North America – has agreen that 10 exemptions will be available to European Tour members in […]

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Amateur Championship could ‘return to straight knockout format’ at Birkdale

COULD the Amateur Championship be reverting to a simple knockout format due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic? The R&A has abandoned plans to use two courses – as it has for the past 36 years – to stage its traditional 36-hole qualifier, leading to a knockout matchplay for the top 64 players. Instead […]

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Caddy Ken tests positive for COVID-19 forcing G-Mac to withdraw from Travellers

US OPEN champion Graeme McDowell has withdrawn from this week’s Travelers Championship in America, after his caddy tested positive for COVID-19. The Northern Ireland ace, who lives in Florida, pulled out of the PGA Tour event in Connecticut, on Tuesday night after it was confirmed caddy longstanding Ken Comboy had been diagnosed as having the […]

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Meghan MacLaren is the spark behind new branding for Ladies European Tour

MEGHAN MacLaren and Suzann Pettersen have teamed up to help give the Ladies European Tour a fresh logo, updated website and tag line. The Raise Our Game tagline aims to capture the ambition of the new LPGA-LET joint venture partnership – and a shared desire to keep moving women’s golf forward. The brand refresh includes […]

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Coltart says European stars must play in the Ryder Cup – even if there are no fans

EX-Ryder Cup player Andrew Coltart warned Europe’s top players they must play against the USA at Whistling Straits in September – because there is no guarantee the COVID-19 crisis could be over in another 12 months’ time. So even if fans are barred from watching Padraig Harrington’s Europeean team go head to head with Steve […]

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2020 Staysure season called off over worries about risk to over-50s players’ health

THE Staysure Tour – Europe’s Senior Tour for players aged 50 and older – has announced the cancellation of its 2020 season because of the COVID-19 crisis. The decision was taken following consultation with the Tour’s membership and its medical advisers. The move was based on the additional risk associated with the players’ age demographic […]

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Diamond Country Club will now host first event when European Tour returns

THE European Tour has brought forward the date its tournaments will resume by a week – with the Austrian Open, now going ahead at Diamond Country Club in July. The news marks the return of the European Challenge Tour which resume its 2020 season with the Euram Bank Open a week earlier. And the decision […]

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Liz Young’s brainchild to be called the Rose Ladies Series with six events in the UK

JUSTIN Rose and his wife Kate are to sponsor the Rose Ladies Series of women’s golf tournaments in the UK – culminating in a two-day final. The Roses decided to put up £35,0000 to sponsor the one-day events in June and July after reading about fellow Hampshire-based professional Liz Young’s efforts to put on a […]

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Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera-Bello

Plenty of drama at virtual Valderrama as five tie at top in BMW Indoor Invitational

HOME favourites Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello, finished in a five-way tie for first place when a virtual Valderrama hosted the latest leg of the BMW Indoor Invitational. Masters winner Garcia and his compatriot and fellow Ryder Cup star Cabrera-Bello played in the interactive feature group. They both finished on one-under after shooting 70s […]

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Garcia and Cabrera-Bello make ‘Valderrama debut’ in BMW Indoor Invitational

GREEN Jacket winner Sergio Garcia and Rolex Series winner Rafa Cabrera-Bello will head the Spanish challenge when the BMW Indoor Invitational heads to Valderrama, on Saturday. The fourth leg of the BMW Indoor Invitational – powered by TrackMan – sees another strong field of nearly 40 European Tour players. The presence of Garcia and Cabrera-Bello […]

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Keith Pelley pledges: ‘No European Tour players will lose their cards in 2020’

EUROPEAN Tour chief Keith Pelley has guaranteed no players will lose their playing rights as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc with its international schedule in 2020. So any player who was inside the top 110 on the Order of Merit at the end of the 2019 season, will keep their cards for […]

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UK swing sees European Tour return with six events in England and Wales

THE European Tour will return with a new six-week ‘UK Swing’ starting in July – and revealed details of four new Rolex Series events. The European Tour will play two Marriott venues and return to two Ryder Cup venues, while the BMW PGA Championship, at Wentworth, moves from September to October 15-18. And there is […]

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St Andrews Old Course is set to reopen on Friday, May , 29, 2020 after relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions

St Andrews Old Course set to reopen on Friday along with Eden, The New and Balgove

THE Old Course at St Andrews – the Home of Golf – is set to reopen on Friday, subject to an 11th hour approval by the Scottish Government on Thursday night. But visitors will have to wait as tee times are restricted to St Andrews Links Trust’s yearly ticketholders from around the town in Fife […]

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Wil Besseling goes 3-2-1 to land his first BMW Indoor Invitational title in Munich

WIL Besseling shot a four-under par 69 to secure a two-shot victory in the latest BMW Indoor Invitational at Germany’s München Eichenried golf club. The Dutchman finished top of a leaderboard featuring 31 European Tour players in the third of five events in the new series of virtual golf tournaments using the latest simulator technology […]

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Westwood to miss PGA Tour return – is it a clue British Masters will go ahead?

LEE Westwood is prepared to miss key events on the PGA Tour because of the planned quarantine restrictions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA. And his reasoning could be the biggest hint yet that the European Tour is ready to return to action in July at the British Masters, which Westwood is set […]

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Qualifiers for US Open and USGA’s remaining amateur championships cancelled

THE qualifiers for the 2020 US Open on both sides of the Atlantic have been scrapped by the United States Golf Association (USGA). Each year thousands of amateurs, club professionals as well as Tour stars from all over the world enter the USGA’s regional and sectional qualifiers. They include the event held at Walton Heath […]

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Rory No. 1 in every sense as he wins TaylorMade Driving Relief skins shootout

THE scenario had been suggested… but World No. 1 Rory McIlroy made it happen when he claimed a $1.1million prize for his chosen charity by winning the TaylorMade Driving Relief skins match. Golf South’s preview of Sunday’s multi-million dollar fundraiser featuring four of the biggest names on PGA Tour, suggested if the back nine of […]

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Connor Syme shoots 64 at Royal Portrush to win second BMW Indoor Invitational

CONNOR Syme shot an eight-under par round of 64 to secure a two-shot victory to claim the second of the BMW Indoor Invitational played over simulators featuring Royal Portrush’s Dunluce Links. The Scot finished top of a leaderboard featuring 28 European Tour players in the second of five events in the new series of virtual […]

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Willett says England Home Internationals win in 2009 was his best team experience

DANNY Willett’s Green Jacket will always take pride of place in his locker, but an England team blazer remains dear to his heart. In fact, the 2016 Masters champion rates playing as an amateur in the Home Internationals for England as his favourite team golf experience. But given his experiences as a member of Darren […]

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