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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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Dryburgh wins third Rose Ladies Series event as Lily May Humphreys goes close

ESSEX’S Lily May Humphreys further underlined her career potential as she pushed for victory and fell just short of the winning total posted by Gemma Dryburgh in the third event of the Rose Ladies Series. The 18-year-old England women’s international is no stranger to the top of leaderboards having won the 2019 Welsh and Irish […]

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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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Golf bodies welcome PM’s new lockdown rules which let clubhouses serve food

GOLF bodies in England have welcomed further changes to COVID-19 lockdown rules and restrictions. But they have made it clear they remain vigilant as golfers and staff return to play and work. Following the changes announced yesterday by Boris Johnson – which come into effect on July 4 – golf clubs should be able to […]

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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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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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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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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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R&A sets up £7m COVID-19 Support Fund to combat coronavirus pandemic

THE £7million R&A COVID-19 Support Fund has been launched by the game’s governing body to help golf deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will be largely aimed at national associations and other affiliated bodies in Great Britain and Ireland. With the global pandemic leading to widespread temporary course closures and drastic […]

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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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Northern Ireland Executive gives golf the green light to resume in ‘the next week’

GOLF is set to return in Ulster in the coming days after the Northern Ireland Executive published its Step by Step plan to relax lockdown restrictions during the COVID-19 crisis. The Golfing Union of Ireland is working through the document so that clubs in Northern Ireland can reopen their doors – and follow those in […]

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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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Don’t forget young golfers Golf Foundation urges in post-lockdown guidelines

THE Golf Foundation has called on clubs not to forget junior golfers as they open for the first weekend’s play in some two months. The charity, which works closely with PGA club professionals to introduce youngsters into the sport, wants to ensure they are not forgotten as members rush out to play golf again this […]

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More European Tour players join field at ‘Royal Portrush’ for BMW Indoor Invitational

A FIELD of 29 European Tour players will take on Royal Portrush in the second event in the European Tour’s BMW Indoor Invitational. Dutchman Joost Luiten won the inaugural virtual golf tournament – powered by Trackman – last Saturday. The five-time European Tour winner finished two shots clear of the field over St Andrews’ Old […]

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Golf clubs get green light to reopen as PM lifts COVID-19 rules on certain sports

GOLF clubs in England can resume playing from Wednesday this week after Prime Minister’s address to the nation on relaxing some parts of the lockdown imposed to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. England Golf – the game’s governing body – welcomed the news allowing golf clubs to open for their members for the first time since […]

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Clive Edgington to continue as captain of The R&A into 2020/21 season

CLIVE Edgington is to continue as captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in 2020/21. Mr Edginton, a member at Surrey’s St George’s Hill – took office in September as captain for 2019/20. But because of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, the club’s past captains have nominated […]

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IGF World Amateur Team Championship in Singapore cancelled because of virus

THE Eisenhower and Espirito Santo Trophies will not be awarded in 2020 after the World Amateur Team Championships for men and women were cancelled. The International Golf Federation has scrapped both biennial events in October because of the the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision follows the IGF switching the events from Hong […]

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Harrington ‘names’ Donald as Ryder Cup vice-captain and rules out getting 12 picks

RYDER Cup captain Padraig Harrington has unintentionally named Luke Donald as a vice-captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup. Harrington confirmed two things about his plans for Whistling Straits – if the biennial clash with the Americans can go ahead in September – in a TV interview with Sky Sports. But while the European team captain […]

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BMW Indoor Invitational to see Westwood and Kaymer tackle top courses online

MARTIN Kaymer and Lee Westwood will go head-to-head from their own homes as the European Tour switches formats for the new BMW Indoor Invitational. The eSport special is a series of virtual golf tournaments using the latest simulator technology powered by TrackMan that will run over the summer featuring courses including St Andrews, Royal Portrush, […]

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