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THOMAS PIETERS in the first round of the 2020 Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Thomas Pieters fires eight birdies despite tougher set up at Dubai Desert Classic

THOMAS Pieters fired eight birdies in an impressive round of 67 to open up a one-shot lead in the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Much thicker rough than normal and a testing wind made Emirates Golf Club a sterner challenge than in recent years. But the Belgian made a strong start as […]

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Bryson DeChambeau is using the 2020 Omega Dubai Desert Classic as a warm up for the Major Championships

DeChambeau wants to tap in to Dubai’s link to success in the Major Championships

BRYSON DeChambeau is hopeful a successful defence of his title at this week’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic can act as a springboard for glory in the 2020 Major Championships. The American stormed to a dominant seven-shot victory at Emirates Golf Club in 2019, to claim his first European Tour title – and add to his […]

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Faldo’s Major Champions Invitational will feature 72 of the world’s best juniors

SEVENTY-TWO junior golfers from around the world will compete at in next week’s third edition of the Major Champions Invitational, at Arizona’s Lookout Mountain Golf Club. The players will be split into teams of four – each captained and mentored by one of 18 Major champions. England’s North East stars Jess Baker (Gosford Park Ladies) […]

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Payton Gordley puts Joshua Smith firmly in his place at first final of European eTour

AMERICAN Payton Gordley defeated countryman Joshua Smith to take the trophy and $5,000 winners’ cheque in the first event of the inaugural European eTour Series. Golfx3 – Gordley’s screenname – who participated in a one-off esports event held at last season’s Made in Denmark took the lead at the third hole from JSmithers – Smith’s […]

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How Italian Job by Francesco Laporta drove him to the top of Abu Dhabi leaderboard

FRANCESCO Laporta birdied his last five holes in a stunning nine-under par round of 63 to leap to the top of the leaderboard at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The Italian secured his playing rights after topping the European Challenge Tour’s Road to Mallorca Rankings in 2019. And he displayed the form that saw him […]

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How Norris and Paratore put Koepka and Fleetwood in the shade in heat of Abu Dhabi

TWO unheralded European Tour players – Italy’s Renato Paratore and South African’s Shaun Norris – who outscored pre-tournament favourites Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood, in the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. All the focus in the build-up had been on the big names bidding for the riches on offer in the United […]

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Hovland bullseye gets Viktor over the line on debut at Yas Marina’s Hero Challenge

RISING star Viktor Hovland defeated Major Champion Louis Oosthuizen to win the first Hero Challenge of 2020 in Abu Dhabi. With his final shot of the night worth double, Hovland delivered a “bullseye” 50, to add 100 points to his final total of 190 points, easily surpassing Oosthuizen’s total of 55. It was the Norwegian’s […]

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BROOKS KOEPKA talks to reporters during practice at the 2020 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

After missing Presidents Cup with knee injury, Koepka’s keen to play in Abu Dhabi

WORLD No. 1 Brooks Koepka is keen to add a Rolex Series title to his already impressive CV, as he makes his comeback from a knee injury at this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after missing last month’s Presidents Cup. The four-time Major winner returns to Abu Dhabi Golf Club for the third time – […]

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Hero Challenge at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit

Yas Marina circuit hosts Hero Challenge as Louis Oosthuizen makes debut

MAJOR winners Louis Oosthuizen and Danny Willett will join rising star Viktor Hovland to complete a world-class line up for the first Hero Challenge at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina racing circuit. Fresh from his near miss defence in Sunday’s South African Open, Oosthuizen will play in Tuesday’s curtain-raiser to this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, […]

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Johannes Veerman playing in the first round of the 2020 South African Open on Randpark GC’s Bushwillow Course

Veerman steers his way to top of leaderboard in first round of South African Open

AMERICAN Johannes Veerman fired the lowest round of his fledgling European Tour career to take the first round lead at the South African Open. Veerman shot a brilliant bogey-free 62 over the Bushwillow Course at Randpark Golf Club to get to nine-under. He leads the way by one from Italy’s Nino Bertasio and South African […]

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IMG signs up Li Haotong as leading Chinese player looks for more success worldwide

CHINA’S leading golfer Li Haotong has signed a worldwide management representaion deal with IMG covering all commercial activity. Haotong has enjoyed a record-breaking career since turning professional in 2011 at the age of sixteen. The 24-year-old won the inaugural PGA Tour Series-China Order of Merit in 2014 after three wins in the season. And – […]

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Patrick Cantlay and Haotong Li join elite field at 15th Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

PRESIDENTS Cup rivals Patrick Cantlay and Haotong Li have become the latest international stars to confirm their appearance at next week’s 15th Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Patrick Cantlay, a former World No. 1 ranked amateur, has soared into the World’s Top 10, after two high-profile victories in 2018 and 2019. Cantlay, who made his Presidents […]

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Keith Pelley: European Tour no longer tolerates slow play and will act on 4-point plan

EUROPEAN Tour chief executive Keith Pelley writes about the controversy over slow play on the European Tour and explains why the Tournament Committee and the board have decided to take firm action for the 2020 season. MANY issues have affected the game of golf since I became chief executive of the European Tour – but […]

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One of Edoardo Molinari’s tweet on slow play

Slow play: European Tour introduces four-point plan to crack down for 2020 events

THE European Tour has announced a concrete four-point plan aimed at tackling the issue of slow play in professional golf. The plan, which will be implemented at the start of the 2020 season, was approved by the European Tour’s Tournament Committee in July and fine-tuned over the past month. It will focus on four key […]

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The ‘Mad Scientist’ Bryson DeChambeau leads Masters

BRYSON DeChambeau produced an incredible finish, posting four closing birdies to share the lead with Brooks Koepka at six-under par the end of day one at the Masters. A remarkable run of scoring in the late groups stretched the field at Augusta National Golf Club. DeChambeau was among a host of European Tour players in […]

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