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Lee Westwood will host the 2020 Betfred British Masters and for a second time when the European Tour return to Close House in July

Westwood wants Close House win when he hosts British Masters for a second time

ADOPTED Geordie Lee Westwood is looking forward to becoming the first player to host the Betfred British Masters on two occasions when the European Tour event returns to Close House near Newcastle upon Tyne this summer. Westwood has enjoyed an impressive start to 2020, winning the season’s first Rolex Series event, the Abu Dhabi HSBC […]

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Shane Lowry looking forward to trying to win the 2020 Saudi International title on the European Tour

Why Shane Lowry is looking forward to a second crack at Saudi International title

OPEN Champion Shane Lowry is aiming to extend his strong record in the Middle East when he makes his debut as part of a strong field looking to claim this week’s Saudi International title. The Irishman won the 2019 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and is a former runner up in the European Tour’s season-ending DP […]

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Lee Westwood the 2020 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship winner

Lee Westwood: Winning run extends into fourth decade with 25th title at Abu Dhabi

LEE Westwood produced a brilliant final round display to win his 25th event on the European Tour, and take his winning run into a fourth decade at the 2020 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The Nottinghamshire ace entered the final day with a one shot lead and, while he was briefly caught, he was never passed […]

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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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Defending champion Shane Lowry admits he his eyes on playing in the 2020 Olympics

Olympics and Ryder Cup are on Shane Lowry’s bucket list for 2020 after first Claret Jug

IT’S onwards and upwards for Shane Lowry as he begins his title defence at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship – with one eye on the Olympics and the other on the Ryder Cup. The Irishman won his first Rolex Series title at Abu Dhabi Golf Club 12 months ago – and carried his form and […]

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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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European Tour chief referee John Paramor and Andy McFee

One-stroke penalty after two bad times at same event as Tour beefs up slow-play rules

EUROPEAN Tour players who record two bad times in a tournament – instead of in the same round – will now face an immediate one-stroke penalty, tournament chiefs announced today. The European Tour’s new tougher regulations aimed at tackling slow play come into effect at this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The beefed-up four-point plan […]

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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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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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Lowry paints right picture in Abu Dhabi HSBC

SHANE Lowry was still the man to catch at the halfway stage of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after following up Wednesday’s course record-equalling 62 with a battling 70. After a rocky start to his second round, three-time European Tour winner Lowry found the form that helped him match Henrik Stenson’s 13-year-old record on day […]

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