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Martin survives final day struggle in Las Vegas to land first PGA title

Ben Martin made an eagle on the 16th as he held off the pack to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, his first PGA Tour title.

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Work gets under way on Phase One of the major renovation project at Rosses Point which will see the creation of four new championship tees, several new bunkers, a new third green and another six greens extended to provide more challenging pin positions.

Driving into the future on Western front

The West is officially awake as a major international golf venue with Carne Golf Links and County Sligo Golf Club deep in negotiations to host a revived Irish Seniors Open in 2015 and 2016.

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Flying Finn Ilonen crowns great year with Volvo win

Golf: Mikko Ilonen hailed the best year of his career after becoming the first Finnish player to win the Volvo World Match Play Championship with a hard-fought victory over top seed and good friend Henrik Stenson.

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Reed on a roll as Donaldson and G-Mac crash out in Kent

Patrick Reed gained a small measure of revenge for last month’s Ryder Cup defeat by knocking European hero Jamie Donaldson out of the Volvo World Match Play Championship yesterday.

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Birthday boy Els celebrates with sizzling 65 in Hong Kong

Former world number one Ernie Els celebrated his 45th birthday by shooting a five-under-par 65 to take the lead in the Hong Kong Open at the halfway stage.

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Ilonen too hot for McDowell

Defending champion Graeme McDowell suffered just his third ever defeat in the Volvo World Match Play Championship yesterday, as Ryder Cup team-mate Stephen Gallacher’s singles losing streak reached double figures.

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Refocused McDowell ‘more motivated than ever’ for titles

Graeme McDowell outlined a renewed commitment and some ambitious career targets after making an ideal start to the defence of his Volvo World Match Play Championship title.

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G-Mac: US need for a win will make next Ryder Cup an epic

Graeme McDowell believes the continuing fallout from Europe’s Ryder Cup victory at Gleneagles will ensure a "fairly epic" contest in two years’ time.

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McGinley redesign shows off his fun side

It would be an exaggeration to say that Paul McGinley’s course design style is based on ‘Little Old Lady Theory’ but it’s not too far from the truth.

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Stenson heads European charge

Five members of Europe’s winning Ryder Cup team will feature in the World Matchplay Championship at the London Golf Club tomorrow.

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Bae back to winning ways at Silverado

Bae Sang-moon won the first tournament of the PGA Tour season and already is thinking about the last one.

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‘Strange’ win admits Levy

Alexander Levy has won the Portugal Masters after the event was reduced to 36 holes as more rain battered the Oceanico Victoria Golf Club yesterday.

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South Africa's Thomas Aiken tees off on the 7th in the gathering gloom during the second round of the Portugal Masters in Albufeira.  Picture: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Levy swinging in the rain

The Portugal Masters has been reduced to 54 holes after heavy rain caused lengthy delays in Vilamoura yesterday with only six players, including leader Alexander Levy, completing their second rounds.

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Colsaerts agonisingly close to magical 59

Nicolas Colsaerts left his putt on the 18th "hanging" as he just missed out on firing the European Tour’s first round of 59 at the Portugal Masters.

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Lynn seeking badly needed inspiration

Defending champion David Lynn is looking for some inspiration as he returns to the scene of his last victory.

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Don’t call me Captain Perfect

Paul McGinley flees from the idea that he was the perfect captain or that he has turned the Ryder Cup into a poisoned chalice for his successor.

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