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Slow play rules hit home on European Tour

Chief executive Keith Pelley has hailed the European Tour’s new pace of play policy a success after rounds during the recent ‘Desert Swing’ were completed up to 19 minutes quicker.

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Charl Schwartzel relishing return to action

Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is relishing a return to action against the rising stars of South African golf after taking the longest break of his career.

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Shane Lowry laps it up in Phoenix as 600,000 fans put on the pressure

Darren Clarke might have missed Shane Lowry revving up the crowd at the Waste Management Phoenix Open but if the European Ryder Cup skipper was looking for a sign the Clara man is up for a fight in September, he got it on Sunday.

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Amateurs change clubs too often, says master clubmaker

A Waterford master golf clubmaker, one of just nine award winners worldwide to be recognised by the International Clubmaker Guild (ICG) in December, believes amateur golfers change their clubs too often.

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Danny Willett in Ryder Cup frame after victory in Dubai

England’s Danny Willett set his sights on a place in the Ryder Cup after holding his nerve to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and take a massive step towards a place in the world’s top 10.

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Ernie Els in contention as Rory McIlroy battles back

A month after fearing for his future in the game, Ernie Els cruised into contention for a fourth victory in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic as defending champion Rory McIlroy kept his own title hopes alive.

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Rory McIlroy: I want to face Tiger Woods down the stretch at a major

Rory McIlroy has not given up hope of achieving a lifelong ambition of going head-to-head with Tiger Woods in the closing stages of a major championship.

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Jack Nicklaus teaches US Ryder Cup team some home truths

The USA’s bid for Ryder Cup glory steps up a notch with a gathering of the top contenders for the team at the Florida home of Jack Nicklaus later this month.

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Paul Dunne looks on bright side after testing PGA Tour debut

Greystones’ Paul Dunne enjoyed his USPGA Tour debut in the Farmers Insurance Open in California with the weekend weather conditions making him feel right at home.

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Paul McGinley sets sights on double Olympic gold

Paul McGinley will head to Brazil and the Olympics Games host course next month in a first step to delivering two golfing gold medals to Ireland.

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Branden Grace wins and closes on his ‘top 10 goal’

South Africa’s Branden Grace admitted it was a dream come true after becoming the first player to successfully defend the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on Saturday.

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Paul Lawrie masters conditions to take control at gusty Doha

Former Open champion Paul Lawrie enhanced his reputation as a bad-weather specialist to remain firmly on course for an unprecedented third victory in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

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The PGA Merchandise Show is ‘the Super Bowl of golf business’

It’s an Aladdin’s cave for golf nuts. Heaven for hackers. Valhalla for garage golfers and other madcap inventors believing they’ve come up with the game’s greatest gadget.

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Return to K Club ‘may tempt Tiger Woods’

The European Tour hopes its long-awaited return to the K Club for this May’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open could tempt Tiger Woods to the tournament in a reunion of the 2006 Ryder Cup teams.

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