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Alistair Tait

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Rory McIlroy ankle injury leaves British Open start in question

Rory McIlroy ankle injury leaves British Open 2015 start at St. Andrews in question

PGA Tour golfer Rory McIlroy ankle injury while playing soccer with friends before 2015 British Open PGA Tour major championship at St. Andrews.

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For European Tour success, copy the French

For European Tour success, copy the French system of amateur, pro development

French golf fans have much to celebrate on the European Tour and on the amateur-golf ranks.

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Bernd Wiesberger closes out French Open victory

European Tour player Bernd Wiesberger closes out French Open victory

Bernd Wiesberger closed out his third European Tour title Sunday at the French Open while three others earned spots in the British Open.

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Langasque shows shades of Dubuisson in British Amateur win

Romain Langasque shows shades of fellow Frenchman Victor Dubuisson in 2015 British Amateur win

The 2015 British Amateur Championship final match with French golfer Romain Langasque and Scotland's Grant Forrest has Langasque win and show signs of PGA Tour golfer Victor Dubuisson.

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Langasque, Forrest reach final at British Amateur

Romain Langasque, Grant Forrest reach final at British Amateur

The 2015 British Amateur Championship match-play final with former San Diego men's golfer Grant Forrest of Scotland and Romain Langasque of France at Carnoustie.

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Match-play quarterfinals set for British Amateur Championship

Match-play quarterfinals set for British Amateur Championship

The 2015 British Amateur Championship match-play quarterfinals are set with Jack McDonald and Sean Towndrow making the fourth round in Scotland.

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Stanford's David Boote puts on a show at Carnoustie

Stanford's David Boote puts on a show at Carnoustie in British Amateur match play

Stanford college golfer David Boote put on a show at Carnoustie in British Amateur match play.

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Niebrugge among match-play qualifiers at British Amateur

Oklahoma State's Jordan Niebrugge among match-play qualifiers at British Amateur

Oklahoma State college golfer and Walker Cup hopeful Jordan Niebrugge made match play Tuesday at the British Amateur in Carnoustie, Scotland.

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Tait: Will the British Amateur produce a worthy winner?

Tait: Will the 2015 British Amateur Championship produce a worthy winner?

The 2015 British Amateur Championship men's amateur golf tournament past champions have failed to make it in professional ranks but Marcus Kinhult, Ryan Ruffels and Austin Connelly are among 2015 contestants to seek amateur and professional success.

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Unfortunate overlap: Palmer Cup dilutes Amateur Championship field

Unfortunate overlap: Palmer Cup dilutes Amateur Championship field

The Palmer Cup overlaps the Amateur Championship this month which will dilute the field at the historic amateur event.

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Kjeldsen breaks winless streak with Irish Open title

Soren Kjeldsen breaks winless streak on European Tour with Irish Open title

Soren Kjeldsen broke a winless streak on the European Tour by winning the Irish Open in a playoff.

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Harrington, Uihlein fail to qualify for U.S. Open; Levy medals at England sectional

Padraig Harrington, Peter Uihlein fail to qualify for U.S. Open; Alexander Levy medals at England sectional

Padraig Harrington and Peter Uihlein failed to qualify for the 2015 U.S. Open via sectional qualifying while Alexander Levy was one of 11 qualifiers Monday in England.

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Byeong-hun An breaks through with BMW PGA Championship win

Byeong-hun An breaks through with European Tour's 2015 BMW PGA Championship win

Byeong-hun An breaks through with European Tour's 2015 BMW PGA Championship win for the former U.S. Amateur Championship winner out of South Korea.

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Molinari, An share 54-hole lead at BMW PGA Championship

European Tour players Francesco Molinari, Byeong Hun An share lead at BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth

European Tour players Francesco Molinari and Byeong Hun An share the 54-hole lead at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

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McIlroy struggles to 78, misses cut at BMW PGA

Rory McIlroy misses European Tour cut at BMW PGA Championship after second-round 78 at Wentworth

Rory McIlroy missed the cut at the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship after a second-round 78 Friday at Wentworth.

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Morrison moves into contention at BMW PGA with second-round 66

European Tour player James Morrison moves into contention at BMW PGA Championship with second-round 66

European Tour player James Morrison carded a 6-under 66 Friday at Wentworth to move into contention at the BMW PGA Championship.

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With eye on majors, Molinari surges into BMW PGA lead

With eye on majors, Francesco Molinari surges into European Tour BMW PGA Championship lead

Francesco Molinari fired a 7-under 65 Thursday to grab the first-round lead at BMW PGA Championship as he looks to qualify for the U.S. Open and British Open.

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McIlroy throws club at BMW PGA, could face fine

Rory McIlroy throws club at BMW PGA Championship, could face fine from Europen Tour

Rory McIlroy could face a stiff fine from the European Tour’s 15-man tournament committee for club throwing during the opening round of the BMW PGA Championship.

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Number of golfers in Europe continues to slide, KPMG report finds

Number of golfers in Europe continues to slide, KPMG report finds

European golf numbers are continuing to drop, according to a new KPMG survey, "Golf Participation in Europe 2015."

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Road-weary McIlroy posts solid 71 in opening round of BMW PGA

Road-weary Rory McIlroy posts solid 71 in opening round of European Tour BMW PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy opened the BMW PGA Championship with a 1-under 71 despite fighting a little mental fatigue Thursday at Wentworth.

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McIlroy returns to BMW PGA site that kick-started his big 2014 season

Rory McIlroy returns to European Tour's BMW PGA site that kick-started his big 2014 season

Rory McIlroy returns to the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, where a red-hot summer began in 2014.

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Top Europeans want tour's new boss to close gap with PGA Tour

Top European Tour players want new boss to close the gap with PGA Tour

European Tour stars want chief executive Keith Pelley to close the gap with PGA Tour.

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Luke Donald hopes friendly Wentworth helps reverse slide

European Tour's Luke Donald hopes friendly Wentworth helps reverse slide

Luke Donald could be forced to quit the European Tour if he continues his slide down the Official World Golf Ranking but hopes to turn it around at the BMW PGA Championship.

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Martin Kaymer grants Ian Poulter a pass on skipping BMW PGA

Martin Kaymer grants Ian Poulter a pass on skipping BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth

Martin Kaymer doesn't believe European Tour members must play the BMW PGA Championship and granted Ian Poulter a pass.

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Despite Coetzee's European Tour win, Olesen and Davies steal show

Despite George Coetzee's European Tour win, Thorbjorn Olesen and Rhys Davies steal show

The European Tour's 2015 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open has George Coetzee win in a playoff over Thorbjorn Olesen and Rhys Davies wins on the European Challenge Tour.

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Sweden's Kinhult adds Lytham Trophy to his spring haul

Sweden's Marcus Kinhult adds Lytham Trophy to his spring haul

Marcus Kinhult became the first Swede to win the Lytham Trophy on Sunday when he claimed an eight-shot victory at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

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Ashun Wu makes history with win at Volvo China Open

Ashun Wu makes history with win at European Tour's Volvo China Open in Shanghai

European Tour golfer Ashun Wu made history on Sunday becoming the first Chinese golfer to win on home soil with a victory in the Volvo China Open in Shanghai.

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Trump Turnberry to undergo renovations for future British Opens

Golf course Trump Turnberry to undergo renovations for future British Opens

Golf course Trump Turnberry to undergo major renovations for future British Opens, Donald Trump said Tuesday. Golf course architect Martin Ebert is leading the charge.

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Faldo, Watson era of the Open Championship ends at St. Andrews

Nick Faldo, Tom Watson era of the Open Championship ends at St. Andrews

Like Tom Watson, Nick Faldo will end his Open Championship run at the Old Course at St. Andrews in July.

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Big-money events should be focus of Pelley's European Tour tenure

Big-money events should be focus of Keith Pelley's European Tour tenure

European Tour golf new chief executive Keith Pelley should focus on bringing in more money to attract the likes of Rory McIlroy Martin Kaymer and Ian Poulter.

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Penge, 16, scores record-tying McEvoy victory

Marco Penge, 16, scores record-tying victory at McEvoy Trophy

Marco Penge won the prestigious McEvoy Trophy on April 16 and now heads to the Sage Valley Junior Invitational.

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Keith Pelley chosen to replace Euro Tour's George O'Grady

Keith Pelley chosen to replace Euro Tour's George O'Grady

The European Tour has hired a Canadian as its new chief executive. Keith Pelley has been appointed to replace George O’Grady, who retires this summer.

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Willett enters Masters leading England’s next generation of talent

Danny Willett enters Masters leading England’s next generation of talent

Danny Willett will make his Masters debut this week as one of European Tour's young leading men.

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Harrington sings McIlroy's praises ahead of the Masters

Padraig Harrington sings Rory McIlroy's praises ahead of the 2015 Masters

Rory McIlroy replaced Tiger Woods at the Masters as the PGA Tour golfer to watch, according to Padraig Harrington.

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Top 10 in Morocco a throwback to the Olazabal of old

Top 10 in Morocco looks like the Jose Maria Olazabal of old

Jose Maria Olazabal’s joint ninth-place finish the Trophee Hassan II is welcome news for European golf fans, and a sign of the determination that has defined his career.

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Clarke says McIlroy winning Masters is inevitable

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke says Rory McIlroy will win Masters sooner or later

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke says Rory McIlroy eventually will win the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club because his power and comfort as World No. 1.

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Clarke hopes Tiger returns for Masters, 2016 Ryder Cup

European captain Darren Clarke hopes Tiger Woods returns for Masters, 2016 Ryder Cup

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke said that he hopes Tiger Woods will return to play at the Masters and make the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

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Clarke's best bet for Ryder Cup success? Stick to the plan

Darren Clarke's best bet for Ryder Cup success? Stick to the European plan

Darren Clarke isn’t planning to rock the Ryder Cup boat. The Northern Irishman will stick to a so-far successful script in the hopes of leading Europe to an unprecedented fourth consecutive Ryder Cup victory.

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Tait: Tour pros could benefit from Rules of Golf knowledge

Tait: Tour pros could benefit from Rules of Golf knowledge

Tour players could benefit from a working knowledge of the Rules of Golf, as proved again Sunday when Keegan Bradley incurred a two-shot penalty at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Tait: England provides best international players for college golf

Alistair Tait says England provdes the best international players for college golf

Which country tops the list when it comes to providing international players for NCAA Division I players? Alistair Tait has only one answer and it may surprise you.

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Matt Ford ditches postman job to fulfill dream on European Tour

Englishman Matt Ford ditches postman job to fulfill dream on European Tour

Matt Ford's runner-up finish at the European Tour's Africa Open stop is big for the Englishman, in more ways than one.

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Padraig Harrington might be golf's ultimate overachiever

Alistair Tait: Padraig Harrington might be golf's ultimate overachiever

Arguably no current golfer has worked harder or been more dedicated than the recent Honda Classic winner Padraig Harrington, writes Alistair Tait.

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British Masters returns to Euro Tour schedule in 2015

The European Tour's British Masters is set to return in 2015 at Ian Poulter's house course of Woburn Golf Club in England

The European Tour has officially announced the return of the British Masters to the schedule after a seven-year absence. It will take place at Woburn (England) Golf Club, Oct. 8-11.

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Royal St. George's will open club to female members

Royal St. George's will open club to female members

Members of Royal St. George’s Golf Club have voted unanimously to accept female members, the club announced today.

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Sullivan in select group of successful GB&I Walker Cuppers

Andy Sullivan joins select group joins successful GB&I Walker Cuppers on European Tour

Andy Sullivan, who won the European Tour's 2015 Joburg Open Sunday, is one of a few former Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup stars who have found consistent success on the European Tour.

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Clarke hopes Ryder Cup captaincy stirs his own game

Darren Clarke hopes Ryder Cup captaincy stirs his own game

A week has passed since Darren Clarke was named European Ryder Cup captain for the 2016 matches, and now it’s time for Clarke to get back to his day job.

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Lahiri could inspire next generation of Indian players

Anirban Lahiri could inspire next generation of Indian players

Seven years ago, Ernie Els predicted India would embrace golf and produce world-class players. That prediction is playing out as Anirban Lahiri continues his tear on the European Tour.

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R&A, Ladies' Golf Union open talks about possible merger

R&A, Ladies' Golf Union open talks about possible merger

Just a week after the Royal & Ancient Golf of St. Andrews, Scotland, admitted female members, the R&A has announced it has opened talks with the Ladies' Golf Union about a possible merger.

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Darren Clarke to lead Europeans at '16 Ryder Cup

Darren Clarke to lead Europeans in 2016 Ryder Cup matches at Hazeltine

The European Tour is following a tried-and-tested formula in naming Darren Clarke the European Ryder Cup captain for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine.

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Tait: R&A's Slumbers could tackle golf ball technology

Tait: R&A's Martin Slumbers could tackle golf ball technology

When Martin Slumbers takes over for Peter Dawson as R&A chief executive in September, he could address modern golf ball technology, writes Alistair Tait.

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