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Tait: Stenson has form on his side right now

Is Henrik Stenson's major wait nearly over? His current form would suggest so, says Alistair Tait.

McGinley a popular choice for 2014 Ryder captain

Europe isn’t lacking potential captains for the Ryder Cup, and it appears popular Irishman Paul McGinley is the top candidate for the role in 2014 at Gleneagles.

Local favorite Levet hangs on, wins French Open

Local favorite Thomas Levet shot a 1-under 70 in windy conditions to win the French Open, beating Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark and Mark Foster of England by a stroke.

Commentary: Wearing a scarlet letter, Saltman returns to tour

Suspended for cheating, Elliot Saltman's return to competitive golf is ruffling feathers with those that don't think missing one tournament is nearly enough.

Sterne plays catchup after back ailment

Richard Sterne stepped off the 72nd green at Emirates Golf Club and uttered a common golfing lament: “I’m hitting the ball nicely; I just can’t get it in the hole.” After his recent travails, it’s almost a welcome frustration for the 29-year-old South African.

India's Chowrasia wins Avantha Masters

Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia of India got his second professional win at the Avantha Masters on Sunday, shooting a 5-under 67 for a one stroke victory over Robert Coles of England.

India and its love for cricket hold promise for golf

Indian golfers account for just under a quarter of the field in this week’s Avantha Masters. If you were looking for signs of where future Asian major winners might come from, then that stat should give you a clue.

Singh, Howell headline field at Avantha Masters in India

After four big events on the European Tour’s desert swing, life gets back to a more leisurely pace with the €1.8 million Avantha Masters at the DLF Golf & Country Club in New Delhi, the fourth European Tour event to be held in India.

Italian pioneer Rocca lauds Molinaris, Manassero

Costantino Rocca has taken a back seat in the Italian golf world. And he couldn’t be more pleased. With the emergence of brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari and teen Matteo Manassero, Rocca is no longer carrying Italy’s flag alone, as he did in the 1990s when he won five European Tour titles.

Tiger battles demons in new swing

The 12th tee of the Emirates Course in the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic encapsulated the frustration Tiger Woods is enduring with his golf swing. Frustration that could drive him to distraction.

Westwood shows rookie Dubuisson the ropes

For rookie Victor Dubuisson, Saturday’s round of 77 at the Dubai Desert Classic was more academic than anything. While much of the attention at Emirates Golf Club focused on the battle between the game’s top three players, the third round paired world No. 1 Lee Westwood with Dubuisson, the former world amateur No. 1.


Victory at the Dubai Desert Classic was there for the taking for Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy. But Alvaro Quiros sneaked in under the radar and stole the show – with the help of a hole-in-one.

McIlroy (65) leads in Dubai; Woods 6 back

Rory McIlroy shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic, four shots better than Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer and six ahead of Tiger Woods.

Main attraction

Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer now are No. 1 and No. 2, supplanting Tiger Woods from his perch atop golf's hierarchy. But both insist they want to topple Woods at his best. Here's hoping Woods can find his form at the Dubai Desert Classic, where all three will be paired together in the early rounds.

Woods' Dubai performance may define 2011

As Alistair Tait writes, Tiger Woods' performance in Dubai this week could set the tone for the rest of his 2011 season.

Tiger owes more to fans in Dubai

Put it this way, if I was a school teacher marking Tiger’s report card for his first two days in Dubai, my comment would read: Must try harder – a lot harder – with an E grade.

Euro Tour honors Westwood for lifetime contributions

Lee Westwood has joined an elite group of golfers. The European Tour awarded Westwood an honorary lifetime membership this week. The 37-year-old Englishman gained world No. 1 status Oct. 31, when he replaced Tiger Woods atop the Official World Golf Ranking.

Five Things: Dubai Desert Classic

With the world’s top three golfers in the field, Alistair Tait lists five storylines to watch at the Dubai Desert Classic.

Euro Ryder Cup captain to have fewer picks

Europe is changing its Ryder Cup qualifying process to strengthen its team through the world ranking and reducing the captain’s picks to two players.

Qatar win gives Bjorn opening to make amends at Open

Thomas Bjorn is eager to get back to Royal St. George’s for this year’s Open Championship. Eight years ago, Bjorn blew a three-shot lead at St. George’s in the final round of the game’s oldest major.

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