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October 19, 2014 | 5:10 p.m.

Scott Hend wins Hong Kong Open in playoff

Andy Zunz
Scott Hend won the European Tour's Hong Kong Open in a playoff.
Scott Hend won the European Tour's Hong Kong Open in a playoff.

The Hong Kong Open could not be resolved in 72 holes, as Scott Hend took the title over Angelo Que in a playoff.

Hend made par on the the 18th, taking the victory after Que failed to get up and down for par.

“Unfortunately Angelo made a bogey, I would have rather one of us made a birdie because he’s a great guy and it would be nice to earn the win on a positive note," said Hend. “But I’ll take the win and I’m ecstatic."

Hend shot a final-round 3-under 67 on the par-70 Hong Kong ...

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Alistair Tait
Mikko Ilonen during his 2014 World Match Play Championship victory in Ash, England.
Mikko Ilonen during his 2014 World Match Play Championship victory in Ash, England.

ASH, England – The words “world champion” don’t seem to fit Mikko Ilonen, but the 34-year-old now carries that title after defeating Henrik Stenson 3 and 1 Sunday to win the $2.85 million Volvo World Match Play Championship.

Ilonen took home a check for $830,000. Stenson won $421,000. Dutchman Joost Luiten took third place with a one-hole victory over George Coetzee.

"It could have gone either way really,” Ilonen said. “We were obviously playing for the trophy as hard as we could. I came out on top and I'm very, very glad that I did. When ...

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Cassie Stein
Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson continued to stay undefeated at the Volvo World Match Play Championship Saturday. He defeated fellow Swede Jonas Blixt, 2 up, at The London Golf Club in Kent, England. Stenson was unofficially 6 under through 18 holes.

U.S. Ryder Cupper Patrick Reed fell in the quarterfinals to South Africa’s George Coetzee. Coetzee was 8 under on the day and is now unofficially 23 under for the week.

"I was playing well coming into this week and the name of the game in match-play is not give away any holes and I managed to do that," Coetzee said ...

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Cassie Stein
Marcus Fraser leads at the 2014 Hong Kong Open on the European Tour.
Marcus Fraser leads at the 2014 Hong Kong Open on the European Tour.

Behind a 5-under 65, Marcus Fraser has taken a one-shot lead at the European Tour’s Hong Kong Open.

The Australian, who sits at a 54-hole total of 11-under 199, leads fellow Aussie Scott Hend at Hong Kong Golf Course. Hend shot 67 Saturday.

Fraser is playing in his first tournament since returning from an eight-month injury to his left hand. The 36-year-old had surgery in February and started practicing just six weeks ago.

“No one is more surprised than I am," Fraser said. "It hasn't been the best of eight months but when you go out and play ...

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October 17, 2014 | 12:21 p.m.

Quarterfinals set at Volvo World Match Play

Andy Zunz
Henrik Stenson advanced to the quarterfinals at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.
Henrik Stenson advanced to the quarterfinals at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

Graeme McDowell, the defending champion, was knocked out of the Volvo World Match Play Championship in the final round of group play, as quarterfinal matches were set.

McDowell fell to Joost Luiten 1 down at The London Golf Club in Kent, England, losing his second match of the event. Luiten finished group play as the only golfer to win all three matches.

Henrik Stenson, the top-seeded player, advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Thongchai Jaidee 2 and 1. Stenson advanced after holing out for eagle on the 18th hole with a wedge.

Here are the quarterfinal matches:

6:40 a ...

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October 17, 2014 | 10:26 a.m.

Els takes Hong Kong Open lead on 45th birthday

Andy Zunz
Ernie Els took the lead at the Hong Kong Open with a second-round 65 on his birthday.
Ernie Els took the lead at the Hong Kong Open with a second-round 65 on his birthday.

Ernie Els has his 45th birthday celebration planned out: Take the lead at the Hong Kong Open with a 5-under 65, then hit Fanling, Hong Kong, for a reserved celebration.

“I won’t have any alcohol to celebrate, but I’ll have a bit of cake and relax back at the hotel and see what we do for dinner tonight,” said Els in a release. “I played quite nicely and 65 is what I needed to do. I’m looking forward to the rest of the week and obviously in a good position."

The Big Easy was two strokes back ...

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Andy Zunz
Victor Dubuisson at the Volvo World Match Play Championships
Victor Dubuisson at the Volvo World Match Play Championships

Victor Dubuisson, winner of the WGC-Accenture Match Play and key piece in the European team's Ryder Cup victory, has kept his solid match play form at the Volvo World Match Play Championship. The native of France is undefeated through two matches, seizing command of the Assar Gabrielsson group with one match away from the quarterfinals in Kent, England.

Among the highlights at The London Golf Club were Henrik Stenson's 2-and-1 win over Francesco Molinari and Mikko Ilonen's 2-and-1 upset over Graeme McDowell.

The 16 players are split into four groups. All 16 golfers play three matches over ...

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October 16, 2014 | 10:34 a.m.

Randhawa takes lead at Hong Kong Open

Andy Zunz
Jyoti Randhawa leads through one round at the European Tour's Hong Kong Open.
Jyoti Randhawa leads through one round at the European Tour's Hong Kong Open.

Jyoti Randhawa's 5-under 31 in his final nine holes at Hong Kong Golf Club Thursday set the pace at the European Tour's Hong Kong Open. Randhawa, a native of India, finished the day at 6 under and in first place.

“For me it’s really awesome,” said Randhawa in a release. “Today I really putted my heart out so I’m very happy with the way it went.”

Randhawa holds a slight advantage over Angelo Que, who shot a 5-under 65. A group of nine golfers sits two strokes back at 4 under, including Ernie Els and Nicolas ...

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October 15, 2014 | 12:43 p.m.

McDowell wins, Reed falls at Volvo match play

Andy Zunz
Graeme McDowell won his opening match at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.
Graeme McDowell won his opening match at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

It was tough to find a blowout on the course at London Golf Club, as the Volvo World Match Play Championship got underway in Kent, England.

Out of eight matches, the largest margin of victory was 3 and 2 at the match play event.

Top-seeded Henrik Stenson was not able to win his first match, halving with George Coetzee after the South African pulled out a birdie on the par-5 18th hole.

Highlights from the day include defending champion Graeme McDowell's win over Alexander Levy, who is coming off a win at the Portugal Masters and Patick Reed's ...

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Alistair Tait
Martin Slumbers will replace Peter Dawson as R&A CEO in Oct. 2015.
Martin Slumbers will replace Peter Dawson as R&A CEO in Oct. 2015.

Once again the R&A has gone outside the box to select its chief executive. Martin Slumbers will replace Peter Dawson as R&A chief executive and Royal & Ancient secretary when Dawson retires in September 2015.

Slumbers takes up his position on Oct. 1 next year, but will move to St Andrews in March to spend six months working with Dawson before he takes up the post full time.

“I was involved in the selection of Martin, but I certainly didn’t lead it,” Dawson said. “We had a recruitment panel and I was part of that.

“I’m delighted ...

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Bill Zimmerman
A general view of the World Golf Hall of Fame at the World Golf Village in St Augustine, Florida.
A general view of the World Golf Hall of Fame at the World Golf Village in St Augustine, Florida.

The World Golf Hall of Fame says it plans an announcement regarding its Class of 2015 on Wednesday morning. While we don't know if they'll be naming names for inductees, it got us thinking here:

Who would you add to the hall? (Choose from 10 of the many possibilities in golf – click here to vote.)

Here's a little background to consider:

We took a look at 50 players who belong in the "Hall of Very Good" earlier this year, perhaps even deserving of graduating to the true hall.

The 2015 induction will be the first ceremony to ...

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Alistair Tait
Europe’s Graeme McDowell celebrates on the 17th green after winning his singles match against Jordan Spieth, a match that Spieth led 3 up.
Europe’s Graeme McDowell celebrates on the 17th green after winning his singles match against Jordan Spieth, a match that Spieth led 3 up.

ASH, England – Graeme McDowell has joined Lee Westwood in condemning the U.S. Ryder Cup team for airing its dirty linen in public. The Northern Irishman also accused Tom Watson of seeming “disconnected and aloof” from his players.

McDowell was speaking on the eve of defending the $2.85 million Volvo World Match Play Championship at The London Golf Club.

During last week’s Frys.com Open, Westwood said: “I think it's a little bit disappointing to see the dirty laundry being out in public.”

McDowell echoed those comments when he said: “There’s kind of an unwritten rule ...

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October 12, 2014 | 4:50 p.m.

Volvo cuts back European Tour sponsorships

Alistair Tait
Graeme McDowell won the 2013 Volvo World Match Play and was runner-up in 2012 (shown here).
Graeme McDowell won the 2013 Volvo World Match Play and was runner-up in 2012 (shown here).

Volvo’s decision to withdraw sponsorship from two European Tour events comes as no surprise. The Swedish car company has been considering its relationship with the European Tour for some time.

Volvo will end its sponsorship of the World Match Play Championship at the conclusion of this week’s tournament at the London Club. Volvo has also decided to discontinue the Volvo Golf Champions event in South Africa. However, it will carry on with the Volvo China Open until 2019.

In a statement, Volvo said: "Focus will turn to one of the brand's key markets - China. The program around ...

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Alistair Tait
Alexander Levy won the rain-shortened 2014 Portugal Masters on European Tour (shown here during the PGA Championship).
Alexander Levy won the rain-shortened 2014 Portugal Masters on European Tour (shown here during the PGA Championship).

A certain enigmatic Frenchman has been making headlines for the European Tour this season. However, it wasn’t Victor Dubuisson who made news in the Portugal Masters, but countryman Alexander Levy.

Here are 5 Things to know from what transpired before Sunday's play was cut short by rain:

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1. RAIN HELPS LEVY TO WIN: After scores of 63 and 61, Levy took a three-shot lead over Nicolas Colsaerts into the final round of the already rain-shortened event, only to find the tournament became even shorter.

Levy had only played one hole when the European Tour threw in a very ...

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Andy Zunz
Alexander Levy leads heading into the final round of the European Tour's Portugal Masters.
Alexander Levy leads heading into the final round of the European Tour's Portugal Masters.

Alexander Levy holds on to a strong lead through the second round of the European Tour's Portugal Masters after carding a 10-under 61 Friday. Levy owns a three-shot advantage heading into the third and final round Sunday.

After inclement weather delayed Friday's second round, the field was forced to finish it out Saturday at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Club in Vilamoura, Portugal. Levy was one of six players to finish Friday, moving to 18 under on the tournament, which will be decided after 54 holes.

Trailing Levy is Nicolas Colsaerts, who is at 15 under par after finishing ...

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