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Emiliano Grillo looks on after he hits his tee shot on the first hole during the third round of the Africa Open.
Emiliano Grillo looks on after he hits his tee shot on the first hole during the third round of the Africa Open.

EAST LONDON, South Africa — Emiliano Grillo surged into a two-shot lead at the Africa Open with a 9-under 62 on Saturday, putting the Argentine in position for a first European Tour title.

In a tournament of low scoring at East London Golf Club, Grillo went lowest in the third round with nine birdies and no bogeys to move to 20 under overall, two strokes ahead of Englishman Oliver Fisher heading to the last round.

Fisher moved to 18 under with a 66 and was in contention following an up and down start when he made two birdies and an eagle ...

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Brentley Romine
John Hahn fired a second-round 10-under 61 to take a two-shot lead at the halfway point of the European Tour's Africa Open.
John Hahn fired a second-round 10-under 61 to take a two-shot lead at the halfway point of the European Tour's Africa Open.

It wasn't long ago that John Hahn was disqualified from his first tournament as a European Tour member.

Now, the American finds himself the second-round leader of the Africa Open after carding a 10-under 61 Friday at East London (South Africa) Golf Club.

Hahn, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., began his round birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie and finished with eight total birdies, an eagle and no bogeys. At 16 under, he leads Ricardo Santos of Portugal by two shots.

Hahn, who earned his European Tour card via Q-School, was disqualified from the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship last ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Ricardo Santos earned the first-round lead at the European Tour's 2014 Africa Open (shown here during the  World Cup of Golf in November).
Ricardo Santos earned the first-round lead at the European Tour's 2014 Africa Open (shown here during the World Cup of Golf in November).

With a 9-under 62, Ricardo Santos opened up a two-shot lead during the first round of the European Tour's Africa Open.

Bogey free for the day, Santos' round featured two sets of three consecutive birdies – at Nos. 15-17, then again at Nos. 5-7 at East London (South Africa) GC.

"I'm very pleased to make a run like I did today," said Santos, of Portugal, the tour's 2012 rookie of the year.

Four players are T-2: Lucas Bjerregaard, Richard Bland, Rhys Davies and Garth Mulroy. Among six players T-6 at 6 under are Kent State product John Hahn ...

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February 12, 2014 | 10:37 a.m.

European Tour adds April tournament in Spain

Alistair Tait

After years of losing Spanish tournaments, the European Tour finally received a modicum of good news with the addition of a new Spanish tournament to the 2014 schedule, albeit a small-purse event.

The NH Collection Open will be played at La Reserva de Sotogrande Club de Golf in southern Spain from April 3-6, 2014. The €600,000 (approximately $815,000) tournament will count towards both the European Tour and European Challenge Tour money lists, similar to the Madeira Island Open in May.

“We are delighted to announce this new tournament in southern Europe, and hope this is a sign of ...

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Brentley Romine
Jimmy Walker during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Jimmy Walker during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Following his third PGA Tour victory of the season, Jimmy Walker took a sizable lead in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings.

Walker led Phil Mickelson by 43 points entering the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Now, he's 1,013 points ahead of second-place Dustin Johnson, who tied for second at Pebble Beach.

The top 10 players remained the same while Patrick Reed and Brian Stuard switched spots, Reed moving to 11th and Stuard falling to 12th.

Jordan Spieth (14th), Hunter Mahan (17th) and Pat Perez (18th) cracked the top 20 this week.

On the European side ...

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Brentley Romine
Jimmy Walker during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Jimmy Walker during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Jimmy Walker moved inside the top 25 of the Official World Golf Ranking following his victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

It's an improvement of eight spots for Walker, whose victory at Pebble Beach was his third win of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season and third in his past eight starts. He started 2013 outside the top 100 and was ranked 63rd before the first of his three victories, at the Frys.com Open.

Also moving up the rankings after a strong showing at Pebble Beach is Dustin Johnson, whose T-2 finish moved him from 16th ...

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Alistair Tait
Defending champ Graeme McDowell has already committed to the Volvo World Match Play.
Defending champ Graeme McDowell has already committed to the Volvo World Match Play.

LONDON – The return of the Volvo World Match Play Championship to England is great news for British golf. Let’s hope it gets a quality field to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of this tournament.

Persuading the world’s best to turn up could prove difficult.

Sponsors Volvo and organizers IMG used the luxurious Savoy Hotel to announce the World Match Play would be returning to England after a four-year absence. The London Golf Club in Kent will host the event over the Jack Nicklaus designed International Course Oct. 15-19, three weeks after the Ryder Cup.

That date might not ...

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Alistair Tait
George Coetzee celebrates with the trophy after winning the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.
George Coetzee celebrates with the trophy after winning the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.

The Joburg Open represented the sixth South African tournament on the 2014 European Tour. It produced a good winner and settled a few more Open spots.

Here are 5 Things you need to know about the Joburg Open.

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1. BREAKTHROUGH: George Coetzee finally secured the European Tour win his talent has deserved for a few years now. The South African came through the field with a closing 66 to post a 19-under total of 266 and a three-shot victory over compatriot Justin Walters, South Korea’s Jin Jeong and England’s Tyrrell Hatton.

Coetzee had racked up 24 top-10 finishes ...

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Thomas Aiken hits his second shot on the 17th hole during the third round of the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.
Thomas Aiken hits his second shot on the 17th hole during the third round of the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.

Thomas Aiken and Justin Walters moved into a tie for the lead at 17 under at the Joburg Open on Saturday as overnight pace-setters Edoardo Molinari and David Horsey lost ground.

Aiken carded a 9-under 63 on the East Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington, while Walters shot an 8-under 64 to open a two-shot lead on the chasers.

The Johannesburg-born pair were clear of South Korea's Jin Jeong (66) on 15 under heading to the final round of the European Tour event. Finland's Roope Kakko is 14 under and another stroke back.

Aiken had five birdies on ...

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February 7, 2014 | 10:53 a.m.

Edoardo Molinari, Craig Lee share Joburg lead

Edoardo Molinari hits his second shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Joburg Open.
Edoardo Molinari hits his second shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Joburg Open.

JOHANNESBURG — Edoardo Molinari and Craig Lee share the halfway lead at the Joburg Open on 11 under par, while David Horsey charged into contention with a 63 to sit a shot off the pace on Friday.

England's Horsey went 8 under through his second round with eight birdies and no dropped shots on the par-71 West Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington to be in contention for a first European Tour title in three years.

Ahead of him, Molinari and Lee held onto their overnight advantage. Molinari had a 4-under 68 on the longer, tougher East Course and Lee ...

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Edoardo Molinari hits his second shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.
Edoardo Molinari hits his second shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.

JOHANNESBURG — Edoardo Molinari is in a four-way tie after the first-round of the European Tour's Joburg Open with his 7-under-par 64 on Thursday.

The Italian, chasing a British Open place as well as his first title in four years, was joined by Scottish pair Alastair Forsyth and Craig Lee and South African Justin Walters.

A 2010 Ryder Cup winner, Molinari opened with three straight birdies at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington and collected eight in all on the par-71 West course.

"The front nine was probably as good as I've played in a long time," he said.

Lee had ...

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February 5, 2014 | 11:40 a.m.

Volvo World Match Play returns to England

Alistair Tait
Charles Fairweather (left to right), chairman of London Golf Club, George O'Grady, chief executive of the European Tour, Per Ericsson, president of Volvo Event Management, and Guy Kinnings, IMG's global head of golf, announced that the Volvo World Match Play Championship will return to England and be played Oct. 15-19 at London Golf Club.
Charles Fairweather (left to right), chairman of London Golf Club, George O'Grady, chief executive of the European Tour, Per Ericsson, president of Volvo Event Management, and Guy Kinnings, IMG's global head of golf, announced that the Volvo World Match Play Championship will return to England and be played Oct. 15-19 at London Golf Club.

LONDON – The Volvo World Match Play Championship will be held this fall at London Golf Club, organizers from IMG and sponsor Volvo announced today at the Savoy Hotel, confirming one of golf’s worst-kept secrets.

The tournament returns to the London area on the 50th anniversary of the Mark McCormack-inspired event. Graeme McDowell, the defending champion, and Henrik Stenson, winner of the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai titles, already have qualified and confirmed their participation.

The tournament is to be played over the London Golf Club’s Jack Nicklaus-designed International Course on Oct. 15-19, three weeks after the Ryder ...

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Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia

Rules infractions – and even any appearances thereof – can be a dicey business in our game. Once again, we had our share of rules news in Abu Dhabi, where a year ago a rules imbroglio (and two-shot penalty) sent Tiger Woods packing.

Rory McIlroy incurred a costly twoshot penalty in Round 3, then lost the tournament by a shot. And Sergio Garcia reacted strongly to allegations that he’d cheated after video evidence showed him tapping the line of his putt in Abu Dhabi. The Spaniard was forced into an early meeting with European Tour chief referee John Paramor before the ...

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Martin Kaufmann

Throughout much of a sleepy early-season weekend – as Patrick Reed coasted in the American desert, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson came up short in the Arabian desert – I was lamenting the fact that there wasn’t more drama to add life to this space. Then I flipped over to the NFC Championship game Sunday night and caught the execrable post-game histrionics of the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman – the classless taunting of opponents, the graceless I’m-the-greatest rant.

Upon further review, I decided that coverage from Palm Springs and Abu Dhabi looked pretty good by comparison. Despite golf’s individualistic nature ...

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Alistair Tait
Rory McIlroy fired a 5-under 67 on Friday to move within two shots of the lead in Abu Dhabi.
Rory McIlroy fired a 5-under 67 on Friday to move within two shots of the lead in Abu Dhabi.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – If the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship is a precursor to what we’ll see in 2014, then it should be a great season. We’d take Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson at the top of leader boards all year, especially in the major championships.

They lived up to their large appearance fees with joint second-place finishes behind Pablo Larrazabal. The Spaniard took the top prize of $450,000 with a 72-hole total of 14-under 274 on Jan. 19 at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. McIlroy and Mickelson finished a shot behind, thanks to Rory’s ...

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