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Alistair Tait

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Carin Koch to captain Europe's Solheim Cup team

Carin Koch will spearhead Europe’s defense of the Solheim Cup in Germany next year, the Ladies’ European Tour announced today. Koch becomes the fifth Swede to captain the European side.

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Euros find easier path to Augusta than in past

Twenty-eight Europeans will tee it up in the 2014 Masters. Sam Torrance, Ken Brown, Mark James and Howard Clark must wish they’d played in these times when it's easier European Tour players to earn an invitation to Augusta National.

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Fitzpatrick takes a pragmatic view of his future

Even Matthew Fitzpatrick, 19, finds it hard to believe he will tee it up in next week’s Masters, plus starts in the U.S. Open and Open Championship, the rewards that go with winning America’s national amateur.

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Porteous looks to break British Am slump in Masters

A two-time British Amateur winner explains a few keys to Garrick Porteous becoming just the third player to use the champion's invite to the Masters and make the cut during the last 33 years -- despite having history against him.

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Muirfield moves toward possible vote for women

Twenty-four hours after the Royal & Ancient Golf Club decided to hold a vote on allowing female members, the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield looks set to do the same.

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Dawson: Rio delays shrink timeline for test event

There will likely be no test tournament at the venue for the 2016 Olympics because of delays to construction of the golf course, according to International Golf Federation president Peter Dawson.

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Royal & Ancient Golf Club to vote on female members

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club is set to break with centuries of tradition and allow female members, R&A chief executive Peter Dawson announced today -- club members will vote during their annual business meeting Sept. 18.

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Players sway Euro Tour to Final Series changes

The European Tour no longer requires its members to play in two out of the first three events of the Final Series to qualify for the DP World Tour Championship, one of three major changes announced today.

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5 Things: Canizares breaks long drought; Lewis better

In winning the Trophee Hassan II, Alejandro Canizares broke a victory drought stretching eight years and became the fourth Spaniard to win on this year’s European Tour.

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62, playoff birdie give Hull first LET win

Charley Hull’s sensational first professional win could be good and bad news for the Ladies European Tour – which rewards her a two-year exemption, but could in turn lose more weeks of her play to the LPGA.

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5 Things: Roos wins in Kenya; Wilson stalls

Aspiring 2015 European Tour players began their quest by kicking off the 2014 European Challenge Tour in Kenya, where Jake Roos won by a shot. Here are 5 Things to know from the Barclays Kenya Open.

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McGinley adds Torrance, Smyth as Ryder vice captains

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has added experience to his backroom staff for the match at Gleneagles by naming veteran Ryder Cup players Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as his first two vice captains.

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5 Things: Fisher wins; Dyson slides; more

At the Tshwane Open, Ross Fisher won his first European Tour event since 2010 to bring his tally to five career victories, while Simon Dyson failed to capitalize on a strong first round. Here are 5 Things to know from South Africa.

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Tait: Dyson might win, but peers will remain wary

Simon Dyson is trying to make amends for past sins the best way he knows how: with his golf clubs. The Englishman is in contention to win his seventh European Tour title, although Dyson probably never will be fully forgiven for his act of lunacy in 2013.

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Tait: New Curtis Cup selection process good move for LGU

Two years after the Charley Hull fiasco, the Ladies Golf Union has made a major change in their Curtis Cup selection process, and it will benefit the players, as it should be says our Alistair Tait.

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5 Things: Aiken wins; Davies, Hansen continue struggles

With his wife Kate as caddie for the first time, Thomas Aiken won the 2014 Africa Open in his home country of South Africa. Here are 5 Things to know from East London GC.

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European Tour adds April tournament in Spain

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.

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Better location, but Volvo Match Play field must improve

The return of the Volvo World Match Play Championship to England is great news for British golf. Whether it leads to a better field is now the biggest question says our Alistair Tait.

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5 Things: Coetzee finally gets maiden victory

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.

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Volvo World Match Play returns to England

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.

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Larrazabal stars in Abu Dhabi, McIlroy and Mickelson set the stage for a big 2014

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 majors.

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5 Things: Gallacher defends title in Dubai

Stephen Gallacher became the first player in 25 years to defend his title at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic while Rory McIlory and Tiger Woods struggled Sunday. Here are 5 Things you need to know from the final round at Emirates Golf Club.

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5 Things: Garcia wins Qatar Masters in playoff

A playoff was needed to settle the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, the second leg of the European Tour’s Desert Swing, and it was Sergio Garcia who came away with the victory. Here are 5 Things you need to know from the 17th running of the $2.5 million Qatar Masters.

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Larrazabal outlasts Mickelson, McIlroy in Abu Dhabi

A two-stroke penalty on Saturday (Rory McIlroy) and a final-round triple bogey (Phil Mickelson) opened the door for Pablo Larrazabal to use his 5-under 67 on Sunday to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

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McIlroy on penalty: 'A lot of stupid rules in golf'

Rory McIlroy will enter the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship three shots off of Craig Lee's lead after incurring a two-shot penalty on Saturday.

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HSBC: 'Very uneasy' with male-only Open venues

The R&A has consulted sponsors and stakeholders about taking the Open Championship to male-only clubs, with long-time sponsor HSBC telling the governing body that it is uncomfortable with the current situation.

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After 67, McIlroy just two off lead in Abu Dhabi

Rory McIlroy returned a 5-under 67 in the second round of the $2.7 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship to banish the ghosts of 12 months ago, and most of the 2013 season.

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Garcia upset after being accused of rules infraction

Sergio Garcia was forced into an early meeting with European Tour chief referee John Paramor before the second round to ensure he had not breached Rule 16-1a ("Touching Line of Putt") in Round 1. TV footage showed Garcia tapping his line in front of his ball before his birdie putt on the 18th green.

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In Abu Dhabi, Fleetwood, Bjorn have eyes on Ryder

Thomas Fleetwood and Thomas Bjorn share a common bond aside from being in contention in Abu Dhabi. They are doing their best not to think of Samuel Ryder’s little challenge match against the U.S. in September at Gleneagles, Scotland.

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Nigel Edwards reappointed Walker Cup captain

The R&A has broken with tradition and appointed Nigel Edwards as Great Britain & Ireland's Walker Cup captain for a third consecutive time. He will lead GB&I against the U.S. in the biennial amateur matches next year at Royal Lytham.

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McGinley (68) stays sharp despite Ryder Cup duties

Paul McGinley is determined not to fall into the Ryder Cup curse of becoming a “ceremonial” golfer. If his first round of the year is anything to go by then, he has no worries on that front.

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Garcia, Mickelson start slowly in Abu Dhabi

Sergio Garcia is doubtful for the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship after incurring an injury caused by perilously deep rough. He wasn’t the only marquee name to struggle with the primary rough as Phil Mickelson had his travails, too.

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In desert, Stenson envisions path toward first major

A slight improvement on 2013 could lead Henrik Stenson to a place that no Swede has ever gone -- holding a major championship title.

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Penitent Dyson returns to Euro Tour 'starting afresh'

Last week in the Middle East, Simon Dyson marked a new beginning in his professional golf career. At the $2.7 million HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, Dyson made his first start since being put on probation by the European Tour after he tapped down a spike mark last year.

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McIlroy says life, game have 'fallen into place'

We heard the same thing a year ago, but when Rory McIlroy said that his life and game are taking shape in 2014, there are signs that we should believe him this time around.

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With new driver in bag, Mickelson expects big things

Phil Mickelson says this could be the best year of his career, all because of a new club: a 9.5-degree Big Bertha Alpha driver, which he used rarely in a highly successful 2013 campaign.

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5 Things: Oosthuizen repeats as Volvo champion

Needing a fast finish, Louis Oosthuizen posted birdies at Nos. 17 and 18 to keep his Volvo Champions title on Sunday, outlasting Branden Grace by a stroke at the Durban Country Club in Durban, South Africa.

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GB&I streamlines selection process for Curtis Cup

This year’s GB&I Curtis Cup team will be comprised of four players off the World Amateur Golf Rankings, two from the LGU Order of Merit with the remaining two selected by the traditional method of a selection panel.

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Tait: 5 Q's facing new Euro Tour chairman in '14

New European Tour chairman David Williams has his work cut out for him as the European Tour tries to reestablish itself among the world's elite players.

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Number Crunching 2013: Oliver Wilson

The slide continued for Oliver Wilson in 2013, dropping 475 spots in the rankings.

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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.

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5 Things: Jimenez wins Hong Kong playoff

Miguel Angel Jimenez, the oldest player to work into a three-way playoff, won the Hong Kong Open and broke his own European Tour record.

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2-month suspension for Dyson put on hold

The European Tour fined and suspended Simon Dyson -- though his 2-month term will be waived if he completes 18 months without a rules infraction.

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With doubts gone, Wilson on path back to Euro Tour

Oliver Wilson lost his European Tour card in 2011, and dropped mightily in the world rankings, before finishing strong on the Challenge Tour this past season. Now he's hoping to complete his path back to the European Tour with a strong 2014.

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Day secures emotional victory at World Cup of Golf

The World Cup of Golf might not get the fields it once did, but this year's story more than made up for the lack of star names. The event got a fitting winner (Jason Day) and the best team won (Australia).

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USGA, R&A: 'Naked eye' key to moving-ball penalty

Among the latest Rules of Golf changes from the USGA and R&A: Players will not be penalized if their ball moves and it wasn’t obvious to the naked eye.

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5 Things: Stenson makes history in Dubai

Henrik Stenson, who already claimed this year's FedEx Cup, won Sunday in Dubai to also wrap up the European Tour's Race to Dubai -- becoming the first to win both tour's crowns in the same season. Here are 5 Things to Know.

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5 Things: Dubuisson goes with flow; Tiger like 'gold dust'

So Victor Dubuisson claims his first victory as a professional. Not before time for this talented, enigmatic Frenchman. Here are 5 Things you need to know from the Turkish Airlines Open.

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Some Euro Tour board members call for Dyson suspension

Some members of the European Tour’s Board of Directors are calling for Simon Dyson to be suspended from the tour, Golfweek has learned.

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Kapur earns Euro Tour card with Dubai victory

Shiv Kapur won the European Challenge Tour’s Grand Final in Dubai, but the victory paled in comparison to the bigger reward he earned for his second Challenge Tour win of the season.

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