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Alistair Tait

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5 Things: Perth title signals Olesen's return

Not even a camel could stop Thorbjorn Olesen from his second European Tour win. Olesen returned a 17-under 271 for a three-shot victory at the Perth International.

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European Tour releases early 2014-15 schedule

The early part of the European Tour's 2014-15 schedule has been released -- and Hero, sponsor of the Tiger Woods Foundation's World Challenge near Orlando, Fla., will put its name on the new Indian Open.

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Ilonen edges Stenson in World Match Play

Mikko Ilonen outplayed Henrik Stenson, especially during the middle of the round, in Sunday's final to win the 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship.

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R&A names Slumbers as replacement for Dawson

The R&A announced that Martin Slumbers will replace Peter Dawson as chief executive on Oct. 1, 2015. Slumbers also will serve as secretary of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews.

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McDowell disappointed in Americans' 'dirty laundry'

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.

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Volvo cuts back European Tour sponsorships

Volvo’s decision to withdraw sponsorship from two European Tour events comes as no surprise, renewing only the Volvo China Open through 2019 and dropping the World Match Play and Golf Champions events.

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5 Things: Amid rain, Levy earns win

Alexander Levy earned his second European Tour victory Sunday despite playing only one hole before rain truncated the Portugal Masters. Here are 5 Things to know.

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Wilson breaks through by trusting in self

Oliver Wilson won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by a shot over Rory McIlroy and two others. More importantly for Wilson, he rejoined the European Tour by topping his nine career-best runner-up finishes.

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Lewton wins in Taiwan with late father in mind

Steve Lewton, once a top amateur in Europe, looks to use his win at the Taiwan Masters as a springboard.

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Tait: U.S. Ryder Cup captain system is flawed

The PGA of America should follow Europe's lead and get PGA Tour players more involved in their Ryder Cup captain selection.

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Tait: Europe shows Ryder Cup dominance again

Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup victory makes it three in a row against the U.S., the sixth European victory in the last seven matches and eight of the last ten.

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Ryder Cup captains set singles lineups

The Ryder Cup captains have set their singles lineups for Sunday at Gleneagles in Scotland -- with Tom Watson's U.S. team needing to gain ground on Paul McGinley's European team.

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Recap: Donaldson-Westwood d. Kuchar-Johnson

Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson of the U.S. fall to Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood of Europe 2 and 1 at Gleneagles in the first Saturday foursome match.

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Recap: McIlroy/Poulter vs. Fowler/Walker, halved

Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker notched a pair of halves on Friday, and will look to continue to put points on the board when they take on Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy in Saturday morning's final four-balls match at 3:20 a.m. EDT.

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Ryder Cup pairings for Saturday four-balls

Complete pairings for Saturday's four-ball matches at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland.

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Level play lets Dubuisson, McDowell cruise to win

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley of Team USA couldn't repeat their morning Ryder Cup heroics as they lost in the afternoon, 3 and 2, to Graeme McDowell and Victor Dubuisson of Europe.

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Recap: Spieth, Reed shine in four-ball debut

The U.S. rookie duo of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed knocked off local boy Stephen Gallacher and Mr. Ryder Cup, Ian Poulter, witha 5-and-4 victory in four-balls Friday morning at the Ryder Cup.

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McGinley rips up template with four-ball picks

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley strayed from the template that has proven successful with his Friday four-ball pairings.

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Poulter would make good fit as future captain

Ian Poulter, sometimes known as Mr. Ryder Cup, loves the atmosphere surrounding the biennial match and could be a good fit as a captain once he's done shredding American opponents.

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Could Gallacher be early Euro trump card?

Stephen Gallacher will hear plenty of cheers this week, as he is the only Scot teeing it up for Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup -- and might get the first tee shot of the matches.

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Dubuisson marches to beat of his own drum

Victor Dubuisson might have a spot in Hollywood after his golf career, as the Frenchman has proven to be unlike any other on the 2014 European Ryder Cup squad.

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Europe keeps it light in preparation for Ryder Cup

The European squad has won four of the past five Ryder Cups, and many point to their relaxed nature and camaraderie off the course to stellar performances on it.

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Bjorn excited to be playing this time around

Thomas Bjorn will make his first Ryder Cup appearance since 2002 this week at Gleneagles, and only the third since his debut in 1997.

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Home-course advantage for Euros? Not so fast

Home-course advantage might not be such a key factor in this week’s Ryder Cup. Most of Europe’s stars are only slightly more familiar with the Perthshire layout than their American rivals.

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Royal & Ancient to admit women as members

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club has voted to allow women as members, changing a 260-year-old policy.

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Tait: McIlroy, McDowell should unite for Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell should settle their legal differences for the sake of the European side before the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, says Alistair Tait.

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5 Things: Casey wins in first tournament as a father

Paul Casey fired a 4-under 66 on Sunday to win his 13th European Tour title and now inches closer to the World top 50, a goal that the Englishman has had since tumbling out of relevance due to an injury.

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Lipsky wins Omega European Masters in playoff

David Lipsky caught Graeme Storm then defeated him in a playoff Sunday at the European Tour's 2014 Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

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Gallacher, Poulter, Westwood make Ryder Cup team

Stephen Gallacher will make his Ryder Cup debut after receiving a wild-card pick from European captain Paul McGinley. The Scot was one of McGinley’s three picks Tuesday, with Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood.

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McGinley's decision: Go with Gallacher or star trio?

Stephen Gallacher committed himself to playing on the European Tour to earn Ryder Cup points. He came up just short and now is up against the likes of Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald for three captain's picks on Tuesday.

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Ryder Cup: European player capsules

Here is a closer look at the European squad for the 2014 Ryder Cup, to be played Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland.

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5 Things: Gallacher makes his Ryder Cup case

On a day that Hennie Otto won his third European Tour title, the focus was on Stephen Gallacher and his last-ditch effort to make the European Ryder Cup team. His fate is in the hands of captain Paul McGinley after a third-place finish in Italy.

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Tait: Italian Open can provide path to Ryder Cup

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley could easily favor Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald for his at-large selections -- but don't count out Stephen Gallacher if he plays well at the Italian Open.

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5 Things: Donaldson earns Ryder Cup spot with win

Jamie Donaldson captured the Czech Masters in Prague, winning his third European Tour title and also securing his spot on the European Ryder Cup team.

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Amateur roundup: Chesters wins 2nd Euro Am

Ashley Chesters made history in the European Amateur Championship by becoming the first player to win the title twice, and the first to successfully defend the title.

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Marsh, Robb, Griffith win titles on mainland Britain

Nick Marsh, Chris Robb and Evan Griffith earned ultimate amateur bragging rights in their homelands by winning the national amateur championships of England, Scotland and Wales, respectively.

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Langer runs away with Senior Open

Bernhard Langer won his second senior Open Championship and fourth senior major by a landslide, Sunday's 67 getting him 13 strokes clear of Colin Montgomerie at Royal Porthcawl in Wales.

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All Royal & Ancient members to vote on allowing females

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club says it will allow all members to vote either in person at the Sept. 18 business meeting, or via mail as the club decides whether or not it will allow women.

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McIlroy soars to six-shot British Open lead

After three rounds in the 60s, it’s hard to see Rory McIlroy shooting a high number tomorrow and failing to win his first British Open championship.

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British Open players remember Bob Torrance

What did Bob Torrance mean to golf? The black ribbons on the hats of competitors in the 143rd Open Championship said it all.

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Paying homage to legend Bob Torrance

Our Alistair Tait has a long history with the late Bob Torrance, and here is a column he wrote about the legendary coach in 2008.

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Behind newfound 'inner peace,' McIlroy leads British

Rory McIlroy put on a clinic at Royal Liverpool on Friday, posting a second consecutive 6-under 66 to take a four-shot lead over Dustin Johnson after 54 holes at the 2014 British Open.

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McIlroy runs out to British Open lead, but Friday lurks

Rory McIlroy was a machine on Thursday, posting six birdies in a bogey-free, 6-under 66 that saw him take the lead at Royal Liverpool. Can he avoid another Friday disaster and chase his third major title?

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Forget bomber's heaven; Hoylake demands strategy

Eight years ago, Tiger Woods won at Hoylake by using driver only once. A similar strategy could work this week despite the course being a bit more green due to recent rain.

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McIlroy looks to avoid second-round blues at British

Marred by less-than-stellar second rounds over the past couple of years, Rory McIlroy aims to add the third leg to a career grand slam at this week's Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

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IGF expresses guarded confidence in Olympic course

The International Golf Federation has put in place contingency plans in case Brazil’s Olympic golf course is not ready for the 2016 Summer Games, although it not reveal what those plans were Monday at a press conference in Hoylake, England.

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Martin completes 'rags-to-riches' journey with win

A relative unknown, Mo Martin was the only player to finish the 2014 Women's British Open in red figures, outlasting Suzann Pettersen and Shanshan Feng to win her first major title.

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Ahn's penalty in bunker costs her Open lead

Korea’s Sun-Ju Ahn got a harsh lesson when she was penalized in light of Rule 13-3, Building Stance, during the third round of the $3 million Ricoh Women’s British Open.

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66 moves Hull into contention at Royal Birkdale

Charley Hull moved into contention Saturday at the Ricoh Women's British Open, carding nine birdies and posting a 6-under 66 in the third round at Royal Birkdale.

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Martin leads Women's British as stars fade

They say the cream rises in major championships. The $3 million Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale is doing its best to disprove that old adage.

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