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Alistair Tait

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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: Rory, Graeme can make up 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: Nine Euro players earn spots

The first nine players to represent Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles are official. Naturally, World No. 1 Rory McIlroy leads the way, set for his third Ryder Cup.

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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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At Royal Birkdale, Stupples calls it a career

Whatever the affable Karen Stupples does in the future, she’ll always be introduced as 2004 Women’s British Open champion. Friday at Royal Birkdale, she ended her playing days.

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Hull bounces back after rough start in British

Charley Hull, Britain’s main hope of becoming the first home winner of the Women’s British Open since Catriona Matthew in 2009, trails after a rough start at Royal Birkdale led to a 1-over 73.

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Americans use Solheim loss as major motivation

With the Solheim Cup loss in 2013 fresh in their minds, Americans have taken women's golf by storm, with Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie winning the year's first two majors.

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At 44, Matthew finds ultimate balance of golf, family

Catriona Matthew, 44, is not only competing with the young guns at this week's Ricoh Women's British Open, but also managing to maintain a solid family life with husband Graeme and daughters Katie and Sophie.

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Factory worker dares to dream, lands in Open

English factory worker John Singleton is 'overwhelmed by it all' after qualifying for the 2014 Open Championship at Hoylake -- and so should more amateurs be as the tournament approaches.

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Lost? Not for long as Dunne wins Open qualifier

A week removed from aiding Europe's Palmer Cup team to a convincing victory, Ireland's Paul Dunne was the top Open Championship qualifier at Woburn Golf Club.

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GB&I Walker Cup captaincy process needs work

With Europe's success at the Palmer Cup this week with a pro at the helm (Andrew Coltart), the R&A should take notice and begin to look at the likes of Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington to captain the Walker Cup team.

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Europe dominates to win Palmer Cup over USA

Europe won the final singles session 8.5–1.5 to win the Palmer Cup, 18.5–11.5 over the United States at Walton Heath Golf Club on Saturday.

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USA, Europe tied at Palmer Cup after Day 2

There has been nothing to separate Europe and the United States through the first three sessions at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England at the Palmer Cup. The teams are tied at 10 heading into the final day.

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Europe takes narrow lead at Palmer Cup over USA

Europe takes a narrow lead into the second day’s play of the Palmer Cup at Walton Heath Golf Club. The home team leads the USA 5 ½ – 4 ½ after the first two sessions.

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Coltart eyes home-course edge for Palmer Cup

European captain Andrew Coltart thinks Walton Heath might favor his team over the United States, hoping it help Europe win the Palmer Cup for the eighth time.

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European Tour opens 2022 Ryder Cup site bidding

The bidding process for the 2022 Ryder Cup is now open. The European Tour is inviting countries to bid for the match to be held eight years from now.

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Scotland's Neil captures British Amateur title

Bradley Neil delivered Scottish success 10 years after Stuart Wilson won the 2004 Championship at St. Andrews, winning the 119th British Amateur with a 2-and-1 victory over South Africa’s Zander Lombard at Royal Portrush Golf Club on Sunday.

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New diet fuels Lombard to British Am final vs. Neil

After cutting chicken from his diet, Zander Lombard has seen his health and performance on the golf course improve massively. Now, the South African has earned a spot opposite Bradley Neil in Sunday's final of the British Amateur.

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Merseyside club golfers advance at British Amateur

The 119th British Amateur Championship is in danger of turning into the Southport and Ainsdale Club Championship, as two of the club's members, Paul Howard and Sean Towndrow, advanced to the quarterfinals Friday.

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Former Cal star Hagy ousted at British Amateur

Brandon Hagy’s dream of winning the British Amateur is over. The former University of California player lost his first-round match to Switzerland’s Mathias Eggenberger on the 20th hole.

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Former Cal star Hagy makes match play at British Am

Former Cal All-American Brandon Hagy moved onto match play at the British Amateur Championship and will look to become the first American to ever win the title.

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McIlroy makes sensible choice in opting for Ireland

Our Alistair Tait says that Rory McIlroy made the right choice in opting to play for his homeland in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

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Royal Portrush to stage Open Championship

Golf's oldest major, the Open Championship, will return to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, the R&A announced on Monday morning. The year has yet to be determined.

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5 Things: Lundberg wins Lyoness Open in playoff

For the second week in a row, a playoff was needed to settle the winner of a European Tour event. Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg holed a 40-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole to win the Lyoness Open in Austria.

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5 Things: Jaidee spoils Stenson's party in Sweden

It was supposed to be the Henrik Stenson show, but Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee crashed the World No. 2's party. The 44-year-old took the title in a playoff over Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher and Victor Dubuisson of France.

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Harrington fails to qualify for U.S. Open at Pinehurst

Padraig Harrington’s string of U.S. Open appearances is over. The Irishman will miss America’s national championship for the first time since 1999.

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McIlroy caps tough week with dramatic BMW win

Just five days after a very public end to his engagement to former tennis World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, Rory McIlroy put his heartbreak behind him to win the €4.75 million BMW PGA Championship.

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Bjorn takes control at BMW PGA Championship

After a 5-under 67 on Saturday, Thomas Bjorn will carry a five-shot lead into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship, looking to secure a likely spot on the Ryder Cup team in the process.

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