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Alistair Tait

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Uihlein (back) withdraws from U.S. Open qualifier

Peter Uihlein will have to wait until next year to play in his first U.S. Open as a professional. The 2010 U.S. Amateur champion has pulled out of Monday’s U.S. Open International Sectional Qualifier in England due to back problems.

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Stenson inching closer to taking over World No. 1

Henrik Stenson is in contention at the BMW PGA Championship, and a solid finish could land him a big prize: the world's top-ranked golfer.

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McIlroy posts 71 to stay close at BMW PGA

Rory McIlroy is enjoying the sanctuary inside the ropes provides from his personal life. So much so that he remains in contention to win the €4.75 million BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s flagship tournament.

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McIlroy puts aside distractions, fires 68 at BMW

A day after announcing that he had broken off his engagement with Caroline Wozniacki, Rory McIlroy managed two eagles en route to a 4-under 68 in the first round of the BMW PGA Championship.

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Bjorn's 62 sets early pace at BMW PGA

Thomas Bjorn posted a course-record-tying 10-under 62 to take the lead at the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday.

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McIlroy, Wozniacki break off engagement

Only months removed from announcing their engagement on Twitter, Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki announce that they have split, with McIlroy saying, "The problem is mine."

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Back in Europe, Kaymer eyes BMW title

The BMW PGA Championship will be Martin Kaymer's seventh tournament in eight weeks -- arguably a hot stretch, as it includes a Players Championship win. He must fight off several contenders, however, and perhaps fatigue too.

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U.S. Am champ Fitzpatrick to turn pro after U.S. Open

U.S. Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick has announced his intentions to turn professional. He will make his debut at the Irish Open June 19-22.

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Jimenez wins Open de Espana playoff

Experience outlasted youth Sunday as Miguel Angel Jimenez won a three-way, sudden-death playoff in his homeland to claim the Open de Espana trophy and build on his own record as the oldest winner on European Tour.

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Tait: Euro Tour erred in decision after caddie's death

Our Alistair Tait says the European Tour is a week late in recognizing that the Madeira Islands Open should have been stopped immediately after Iain McGregor died on the course.

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Campbell withdraws from 2014 U.S. Open

Michael Campbell will not return to the scene of his greatest moment in golf. The 2005 U.S. Open champion has pulled out of next month’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst after splitting up with his wife Julie, admitting he is not “mentally ready.”

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Euro Ryder Cup squad could have embarrassment of riches

Europe is looking for its third consecutive Ryder Cup victory later this year, and with Martin Kaymer joining a star-laden list of potential team members, Paul McGinley will have plenty of outstanding options when the team is chosen at the Italian Open.

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Source: Royal & Ancient Club will allow mail vote

Royal & Ancient Golf Club members will be allowed a postal vote on whether women can join the male-only club, Golfweek has learned.

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Caddie collapses, dies during Madeira Islands Open

Iain McGregor, caddie for Scotland’s Alastair Forsyth, died of a heart attack on Santo da Serra's ninth hole during Sunday's round at the European Tour's Madeira Islands Open.

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Meadow, Law return for GB&I in Curtis Cup

Stephanie Meadow and Bronte Law, both part of the victorious 2012 GB&I team at Nairn, Scotland, will spearhead Great Britain & Ireland’s Curtis Cup defense next month at St. Louis Country Club in Missouri.

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Dawson leaves R&A poised for future

Peter Dawson, a native of Scotland, has presided over radical change in golf's governance on his side of the Atlantic -- his legacy sure to be a Royal & Ancient vote this fall to allow women into the club for the first time.

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5 Things: Aguilar's hole-out for 28 takes Laguna

Third-round leader Anders Hansen shot 67 and expected a European Tour victory Sunday, but Felipe Aguilar holed out on the 18th to cap a back-nine 28 and win the Championship at Laguna National. Here are 5 Things to know.

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5 Things: Levy takes China; Quiros rebounds; more

The Volvo China Open was the second leg of a three-tournament stint for the European Tour in the Far East. Here are 5 Things you need to know about Alexander Levy's win.

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Davies: Goal is to play, not captain, Solheim

Laura Davies has appeared in more Solheim Cups than any other player, but don’t expect the English player to captain future European teams.

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Expect familiar Royal Liverpool for Open

Hoylake's Royal Liverpool has a few changes in store for playing host to the 2014 Open Championship -- where Tiger Woods won the last edition played there.

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R&A CEO Dawson to retire in September 2015

Peter Dawson has announced his retirement as chief executive of the R&A and secretary of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the R&A announced today. Dawson will leave his post in September 2015.

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McCullen keeps Moore from history at McEvoy Trophy

No one has ever won the McEvoy Trophy in consecutive years, and that record will remain for another year after Haydn McCullen held off defending champ Bradley Moore on Thursday in England.

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Player-by-player look at Europe's Palmer Cup squad

Here's a player-by-player look at the 2014 European Palmer Cup squad, which includes plenty of college talent from the U.S.

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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.