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Alistair Tait

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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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5 Things: Late eagle propels Johnson to HSBC victory

Dustin Johnson won the WGC–HSBC Champions in Shanghai, but not before two Europeans chased him all the way to the finish. Here are 5 Things you need to know from the last World Golf Championship event of 2013.

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Sources: European Tour unlikely to expel Dyson

Simon Dyson is unlikely to be expelled or banned from the European Tour over his disqualification from the BMW Masters, sources have told Golfweek.

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Tait: Euro Tour lacks common sense over Luiten injury

An injured Joost Luiten turned up in China, hit one tee shot and withdrew. The Dutchman was forced to do so because the European Tour still can’t exercise common sense in certain situations.

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5 Things: Jeong breaks through in Australia

It’s been a three-year wait, but Jin Jeong finally made his mark in the professional game. His playoff victory over Ross Fisher was perhaps overdue. Plus, Dustin Johnson fires final-round 66 in trip Down Under.

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Euro Tour to pressure stars to play more in Europe

The European Tour plans to pressure its players based in the U.S. to compete more in Europe. But that doesn't necessarily mean change is coming.

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5 Things: David Lynn wins Portugal Masters

The final European Tour event to be played in Continental Europe this year produced much drama and emotion. Here are 5 Things you need to know from the Portugal Masters:

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Spots on '14 Euro Tour up for grabs in Portugal

While the field will chase the Portugal Masters title, there is a secondary storyline that will be a focus: Getting inside the top 110 spots on the European Tour money list to earn a spot on the 2014 Tour.

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Column: Ballesteros deserves better than no-shows

This week’s Seve Trophy in Paris is a sad reflection on some of the European Tour’s top players who have decided not to play in an event to remember Seve Ballesteros.

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U.S. retains PGA Cup despite dramatic GB&I rally

The U.S. retained the PGA Cup on Sunday in England, but GB&I nearly pulled off the impossible, winning 7.5 of 10 singles points on the final day when it needed eight to win the title.

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U.S. closes in on another PGA Cup win

The U.S. needs just two and a half points from 10 singles matches to retain the PGA Cup, but U.S. captain Allen Wronowski has one simple message to his team: 'Don’t stop.'

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Rookie GB&I team hopes to reverse PGA Cup trend

Great Britain & Ireland fields 10 rookies in this weekend’s PGA Cup as it tries to win the club professionals’ version of the Ryder Cup after three straight defeats.

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Three GB&I players turn pro after Walker Cup loss

GB&I's Neil Raymond, Kevin Phelan and Max Orrin turned pro immediately after the Walker Cup. Callum Shinkwin, Jordan Smith, Nathan Kimsey and Garrick Porteous will remain amateurs but will attend the European Tour Qualifying School.

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Walker Cup: Saturday's foursomes, singles matches

Walker Cup captains Nigel Edwards and Jim Holtgrieve are relying on tried-and-trusted pairings to help win the 44th version of George Herbert Walker’s legacy to the game of golf.

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U.S. captain Holtgrieve relaxes as Edwards pushes

You’d have thought of the two Walker Cup captains, Jim Holtgrieve of the U.S. would be delivering the 'I'm here to win,' message while Nigel Edwards, defending GB&I's 2011 Walker win, could have been forgiven for going the 'relationships' route.

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Walker Cup: Edwards adds moxie, know-how to GB&I

Nigel Edwards would be on this year’s Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team if the R&A had followed the U.S. Golf Association’s lead and picked two mid-amateurs. The GB&I captain is that good.

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Fitzpatrick headlines GB&I Walker Cup selections

U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick is the headline act in a Great Britain & Irish Walker Cup team that features another six Englishmen, two Irish players, a Welshman and no Scottish amateurs.

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Taylor to leave Baylor, attempt to secure LET card

Baylor will be without the services of Lauren Taylor this coming college golf season following the English player’s decision to try to gain a Ladies European Tour card for next year.

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Euros refine Ryder Cup captain selection process

A five-man panel will now select future European Ryder Cup captains rather than the 15-man tournament committee, the European Tour announced today. The system will be in place in time for the 2016 match.

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Lewis joins St. Andrews' history with Open win

Stacy Lewis had been telling everyone all week the Old Course was tailor-made for her game. Her birdie at the 72nd hole capped an 8-under week for a two-shot win.

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St. Andrews slams field as Women's British faces delay

The Scots say “nae rain, nae wind, nae golf.” Well there was nae rain, plenty of wind, but there was nae third-round golf, at least for those in contention at the Women's British Open.

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Choi chases second career major win, leads British

Na Yeon Choi seems to have found her putting stroke just in time in taking the Women's British Open lead, while Inbee Park has a long way to go this weekend if she's to keep Grand Slam-season hopes alive.

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Davies, Hull fade as Saiki takes lead in British

Laura Davies and Charley Hull disappoint in the Women's British Open and in regard to the Solheim Cup around the corner, while Miki Saiki takes the Open lead with Morgan Pressel and Suzann Pettersen on her heels.

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Pressel fights Solheim demons, excels at St. Andrews

Morgan Pressel is trying to control her subconsciousness. She’s fighting a losing battle.

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Lucky draw: Lewis' early morning brings success

Stacy Lewis played the Old Course back to front, but she is in contention at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

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Body Issue reveals Carly Booth's hidden ink

Don't expect the same old script with Carly Booth, a Scot who continues to surprise – even dad.

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Matthew, Booth lone Scots in Women's British field

For the second straight year, Catriona Matthew and Carly Booth are the only two Scottish players in the Ricoh Women's British Open field, a sad reflection on the state of the women’s game in the Home of Golf, says Alistair Tait.

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Wiebe wins Senior British title in playoff

It took an extra five holes and 11 hours and 12 minutes, but Mark Wiebe was finally crowned in the $2 million Senior Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

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Open playoff between Langer, Wiebe halted by darkness

Bernhard Langer and Mark Wiebe will return at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning to see who wins this year’s Senior Open at Royal Birkdale after they ran out of light.

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One step closer: Westwood takes 2-shot Open lead

Englishman Lee Westwood takes a two-shot lead into the final round of the Open Championship over Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan. He is on the verge of getting a huge monkey off his back.

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Break out the cigars: Jimenez leads at Muirfield

The red wine-drinking, cigar-smoking, carefree Miguel Angel Jimenez fired a 71 on Friday to stay near the top of the leaderboard, leading wandering minds to wonder if the Spaniard could become the oldest major winner in history.

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Is it finally time for Lee Westwood's major moment?

Instead of whining about or bemoaning the difficult conditions at Muirfield, Lee Westwood instead took the course head on and beat it for the most part in firing a 3-under 68 on Friday.

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Amid stress of Open, Mickelson makes a 9-year-old's day

Phil Mickelson had just birdied the 15th hole to move to 3 under, but still saw 9-year-old Ross Brown in the crowd with a cast on his arm. Mickelson stopped to give the stunned boy a ball and a few encouraging words.

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Mickelson looks smart; McIlroy feels 'brain dead'

Rory McIlroy isn’t talking or playing like the World No. 2 to start the British Open; Phil Mickelson by comparison looks like he’s ready to win his first Claret Jug.

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Rose must forget Merion to join elite club

Only six players have won the U.S. Open and Open Championship in the same season. Can Justin Rose become the seventh?

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McDowell, Muirfield a match made in golf heaven

Graeme McDowell has won three titles in his last eight worldwide starts. He missed the other five cuts. He's also missed the cut after each of his victories. Muirfield might be the perfect solution to that problem for the 2010 U.S. Open champion.

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Snedeker's secret weapon at Muirfield? He's 32

Brandt Snedeker is 32. That happens to be the same age as Adam Scott and Justin Rose were when they won the first two majors of the year. And Snedeker is a big believer in omens. Now the American just needs to go out and perform.

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Faldo has low expectations at Open Championship

The last two winners of the Open Championship have been guys seemingly past their prime. Could Nick Faldo follow suit? Not even the six-time major winner thinks that is in the cards.

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Mickelson wins Scottish in sudden-death playoff

After three-putting the 72nd hole to send it into a playoff, Phil Mickelson defeated Branden Grace on the first hole of sudden death to win the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.

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Tait: Ernie Els went long to capture 2012 Open

A decade earlier, Ernie Els was outspoken about his ire toward the long putter -- the same piece of equipment that saved his career and helped him win last year’s Open Championship, the South African has admitted.

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Mickelson two shots back at Scottish Open

Phil Mickelson sits two shots back of Henrik Stenson after three rounds of the Scottish Open, but Philly Mick is still the man to beat, says Alistair Tait.

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Els says Muirfield's all-male policy is 'weird'

Defending Open Champion Ernie Els has called Muirfield “weird” for the its all-male policy ahead of next week’s Open Championship at the Scottish Club.

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18 players added to Open Championship

Youngsters Russell Henley and Harris English headline 10 players that have gained exemptions into the Open Championship at Muirfield through money lists on the European and PGA Tours.

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McDowell's win in France contrasts McIlroy's slump

Graeme McDowell picked up his third worldwide win of 2013 on Sunday at the French Open, his success in stark contrast to countryman Rory McIlroy.

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McIlroy searching for answers before Open Championship

Rory McIlroy has just two weeks to find a driver to help him win the Open Championship at Muirfield. Otherwise he’s going to have to put all his eggs in the PGA Championship basket.

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Casey wins Irish Open, surpassing Luiten

A 45-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole put an exclamation point on Paul Casey's three-shot win at the Irish Open as third-round leader Joost Luiten and Robert Rock finished T-2.

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British Ryder Cupper Hunt dead at 83

in an age when the U.S. dominated the Ryder Cup, Bernard Hunt played in eight of nine matches from 1953-69, built a 4-3-3 singles record and was part of the winning 1957 team.

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Porteous tops Hakula for British Amateur title

England’s Garrick Porteous survived a war of attrition to become the 118th British Amateur Champion, defeating Finland's Toni Hakula, 6 and 5, in tough conditions at Royal Cinque Ports.

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Hakula, Porteous advance to British Amateur final

Finland's Toni Hakula and England's Garrick Porteous advance to the British Amateur Championship finals with semifinal wins over local boy Max Orrin and USA's Jim Liu, respectively.

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