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Alistair Tait

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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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Paratore playing like next Manassero at British Am

The world of golf sat up and took notice in 2009 when Matteo Manassero won the British Amateur Championship. The golfing world should now pay attention to his protege.

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Raymond barely advances in British Am match play

Neil Raymond has advanced to the third round of the British Amateur Championship. By the skin of his teeth.

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Raymond captures St. Andrews Links Trophy

Neil Raymond used a final-round, 3-under 69 to capture the St. Andrews Links Trophy and likely secure a spot on Europe's Walker Cup squad in September.

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Orrin, 19, lurking at St. Andrews Links Trophy

Max Orrin has given the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup selectors something to think about recently with two wins. He could make them think just a little bit harder by winning the St. Andrews Links Trophy.

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At Walton Heath, good golf and a garden party

Ninety-four of Europe’s elite professionals turned up to qualify for arguably the game’s hardest major, and a garden party broke out. Then again, what do you expect when you stage a U.S. Open qualifying tournament at a place called Walton-on-the-Hill, a quintessential English golf club in the leafy county of Surrey?

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Khan can sleep well after redemption at qualifier

After earning a spot in the U.S. Open, Simon Khan can put behind him disappointment at the BMW PGA Championship.

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Manassero captures BMW PGA title; Westwood falters

Matteo Manassero left the $6.1 million BMW PGA Championship looking forward to the future. Lee Westwood departed wondering if he can find a long game to contend in next month’s U.S. Open.

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In defending Garcia, Euro Tour CEO uses racially insensitive word

Responding to Sergio Garcia’s apology to Tiger Woods, European Tour CEO George O'Grady tried to defuse the situation. However, he used the racially insensitive term "colored" while on air with Sky Sports.

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Tait: Controversy is nothing new at Wentworth

After the winds of controversy that have blown over the Wentworth West Course the last few days, the European Tour breathed a sigh of relief when a golf tournament finally broke out Thursday morning.

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Woods: Garcia's dig hurts, but it's time to move on

"Sorry" wasn’t the hardest word for Sergio Garcia. Anything but. Garcia uttered the word nine times in apologizing to Tiger Woods for the inappropriate comment that the Spaniard made about Woods during the European Tour’s annual dinner the night before.

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McIlroy remains tight-lipped on his management

Rory McIlroy has refused to shed any light on his alleged change of management companies. The Northern Irishman is remaining tight-lipped on claims that he is leaving Conor Ridge’s Horizon Sports Management Group to set up on his own.

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Westwood: Euro Tour must coordinate with PGA Tour

Lee Westwood has a message for European Tour chief executive George O'Grady: Improve scheduling or risk the tour's demise.

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Europe captain to pick 3 for Ryder Cup, up from 2

Europe captain Paul McGinley has given himself an extra pick for next year's Ryder Cup, copying American counterpart Tom Watson's decision to choose three players.

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McDowell outlasts Jaidee to win Volvo Match Play

Behind a number of par-saving putts and a nice back-nine run, Graeme McDowell got his redemption at the Volvo Match Play on Sunday with a 2-and-1 victory over Thongchai Jaidee.

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McDowell tops Colsaerts in Match Play quarters

Graeme McDowell defeated Nicolas Colsaerts, 2 and 1, to advance to the semifinals of the Volvo World Match Play, but it was Colsaerts' up-and-down from a restroom that had everyone talking Saturday in Kavarna, Bulgaria.

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Loss sends Poulter home from World Match Play

Pre-tournament favorite Ian Poulter bowed out of the Volvo World Match Play Championship after losing his second match in two days, left only to vent his frustration.

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Match Play: Poulter still alive despite loss to Jaidee

Ian Poulter lost 3 and 2 to Thongchai Jaidee, but a win tomorrow against South Africa’s Thomas Aiken, the other player in the group, will see the Englishman through to the knockout rounds of the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

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Bulgaria's Thracian Cliffs better fit for match-play event

Thracian Cliffs is a stunning location. Hard by the Black Sea some 220 miles from Bulgarian capital Sofia, Gary Player has somehow carved 18 undulating holes into sheer white cliffs that will provide stunning television pictures. Whether it produces stunning golf is another story.

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Volvo Match Play a sight for sore eyes for Poulter, McDowell

The €3 million Volvo World Match Play Championship couldn’t come soon enough for Ian Poulter. It also comes at exactly the right time for Graeme McDowell.

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Tait: Hull, 17, continues to impress on LET

Don’t be surprised if Charley Hull makes this year’s European Solheim Cup team. The way she’s going, she looks like a lock to make the trip to Colorado this August.

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Finland's Eckhardt wins Lytham Trophy in playoff

Albert Eckhardt became the first Finnish player to win the Lytham Trophy when he survived a playoff against Jack Hume of Ireland on Sunday.

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5 Things: Rumford wins again; Koepka cruises

Australian Brett Rumford wins for a second consecutive week; Florida State product Brooks Koepka wins on the Challenge Tour; and Paul Casey continues his comeback. 5 Things from the European Tour . . .

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No radical changes to Muirfield, just refining

The world’s elite shouldn’t expect radical changes when they turn up at Muirfield this year to play the 142nd version of the Open Championship.

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Open return to Royal Portrush a possibility

Just when the idea of the Open Championship returning to Royal Portrush seemed dead, the R&A has given new hope about the possibility of an Open return to the Irish links course.

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5 Things: Coach's call lifts Rumford to win

If Brett Rumford was unsure what to get wife Sally for her birthday, then the winner's check from the Ballantine’s Championship might help. Plus: Peter Whiteford improves outlook, Francois Calmels also wins.

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Dawson opens up on McIlroy, Tiger, Rio and rules

Expect a number of golf’s important issues to be settled very soon. That’s the message from R&A chief executive Peter Dawson, who chatted about Rory McIlroy, Vijay Singh, 'Dropgate' and the 2016 Olympics.

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Dawson: R&A will not force Muirfield to accept women

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews has no immediate plans to follow Augusta National’s lead and allow female members, according to R&A chief executive Peter Dawson. Nor will the R&A force Muirfield, this year’s Open Championship venue, to accept women.

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GB&I drops squad system that helped win Walker Cups

Great Britain & Ireland captain Nigel Edwards says that with this year's match in America, squad-training on dissimilar courses has "no point" in this year's Walker Cup preparation.

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5 Things: Uihlein solid again on Euro Tour

The Spanish Open was once considered to be the kick-off to the European Tour season, now it falls in line behind a full "international" schedule. A look at some storylines to take away from the Spanish Open.

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Jimenez's return a welcome sight for Euro Tour

Miguel Angel Jimenez missed the cut in his first tournament back after breaking a leg in a skiing accident, but the European Tour is just glad he’s striding the fairways again.

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Masters 2013: Euro contingent owes thanks to Seve

Many European professionals playing in this week’s Masters should say a quiet thank you to Seve Ballesteros. Without him, they might not be playing at Augusta National this week says our Alistair Tait.

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Masters 2013: Getting to know Jamie Donaldson

To get you ready for the 2013 Masters, we are breaking down the amateurs and first-timers that will play at Augusta National starting on Thursday, April 11. Today's installment: Jamie Donaldson.

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Masters 2013: Getting to know Branden Grace

To get you ready for the 2013 Masters, we are breaking down the amateurs and first-timers that will play at Augusta National starting on Thursday, April 11. Today's installment: Branden Grace.

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Masters 2013: Getting to know Alan Dunbar

To get you ready for the 2013 Masters, we are breaking down the amateurs and first-timers that will play at Augusta National starting on Thursday, April 11. Today's installment: Alan Dunbar.

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Ariya Jutanugarn wins first pro title, outlasting Hull

Starting the final round one shot back, Ariya Jutanugarn opened her final round with three birdies to leapfrog fellow teen Charley Hull to win the LET's Lalla Meryem Cup title.

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Tait: Success at Merion could pave path for Royal Porthcawl

Lovers of classic links like Royal Porthcawl should watch this year’s U.S. Open at Merion with interest. A successful staging at Merion should provide food for thought for those who would love to see Royal Porthcawl one day host the Open Championship.

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Tait: Avantha Masters proves bifurcation already exists

Bifurcation is the big word on everyone’s lips these days, but one form already seems to exist, as players continue to pay little attention to pace-of-play, including Sunday at the Avantha Masters.

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Tait: McIlroy shows humility while bouncing back

Rory McIlroy showed a refreshing brand of humility while bouncing back at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, Alistair Tait says.

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European Tour officially supports R&A on ban

It's official – the European Tour is supporting the R&A's proposed ban on anchoring, according to a statement released March 4 by tour chief George O'Grady.

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Ladies European Tour backs R&A anchoring ban

All three professional bodies in the British Isles have expressed support for the R&A's stance that anchoring a putting stroke should be banned.

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Tait: Art of match play is lost on golfers in U.S.

It's a case of nurture over nature. Ian Poulter and other British Isles players are weaned on match play. In the U.S., club golfers are almost forced to play stroke play because of the USGA handicapping system. The world needs more match play.

CEO says British PGA will not resist ban

The British Professional Golfers’ Association will not resist the proposed ban on the anchoring stroke, chief executive Sandy Jones told Golfweek.

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Tait: Golf needs to get back to its roots with more match play

Our Alistair Tait says he'll be glued to the TV this coming week because of the WGC-Accenture Match Play - golf in its original, and best, form.

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Once a can't-miss, Dougherty struggling to find his way

The golden boy of English golf has lost his luster. You had to go a long way down that leaderboard from winner Darren Fichardt to find Nick Dougherty’s name. In fact, you had to go all the way to the bottom. It's becoming to common for the Englishman.

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Tait: Stop talking, do something about slow play

I’ve just received my entry form for this year’s 72 Club. I’m thinking of sending one to a few PGA, European, Ladies European and LPGA tour pros. Maybe if some of them played once in the 72 Club, there wouldn’t be a problem with slow play.

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Tait: Healthy Sterne shows talent in Joburg victory

Once talked about in the same breath as countrymen Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, South African Richard Sterne won the Joburg Open Sunday, overcoming back injuries that hampered him in recent years.

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Tait: Time for Euro Tour minnows to shine

The end of the European Tour’s Middle East Swing heralds the start of a golden opportunity for the Tour’s lesser lights. We now enter a stretch of low-purse, low-key tournaments that give the minnows chances to play.

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Tait: Gallacher's second win was long overdue

Stephen Gallacher’s victory in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic might be one of the most deserved wins ever recorded on the European Tour. It was long overdue says our Alistair Tait.

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