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Alistair Tait

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GB&I Walker Cup captaincy process needs work

Tait: R&A needs to change formula for GB&I Walker Cup captaincy

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 dominates USA in final session to win Palmer Cup, 18.5-11.5

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

USA, Europe tied at 10 heading into final day at Palmer Cup

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 narrow lead at Palmer Cup over USA after Day 1

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 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

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

Scotland's Bradley Neil captures British Amateur title at Royal Portrush

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

New diet fuels Zander Lombard to British Am final; Bradley Neil advances, too

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

Merseyside club golfers among quarterfinalists 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

Former Cal star Brandon 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 star Brandon Hagy makes match play at British Amateur

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

Rory McIlroy makes sensible choice in opting for Ireland in 2016 Olympics

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

It's official: Royal Portrush to stage Open Championship; year undetermined

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

5 Things: Mikael Lundberg wins Lyoness Open in playoff; Bernd Weisberger places 2nd to likely earn U.S. Open spot; more

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

5 Things: Thongchai Jaidee spoils Henrik Stenson's party at Nordea Masters

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 fails to qualify for U.S. Open for first time since 1999

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

Rory McIlroy caps emotional week with dramatic BMW comeback 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

Thomas Bjorn takes control at BMW PGA; Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy in striking distance

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

Peter Uihlein (back) withdraws from U.S. Open sectional 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 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 posts 71 to stay close at BMW PGA Championship

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

Rory McIlroy puts aside distractions, fires 68 at BMW PGA Championship

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's 62 sets early pace at BMW PGA Championship

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

McIlroy, Wozniacki split; 'Wasn't ready for all that marriage entails,' McIlroy says

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

Back in Europe, Martin Kaymer eyes BMW PGA Championship

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. Am champ Matthew 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

Miguel Angel Jimenez wins Open de Espana playoff on European Tour

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

Tait: Euro Tour made wrong 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 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

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 will allow mail vote on female membership, source says

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

Caddie collapses, dies during European Tour's 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, Bronte Law top GB&I Curtis Cup roster for 2014

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 leaves R&A poised for future after his retirement

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

5 Things: Felipe Aguilar's hole-out for 28 takes Championship at Laguna National on European Tour

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

5 Things: Alexander Levy takes China Open; Alvaro 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: Goal is to play, not captain, for European Solheim team

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

Expect familiar Royal Liverpool for British Open in 2014

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

R&A CEO Peter 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

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

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 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

Euros find easier path to Augusta National invitations to Masters 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

True to his roots, Matt 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

Garrick Porteous looks to break British Amateur champions' slump in 2014 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

Muirfield moves toward possible vote to allow 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.

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

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

Players sway European 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

5 Things: Alejandro Canizares breaks long drought; Tom 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.