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Alistair Tait

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In desert, Stenson envisions path toward first major

A slight improvement on 2013 could lead Henrik Stenson to a place that no Swede has ever gone -- holding a major championship title.

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Penitent Dyson returns to Euro Tour 'starting afresh'

Last week in the Middle East, Simon Dyson marked a new beginning in his professional golf career. At the $2.7 million HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, Dyson made his first start since being put on probation by the European Tour after he tapped down a spike mark last year.

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McIlroy says life, game have 'fallen into place'

We heard the same thing a year ago, but when Rory McIlroy said that his life and game are taking shape in 2014, there are signs that we should believe him this time around.

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With new driver in bag, Mickelson expects big things

Phil Mickelson says this could be the best year of his career, all because of a new club: a 9.5-degree Big Bertha Alpha driver, which he used rarely in a highly successful 2013 campaign.

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5 Things: Oosthuizen repeats as Volvo champion

Needing a fast finish, Louis Oosthuizen posted birdies at Nos. 17 and 18 to keep his Volvo Champions title on Sunday, outlasting Branden Grace by a stroke at the Durban Country Club in Durban, South Africa.

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GB&I streamlines selection process for Curtis Cup

This year’s GB&I Curtis Cup team will be comprised of four players off the World Amateur Golf Rankings, two from the LGU Order of Merit with the remaining two selected by the traditional method of a selection panel.

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Tait: 5 Q's facing new Euro Tour chairman in '14

New European Tour chairman David Williams has his work cut out for him as the European Tour tries to reestablish itself among the world's elite players.

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Number Crunching 2013: Oliver Wilson

The slide continued for Oliver Wilson in 2013, dropping 475 spots in the rankings.

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Tait: Stenson has form on his side right now

Is Henrik Stenson's major wait nearly over? His current form would suggest so, says Alistair Tait.

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5 Things: Jimenez wins Hong Kong playoff

Miguel Angel Jimenez, the oldest player to work into a three-way playoff, won the Hong Kong Open and broke his own European Tour record.

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2-month suspension for Dyson put on hold

The European Tour fined and suspended Simon Dyson -- though his 2-month term will be waived if he completes 18 months without a rules infraction.

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With doubts gone, Wilson on path back to Euro Tour

Oliver Wilson lost his European Tour card in 2011, and dropped mightily in the world rankings, before finishing strong on the Challenge Tour this past season. Now he's hoping to complete his path back to the European Tour with a strong 2014.

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Day secures emotional victory at World Cup of Golf

The World Cup of Golf might not get the fields it once did, but this year's story more than made up for the lack of star names. The event got a fitting winner (Jason Day) and the best team won (Australia).

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USGA, R&A: 'Naked eye' key to moving-ball penalty

Among the latest Rules of Golf changes from the USGA and R&A: Players will not be penalized if their ball moves and it wasn’t obvious to the naked eye.

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5 Things: Stenson makes history in Dubai

Henrik Stenson, who already claimed this year's FedEx Cup, won Sunday in Dubai to also wrap up the European Tour's Race to Dubai -- becoming the first to win both tour's crowns in the same season. Here are 5 Things to Know.

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5 Things: Dubuisson goes with flow; Tiger like 'gold dust'

So Victor Dubuisson claims his first victory as a professional. Not before time for this talented, enigmatic Frenchman. Here are 5 Things you need to know from the Turkish Airlines Open.

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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.