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Alistair Tait

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Donaldson rallies for Abu Dhabi victory

Don’t call Jamie Donaldson a journeyman anymore. Victory in the $2.7 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship took care of that tag for good.

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Rose, Olesen to play in final group in Abu Dhabi

Sunday's final group at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship will feature two competitors playing opposite roles: veteran Justin Rose and young upstart Thorbjorn Olesen.

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Rose takes one-shot lead in Abu Dhabi

Justin Rose holds the 36-hole lead in Abu Dhabi at 8 under after a second-round 69. He leads by a shot over Welshman Jamie Donaldson, Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark and Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

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McIlroy has work to do after dismal performance

Two 3-over 75s, a putter switch overnight and missing a cut in a tournament that he received appearance money to attend - not exactly a great start to 2013 for World No. 1 Rory McIlroy. Time to get back to work.

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Woods misses first Euro Tour cut after penalty

Tiger Woods, nor Rory McIlroy, will be hanging around for the weekend in Abu Dhabi after Woods received a two-stroke penalty for an illegal drop on the par-4 fifth hole.

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Rose, Donaldson emerge as Abu Dhabi co-leaders

With the bulk of the gallery following Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in Abu Dhabi, Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson quietly put up rounds of 67 to share the lead.

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Tait: Woods, McIlroy falter in starring roles

There were plenty of greenbacks shelled out to get Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods to Abu Dhabi this week. After Thursday, it might be time to wonder if they brought their respective games with them, says our Alistair Tait.

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Wait is over: The Tiger vs. Rory Show reconvenes tonight

5 Things: Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will play the first two rounds in Abu Dhabi together, starting at 10:40 p.m. EST on Wednesday night. Will Tiger make a statement, or will McIlroy pick up where he left off?

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Montgomerie says McGinley 'best man for the job'

If Colin Montgomerie was unhappy at being passed over in favor of Paul McGinley as European Ryder Cup captain, then he did a good job of hiding it. The 2010 captain said all the right things about McGinley’s selection.

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Tait: McGinley right man for Euro captaincy

The European Tour picked the best man for the 2014 Ryder Cup captaincy in Paul McGinley, despite what went on behind the scenes.

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McGinley to captain Europeans at 2014 Ryder Cup

Paul McGinley is Europe’s captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup. The Irishman defeated Colin Montgomerie in a vote of the European Tour’s tournament committee in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

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Tait: Tiger takes a backseat to McIlroy this time around

So many players throughout Tiger Woods' career have had to answer questions about the former World No. 1, rather than about themselves. He got a taste of his own medicine on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi, as the attention was on Rory McIlroy.

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Abu Dhabi will kick off yearlong Tiger vs. Rory Show

There will be 124 players who will tee it up in this week’s $2.7 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, but two will command all the attention. Get ready for the Tiger Woods vs. Rory McIlroy Show.

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Tait: McGinley deserves Ryder Cup captaincy

With Darren Clarke likely taking himself out of the running, our Alistair Tait says that opens the door to the right choice for 2014 Ryder Cup captain: Paul McGinley.

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Preview: McIlroy’s European reign has only begun

One of the biggest questions on this year’s PGA European Tour is whether anyone can dethrone Rory McIlroy from atop the Official World Golf Ranking and European Tour money list. At this stage, it seems doubtful.

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2013 preview: 10 young players to watch in Europe

If the 2012 season proved anything, it’s that Europe has strength in depth. The signs were obvious throughout the season. What young players will step up in 2013? Our Alistair Tait takes a look at 10 prospects.

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Could McIlroy choose to opt out of Olympics?

Rory McIlroy says he has three choices when it comes to the 2016 Olympics: Play for Ireland, play for Great Britain or not play at all. He says the latter is a distinct possibility, which would be a huge black eye for the Golf Federation.

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'Benevolent dictator' Patino left no detail overlooked

Jaime Ortiz-Patino liked to think of himself as a “benevolent dictator.” No detail was overlooked in his quest to build the best course in Continental Europe - which he did with Valderrama Golf Club.

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Number Crunching 2012: Matthew Baldwin

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

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Number Crunching 2012: Lloyd Saltman

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

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2013 preview: 10 European storylines to watch

It’s hard to think things can get any better for European golf in 2013, following a fantastic 2012. However, our Alistair Tait has looked into his crystal ball and came up with 10 things to look out for next season.

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Number Crunching 2012: Rhys Davies

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

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My Year in Golf: Alistair Tait

Our Alistair Tait saw plenty of Europe in 2012, covering Tiger Woods at Abu Dhabi, the World Amateur Team in Turkey and dining with Paul Lawrie in Qatar. Needless to say, the memories are aplenty.

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Number Crunching 2012: Thorbjorn Olesen

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

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Tait: Montgomerie's HOF induction a bit uncomfortable

Alistair Tait: As a proud Scot, I should be jumping for joy at the thought of two of my compatriots in the World Golf Hall of Fame, but something is nagging at me. I have reservations about Colin Montgomerie’s induction.

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Medinah to McIlroy, the top 10 stories from Europe in '12

From the miracle at Medinah to Rory McIlroy's worldwide dominance to Lydia Ko's performance at the World Amateur Team, it was a special year in Europe says our Alistair Tait.

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Ariya Jutanugarn wins LET Q-School; Woods misses

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn turned the final round of the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School into a lap of honor. The 17-year-old amateur romped to a five-shot victory in Morocco to earn her card for the 2013 European season.

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Ariya Jutanugarn leads LET Q-School by three shots

Ariya Jutanugarn, 17, is one round away from earning her Ladies European Tour card, holding a three-shot lead over Emily Taylor. Meanwhile, Cheyenne Woods made the cut and is T-46. The top 30 earn their cards.

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Europe Ryder Cup captaincy to be more conventional

Don’t expect Europe to make an out-of-left-field, Tom Watson-like announcement when it names the 2014 Ryder Cup captain in the new year.

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Jamieson provides glimmer of hope for Scottish golf

Everyone concerned about the state of Scottish golf will be hoping Scott Jamieson’s victory in the Nelson Mandela Championship heralds the start of a Scottish revival. But, we shouldn’t hold our breath just yet, says Alistair Tait.

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Ciganda wins LET Order of Merit, rookie of the year

Carlota Ciganda is the first player since Laura Davies 27 years ago to win the LET Order of Merit and rookie of the year in the same season.

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Dawson says too much Old Course hysteria

R&A chief executive Peter Dawson responds to public outcry about planned changes to the Old Course, saying much of the reaction is "ill-informed."

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Parry takes top card at European Tour Q-School

John Parry can look forward to a full season on next year’s European Tour, but Oliver Wilson’s career hangs in the balance.

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Tait: Debacle has done game no favors

What other sport takes nearly 25 years to make a decision like this? None. Talk about falling asleep at the wheel, closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. It’s embarrassing says European writer Alistair Tait.

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Dougherty falls short in attempt at Euro comeback

Nick Dougherty’s hopes of a European Tour comeback came to a painful end today when he missed the 72-hole cut in the Final Stage of European Tour Qualifying School in Girona, Spain.

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McIlroy right where he belongs - atop golf world

Rory McIlroy is right where he belongs – in a league of his own. That’s the way it’s always been, says our Alistair Tait.

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5 Things: McIlroy caps Euro season with a victory

What an end to the European Tour season. Chief executive George O’Grady couldn’t have asked for anything better than the world and European No. 1 player Rory McIlroy signing off the season by winning the DP World Tour Championship.

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Euro Tour hopefuls ready for Q-School

While Europe's best compete in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, 156 others will look to earn their cards next week at Euro Tour Q-School in Spain.

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Fleetwood earns Euro Tour card; Davies out

Tommy Fleetwood can look forward to another season on the European Tour, but Rhys Davies’ career hangs in limbo.

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Stenson breaks five-year European Tour drought

Sweden's Henrik Stenson won his first European Tour title in five years, potentially signalling a return to form for the 2009 Players Championship titleholder.

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With EuroPro title in hand, Maddy sets sights higher

The £15,000 England's Paul Maddy picked up for winning the EuroPro’s final event of the season, the 888poker.com Tour Championship, will come in handy as he chases his dream of playing on the European Tour.

Richardson survives blood disorder; to make pro debut

Edward Richardson isn't even supposed to be alive, but he has fought off a rare blood disorder to not only survive, but make it back to the elite of amateur golf.

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Bennett is getting closer to a dream comeback

Seventy-five players have stories to tell after advancing to the Final Stage of European Tour Qualifying School from four Spanish venues that hosted the Second Qualifying Stage, but none is more heart warming than Bennett’s.Seventy-five players have stories to tell after advancing to the Final Stage of European Tour Qualifying School from four Spanish venues that hosted the Second Qualifying Stage, but none is more heart warming than Bennett’s.

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Euro finish leaves some players needing more starts

Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Matthew Baldwin could end their European Tour seasons deeply frustrated, “co-sanctioned” victims of the European Tour’s international schedule.

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Challenge Tour graduates in for a reality check

While the 21 Challenge Tour graduates feel as though they are on top of the world right now, they will be in for a reality check when they step up to the European Tour.

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Busby captures Euro Tour card at Challenge finale

England's James Busby received the last invitation to the Challenge Tour's Grand Final, and took full advantage and captured his European Tour card with a T-2 finish in Italy.

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For Euro Tour hopefuls, it all comes down to Italy

It’s crunch time for Europe’s wannabes. Time to get a foothold of the gravy train that could lead to riches beyond their dreams.

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Casey shows progress with nice finish in Australia

While his winless streak didn't come to an end, Paul Casey's fifth-place finish in Australia is another sign that the Englishman might be headed in the right direction.

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Bad sign for Euro Tour? Youngsters opting for PGA Tour Q-School

Lee Westwood's move to the PGA Tour was a blow for the European Tour, but might be minor by comparison if the bevy of young stars opting to participate in PGA Tour Q-School continues.

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Euro Tour's sponsor woes intensify

With news that the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and Vivendi Seve Trophy will count as European Tour starts, the circuit's stars could skip other events and potentially diminish the value of tournament sponsorships.

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