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Clarke hopes Tiger returns for Masters, 2016 Ryder Cup

European captain Darren Clarke hopes Tiger Woods returns for Masters, 2016 Ryder Cup

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke said that he hopes Tiger Woods will return to play at the Masters and make the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

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Clarke's best bet for Ryder Cup success? Stick to the plan

Darren Clarke's best bet for Ryder Cup success? Stick to the European plan

Darren Clarke isn’t planning to rock the Ryder Cup boat. The Northern Irishman will stick to a so-far successful script in the hopes of leading Europe to an unprecedented fourth consecutive Ryder Cup victory.

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Tait: Tour pros could benefit from Rules of Golf knowledge

Tait: Tour pros could benefit from Rules of Golf knowledge

Tour players could benefit from a working knowledge of the Rules of Golf, as proved again Sunday when Keegan Bradley incurred a two-shot penalty at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Tait: England provides best international players for college golf

Alistair Tait says England provdes the best international players for college golf

Which country tops the list when it comes to providing international players for NCAA Division I players? Alistair Tait has only one answer and it may surprise you.

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Matt Ford ditches postman job to fulfill dream on European Tour

Englishman Matt Ford ditches postman job to fulfill dream on European Tour

Matt Ford's runner-up finish at the European Tour's Africa Open stop is big for the Englishman, in more ways than one.

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Padraig Harrington might be golf's ultimate overachiever

Alistair Tait: Padraig Harrington might be golf's ultimate overachiever

Arguably no current golfer has worked harder or been more dedicated than the recent Honda Classic winner Padraig Harrington, writes Alistair Tait.

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British Masters returns to Euro Tour schedule in 2015

The European Tour's British Masters is set to return in 2015 at Ian Poulter's house course of Woburn Golf Club in England

The European Tour has officially announced the return of the British Masters to the schedule after a seven-year absence. It will take place at Woburn (England) Golf Club, Oct. 8-11.

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Royal St. George's will open club to female members

Royal St. George's will open club to female members

Members of Royal St. George’s Golf Club have voted unanimously to accept female members, the club announced today.

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Sullivan in select group of successful GB&I Walker Cuppers

Andy Sullivan joins select group joins successful GB&I Walker Cuppers on European Tour

Andy Sullivan, who won the European Tour's 2015 Joburg Open Sunday, is one of a few former Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup stars who have found consistent success on the European Tour.

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Clarke hopes Ryder Cup captaincy stirs his own game

Darren Clarke hopes Ryder Cup captaincy stirs his own game

A week has passed since Darren Clarke was named European Ryder Cup captain for the 2016 matches, and now it’s time for Clarke to get back to his day job.

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Lahiri could inspire next generation of Indian players

Anirban Lahiri could inspire next generation of Indian players

Seven years ago, Ernie Els predicted India would embrace golf and produce world-class players. That prediction is playing out as Anirban Lahiri continues his tear on the European Tour.

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R&A, Ladies' Golf Union open talks about possible merger

R&A, Ladies' Golf Union open talks about possible merger

Just a week after the Royal & Ancient Golf of St. Andrews, Scotland, admitted female members, the R&A has announced it has opened talks with the Ladies' Golf Union about a possible merger.

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Darren Clarke to lead Europeans at '16 Ryder Cup

Darren Clarke to lead Europeans in 2016 Ryder Cup matches at Hazeltine

The European Tour is following a tried-and-tested formula in naming Darren Clarke the European Ryder Cup captain for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine.

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Tait: R&A's Slumbers could tackle golf ball technology

Tait: R&A's Martin Slumbers could tackle golf ball technology

When Martin Slumbers takes over for Peter Dawson as R&A chief executive in September, he could address modern golf ball technology, writes Alistair Tait.

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Tait: O'Grady key in deciding European Ryder Cup captain

Tait: O'Grady key in deciding between Jimenez and Clarke for 2016 European Ryder Cup captain

George O'Grady could hold the deciding vote for the 2016 European Ryder Cup captain, presumable between Miguel Angel Jimenez and Darren Clarke, when a five-man committee meets next week.

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Report: McIlroy, McDowell under tax investigation

Report: Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell under tax avoidance investigation

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell are among a number of sports people under investigation by the British government for possible tax avoidance, according to a report.

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Incoming R&A chief executive aims to increase participation

Incoming Royal and Ancient chief executive Martin Slumbers aims to increase golf participation

Incoming R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers, who begins working for the R&A on March 2, says one of his goals is to help increase participation in golf.

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Davies, Sorenstam among honorary R&A members

Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews names Laura Davies, Annika Sorenstam among honorary members

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews has taken the next step toward equality by naming 14 women as members to the previously all-male club, including Laura Davies and Annika Sorenstam among seven honorary members.

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Lahiri rallies, passes Wiesberger for Malaysian title

Anirban Lahiri rallies, passes Bernd Wiesberger for European Tour's Malaysian title

It didn’t take long for India’s Anirban Lahiri to make his mark on the European Tour. The 27-year-old found the winner’s circle Feb. 8 in the Maybank Malaysian Open.

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Rory McIlroy settles contract dispute with Horizon Sports

Rory McIlroy settles contract dispute with Horizon Sports

Rory McIlroy can concentrate fully on winning the career Grand Slam at Augusta National this April after he and former management team Horizon Sports Management settled their long legal dispute.

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Dawson: British Open deal with Sky Sports a competitive move

Peter Dawson: R&A's British Open deal with Sky Sports a competitive move

The R&A’s deal with Sky Sports to exclusively broadcast the British Open was influenced by the commercial arrangements of other major championships.

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R&A grants British Open rights to Sky Sports

R&A grants exclusive British Open broadcast rights to Sky Sports

The R&A has signed a five-year deal with Sky Sports granting exclusive broadcast rights for the British Open beginning in 2017. The deal significantly alters a 59-year-relationship with the BBC.

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McIlroy looks untouchable in winning Dubai Desert Classic

Rory McIlroy looks untouchable in winning Dubai Desert Classic

Call him “untouchable,” “class,” “brilliant” or any other superlative of the sort. They all apply to Rory McIlroy after his Dubai Desert Classic victory, and perhaps spell bad news for the rest of golf.

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Hall of Famer Kel Nagle dies at 94

Hall of Famer and winner of the 1960 British Open Kel Nagle died at the age of 94 on Wednesday

The world of golf is mourning the loss of one of the game’s true gentlemen with the passing of Kel Nagle. The Hall of Famer died at Mona Vale hospital in Sydney. He was 94.

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European Ryder Cup captaincy: Clarke or Jimenez?

European Ryder Cup captaincy comes down to Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jimenez

The battle is brewing to see who will follow in Paul McGinley’s footsteps as European Ryder Cup captain. It's a battle between Darren Clarke and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

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British Open should stick with BBC, says HSBC

British Open should stick with BBC, says sponsor HSBC

The British Open should stick with BBC for its broadcast, says said Giles Morgan, HSBC's global head of sponsorship and events.

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Stal wins Abu Dhabi after Kaymer collapses

Gary Stal benefits from Martin Kaymer's collapse, wins Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship title

Gary Stal picked up his first European Tour victory after Martin Kaymer surrendered a 10-shot lead in Sunday's final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

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Martin Kaymer builds big lead in Abu Dhabi

Martin Kaymer builds six-shot lead at European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Martin Kaymer is on a roll in Abu Dhabi and seems unlikely to be knocked off track from winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship after building a six-shot lead on Saturday.

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Kaymer keeps Abu Dhabi lead; McIlroy close behind

Martin Kaymer keeps Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship lead; Rory McIlroy close behind

Martin Kaymer added a 67 to his opening 64 to move to 13 under and keep his lead at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Rory McIlroy, however, is just two shots back after 36 holes.

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Young Pieters shows he can keep pace on Euro Tour

In Abu Dhabi, Young Thomas Pieters shows he can keep pace on European Tour

Belgium's Thomas Pieters, the 2012 NCAA champion from Illinois, has had no problem making the adjustment from college golf to the European Tour. Keeping pace at Abu Dhabi is just another example.

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From Abu Dhabi, Rickie Fowler endorses world travel

From European Tour event in Abu Dhabi, Rickie Fowler endorses world travel

Rickie Fowler has a simple message to young Americans: get out and see the world. Fowler is doing that by teeing up in the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week.

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Kaymer blisters Abu Dhabi for 1st-round lead

European Tour's Martin Kaymer blisters Abu Dhabi yet again for 1st-round lead

Martin Kaymer sits in a familiar spot after the first round of the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship: atop the leaderboard.

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McIlroy uses late rally for opening 67 in Abu Dhabi

Rory McIlroy uses late rally for opening 67 at European Tour's Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

Rory McIlroy, playing the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, birdied his first hole of the 2015 season on the way to a 5-under 67. But it was the late-round magic that really turned heads.

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Justin Rose looks to convert more top 10s into wins

Justin Rose looks to convert more top 10s into wins, starting at Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Justin Rose is already a major champion. Now, he wants to become a more prolific winner and convert more top 10s into victories, starting with this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

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Kaymer takes low-key approach in Abu Dhabi

Martin Kaymer taking low-key approach entering Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

Martin Kaymer enters the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship as one of the favorites, but he's hoping to take some pressure off of himself by taking a laid-back approach.

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Paratore back to high school after Abu Dhabi

Europe's rising star Renato Paratore will have to return to high school in Italy after the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Not many European Tour pros will leave Abu Dhabi to return to the world of academia, but after the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Renato Paratore will return to Italy to try and finish high school.

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Henrik Stenson prepares for major run in 2015

Henrik Stenson focuses on winning a major in 2015

Henrik Stenson looks to become the first Swedish golfer to win a major championship as he prepares to start his 2015 season at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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Abu Dhabi could start global trend for Fowler

Abu Dhabi could start Rickie Fowler's global trend, lead to European Tour membership

Rickie Fowler’s debut appearance in the Middle East for the $2.7 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship could become a trend. Fowler may become a European Tour member at some point in the future.

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Abu Dhabi field has youthful side

European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship field has youthful side

England’s Callum Shinkwin took the last place in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship field thanks to a bit of creative accounting by tournament organizers.

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Pablo Larrazabal hires guru to increase wins

Pablo Larrazabal hires guru to increase winning percentage on European Tour

Pablo Larrazabal, defending champion at this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the European Tour, has employed a guru to try to help him win more.

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Rory McIlroy's goals in 2015 are lofty but private

Rory McIlroy's goals in 2015 are lofty and secret

Wondering what Rory McIlroy's goals are for the upcoming year? The World No. 1 has them written down on an airplane boarding pass, which is stuffed inside his wallet.

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Sullivan wins first Euro title in South Africa

Andy Sullivan's maiden European Tour title sign of a new age

Andy Sullivan’s South African Open win on the European Tour could be part of a new age of English golf that fully blossoms in 2015.

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Fleetwood aims to become English golf's next star

Tommy Fleetwood trending toward becoming English golf's next marquee name

Tommy Fleetwood has come a long way since turning professional five years ago, and now the 23-year-old has his sights set on a top-50 world ranking.

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My Year in Golf: Alistair Tait

My Year in Golf: Alistair Tait remembers the good and bad tears of 2014

Senior writer Alistair Tait will remember 2014 for the tears as he watched people he respected bow out of the game and tears of joy for some first time winners.

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Number crunching: Paul Lawrie

Number crunching: Paul Lawrie hopes to forget poor 2014 on European Tour

Over the final two weeks of 2014, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, we highlight Paul Lawrie.

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European top 10: McIlroy steals the show in 2014

European top 10: Rory McIlroy steals the show in 2014

Rory McIlroy dominated the 2014 European Tour season, but others managed to make some highlights of their own.

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Number crunching: Simon Khan

Number crunching: Injury stymies Simon Khan in '14

Over the final two weeks of 2014, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, we highlight Simon Khan.

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Madsen, 20, earns top honors at LET Q-School

Former Gamecock Madsen, 20, earns top honors at LET Q-School

Eyebrows were raised when Nanna Madsen recently left the University of South Carolina halfway through her freshman year to try to earn a Ladies European Tour card.

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Number crunching: Steve Lewton

Number crunching: Steve Lewton hits paydirt on Asian Tour in 2014

Over the final two weeks of 2014, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, we highlight Steve Lewton.

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Torrance's defense of Garcia comes as no surprise

Torrance's defense of Garcia should come as no surprise

Sam Torrance’s criticism of Sir Nick Faldo in a recent Scottish golf magazine comes as no surprise.