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Europe keeps it light in preparation for Ryder Cup

Team Europe keeps it light in preparation for Ryder Cup

The European squad has won four of the past five Ryder Cups, and many point to their relaxed nature and camaraderie off the course to stellar performances on it.

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Bjorn excited to be playing this time around

Ryder Cup: Thomas Bjorn excited to be playing this time around

Thomas Bjorn will make his first Ryder Cup appearance since 2002 this week at Gleneagles, and only the third since his debut in 1997.

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Home-course advantage for Euros? Not so fast

Europeans won't necessarily have Ryder Cup home-course advantage at Gleneagles in 2014

Home-course advantage might not be such a key factor in this week’s Ryder Cup. Most of Europe’s stars are only slightly more familiar with the Perthshire layout than their American rivals.

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Royal & Ancient to admit women as members

Royal & Ancient Golf Club vote to admit women as members

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club has voted to allow women as members, changing a 260-year-old policy.

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Tait: McIlroy, McDowell should unite for Ryder Cup

Tait: Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell should unite for Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell should settle their legal differences for the sake of the European side before the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, says Alistair Tait.

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5 Things: Casey wins in first tournament as a father

5 Things: Paul Casey wins in first tournament as a father

Paul Casey fired a 4-under 66 on Sunday to win his 13th European Tour title and now inches closer to the World top 50, a goal that the Englishman has had since tumbling out of relevance due to an injury.

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Lipsky wins Omega European Masters in playoff

David Lipsky wins 2014 Omega European Masters in playoff on European Tour

David Lipsky caught Graeme Storm then defeated him in a playoff Sunday at the European Tour's 2014 Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

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Gallacher, Poulter, Westwood make Ryder Cup team

Westwood edges Donald to join Gallacher, Poulter as wild cards

Stephen Gallacher will make his Ryder Cup debut after receiving a wild-card pick from European captain Paul McGinley. The Scot was one of McGinley’s three picks Tuesday, with Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood.

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McGinley's decision: Go with Gallacher or star trio?

McGinley's decision: Go with Gallacher or with trio of proven stars?

Stephen Gallacher committed himself to playing on the European Tour to earn Ryder Cup points. He came up just short and now is up against the likes of Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald for three captain's picks on Tuesday.

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Ryder Cup: European player capsules

A closer look at the 12-man European Ryder Cup team

Here is a closer look at the European squad for the 2014 Ryder Cup, to be played Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland.

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5 Things: Gallacher makes his Ryder Cup case

5 Things: Stephen Gallacher makes his Ryder Cup case in Italy

On a day that Hennie Otto won his third European Tour title, the focus was on Stephen Gallacher and his last-ditch effort to make the European Ryder Cup team. His fate is in the hands of captain Paul McGinley after a third-place finish in Italy.

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Tait: Italian Open can provide path to Ryder Cup

Tait: Italian Open can provide path to Ryder Cup in Scotland

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley could easily favor Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald for his at-large selections -- but don't count out Stephen Gallacher if he plays well at the Italian Open.

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5 Things: Donaldson earns Ryder Cup spot with win

5 Things: Jamie Donaldson earns Ryder Cup spot with win at Czech Masters

Jamie Donaldson captured the Czech Masters in Prague, winning his third European Tour title and also securing his spot on the European Ryder Cup team.

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Amateur roundup: Chesters wins 2nd Euro Am

Amateur roundup: Ashley Chesters goes back-to-back at European Amateur

Ashley Chesters made history in the European Amateur Championship by becoming the first player to win the title twice, and the first to successfully defend the title.

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Marsh, Robb, Griffith win titles on mainland Britain

Amateur roundup: Marsh, Robb, Griffith win titles on mainland Britain

Nick Marsh, Chris Robb and Evan Griffith earned ultimate amateur bragging rights in their homelands by winning the national amateur championships of England, Scotland and Wales, respectively.

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Langer runs away with Senior Open

Bernhard Langer runs away with 2014 Senior British Open win at Royal Porthcawl in Wales

Bernhard Langer won his second senior Open Championship and fourth senior major by a landslide, Sunday's 67 getting him 13 strokes clear of Colin Montgomerie at Royal Porthcawl in Wales.

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All Royal & Ancient members to vote on allowing females

All Royal & Ancient members to vote on allowing female members

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club says it will allow all members to vote either in person at the Sept. 18 business meeting, or via mail as the club decides whether or not it will allow women.

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McIlroy soars to six-shot British Open lead

Rory McIlroy soars to six-shot British Open lead at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England

After three rounds in the 60s, it’s hard to see Rory McIlroy shooting a high number tomorrow and failing to win his first British Open championship.

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British Open players remember Bob Torrance

British Open players' black ribbons honor Bob Torrance

What did Bob Torrance mean to golf? The black ribbons on the hats of competitors in the 143rd Open Championship said it all.

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Paying homage to legend Bob Torrance

Tait: Paying homage to the legend that was Bob Torrance

Our Alistair Tait has a long history with the late Bob Torrance, and here is a column he wrote about the legendary coach in 2008.

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Behind newfound 'inner peace,' McIlroy leads British

Behind newfound 'inner peace,' Rory McIlroy leads British Open by four shots

Rory McIlroy put on a clinic at Royal Liverpool on Friday, posting a second consecutive 6-under 66 to take a four-shot lead over Dustin Johnson after 54 holes at the 2014 British Open.

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McIlroy runs out to British Open lead, but Friday lurks

Rory McIlroy runs out to British Open lead, but does a Freaky Friday lurk?

Rory McIlroy was a machine on Thursday, posting six birdies in a bogey-free, 6-under 66 that saw him take the lead at Royal Liverpool. Can he avoid another Friday disaster and chase his third major title?

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Forget bomber's heaven; Hoylake demands strategy

Forget bomber's heaven; Hoylake will take some strategy for 2014 British Open

Eight years ago, Tiger Woods won at Hoylake by using driver only once. A similar strategy could work this week despite the course being a bit more green due to recent rain.

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McIlroy looks to avoid second-round blues at British

Rory McIlroy looks to avoid second-round blues at British Open

Marred by less-than-stellar second rounds over the past couple of years, Rory McIlroy aims to add the third leg to a career grand slam at this week's Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

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IGF expresses guarded confidence in Olympic course

International Golf Federation expresses guarded confidence in '16 Olympic golf course

The International Golf Federation has put in place contingency plans in case Brazil’s Olympic golf course is not ready for the 2016 Summer Games, although it not reveal what those plans were Monday at a press conference in Hoylake, England.

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Martin completes 'rags-to-riches' journey with win

Mo Martin completes 'rags-to-riches' journey with Women's British title

A relative unknown, Mo Martin was the only player to finish the 2014 Women's British Open in red figures, outlasting Suzann Pettersen and Shanshan Feng to win her first major title.

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Ahn's penalty in bunker costs her Open lead

Sun Ju Ahn's penalty in bunker costs her Women's British Open lead at Royal Birkdale

Korea’s Sun-Ju Ahn got a harsh lesson when she was penalized in light of Rule 13-3, Building Stance, during the third round of the $3 million Ricoh Women’s British Open.

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66 moves Hull into contention at Royal Birkdale

Charley Hull cards 66 to move into contention at Women's British Open

Charley Hull moved into contention Saturday at the Ricoh Women's British Open, carding nine birdies and posting a 6-under 66 in the third round at Royal Birkdale.

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Martin leads Women's British as stars fade

Mo Martin leads Women's British Open as stars fade at Royal Birkdale

They say the cream rises in major championships. The $3 million Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale is doing its best to disprove that old adage.

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At Royal Birkdale, Stupples calls it a career

Her greatest win in mind, Karen Stupples calls it a career at Women's British Open

Whatever the affable Karen Stupples does in the future, she’ll always be introduced as 2004 Women’s British Open champion. Friday at Royal Birkdale, she ended her playing days.

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Hull bounces back after rough start in British

Charley Hull bounces back after rough start in Women's British Open

Charley Hull, Britain’s main hope of becoming the first home winner of the Women’s British Open since Catriona Matthew in 2009, trails after a rough start at Royal Birkdale led to a 1-over 73.

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Americans use Solheim loss as major motivation

Americans use Solheim Cup loss as major motivation

With the Solheim Cup loss in 2013 fresh in their minds, Americans have taken women's golf by storm, with Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie winning the year's first two majors.

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At 44, Matthew finds ultimate balance of golf, family

At 44, Catriona Matthew finds ultimate balance of golf, family

Catriona Matthew, 44, is not only competing with the young guns at this week's Ricoh Women's British Open, but also managing to maintain a solid family life with husband Graeme and daughters Katie and Sophie.

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Factory worker dares to dream, lands in Open

Liverpool factory worker dares to dream, earns spot in British Open Championship at Hoylake

English factory worker John Singleton is 'overwhelmed by it all' after qualifying for the 2014 Open Championship at Hoylake -- and so should more amateurs be as the tournament approaches.

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Lost? Not for long as Dunne wins Open qualifier

Lost? Not for long as Paul Dunne wins British Open qualifier

A week removed from aiding Europe's Palmer Cup team to a convincing victory, Ireland's Paul Dunne was the top Open Championship qualifier at Woburn Golf Club.

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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.