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Rory McIlroy stays in contention in South African Open despite back pain

Rory McIlroy will head into the final round of the South African Open three behind leader Graeme Storm, despite continuing to suffer back pain in the Johannesburg event. McIlroy told BBC Sport NI that his back problem meant that he struggled to sleep well on Friday night. “I felt uncomfortable over the first five or […]

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Disappointed Rory McIlroy loses South Africa play-off

World number two Rory McIlroy is disappointed to lose a play-off against Graeme Storm at the South Africa Open. Englishman Storm pipped Northern Ireland’s McIlroy at the third extra hole to claim victory in Johannesburg. “It is not a bad way to start the season. I played well but just wish I could have done […]

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Ryder Cup 2018: Europe to increase wildcards from three to four

Darren Clarke selected Thomas Pieters, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood as his wildcards for last year’s match at Hazeltine Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn will have four wildcard picks for his team in 2018. The increase from three is among several changes the European Tour has made to its qualifying criteria for the event […]

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Qatar Masters: Bradley Dredge shots 64 to lead after first round

Bradley Dredge regained his European Tour card in 2016, four years after losing it Commercial Bank Qatar Masters -8 B Dredge (Wal); -7 M Korhonen (Fin); -6 G McDowell (Nir), K Aphibarnrat (Tha), N Kimsey (Eng) Full leaderboard Welsh golfer Bradley Dredge carded an eight-under-par 64 in the opening round to lead the Qatar Masters […]

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Tiger Woods struggles as Justin Rose leads in San Diego

Tiger Woods hit three birdies, five bogeys and one double bogey in an erratic opening round at Torrey Pines Farmers Insurance Open, round one -7 J Rose (Eng); -6 A Hadwin (Can); -5 B Fritsch (Can), B Hossler, C Howell III, T Mullinax, G Woodland (all US); -4 J Blixt (Swe), S Cink, B Snedeker, […]

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PGA Tour: Adam Hadwin fires 59 to lead CareerBuilder Challenge

Adam Hadwin is the second non-American – after Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy – to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour CareerBuilder Challenge (players US unless stated) -17 A Hadwin (Can); -16 D Bozzelli; -15 H Swafford, B Harman, B Cauley, C Campbell; -14 B Steele Selected scores:-12 G Ogilvy (Aus); -11 M Laird (Sco); -10 G […]

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Abu Dhabi Championship: Tommy Fleetwood claims title for second Tour win

Fleetwood’s caddie is the husband of ex-England women’s goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis Abu Dhabi Championship -17 T Fleetwood (Eng); -16 D Johnson (US), P Larrazabal (Spa); -15 K Aphibarnrat (Tha) M Kaymer (Ger), B Wiesberger (Aus); -14 D Burmester (SA); -13 P Hanson (Swe), H Stenson (Swe), L Westwood (Eng). Full leaderboard England’s Tommy Fleetwood won […]

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Hudson Swafford wins in La Quinta for maiden PGA title

Six players were tied for the lead midway through the final round before Swafford moved ahead CareerBuilder Challenge final leaderboard -20 H Swafford (US); -19 A Hadwin (Can); -18 B Harmon (US), B Cauley (US); -17 D Bozzelli (US) Selected others: -14 M Laird (Sco); -13 P Reed (US); -12 G Owen (Eng); -11 P […]

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Rory McIlroy: Injury forces world number two out of Dubai Desert Classic

Rory McIlroy lost to England’s Graeme Storm in a play-off for the South Africa Open World number two Rory McIlroy has pulled out of next week’s Dubai Desert Classic as he continues to recover from a rib injury. McIlroy withdrew from last week’s Abu Dhabi Championship when a scan revealed a stress fracture after he […]