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/ 29 May 2008

Mickelson, Els to lead field at Loch Lomond

World number two Phil Mickelson, third-ranked Ernie Els and fourth-ranked Adam Scott will lead a strong field in the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond in July. Mickelson and Els, a double winner of the British Open warm-up event, return after finishing second and third respectively last year behind Frenchman Gregory Havret.

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/ 9 May 2008

A question of prestige?

In May a golfer’s thoughts turn to the summer ahead and, if they have trainspotter tendencies, the age-old question of the prestige and status of the Players Championship. The PGA tour, which has its headquarters at TPC Sawgrass, where the event teed off on Thursday, likes nothing better than journalists posing the question: ”Is the Players golf’s fifth Major?”

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/ 11 April 2008

Rose, Immelman take charge at Augusta

Britain’s Justin Rose reeled off six birdies in eight holes to share the first-round lead at the US Masters while Tiger Woods laboured to stay in touch on Thursday. Rose shrugged off two early bogeys to fire a four-under-par 68 in bright sunshine. He launched his sizzling run at the par-three sixth before ending the day level with South African Trevor Immelman.

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/ 3 February 2008

Els takes lead over Woods in Dubai

Tiger Woods struggled with everything on the course on Saturday, missing putts, driving wayward balls into the desert terrain and yelling at a photographer for taking a shot while he was swinging. Ernie Els had a very different day, rising from fifth to first place at the Dubai Desert Classic.

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/ 23 January 2008

Goosen targets repeat win in Doha

Retief Goosen is hoping to become the first golfer to win the European Tour’s Qatar Masters on two occasions when the 11th edition of the ,5-million event gets under way on Thursday at the picturesque Doha Golf Club. The South African responded with a confident ”You mean not yet” when told that no player has won the tournament twice since its inception.

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/ 1 November 2007

Els: Monty is ‘shooting his mouth off’

Ernie Els has told Colin Montgomerie to stop ”shooting his mouth off” after the Scottish star hit out at the South African for skipping the European Tour’s season-ending Volvo Masters in Spain. ”I know where he’s coming from so it’s no surprise,” said Els in response to Montgomerie’s comments.

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/ 30 October 2007

Top stars see boom in Asian golf

The Asian Tour has more potential for growth than any other tour in the world, according to some of the world’s most successful stars who have seen big improvements in recent years. Lee Westwood, Michael Campbell and Vijay Singh have all been regular visitors to Asia over the past decade and they are impressed with what has been happening.