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/ 11 May 2008

South Africa’s Otto wins Italian Open

South African Hennie Otto secured a maiden European Tour victory after a one-stroke triumph over Briton Oliver Wilson in the Italian Open on Sunday. Otto fired a closing-round 69 for a 25-under par tally of 263, one stroke clear of Wilson, who carded a bogey-free 64 on the Castello di Tolcinasco course.

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/ 23 April 2008

Immelman faces first test as Masters champion

South Africa’s Trevor Immelman puts his credentials as US Masters champion to their first test in the Byron Nelson Championship from Thursday. Immelman will be looking to wrest the title from Texan Scott Verplank, who had an emotional victory at his hometown event last year shortly after his mentor, Nelson, had passed away.

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/ 22 April 2008

Revamped Goosen getting his groove back

Two-time US Open winner Retief Goosen has returned to Asia quietly confident he is finally getting his groove back after a frustrating 18 months trying to reshape his swing. The laid-back South African famously won his two Majors without a coach and then suffered a drop in form last year after deciding to hire a mentor in an effort to improve his backswing.

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/ 18 April 2008

Rightly won, but the thrill has gone

Even in defeat Tiger Woods left his mark on the 2008 Masters, a tournament deservedly won by South Africa’s Trevor Immelman on Sunday, but depressingly lost in the eyes of those who view the annual rites at Augusta National as golf’s best opportunity to convince the world that the sport is capable of scaling the heights of drama and excitement.

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/ 15 April 2008

Els congratulates Trevor on Masters win

While obviously disappointed with his own performance in this year’s Masters golf tournament at Augusta, Ernie Els says it was a great week for Trevor Immelman and for South African golf. Congratulating Immelman on his first Major victory, Els said he has known the new champion since he was a boy and watched him develop as a player.

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/ 14 April 2008

Golf hero Immelman wins Masters

Sporting heroes inspire others to become sporting heroes, as new Masters champion Trevor Immelman testified following his two-stroke win over Tiger Woods on Sunday. It was a minor miracle that he was even playing in the Masters, having undergone a major operation just 15 weeks ago.

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/ 13 April 2008

Immelman feels lucky at Masters

Trevor Immelman benefitted from a piece of Masters luck on Saturday, but the third-round leader from South Africa knows it’s Sunday that offers a chance to enter Masters lore. Immelman (28) had a stroke of good fortune at the par-five 15th when his ball stuck on the steep bank of the green after his third shot.

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/ 12 April 2008

Immelman takes the lead at Masters

Trevor Immelman emerged as the halfway leader at the Masters on Friday as Tiger Woods used an incredible finish to keep alive his bid for a fifth Augusta crown. Immelman, who has had an arduous recovery from surgery, birdied 17 and 18 en route to his second straight 68 and an eight-under total of 136.

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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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/ 19 December 2007

Immelman faces lengthy spell out after surgery

World number 19 Trevor Immelman faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after having surgery to remove a growth on his diaphragm. The growth was about the size of a golf ball. The 28-year-old South African, who won the Sun City Challenge earlier this month, is expected to be out of action for between four and eight weeks.

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/ 2 December 2007

Immelman edges Rose for Sun City win

South Africa’s Trevor Immelman won the 27th edition of the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday, in spite of bogeying the final three holes at the Gary Player Country Club. He outplayed England’s Justin Rose, who blew up with a double-bogey six at the last, in what turned into a nervy two-horse race between the two players in the final round.

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/ 1 December 2007

Rose, Immelman surge ahead

A terrific duel between Justin Rose of England and South Africa’s Trevor Immelman at the Nedbank Golf Challenge continued at the Gary Player Country Club on Saturday. Both players scored five-under-par 67s to share the 54-hole lead on 16-under-par 200.

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/ 1 December 2007

Ernie believes he can still catch Tiger

Ernie Els believes he still has what it takes to catch Tiger Woods at the top of the world rankings. The South African is one year into his stated three-year plan to catch Woods, and believes he’s made significant strides towards this goal in 2007. ”I feel I’ve made some improvements,” Els said of Friday.