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European Tour : McIlroy wins European Tour finale

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Posted on BBC Sport Golf - November 25, 2012


"World number one Rory McIlroy capped a sensational 2012 by birdieing the last five holes to win the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.


The Northern Irishman won his fifth title of the year after a 66 took him to 23 under, two clear of Justin Rose.


Rose holed eight birdies and an eagle in a course record 10-under-par 62.


Fellow Englishman Luke Donald, who led overnight with McIlroy, shared third with Charl Schwartzel on 18 under after closing with a one-under 71.


"I couldn't have wished for the season to end any better," said 23-year-old McIlroy who won his second major at the US PGA Championship in 2012 and emulated Donald's feat from last year of winning the European and American money lists.


"Coming here with the [European Tour's] Race to Dubai wrapped up I wanted to win the tournament trophy too and that's what I've done.
"It's a great way to finish a great season."

What had been expected to be a two-way shoot-out for the title between McIlroy and Donald was quickly turned into a three-way battle when Rose hit four birdies on the front nine to jump to 15 under.


McIlroy, who began on 17 under, bogeyed his opening hole, while Donald three-putted the third to record his first bogey of the tournament - and first in 103 holes on the Jumeirah Golf Estates course.


Rose meanwhile was holing a sixth birdie on the 13th before knocking in a five-foot eagle putt on the 14th to move one head of McIlroy on 19 under and two clear of Donald, both of who missed birdie chances on the 10th.

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Dubai Desert Classic : Woods: I didn't hit it very good

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Posted on Golf 365 - January 31, 2014

"Tiger Woods' poor performance with the driver continued at the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday.


Following a four-under 68 on day one, Woods put together an uninspiring one-over 73 in his second round to leave him on three-under for the tournament, trailing leader Rory McIlroy by eight shots.


After finding the first three fairways with no problem at all, the world number one would only hit one more for the rest of the round. Out of those, he used his driver ten times and found the fairway just twice.


"I didn't hit it very good today,'' said Woods, who is tied for 44th.


"Ironically enough, I felt great with the putter, but feeling great with the putter from 40, 50 feet is not exactly the best thing. I just didn't hit it close enough. Didn't hit it well. Struggled with it and had a bad warm-up as well. Just one of those days.''


After a birdie on the par five third, Woods struggled to get into good positions to attack the pin, especially on the remaining par fives, which he pared.


So far in the two rounds, the American has only hit 11 out of 28 fairways and 22 of the 36 greens. However, his short game is excellent at the moment as Woods has managed to get up and down for par 13 out of 14 times.


Nevertheless, the 14-time major winner believes his driver problems can be rectified.


"I've been hitting hot pulls, and every one of those things has some serious heat on it, which is nice. I just need to get it online,'' said the 38-year-old.


"I would rather hit the hot pull than the big flame-out, crop duster to the right. The hot pull is fine because it's easy to fix; it's getting down there and just have to aim it a little bit more.''


Despite talking an extended break from golf, Woods insists he is not rusty and he will get back to top form soon enough."

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Dubai Desert Classic : McIlroy confident of landing Dubai double

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Posted on European Tour - Getty Image - January 31, 2014


"Rory McIlroy still expects to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic for the second time, despite his frustration at failing to build a commanding halfway lead on Friday.


McIlroy looked back to his brilliant best as he posted a sparkling opening 63, the former World Number One carding seven birdies and an eagle at Emirates Golf Club, the scene of his first European Tour title in 2009.


And although he struggled to a more pedestrian 70 on Friday, the 24 year old's halfway total of 11 under par kept him on top of the leaderboard, one shot ahead of American Brooks Koepka, whose flawless 65 equalled the lowest score of the day.


England's Danny Willett also shot 65 to share third place on eight under alongside Ireland's Damien McGrane and France's Julien Quesne, with European Number One Henrik Stenson and defending champion Stephen Gallacher among seven players another shot back after a 67.


World Number One Tiger Woods, playing alongside McIlroy, could only manage a 73 to make the cut with just one shot to spare on three under."

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European Tour : Woods en souffrance

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Posted on Le Figaro Golf - January 31, 2014


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"Difficile 2e tour pour Tiger Woods, auteur d'un pénible 73 (+1) après un solide 68 (-4) la veille malgré d'énormes déchets sur les mises en jeu. L'Américain perd 34 places au général et recule désormais à la 44e place à 141 (-3). A huit coups de Rory McIlroy, seul leader à mi-parcours et avec lequel il a partagé ces deux premiers tours du Dubaï Desert Classic 2014."


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Dubaï Desert Classic : McIlroy reste en tête mais .....

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Posted on Le Figaro Golf - January 31, 2014


"L’ancien n°1 mondial conserve sa place de leader à mi-parcours mais laisse ses principaux poursuivants revenir sur ses talons. Henrik Stenson, sixième à quatre coups, est de ceux-là. Julien Quesne, le meilleur français, demeure toujours sur le podium, à trois longueurs de McIlroy.


Si Rory McIlroy conserve la tête du tournoi après deux tours avec un score total de 133 (-11), sa journée de vendredi n’a pas été aussi bien maitrisée que la veille où il s’était clairement baladé sur le Majlis Course de l’Emirates Golf Club avec une carte de 63 (-9). Ce 70 (-2), malgré un excellent aller bouclé en 33 (-2), démontre que rien ne sera aussi facile qu’on a bien voulu le prétendre. Même si l’ex-numéro 1 mondial est sans aucun doute revenu à son meilleur niveau, ses statistiques dans cette deuxième journée laissent cependant planer un léger doute : cinq fairways touchés sur quatorze (douze sur quatorze jeudi), treize greens en régulation (quinze au premier tour) et 29 putts contre 27 la veille.

"Gagner le tournoi !"
« Parvenir à signer quelques birdies sur les premiers trous et passer l’aller à -2 a été très positif, analyse le Nord-Irlandais devant les médias, surtout quand on sait que le vent a commencé à souffler un peu plus fort. Cela s’est bien moins enchaîné sur le retour même si je réussis un excellent birdie sur le 18 qui me permet de compter un coup d’avance au leaderboard. Je suis toujours en tête et c’est ce qui est le plus important. J’ai arrosé pas mal de mises en jeu avec le driver, chose qui ne m’était plus arrivé depuis deux semaines mais je sens que mon jeu est toujours là. Je sens que j’ai les moyens pour gagner le tournoi. Je connais presque comme personne ce parcours et je m’attends donc à aller encore de l’avant lors des deux prochains tours. » "

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Phatlum wins Dubai Ladies Masters

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Posted on Golf 365 - December 8, 2013


"Pornanong Phatlum conjured a piece of magic on the closing hole to win the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.


The 24-year-old from Thailand drilled her approach shot with a 54 degree wedge over the lake guarding the green to within two feet of the cup and holed the birdie putt with little fluster, beating her nearest challenger Stacy Lewis by one shot and becoming the first Thai player to win the season-ending Ladies European Tour event in Dubai.


China's Jing Yan rounded off a great day for Asian women's golf when she closed with a 71 for a total of two-under 286 to take the leading amateur medal.


It was Phatlum who took centre-stage with a stunning charge coming down the stretch to edge past Lewis, who appeared to be on cruise control most of the day. The equation changed on the 17th when the Thai ace drew level with a birdie.


Both players stood on the 18th tee at 14-under, but Phatlum, who carded a closing 66, clinched the title with a birdie while Lewis had to settle for par after her approach from the rough left her with a long birdie putt of around 40 feet.


"I am very excited. I just played my own game and stayed calm under pressure," said Phatlum after the receiving the winner's trophy from Raynald Aeschlimann, vice president, International Sales Director of Omega, in the presence of Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi and representatives of the sponsors.


"I have learned how to stay focused through meditation which I practice with my brother, who caddies for me," said Phatlum, who received a cheque for euro 75,000 for her victory, her second on the Ladies European Tour after the 2012 Hero Women's Indian Open."

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Bjorn wins 15th European title

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Posted on Golf 365 - December 8, 2013


"Denmark's Thomas Bjorn shot a seven-under-par 65 on the final day of the Nedbank Golf Challenge to win his 15th European Tour title in spectacular fashion.


Bjorn finished two clear of the field at 20-under-par and carded two eagles in his last nine holes as he surged past overnight leader Jamie Donaldson who looked set to become the first man to win the tournament on debut since Mark McNulty did so in 1986.


Donaldson returned a disappointing 70 on his final round to give him a share of second place with Serio Garcia.


Garcia threatened towards to end, but a drop-shot on the 16th halted the momentum he had enjoyed after carding four straight birdies on the front nine.

Although Bjorn dropped a shot on the 18th, the recent passing of former South African president Nelson Mandela ensured that the latest addition to the European Tour calendar ended on a very emotional note for all involved.


Hundreds of South African flags were seen in the stands as Bjorn made his way to the final green while the tournament was concluded with a rendition of the country's national anthem.


"I think to the whole world he was just an inspiration to human beings," said Bjorn.


"He was a great man. To see what one man can do, it's an inspiration to all of us.


"If we all just did a bit more, this world would be a better place.""

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NedBank Challenge : Thomas Björn s'impose chez Gary Player

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Posted by David Charpenet - December 8, 2013


"Thomas Björn, 43 ans, confirme que les quadragénaires ont le vent en poupe ce week-end sur l'European Tour en remportant le prestigieux Nedbank Golf Challenge avec deux longueurs d'avance sur Sergio Garcia et Jamie Donaldson. Dubuisson est 20e, dans le par.
Les quadragénaires de l'European Tour se portent bien ! Après la victoire de Miguel Angel Jiménez (bientôt 50 ans) au Hong Kong Open, c'est au tour de Thomas Björn (42 ans) de s'imposer. Contrairement à l'Espagnol (20 titres au compteur), le Scandinave ne gagne «que» son 15e trophée ! Le parcours dessiné par Gary Player (le seul de ses 300 tracés à porter officiellement son nom) accueillait un panel de trente golfeurs prestigieux, dont vingt-cinq parmi le Top 67 mondial, et c'est finalement le 34e joueur mondial qui a mis la main sur le trophée tant chéri par le nonuple vainqueur en Grand Chelem. Un peu perdu entre 2006 et 2009, et rattrapé par des affaires personnelles, le Scandinave a relancé sa carrière en 2010 avec une victoire au Portugal et surtout une exceptionnelle année 2011 (trois titres). Installé parmi le gotha européen et mondial, Björn soulève un deuxième trophée en trois mois après son deuxième sacre à Crans-sur-Sierre. Face à Björn, Sergio Garcia a été magique... avant de baisser les bras.

Garcia débute en fanfare
Sergio Garcia a survolé le parcours aller avec un score de -6 après neuf trous ! L'Espagnol rentrait notamment quatre birdies de rang du 6 au 9 pour se propulser seul en tête. Mais Thomas Björn lui répondait dès le trou numéro 10 avec un eagle, avant d'en remettre une couche au 14 avec un deuxième eagle pour la journée ! Jamie Donaldson, leader après 54 trous, tardait à enclenchait la machine à birdie. Le Gallois finit tout de même à une superbe deuxième place après avoir survolé les trois premières journées. Au pied du podium, Henrik Stenson a une nouvelle fois fait admirer sa puissance.

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Effondré après la mort de Nelson Mandela et celle de son ancien coach en deux jours, le Sud-Africain Ernie Els a mis un point d'honneur à ne pas terminer à la dernière place. Le «Big Easy» a mal débuté, tout comme la veille, certainement encore sous le coup de l'émotion, avant de se ressaisir une nouvelle fois. Ce tournoi restera néanmoins un véritable cauchemar pour le quadruple vainqueur en Grand Chelem."

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Presidents Cup : Les USA gardent leur bien

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Posted on L'Equipe Golf - October 7, 2013


"Tiger Woods a offert le 18e point décisif nécessaire aux Etats-Unis pour remporter pour la huitième fois la Presidents Cup, dimanche, au détriment du Reste du monde (hors Europe). C'est la troisième fois consécutive que le «Tigre» donne le point de la victoire en Coupe des présidents aux Américains. Le n°1 mondial a remporté son match de simple face au Sud-Africain Richard Sterne (41e mondial).

«Cela fait du bien, a réagi Woods, victime de douleurs au dos à partir du trou n°14. C'était une journée difficile, avec de la pluie, du vent partout. La semaine a été dure mais ça valait la peine. Beaucoup de joueurs sont abîmés et malheureusement j'en fais partie.» Woods a tout de même fini l'épreuve avec un bon bilan de quatre victoires et une défaite."

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Class. mondial : Statu quo chez les Bleus

Posted on Le Figaro Golf - October 7, 2013


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"En raison de la Seve Trophy et de la Presidents Cup qui ont vampirisé les Circuits US et européen, les bouleversements au sein du classement mondial sont par conséquent très minimes. Dans le Top 20, seul Jordan Spieth s'empare de la 20e place (au détriment de Dustin Johnson) alors que Ian Poulter recule à la 22e position (-2). Plus inquiétant, Padraig Harrington, triple vainqueur en Grand Chelem entre 2007 et 2008, est sur le point de quitter le Top 100 mondial. L'Irlandais est 99e en ce début de semaine... Chez les Français, Victor Dubuisson est toujours le mieux placé (103e) devant Grégory Bourdy (123e), Julien Quesne (131e) et Raphaël Jacquelin (132e). Sans jouer, ces deux derniers ont gagné respectivement un et trois rangs."

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USA seal Presidents Cup victory

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Posted on Golf 365 - October 6, 2013


"The USA won the Presidents Cup for the fifth time in a row at Muirfield Village in Ohio on Sunday.


While the Internationals got the better of Sunday's round of 12 singles matches, winning it 7.5-4.5, they had simply left themselves too much to do following the Saturday's bloodbath that saw them surrender a six-point lead.


With that kind of cushion, the Americans were always going to be a tough nut to crack, and a few crucial victories were all they needed to tie up the 18.5-15.5 overall points victory.


It was left to Tiger Woods, the man who turned his oftentimes indifferent team match play form around this week, to clinch the Cup for the USA with his 1-up victory over South African Richard Sterne on their final hole.


With Saturday's round of five foursomes matches still to be completed, Nick Price's men were really in need of a couple of victories to arrest the deficit - at the start of the day already four points.


But instead, the USA took the session 3.5-1.5, stretching out their lead to 14-8 heading into the final 12 singles matches.


The home side needed only 3.5 from the final 12 to secure victory, and Hunter Mahan and Jason Dufner gave them two points out of the first three matches out on the course to set them rolling."

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Tiger seals fifth straight Presidents Cup win

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Posted on ESPN Golf - October 6, 2013


"The Presidents Cup ended Sunday the same way it always goes -- an American celebration after Tiger Woods delivered the winning point.


Woods' back flared up on him again in the final hour at Muirfield Village. He still managed to hang on to beat Richard Sterne, 1 up, to give the Americans the 18 points they needed to win the Presidents Cup for the fifth straight time.

It was the third straight Presidents Cup that Woods won the cup-clinching match -- all three with Fred Couples as the captain.


"It was a team effort this whole week," said Woods, who went 4-1 for the best record of any player. "We really played well to give ourselves a nice lead."


The biggest surprise was not so much the outcome -- United States 18½, International 15½ -- but that the matches ended without going to Monday.


Rain interrupted the matches all week and made the course Jack Nicklaus built so soft that it was mere target practice for the best players in the world outside Europe. The fourth session of foursomes had to be completed Sunday morning because of the delays. That might have been the end of International hopes."

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US win fifth straight Presidents Cup

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Posted on BBC Golf - October 6, 2013


"The United States secured a fifth successive Presidents Cup win with an 18½-15½ victory over the Internationals at Muirfield Village.


The hosts led 11½-6½ before Sunday's four foursome matches, held over because of storms, and 12 singles.


The Internationals won six of the first nine singles matches completed in Ohio but Tiger Woods's one-up victory over Richard Sterne sealed the result.


The US have now won eight of the 10 stagings of the event, with one draw.

In addition, it was the third victory in a row for US captain Fred Couples.

Australian Jason Day won the first point of the singles, crushing Brandt Snedeker 6&4, shortly before Hunter Mahan beat Japan's Hideki Matsuyama 3&2.


US PGA champion Jason Dufner beat Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge 4&3, while Canada's Graham DeLaet holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie at the 18th to edge Jordan Spieth one-up.


Zach Johnson wrapped up a comfortable 4&2 win over South African Branden Grace to put the US 17-10 ahead, before Masters champion Adam Scott scored another win for the Internationals with a 2&1 win over Bill Haas."

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Seve Trophy : Olazábal guía a Europa continental a un triunfo 13 años después

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Posted on Marca golf - October 6, 2013


"José María Olazábal, premiado con el Príncipe de Asturias de los Deportes 2013, guió, como hizo hace un año en la Ryder Cup, al equipo de Europa continental de golf a la victoria en el Trofeo Seve, frente a británicos e irlandeses, después de 13 años de derrotas consecutivas desde 2000.


En el campo de Saint-Nom-La-Breteche, a las afueras de París, los europeos del continente derrotaron por 15 a 13 a sus rivales de las Islas Británicas, tras una superioridad manifiesta en los encuentros individuales.


En ese domingo decisivo tuvieron un destacado protagonismo, para los golfistas que cerraron la serie, el español Miguel Ángel Jiménez y el italiano Francesco Molinari.


Jiménez superó en el penúltimo choque al inglés David Lynn por 6 y 4 (seis de ventaja y cuatro hoyos por disputarse). Fue el resultado más abultado de la jornada. Minutos después, Molinari remató el marcador al derrotar en el cierre al también inglés Chris Wood, por 3 y 2.


La mitad de los partidos individuales (cinco) cayeron del lado del continente, mientras que dos acabaron con empate y tres fueron para el bando irlandés y británico."

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Dubai Desert Classic : McIlroy retains desert lead

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Posted on Golf 365 - January 31, 2014


"Although failing to card another 63 as he did in the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic, Rory McIlroy managed to retain his lead with a second round 70.


McIlroy enjoyed a one shot lead at 11-under-par over Brooks Koepa who returned a bogey-free 65 that equalled the lowest score of the day.


The only other player to card a 65 was England's Danny Willett who took a share of third place on eight-under-par along with Ireland's Damien McGrane and France's Julien Quesne.


European number one Henrik Stenson is a further shot back with defending champion Stephen Gallacher in a seven-way-tie for sixth place.


McIlroy dropped his first shot of the tournament on his opening hole on Friday and was far less accurate with his driver than what was the case on the first day.


Asked whether he expected to pull away from the field on the second day, McIlroy said: "I thought so, yes."


"Making a few birdies on the front nine and turning two under par was a good effort, especially as the wind started to get up," he told SkySports.


"I birdied 10, played 11 and 12 okay but then missed that little one (a par putt from inside two feet) on 13, had a chance on 15 and didn't convert and made bogey on 16, but it was nice to birdie the last and at least give myself a one-shot lead going into tomorrow."


"I will just go back tonight and regroup and realise that I am still leading the tournament. I hit a couple of loose drives which I haven't done the last couple of weeks but I still feel like I'm playing well enough to go and win the tournament."


McIlroy said that he is confident that he could maintain his lead through the remainder of the tournament, adding that he enjoys being in the position he is currently in."

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Dubai Desert Classic : McIlroy confident of victory

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Posted on Orange Sport UK - January 31, 2014


"Rory McIlroy still expects to win the Dubai Desert Classic, despite his frustration at failing to build a commanding halfway lead.

McIlroy looked back to his brilliant best as he posted a sparkling opening 63, the former world number one carding seven birdies and an eagle at Emirates Golf Club, the scene of his first European Tour title in 2009.


And although he struggled to a more pedestrian 70 on Friday, the 24-year-old's halfway total of 11 under par kept him on top of the leaderboard, one shot ahead of American Brooks Koepka, whose flawless 65 equalled the lowest score of the day.

England's Danny Willett also shot 65 to share third place on eight under alongside Ireland's Damien McGrane and France's Julien Quesne, with European number one Henrik Stenson and defending champion Stephen Gallacher among seven players another shot back after a 67.


World number one Tiger Woods, playing alongside McIlroy, could only manage a 73 to make the cut with just one shot to spare on three under.


McIlroy revealed he had felt ill during his round, although he refused to use that as an excuse.


He told the Golf Channel: "It wasn't too bad, there were a few stomach cramps. We got some takeaway food last night (Thursday) that obviously did not agree with me and this morning I was not feeling too good before coming to the course, but I don't think it affected the way I played.


"It was a little uncomfortable but it did not stop me from hitting some good shots out there and I am definitely not going to make any excuse for not playing my best today."

McIlroy dropped his first shot of the tournament on his opening hole on Friday and also hit bad drives at the next two holes, although he did birdie the par-five third and, after picking up further shots at the fifth and seventh, admitted he expected to pull away from the field."

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European Tour : OK pour 7 Français

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Posted on Le Figaro Golf - January 31, 2014


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"Après Raphaël Jacquelin, Alexander Lévy, Gary Stal, Grégory Bourdy et Julien Quesne, Romain Wattel, auteur d'un 73 (+1) ce vendredi et Grégory Havret (dans le par), rejoignent leur compatriote pour les deux derniers tours du Dibaï Desert Classic. Le premier prend la 44e place à -3 (141) tandis que le second passe tout juste à -2 (142) en 58e position !"


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Northwestern Mutual World Challenge : Woods takes California lead

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Posted on Orange Sport UK - December 8, 2013

"Tiger Woods stormed into the lead at his own Northwestern Mutual World Challenge tournament as a 10-under par second round put him two clear.

Woods, who plays host at the Sherwood Country Club, took full advantage of the birdie opportunities that came his way to tie his own course record and move to 11 under par overall.


Behind him there were encouraging signs from Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, but compatriot Rory McIlroy had a day to forget with a five-over 77.

Woods' day-two efforts were a far cry from his opening round, which began with a bogey on the first before he made gains at five and 11. Twenty-four hours on Woods kicked off with a birdie at the first, repeating the trick on the second hole before further gains at five, seven and eight.


The birdies continued after the turn as he picked up shots at 10, 11, 13, 14 and 16, before a pair of pars finished off a blemish-free round.


Overnight leader Zach Johnson looked in similarly sweet form as he birdied three of the first five holes, but he parred the next 12 there before picking up an extra stroke at the 18th to put him clear in second.


Matt Kuchar was a shot behind on eight under, while defending champion McDowell moved into fourth place, improving vastly on his level-par first round by going five under."

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Jimenez does it again in Hong Kong

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Posted on Golf 365 - December 8, 2013


"Spanish veteran star Miguel Angel Jimenez claimed a record-equalling fourth Hong Kong Open victory on Sunday, defeating Thailand's Prom Meesawat and Stuart Manley of Wales in the first-hole of a sudden-death play-off.


Jimenez, who will turn 50 in January, successfully retained the title after a dramatic day at the Hong Kong Golf Club when he exquisitely rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th green to reduce Prom to a second play-off loss in three weeks.


The wily Spaniard rewrote a slice of his own history in becoming the oldest winner on the European Tour at the age of 49 years and 337 days and also became the second oldest winner on the Asian Tour.


"It always hard to win a tournament, because all the players are very good and you've to respect all of them," said a beaming Jimenez after securing his 20th career victory.


"Winning in a play-off is always harder because you need to play the extra holes carefully. It's always tough especially with two guys at the top of their game."


The popular champion closed with a four-under-par 66 for a 12-under-par 268 aggregate, which was matched by a brilliant Prom, who charged home in 65, thanks to two glorious eagles.


Manley forced his way into the play-off with a stunning chip-in birdie on the 18th green during regulation play.


Jimenez, who was recently named as the playing captain for the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM, credited his experience for sealing his place in the winner's circle once more at the US$1.3 million event which was celebrating its 55th edition.


"It's always important to have experience for anything in life but I must not forget that the players here are also very good and they all play well," said Jimenez."

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Hong Kong Open : Victoire record pour Jimenez

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Posted by David Charpenet - December 8, 2013


"Nouveau record pour Miguel Angel Jiménez qui remporte le Hong Kong Open après un trou de playoff face à Stuart Manley et Prom Meesawat en se succédant à lui-même... à 49 ans ! Top 20 pour Grégory Havret.


Superbe performance de Miguel Angel Jiménez qui conserve son titre du Hong Kong Open en battant le Thaïlandais Prom Meesawat et le Gallois Stuart Manley après un trou de playoff. Idéalement placé après un drive parfait sur son 73e trou de la semaine, l'Espagnol touchait le green sur son coup suivant, avant de crucifier ses adversaires avec un putt de six mètres pour birdie. Déjà titulaire du record du plus vieux vainqueur de l'European Tour l'an passé en s'imposant à Hong Kong, L'Andalou rajoute une année supplémentaire à son record à quelques semaines de ses 50 ans, pour le 618e départ de sa carrière ! C'est le quatrième titre de Jiménez à Hong Kong qui rejoint le Taïwanais Yung-Yo Hsieh dans l'histoire, mais seul le golfeur de Malaga a gagné plus d'une fois depuis que le tournoi compte pour l'European Tour (2001). Avec un sixième titre pour l'Espagne ces treize dernières saisons, les Ibères sont chez eux à Hong Kong. Sans sponsor cette année, il n'est pas certain que l'European Tour accepte à nouveau cette situation la saison prochaine et c'est l'existence même de ce tournoi qui est menacée. «J'aime cet endroit. J'aime ce parcours. Et j'aime ce tournoi», militait presque Jiménez. On imagine que le golfeur au cigare regrettera particulièrement cette épreuve."

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Tiger: It was a team effort

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Posted on Golf 365 - October 7, 2013


"Tiger Woods was quick to heap praise on his team-mates after wrapping up the Presidents Cup for the United States.


For the third time in a row, it came down to Woods to clinch the match-winning point for the Americans as they secured a fifth consecutive win over the Internationals.


The world number one beat South African Richard Sterne 1-up to take the United States to an 18.5-15.5 victory at a wet Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, on Sunday.


"It was a team effort this whole week," Woods said on the PGA Tour website. "We really played well to give ourselves a nice lead.


He added: "To have the opportunity to win the Cup for Freddie [Couples] and all the guys on the team, it means a lot to me."


The hosts started the day with a 14-8 lead and, although the Internationals made a dramatic comeback, Couples' men held on for the win.


It wasn't an easy week for Woods as he has been troubled with a sore back the whole week, but he can take a breather now.


"I'm a little bit sore and certainly I'm looking forward to not touching a club for a while," he said.


He added: "I wasn't feeling my best coming down the stretch and happened to get a 1-up lead. I was just trying to hang onto that," Woods said."

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Seve Trophy : Historique Europe !

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Posted by Sébastien Cachard-Berger - October 7, 2013
"C'était presque devenu une habitude. Depuis sa création en 2000, le Seve Trophy n'avait échappé qu'une fois à l'équipe de Grande Bretagne-Irlande, en 2000 justement. Depuis, elle n'avait plus laissé la moindre miette au vieux continent (6 victoires consécutives). A 9-9 hier soir, après avoir courru derrière le score pendant 3 jours,  on pouvait craindre un nouveau coup de Trafalgar des Britanniques. Mais ce dimanche, les continentaux prenant vite les devants, on a vu que du bleu. Avec 5 victoires et 2 matchs partagés pour seulement 3 défaites, l'Europe remporte son 2e Seve Trophy 15-13 et prend enfin sa revanche.
Jimenez en taulier
Elle peut remercier ses tauliers, à commencer par un Miguel Angel Jimenez en démonstration ce dimanche. A 49 ans, l'Espagnol aux 19 victoires sur le Tour européen n'a fait qu'une bouchée de David Lynn (6&4). Premier à la Race to Dubaï parmi les joueurs présents à Saint Nom-la-Bretèche, Matteo Manassero faisait respecter le classement en dominant Stephen Gallacher (3&2). Dans l'une des parties les plus suivies de la journée, Nicolas Colsaerts, presque à domicile et plébiscité par la foule, dominait Paul Casey (1 Up). Son confrère de Ryder Cup, Francesco Molinari, rentrait comme un an plus tôt à Medinah le putt de la victoire. Mais si les habitués des lieux répondaient présents, c'est surtout à un rookie qu'ils devaient leur succès. Un certain Grégory Bourdy, entré cette semaine dans l'histoire de la compétition.
Immense Bourdy !

Il était venu pour apprendre, découvrir la compétition par équipe et humer un léger parfum de Ryder Cup. Invité pour la première fois de sa carrière à rejoindre l’équipe européenne après son succès au Celtic Manor il y a un mois, Grégory Bourdy a fait bien plus. Pour ses débuts, le rookie tricolore a marqué de son empreinte l’édition 2013 du Seve Trophy."

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Presidents Cup : Tiger Woods donne la victoire aux Américains

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Posted by David Charpenet - October 7, 2013


"Largement dominateurs avant les simples, les Américains ont gagné la dixième Presidents Cup (18,5-15,5), grâce au point décisif de Tiger Woods.


L'équipe américaine était largement favorite au moment d'aborder cette dixième Presidents Cup et les hommes de Fred Couples n'ont pas failli malgré la belle résistance de l'équipe internationale lors des simples. La victoire 18,5 à 15,5 ne souffrent d'aucune contestation et cette cinquième victoire d'affilée des Américains démontre une nouvelle fois le déséquilibre de cette compétition dont l'avenir au-delà de 2017 n'est pas assuré. Alors que les joueurs internationaux étaient largement dominés après les doubles achevés dimanche matin à cause de la météo catastrophique de la semaine (14-8), les hommes de Nick Price ne sont pas passés loin de l'exploit en simples en remportant la session 7,5 à 4,5. Un vent de panique a alors commencé à souffler à Dublin (Ohio) et Fred Couples semblait inquiet en pianotant sur son téléphone portable avec ses deux vice-capitaines, Davis Love III et Jay Haas. «J'ai dû demander 500 fois comment nous allions bien pouvoir marquer ce fameux quatrième point pour gagner», avouait le capitaine américain. Le fantôme de Medinah, et le dernier échec de l'équipe US en Ryder Cup à cause d'une session de simples complètement manquée, a commencé à planer au-dessus de l'Ohio... Mais comme dans un bon vieux scénario hollywoodien, c'est la star Tiger Woods qui allait délivrer tout son camp.

Woods le sauveur

Aligné en neuvième partie face au Sud-Africain Richard Sterne au grand étonnement général, Tiger Woods a finalement réussi à s'imposer par la plus petite des marges (1 up), en attendant le 12e trou pour passer enfin devant. Rejoint par Sterne au 13, le Tigre commençait à se plaindre du dos au 14, avant de finir par cinq pars consécutifs, dont celui décisif du 16. Cinq fois vainqueur du Memorial Tournament qui se dispute sur ce parcours de Muirfield Village, Woods a une nouvelle fois brillé à Dublin avec un total de quatre points cette semaine avant d'enfiler le costume du héros en simples. "

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Presidents Cup : Victoire pour les USA

Posted on Le Figaro Golf - October 6, 2013


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"Tiger Woods a marqué le point décisif des Américains face aux joueurs internationaux pour une victoire finalement scellée 18,5 à 15,5. Les joueurs de Fred Couples étaient largement en avance avant les douze simples et les duels remportés finalement 7.5 à 4.5 par les Internationaux n'auront servi qu'à sauver l'honneur. Le fantôme de Medinah n'a jamais eu le temps de véritablement planer sur cette dernière session, mais cette nouvelle défaite en simples, un an après la déculottée face à l'Europe en Ryder Cup, risque de peser lors de la prochaine édition à Gleneagles."

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Tiger leads US to Presidents Cup

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Posted by Jim Slater - October 6, 2013


"Tiger Woods clinched the Presidents Cup for the third time in a row on Sunday, leading the Americans to an 18 1/2-15 1/2 victory over the Internationals at rain-soaked Muirfield Village.

World number one Woods edged 41st-ranked Richard Sterne of South Africa 1 up to secure the trophy, thwarting an Internationals fightback and boosting the Americans to 8-1-1 in the overall rivalry with their fifth win in a row.


"It feels good," Woods said. "It was a tough day, tough conditions, rain, wind all around. It was a long week, but it was worth it."


Battling nagging back spasms over the final five holes, 14-time major winner Woods won the par-3 16th with a par, chipped from the rough to inches from the hole at 17 and halved 18 for the victory.


"(My back) went out on me at 14 and from then on it just kept getting worse. We played a lot of holes the last couple days so a lot of our guys are dinged up and unfortunately I was one of them."


Woods is a five-time winner of the US PGA Memorial tournament, which is played at Muirfield Village, and he went 4-1 in Cup matches, improving his overall singles record in Ryder and Presidents Cup to 10-3-2.


His victory put the hosts up by four with only two matches remaining on a course that saw heavy rain for the fourth day in a row, forcing lift, clean and place rules to be used."

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El golf español enseña las uñas

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Posted by Gerardo Riquelme - October 6, 2013


"Se cuenta como chascarrillo indemostrable en el mundo del golf que jugar los palos Ping —una firma de menor penetración en el mercado que, como Apple, fue alumbrada en un garaje— es un síntoma de personalidad. La idea se refugia en que los usan Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Ángel Cabrera, Westwood, Bubba Watson, Oosthuizen y Mahan, tipos de especie única, aunque la enumeración es incompleta si no se añade a Azahara Muñoz, otra golfista singular, aunque más clásica que los mencionados.


Flamante ganadora del Lacoste Ladies Open en San Juan de Luz, Azahara, una joven con un espíritu competitivo especial, refuerza el avance silencioso —“aunque cada vez nos sacan más”, reconoce— que el golf femenino español ha protagonizado este curso. “Es una gran jugadora, no debe dudar de sí misma”, dice su amiga Carlota Ciganda en el blog del web Tengolf. Ambas, con Beatriz Recari, interpretan la extraordinaria escalada hacia un horizonte ilimitado. “Tiene talento y una capacidad de trabajo grande”, corrobora Marcelo Prieto, su entrenador.

4 títulos los logrados este curso por golfistas españolas


Todas fueron protagonistas de la aplastante victoria de Europa (18-10) sobre Estados Unidos este verano en la Solheim Cup, la versión femenina de la Ryder que bautiza, precisamente, el inventor de los palos que juega Muñoz. Era la primera vez que el Viejo Continente ganaba en suelo americano, la segunda que conquistaba Azahara, que aportó el punto decisivo dos años antes.


Espero que esto sirve para ayudar al golf femenino en España”, dijo a los periodistas en agosto pasado. Lo dijo con generosidad, pensando en una cantera que se ha convertido en fuente inagotable. “Su éxito es el reflejo de lo que hay por detrás. Acabamos de ser campeones de Europa amateur”, recuerda Prieto. “La Solheim fue maravillosa y ganar el punto de pareja con Carlota fue increíble”, cuenta Muñoz desde China, donde está jugando esta semana."

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