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Matt Kuchar apologises to temporary caddie and agrees to pay $50,000

• David Ortiz helped Kuchar win £1.3m at Mayakoba Golf Classic• World No 22 previously defended decision to pay Ortiz $5,000Matt Kuchar has issued an apology and said he will pay a temporary caddie in full following his victory in the Mayakoba Golf Cla…

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Matt Kuchar defends decision to pay caddie $5,000 after $1.3m victory

World No22 says he had agreement with David OrtizCaddies usually receive up to 10% of player’s winningsMatt Kuchar has defended his decision to pay his caddie $5,000 following a victory that earned him $1.3m in the Mayakoba Golf Classic.Kuchar ended a …

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Male golfers happily took Saudi money. Female players may think twice

Saudi Arabia plans to host a tournament for female golfers but athletes may have qualms about a country in which women are second-class citizensSaudi Arabia, a country that recently took the radical step of allowing women to drive, is now a stop on the…

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James Nitties equals golf world record with nine straight birdies

Australian matches Mark Calcavecchia’s milestone ‘It’s good to hold it with him,’ says NittiesJames Nitties has equalled 1989 Open champ Mark Calcavecchia’s world record for successive birdies on a day of red-hot scoring at the men’s Vic Open. Not to b…

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Sergio García disqualified from Saudi International after smashing greens

• Spanish player takes frustration out on putting surfaces• ‘It will never happen again,’ says apologetic GarcíaThe European Tour’s inaugural Saudi International, a tournament already beset by bad publicity, has been afforded a further layer of controv…

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Saudi Arabia, sportswashing and golf’s daring sortie into enemy coffers | Marina Hyde

The European Tour breaks new and controversial ground in the Middle East this week, with Justin Rose among the players being paid up to $1m to compete in the Saudi InternationalIn a flawlessly manicured instance of cosmic timing, last Sunday saw Justin…

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European Tour makes a serious bogey in visiting Saudi Arabia | Ewan Murray

Golf penalises players for scorecard errors, yet is going cap in hand to a regime with an appalling human rights recordGolf’s obsession with irrelevance was in evidence again on Sunday. That Li Haotong’s caddie was adjudged to have assisted the player …

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Shane Lowry wins first golf title since 2015 at Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

• Irishman gets the better of Richard Sterne by one shot• Joose Luiten finishes three shots back in third placeIreland’s Shane Lowry won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after a see-saw final-round battle with South African Richard Sterne.Lowry claimed …

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Padraig Harrington feels trepidation at being Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup captain

• Harrington ‘thought long and hard’ about becoming captain• Europe demolished United States in France last yearThe worst kept secret in golf is out, with Padraig Harrington announced as Europe’s captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.Foll…

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Padraig Harrington feels trepidation at being Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup captain

• Harrington ‘thought long and hard’ about becoming captain• Europe demolished United States in France last yearThe worst kept secret in golf is out, with Padraig Harrington announced as Europe’s captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.Foll…

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Rory McIlroy and formidable field head to Hawaii for 2019 curtain-raiser

The golf season begins in Maui with the game still coming to terms with a rules rejig and the eye-watering sums of money in the offing on the US side of the AtlanticShould Rory McIlroy’s occasionally agonising wait for Masters glory end in April much o…

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‘I just count money, that’s all I do’: the sporting quotes of 2018

From Australia’s sandpaper storm to some impressive popularity contests, via José Mourinho and worm denial5 January: “We have money for sardines and I’m thinking lobster. I will do my best to try and bring in the best players. I will look to the lobste…

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Tom Jenkins’s best sports photos of 2018

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer Tom Jenkins selects his favourite images from the thousands of frames that he shot during 2018 and recalls the stories behind them20mm lens 1/2000 f4 ISO 3200 Continue reading…

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Semenya’s Cas case and Tiger’s 15th – my sporting predictions for 2019 | Sean Ingle

Expect English cricket to thrive, women’s football to have a record-breaking year and more controversy surrounding Russia“It is dangerous to make predictions, especially about the future.” Some attribute that quote to Mark Twain. Others to the legendar…

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US gymnasts lead way in exceptional year for female pioneers of sport | Richard Williams

Women’s sport made giant strides in 2018, never more significantly than in a Michigan courtroom where gymnasts gave evidence against their former coach – a serial abuserOne by one they stepped forward to the microphone, a procession of young women norm…

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Flashpoints of 2018: Phil Mickelson breaks the rules at the US Open

Continuing our series on controversies that defined the year, the one-time fans’ darling causes outrage in the HamptonsNo sport links indignation and triviality to a greater degree than golf. A matter of millimetres – even accidental millimetres – can …

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Thomas Bjørn keeps promise to tattoo backside after Ryder Cup win

• ‘I told you I would do it’ – Bjorn is inked with 17½-10½ score• Europe overcame odds to beat USA in SeptemberThomas Bjørn has kept his promise to have Europe’s Ryder Cup-winning score tattooed on his backside. Bjørn said he would have the tattoo if h…

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Cool boarders and terrifying tee-offs: my sporting moments of 2018 | Sean Ingle

From Chris Froome’s breakaway to an epic Wimbledon showdown, my year in sports reporting featured a number of breathtaking highlightsWhen the New York columnist Jimmy Cannon was starting out in journalism, the playwright Damon Runyon gave him some impe…

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Georgia Hall: ‘We’re paid very well on the women’s tour … but the men earn so much more’ | Donald McRae

Georgia Hall had her breakthrough victory by claiming the British Open in August and now for the first time in her career can approach a new year without any financial concerns“World No 1 is my next big thing,” Georgia Hall says casually as she reflect…

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The amateur golfers taking on the might of Wimbledon: ‘It’s like Brexit. It has split members’

For months, a battle has raged between the legendary tennis club and the golfers who play next door. Will they give up their fairways for £65m?A fortnight before Christmas, when most people are worrying about finding the money for presents, Catherine D…