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Rory McIlroy delighted with Dubai form amid European Tour membership stir

• McIlroy makes 69 in DP World Tour Championship first round • World No 7 undecided on retaining full membership in 2019A welcome 69 for Rory McIlroy in Dubai, which he assessed as “the best I have played in a while”, was immediately overtaken by anoth…

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Rory McIlroy delighted with Dubai form amid European Tour membership stir

• McIlroy makes 69 in DP World Tour Championship first round • World No 7 undecided on retaining full membership in 2019A welcome 69 for Rory McIlroy in Dubai, which he assessed as “the best I have played in a while”, was immediately overtaken by anoth…

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Uber driving golfer upstages bigger names at Australian Open

Adam Stephens led at one point at The LakesTournament favourite Cameron Smith strugglesHe is an Uber driver ranked No 1,939 in the world but now Adam Stephens is threatening to turn the Australian Open on its head. As many in the field – including defe…

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European Tour’s chief executive remains bullish as headaches mount | Ewan Murray

Keith Pelley points to increased funds and opportunities after Rory McIlroy’s decision to focus on the United StatesIt seemed especially cruel that such a sharp blow to the morale of the European Tour was delivered in Dubai. It was at this venue two ye…

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Rory McIlroy could lose European Tour slot and Ryder Cup captain chance

• McIlroy set to play only two European Tour events in 2019• Unbroken membership needed for future Ryder Cup captainsRory McIlroy says he may not fulfil the requirements for European Tour membership next season, a decision which would rule him out of b…

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Francesco Molinari: ‘As a kid I’d get angry on the course and break a club’

Italy’s first major winner has had an epic 2018 but it was his father’s golf bans that helped him become a Ryder Cup winnerIt would be forgivable if the closing stages of the Race to Dubai revert to a crawl. Francesco Molinari’s epic 2018 must have ens…

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Justin Rose reclaims world No 1 spot with victory at Turkish Airlines Open

• Rose sees of Li Haotong in play-off in Antalya• Li gifts Briton trophy and first successful title defenceJustin Rose will return to the top of the world rankings on Monday after making the first successful title defence of his career in the Turkish A…

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Australian PGA to roll out beach-themed party hole on Gold Coast

Sixteenth hole at Royal Pines to boast beach clubPar three hole also carries $500,000 hole-in-one prizeThe Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast will have its very own party hole this year, complete with a beach in a nod to the city’s famous co…

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Eddie Pepperell seals dramatic victory over Björk at British Masters

• Pepperell follows up Qatar triumph with win at Walton Heath•Triumph almost certainly ensures Master’s debut next yearEddie Pepperell defied miserable conditions to win his second European Tour title of the season in the British Masters – and with it …

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Eddie Pepperell in the driving seat going into British Masters final round

• Englishman three shots ahead after third-round 71• Group of four including Jordan Smith on six underEddie Pepperell will take a three-shot lead into the final day of the British Masters as he seeks the second European Tour title of his career – and w…

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Fleetwood suffers putting ‘nightmare’ as Pepperell leads British Masters

• Tommy Fleetwood failed to record a birdie in second-round 77• Englishman Pepperell leads by three shots at Walton HeathTommy Fleetwood blamed a “nightmare” day on the greens after seeing his chances of victory blown off course on day two of the Briti…

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Eddie Pepperell’s spectacular hole-in-one at the British Masters – video

England’s Eddie Pepperell struck a wonderful hole-in-one in the first round of the British Masters. The ace gave Pepperell a share of the lead with Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Wallace. It was the first hole-in-one of Pepperell’s European To…

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Moliwood become rivals at British Masters in fight to be Europe’s No 1

Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood were a formidable pairing at the Ryder Cup but they are opponents in Surrey this week, standing first and second in the Race to DubaiIt is easy to be the best of friends with a player who is exactly as bad as you,…

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‘It’s OK to not be OK’: what top athletes have said about mental health in sport – video

Professional athletes are said to be seeking mental health help in record numbers. More than ever before sportspeople have been speaking out on their struggles to cope with the pressure that comes with competing at an elite level. Here’s what Serena Wi…

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Sports quiz of the week: beer, bears, burgers, a cabbage and the postman

This week’s questions take in the Ryder Cup celebrations, Champions League hat-tricks and Conor McGregor’s comebackIan Poulter celebrated victory in the Ryder Cup by dressing up as a postbox. Why is Poulter nicknamed “the postman”?Because he worked as …

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‘I could have died’: Ryder Cup spectator blinded in one eye – video

A spectator struck in the eye by a tee shot from Brooks Koepka during the Ryder Cup says she could have died as a result of the incident.Corine Remande was hit by a wayward shot on the par-four sixth hole at Le Golf National and there have be…

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Ryder Cup spectator struck by Koepka shot says blow could have been fatal

Corine Remande: ‘It was a big explosion in my eye’We will do everything we can – Ryder Cup spokesmanA spectator struck in the eye by a tee shot from Brooks Koepka during the Ryder Cup says she could have died as a result of the incident.Corine Remande …

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Ryder Cup spectator struck by Koepka shot says blow could have been fatal

Corine Remande: ‘It was a big explosion in my eye’We will do everything we can – Ryder Cup spokesmanA spectator struck in the eye by a tee shot from Brooks Koepka during the Ryder Cup says she could have died as a result of the incident.Corine Remande …

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‘I’m heartbroken’: Brooks Koepka on Ryder Cup fan’s sight loss – video

Brooks Koepka says that finding out that a Ryder Cup fan lost the sight in her eye after being struck by his tee shot was ‘one of the worst days of my life’. Corine Remande was standing in the crowds when the wayward ball hit her. She said the impact c…

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Sport enters the WhatsApp age and dreads ever being asked to leave | Emma John

The messaging app proves the ultimate team-bonding tool with efficient sharing of logistics, ‘bantz’ and devastating newsGood news for sportsmen this week: they can now forget the pre-tournament boot camps, and the on-tour karaoke. Travel agents, too, …