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Broadhurst relishing Senior Open title defence at Royal Porthcawl

Paul Broadhurst will make an eagerly awaited return to Wales this summer when he defends the Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club from July 27-30.

The 51-year-old Englishman, who captured his first Senior Major by winning on his championship debut at Carnoustie last year, has enjoyed a life-changing few months since beating American Scott McCarron by two shots over the famous Scottish links.

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Atwal aiming to relive glory days at Hero Indian Open

India’s Arjun Atwal is preparing to launch a title challenge at next month’s US$1.75 million Hero Indian Open, the tournament which propelled him to stardom nearly 20 years ago.

Atwal claimed his maiden Asian Tour victory at his home Open back in 1999 which subsequently paved the way to a stellar career that now includes eight tournament wins across the region and also one historic triumph in the United States. 

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Thai star Kiradech to participate in Hero Indian Open 2017

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, seen as one of the most talented rising stars from Asia, has confirmed his participation for the Hero Indian Open next month. The 27-year-old big-built Thai is a two-time winner on the Asian Tour and has won three times on the European Tour. He was also crowned the Asian Tour Order of Merit champion in 2013.

Kiradech, who is now ranked 76th in the world – his best was 37th in December 2015 – is no stranger to India, having played a few times till 2013. In 2011, he won his first Asian Tour title at the SAIL Open in India. 

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Ryan Giggs to partner Rory McIlroy in BMW PGA Championship Pro-Am

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs will partner four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy as the Welsh wizard is the first name to be announced for the Celebrity Pro-Am on Wednesday May 24 before the BMW PGA Championship.

The footballer, who made a record 963 appearances for United during the most glittering of Premier League careers, will tee it up at Wentworth Club alongside the current World Number Three, a lifelong Red Devils fan.

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Bridget Jackson and José María Olazábal become Honorary Members of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club

Renowned golfers Bridget Jackson MBE, Hon D.Sc. (Birmingham) and José María Olazábal have accepted invitations to become Honorary Members of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

During a notable amateur career, Jackson played in the Curtis Cup for Great Britain and Ireland on three occasions and was selected as an England international nine times. She has served as Chair and President of the English Ladies Golf Association and President of the Ladies’ Golf Union. She was made a MBE in 2003 for her services to women’s golf.

Olazábal is one of the world’s most successful and popular golfers, winning 30 professional tournaments during his career, including the Masters in 199

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The 149th Open to be played at Royal St George’s

One of the world’s great sporting events will return to the south east of England in 2020 when The 149th Open is played at Royal St George’s. The Open will return to the historic Kent links for the 15th time. It was last played at Royal St George’s in 2011 when Darren Clarke showed his mastery of links golf in challenging weather conditions to hold off Americans Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to become Champion Golfer of the Year.

“It was an unbelievable feeling to lift the Claret Jug and know that my name was displayed on the trophy alongside so many of the greatest players ever to play the game,” said Clarke.

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Teenage sensation Phachara charges up to second place in Asian Tour Order of Merit

Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand went down fighting at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 on Sunday but it won’t be the last time you see his name featuring on a leaderboard. At the age of 17, the teenager has achieved feats beyond his age and his star continues to shine as brightly as his nickname ‘Diamond’.

Despite losing to hometown favourite Brett Rumford at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 in the final match, Phachara earned plaudits for his fighting spirit and his confidence is still soaring high.

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Rumford's redemption in enthralling Super 6 finale

Brett Rumford completed a remarkable fairy-tale story at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth, as the home town favourite claimed a sixth European Tour victory in an enthralling and breathless final day worthy of the revolutionary new format.

A born-and-bred Perth native, the runaway leader after the opening three days of strokeplay and seeking to reignite his career after losing his European Tour card last season, destiny seemingly shone on Rumford as he overcame a sensational 17 year old Thai and a star in the making by the name of Phachara Khongwatmai in the final.

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Super Saturday provides perfect prelude for Perth finale

An enthralling Saturday of unique drama at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth provided the perfect curtain-raiser for Sunday’s world-first finale in Western Australia, with five players emerging from an eight-man play-off late in the day to complete the 24 qualifiers for the six-hole match-play shoot-out.

On a third day of endless action, home town favourite Brett Rumford finished five shots clear at the top – courtesy of a four under par 68 and a 17 under total – to lead the 24 qualifiers as well as the eight players to receive a bye to the second round.

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