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Austin Connelly up for the Challenge ahead of Kenya debut

Austin Connelly is feeling confident ahead of his European Challenge Tour debut as the 2017 Road to Oman begins at the Barclays Kenya Open. The Canadian, who represented the USA in the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup, secured status on the Challenge Tour by making the cut at the Final Stage of European Tour Qualifying School and has since caught the eye with a top ten finish at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth last month.

The 20 year old was in relaxed mood at Nairobi’s Muthaiga Golf Club as he prepared to take the first step towards his ultimate goal of a European Tour card for next season.

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Chris Williams claims dramatic victory in Sharjah

Chris Williams secured his second European Senior Tour title after beating Gary Marks in a play-off at the inaugural Sharjah Senior Golf Masters presented by Shurooq.

The South African started the day one shot behind compatriot James Kingston but quickly raced into the lead on 14 under par with three birdies and an eagle in the space of four holes from the fourth to the seventh at Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club.

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James Kingston claims second round lead in Sharjah

James Kingston took one step towards his first European Senior Tour title after he fired a six under par second round of 66 at the inaugural Sharjah Senior Golf Masters presented by Shurooq. The South African, who is now in his second year on the over-50s circuit, carded seven birdies, including four in succession on the front nine, during the round of the day to move one shot clear of compatriot Chris Williams and England’s Gary Marks.

Going in search of a maiden Senior Tour title, the two-time European Tour winner is taking nothing for granted ahead of the final day.

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Georgia Hall makes fast start in China

England’s Georgia Hall shot a solid six-under-par 67 in warm and breezy conditions to take a one stroke lead after the first round of the SGF67 World Ladies Championship with SBS on Friday at Mission Hills Haikou on Hainan Island. The 20-year-old from Bournemouth started her first Ladies European Tour event of the 2017 season with a par on the 10th of the Blackstone Course and then made the first of three straight birdies when she holed a bunker shot on the par-3 11th.

Further birdies at the 16th and 18th saw the Solheim Cup prospect complete a back nine of five-under 32 and her stunning round continued when she birdied the third and sixth holes to reach seven-under-par. She made her only bogey on her last hole, the par-4 ninth, after hitting an aggressive approach shot over the green, before leaving a tricky chip 10 feet short and then hitting her first putt too forcefully.

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Chris Williams takes early lead in the United Arab Emirates

Chris Williams carded a first round of 65 to take a one shot lead into the second round of the inaugural Sharjah Senior Golf Masters presented by Shurooq.

The 57 year old made two eagles and five birdies as he finished his round seven under par, one shot ahead of Sweden’s Magnus P Atlevi, America’s Clark Dennis and Denmark’s Steen Tinning, setting a new course record at Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club.

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Harrington and Lowry hoping to keep Irish eyes smiling at Portstewart

Home hopes will run high at this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation after former champions Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry confirmed they will join host and defending champion Rory McIlroy at Portstewart Golf Club from July 6-9.

The past fortnight has been a significant one for both Harrington and Lowry, albeit for very different reasons.

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Broadhurst to make case for the defence in Sharjah

Paul Broadhurst, the 2016 European Senior Tour Order of Merit winner, will begin his defence of the John Jacobs Trophy at the inaugural Sharjah Senior Golf Masters presented by Shurooq at Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club. The 51 year old is hopeful of a strong start to the season as he bids to retain the John Jacobs Trophy, with the first round starting in the United Arab Emirates tomorrow.

But the Englishman, one of ten former Ryder Cup players in the 57-man field, is wary of the stiff competition he faces not just at the first tournament of the season in the Emirate of Sharjah, but throughout the year.

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Europe's Players’ Player of the Year Award renamed The Seve Ballesteros Award

The European Tour announced today that the annual Players’ Player of the Year Award has been renamed The Seve Ballesteros Award.

The award is voted for by every European Tour Member at the end of a season and will now carry the name of the legendary Spaniard, who became the first European golfer to win the Masters Tournament in 1980, and who repeated the victory three years later.

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Muirfield to finally allow female members

The famous Scottish golf club at Muirfield, banned from hosting the prestigious British Open because it refused to admit female members, on Tuesday announced that it has changed its rules. The 273-year-old Muirfield Golf Club, near Edinburgh, said it will now admit women as members for the first time in its history.

The change of rule follows a vote by members at the privately-owned club, which saw 80.2 percent in favour of changing the membership policy for the first time since its founding in 1744.

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