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McDowell wins Volvo World Match Play Championship

Graeme McDowell overcame Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee 2&1 in the final of the Volvo World Match Play Championship to become the first Irishman to put his name on the trophy alongside some the golf’s most legendary names.

McDowell, who defeated Branden Grace in his morning semi-final 3&2 to book his place in the final at the stunning Thracian Cliffs Beach and Golf Resort in Bulgaria, was delighted to win for the second time in the space of just four weeks following his victory on the PGA Tour last month.

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Griffin makes the most of mist opportunity at SK Telecom Open

Australian Matthew Griffin won his second OneAsia title in less than a year on Sunday when the final round of the one billion won (U.S. $900,000) SK Telecom Open was called off without a shot being played because of thick fog at Pinx Golf Club on Korea's Jeju Island.

Griffin can credit a spectacular 40 foot putt from off the back of the 18th green on Saturday for the win, as it meant he held a one-shot lead over Korean veteran Kang Wook-soon at the end of three rounds.

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Tullo right on the mark in Madeira

Mark Tullo is in pole position to claim a maiden European Tour title as the Chilean edged into a one-shot lead after an intense battle of wits in the third round of the Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI at Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra.

The Santiago native played in the final group alongside the second round leader Craig Lee and American Peter Uihlein, who carded a stunning 64 on the second day to move into contention, and the lead was exchanged back and forth between the three throughout the day.

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McDowell takes sweet revenge on Colsaerts at the Volvo World Match Play

 

Graeme McDowell went some way to avenging his Volvo World Match Play Championship final defeat to Nicolas Colsaerts of 12 months ago by despatching the Belgian in the quarter-final of the at the Thracian Cliffs and Beach Resort in Bulgaria.

The Northern Irishman, who was also beaten by Colsaerts in the same event in 2011, vanquished his Ryder Cup team mate on the 17th hole to record a 2&1 victory and book a semi-final date with South African Branden Grace, who defeated Englishman Chris Wood by the same score.

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Aussie Griffin digs deep to grab SK Telecom Open lead

 

Australian Matt Griffin stayed on course for a second OneAsia title in less than a year with an even-par 72 on Saturday that gave him a one-shot lead going into the final round of the one billion won (U.S. $900,000) SK Telecom Open on Korea's Jeju Island.

After two days of perfect weather, a stiff wind and late afternoon rain played havoc with the field, and only 10 players broke par around the 6,732 metre (7,361 yard) Pinx Golf Club course.

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Lee defies conditions for Madeira lead

Craig Lee moved into a one shot lead at the Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI courtesy of a four under par second round of 68, on a weather-affected day when former US Amateur Champion Peter Uihlein threatened the magic number 59.

Lee, a Challenge Tour graduate in 2011, was forced to come off the course for an hour and 20 minutes early on his round after fog fell over the Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra course, where the second round was later suspended due to darkness.

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Déjà vu for ‘the Dude’ at Volvo World Match Play

Defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts is hoping for some Volvo World Match Play Championship déjà vu after sneaking into the knock-out stages in the same fashion as he did 12 months ago, when he proceeded to dominate the weekend action and defeat Graeme McDowell in the final.

Colsaerts, or ‘the Dude’ to his friends, was beaten by Branden Grace on Thursday but won his second group match on Friday morning against Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

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Tom Watson eyes historic Birkdale win

Tom Watson will be aiming for a unique treble when he returns to Royal Birkdale for this year’s Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex, 30 years after winning The Open Championship at the Merseyside venue.

Watson is bidding to win a third Senior Open title on a course where he previously won a Claret Jug, having already completed the ‘Open-Senior Open double’ at both Turnberry and Muirfield. The 63 year old American won the last of his five Open Championships at Royal Birkdale in 1983, finishing one shot clear of compatriots Hale Irwin and Andy Bean.

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Kim chews his way to lead at OneAsia's SK Telecom Open

Unheralded journeyman Kim Chang-yoon fired a course-record 10-under-par 62 on Friday to lead after two rounds of OneAsia's SK Telecom Open at Pinx Golf Club on Korea's Jeju Island. Kim had 10 birdies around the 6,732 metre (7,361 yard) par-72 course -- remarkably without a single chip-in -- to stand at 14 under for the tournament, a stroke ahead of overnight leader Matt Griffin (67) from Australia.

Another Australian, Jason Norris, posted his second 66 for sole possession of third place, with Korea's Park Do-kyu (66) one more  behind.

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