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Trio share the lead at Swiss Challenge

Englishman Ben Parker finished with four consecutive birdies for a seven under par 64 in the first round of the Swiss Challenge to share top spot with Welshman Stuart Manley and Frenchman Julien Guerrier. The trio lead by one shot from Italian Andrea Pavan, who won in Austria a fortnight ago, and it was a welcome change in fortunes for Parker, who has won just €5,000 from ten appearances so far this season.

An improvement on the greens was main reason behind Parker’s low score at the picturesque Golf Sempachersee near Lucerne, and the 25 year old said: “I’ve been playing really well recently, but I haven’t holed anything. Thankfully that changed today. I’ve missed so many cuts even though I’ve been playing well, which has been frustrating.

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Els and Mickelson looking to light up the Links

On the eve of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, Major Champions Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson have both lavished praise on the host venue, Castle Stuart Golf Links, which they believe will provide a true test of their shot-making credentials ahead of next week’s Open Championship.

Els has won Scotland’s national Open on two previous occasions and, following his recent victory in the BMW International Open, the reigning Open Champion is once again among the favourites for the title this week.

Els is teeing up at Castle Stuart for the third successive season, and the South African in no doubt that the stunning Inverness layout provides the perfect platform from which to launch the defence of his Open Championship crown at Muirfield next week.

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Cobb excited by European adventure

Kyle Cobb is the latest player in a growing band of young Americans starting their professional careers in Europe, and hopes to make an impact in this week’s Swiss Challenge.

The 24 year old had never been to Europe before he arrived in Sweden last month to begin the embryonic stages of his professional career, but he is taking inspiration from his compatriots Brooks Koepka and Peter Uihlein, who have both made quick transitions from the Challenge Tour to The European Tour in recent months.

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Wesselingh wins after play-off drama at Bad Ragaz

Paul Wesselingh picked up his second win of the season after a play-off victory over Kevin Spurgeon at the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open.

A birdie at the third extra hole was enough for Wesselingh to take the title, having shot a six under par round of 64 on Sunday to haul himself into contention and post nine under. He had started the final day in a tie for 11th and five shots behind the 36 hole lead held by Santiago Luna and Gary Wolstenholme, but seven birdies, an eagle and three bogeys put Wesselingh in the box seat.

However, Spurgeon carded three birdies in his final four holes to draw level, and after the pair halved the first two extra holes in par, it was Wesselingh’s birdie the third time round on the 18th that proved enough to take the title.

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Graeme McDowell wins Le Golf National

Graeme McDowell won the Alstom Open de France to claim his third title of 2013 at Le Golf National.

McDowell, who in his last eight tournaments has missed the cut five times and won the other three, carded a brilliant closing 67 at Le Golf National to finish nine under par, four clear of South Africa's Richard Sterne, who had been only one behind until bogeys at the 16th and 17th allowed McDowell a victory march down the 18th fairway.

Sterne eventually did well to par the 18th for a final round of 71 to make sure of outright second, with 2007 winner Graeme Storm and Spain's Eduardo de la Riva a shot behind.

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Pavan the man at Hartl Resort

Andrea Pavan has won his third Challenge Tour title after a one stroke victory at the Bad Griesbach Challenge Tour by Hartl Resort.

The 24 year old Italian finished on 19 under par after a 68 on Sunday to edge out compatriot Marco Crespi, who three putted the last hole for a bogey, having charged into a share of the lead with just two holes to go. However, when Pavan needed it most, he made a clutch birdie two at the 17th and was able to make a bogey down the last and still take the title.

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G-Mac on the attack at Le Golf National

Graeme McDowell moved within striking distance of a third victory of the season after a third round of one under 70 gave him a share of the lead with South Africa’s Richard Sterne heading in to the final round of the Alstom Open de France.

The Northern Irishman and Sterne will begin Sunday’s Final round with a one shot advantage over Richard Green, David Howell and Bernd Wiesberger but their toughest opponent will undoubtedly be Le Golf National and its drama-inspiring closing stretch of four holes where anything can happen.

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The inseparables: Santi and Gary tied at the top in Switzerland

Santiago Luna and Gary Wolstenholme will resume their head-to-head battle in the final round of the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open after the pair once again proved inseparable in the Swiss mountains.

The Spaniard and the Englishman carded second round scores of two under 68 to move to eight under and into a two stroke lead over former Masters Champion Ian Woosnam with 18 holes to play at the stunning Golf Club Bad Ragaz.

Woosnam’s second consecutive 67 enabled the Welshman to move into third place on his own, ensuring a final round date with Luna and Wolstenholme in Sunday’s final three ball.

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Pavan poised to pounce in Germany

Andrea Pavan will take a one stroke lead into the final round of the Bad Griesbach Challenge Tour by Hartl Resort after a Saturday 66 in Germany.

The Italian is 15 under par and a single stroke clear of France’s Victor Riu, who had led after the first two rounds, while Dutchman Daan Huizing is also handily placed a shot further back in third.

Pavan has finished in the top five the last two weeks on the Challenge Tour, and that fine form has continued in Bad Griesbach so far through three rounds.

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