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Gaunt seals Telenet title in style

Daniel Gaunt banished the demons of a difficult two years with one stupendous flick of a wedge as the Australian defeated Wil Besseling of The Netherlands in the first hole of a play-off to win the Telenet Trophy.

It was a real piece of genius on the first extra hole which sealed a second Challenge Tour title for the Melbourne-born man as he flicked a delightful chip from 47 yards stone dead to guarantee a birdie.

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Cañizares edges clear of Westwood at BMW PGA Championship

Spaniard Alejandro Cañizares birdied both of Wentworth Club’s famous closing par fives to take a one shot lead over Englishman Lee Westwood into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship.

Cañizares’ father José Maria, the four-time Ryder Cup player, finished in the top ten four times at Wentworth, but Alejandro will now be hoping to become the first Spaniard since Miguel Angel Jiménez in 2008 to win The European Tour’s flagship event.

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Trio set for final day Battle at Waterloo

Robert Dinwiddie of England, Australia’s Daniel Gaunt and Welshman Stuart Manley are set for a battle of the nations in Royal Waterloo Golf Club as they enter the final day of the Telenet Trophy tied at the top on nine under par.

On a moving day when the much more favourable conditions were not complimented by lower scoring at the top end of the leaderboard, Northern Ireland’s Gareth Shaw produced the round of the day to join the chasing pack one shot off the leaders thanks to a six under par 65.

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Molinari masters wet Wentworth

Francesco Molinari soared to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway mark of the BMW PGA Championship with a superb four under par second round of 68. The diminutive Italian coped admirably in the at times torrential rain at Wentworth Club and at six under par will take a one shot lead into the weekend, ahead of South African George Coetzee, Spaniard Alejandro Cañizares, England’s Mark Foster and Scot Marc Warren.

Molinari’s compatriot Matteo Manassero also enjoyed another productive day on the West Course, posting a 71 for a four under par total, the same mark as young English rookie Eddie Pepperell, who provided one of the highlights of the day by birdieing the last four holes.

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Dinwiddie and Kakko ready for tussle in Brussels

Two former European Challenge Tour winners, Englishman Robert Dinwiddie and Roope Kakko of Finland, will top the bill in the weekend battle at Royal Waterloo Golf Club as they were tied at the top on nine under par after the second round of the Telenet Trophy.

The pair, just 10 months apart in age, are experienced campaigners on the Challenge Tour with Dinwiddie having claimed three wins since 2007 and Kakko having sealed a sole victory back in 2004.

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Good Goddard in seven heaven at Waterloo

Luke Goddard described it as the best round of his European Challenge Tour career as the Englishman carded a superb seven under par 64 to move into a one-shot lead after a weather-affected opening day of the Telenet Trophy.

The beginning of play was delayed by three and a half hours at the prestigious Royal Waterloo Golf Club due to heavy rain, but not even a further two-hour suspension midway through Goddard’s round would distract him as he flourished on the back nine.

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Kingston makes most of invite to lead BMW PGA Championship

Sponsor’s invite James Kingston made light of the cold, wet conditions at Wentworth Club to take the first-round lead in the BMW PGA Championship with a sublime six under par 66.

That gave the South African a one stroke advantage over Finn Mikko Ilonen, with Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño and Scottish rookie Scott Henry on four under par. Austrian Martin Wiegele was also four under after 13 holes when play was suspended for the day, after earlier thunderstorms caused a 90-minute delay, and will complete his first round on Friday morning.

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Jiménez makes 600th European Tour appearance at the BMW PGA Championship

With a single swish of one of golf’s most recognisable swings – not to mention that unmistakable ponytail – on the first tee of Wentworth Club’s iconic West Course, Miguel Angel Jiménez joined an elite group of golfers at the BMW PGA Championship today as he officially made his 600th appearance on The European Tour.

The Spaniard, one of golf’s most enduring characters, becomes the sixth player in history to reach 600 appearances, joining Sam Torrance (706), Barry Lane (682), Roger Chapman (619), Eamonn Darcy (610) and Malcolm McKenzie (605) in that rarefied group.

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Donald hoping to follow Monty at Wentworth

Englishman Luke Donald admits it would be a big honour to follow in the footsteps of Colin Montgomerie as he bids for a hat-trick of titles in this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club. Montgomerie is the only player to have won The European Tour’s flagship event three years in a row, sealing his treble in 2000.

Donald now has the opportunity to match that feat after defeating Lee Westwood in a play-off in 2011 and successfully defending his title 12 months ago, finishing four shots clear of Ryder Cup team-mates Justin Rose and Paul Lawrie.

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