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New course for the 2015 Indonesia Open

Organisers of the 2015 Indonesia Open today announced that this year’s edition will be played at Pondok Indah Golf Course, located in the heart of the country’s capital city, Jakarta.

The tournament, which offers a US$750,000 prize purse, is Indonesia’s oldest professional golf tournament and will take place from November 12-15.

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Wiesberger set to carry the hopes of a nation in Austria

Bernd Wiesberger is ready to carry the hopes of a nation into the Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity as the Austrian seeks to reclaim his national Open Championship. The 29 year old has already won the event (in 2012), being hosted for the sixth successive season at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, but would love nothing more to go one better than last year when he lost out in a sudden-death play-off to Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg.

Wiesberger is not only the home favourite this week, but also the highest ranked player in the field at 37th in the Official World Golf Ranking and he hopes to deliver on his status in front of an adoring home crowd. Among the other players expected to perform well at the €1.5 million event are European Tour champions Rafa Cabrera Bello, Nicolas Colsaerts and Matteo Manassero.

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Thomas Pieters happy to be home

Rising star Thomas Pieters would have been forgiven for wanting some time off this week, having played the last four events in a row, but when he realised the Challenge Tour was playing in Belgium, his home country, there was only one option.

The 23 year old from Antwerp has not played competitively on home soil since 2008, and he arrives at Golf de Pierpont in a relaxed mood, relishing the opportunity to catch up with old friends.

“I just wanted to play at home because it’s been so long since I was able to do that,” said Pieters, who came through all three stages of the European Tour Qualifying School in 2013.

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Ryder Cup rivals re-group at Gullane for Scottish Open

Memories of The 2014 Ryder Cup will be re-ignited next month when no fewer than 12 of the superstar golfers who took part at Gleneagles last year will be competing in Scotland, the Home of Golf, once again for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

After Gleneagles in September 2014, the focus switches to Gullane in July 2015 as the Scottish public will be treated to a feast of world-class entertainment from July 9-12, spearheaded by no fewer than eight Europeans and four Americans who held a global audience spellbound last autumn.

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Danny Masrin sets early pace at PGM Rahman Putra Championship

American Danny Masrin raced to snatch the clubhouse lead with an opening seven-under-par 65 after turning on the afterburners in his homeward-nine at the weather-disrupted PGM Rahman Putra Championship on Wednesday.

Masrin, who opened his campaign with a birdie on the first hole, reeled in eight straight pars before capping a sparkling bank-nine 30 thanks to one eagle and four other birdies. He holds a one-shot advantage over Grant Jackson of England, who signed for a 66, at the Rahman Putra Golf Club.

Thai duo Pasamet Pogamnerd and Chanat Sakulpolphaisan, Australian Jake Stirling, Niclas Johansson of Sweden and local prospect Zamri Sariff were bunched in third place following matching 67s at the RM250,000 (approximately US$69,250) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.

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India's Joshi aims to soar higher at the Queen's Cup

Young Indian hopeful Khalin Joshi hopes to take advantage of his good form when he tees up at the Queen’s Cup next week.

The US$300,000 Asian Tour event, staged in honour of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, will be played at the challenging Santiburi Samui Country Club for its seventh edition from June 18 to 21.

After missing the grade at the Qualifying School in Thailand earlier this year, the 22-year-old Joshi took advantage of his limited playing opportunities on the Asian Tour.

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Gavin Green set for professional debut at PGM Rahman Putra Championship

Malaysia’s Gavin Green will make an eagerly-anticipated professional debut at the PGM Rahman Putra Championship on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) starting on Wednesday.

The big-hitting 21-year-old, who created headlines when he stormed to an 11-shot victory last year to become the first amateur to win on the ADT, will be aiming to come out with all guns blazing when he heads to the Rahman Putra Golf Club.

Highly-rated as one of Malaysia’s brightest young talents, Green enjoyed a decorated amateur career at the University of New Mexico in the United States and rose to fifth place on the men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

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Swiss bliss for American Daniel Im

Daniel Im claimed his maiden European Challenge Tour title in swashbuckling style as the American birdied the first play-off hole to beat England’s Gary Boyd to the chase and be crowned the 2015 Swiss Challenge presented by Association Suisse de Golf champion.

In a dramatic final day at a sun-drenched Golf Sempachersee, the lead exchanged hands numerous times throughout the afternoon but in the end it came down to two.

Both Im and Boyd came agonisingly close to sealing outright victory in regular play with makeable birdie chances at the last hole, but the former’s six under 65 and the latter’s three under 68 meant they were deadlocked on 11 under par.

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Classy Noren seals home win in Sweden

alex_norenSweden’s Alex Noren thrilled the huge home crowds by cruising to victory in the Nordea Masters with a one under par 71 in the final round.

The 32 year old, who won this event by eight shots in 2011, began the day with a two stroke lead and steadily plotted his way to his fourth European Tour title, starting birdie-bogey and then reeling off 15 consecutive pars before birdieing the last for a 12 under par total.

That was four shots ahead of Dane Søren Kjeldsen (71), who completed a superb fortnight having won last week in Northern Ireland, and six clear of Germany’s Max Kieffer (75), Swedes Jens Dantorp and Sebastian Soderberg (both 74) and Frenchman Alex Levy (71).

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