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Bhullar targets repeat win at Yeangder Tournament Players Championship

Gaganjeet Bhullar is determined to pull off a repeat victory at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship next week after receiving one of India’s highest sporting accolades.

The talented Indian received a huge confidence boost ahead of his campaign for the second half of the Asian Tour season when he picked up the Arjuna Award, which recognises outstanding achievements by an Indian sportsman, from the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee last week.

“It is exciting and a great achievement to be able to receive the Arjuna Award at such a young age. I’m very proud,” said the 25-year-old Bhullar, who joined fellow Indian golfers Jeev Milkha Singh, Shiv Kapur, Jyoti Randhawa and Arjun Atwal as recipients of the award.

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Pavan sails clear on French coast

Andrea Pavan continued his exemplary form in France to streak four strokes clear of the chasing pack after a superb round of 65 at the Open Blue Green Côtes d'Armor Bretagne.

The Italian finished at 11 under par after 36 holes thanks to a clean card and birdies at the first, second, eighth, 16th and 17th holes to retain his position atop the leaderboard at Golf Blue Green de Pléneuf Val André.

It was a long day for Pavan who had to come back early on Friday morning to complete an opening round of 64, but he did not let that affect him, continuing his form into the afternoon’s play to forge a commanding position with some of the field still to finish off round two.

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Björn and Gallacher aim for double

Denmark’s Thomas Björn and Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher are each aiming for an Omega double after moving into a share of the halfway lead in the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

Björn is aiming to be crowned King of the Mountains for a second time in three years following his win at Crans-sur-Sierre in 2011, while Gallacher is chasing a second victory in an Omega-sponsored event in 2013 after triumphing in the Omega Dubai  Desert Classic in February.

The pair are tied on ten under par 132 after Bjorn carded a five under par second round of 66, while Gallacher went one shot lower with a round of 65.

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Lahiri falls 2 strokes back at Omega European Masters

India’s Anirban Lahiri put up a battling performance with a second round even-par-71 to trail Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn and Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher by two shots at the Omega European Masters on Friday.

The three-time Asian Tour winner grabbed the opening honours with a fine 63 but struggled to repeat his heroics and had to settle for a share of eighth place with his two-day total of eight-under-par 134 at the €2.1 million, approximately US$2.8 million showpiece event in Crans Montana.

“It was a grind. I started off well but I couldn’t find the fairways after that. It was tough because I never really put myself in a position to get on a roll,” said Lahiri.

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Wonderful Woosnam leads WINSTONgolf Senior Open

Ian Woosnam rolled back the years with a majestic seven under par 65 in the first round of the WINSTONgolf Senior Open to share the lead with Canadian Phil Jonas. The 55 year old had seven birdies on a flawless card, five of them coming consecutively from the first hole – his tenth – to surge ahead of Englishman Jamie Spence and Dane Steen Tinning, who both shot 66.

It could have been even better, as the diminutive Welshman afterwards admitted he missed three putts from inside four feet on the stunning Open course at WINSTONgolf in Germany.

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Kiradech charges back with a 68 at Omega European Masters

Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand hauled himself back into contention by firing a second round three-under-par 68 to stay in touch with the leaders at the Omega European Masters on Friday.

The two-time Asian Tour winner found himself languishing in tied-63rd place at the end of the first round when he opened with a 71 at the only tournament on European soil to be jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

The Thai, however made his swift comeback by trading five birdies against two bogeys to make his move up the leaderboard with his two-day total of three-under-par 139 at the €2.1 million, approximately US$2.8 million showpiece event in Crans Montana.

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Stenson named Golfer of the Month for August

Henrik Stenson has been named The Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month for August following a phenomenal sequence of results with which he climbed to Number One on The 2013 Race to Dubai and Number Six in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Stenson, who receives an engraved alms dish and a Jeroboam of Moët & Chandon champagne, laid the foundation to leading The 2013 Race to Dubai ahead of Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose by finishing tied third in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and runner-up in The 142nd Open Championship before launching August by being tied second in the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational.

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Former amateur talents setting the professional pace in France

Three players are tied at the top after day one at the Open Blue Green Côtes d'Armor Bretagne as Alan Dunbar, Moritz Lampert and Jamie McLeary all fired four under par rounds of 66 to lead in France.

After a four hour fog delay at Golf Blue Green de Pléneuf Val André, the leading trio came out firing to lead by one after 18 holes, with half of the field still to finish their first round.

It is a fine start for the former British Amateur Champion who has only been a professional for four months, and has had mixed fortunes so far, splitting his time between both the Challenge and European Tours in 2013.

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Jiménez in contention in Crans

Former champion Miguel Angel Jiménez marked his 25th appearance in the Omega European Masters with an opening round of six under par 65 to sit two shots behind leader Anirban Lahiri of India.

Jiménez was crowned King of the Mountains in 2010 at Crans-sur-Sierre, and the 49 year old Spaniard is ideally placed for another challenge after seven birdies and just the single bogey in Switzerland. He shares second place with former Ryder Cup player Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood, winner of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles a fortnight ago.

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