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Lahiri hopes for better Apparel Management this year at Omega European Masters

India’s Anirban Lahiri is not prepared to risk another wardrobe change as he takes another shot at glory at next month’s Omega European Masters which is the only tournament on European soil to be jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour. The talented Indian, who has three Asian Tour wins under his belt, got off to a flying start by grabbing a share of the first round clubhouse lead last year.

A ‘mismanagement of apparel’ however saw him miss the cut when he followed up his brilliant 66 with a 81.


Woods wins 8th WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Stenson and Bradley come tied second

Henrik Stenson took a share of second place in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with a level par 70 in the last round, as Tiger Woods cruised to his eighth victory in the event. Woods also hit a 70 today, and was perhaps preserving some of his best for next week's PGA Championship after blitzing the field with a 61 on day 2 of the tournament to coast to what was the easiest of wins at the weekend.

Stenson was faced with a daunting task as Woods went into the final day seven shots clear of the field, and his endeavours were not helped by a bogey at the third hole, but he hung in with 13 straight pars before the gain at the penultimate hole ensured he finished on eight under alongside defending champion Keegan Bradley.


Tough guy Tinning crowned king of Cologne

Ironman Steen Tinning lasted the distance at the Berenberg Masters to secure his debut European Senior Tour title in only his sixth appearance.

The Dane signed for a flawless round of 69 for a nine under par aggregate total which was just enough to hold off a late surge from home hero Bernhard Langer, who delighted the locals at Golf- und Land-Club, in Cologne, with a blemish-free round of 68.

Having seen Langer fail to get up and down for birdie from the greenside bunker on the par five 18th hole, Tinning knew a closing par would be enough to secure victory and with it a cheque for €60,000, and he duly obliged to consign the German to the runner-up spot for the second weekend in a row.


Manley Finnish-es the job for maiden win

Stuart Manley marched to his maiden European Challenge Tour title at the Finnish Challenge as a clinical final day performance earned him a three under par round of 69 and a two-shot victory at Kytäjä Golf, in Hyvinkää near Helsinki.

The Welshman has been a regular on both The European Tour and Challenge Tour since 2004 and has let chances slip before to claim a first title, but he made no mistake this time after bouncing back from a bogey on the opening hole to produce a nerveless performance when it mattered most.

A birdie at the opening par five, the third hole, calmed his nerves before he summoned the kind of form which produced 18 birdies, an eagle and just two bogeys in the opening three rounds.


Stenson on the charge, but Woods still miles ahead

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson will lead the European Tour charge in the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational as he sets his sights on reeling in Tiger Woods.

Stenson signed for a three under par 67 at Firestone Country Club to move into second place, some seven shots back from Woods, who reached 15 under par with a 68.

Englishman Chris Wood is also among those hunting down the 14-time Major winner, lying nine shots back in tied fourth after a 70, alongside his compatriot Luke Donald, who birdied the last for a 68.


Job and Tinning hit the front in Cologne

Nick Job and Steen Tinning stand between Ian Woosnam’s attempt to secure his second Berenberg Masters title at Köln, the course over which he triumphed in 2011.

Then, Woosnam overturned a two-shot deficit on the final day to prevail by two strokes, and the Welshman will have to come from behind again after a level par round of 72 saw him remain on five under par, one shot adrift of the leading duo of Job and Tinning.

Woosnam’s win two years ago was his last victory on the European Senior Tour and, if he can rediscover the form on the greens he showed on the first day in Cologne, the former Masters Tournament champion is confident of capturing his fifth title since joining the over-50 ranks.


Stuart Manley moves 2-strokes clear at Finnish Challenge

Stuart Manley equalled the course record to take a two shot lead into the final day of the Finnish Challenge as an eight under par 64 put him in the driving seat for a maiden European Challenge Tour title at Kytäjä Golf.

The Welshman entered the day three shots off Brandon Stone’s lead but eight birdies in a flawless round meant he overhauled that deficit and then some and will play alongside Stone and Jens Fahrbring, both two shots back in 16 under, on Championship Sunday.

The 34 year old started with a par but his round caught fire thereafter as he recorded three birdies on the trot from the second hole before two more, at the seventh and ninth, took him to the turn in five under.


Sattaya nails breakthrough win at ICTSI Mount Malarayat Classic

Thailand’s rising star Sattaya Supupramai savoured a memorable week by claiming his maiden victory on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) with a closing five-under-par 67 to win the ICTSI Mount Malarayat Classic on Saturday.

After four days of intense battle, Sattaya finally emerged top of the class when he traded one eagle and six birdies against three bogeys for a four-day total of 21-under-par 267 to edge Filipino veteran Antonio Lascuna by three shots at the US$60,000 ADT event.

Lascuna, who led for the first three rounds, mixed his card with four birdies and two bogeys for a final round 70 to take the second place at the Mount Malarayat Golf and Country Club.


Tiger on fire at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Englishman Chris Wood will play the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with Tiger Woods, the man he idolised growing up, after a two under par 68 at Firestone Country Club on day two.

While Woods blew away with the rest of the field with a blistering 61, Wood quietly plotted his way to six under par for the tournament and tied second with defending champion Keegan Bradley, some seven shots behind the 14-time Major winner.

The trio will play in a three-ball on Saturday – a measure taken by tournament organisers after a bad weather forecast – and Wood is excited, if not a little daunted, at the prospect of playing alongside his favourite player.


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