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Rose in control at Indonesian Masters

England’s Justin Rose threw down the gauntlet on his closest rivals by charging ahead with a sensational first round 10-under-par 62 to grab the first round lead at the Indonesian Masters presented by Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) and Telkom Indonesia on Thursday.

The world number six took advantage of the benign early morning conditions to power his way to the top with a flawless card marked by 10 birdies at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club. It would have been a course record for the Olympic gold medalist if not for the preferred lie ruling which was in force. 

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Future Stars Head to Lalla Aicha Tour School

The Ladies European Tour returns to Morocco this week for the sixth edition of Lalla Aicha Tour School. The Final Stage of qualifying for 2018 starts on Saturday, December 16 and concludes on Wednesday, December 20.

A total of 106 players, from 18 countries, will battle it out at Amelkis Golf and Palm Golf Ourika Marrakech - a new venue for 2017, which was conceived and designed in a desert style landscape by Canadian duo Neil Haworth and Stephane Talbot and opened in November 2015.

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Shubhankar Sharma's title charge postponed to Monday

Shubhankar Sharma of India will continue his title hunt at the Joburg Open on Monday after thunderstorms forced officials to call off play. The 21-year-old Sharma was 22-under through seven holes before a thunderstorm at 1pm forced officials to suspend play at the Randpark Golf Club.

An official announcement was made to stop play for the day at 5.30 pm with players returning on Monday at 7.30 am to finish the final round.

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Clark Dennis awarded the John Jacobs Trophy

Clark Dennis became the first American to win the John Jacobs Trophy for topping the European Senior Tour Order of Merit. The American, a two-time winner this season, accumulated earnings of €222,055, more than €30,000 ahead of South Africa’s Chris Williams.

The 51 year old earned his card at Senior Tour Qualifying School in February and became one of the Tour’s most consistent performers during his rookie year.

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Wiratchant wins maiden title after Mauritian masterclass

Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant won his first European Senior Tour title in superb fashion at the MCB Tour Championship as he carded a final round of 62, ten under par, for a 23 under par total.

The 50 year old, in his first year on the Senior Tour, started the day in a share of the 36-hole lead with Australia’s Peter Fowler, but raced clear after carding six birdies on the front nine.

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Kiradech cruises to three-shot victory at Thongchai Jaidee Foundation

Kiradech Aphibarnrat underlined his status as Thailand’s number one golfer by lifting the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation trophy for the second time at the Siam Country Club’s Waterside course on Sunday.

Starting the round with a three-shot lead, Kiradech fired four birdies against two bogeys to close with a two-under-par 70. He won by three shots with a 14-under-par 274 total at the ฿4 million (approximately US$120,000) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event. 

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Thrilling finale in store as Fowler and Wiratchant share Mauritius lead

The race for the John Jacobs Trophy will come down to the final day of the 2017 European Senior Tour season as Australia’s Peter Fowler birdied the 18th hole to join Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant at the top of the MCB Tour Championship leaderboard.

The overnight leader on seven under par, Fowler birdied the fourth and sixth holes and then recovered from consecutive bogeys with another gain on the ninth, making the turn eight under par. The 58 year old then carded five birdies on the back nine, signing for a six under par round of 66 and a 13 under par total, matching Wiratchant. The pair are three strokes ahead of Ireland’s Mark McNulty.

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Camille Chevalier wins 2017 LET Rookie of the Year

Camille Chevalier from France won the Ladies European Tour’s Rookie of the Year award as the leading first year player on the Order of Merit in 2017 and was rewarded with an OMEGA timepiece following her appearance in the OMEGA Dubai Ladies Classic.

With season’s earnings of €64,002.98 from nine tournaments, she earned almost double that of second placed Luna Sobron from Spain and third placed Jenny Haglund from Sweden.

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Georgia Hall Named Player of the Year

England’s Georgia Hall had reason to celebrate after collecting both the Ladies European Tour’s Order of Merit and Players’ Player of the Year Awards at a glittering awards dinner following the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic.

The 21-year-old from Dorset wrapped up the Order of Merit with earnings of €368,934.60 from 10 tournaments and was presented with a beautiful diamond encrusted OMEGA watch and a cheque for €20,000.  

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