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China's Liu tipped to shine at the Asian Golf Championship

Chinese teenager Liu Yan-wei hopes to shine on home soil at the inaugural Asian Golf Championship which gets underway in Xiamen, Fujian Province, in a fortnight.

The 20-year-old Liu, rated as one of China’s rising stars in the game, has plied his trade on the Asian Tour and the Asian Development Tour (ADT) in the past three years. He showed glimpses of his talent when he registered a first top-10 finish on the Asian Tour in Bangladesh in February. 

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Sung Hyun Park opens up 3-stroke lead at CME Group Tour Championship

On Thursday night at the gala Rolex LPGA Awards, Sung Hyun Park claimed the only 2017 honor that’s been decided – the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year. On Friday, the 24-year-old South Korean took a big step toward securing all the other major titles as she climbed to the top of the leaderboard at the CME Group Tour Championship.

With a second-round 65 at Tiburon Golf Club, Park finished 36 holes at 12-under-par 132, three strokes ahead of Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith and four clear of Nelly Korda, Pernilla Lindberg and Madelene Sagstrom. 

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Fitzpatrick makes case for the defence in Dubai

Matt Fitzpatrick’s title defence of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai continued apace on a thrilling second day at Jumeriah Golf Estates as the Englishman carded a five under 67 to move one shot clear, as the tussle to win the Race to Dubai also gathered momentum.

Fitzpatrick was afforded the rare luxury of coming into the final event of the European Tour season under the radar despite claiming the title last year and entering the week on an imperious run of results.

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LPGA Celebrates Season’s Best at 2017 Rolex LPGA Awards

In awards voted on by LPGA Tour players, Katherine Kirk is the recipient of the 2017 William and Mousie Powell Award and Tiffany Joh is the recipient of the 2017 Heather Farr Perseverance Award.

Three-time LPGA Tour winner Kirk received the William and Mousie Powell Award, given annually to an LPGA member, who in the opinion of her playing peers, by her behavior and deeds, best exemplifies the spirits, ideals and values of the LPGA.

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Kapur eyes more success at AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

Shiv Kapur of India hopes to sweeten his year when he competes at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open from November 30 to December 3.

The 2017 season has been one of Kapur’s finest years on the Asian Tour and he is determined to continue his winning form at the €1million (approximately US$1.07 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Sunshine Tour. 

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Boutier and Meechai share first-round lead in Sanya

Rookie professional Celine Boutier of France and Wichanee Meechai of Thailand fired five-under-par 67s to share the first-round lead in the Sanya Ladies Open at Yalong Bay Golf Club in Hainan, China.

They hold a one stroke lead over nine other players: Marianne Skarpnord, Prima Thammaraks, Valdis Thora Jonsdottir, Yan-Hong Pan, Kristen Farmer, Lee-Anne Pace, Solar Lee and Marta Sanz Barrio.

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‘Queen of Hainan’ looking for hat-trick

Lee-Anne Pace is known as the ‘Queen of Hainan’ by the Chinese media after three wins on the tropical island, at the 2010 and 2013 Sanya Ladies Open, as well as at the Blue Bay LPGA in 2014.

This weekend presents a third opportunity for Pace to lift the Sanya Ladies Open trophy at Yalong Bay Golf Club, which is hosting the championship for the eighth time. Speaking ahead of the three-day tournament, which starts on Friday, she said: “It’s always nice to be back in a place where you’ve won before and I really like the golf course. It’s fun to play, so it will be an exciting week. It’s almost like being on holiday here and at the same time, you play golf and make a living.”

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Fleetwood eyeing finish line at Race to Dubai finale

Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia will battle it out for the right to be crowned Race to Dubai champion when the European Tour season comes to a thrilling climax at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

Fleetwood has enjoyed the best season of his career with two victories – at the Abu Dhabi HSCB Championship and HNA Open de France, a Rolex Series event – supplemented by two runner-up finishes including one at the WGC-Mexico Championship, along with a top five at the US Open.

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Camille Chevalier remains focused on first trip to China

Last week’s Hero Women’s Indian Open champion Camille Chevalier has received hundreds of messages from well-wishers following her maiden win at DLF Golf and Country Club on Sunday, but she doesn’t plan to read them until she returns home to France.

The 23-year-old LET rookie from Aix-en-Provence is determined to stay fit and focused throughout the Sanya Ladies Open, which gets underway at Yalong Bay Golf Club in Sanya, Hainan Island, from Friday.

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