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Dennis aiming for fast start in race for John Jacobs Trophy

European Senior Tour Order of Merit leader Clark Dennis hopes to finish the season on a high at the MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius, the final event on the 2017 schedule.

The American leads the race for the John Jacobs Trophy with €202,583, more than €25,000 ahead of South Africa’s Chris Williams, but must finish first or outright second on the Legends Course to guarantee the Order of Merit title.

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Sergio Garcia named European Tour Golfer of the Year

Spain’s Sergio Garcia, the reigning Masters Champion, has been named the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year for 2017, receiving the prestigious annual award for the first time.

Garcia enjoyed a phenomenal 12 months on the global stage, winning three times on the European Tour, including an emotional first Major Championship at Augusta National in April. The 37 year old defeated his Ryder Cup team-mate Justin Rose in a play-off to become the third Spaniard to claim the famous Green Jacket, following in the footsteps of his compatriots Seve Ballesteros and José María Olazábal.

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Keena Davidse takes charge at Joburg Open

Keena Davidse of South Africa rose from his sick bed to shoot a superb eight-under-par 63 and seize the first round lead at the Joburg Open on Thursday.

The 28-year-old fell ill before the event and was hospitalised for four days. He showed no signs of sickness when he fired nine birdies against one bogey at the Randpark Golf Club, par-71 Bushwillow course. 

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Van Dam Claims Halfway Lead in Dubai

A change of putter worked wonders for long-hitting Anne Van Dam who blistered the front nine to move atop the leaderboard going into the penultimate round of the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic at Emirates Golf Club on Thursday.

Starting the second round two shots off the pace, the 22-year-old Dutch star fired a flawless seven-under 65 to reach 10-under for the tournament, a good two shots ahead of Scotland’s Kelsey MacDonald.

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Thai star Kiradech leads the way at Pattaya

Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat fired a bogey-free seven-under-par 65 to seize the opening round lead by one shot despite struggling with a sore back at the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation on Thursday.

Kiradech, highest-ranked Thai in 60th place on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), highlighted his flawless round with seven birdies to set a course record at the Siam Country Club’s Waterside course, which is hosting a professional tournament for the first time. 

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Flawless Sangchan hits the front at Omega Dubai Ladies Classic

Her short game nicely home, Supamas Sangchan fired a bogey-free five-under-par 67 to seize the early initiative at the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic at Emirates Golf Club on Wednesday.

Starting from the 10th tee, the 21-year-old Bangkok native came to life on the front nine after making the turn at one-under, reeling off four birdies in six holes to leave a strong field trailing in her wake. 

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Exciting fare on the cards at season-ending Omega Dubai Ladies Classic

Featuring a perfect blend of youth and experience in the field, highlighted by the appearance of seven Solheim Cup players, the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic promises to deliver another shining example of the winds of change blowing across the Ladies European Tour when the season-ending event gets under way at Emirates Golf Club, from December 6 to 9.

Bursting at the seams with talent, young prodigies such as Georgia Hall, Angel Yin, Aditi Ashok, Charley Hull, Camille Chevalier, Céline Boutier and Klara Spilkova will go out with a slew of seasoned campaigners, providing first class golf entertainment for fans at the Majlis course.

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Frittelli pips Atwal in Mauritius play-off

Dylan Frittelli of South Africa birdied the first play-off hole to defeat Arjun Atwal of India in a thrilling final day at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Frittelli closed with a four-under-par 67 to finish on 16-under-par 268 which was matched by a battling Atwal, whose 25-foot eagle putt on the last hole hit the side of the cup before spinning past the hole. 

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Bowen Xiao wins first Asian Tour title

China’s Bowen Xiao lifted his first professional win after prevailing on the second extra hole in a play-off against Australian Bryden Macpherson at the US$350,000 KG S&H CITY Asian Golf Championship on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Xiao, who joined the play-for-pay ranks in 2012, held a three-shot lead after 14 holes but three bogeys in his closing four holes saw him sign for a two-over-par 74, which forced him to go the distance with Macpherson, who ended his campaign with a 69.

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