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Stenson commits to Maybank Championship 2018

Maybank today revealed the first confirmed International Championship Star player for the Maybank Championship 2018 event, Henrik Stenson. Currently ranked as the world’s No. 9, Stenson bears among his many distinctions the reputation of being the only professional golfer to have won both the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai in the same year, while his Open Championship victory in 2016 was regarded as one of the finest and most exciting display seen on last day of any major championship.

He will compete with 155 of the most talented and leading golfers from around the world for the prize purse of USD 3 million at Saujana Golf & Country Club on 1st to 4th February 2018. 

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Elaine Farquharson-Black to captain Great Britain and Ireland in Curtis Cup

Elaine Farquharson-Black will captain Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup for the second time when the biennial encounter against the United States is played at Quaker Ridge from 8-10 June 2018.

Farquharson-Black, who played in the 1990 and 1992 matches, led GB&I to a 11½-8½ win over the United States when it was contested at Dun Laoghaire last year and will be looking to retain the trophy when the two sides face each other in New York next summer.

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Reed leads in Dubai but Rose looms large

Patrick Reed moved one shot clear after the opening round of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, but Justin Rose was in close pursuit as the Englishman aims to make it three successive victories and win the Race to Dubai in the process.

The American 2016 Ryder Cup star Reed posted a flawless seven under par opening 65 early in the day, but all eyes were on the final pairing of Rose and Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood.

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Jon Rahm named 2017 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year

Jon Rahm has won the 2017 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award on the European Tour after a remarkable breakthrough season which included a record-breaking victory at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation in July.

The current World Number Five – who lies fourth in the Race to Dubai – received the award from European Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley ahead of this week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, where the Spaniard will be looking for a strong finish to an already impressive campaign.

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Horsfield on the charge at European Tour Qualifying School

Emerging talents Sam Horsfield and Connor Syme both produced fine performances during Day Three of Qualifying School Final Stage to put themselves in contention for rookie seasons on the European Tour.

The young duo both impressed during the third round at Lumine Golf Club, with Horsfield carding a 66 on the Hills Course while Syme excelled on the Lakes Course by tying the lowest round of the tournament so far with a fine 63.

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Shanshan Feng moves to No. 1 in Women’s World Golf Rankings

In a historic first for professional golf, Shanshan Feng, of the People’s Republic of China, has reached No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. She becomes the first player from China, male or female, to sit at the top of the golf rankings.

"It's the longest day in my life to wait for the update of the world ranking,” said Feng after winning the Blue Bay LPGA on Saturday on Hainan Island, China. “When I finally see the Chinese flag on top of the ranking, I feel all the efforts over the past 18 years on golf is worth it. I really enjoy the moment and hopefully this could encourage a younger generation in China to go for this sport."

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Sangchan returns to defend Sanya Ladies Open title

Up-and-coming Thai star Supamas Sangchan returns to Hainan Island this week to defend her title in the Sanya Ladies Open from November 17-19.

The prestigious tournament -- co-sanctioned by the China Ladies Professional Golf Association (CLPGA), the Ladies European Tour and the Asian Ladies Golf Tour -- takes places at Yalong Bay Golf Course for the eighth time and has attracted a star-studded international field field including a pair of two-time winners in South African Lee-Ann Pace and and China’s Lin Xi Yu.

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Back nine magic gives Murray Q-School lead

Tom Murray needed only 29 shots over his back nine holes as a second round of 63 took him into a share of the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage lead with Andrea Pavan, with 72 holes still to play.

The Englishman arrived at Lumine Golf Club with the pressure somewhat off, knowing that only a top ten this week could improve the European Tour category he has already gained from his Challenge Tour exploits this term, and he was at his relaxed best on Day Two in Tarragona.

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Amazing Grace seals victory in “Africa’s Major”

Branden Grace produced a stunning closing 66 to win an eighth European Tour title and delight the home fans at the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player.

The 29 year old became the first South African winner of the event, dubbed “Africa’s Major” since Trevor Immelman in 2007 and moved into the top ten on the Race to Dubai Rankings. 

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