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Mollé and Bañon are co-leaders in Coffs Harbour

French rookie Manon Mollé and Silvia Bañon from Spain fired course record five-under par 66s in the first round of the Women’s New South Wales Open on Thursday to share the lead at Coffs Harbour Golf Club.

The pair hold a one-shot lead over another Frenchwoman, Justine Dreher, while a trio of golfers including Camilla Lennarth from Sweden, Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras of Thailand and US-based Queenslander Emily McLennan are in a tie for fourth on three-under-par.

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Jessica Korda wins in Thailand

Jessica Korda completed her wire-to-wire dominance at the Honda LPGA Thailand with a 5-under 67 to finish at 25-under 263, which shatters the tournament record, on Sunday to win by four strokes over Lexi Thompson and Moriya Jutanugarn. Korda collects her first trophy since 2015 in her first start of 2018.

“I can’t believe it, today was such a blur, I was just trying to make birdies. I tried to relax, but I was nervous,” said Korda, who made 25 birdies and three eagles on the week. “This (Honda LPGA Thailand) was my first event my rookie year. I played really, really well this week.”

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Céline Boutier wins inaugural Australian Ladies Classic Bonville

France’s Céline Boutier won the inaugural Australian Ladies Classic Bonville on the Coffs Coast in New South Wales on Sunday and kept calm despite a weather-interrupted final day.

The 24-year-old from the southern Parisian suburb of Montrouge shot a final round of 73 to finish on 10-under-par, two shots ahead of Katie Burnett from the United States.

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Steady Eddie seals maiden European Tour title

Eddie Pepperell survived a late scare from his friend Oliver Fisher as the Englishman produced a final round performance of confidence and poise to claim his maiden European Tour victory at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

It all came down to the final hole between the two compatriots and playing partners, as Fisher had a birdie opportunity to force a play-off, but for the most part Pepperell had appeared to be cruising to a victory in the manner of an experienced champion.

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Boutier Builds Five-Stroke Lead in the Rain

France’s Céline Boutier kept her composure throughout heavy tropical downpours to post a five-under-par 67 on day three of the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville.

At 11-under-par, the 24-year-old from Montrouge will take a five-stroke lead into the final round ahead of the halfway leader Holly Clyburn from England, with a further four players a stroke back.

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English duo lead after thrilling moving day in Doha

Oliver Fisher and Eddie Pepperell, compatriots and close friends, will lead the way in what is likely to be an almighty battle for the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters as the two Englishmen share a two-shot advantage heading into the final day at Doha Golf Club.

It was an enthralling moving day in the Qatari capital and, although the birdies and eagles were flowing in the benign conditions, the most special moment of round three came courtesy of a bogey from Pepperell.

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Jeunghun Wang returns as master of Qatar

Young Korean sensation Jeunghun Wang returns to the scene of the most recent of his three European Tour victories when the 22 year old defends his Commercial Bank Qatar Masters title at Doha Golf Club.

Wang was one of the breakthrough stars of the 2016 European Tour season, winning his first title in just his 13th appearance on the tour in Morocco before following that up with a second win in as many weeks in Mauritius.

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Korean Jin Young Ko wins Women’s Australian Open

Brilliant Korean Jin Young Ko dominated the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open but it was also a victory of sorts for Australia’s Hannah Green.

Ko won by three shots when she rolled in a short par putt at the last hole, with Kooyonga’s 18th green surrounded by thousands of spectators. But the 21-year-old Green secured the best finish of her short LPGA Tour life, and her best result in her national Open, finishing third.

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Luiten lifts inaugural NBO Oman Open title

Joost Luiten claimed his sixth European Tour title at the inaugural NBO Oman Open, putting all of his winning experience to good use as a flawless back nine lifted him to a two-stroke victory over his close friend Chris Wood of England.

It was a thrilling day at the sun-kissed Al Mouj Golf on the outskirts of the Omani capital Muscat, as joint overnight leader Luiten stormed into a three-stroke outright lead courtesy of a trio of consecutive birdies from the second, before he stumbled with back-to-back bogeys on the seventh and eighth holes.

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