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Fleetwood wins Seve Ballesteros Award

Tommy Fleetwood has been awarded The Seve Ballesteros Award – formerly the Players’ Player Award - winning the 2017 vote by his fellow professionals at the end of a superb European Tour season in which he claimed the Race to Dubai for the first time in his career.

The award is voted for by European Tour members and carries the name of the legendary Spaniard, who remains one of golf’s most inspirational icons and will always be considered one of the European Tour’s greatest ever ambassadors.

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McIlroy ready to roar again in Abu Dhabi

After a four-month break from competition, Rory McIlroy has declared himself fit and ready to embark on one of the busiest seasons of his professional career as he bids to finally banish the injuries which effectively ruined his 2017 season and get back to the very top of golf’s world order.

That quest begins on Thursday in the company of World Number One Dustin Johnson and defending champion Tommy Fleetwood at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA.

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Korean Lee tops the class at Asian Tour Qualifying School

Korea’s Seungtaek Lee outclassed the field by closing with a second straight four-under-par 67 to claim a one-shot victory at the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage presented by Sports Authority of Thailand on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Lee, playing his first attempt at the Asian Tour Qualifying School, fired three birdies in his closing four holes to top the 243-man field with a five-day total of 14-under-par 341 at the Rayong Green Valley Country Club.

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Europe dominate Sunday Singles to win EurAsia Cup

Belgium's Thomas Pieters scored the winning point as Europe produced a dominant display in the Singles matches to win the 2018 EurAsia Cup.

Thomas Bjørn's visitors began the day one point behind Asia but won seven of their first eight matches on Sunday to successfully complete the defence of their crown with several matches still out on course at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.

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Europe face tough battle in EurAsia Cup Singles

Team Europe will have to overcome an inspired Asian side in the final day Singles at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM after the home team staged a brilliant recovery during the Saturday Foursomes in Kuala Lumpur.

Europe had looked on course to banish the memory of their 3½-2½ defeat in Friday's Fourball session when they put the first three points on the board on Saturday. But the momentum shifted Asia's way as the second day drew to a close, with victory in the three other matches handing them a 6½-5½ overall lead.

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Asian debutants sparkle at EurAsia Cup

Malaysia’s Gavin Green and Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai proved they can take on the best players from Europe by maintaining their unbeaten streak at the EurAsia Cup.

Green and Phachara have so far won their fourballs and foursomes matches with their respective Japanese partners Yuta Ikeda and Hideto Tanihara while China’s Li Haotong, who is also making his debut at the EurAsia Cup, showed he can be counted upon as he sunk a birdie on the last hole to halve his last fourball match against Bernd Wiesberger and Rafa Cabrera Bello on the opening day.

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Australian Jeffress edges closer to Asian Tour card

Steven Jeffress of Australia is a step closer to securing an elusive Asian Tour card for the new season after signing for a second straight two-under-par 69 at the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage presented by Sports Authority of Thailand on Saturday.

Jeffress, a two-time winner on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, has enjoyed a superb run so far in his first attempt at the Asian Tour Qualifying School, where a 243-man field from over 30 countries will vie to finish inside top-35 and ties in an intense 90-hole battle this week.

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Shiv Kapur wins duel at the Royal Cup

Shiv Kapur of India emerged triumphant at the US$500,000 Royal Cup after he closed the tournament with a four-under-par 67 to finish 14-under-par 270.

Sunday was billed as a duel between Kapur and Thailand’s Prom Meesawat as the pair emerged from the pack after round three. At the start of the final round, Prom was two shots ahead of Kapur, who was four shots ahead of the rest of the field.

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Prom pulls ahead of Kapur at the Royal Cup

Prom Meesawat of Thailand broke out of the main pack after carding a five-under-par 66 to lead the US$500,000 Royal Cup by two shots. The tournament was contested at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club.

The burly Thai golfer kept his mistakes to a minimum and scored six birdies. He only had one bogey the entire round at the 15th, but it could have been much worse if not for a terrific bunker shot that landed five yards from the hole.

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