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Thomas Bjorn won’t change forthright style to win Ryder Cup

Thomas Bjorn says he doesn’t need to change his “forthright” personality to lead Europe to 2018 Ryder Cup glory.

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Frances Anne-Lise Caudal is consoled by the tournament director Michael Wood in Dubai. Picture: David Cannon/Getty Images

Tributes paid after caddie Max Zechmann collapses and dies

Tributes have flooded in for caddie Max Zechmann after he collapsed and died at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Zechmann, who had carried the bag in European Tour victories for German Marcel Siem and Austria’s Markus Brier, was working for France’s Anne-Lise Caudal this week having retired from the European Tour.

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Paul Lawrie's Match Play event is heading to Bavaria. Picture: Michael Gillen

Scotland loses Paul Lawrie Match Play 
to Germany

Scotland is to lose the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play, following the announcement that the event is to be staged in Germany next year.

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After an early-morning fog delay, play was suspended in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters after a caddie collapsed and died. Picture: Getty Images

Play suspended in Dubai after caddie dies

First round play was suspended at 10.30am today at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters after a caddie collapsed on the 13th fairway

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Thomas Bjorn is pictured with the trophy during the European Ryder Cup captain announcement  at Wentworth.  Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Thomas Bjorn named Europe’s 2018 Ryder Cup captain

Thomas Bjorn has been confirmed as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for the 2018 match in France.

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Tournament host Tiger Woods shakes hands with Hideki Matsuyama of Japan after Matsuyama won the Hero World Challenge at Albany, the Bahamas. Picture: Getty Images

Tiger Woods struggles but glad to be back after ‘dire’ times

Tiger Woods admitted there had been “some pretty dire times” during his 15-month injury absence after a closing 76 saw him finish 15th at the Hero World Challenge, 14 shots behind winner Hideki Matsuyama.

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Tiger Woods celebrates saving par on the 16th green during round two of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Picture: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Tiger Woods ‘feeling good’ after flawless 65

He may have run out of steam on day one but Tiger Woods was back to his best from start to finish in the second round of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Playing on his own in the first group of the day after Justin Rose withdrew, the 14-time major winner carded a flawless seven-under-par 65 to propel himself up the leaderboard in his own event at Albany Golf Club.

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Bradley Neil carded a second-round 69 to make it to the weekend in the Australian PGA Championship. Picture: Getty Images

5pm Round-Up: Bradley Neil makes first European Tour cut

Five Scottish golfers are heading into the opening weekend of the 2017 European Tour season with a pay-day guaranteed and for one of them that’s a first.

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Stephen Gallacher carded a three-under 69 in his second round at RACV Royal Pines Resort in Queensland. Picture: Getty Images

8am Round-Up: Scottish trio make cut in Australian PGA

Stephen Gallacher comfortably made the cut and will be joined by both Bradley Neil and Ross Kellett in the final two rounds of the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

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Tiger Woods wipes his face as he prepares to putt on the tenth hole during the first round at the Hero World Challenge in Nassau, Bahamas. Picture: AP/Lynne Sladky

Tiger Woods misses out on ‘something really good’

Tiger Woods admitted he’d squandered the chance to mark his return to golf after a 466-day absence with “something really good” in the first round of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

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Scott Jamieson on his way to a five-under-par 67 at Leopard Creek in the Alfred Dunhill Championship. Picture: Getty Images

Scott Jamieson one off lead in South Africa

Scott Jamieson took up where he left off at the end of last season to sit close to the lead, inevitably held by home favourite Charl Schwartzel, after the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

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Ian Poulter is among the players still to finish the first round in Queensland

Andrew Dodt leads Australian PGA

Andrew Dodt fired a sparkling opening round of 65 to establish a two-shot lead before the threat of lightning saw play suspended on day one of the Australian PGA Championship.

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Stephen Gallacher on his way to a level-par 72 in the opening round of the Australian PGA Championship. Picture: Getty Images

8am Round-Up: Steady starts for Scots in Australia

Stephen Gallacher and Bradley Neil both matched par as the first round of the Australian PGA Championship got the 2017 European Tour campaign underway today.

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Ewen Ferguson is aiming to win a place on the Alps Tour.  Picture: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Ewen Ferguson and Jack McDonald aim to climb on to Alps Tour

Scottish Walker Cup duo Ewen Ferguson and Jack McDonald are hoping to scale the heights on the Alps Tour next season as they look to secure playing opportunities.

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Jack Nicklaus at the HSBC Golf Business Forum in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Picture: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Jack Nicklaus says major record is not safe from Tiger Woods

Jack Nicklaus is refusing to rule out the possibility of his record 18 majors being matched by Tiger Woods despite his fellow American having been stuck on 14 for more than eight years.

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Scotland's Scott Jamieson is aiming to build on a strong finish to the season as he begins the new European Tour campaign. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Scott Jamieson aims to build on strong finish in new season

It may have been a short close-season for Europe’s top golfers but life certainly hasn’t been quiet for Scott Jamieson since bringing his 2016 campaign to a close in Portugal six weeks ago. He’s become a dad for the second time after baby son Oscar’s arrival on 18 November and, earlier this week, the Glaswegian celebrated his 33th birthday.

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Ewen Ferguson, back row second right, and Jack McDonald, front row left, were both in GB&I's winning Walker Cup side at Royal Lytham last year. Picture: Getty Images

8am Round-Up: Walker Cup duo out to climb Alps Tour

Scottish Walker Cup duo Ewen Ferguson and Jack McDonald are hoping to scale the heights on the Alps Tour next season as they look to secure playing opportunities.

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The Archerfield Performance Centre opens its doors on I December

Archerfield Links going up the ‘gears’ with new facility

It’s not just players, including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, who have had their eyes opened to new things as a result of Nike deciding to stop manufacturing golf clubs. Take Archerfield Links, for example. Bosses at the East Lothian venue found themselves with an opportunity to come up with something different for its world-class performance fitting centre.

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Beth Allen is presented with the  Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open trophy by Her Excellency Noura Al Kaab, UAE Minister of State for Federal, and National Council Affairs. Picture: Francois Nel/Getty Images

Beth Allen: Finding happiness in Scotland key to my success

She may be a proud American,
but the player set to be crowned as No 1 on the Ladies European Tour lives in 
Scotland and, moreover, has seen her game move to the 
next level thanks to the input of one of the home of golf’s leading coaches. Step forward Beth Allen, who is enjoying the best season of her career and is now hoping to make it 
really special as the Edinburgh-based player tackles two big assignments either side of her 35th birthday next Tuesday.

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