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Colin Montgomerie on course to qualify for The Open

Bidding to qualify for an Open Championship on home turf, Colin Montgomerie thrilled a sizeable crowd by getting in the first-round mix in Final Qualifying at Gailes Links.

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Ewen Ferguson pulled out of today's Open qualifier at Gailes Links after just six holes due to a wrist injury. Picture: Getty

Ewen Ferguson pulls out of Scotland’s Euro title defence

Scotland have been forced to make a late change for next week’s European Team title defence in France after Ewen Ferguson pulled out with a wrist injury.

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Russell Knox is the world No 26 but Scotland only has two other players in the top 200 of the official rankings. Picture: Getty

Martin Dempster: Scotland’s top level slump

It’s surely not asking too much for the home effort in next week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart to be more palatable than a pitiful performance at another event in the Highlands last week. Embarrassing is the only way to sum up what transpired in the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge as just two players – George 
Murray and Paul McKechnie – from a 28-strong starting contingent made the cut at Macdonald Spey Valley in Aviemore.

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Muirfield captain Henry Fairweather announces the 'no' vote six weeks ago. Picture: Jon Savage

Muirfield seeking fresh vote on women members

Muirfield is seeking a second vote on women members in a bid to overturn the decision made six weeks ago that officials claim has “damaged” the reputation of the historic club.

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Blane Dodds most recently worked as CEO of North Lanarkshire Leisure

Former tennis player is new Scottish Golf CEO

Scottish Golf has appointed Blane Dodds, a former Scotland tennis player, as its new Chief Executive Officer following Hamish Grey’s departure from the amateur game’s governing body earlier this year.

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Vijay Singh is heading back to Royal Troon, where he made his Open debut in 1989. Picture: Getty Images

9am Round-Up: Vijay Singh qualifies for The Open

Three-time major champion Vijay Singh and new Spanish sensation Jon Rahm are among 10 players who have secured spots in next month’s Open Championship at Royal Troon.

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James Heath holds the trophy after winning the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge with a record-breaking 21-under-par aggregate. Picture: Getty

Forgotten man James Heath breaks long drought in style

Ten years after his 
breakthrough win on the Challenge Tour, Englishman James Heath stepped out of the golfing wilderness in style by landing the £200,000 SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge with a record-breaking aggregate in Aviemore.

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Anton Karlsson of Sweden shot a hole in one at the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Anton Karlsson hits heights at Scottish Challenge in Aviemore

The golfing gods may yet smile on Anton Karlsson. As Richie Ramsay was slipping into the £145,000 BMW M760Li xDrive he won for a hole-in-one during the BMW International Open in Germany on Thursday, the 22-year-old Swede had to settle for a bottle of bubbly for his ace around the same time in the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore.

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Andrew Cotter during the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Picture: Getty Images for HSBC

Interview: BBC’s Andrew Cotter on the art of commentating

Andrew Cotter has just come off stage at the Roundhouse, one of the most famous rock venues in London or indeed anywhere. The Doors performed their only British concert in the converted railway shed at Chalk Farm and there was much psychedelic grooviness involving Pink Floyd and Soft Machine.

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Northern Open winner Greig Hutcheon, left, with Bookless Cup winner Euan McIntosh. Picture: David Houston.

Greig Hutcheon goes the distance to win Northern Open

Six years after winning a weather-hit shortened event at Meldrum House, Greig Hutcheon is celebrating a Northern Open victory over the full distance at Royal Dornoch. The 43-year-old claimed his second success in the Tartan Tour event in style, winning by six shots with an impressive 13-under-par 267 total at the Sutherland venue.

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The past decade has been a struggle for James Heath. Picture: Getty.

James Heath discovers old magic at Aviemore

It’s not just talented Scottish golfers who drop off the radar. Just ask James Heath. Little over a decade ago, he was being tipped in England to become the “new Nick Faldo”. The six-time major champion, in fact, became Heath’s mentor after he was recruited as the first member of the much-lauded Team Faldo.

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Stephen Gallacher and Gordon Strachan marked the official relaunch of the King's Course at Gleneagles. Picture: SNS

Stephen Gallacher hails King’s Course being restored to ‘original glory’

Stephen Gallacher has given his seal of approval to tasteful tweaks that have restored the King’s Course at Gleneagles to its “original glory”.

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Peter Whiteford plays from the 16th tee during the first round of the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge. Picture: Getty.

Peter Whiteford drives for success in Scottish Challenge

Peter Whiteford carefully plotted his way around the 
Macdonald Spey Valley course to sit close to the first-round lead but reckons he will need to start using a driver he “got out of a museum” in his bid to become the third home winner in the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge.

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Colin Montgomerie will attempt to qualify for The Open at Gailes Links. Picture: Ian Rutherford.

Colin Montgomerie to bid for Open spot in Ayrshire

Colin Montgomerie will make his attempt to secure a spot in next month’s Open Championship on Scottish soil, having initially hinted he would be trying his luck in final qualifying at Hillside in Lancashire.

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The skyscrapers of Rio provide the backdrop to the new Olympic course, a far cry from its roots at the Castle Stuart course outside Inverness. Picture: Getty

Rio Olympic golf course owes debt to Inverness

One is renowned for its colourful annual carnival, world class footballers and scantily-clad beauties on sun-drenched beaches, the other for its historic castles, rarely seen monster and midges.

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Alastair Forsyth played in last year's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open qualifier at North Berwick. Picture: Getty

Strong field for Scottish Open qualifier at Lossiemouth

Two double European Tour winners and the son of a former Open champion will be among the hopefuls in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open qualifier at Moray Golf Club in Lossiemouth on July 2-3.

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AVIEMORE, SCOTLAND - JUNE 23: Brooks Koepka of the USA winner of the Scottish Hydro Challenge hosted by MacDonald Hotels & Resorts lift the trophy at the 18th on June 23, 2013 in Aviemore, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Chase Koepka bids to emulate brother in Scottish Challenge

You really wouldn’t want to be trying to follow in Brooks Koepka’s spikemarks. In the three years since the American announced his arrival on the scene by living up to a huge billing as he won the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore, he has rocketed into the world’s top 20 and is now set for a Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine in September.

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Rory McIlroy has pulled out of the Olympics due to Zika virus concerns. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Rory McIlroy pulls out of Olympics over Zika virus fears

Rory McIlroy has decided not to compete at this summer’s Olympics in Rio due to fears over the Zika virus.

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Dustin Johnson celebrates his US Open win with son Tatum. Picture: Getty.

US Open rulers state regret over Dustin Johnson fiasco

The United States Golf Association has expressed its regret over the rules controversy that threatened to overshadow Dustin Johnson’s victory at the US Open.

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Mexican flag raised next to Donald Trump’s Menie golf resort

AN irate neighbour whose land borders Donald Trump’s controversial Aberdeenshire golf course is flying the Mexican flag in protest at the would-be president’s opinions.

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