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‘Ready golf’ to be used by R&A in the Amateur Championship

“Ready golf” is to be implemented at this year’s Amateur Championship as the R&A steps up its attempt to improve pace of play in golf, with chief executive Martin Slumbers insisting that players like 
Jason Day have a responsibility in that respect as “role 
models”.

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R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers says he is considering offering the Open Championship prize money in dollars rather than pounds. Picture: R&A

R&A chief: Open prize fund may be in dollars due to Brexit

The 146th Open Championship could be the first in the event’s history to offer prize money in US dollars due to a weak pound in the wake of the Brexit vote.

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Rory McIlroy praised President Donald Trump's game after a round at Doral. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

Rory McIlroy praises President Donald Trump’s game

Rory McIlroy played a round with US President Donald Trump on Sunday as he 
continues his recovery from a rib injury.

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Jose Maria Olazabal has accepted an invitation to become an honorary member of the R&A. Picture: Getty Images

8am Round-Up: Jose Maria Olazabal accepts R&A membership

Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal and English amateur legend Bridget Jackson have accepted invitations to become the latest Honorary Members of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

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Martin Slumbers - very pleased that Muirfield is voting again. Picture: R&A.

Open green light if Muirfield votes ‘Yes’

Muirfield will go straight back on to the Open Championship rota if members of the East Lothian club vote in favour of admitting women in a second ballot, despite R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers acknowledging that last year’s no vote created “negative press for golf right around the world”.

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Donald Trump at Turnberry, one of the courses on the Open Championship rota. Picture: John Devlin

Donald Trump has put R&A in ‘uncharted territory’

Donald Trump has put the R&A in “uncharted territory” since becoming US President but that will not stop Turnberry being considered for the Open Championship, the organisation’s chief executive has said.

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Paul Lawrie with the trophy after winning the Dimension Data Pro-Am at Montagu Golf Course, Fancourt . Picture: Petri Oeschger/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images

Paul Lawrie’s hunger and work ethic so impressive at 48

S hould we really be 
surprised that a notable Scottish golfing success has just been delivered by 48-year-old Paul Lawrie? The answer is a resounding “no” because the fact of the matter is that the Aberdonian still retains a hunger, drive and work ethic that impresses players half his age.

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Muirfield club captain Henry Fairewather announces the initial no vote last May. Picture: Jon Savage

‘Yes’ vote will see Muirfield return to Open rota

Muirfield will go straight back on to the Open Championship rota if members of the East Lothian club vote in favour of admitting women in a second ballot, despite R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers acknowledging that last year’s no vote created “negative press for golf right around the world”.

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Paul Lawrie won the Dimension Data Pro-Am on the Sunshine Tour on Sunday

Paul Lawrie joins Chubby Chandler’s ISM stable

Fresh from winning the Dimension Data Pro-Am, Paul Lawrie has joined International Sports Management.

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Dustin Johnson shows off the Genesis Open trophy after his five-shot success. Picture: Getty Images

8am Round-Up: Dustin Johnson is new world No 1 after LA win

Dustin Johnson claimed the world No 1 spot for the first time in his career with a five-shot victory in the Genesis Open in Los Angeles.

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Paul Lawrie was delighted to have his youngest son, Michael, as his playing partner in the team event as the Aberdonian won the Dimension Data Pro Am at Fancourt. Picture: Petri Oeschger/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images

Paul Lawrie set for WGC return after South African success

Paul Lawrie secured a World Golf Championship appearance later this year after recording the 13th victory of his career with a one-stroke success in the Dimension Data Pro-Am at Fancourt in South Africa.

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Queen Elizabeth II presents new colours to Cameron Highlanders at Balmoral Castle in 1955.

Queen’s private Balmoral golf course opened to the public

The Queen’s private Balmoral golf course is being opened to the public.

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Beth Allen is still in contention in Adelaide. Picture: David Cannon/Getty Images

Beth Allen eyes big finish in Adelaide

Edinburgh-based American Beth Allen battled strong winds to remain in contention at the ISPS Handa Australian Open at Royal Adelaide.

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Duncan Stewart celebrates after winning a place in the final 24 during round three of ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.  (Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Duncan Stewart through in Perth play-off

Duncan Stewart reckons he was due the lucky break which earned him the chance to create a slice of European Tour history in the innovative short shoot-outs that will decide the inaugural ISPS Handa World Super 6.

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18:  Duncan Stewart of Scotland celebrates after winning a final place in the final 24 during round three of ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth at Lake Karrinyup Country Club on February 18, 2017 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Stewart through in Perth play-off

Duncan Stewart reckons he was due the lucky break which earned him the chance to create a slice of European Tour history in the innovative short shoot-outs that will decide the inaugural ISPS Handa World Super 6.

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Edinburgh-based American Beth Allen is sitting in the top 20 after three rounds at Royal Adelaide. Picture: Tristan Jones

Beth Allen battles to stay in Australian title hunt

Edinburgh-based American golfer Beth Allen battled strong winds to remain in contention at the ISPS Handa Australian Open at Royal Adelaide

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Duncan Stewart fires best European Tour score in Australia

Australian air has brought out the best in Duncan Stewart, Michele Thomson and Gemma Dryburgh, the Scottish trio having set up the prospect of career-defining weekends in their respective assignments Down Under.

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Gemma Dryburgh tees off at the seventh en route to her 68 in the second round at Royal Adelaide. Picture: Andrew Spence

Scottish duo mixing it with best in Australian Women’s Open

Two unheralded Scottish golfers are mixing it with the world’s best at their first LPGA tournament.

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Duncan Stewart lines up a putt on his way to a seven-under-par second round at Lake Karrinyup. Picture: Getty Images

8am Round-Up: Duncan Stewart fires 65 in Australia

Duncan Stewart carded the lowest round of his European Tour career to storm into the top 10 on the second day of the Handa World Super 6 Perth.

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Michele Thomson on her way to an opening five-under-par effort in the Australian Women's Open. Picture: Andrew Spence

Michele Thomson back on right beat after police stint

Michele Thomson may have felt she “turned professional too early” in her first foray into the paid ranks but, having decided to take a second bite at the cherry after a break from golf that included a spell as a policewoman, the Aberdonian looks eager to make up for lost time.

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