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Pat Perez ‘upset’ over Ryder Cup points position

Pat Perez, the world No 17, has hit out at the US points process for this year’s Ryder Cup, saying he is “upset” that two strong performances by him on the PGA Tour didn’t count for the match in France.

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Colin Montgomerie is making a rare European Tour appearance these days in this week's Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Colin Montgomerie: Someone’s going to blow us up and I thought, ‘well, that’s great’

Colin Montgomerie started his season by arriving in Hawaii just as a missile threat was issued then being warned that he might be killed if he tried his hand at surfing close to a dangerous reef.

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Tommy Fleetwood's weekend win in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship impressed both Colin Montgomerie and Thomas Bjorn. Picture:; Getty Images

Colin Montgomerie: European golf on cusp of new golden era

Colin Montgomerie believes European golf is on the cusp of a new golden era heading into this year’s Ryder Cup clash and feels confident that Thomas Bjorn will have a stronger side at his disposal than the one that lost last time out at Hazeltine.

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Tommy Fleetwood takes a selfie after retaining the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship title on Sunday. Picture: AP

Martin Dempster: If you think golf is boring, watch week’s stunning action

S o, golf is boring as a 
spectator sport, eh? A fortnight after that claim was made in a YouGov survey, it really is being made to look absolute and utter nonsense. Put it this way, the people who believe that clearly are not golf fans because, right now, the sport is in a really good place.

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Tommy Fleetwood, pictured with wife Clare after winning in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, is heading for Gullane in July. Picture: Getty Images

Tommy Fleetwood to play in Scottish Open at Gullane

Tommy Fleetwood, up to world No 12 after his successful defence of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, has confirmed he’ll be back playing in the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at Gullane this summer.

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Tommy Fleetwood holds aloft the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship trophy for the second year running. Picture: AP

Rory McIlroy heaps praise on double Abu Dhabi winner Tommy Fleetwood

A brilliant back nine of 30 in windy conditions saw Tommy Fleetwood cement his position as one of golf’s growing forces as the Englishman successfully defended the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, denying Rory McIlroy’s brave bid to make a winning return after a three-month absence.

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Stephen Gallacher was unhappy about having to wait over every shot in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Picture: Getty Images

Stephen Gallacher calls for action against slow play

Stephen Gallacher hit out at slow play and joined Richie Ramsay in bemoaning putting woes as the two Scots left standing endured a frustrating final day in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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Colin Montgomerie so close to winning start in Hawaii

Colin Montgomerie started his 2018 campaign with a second-placed finish - but it could easily have been a win for the Scot in Hawaii.

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Rory McIlroy cuts a 2-iron at the last for a closing birdie to move within one shot of the lead in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Picture: Getty Images

Rory McIlroy no longer ‘one-dimensional’ as he closes in on Abu Dhabi win

Rory McIlroy is both “rejuvenated” and “refocused”. He’s also equipped with a game that is no longer “one-dimensional” as he bids to mark his return from a three-month break with victory in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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Stephen Gallacher shot a 69 in the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship to move to seven-under-par. Picture: Getty Images

Last-hole eagle boost for Stephen Gallacher in Abu Dhabi

Stephen Gallacher matched Rory McIlroy’s eagle finish the previous day to climb up the leaderboard in the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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Richie Ramsay on his way to a second-round 70 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Picture: Getty Images

Richie Ramsay ‘already thinking of a win’ in 2018

Just two rounds into the new season, Richie Ramsay is already feeling confident about returning to the winner’s circle this year on the European Tour.

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Rory McIlroy acknowledges the crowd after finishing his second round with an eagle in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Picture: Getty Images

Rory McIlroy has Abu Dhabi title in sights after closing eagle

Thomas Pieters is out in front at halfway in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship but his Ryder Cup partner is lurking ominously. In his first event for more than three months, Rory McIlroy has negotiated 36 holes without a bogey and signed off in the second round by rolling in a 20-foot eagle putt.

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Tom Buchanan won a local qualifier to join the likes of world No 1 Duston Johnson and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy in this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Tom Buchanan had ‘incredible experience’ in Abu Dhabi event

Tom Buchanan may be making an early exit from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after missing the cut but the UAE-based Scot is returning to normality with his head held high.

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Tom Buchanan admitted to nerves ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Tom Buchanan overcomes shaky start in Abu Dhabi

Tom Buchanan overcame his fan club turning him into a nervous wreck on the first tee to give himself a chance of making the cut in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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Stephen Gallacher during the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Picture: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

Desert fox Stephen Gallacher makes early raid in Abu Dhabi

Desert specialist Stephen Gallacher was joined by Richie Ramsay in bursting out of the blocks as the pair started their 2018 campaigns by outscoring world No 1 Dustin Johnson in the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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US billionaire Mike Keiser wants to create a world-class golf course at Coul Links in Sutherland, which is a designated site of special scientific interest and home to rare wildlife

Controversial Highland dunes golf course moves a step closer

Controversial plans to build a world-class golf course on ecologically important sand dunes in the north of Scotland have taken a step forward after a key objection from the national environmental watchdog was resolved, according to developers.

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Rory McIlroy had Tommy Fleetwood and Dustin Johnson for company today in the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Picture: Getty Images

‘Good day’ for Rory McIlroy on his return in Abu Dhabi

It did very nicely indeed for starters. No bogeys for Rory McIlroy in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship - his first outing since the Dunhill Links last October - was a positive straight away.

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Stephen Gallacher talks through a shot with his new caddie, fellow Scot John Dempster, in the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Picture: Getty Images

Stephen Gallacher and Richie Ramsay off to good starts in Abu Dhabi

Desert specialist Stephen Gallacher was joined by Richie Ramsay in bursting out of the blocks as the pair started their 2018 campaigns by outscoring world No 1 Dustin Johnson in the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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Scott Jamieson made a strong start to the season by finishing second in the Nedbank Challenge. Picture: Warren Little/Getty Images

Scott Jamieson keen to stay in the mix for Paris Ryder Cup

Scott Jamieson has made his first transatlantic trip to play in a European Tour event feeling optimistic that he can build on a strong end to last season to get into the Ryder Cup reckoning this year.

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Justin Rose, left, and his caddie Mark Fulcher during the pro-am prior to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Justin Rose insists golf isn’t boring but in ‘exciting times’

Justin Rose is adamant that golf is not boring – despite 70 per cent of people in the UK claiming that to be the case in a poll that gave it the thumbs down over 16 other sports.

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