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Justin Rose wins by eights shots in Indonesia

Justin Rose capped a brilliant final few months in 2017 by chalking up his third win in six events as the Englishman stormed to an eight-shot success in the Indonesian Masters in Jakarta.

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Sandy Lyle will be exempt for the final time when The Open is held at Carnoustie in July. Picture Michael Gillen

Sandy Lyle facing prospect of Open farewell at Carnoustie

As well as marking the 30th anniversary of him becoming the first British golfer to win The Masters, next year could also signal the end of Sandy Lyle’s Open Championship career.

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Connie Jaffrey has been named in the initial 14-strong GB&I squad that is likely provide the eight players for the Curtis Cup team next year.

Scottish duo in GB&I squad for Curtis Cup

Two Scots – Connie Jaffrey and Shannon McWilliam – have been named in a 14-strong squad that is likely to provide the eight players for Great Britain & Ireland’s Curtis Cup defence on US soil next year.

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Captain Catriona on a visit to the Gleneagles, venue for the 2019 Solheim Cup. Picture: Tristan Jones

Catriona Matthew pleased she’s no longer sole Scot on LPGA

Having ploughed a lone furrow on the biggest stage in women’s golf for the best part of a decade, Catriona Matthew is delighted she’ll have Gemma Dryburgh for company on the LPGA next season after the Aberdonian’s recent card success at the circuit’s Qualifying School.

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Team captain Paul McGinley is showered with champagne after leading Europe to Ryder Cup victory in the biennial event at Gleneagles in  2014.

Eamonn Darcy: Paul McGinley was best ever Ryder Cup captain

Eamonn Darcy was part of Tony Jacklin’s Ryder Cup revolution 30 years ago but the Irishman believes Paul McGinley raised the bar to a new level when he led Europe to victory in the biennial event at Gleneagles.

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Marc Warren is an ambassador for Aberdeen Standard Investments.

Marc Warren: Sponsors are so crucial for young players

Scottish golf may be lacking in certain respects financially compared to the likes of England and Ireland but, according to one of the leading professionals in the country, it has one of the best backers in the sport.

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Michele Thomson plays a shot on the 14th during the second round of Dubai Ladies Classic. Picture: Kamran Jebreili/AP

New era starting to take shape in our women’s game

It’s purely a coincidence but, since Catriona Matthew opened the next chapter in her career as Europe’s Solheim Cup captain, Scottish women’s golf has enjoyed its most encouraging spell for some time.

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Paul Lawrie was overcome with emotion after hearing Jack Nicklaus pay tribute. Picture: Michael Gillen

Martin Dempster: Jack Nicklaus’ praise for Paul Lawrie shows value of golf

It was one of those moments which serve as a reminder why golf in Scotland should be treated more favourably when it comes to being supported financially, either from the public purse or private money, than just about every other sport.

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Lexi Thompson walks off the 18th green after losing the play-off to So Yeon Ryu during the final round of the ANA Inspiration at Dinah Shore.  Picture: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Armchair golf fans stopped from “calling-in” on rules

Armchair golf fans will no longer be able to “call-in” rules infringements after a new set of protocols for reviewing video coverage was agreed across the game.

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Michele Thomson ended the season in 16th place and top Scot on the Order of Merit.
Picture: Kamran Jebreili/AP

Bring on 2018 says Michele Thomson after hard work pays off

Michele Thomson heaped praise on new Ladies European Tour No 1 Georgia Hall but also expressed delight about her own eye-catching efforts in the final few weeks of the 2017 season.

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America's Angel Yin plays her tee shot on the eighth hole on her way to winning the Dubai Ladies Classic. Picture: David Cannon/Getty Images

Michele Thomson shines in Dubai with top-10 finish

Michele Thomson rounded off a strong end to the Ladies European Tour season with her second top-10 finish in three events as 19-year-old American Angel Yin underlined her potential by winning the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic.

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Kelsey MacDonald plays her second on the first hole in the third round of the Dubai Ladies Classic. Picture: David Cannon/Getty Images

Kelsey MacDonald slips back as thriller looms in Dubai

Kelsey MacDonald slipped from two behind overnight to six shots off the pace heading into the final round of the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic, which is set for a thrilling finish after a former world No 1, two Solheim Cup players and a major winner all closed in on Dutch leader Anne Van Dam.

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Sergio Garcia has been voted the European Tour's golfer of the year. Picture: Chris O'Meara/AP

Sergio Garcia named European Tour’s golfer of the year

Sergio Garcia has been named the European Tour’s golfer of the year.

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Scotland's Kelsey MacDonald tees off on the 3rd hole en route to shooting a second successive 68 in the second round of the Dubai Ladies Classic. Picture: Kamran Jebreili/AP

Kelsey MacDonald leads Scottish trio in Dubai Classic

Led by Kelsey MacDonald in second place, three Scottish golfers are in the top 20 at the halfway stage of the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic, the final event of the season on the Ladies European Tour.

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Keley MacDonald hits an approach on her way to a four-under-par 68 at the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club. Picture: Getty Images

Kelsey MacDonald one off lead in Dubai

Kelsey MacDonald opened with her best round of the season to sit one shot off the lead in the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic and was joined in signing for sub-par efforts by fellow Scots Michele Thomson and Gemma Dryburgh.

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I-K Kim tees off at the eighth on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club in the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic pro-am. Picture: Getty Images

Women’s British Open champion heads Dubai field

In-Kyung Kim believes a smart course strategy and a soft touch around the greens will determine the outcome of the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic at Emirates Golf Club this week.

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Pamela Pretswell Asher would like to see more events on the Ladies European Tour.

‘So many good female golfers but not enough tournaments’

Pamela Pretswell Asher believes the Ladies European Tour has hit its lowest ebb at a time when the circuit boasts its strongest pool of talent in the last five years.

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Eleanor Cannon addresses the conference. Picture: Jon Savage

Martin Dempster: Time to bring ‘nomads’ into Scottish golf fold

It was doubtful any were actually in attendance at the first national golf conference in Edinburgh, yet there was absolutely no doubt so-called “nomadic golfers” will play a key part in the future landscape of the game at club level in Scotland, which was the main subject of Saturday’s meeting.

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Gemma Dryburgh gained an LPGA Tour card.

Storming last round secures 2018 Tour card for Gemma Dryburgh

Gemma Dryburgh handed Scottish golf the latest in a series of big boosts by producing a superb closing-day effort to secure her place alongside compatriot Catriona Matthew on the LPGA Tour next season.

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