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Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington claimed the greens at the Majlis Course for this week's Omega Dubai Desert Classic are the firmest he has played on for a long time

'US Open-style' rough sends scores soaring in Dubai Desert Classic

They were talking about the rough on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club being "US Open-like" on the opening day of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Grant Forrest knew why. After tangling with the thick stuff at his opening hole, the young Scot started with a double-bogey 7 and was fearing a tough baptism in the event.
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Jack Nicklaus, now 80, has no intention of putting his feet up.

The Olden Bear at 80: No letting up for Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus turned 80 yesterday, no closer to retirement than when he was at the peak of his golf career. Never mind that he rarely competes, and when he does play the occasional round of golf, he doesn’t always finish the hole. His shoulder is sore, but that’s more from tennis.

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Alexandra Armas aims 'to take the LET to greater heights'. Picture: Brad Boyd.

Alexandra Armas takes charge of LET as it joins up with LPGA

Spaniard Alexandra Armas has been given the green light to steer the Ladies European Tour at the start of an exciting new era. It follows confirmation that she has been appointed as the circuit’s permanent CEO after filling the post in an acting role since early October.

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Even Bryson DeChambeau, one of the notoriously slow players on the circuit, moved faster in Abu Dhabi. Picture: Getty

Martin Dempster: So far, so good for new European Tour pace of play protocols

It worked. The first event held under the European Tour’s new protocols on pace of play was played quicker than it had been in similar conditions a year ago. Now, one of the circuit’s most influential voices wants the foot kept to the pedal so that the tour can “send a signal to the world” in its attempt to tackle the game’s biggest problem once and for all.

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