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Nov 23, 2014

McIlroy eyes green jacket after stellar 2014

DUBAI (Reuters) – As he picked up the European money list trophy for the second time in three seasons on Sunday, Rory McIlroy had two words to say when asked for his goals for 2015: “Green Jacket”.

To golfers, that phrase means one thing — winning the U.S. Masters, the only major championship to elude the Northern Irishman.

Nov 23, 2014

Golf – Stenson overcomes nerves to retain Dubai title

DUBAI (Reuters) – Defending champion Henrik Stenson retained the $8 million DP World Tour Championship on Sunday, carding a final-round 70 to finish two shots clear of the field and cement his status as Europe’s number two golfer.

Overnight leaders Stenson and Rafael Cabrera-Bello started the final round on 14-under, three strokes clear of England’s Justin Rose, with four players including world number one Rory McIlroy a stroke further back.

Nov 23, 2014

Stenson overcomes nerves to retain Dubai title

DUBAI (Reuters) – Defending champion Henrik Stenson retained the $8 million DP World Tour Championship on Sunday, carding a final-round 70 to finish two shots clear of the field and cement his status as Europe’s number two golfer.

Overnight leaders Stenson and Rafael Cabrera-Bello started the final round on 14-under, three strokes clear of England’s Justin Rose, with four players including world number one Rory McIlroy a stroke further back.

Nov 23, 2014

Saudi Mobily suspends CEO after results shock

DUBAI, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Mobily, Saudi Arabia’s
second-biggest telecoms network operator, said on Sunday it has
suspended its chief executive Khalid al-Kaf and put his deputy
Serkan Okandan in temporary charge pending an investigation into
accounting errors.

Earlier this month the company announced a restatement of
its results which it blamed on accounting errors, wiping out
1.43 billion riyals ($381 million) of previously reported
profits and sending its share price tumbling.

Nov 22, 2014

Double-bogeys blunt McIlroy’s charge in Dubai

DUBAI (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy made double bogeys on successive holes at the third round of the $8 million DP World Tour Championship on Saturday, slipping four strokes behind joint-leaders Henrik Stenson and Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

World number one McIlroy began two shots adrift of Sweden’s Stenson, but the Northern Irishman sunk three successive birdies on holes 5-7 and another at 10 to pull level. Then came 20 minutes of golf that will haunt McIlroy.

Nov 22, 2014

Garcia weary as Dubai challenge falls flat, Els eyes 2015

DUBAI (Reuters) – Sergio Garcia admitted he was weary after failing to make up any ground on the leaders at the DP World Tour Championship on Saturday, carding a third-round 69 that gives the Spaniard little hope of claiming second spot on the European money list.

Garcia’s sole European Tour victory in 2014 came at January’s Qatar Masters — his only title on the circuit since 2011 — and his form since September’s Ryder Cup has been middling, failing to make the top 20 in his last two European Tour events.

Nov 21, 2014

Relentless Stenson surges into Dubai lead as McIlroy falters

DUBAI (Reuters) – Defending champion Henrik Stenson overcame fatigue to punish hesitant play from overnight pacesetter Rory McIlroy, taking a two-stroke lead over the world number one in the second round of the $8 million DP World Tour Championship on Friday.

Stenson, who shot a tournament record 25-under last year, picked up shots at holes one, two and five, and the 38-year-old completed a flawless back nine peppered with four birdies for a round of 66 and a score of 10 under par.

Nov 21, 2014

Donald’s swagger returns in Dubai birdie splurge

DUBAI (Reuters) – Luke Donald said successive early birdies helped him recapture some of his long-lost confidence as the former world number one went on to shoot a six-under 66 in the second round of the DP World Tour Championship on Friday.

The Englishman, 36, is adrift of the leaders following a first round 76 that gives him a two-under aggregate of 142, but he was upbeat with 36 holes to play at Dubai’s Earth Course.

Nov 21, 2014

Stricken Koepka recovers from dodgy burger with 68 in Dubai

DUBAI (Reuters) – American Brooks Koepka bounced back with a four-under-par second round 68 at the DP World Tour Championship on Friday after severe food poisoning led to him carding an opening 78 at the season-ending Dubai event.

The 24-year-old arrived in the United Arab Emirates after winning the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open a week ago, eclipsing the likes of Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson to claim his maiden European Tour victory.

Nov 20, 2014

Golf-Sublime McIlroy in tie for Dubai lead

DUBAI, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy rattled in six birdies in an opening round six-under 66 at the DP World Tour Championship on Thursday as he showed no signs of rustiness from a six-week break to share a one-shot lead with Ireland’s Shane Lowry.

World number one McIlroy started in blistering fashion. He sank a 12-foot birdie on the opening hole and picked up a shot on the second after a misjudged eagle attempt.