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Oct 20, 2014

Golf-European Tour announces early part of 2014-15 schedule

LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – The European Tour announced the early part of its 2014-15 schedule on Monday and it includes the Thailand Classic and Indian Open for the first time.

The tour is going back to Thailand for the first time since the 2007 Johnnie Walker Classic in Phuket.

Oct 20, 2014

Match Play champion Ilonen over the dreaded yips now

LONDON (Reuters) – Nine years after Mikko Ilonen was at his wits end with the dreaded putting yips, the Finn has finally cracked golf’s big time by winning the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

His 3 & 1 victory over world number five Henrik Stenson in an all-Nordic final at the London Club on Sunday not only clinched his biggest payday, it also catapulted the 34-year-old to a career high 37th in the rankings.

Oct 19, 2014

London’s calling for World Match Play champion Ilonen

ASH England (Reuters) – Finland’s Mikko Ilonen called for the World Match Play Championship to remain in England after becoming the first Scandinavian winner of the tournament on Sunday.

This is the last year of Volvo’s sponsorship and there is a question mark hovering over the event that was held at nearby Wentworth from its inception in 1964 until 2007.

Oct 19, 2014

Golf-Ilonen outplays Stenson to lift Match Play title

ASH, England, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Finn Mikko Ilonen landed the biggest title of his career by beating top seed Henrik Stenson 3 & 1 in an all-Nordic final at the Volvo World Match Play Championship on Sunday.

Ilonen, winner of the Irish Open in June, took a grip on proceedings when world number five Stenson found the water guarding the green at the par-three eighth hole.

Oct 19, 2014

Stenson and Ilonen in all-Nordic Match Play final

ASH England (Reuters) – Henrik Stenson holed a 25-foot birdie putt at the last to beat South African George Coetzee by one hole and set up an all-Nordic final at the Volvo World Match Play Championship on Sunday.

The world number five next takes on Mikko Ilonen for the first prize of 650,000 euros ($829,205) after the Finn ended the hopes of Dutchman Joost Luiten 2 & 1.

Oct 19, 2014

Stenson to meet Ilonen in all-Nordic Match Play final

ASH England (Reuters) – Henrik Stenson holed a 25-foot birdie putt at the last to beat South African George Coetzee by one hole and set up an all-Nordic final at the Volvo World Match Play Championship on Sunday.

The world number five next takes on Mikko Ilonen for the first prize of 650,000 euros ($829,205) after the Finn ended the hopes of Dutchman Joost Luiten 2 & 1.

Oct 18, 2014

Joost magic! Luiten makes it 27 birdies in a week

ASH England (Reuters) – Joost Luiten took his tally this week to a remarkable 27 birdies and one eagle as the Dutch dynamo thrashed Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal 6 & 5 on Saturday to charge into the Volvo World Match Play Championship semi-finals.

Luiten has recorded the two biggest victories of the 50th anniversary edition of the tournament — he also brushed past Frenchman Alexander Levy 4 & 3 on Thursday — and it seems as though match play golf suits him down to a tee.

Oct 18, 2014

Golf-Stenson battles past tenacious Blixt to reach semis

ASH, England, Oct 18 (Reuters) – The apprentice made the sorcerer fight all the way before top seed Henrik Stenson scrambled a two-hole victory over fellow Swede Jonas Blixt at the Volvo World Match Play Championship on Saturday.

World number five Stenson next meets George Coetzee in the semi-finals after the South African, a late replacement this week for the injured Thomas Bjorn, produced a faultless eight-birdie display to sink U.S. Ryder Cup rookie Patrick Reed 2 & 1.

Oct 18, 2014

Stenson battles past tenacious Blixt to reach semi-finals

ASH England (Reuters) – The apprentice made the sorcerer fight all the way before top seed Henrik Stenson scrambled a two-hole victory over fellow Swede Jonas Blixt at the Volvo World Match Play Championship on Saturday.

World number five Stenson next meets George Coetzee in the semi-finals after the South African, a late replacement this week for the injured Thomas Bjorn, produced a faultless eight-birdie display to sink U.S. Ryder Cup rookie Patrick Reed 2 & 1.

Oct 18, 2014

Match Play organizers look to future after Volvo exit

ASH England (Reuters) – Organizers are confident there will be a 50th edition of the World Match Play Championship next year despite the withdrawal of tournament sponsors Volvo, they said on Saturday.

The Swedish carmaker, which has backed a variety of European Tour events for the last 26 years, recently announced it was drastically reducing its golfing commitments in the future.

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