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Jun 2, 2015

Watson, 65, aiming to make cut in Open farewell

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Five-times champion Tom Watson is going through the full gamut of emotions ahead of his final British Open next month but he is certain of one thing, he does not want to bow out with a whimper.

The 2014 edition at Royal Liverpool was due to be the veteran American’s swansong appearance and he is grateful the Royal & Ancient organisers tweaked their rules to allow him a special exemption to sign off at St Andrews, the ‘Home of Golf’.

May 25, 2015

Golf-PGA champion An says more Asians should try European Tour

VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 25 (Reuters) – South Korean An Byeong Hun urged more Asian golfers to try their luck on the European Tour following his outstanding six-shot win in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The 23-year-old is in his rookie season on the main circuit after spending three years on the second-tier Challenge Tour and he achieved the biggest victory of his fledgling career by firing a sizzling seven-under closing round of 65 on Sunday.

May 24, 2015

Golf-Rookie An lands runaway win for Korea at Wentworth

VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 24 (Reuters) – South Korean An Byeong Hun became only the third European Tour rookie to win the BMW PGA Championship in the 60-year history of the event when he roared to a spectacular six-shot victory on Sunday.

The 23-year-old went into the final round in a tie for the lead with Italian Francesco Molinari and pieced together a nerveless seven-under-par 65 to finish with a 21-under total of 267 on a grey but humid day at Wentworth.

May 24, 2015

Garrido happy with comeback after fearing the end

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) – Two years ago Ignacio Garrido feared his career might be over so it is hardly surprising he has worn an almost permanent grin throughout this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The Spaniard won the European Tour’s flagship event in 2003 but 10 years later was told he had glandular fever.

May 24, 2015

Golf-Garrido happy with comeback after fearing the end

VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 24 (Reuters) – Two years ago Ignacio Garrido feared his career might be over so it is hardly surprising he has worn an almost permanent grin throughout this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The Spaniard won the European Tour’s flagship event in 2003 but 10 years later was told he had glandular fever.

May 24, 2015

Captain Darren Clarke back on song ahead of Irish Open

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) – Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke gave himself a timely lift ahead of next week’s Irish Open by shooting a six-under 66 in the final round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday.

The 46-year-old Northern Irishman fired five birdies in the opening 12 holes at the tour’s flagship event before dropping his first shot of the day at the short 14th.

May 24, 2015

Golf-Captain Clarke back on song ahead of Irish Open

VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 24 (Reuters) – Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke gave himself a timely lift ahead of next week’s Irish Open by shooting a six-under 66 in the final round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday.

The 46-year-old Northern Irishman fired five birdies in the opening 12 holes at the tour’s flagship event before dropping his first shot of the day at the short 14th.

May 23, 2015

Another cigar for Jimenez after record 10th ace

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) – Record-breaking Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez reached another new landmark when he struck the 10th hole-in-one of his career in the BMW PGA Championship third round on Saturday.

The ace, his third of the season and second in nine days after he also registered a hole-in-one at last week’s Spanish Open, meant he overhauled Briton Colin Montgomerie’s tally of nine to claim the European Tour record outright.

May 23, 2015

Molinari and An lead as Jimenez and Fleetwood sparkle

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) – Francesco Molinari and An Byeong Hun shared the lead after the BMW PGA Championship third round but the hair-raising golf was supplied by Miguel Angel Jimenez and Tommy Fleetwood on Saturday.

Pony-tailed Spaniard Jimenez registered the 10th hole-in-one of his career, a European Tour record, and shaggy-haired Englishman Fleetwood notched the third albatross in the 60-year history of the tournament.

May 23, 2015

Molinari and An lead but Jimenez and Fleetwood steal glory

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) – Francesco Molinari and An Byeong Hun shared the lead at the BMW PGA Championship but it was Miguel Angel Jimenez and Tommy Fleetwood who produced the real third-round fireworks on Saturday.

Pony-tailed Spaniard Jimenez registered the 10th hole-in-one of his career, a European Tour record, while shaggy-haired Englishman Fleetwood notched the third albatross in the history of the tournament.

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