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Nov 15, 2014

Journeyman Ormsby in control as Poulter squanders big lead

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – Two of the European Tour’s lesser lights, Australian Wade Ormsby and Germany’s Marcel Siem, stole the show as Ian Poulter blew a six-shot lead in the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open on Saturday.

Motorsport-loving Ormsby was in turbo-charged mode, ignoring the damp, grey conditions at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal to steer his way to the summit of the leaderboard with a four-under-par 68.

Nov 15, 2014

Shades of Woosnam as Chilean Aguilar gets four-shot penalty

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – Evoking memories of Ian Woosnam’s faux pas at the British Open, Chile’s Felipe Aguilar was handed a rare four-shot penalty on Saturday after replacing a club in his bag overnight at the Turkish Airlines Open.

Having not completed his second round, which ended prematurely because of a thunderstorm on Friday, the European Tour said in a statement that Aguilar was in breach of Rule 4-4 by replacing the club.

Nov 15, 2014

Golf-Fortified by beauty sleep, Poulter storms clear in Turkey

BELEK, Turkey, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Ian Poulter seems to be in the mood to turn the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open into a one-man show after storming six strokes clear of the field when the weather-interrupted second round ended on Saturday.

After a thunderstorm brought play to a premature close on Friday, the players returned to a sopping wet Montgomerie Maxx Royal course early in the morning to complete their rounds and there was no stopping Poulter who had been fortified by plenty of “beauty sleep”.

Nov 14, 2014

Young French musketeer Dubuisson bloodied but unbowed

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – Defending champion Victor Dubuisson felt bruised and most certainly bloodied during the second round of the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open on Friday.

The Frenchman, who made an excellent impact on his Ryder Cup debut as he helped Europe to victory over the United States in Scotland in September, suffers from allergies and needed on-course assistance to treat a persistent nose bleed in Belek.

Nov 14, 2014

McIlroy and company must play in Europe more: Montgomerie

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – One of the first tasks for George O’Grady’s successor as European Tour chief must be to find a way to entice Rory McIlroy and the rest of the elite to play on their home circuit more, according to Colin Montgomerie.

The 65-year-old O’Grady announced this month that he was retiring after a decade in charge of the tour and Montgomerie believes it is vitally important for his replacement to stop the relentless drain of talent to the United States.

Nov 14, 2014

Golf-McIlroy and company must play in Europe more – Montgomerie

BELEK, Turkey, Nov 14 (Reuters) – One of the first tasks for George O’Grady’s successor as European Tour chief must be to find a way to entice Rory McIlroy and the rest of the elite to play on their home circuit more, according to Colin Montgomerie.

The 65-year-old O’Grady announced this month that he was retiring after a decade in charge of the tour and Montgomerie believes it is vitally important for his replacement to stop the relentless drain of talent to the United States.

Nov 14, 2014

Poulter leads as wild weather stops play in Turkey

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – Britain’s Ian Poulter was leading the way when a thunderstorm caused play to be suspended midway through the second round of the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open on Friday.

Forecasters expect the bad weather to last for the rest of the day and organizers said it was unlikely that play would resume in the four hours of daylight that was left.

Nov 14, 2014

Daly wants Woods or Mickelson as Ryder Cup player-captain

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – John Daly has rubbished the formation of a task force to examine ways of improving the dire recent run of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, urging his country to appoint Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson as player-captain.

Daly, winner of the 1995 British Open and 1991 U.S. PGA Championship, has never played in the biennial team event but said it was “not rocket science” to work out why Europe had won eight of the last 10 editions.

Nov 13, 2014

Molinari daring to dream about Ryder Cup again

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – Nothing in Edoardo Molinari’s career has come close to matching the experience of playing in the Ryder Cup with brother Francesco and, after an awful spell with injury, the Italian is daring to dream again.

Edoardo enjoyed a stunning season in 2010, winning two tournaments in Scotland and making his debut in the biennial team event as Colin Montgomerie’s Europe triumphed at the Celtic Manor course in Wales.

Nov 13, 2014

Jimenez plays like an angel after eagle start

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – The evergreen Miguel Angel Jimenez, boosted by an unlikely eagle two at his first hole, snatched the first-round lead in the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open with a blistering nine-under-par 63 on Thursday.

The veteran Spaniard came within a stroke of tying the course record at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal as he moved one ahead of Britain’s Ian Poulter.

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