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Oct 16, 2014

Inspired Stenson and Larrazabal light up London Club

ASH England (Reuters) – Henrik Stenson produced an inspired burst of scoring to earn his first victory at this week’s World Match Play Championship while Pablo Larrazabal won after staging a Houdini-like recovery on Thursday.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell suffered his first defeat as he went down 2 & 1 to Finn Mikko Ilonen in a sizzling encounter featuring 12 birdies.

Oct 16, 2014

Golf-Tour official in bullish mood after Volvo pullout

ASH England (Reuters) – A leading European Tour official has brushed aside Volvo’s decision to drastically reduce its sponsorship of tournaments and is predicting a full calendar of events on next year’s schedule.

The Swedish carmaker has supported a variety of competitions for more than a quarter of a century, including this week’s World Match Play and the Golf Champions event in South Africa, but announced recently that the only tournament it would sponsor in 2015 would be the China Open.

Oct 15, 2014

No-man’s land is unwanted territory for Casey

ASH England (Reuters) – Britain’s Paul Casey, third in the world in 2009 before injuries and divorce sent him spiralling down the rankings, is looking at this week’s World Match Play Championship as a chance to get back in the top 50.

Casey, who is based in Phoenix, Arizona, slumped as low as 169th on the list before victory at the 2013 Irish Open sparked a revival.

Oct 15, 2014

No-man’s land is unwanted territory for Briton Casey

ASH England (Reuters) – Britain’s Paul Casey, third in the world in 2009 before injuries and divorce sent him spiraling down the rankings, is looking at this week’s World Match Play Championship as a chance to get back in the top 50.

Casey, who is based in Phoenix, Arizona, slumped as low as 169th on the list before victory at the 2013 Irish Open sparked a revival.

Oct 15, 2014

London Club proves a damp squib for beaten Reed

ASH England (Reuters) – There was no sign of the hype and hullabaloo of the Ryder Cup when American Patrick Reed returned to Britain for the opening day of the Volvo World Match Play Championship on Wednesday.

The rookie entertained the huge crowds at Gleneagles last month with his excitable demeanor but the contrast in atmosphere could not have been more stark when he took on round-robin group rival Jonas Blixt of Sweden at the London Club.

Oct 15, 2014

Champion McDowell turns on style at World Match Play

ASH England (Reuters) – Graeme McDowell made a winning start to his Volvo World Match Play title defense by dispatching Alexander Levy of France 3 & 2 in his opening round-robin group match at the London Club on Wednesday.

Levy, who triumphed at the rain-shortened Portugal Masters last week, was two-under-par for his round but he could not cope with a turbo-charged performance from McDowell who ignored the sopping wet conditions by rattling in seven birdies and only one bogey.

Oct 14, 2014

Golf-McDowell aims to restore World Match Play to former glories

ASH England (Reuters) – Title holder Graeme McDowell is a man on a mission this week — to restore much-needed luster to the World Match Play Championship at the London Club.

The 50th anniversary edition of the tournament has failed to attract the ‘A-list’ golfers, with world number one Rory McIlroy, third-ranked Sergio Garcia and number six Justin Rose among those missing.

Oct 14, 2014

Reed promises more excitable fist pumps at London Club

ASH England (Reuters) – Patrick Reed is unlikely to be repeating his Ryder Cup whooping and hollering at this week’s Volvo World Match Play Championship but the American has promised to adopt the same sort of “killer instinct”.

The 24-year-old formed a brilliant rookie partnership with Jordan Spieth at last month’s Ryder Cup in Scotland and his vocal exhortations and fist-pumping histrionics were among the highlights of the week at Gleneagles.

Oct 14, 2014

Golf-Reed promises more excitable fist pumps at London Club

ASH, England, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Patrick Reed is unlikely to be repeating his Ryder Cup whooping and hollering at this week’s Volvo World Match Play Championship but the American has promised to adopt the same sort of “killer instinct”.

The 24-year-old formed a brilliant rookie partnership with Jordan Spieth at last month’s Ryder Cup in Scotland and his vocal exhortations and fist-pumping histrionics were among the highlights of the week at Gleneagles.

Oct 9, 2014

Interview: McIlroy has joined pantheon of greats – Torrance

LONDON (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy’s accomplishments this season have helped him join Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Seve Ballesteros among the pantheon of golfing greats, according to former European Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance.

Torrance, who was able to get a close-up view of the way the world number one operates when he worked as a deputy to victorious captain Paul McGinley in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles last month, said he was mesmerised by what he saw.

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