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Oct 10, 2015

No dangerous precedent over McIlroy: tour chief

WOBURN, England (Reuters) – The European Tour did not set a dangerous precedent by allowing Rory McIlroy to compete in the Final Series even though he has failed to play the minimum number of 2014-15 events, its chief executive said.

Keith Pelley, who took over from George O’Grady in August, told Reuters in an interview at the British Masters on Saturday that the protocol he observed in making his decision would be applied to everyone else if the situation occurred again in the future.

Oct 10, 2015

Golf-No dangerous precedent over McIlroy – tour chief

WOBURN, England, Oct 10 (Reuters) – The European Tour did not set a dangerous precedent by allowing Rory McIlroy to compete in the Final Series even though he has failed to play the minimum number of 2014-15 events, its chief executive said.

Keith Pelley, who took over from George O’Grady in August, told Reuters in an interview at the British Masters on Saturday that the protocol he observed in making his decision would be applied to everyone else if the situation occurred again in the future.

Oct 9, 2015

Golf-Chip-ins delight co-leaders Kjeldsen and Fitzpatrick

WOBURN, England, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Matthew Fitzpatrick, the youngest man in the field, again showed he could mix it with the European Tour’s elite by ending the second round of the British Masters in a tie for the lead with Soren Kjeldsen on Friday.

Englishman Fitzpatrick, 21, started the day at the top of the leaderboard on his own and a two-under-par 69 gave him a nine-under total of 133, the same as experienced Dane Kjeldsen (68).

Oct 9, 2015

Golf-Poulter confident despite ‘smash on head with wet salmon’

WOBURN, England, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Tournament host Ian Poulter is confident of mounting a title charge at the British Masters over the weekend despite having to endure “a smash around the head with a wet salmon” on Friday.

The 39-year-old Englishman suffered every amateur hacker’s nightmare in the second round, a complete mis-hit at the fifth hole that led to a double-bogey six.

Oct 9, 2015

Chip-in birdies delight co-leaders Kjeldsen and Fitzpatrick

WOBURN, England (Reuters) – Matthew Fitzpatrick, the youngest man in the field, again showed he could mix it with the European Tour’s elite by ending the second round of the British Masters in a tie for the lead with Soren Kjeldsen on Friday.

Englishman Fitzpatrick, 21, started the day at the top of the leaderboard on his own and a two-under-par 69 gave him a nine-under total of 133, the same as experienced Dane Kjeldsen (68).

Oct 9, 2015

Interview: Harrington stung by hat-trick of three putts

WOBURN, England (Reuters) – Padraig Harrington’s euphoric mood following Ireland’s shock Euro 2016 qualifying win over world soccer champions Germany the night before evaporated all too quickly at the British Masters on Friday.

The 44-year-old Dubliner started his second round at Woburn on the 10th hole and was soon cursing his luck, having three-putted the 11th, 12th and 13th for a hat-trick of bogeys.

Oct 9, 2015

Young gun Fitzpatrick has Georgia on his mind

WOBURN, England (Reuters) – Even though Matthew Fitzpatrick is looking to become the youngest-ever winner of the British Masters this week, the 21-year-old Englishman appears to be more concerned with improving his world ranking.

The former world amateur number one has had a stellar rookie season on the European Tour and wants the next step in his education process to be regular appearances in the four majors and the World Golf Championship events.

Oct 9, 2015

Harrington stung by hat-trick of three putts

WOBURN, England (Reuters) – Padraig Harrington’s euphoric mood following Ireland’s shock Euro 2016 qualifying win over world soccer champions Germany the night before evaporated all too quickly at the British Masters on Friday.

The 44-year-old Dubliner started his second round at Woburn on the 10th hole and was soon cursing his luck, having three-putted the 11th, 12th and 13th for a hat-trick of bogeys.

Oct 8, 2015

Woburn wizard Fitzpatrick conjures a magical 64

WOBURN, England (Reuters) – Young gun Matthew Fitzpatrick fired six birdies and an eagle to sprint to the top of the leaderboard with a seven-under-par 64 in the first round of the $4.55 million British Masters on Thursday.

The 21-year-old showed the sort of sizzling form that once carried him to number one in the world amateur rankings as he opened a one-stroke lead over fellow Englishman Lee Slattery, Robert Karlsson of Sweden, Dane Soren Kjeldsen and Scot Marc Warren.

Oct 8, 2015

Poulter proves to be the host with the most…nerves

WOBURN, England (Reuters) – Tournament host Ian Poulter had to overcome a rare attack of the jitters before getting his campaign underway at the $4.55 million British Masters on Thursday.

The golfer known as the ‘Postman’ for his ability to deliver spectacular performances in the Ryder Cup was as nervous as a kitten over his opening tee shot at Woburn, his home course.

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