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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.

Nov 12, 2014

Garcia hopeful McIlroy can be reeled in for money list title

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – Sergio Garcia has called Rory McIlroy’s year “extraordinary” but the Spaniard is clinging to the belief that he can prevent his Ryder Cup team mate from ending the season at the top of the European money list.

McIlroy has an almost unassailable lead after lifting the British Open and U.S. PGA Championship titles and winning the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio.

Nov 12, 2014

Monty completes ‘an awful long walk’ with 600th tour event

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Colin Montgomerie will become the seventh golfer to play in 600 European Tour events when he competes in the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open that starts on Thursday.

The eight-times order of merit winner will reach the landmark at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Antalya, a course he designed.

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