Monday 27 February 2012

Mahan matchplay master

American Hunter Mahan ended Rory McIlroy’s bid to become world number one for the first time with a 2&1 victory over the Northern Irishman in Sunday’s final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Saturday 18 February 2012

Kruger leads the pack

South Africa's Jbe Kruger will take a one shot lead into the final round of the Avantha Masters, but a host of players will fancy their chances at DLF Golf & Country Club where just three shots separate the top 15.

Sunday 12 February 2012

Cabrera-Bello takes Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Rafael Cabrera-Bello produced a nerveless final round performance to claim the biggest win of his career at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

One behind Lee Westwood overnight, the 27 year old Spaniard - whose only previous European Tour victory came at the 2009 Austrian Golf Open - carded a bogey free 68 to reach 18 under and triumph by a solitary

Saturday 11 February 2012

Westwood takes the lead in the desert

Lee Westwood stormed to the top of a congested leaderboard on day three of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic as Rory McIlroy and Thomas Björn

Friday 10 February 2012

McIlroy and Bjorn share the lead

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Denmark's Thomas Bjorn tie for the halfway lead in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, UAE

Thursday 9 February 2012

Cabrera - Bello takes the lead in fine style

Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello’s nine under par 63 left him two shots clear during the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic but World Number Two Rory McIlroy had seven birdies in his last ten holes to finish the opening round only three

Sunday 5 February 2012

Lawrie takes title in Qatar

 Paul Lawrie won the  Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy in fine style. The 43 year old Scot, known as "Chippy" all his career, chipped in twice during a brilliant closing 65 and beat Australian Jason Day and Swede Peter Hanson by

Wednesday 1 February 2012

Mast in pole position at European Senior Tour Qualifying school

Dick Mast of the USA continues to lead the European Senior Tour Qualifying school finals at Pestana Golf Resort, Vale da Pinta, Carvoeiro, Portugal.

Dick Mast will take a three shot lead into the final round of the European Senior Tour Qualifying School Final Stage after a steady two under par 69 kept him in pole position to win a card for the 2012 season.

The American, who began the third round with a four stroke cushion, kept up his momentum with a birdie on the second hole before picking up another on the tenth.

His only bogey of the day came on the 13th hole but he immediately regained a shot on the 14th hole to move to ten under par 203, three strokes clear of Englishman Paul Wesselingh who carded a bogey-free 68 to move to seven under par.

Despite struggling on the greens, Mast, who finished third in The 2006 Senior Open Championship at Turnberry, remains on course to succeed another American, Tim Thelen, as winner of the Senior Tour Qualifying School.

“The wind was from a different direction today and I made a few wrong decisions but got away with a few others and I’m in a good position,” said the 59 year old.

“I didn’t make any putts today, at all. I didn’t putt well and that was probably the difference between today and the first two rounds. But I feel pretty good and I’m hitting the ball decent. I feel like I’m stroking it good but I had a hard time getting a rhythm today.”

With the top six players earning full cards for the 2012 Senior Tour season, Mast has an eight shot cushion going into the final round in terms of securing unconditional playing privileges, and 10 strokes over 14th position – the final spot to earn an alternate start card.

However, he insisted that he will not be changing his game plan to play more conservatively in the final round.

 “I’m just thinking about me – I’m not looking behind me,” said Mast. “I’m not going to play safe or anything and I’m going to try to shoot low tomorrow. I’m in a position whereby I can make more mistakes than the next guy and still get through but my goal was to win it and that is what I will try to do tomorrow.”

Wesselingh, the club professional at Kendleston Park, near Derby, birdied the first, seventh and 12th holes to maintain the pressure on Mast at the top of the leaderboard.

He is trying to secure a card at the first attempt but will also be looking for an improved performance on the greens in his final round.

“I holed a 20ft putt on 17 and another on the sixth when I could have dropped a shot so it is two bogey free rounds in a row now,” said Wesselingh.

“I was pleased with the round but I’m struggling still on the greens so it could easily have been four or five shots better. I’m just hoping I can get in that top six though.”

Another Englishman, Steve Cipa, is third on four under par after a one under par 70 which included a double bogey seven on the par five 16th hole.

Former Scottish Senior Open champion Glenn Ralph is a further shot back on three under par after also carding a 70, with five players, American Charlie Bolling (73), Scotland’s Terry Burgoyne (70), Canadian Rick Gibson (70), Northern Ireland’s Jimmy Heggarty (70) and Zeke P Martinez (68), all tied for fifth position on two under par.

The final round will be contested by 44 players following the third round cut, which was made at eight shots from 14th position – the final spot that would secure a conditional card for the 2012 season.

Courtesy of European Tour media