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Graeme McDowell chips out the undergrowth on 18 before discovering he had incurred a two-shot penaltySky Bet Sky Bet are offering all new customers a £10 Completely Free BetClaim your free bet now A “freak” rules infringement ensured Graeme McDowell endured a hugely disappointing end to day one at Wentworth. A two-stroke penalty turned the Ulsterman’s closing six into a triple-bogey eight as he started the BMW PGA Championship with a frustrating 74. McDowell’s drive leaked into undergrowth and as he went to check the lie and weigh up his options for his second shot the ball moved. Live on Sky SportsLive European Tour Golf 2012 PGA Championship: Day Two

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WI SECURES TIED FOURTH FINISH IN US | GolfNews365 | Latest Golf News | Live Golf News

April 23: Korea’s Charlie Wi secured his second top-five finish of the season on the PGA Tour when he finished equal fourth at the Texas Open on Sunday.The multiple Asian Tour winner carded rounds of 72, 69, 71 and 71 for a 283 total, four shots behind winner Ben Curtis.Countryman Noh Seung-yul, the 2010 Asian Tour Order of Merit number one, enjoyed his best finish to date when cards of 73, 71, 68 and 74 saw him take tied 13th position on 286.

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COLSAERTS BACK AT MATCH PLAY | GolfNews365 | Latest Golf News | Live Golf News

Nicolas Colsaerts: Heads to Spain next Open 2012. Click here to bet.More golf newsLatest golf scoresEuropean Tour calendarPGA Tour calendar Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts will be back at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain next month despite losing his Volvo China Open title to South African Branden Grace on Sunday. The winner of the tournament qualifies for the 24-man Match Play field, but Grace was already exempt through his victory at the Volvo Champions on home soil in January. Colsaerts has happy memories of Finca Cortesin. He reached the semi-finals last year, beating Rory McIlroy, Retief Goosen, Jhonattan Vegas and Graeme

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R&A allows mobile phones at Open | GolfNews365 | Latest Golf News | Live Golf News

Spectators will be able to use mobile phones at the 2012 Open Championship after the game’s governing body lifted its six-year ban on the devices.Calls will be allowed in designated areas, although photography and video recording will not be allowed during the four days of the championship.”There is no denying the attachment people feel to their mobile phones,” said R&A chief executive Peter Dawson.”Allowing their use at the championship will enrich the Open experience.”AnalysisIain CarterBBC golf correspondent”This relaxation of rules will be welcomed by the vast majority of fans at Lytham. It is to be hoped they are not let down by an unaware minority because no one wants to see the golf disturbed by a rogue ring

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R&A allows mobile phones at Open | GolfNews365 | Latest Golf News | Live Golf News

Spectators will be able to use mobile phones at the 2012 Open Championship after the game’s governing body lifted its six-year ban on the devices.Calls will be allowed in designated areas, although photography and video recording will not be allowed during the four days of the championship.”There is no denying the attachment people feel to their mobile phones,” said R&A chief executive Peter Dawson.”Allowing their use at the championship will enrich the Open experience.”AnalysisIain CarterBBC golf correspondent”This relaxation of rules will be welcomed by the vast majority of fans at Lytham. It is to be hoped they are not let down by an unaware minority because no one wants to see the golf disturbed by a rogue ring

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No move for Westwood | GolfNews365 | Latest Golf News | Live Golf News

Lee Westwood: Still third in updated listSky Bet Sky Bet are offering all new customers a £10 Completely Free BetClaim your free bet now The past week’s golfing action has not brought any significant changes to the top of the world rankings.Despite his successful defence of the Indonesian Masters title, Lee Westwood was not able to improve on his third place, with Rory McIlroy remaining on top and Luke Donald still holding strong in second.Bubba Watson remains fourth after his Masters triumph, with Hunter Mahan following in fifth.South African Branden Grace, meanwhile, is now up to 66th in the world following his third victory

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Royal Lytham lengthened nearly 200 yards for Open | GolfNews365 | Latest Golf News | Live Golf News

text sizeCannon/Getty ImagesThe par-4 18th at Royal Lytham measures just 410 yards.Apr. 23, 2012LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) — The course at Royal Lytham and St. Annes has been lengthened by 181 yards for this year’s British Open, with all but two holes having been altered since the last time the tournament was held there in 2001.Royal and Ancient Chief Executive Peter Dawson said Monday that the total length of the course has increased to 7,086 yards, but that it will remain a par 70.Dawson said the biggest changes were made to the seventh, 10th and 11th holes. The 10th is 52 yards longer compared to 11 years ago, while No. 7 is 35 yards longer and has a completely new green. The 11th now measures 592 yards — 56 yards longer than last time.

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European Tour launches new £4m event in China | GolfNews365 | Latest Golf News | Live Golf News

Curtis ends win drought in Texas Date Sun, Apr 22, 23:38 Former Open champion Ben Curtis registered his first US Tour victory in six years by holding off a pair of pursuers down the stretch to claim a two-stroke victory at the Texas Open in San Antonio on Sunday. Grace wins third title in China Date Sun, Apr 22, 11:04 South African Branden Grace lifted the China Open on Sunday with a closing three-under-par 69 and became only the second European Tour player to win three titles in the season after coming through the qualifying school. Miyazato secures win in Hawaii Date Sun, Apr 22, 07:46 Japan’s Ai Miyazato birdied three of the last six holes as she took to a

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Named and shamed | GolfNews365 | Latest Golf News | Live Golf News

Peter Dawson: Wants to curb bad behaviourSky Bet Sky Bet are offering all new customers a £10 Completely Free BetClaim your free bet now R&A chief executive Peter Dawson says badly behaved golfers should have their punishments made public.Dawson believes players should be named and shamed rather than given privacy by their particular tours and says more openness in the disciplinary process would discourage poor behaviour.”One would have thought public sanctions would be more likely to lead to a correction of behaviour rather than private sanctions.”Dawson on punishments Quotes of the week”The European Tour have published once or twice

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McIlroy, Mahan among those officially committing to THE PLAYERS | GolfNews365 | Latest Golf News | Live Golf News

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Reigning U.S. Open champion and winner of The Honda Classic last month, Rory McIlroy is one of 13 PGA TOUR winners in 2012 who have officially committed to THE PLAYERS. McIlroy, who returns to THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass after a one-year absence in 2011, has failed to make the 36-hole cut in his first two appearances at THE PLAYERS in 2009 and 2010.

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