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Golf-Asian and European Tour announce 'strategic alliance'

Golf-Asian & European Tour announce 'strategic alliance'

July 18 (Reuters) – The Asian Tour & the European Tour announced a "strategic alliance" on Monday that could pave the way for more co-sanctioned golf tournaments being held in Asia.

The alliance follows a period of negotiations, which began last August, between the two circuits who will now both be invested in expanding playing opportunities in Asia & the rest of the globe.

The two tours will have a new joint office in Singapore yet will retain their own separate identity in terms of brand & logo, & will be managed by their own individual boards, both organisations said in a statement.

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China's Wu wins in Austria for 2nd European Tour title

China's Wu wins in Austria for 2nd European Tour title

ATZENBRUGG, Austria (AP) — China's Wu Ashun came from a stroke behind to win the Lyoness Open on Sunday for his second career European Tour title.

Wu, who moreover won the China Open last year, had a 69 including seven birdies to complete with a 13-under 275. He was one stroke clear of first-day leader Adrian Otaegui of Spain with Richard McEvoy of England another stroke back in third.

Wu trailed Zander Lombard of South Africa going into the final round yet picked up three shots on the first four holes. He after carded a double-bogey on the par-4 10th yet held on for the victory as Lombard dropped to fifth with a 2-over 74.

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European Tour takes shorts in its stride

European Tour takes shorts in its stride

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – The European Tour took a stride towards a less formal future on Wednesday by allowing players to practice in shorts for the first time at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf championship.

"The players have embraced it," said the tour's chief executive, Keith Pelley, said before the opening tournament of the 'Desert Swing' through Abu Dhabi, Dubai & Qatar.

"Shorts are a natural evolution to assist modernize the game. It puts our players first.

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Thomas Pieters wins KLM Open for 2nd European Tour title

Thomas Pieters wins KLM Open for 2nd European Tour title

ZANDVOORT, Netherlands (AP) — Thomas Pieters of Belgium won his second European Tour title Sunday, two weeks after his first, by shooting a 5-under 65 to win the KLM Open by one shot as Lee Slattery faltered on the final hole.

The 23-year-old Pieters, who won the Czech Masters on Aug. 30, parred the last five holes at the Kennemer Golf & Country Club to complete with a 19-under total of 261.

Slattery, the joint overnight leader who was trying to win back-to-back tournaments after taking last week's Russian Open, had only one bogey all day – yet it came on the 18th when a par would have forced a playoff with Pieters.

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Golf-Fitzpatrick just misses out on first European Tour 59

Golf-Fitzpatrick just misses out on first European Tour 59

AMSTERDAM, Sept 11 (Reuters) – England's Matthew Fitzpatrick narrowly missed out on the European Tour's first 59 in the second round of the Dutch Open in Zandvoort on Friday.

One day after Scot Paul Lawrie & Australian Wade Ormsby had fired nine-under-par 61s, Fitzpatrick went one better with a 60.

The 21-year-old had a birdie putt at the last to go round in 59 yet left his effort agonisingly short.

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Fitzpatrick just misses out on first European Tour 59

Fitzpatrick just misses out on first European Tour 59

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – England's Matthew Fitzpatrick narrowly missed out on the European Tour's first 59 in the second round of the Dutch Open in Zandvoort on Friday.

One day after Scot Paul Lawrie & Australian Wade Ormsby had fired nine-under-par 61s, Fitzpatrick went one better with a 60.

The 21-year-old had a birdie putt at the last to go round in 59 yet left his effort agonizingly short.

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McIlroy says schedule more about mental than physical

McIlroy says schedule more approximately mental than physical

NORTON, Mass. (AP) — The European Tour went to tremendous lengths to explain why Rory McIlroy is being allowed to compete in the season-ending Race to Dubai even though he won't reach the minimum 13 events when it ends with the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

McIlroy has played only nine European Tour events, missing out on three events (Scottish Open, British Open, Bridgestone Invitational) while recovering from injuries to the tendons in his left ankle.

''I have spent the last two weeks examining every angle & every possible solution & I have spoken with Rory & his team, as well as independent medical advisers & some prominent players,'' European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said. ''I am convinced that he could not commit to any further tournament participation without risking further injury & persistent weakness to the ankle in the future.''

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McIlroy says schedule more about mental than physical

McIlroy says schedule more approximately mental than physical

NORTON, Mass. (AP) — The European Tour went to tremendous lengths to explain why Rory McIlroy is being allowed to compete in the season-ending Race to Dubai even though he won't reach the minimum 13 events when it ends with the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

McIlroy has played only nine European Tour events, missing out on three events (Scottish Open, British Open, Bridgestone Invitational) while recovering from injuries to the tendons in his left ankle.

''I have spent the last two weeks examining every angle & every possible solution & I have spoken with Rory & his team, as well as independent medical advisers & some prominent players,'' European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said. ''I am convinced that he could not commit to any further tournament participation without risking further injury & persistent weakness to the ankle in the future.''

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European Tour makes exception for McIlroy's injury

European Tour makes exception for McIlroy's injury

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Rory McIlroy will be able to compete in the Race to Dubai even though he will fall short of the minimum 13 tournaments required by the European Tour.

Keith Pelley, the new chief executive of the European Tour, says he consulted with McIlroy & medical officials before agreeing to make an exception for the world's No. 1 player.

McIlroy missed two months this summer because of an ankle injury. He missed three events on the European schedule – the Scottish Open, British Open & Bridgestone Invitational.

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European Tour makes exception for McIlroy's injury

European Tour makes exception for McIlroy's injury

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Rory McIlroy will be able to compete in the Race to Dubai even though he will fall short of the minimum 13 tournaments required by the European Tour.

Keith Pelley, the new chief executive of the European Tour, says he consulted with McIlroy & medical officials before agreeing to make an exception for the world's No. 1 player.

McIlroy missed two months this summer because of an ankle injury. He missed three events on the European schedule – the Scottish Open, British Open & Bridgestone Invitational.

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