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Stuart Adams 'timely' shot of England's Matthew Fitzpatrick during today's Omega Dubai Desert Classic Pro-Am. (Photo - Stuart Adams/www.golftourimages.com)

McDowell Matures Since Last Omega Dubai Desert Classic Appearance.

Graeme McDowell tees up in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic for the first time in five years believing he’s matured greatly both on and off the course in that time. It was in Dubai and atop of the 700-foot high Burg Al Arab helipad McDowell proposed to his now wife Kristin who were married in 2013 while the couple welcomed their first child, Vale who is now three months old. But rather than concerns that the challenges of a newborn could cause problems with his golfing form, the Northern Irishman ...
Ashok Bakshi (standing with white cap) collapsed and died of a heart attack.

Former Emirates Club Captain Dies On Range – Dubai Desert Classic Pro-Am Cancelled.

Very sadly the afternoon Pro-Am in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic has been cancelled after a former Emirates Club captain collapsed of a heart attack on the practice range. A medical helicopter landed on the range to convey Mr. Ashok Bakshi to hospital however the 75-year old Indian-born tragically did not recover. Bakshi was set to play the afternoon Pro-Am in the company of French golfer Romain Wattel. The Pro-Am got underway with a shotgun start at 12.45pm without Mr. Bakshi and with most groups ...
Rory McIlroy says Dublin court appearance will be 'tedious' and 'nasty'.  (Photo - www.golfbhytourmiss.com)

Rory McIlroy Declared Dublin High Court Showdown ‘Tedious’ & ‘Nasty’

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy declared his appearance next Tuesday in a Dublin High Court to be ‘tedious’ and ‘nasty’. The four-time Major winner is required to attend in person, and upwards of five to six days, as the High Court rules on a decision over McIlroy’s dispute with former management company, Horizon Sports Management. And this is despite calls from the High Court for both to get together and resolve their concerns. Of course, there could still be a ‘handshake’ ...
Stephen Gallacher hitting his new TaylorMade R15 driver for a first time in competiton.  (Photo - Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ie)

Stephen Gallacher Tempting Rare Shot At Tour History With New Driver.

In the two years since Stephen Gallacher captured a first Dubai Desert Classic title he’s only every used two drivers. During the intervening period Gallacher’s driven the ball superbly to retain his Dubai Desert Classic title, contested an inaugural Masters and also represented Europe for a first time in a Ryder Cup. Now on the occasion of the 26th Dubai Desert Classic, when Gallacher could join just five players on the European Tour to have ever won three tournaments in succession, the Scot ...
Graeme McDowell reunited again with former caddy Matt Harbour.  (Photo - Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ie)

G Mac Unaffected Starting New Year Without Regular Caddy.

Graeme McDowell says the start to his new season is unaffected being without his regular caddy, Ken Comboy. Comboy is present for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic but is recovering from recent knee surgery and has been advised to sit out McDowell’s appearance this week in the UAE and also next week’s Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. Instead McDowell has been reunited with England’s Matt Harbour who previously caddied for McDowell up to the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot. “It’s good to ...
Darren Clarke clearly not comfortable with his right ankle.  Exclusive photo - Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ie)

Darren Clarke Fortunate To Escape Serious Leg Injury.

Darren Clarke was fortunate to escape serious leg injury in a bizarre incident getting out of his hotel bed earlier today in Dubai. The 2011 Open Champion stumbled heavily and injuring his right ankle. Clarke got dressed and headed to the Emirates Club where he advised officials his ankle was hurting so much he could not contest the afternoon eight-man 9-hole Challenge. Instead, former British Amateur champion and ISM management stablemate, Matt Fitzpatrick took Clarke’s place in the event ...
Tiger Woods again flashing that famous 14-time Major winning smile.  (Photo - www.pgatour.com)

Tiger Woods Sinks Teeth Into Media Over Missing Tooth Saga.

Tiger Woods didn’t take long to sink his teeth into the media attending this week’s Waste Management Phoenix over reports about his missing tooth saga. Woods is returning to competition for a first time since finishing in last place in the Hero World Challenge at Isleworth in suburban Orlando. However during the festive break Woods traveled to Italy to support girlfriend Lindsey Vonn who was contesting a World Cup ski event. But then Woods didn’t count on getting his tooth broken ...