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James Bond-Like Pulkkanen Shoots 64 Leaving Italian Open ‘Shaken But Not Stirred’

Looking very much like James Bond in his distinctive cap, Finland’s Tapio Pulkkanen posted a very impressive bogey-free seven under par 64 and seize a one shot lead on day one of the 61st Italian Open in Rome. Pulkkanen, 29 is currently in 102nd position on the Race to Dubai with only one top ten finish so far this season – eighth place in the Trophée Hassan II – but he posted the lowest opening round of his European Tour career to head a strong leaderboard at Olgiata Golf Club. The ...

Molinari Returns To Rome 17-Years After Making A First Tour Cut In 2002 Italian Open

For Francesco Molinari it is somewhat an emotional return to this week’s Italian Open host venue at the  Olgiata Golf Club in Rome. The champion Italian golfer had made his European Tour debut, and as an amateur, in the 2000 Italian Open only to miss the halfway cut. Francesco contested the 2001 Italian Open’s still as an amateur only to again miss out on the weekend rounds. It was finally in 2002 and at this week’s host vene Francesco made the cut while still an amateur and in ...

McDowell Hoping ‘New Attitude’ Working With New Coach Can Lead To Second Italian Open Success

Graeme McDowell is hoping a ‘new attitude’ in working with a new coach can lead to a second Italian Open victory title 15-years on from winning a then second Tour title in Milan. McDowell has joined forces with highly-respected Houston-based, Kevin Kirk. Kirk works with the likes of Masters champion, Patrick Reed and Jhonattan Vegas along with LPGA star, Lexi Thompson. G Mac began working with Kirk in the second week of August. “Kevin’s now been working with me for the past eight weeks, ...

Double Celebration For England’s James Allan In Capturing Abu Dhabi Open By Arena

It was a double celebration for England’s James Allan when he cruised to a five-shot win in the Abu Dhabi Open by Arena. At Yas Links Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, Allan backed his previous rounds of 66 and 67 with a second six-under par 66 effort of the week to tally 17-under par 199 at the Kyle Phillips-designed layout. That round included a sensational run of four straight birdies after the turn, which made it a much easier walk down the tough closing stretch. “By far the best birthday week ...

Torrance Announces His Official Retirement From Tournament Golf

Sam Torrance, MBE, OBE has officially confirmed his retirement from tournament golf and singling out his standout career highlight in leading Europe to victory at the 2002 Ryder Cup. Torrance, 66 also cites teaming with his then 15-year old son, Daniel to capture the team event the following year at the Alfred Dunhill Links as another highlight. The Largs-born Torrance was coached at an early age by his now late father, Bob before turning pro at age just 16 while he made his European Tour debut at ...

Allan On Target For Maiden MENA Tour By Arena Success At Yas Links.

England’s James Allan is staring at a double celebration in shooting a five-under par 67 on Tuesday to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Abu Dhabi Open by Arena. At Yas Links Abu Dhabi, the conditions were far easier in the second round than the first when players faced wind speed of up to 40-50 kmph. However, more challenging pin placements kept the scoring down, and Allan surged ahead with what eventually proved to be the joint best round of the day. It was a bogey-free effort ...

MENA Tour Gets Huge Lift With Arena To Become Tour Title Sponsor

ABU DHABI, October 6: With their vast expertise of over two centuries in delivering safe structures, Arena have provided roof over the head of millions of sport fans at events across the world. Arena Middle East & Asia will now bring the MENA Tour under one roof as ‘umbrella sponsors’ of the world’s most exciting development tour. Following an agreement with Arena Middle East & Asia, the Tour is now called the MENA Tour by Arena. Returning to the world schedule after a year of restructuring, ...