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Mon, 30 Mar 2015

China's ruling Communist Party has long had an ambivalent relationship with golf, which is both a lucrative opportunity for local authorities and a favoured pastime of some officials, but closely associated with wealth and Western elitesChina has closed down nearly 70 "illegal" golf courses, a government statement said, in what appears to be the first sign of enforcement of a decade-old ban. The announcement by China's ministry of land and resources comes amid a high-profile anti-graft campaign spearheaded by President Xi Jinping, which has seen crackdowns on banquets, lavish gift-giving and other official excesses. The ruling Communist Party has long had an ambivalent relationship with golf, which is both a lucrative opportunity for local authorities and a favoured pastime of some officials, but closely associated with wealth and Western elites. "Presently, local governments have shut down a number of illegally-built golf courses, and preliminary results have been achieved in clean-up and rectification work," read the announcement on the ministry's website late Monday.



Mon, 30 Mar 2015

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot during the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on February 1, 2015 in DubaiWorld number one Rory McIlroy as well as the next two in the rankings, Sweden's Henrik Stenson and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, will play at the World Golf Championships Match Play, organizers said Monday. The Northern Ireland star, whose major wins include the 2011 US Open plus the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship and 2014 British Open, was runner-up in the WGC Match Play three years ago to American Hunter Mahan but has never won the event. Watson has three top-10 finishes in four appearances at the WGC Match Play, including fourth-place in 2011.



Mon, 30 Mar 2015

Tiger Woods has dropped out of the world top 100 for the first time in his careerFormer number one Tiger Woods has dropped out of the world top 100 for the first time in his career as he continues his battle against injuries and loss of form. Just last January Woods posted an 82 in the Phoenix Open -- his worst round as a professional -- that saw him drop outside the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time in more than three years. He then jumped from world number 221 to 75 five tournaments later in breaking through for a maiden pro career win at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational, the first of his 79 PGA Tour titles.



Mon, 30 Mar 2015

Tiger Woods plays in the final practice round on April 9, 1997 for the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf ClubLondon (AFP) - Tiger Woods timeline since turning pro in 1996 to falling out of the world top 100:



Mon, 30 Mar 2015

Cristie Kerr tees off in the final round of the LPGA KIA Classic, during which she made nine birdies to finish with a tournament record of 20-under-parCristie Kerr fired a seven-under-par 65 to win her 17th career LPGA title, taking a two-stroke victory over South Korea's Lee Mi-Rim at the Kia Classic. A tearful Kerr had vowed to win after her caddie, Greg Johnston, mourned the death of his father last week. Lee was second, undone by a double bogey at 17, with world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand third on 271, American Alison Lee fourth on 272 and South Korean world number two Park In-Bee fifth on 273. Ko, 17, fired a 67, stretching her streak of sub-par rounds to 28 as she prepares for the year's first major tournament, next week's Ana Inspiration at Rancho Mirage.



Sun, 29 Mar 2015

Jimmy Walker celebrates after making his putt on the 18th hole to win the final round of the Valero Texas Open on March 29, 2015 in San AntonioHometown hero Jimmy Walker captured his fifth US PGA Tour title on Sunday, firing a two-under-par 70 final round to win the $6.2 million Texas Open by four strokes. Walker, who lives only a half-hour's drive from the TPC San Antonio course, led by four shots when the day began and finished on 11-under 277 to defeat fellow Texan Jordan Spieth by that same margin. You can feel the love from your friends and family," Walker said. It was the second US PGA triumph of the season for Walker, who won his second consecutive Sony Open in Hawaii title earlier this year and also captured last year's Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the 2013 Frys.com Open.



Sun, 29 Mar 2015

Richie Ramsay of Scotland hits a shot during a practice at Oak Hill Country Club on August 7, 2013 in Rochester, New YorkScotland's Richie Ramsay overcame a bumpy front nine before striking back with three straight birdies as he won the Trophee Hassan II tournament on Sunday by one stroke for his third European Tour victory. A final round of 69, on the picturesque par-72 Golf de Palais Royal layout in Agadir, left Ramsay on 10-under and one shot clear of Frenchman and fellow overnight leader Romain Wattel.



Sun, 29 Mar 2015

Alison Lee tees off the 2nd hole during Round Three of the LPGA KIA Classic at the Aviara Golf Club on March 28, 2015 in Carlsbad, CaliforniaCarlsbad (United States) (AFP) - South Korea's Lee Mi-Rim carded a six-under par 66 and will take a one-shot lead over American Alison Lee into the final round of the LPGA Kia Classic.





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