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Westwood Eyes Dubai Desert Classic Glory

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 January 2015 20:08 Sunday, 04 January 2015 20:05

altLee Westwood will be hoping to snap his run of near misses at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic when the former world number one tees it up at Emirates Golf Club later this month.

Fresh from picking up his second win of 2014 at the Thailand Golf Championship in December, Westwood returns to Dubai in buoyant mood as he joins a strong field, with the likes of defending champion Stephen Gallacher and world number two Henrik Stenson, also vying for the iconic Arabian coffee pot-shaped trophy.

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Golf Pro Mensing, 27, Killed in NYC Accident

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 January 2015 19:50 Sunday, 04 January 2015 19:44

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Wes Mensing, recently named by Golf Digest as one of America's Best Young Teachers, was struck and killed by a car in New York City, according to local media reports. He was 27.

Mensing was the director of instruction at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J., which this year will host the PGA Tour's Barclays. Two months ago, he was recognized by Golf Digest as one of the top 40 instructors under age 40.

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Stricker has Surgery to Alleviate Pain in Hip

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 January 2015 19:34 Sunday, 04 January 2015 19:31

Steve Stricker

Canadian Press

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) — Steve Stricker has had surgery on a bulging disk in his lower back to alleviate recurring issues in his hip area.

Mario Tiziani, Stricker's brother-in-law and agent, says the one-hour surgery was successful and that Stricker will be away from golf for at least eight weeks.

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Rachel Hetherington Returning to Golf

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 January 2015 19:31 Sunday, 04 January 2015 19:26

Rachel Hetherington

Canadian Press

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Eight-time LPGA Tour winner Rachel Hetherington is returning to professional golf after a four-year retirement.

Australian Ladies Professional Golf said in a statement on Sunday that the 42-year-old Australian started working with a new coach, Randall Hollands Smith, last April.

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Michael Breed Golf Academy to Open at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 January 2015 19:25 Sunday, 04 January 2015 19:19

Trump Golf Links at Ferry PointNEW YORK, New York — Donald J. Trump announced highly acclaimed instructor Michael Breed and his namesake golf academy will open at Trump’s brand new Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point. Michael Breed joins Trump as the number one golf instructor in the state of New York, and thirteenth on Golf Digest’s list of Top Fifty Instructors in the United States. Throughout his twenty five year career Breed has worked with over thirty PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Senior Tour players and brings this breadth of experience at the highest level to each of his students. He is also the host of Golf Channel’s hit show “The Golf Fix” and was recognized as the PGA’s National Teacher of the Year in 2012.

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