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Dominguez Wins Latin American Amateur, Earns Masters Invite

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 January 2015 22:08 Sunday, 18 January 2015 22:02

Matias DominguezCanadian Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Matias Dominguez made a short bogey putt that came with a big perk. He closed with a 1-under 71 on Sunday to win the inaugural Latin American Amateur Championship, giving the 22-year-old from Chile a spot in the Masters this year.

“On that short putt, I couldn’t feel anything,” Dominguez said.

He made four birdies in a seven-hole stretch on the front nine at Pilar Golf Club to seize control, but it was tight at the end of the rain-delayed final round. Dominguez won by one shot over Alejandro Tosti of Argentina, who also shot a 71.

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Kaymer’s Collapse Lets in Stal to Win Abu Dhabi Championship

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 January 2015 22:01 Sunday, 18 January 2015 21:49

Martin Kaymer

Canadian Press

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (Steve Douglas/AP) — Renowned as one of golf’s best front-runners, double major winner Martin Kaymer stood on the sixth tee at the Abu Dhabi Championship holding a 10-shot lead in the final round and with records in his sights.

Then came one of the biggest turnarounds the sport has seen.

Within 90 minutes, the normally unflappable Kaymer dropped six shots in eight holes and got swallowed up by Gary Stal as the No. 357-ranked Frenchman mounted an improbable surge to win his first European Tour title on Sunday.

"A little shocked, surprised," said Kaymer, his brow furrowed. "I don’t know how to put it into words."

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Bertinotti Among 4 Tied for Lead in Latin America Amateur

Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 05:49 Friday, 16 January 2015 05:41

Gaston Bertinotti

Canadian Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Gaston Bertinotti of Argentina had a 4-under 68 to share the lead with three other players in the first round of the inaugural Latin America Amateur Championship.

The winner of the event receives an invitation to the Masters, along with spots in the final stage of qualify for the U.S. Open and British Open. The winner also is exempt in the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur.

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MJT Announces Appointment of New National Director of Player Development

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 22:03 Thursday, 15 January 2015 22:00

Dave SmallwoodThe Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour, Canada’s #1-played multi-day Junior Tour, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Smallwood, PGA Professional, as the new National Director of Player Development. This role will help ensure that the MJT is utilizing the best practices for the future development of junior golfers across the country via tournament competition.

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Kaymer Lives Up to ‘King of Abu Dhabi’ Tag with 1st-Round 64

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 21:45 Thursday, 15 January 2015 21:36

Martin Kaymer

Canadian Press

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (Steve Douglas/AP) — Martin Kaymer rekindled his fondness for the Abu Dhabi Championship by rolling in 10 birdies to shoot an 8-under 64 in the first round, giving the German a one-stroke lead in an event he has won three times.

Living up to his tag of the “King of Abu Dhabi,” Kaymer showed the form on the greens that brought him titles in the desert in 2008, ’10 and ’11, and looked energized after time away from golf over Christmas.

“I putted very well,” Kaymer said. “Ten birdies? I’m not sure I have done that in my golf career.”

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