Former snooker world champion Murphy plays in Open qualifier

Snooker player Shaun Murphy describes playing in a regional qualifying round for the Open Championship as “one of the best experiences of my life”.

The 2005 world champion was unable to progress to final qualifying after shooting a 12-over-par 84 at County Louth.

But Murphy, who plays off scratch but describes himself as a “social golfer”, was hugely impressed by the Irish links course.

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Scotland’s MacIntyre qualifies for The Open at Portrush

Robert MacIntyre

Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre has qualified for the Open Championship in his debut season on the European Tour.

The Oban player is 15th in the Race to Dubai, with places for Royal Portrush given on Sunday to the first five names in the top 20 not already qualified.

The 22-year-old joins fellow Scots Paul Lawrie and Russell Knox in the field.

MacIntyre’s second-place finishes at the British Masters and the Made in Denmark tournaments helped him to that healthy position in the rankings.

He played all four rounds of last week’s BMW International Open in Germany, meaning he has made 14 cuts in the 16 tournaments he has played in this season.

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‘It really is surreal’ – Australia’s Green wins shock first LPGA major

Hannah Green had never on an LPGA event before landing her first major

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship: final leaderboard
-9: H Green (Aus); -8: SH Park (Kor) -6: M Reid (Eng), N Korda (US)
Selected others: +1: G Hall (Eng), L Thompson (US); +4: G Dryburgh (Sco)
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Australia’s Hannah Green won her first major title as she held off defending champion Park Sung-hyun to win the Women’s PGA Championship.

Green, 22, is ranked 114th in the world and had never won an LPGA event before the tournament at Hazeltine National.

England’s Mel Reid held the clubhouse lead on six under as overnight leader Green faltered around the turn.

Park made birdie on the last to reach eight under but Green escaped a bunker to putt for par and win by one stroke.

After rolling in the key putt from around 10 feet on the 18th, she was mobbed by friends on the green and wiped tears from her eyes moments later.

“I am pretty much speechless,” she said after her win at the Minnesota course.

“I was really nervous playing the last five holes and I’m just happy to make that putt on the last. It really is surreal.

“I’ve always wanted to win in front of an Aussie crowd and even though I’m not in Australia, it was like that today. To win a major as my first event, I am over the moon.”

Green had led after 18, 36 and 54 holes and held a one-shot lead going into the final round but gave up three bogeys between holes nine and 12.

She found a sublime birdie putt on 16 to open up a two-stroke advantage but watched from the 18th fairway as Park cut the gap to a single shot with a lengthy putt on the green up ahead.

With the green vacated, she hooked her approach into the sand but found an escape and putt to take the title and become Australia’s first winner of the tournament since Karrie Webb in 2001.

Reid started the final round in 23rd place but carded a six-under-par 66 – the lowest round of the day – to end tied for third with American Nelly Korda.

It is her best finish in a major and only her second top-10 finish. The Derby-born 31-year-old may rue her four-over-par 76 in the second round after finding eight birdies in a sensational final 18 holes.

Green’s win secured the third women’s major title of the year, following successes for South Korea’s Ko Jin-young at the ANA Inspiration and Lee Jeong-eun at the US Open.

The fourth of the five major tournaments in the calendar – The Evian Championship – begins in France on 25 July.

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Reavie wins first PGA Tour title in 11 years

Chez Reavie

Travelers Championship final leaderboard
-17 C Reavie (US); -13 Z Sucher (US), K Bradley (US); -12 V Taylor (US); -11 K Tway (US), P Casey (Eng), J Niemann (Chi)
Selected others: -10 J Day (Aus); -9 T Fleetwood (Eng); -6 M Laird (Sco), R Knox (Sco)
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American Chez Reavie held on to claim his first PGA Tour victory in almost 11 years at the Travelers Championship.

The 37-year-old started the final round with a six-shot lead, but was just one stroke ahead of major champion Keegan Bradley with two holes to play.

But Reavie birdied the 17th to clinch his second PGA title, his first since the Canadian Open in July 2008.

England’s Paul Casey hit four birdies and an eagle in a final-round 65 to finish in joint fifth in Connecticut.

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BMW International Open: Andrea Pavan beats Matthew Fitzpatrick in Munich play-off

Andrea Pavan

BMW International Open Final leaderboard
-15 A Pavan (Ita), M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -13 E Molinari (ita), R Cabrera (Spa), A Quiros (Spa), C Bezuidenhout (Zim), J Smith (Eng), M Wallace (Eng), M Schwab (Aus)
Selected others: -12 C Shinkwin (Eng), L Westwood (Eng); -8 A Chesters (Eng), S Horsfield;
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England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick missed out on his first European Tour win of the season as he lost a play-off against Italy’s Andrea Pavan in the BMW International Open.

Pavan’s superb final round of six-under saw him make up eight places to finish level with Fitzpatrick on 15 under par.

The pair played two play-off holes, with Pavin making a birdie on the second to triumph in Munich.

The win was the Italian’s second European Tour title.

“I was in a play-off in qualifying for the US Open with five guys for one spot and I three-putted the first and then you go home with nothing,” Pavan said.

“Here at least the worst you finish is second but it’s very satisfying to get the win – it’s so hard, so difficult.”

The duo finished two shots ahead of a seven-strong group including overnight leader Jordan Smith and defending champion Matt Wallace.

Fitzpatrick enjoyed a massive stroke of luck on the first play-off hole when his approach from 285 yards came to a stop just inches from a water hazard, but a poor pitch meant he could only match Pavan’s par.

The players returned to the par-five 18th and after Pavan hit a superb third shot from the rough to tap-in range, Fitzpatrick mishit his bunker shot and could not hole a lengthy birdie attempt.

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Teenager Thitikul wins second Thailand Championship

Atthaya Thitikul

Ladies European Thailand Championship: Final leaderboard
-22 A Thitikul (Tha); -17 E Henseleit (Ger); -11 O Cowan (Ger); -9 M Skarpnord (Nor), T Daffinrud (Nor); -8 B Allen (US), H Burke (Eng), N Nimitpongkul (Tha)
Selected others:-5 C Alonso (Spa), C Jaengkit (Tha); -3 F Johnson (Eng); -1 E Givens (Eng); E A Dimmock (Eng)
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Teenager Atthaya Thitikul has won the Ladies European Thailand Championship for the second time in three years.

The 16-year-old amateur, who won this tournament aged 14, broke the course record in round three and shot a five-under 67 on Sunday to win on 22 under.

Esther Henseleit (64) was second, with fellow German Olivia Cowan third on 11 under, while England’s Hannah Burke (66) ended joint sixth on eight under.

“It feels unreal,” said Thitikul after coming though a rain-delayed finale.

“I’m really pleased with all the things I’ve done in this tournament. The last time I had a bogey was in round two. I just put the ball where I wanted it. Since I won two years ago I’ve kept working hard and I’ve grown in confidence. “

Thitikul, who is the fifth-ranked amateur in the world, is the youngest player to win two Ladies Tour titles and her latest triumph secures her qualification for the Women’s British Open at Woburn in August.

However, because Thitikul is an amateur, Henseleit picked up the 45,000 Euros (£40,000) winners’ cheque to move second on the Ladies European Tour order of merit.

“This is my third second place this year and of course I would love a victory, but Atthaya played so well and she deserves this trophy,” said the 20-year-old.

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Women’s PGA Championship: Australia’s Hannah Green leads by one shot before final round

Hannah Green

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship: Third-round leaderboard
-9 H Green (Aus); -8 A Jutanugarn (Tha); -5 N Korda (US), L Salas (US); -4 SH Park (Kor), SY Kim (Kor); -3 L Stephenson (US), D Kang (US), A Yang (Kor), A Yin (US), IB Park (Kor)
Selected others: -1 L Thompson (US); E M Reid (Eng), G Hall (Eng); +1 L Ko (NZ); +2 G Dryburgh (Sco); +4 B Henderson (Can); +5 N Hataoka (Jpn)
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Hannah Green will take a one-shot lead in the final round of the Women’s PGA Championship as she nears her first LPGA title.

The 22-year-old Australian – who has led since the first round at Hazeltine National – shot a two-under 70 to move to nine under par.

That puts her just one stroke ahead of two-time major winner Ariya Jutanugarn.

“It’s my first time in this position so I feel like I will be a little bit nervous,” said Green.

“When I have more time to wait in between shots that’s when I started to feel the nerves and I was like, OK, my heart is beating.

“I think I need to just slow things down and take my time and make sure I’m not rushing into any shots.”

Green opened her penultimate round in Minnesota with three straight pars before following that up with three birdies over the next four holes.

She hit only her second bogey of the tournament on the 13th before another birdie two holes later, with a three-putt bogey following on the 18th.

Thailand’s Jutanugarn had trailed by three shots at the end of the second round but closed the gap with a four-under 68.

Americans Nelly Korda and Lizette Salas are tied for third on five under par, while England’s Georgia Hall and Mel Reid are tied for 23rd on level par.

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Women’s PGA Championship: Hannah Green extends lead to three shots on second day

Hannah Green

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship: Second-round leaderboard
-7 H Green (Aus); -4 A Jutanugarn (Tha); -3 L Ko (NZ), SH Park (Kor); -2 N Korda (US), A Yin (US); -1 L Thompson (US)
Selected others: +1 G Dryburgh (Sco), M Reid (Eng); +2 G Hall (Eng); +4 N Hataoka (Jpn); +5 B Henderson (Can); +6 S Meadow (NI); +7 J Ewart (Eng); +8 C Hull (Eng); +10 B Law (Eng); +11 L Davies (Eng), C Matthew (Sco); +12 C Thomas (Eng)
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Hannah Green extended her lead to three shots to continue her fine start at the Women’s PGA Championship in Minnesota.

The Australian, 22, carded a 69 to move to seven under par, having shot a 68 on the opening day at Hazeltine National – making her the only player in the field to have hit two rounds under 70.

Ariya Jutanugarn is on four under par after a 70 while Lydia Ko and Park Sung-hyun are a further stroke behind.

“I have had some luck going my way,” said Green.

She added: “Even when you play this type of golf at just a regular event you’re pretty proud of yourself.

“But this week especially, I’ve never put myself in this position in any event so to be doing it this week at such a great venue definitely shows things are going the right way.”

Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh and England’s Melissa Reid are the highest-placed Britons on one over par after rounds of 70 and 76 respectively.

Reid had started the day tied for second but bogeyed five holes to finish the day tied for 26th.

Green had achieved her first career lead at a major tournament in the opening round and followed that up with a three-under second round, carding four birdies after a bogey on the first hole.

Thailand’s Jutanugarn had two birdies and an eagle to close in on Green with defending champion Park of South Korea also in contention.

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Green leads Women’s PGA Championship, with Reid in contention

Hannah Green in action in the first round of the Women's PGA Championship

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship: First-round leaderboard
-4 H Green (Aus); -3 M Reid (Eng), HJ Kim (Kor); -2 A Park (US), X Lin (Chn), IK Kim (Kor), A Jutanugarn (Tha), SH Park (Kor), A Yang (Kor)
Selected others: -1 L Ko (Aus); E L Thompson (US), IB Park (Kor); +1 JE Lee (Kor); +3 S Meadow (NI), C Hull (Eng), G Dryburgh (Sco), C Matthew (Sco); +4 J Ewart (Eng); N Hataoka (Jpn), G Hall (Eng), B Henderson (Can); +5 JY Ko (Kor); +6 C Thomas (Eng); +7 B Law (Eng), L Davies (Eng); +12 M Wie (US)
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Hannah Green holds a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Women’s PGA Championship, as only 16 of the 154 players went under par on a wet day in Minnesota, USA.

Australian Green, 22, hit four birdies in a four-under 68 to earn her first career lead at a major tournament.

England’s Melissa Reid and Kim Hyo-joo of South Korea are one stroke behind.

World number one Ko Jin-young was among those to struggle, finishing the day tied for 102nd at five over par.

The South Korean carded five bogeys in her round of 77, while five-time LPGA Tour winner Michelle Wie – on her return after two months out with a wrist injury – was left in tears after a 12-over-par 84.

“I was foolish to think I would shoot really well,” said the 29-year-old American.

“It’s just one of those situations where I’m not entirely sure how much more I have left in me – so, even on the bad days, I’m just trying to take time to enjoy it. But it’s tough.”

Two-time major winner Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and South Korean defending champion Park Sung-hyun were among six who carded two-under-par rounds of 70, while American Lexi Thompson, who won the ShopRite LPGA Classic earlier in June, is tied for 17th on level par.

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Clement Berardo disqualified after running out of golf balls

Clement Berardo

Golfer Clement Berardo was disqualified from a Challenge Tour tournament – after he ran out of golf balls.

The Frenchman was unable to complete his round after losing the last ball in his bag on the 16th at the Andalucia-Costa del Sol Match Play 9 event.

The 32-year-old began with a quadruple-bogey nine on the first hole at Valle Romano Golf, before bogeying the sixth and eighth to hit the turn in 41.

He then double-bogeyed the 10th and dropped further shots at 14 and 15.

Berardo, who had missed the cut in his last four starts and is currently ranked 1,909th in the world, finally ran out of balls on the par-five 16th.

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