Wedge game key as Phelan shares Africa Open lead
When Kevin Phelan lost his card last year he explained that he had to get better with a wedge in his hands if he was to compete with the European Tour elite. Fast forward little more than three months and he's contending for the second week in a row, firing a five under 67 to claim a share of the first round lead in the Africa Open at a blustery East London Golf Club.
McGrane snaps up Top-10 with career low
Not even the death stare he gave a photographer after missing a short birdie putt at the last could change the outcome. Damien McGrane's closing 65 in the Africa Open gave him his lowest score with respect to par in his European Tour career, not to mention a cheque for €18,950.
McGrane begins his quest for confidence
Clarke testing his patience
Darren Clarke will have to wait a little longer for his next European Tour win after a third round 72 left him 10 shots behind Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and Austria’s Markus Brier entering the final round of the Africa Open at East London.
The 42-year old partnered fellow Ulsterman Gareth Maybin (71 for 4 under) in the third round but took 34 putts on the greens in what is now becoming an all too familiar story for the world No 100.
Sharing 42nd place with a round to go is not Clarke’s idea of fun and in a Q&A with Michael Vlismas of the South African edition of the Times, he revealed what everyone in golf already knows - he’s not a patient man.
McDowell goes to career high world No 5
When Graeme McDowell beat Tiger Woods in a play-off for the Chevron World Challenge four weeks ago, he jumped four places to a career high seventh in the world.
But while he hasn’t hit an official shot in anger since then, he’s moved up another two places in the rankings, finishing the year at world No 6 before jumping one place to a career best of world No 5 in the first world ranking of 2011.
Augusta the target as Clarke begins African adventure
Darren Clarke hopes some fun in the South African sun will help his bid to return to Augusta.
The Ulsterman, 42, begins the new season in next week’s Africa Open in East London. And his first goal is to return to the Masters for the first time since 2007 by getting back into the world’s top 50 before April.
Hoey heads Irish posse in Africa Open
Michael Hoey is Irish golf's human roller coaster. One minute he's soaring high, the next he's hurtling in a death-dive towards the ground. Could 2010 be the year he finally puts his career on some sort of even keel?
Apparently not yet on the evidence of his start in the Africa Open at East London Golf Club in the Eastern Cape, where he birdied three of his last four holes to open with a five under par 68 around the 6,770-yard, par-73 track.
Clarke hoping for banner year
But as he embarks on his 20th European Tour season in the now dual-sanctioned Sunshine Tour event, the big Ulsterman is setting off into the unknown in terms of his own game and the sport as a whole.
Thornton facing tough test following family loss
The former Royal County Down assistant, 32, lost his father Steve after short illness on Saturday.
But he has decided to make the long trip south and tee it up in this week’s Africa Open at East London Golf Club and next week’s Joburg Open as a tribute to his dad before flying back for the funeral.
Kearney plays it cool in Africa
The Royal Dubliner rookie, 21, knows that getting hot under the collar is not a recipe for success as he swaps ice-bound Ireland for sweltering South Africa.
Determined to enjoy his first taste of the big time Kearney said: “Everyone says it’s really tough to make it on tour but I’m going out with the attitude that this is a year to learn and get experience.