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Schwartzel on course for successive victories after opening up 10-shot lead

Schwartzel on course for successive victories after opening up 10-shot lead

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UPDATED:

15:48 GMT, 15 December 2012

Out in front: Charl Schwartzel

Out in front: Charl Schwartzel

Charl Schwartzel, an 11-shot winner in Thailand last weekend, takes a 10-stroke lead into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in his native South Africa tomorrow.

But if the week is belonging to the 28-year-old from Johannesburg then the 192-yard 12th at Leopard Creek is compatriot Keith Horne's property – incredibly, he holed-in-one for the second day running.

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Sealed with a kiss: Keith Horne of is presented with a BMW after his second hole-in-one

'I just want to keep playing with no expectations. Tee it up, hit the ball down the fairway, hit it on the green, make the putt and see where it leads me.

'In the back of your mind you know what you want to achieve. We all want to win golf tournaments, but I can't be thinking about wanting to win because that's not how I'm actually going to win.

'I have to just stay right where I am and plod along. If I play the best I'll win – that's the way I see it.'

Shane Lowry wins Portugal Masters

Lowry holds nerve to edge out Fisher and clinch maiden Tour title in Portugal

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UPDATED:

18:01 GMT, 14 October 2012

Irishman Shane Lowry became only the second player to win on the European Tour as both an amateur and a professional.

The 25-year-old, who captured the Irish Open in an amazing Tour debut three years ago, lifted the Portugal Masters by a stroke in Vilamoura when England's Ross Fisher three-putted the final hole.

Lowry joins Spaniard Pablo Martin, who won the 2007 Portuguese Open in his amateur days and then the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa two years later.

Winning feeling: Shane Lowry poses with his trophy after his victory in the Portugal Masters

Winning feeling: Shane Lowry poses with his trophy after his victory in the Portugal Masters

Shot of the day from Rory McIlroy's stablemate was a seven-iron into the hole for an eagle two at the 11th.

Lowry was one ahead after adding birdies at the 15th and 17th, but prepared himself for a play-off after driving into sand and bogeying the last for a 66 and 14 under par total.

Former Ryder Cup star Fisher was in the group behind and from the fringe of the green left his long birdie attempt – a putt to win the title – five feet short and then lipped out.

Unlike his maiden victory, which earned him nothing because of his amateur status, Lowry this time picked up a cheque for just over 300,000 in addition to the trophy.

'I cannot believe this,' he said after coming from four behind Austrian Bernd Wiesberger in the final round.

'I can't explain how I feel really. It's a dream come true – I'm over the moon.

Lowry added: 'Everyone was referring
to me as the fella who won the Irish Open as an amateur, but now I've
won such a prestigious event I don't know what to say.'

Holding his nerve: Lowry won his first Tour title in Portugal

Holding his nerve: Lowry won his first Tour title in Portugal

Nothing might match the atmosphere in
torrential rain on the day he triumphed at County Louth, but he still
had plenty of vocal support at Oceanico Victoria.

'It was like playing in Ireland,' he said. 'It was crazy. It was great.'

Lowry was still three behind at the turn, but birdied the 10th and then saw his approach to the next land a foot short of the flag and hop in.

'I thought then this could be my day and thankfully it is,' he said.

'We had a long wait on the 12th tee which was good, I had time to compose myself.'

He went ahead for the first time when Wiesberger drove into the lake and dropped a shot on the 11th, but Fisher then produced three birdies in a row to take over at the top.

Missing out: Ross Fisher finished one shot behind

Missing out: Ross Fisher finished one shot behind

The 31-year-old was chasing his first success for more than two years, but bogeyed the short 16th to fall behind again and could not get back on terms.

Wiesberger found more water on the long 17th and by bogeying the last as well allowed New Zealander Michael Campbell to take third place on his own.

The 2005 US Open champion has suffered an horrendous slump since beating Tiger Woods at Pinehurst. He fell outside the world's top 1,300 at one point and only two seasons ago made just one cut in 19 starts.

This was his best finish for four years and the last time he had four rounds in the 60s was nine years ago.

Fisher finished runner-up just as he did behind Lee Westwood in Sweden in June.

Dunhill Links Championship: Live leaderboard

Dunhill Links Championship leaderboard: Keep up to date with the latest scores

The European Tour is in Scotland this week for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Played over three courses – the Old Course at St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie – Michael Hoey took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE LEADERBOARD

Michael Hoey on the Swilcan Bridge at St Andrews after winning last year

Michael Hoey on the Swilcan Bridge at St Andrews after winning last year

Ryder Cup 2012: Jose Maria Olazabal won"t stay on as captain

That's it from me! Olazabal rules out taking another spell as Ryder Cup captain

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UPDATED:

11:10 GMT, 2 October 2012

Jose Maria Olazabal has ruled out captaining the European Ryder Cup team again.

There had been fresh calls for the popular Spaniard to take charge of the defence of the trophy at Gleneagles in 2014 after guiding Team Europe to victory in Chicago.

Paul McGinley, one of Olazabal's vice captains, is expected to get the nod for the battle at the Centenary Course in two years.

They're back: (From left) Nicolas Colsaerts, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Francesco Molinari, Paul McGinley and Miguel Angel Jimenez pose with the trophy after landing at Heathrow

They're back: (From left) Nicolas Colsaerts, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Francesco Molinari, Paul McGinley and Miguel Angel Jimenez pose with the trophy after landing at Heathrow

Thumbs up: Lee Westwood

Come here you: Jose Maria Olazabal and Lee Westwood

All smiles: Westwood gave his captain Olazabal a hug at the airport

Olazabal and members of his
victorious side touched down at Heathrow on Tuesday morning – tired from
travelling and celebrating long into the night but still beaming from
the Miracle at Medinah.

The narrow win over the Americans was celebrated in style on Sunday evening but it was back to business for Olazabal and Co.

While the likes of Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Luke Donald are based in the United States, other European Tour stars are back in action on home soil this week.

Paul Lawrie, Peter Hanson and Martin Kaymer are heading for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and Thomas Bjrn, Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jimnez and McGinley, all vice captains to Olazabal, are also teeing it up in Scotland.

More to follow…

Belgian bomber: Colsaerts had a storming debut

Belgian bomber: Colsaerts had a storming debut

Natural leader: Team Europe skipper Olazabal

Natural leader: Team Europe skipper Olazabal

Peter Whiteford shares Avantha Masters lead

Scot Whiteford takes route 66 to share lead at Avantha Masters

Scotland's Peter Whiteford shot a six-under-par 66 to share the first-round lead with Spaniard Alejandro Canizares at the Avantha Masters in New Delhi.

The 31-year-old from Kirkcaldy was only one under at the turn, but started the back nine with four successive birdies and made another from 10 feet on the 358-yard 17th.

Canizares, whose father Jose Maria kept the Ryder Cup in European hands at The Belfry in 1989, also made a late run, collecting five of his seven birdies on the outward half after turning in 34.

Solid start: Peter Whiteford had just one bogey on his way to a superb 66

Solid start: Peter Whiteford had just one bogey on his way to a superb 66

Avantha Masters leaderboard

Click here for the scores in New Delhi

They lead by a stroke from Italian Federico Colombo, but former Open champion John Daly – fourth in Qatar two weeks ago – finished the day second-last following a seven-over-par 79.

That contained two penalty drops away from the trees in a triple-bogey eight at the 14th and then a ball in the water en route to a closing bogey six. Whiteford finished 63rd on last season's European Tour money list, with five top-10 finishes, including third place at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

Off to a flyer: Alejandro Canizares shares the lead with Whiteford

Off to a flyer: Alejandro Canizares shares the lead with Whiteford

He arrived in India after missed cuts in Qatar and Dubai, but made his only mistake on the 486-yard fifth, rated the toughest hole on the DLF course which last year saw local man SSP Chowrasia win with a 15-under total.

Canizares won the 2006 Russian Open in only his third Tour start as a professional and was twice involved in play-offs two seasons ago, losing first to Peter Hanson in Majorca and then to Miguel Angel Jimenez at the French Open.

Welshman Jamie Donaldson, seeking his first victory in the circuit in approaching 250 starts, is tied for fourth on four under with Indian Himmat Rai, French pair Gregory Havret and Jean-Baptiste Gonnet and Thai duo Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

In contention: Whiteford's countryman Scott Jamieson is three off the lead

In contention: Whiteford's countryman Scott Jamieson is three off the lead

Steve McClaren not guaranteed to return FC Twente

Twente yet to confirm McClaren as new boss but admit Englishman is on shortlist

FC Twente have insisted Steve McClaren is not certain to return to the club as the successor to sacked head coach Co Adriaanse.

The 64-year-old Adriaanse, who took charge of the club last summer, leaves with Twente third in the Eredivisie but having lost their last three matches of 2011, in the Europa League, Eredivisie and KNVB Beker.

Former England boss McClaren, who won the Eredivisie title with Twente in 2010, has been linked with a return to the club as Adriaanse's successor but chairman Joop Munsterman confirmed the club are considering three names.

Hero's return: Steve McClaren celebrates FC Twente winning the Dutch league

Hero's return: Steve McClaren celebrates FC Twente winning the Dutch league

Former Feyenoord, Hungary and FC Utrecht coach Erwin Koeman is also in their thoughts, but current PSV Eindhoven coach Fred Rutten is not among the contenders.

'His (McClaren's) appointment is still uncertain, as we will hold discussions in the next few days,' Munsterman said.

'We have a list of three candidates, two of whom are Dutch. On the list of applicants is also an alternative for Steve McClaren: Erwin Koeman. Fred Rutten is not on the list.'

It is understood that McClaren is looking to get back into management and would see a return to Holland as an attractive option.

The 50-year-old led Twente to their first ever Eredivisie title in his second season before leaving to take charge of Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in May 2010.

Tough time: McClaren did not have a successful time at Nottingham Forest

Tough time: McClaren did not have a successful time at Nottingham Forest

He was sacked less than a year later and his most recent post was at Nottingham Forest, who appointed him as manager last June on a three-year deal.

However, McClaren resigned from his post in October with Forest just one point and one place above the npower Championship relegation zone.

Adriaanse's assistants Alfred Schreuder, Boudewijn Pahlplatz and Youri Mulder will take charge of Twente while a successor is sought and Munsterman added: 'We have such good assistant coaches that they will be fine to prepare the team for the next league game against RKC Waalwijk.'

The hugely experienced Adriaanse took the reins on a one-year deal last June following the resignation of Michel Preud'homme, who led Twente to a runners-up spot behind Ajax in the 2010/11 Eredivisie season and lifted the KNVB Beker.

Wally with the brolly: McClaren struggled during his time with England

Wally with the brolly: McClaren struggled during his time with England

Prior to taking over at Twente, Adriaanse managed clubs in Portugal, Ukraine, Austria, Qatar and Holland, although he had not managed in his homeland since leaving AZ Alkmaar in 2005.

Munsterman said: 'The year begins as it ended, in a minor key for FC Twente. It's a big disappointment, especially because everyone at the beginning of the season had a different expectation of our partnership with Co Adriaanse.

'In the technical area, for whatever reason, the desired synergy and chemistry between the two parties did not occur. We apologise that this has led to the current undesirable situation.

'This morning we had a very respectful conversation with a coach who is intelligent, disciplined, restrained and respectful, and in that discussion Co continually thought of the interests of FC Twente. Therefore we are very grateful to him and it demonstrates the loyalty of this coach.'