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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 218
NO TURKISH DELIGHT FOR McILROY & CO RORY McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Patrick Reed have each withdrawn from this week’s Turkish Airlines Open, citing security fears after recent rocket attacks in the Antalya region where the tournament will be held. McIlroy said the unrest had concerned him for a while, adding that previously claiming the season- long ‘races’ on both sides of the Atlantic had influenced his thinking. “It was weighing on my mind and I slept a lot better knowing that I’d made a decision," McIlroy said. “I gave it a lot of thought, basically all week. The fact that I have won the FedEx Cup this year and that I have won the Race to Dubai before made the decision a little bit easier.” _______________________________________________ DOBBELAAR SNARES NZ AMATEUR QUEENSLAND teenager Louis Dobbelaar is the youngest-ever winner of the New Zealand Amateur Championship after he survived a series of close matches at Royal Wellington Golf Club. The 15-year-old came back from 3-down with seven holes to play in the 36-hole final against Kiwi Peter Spearman-Burn to prevail 2&1 thanks to a winning stretch of five holes in a row. Earlier, Dobbelaar had required 20, 19 and 21 holes to defeat his round of 32, quarter-final and semi-final opponents, respectively. _______________________________________________ OLYMPIANS TO GRACE THE PGA AUSTRALIA’S Olympic representatives Marcus Fraser and Scott Hend last week both committed to the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast. The PGA will be the sole Australian appearance this summer for both men, with European Tour Race to Dubai Finals commitments preventing their inclusion in the Australian Open field a fortnight earlier. “I am looking forward to coming home to compete in the Australian PGA Championship, especially since it’s in my home state,” Hend said. “I feel like my game is in great shape and 2016 could be my best chance of winning one of the big tournaments on home soil. I would love to win the Australian PGA Championship in front of a Queensland crowd; it would be a great end to my year.” _______________________________________________ QUEENS OF GOLF REUNITE IN JAPAN AUSTRALIAN Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) has announced its nine-woman team to face the LPGA of Japan, Korean LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour in The Queens tournament, which will be held at Miyoshi Golf and Country Club in Aichi, Japan, from December 2 to 4. For the second straight year, the team will be joined by playing captain and eight-time LPGA winner Rachel Hetherington. The rest of the ALPG team will include Su Oh, Sarah Jane Smith, Katherine Kirk, Stacey Keating, Sarah Kemp, Whitney Hillier, Cathryn Bristow and Lauren Hibbert. TRAPS AROUND the
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