European Tour pros get into heated (and random) Twitter spat over rules controversy from 2013

Another tweak by golf’s governing bodies wound up causing a heated—and random—Twitter spat between two European Tour winners on Wednesday.
Letter from Europe

Quirky Scotsman who had Cameron Champ’s number at the last Walker Cup makes transition to European Tour

Bob Macintyre is gallus. Or at least gallus-lite. And why not? This 22-year-old Scot, a rookie on the European Tour this season, has already achieved much in his young life.
Second Chance

Hal Sutton is returning to golf so he can “quit the game correctly”

Sutton pictured a retirement from competition that involved teaching, not learning.
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Top of the Morning as Lowry sets sizzling pace with National course record

To quote Shane Lowry, golf is a “funny game, isn’t it”. Sometimes it’s even downright “weird”.
The Gulf Club

Emirati amateur savours dream European Tour debut despite tough day at the office

Saif Thabet might be looking up at the rest of the field after the opening round of the 14th Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship but there was nothing downcast about the Emirati amateur after his dream European Tour debut.
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Who needs a putter? Not Pablo Larrazábal (for two holes anyway)

With Shane Lowry rattling off 10 birdies in an historic 62, you’d have thought it difficult to muscle in on the highlights reel on the opening day in Abu Dhabi. No one told Pablo.
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Westwood, with an opening 66, finds his lady luck

Lee Westwood confesses to putting on a few extra pounds over Christmas but with a four-year title drought emotionally consigned to history in South Africa in November, he’s playing like a man with a weight lifted.
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Brooks goes 10 better

When Brooks Koepka last played the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship he opened with a five over 77 and exited The National the very next afternoon having missed the cut by seven strokes.
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Back in the Kaymer Zone

Martin Kaymer knows better than most how to negotiate The National as his opening 66 at the 14th Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship amply illustrated.

The real reason Justin Rose signed with Honma

Justin Rose parting ways with TaylorMade to take up with Honma might not represent a tectonic shift in the equipment landscape, but it did produce a jolt.
European Tour

New rules answer some questions on the European Tour while raising a few new ones

It became more and more obvious that many in the crowd harboured doubts re: the honesty of some nameless players.