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Abu Dhabi Championship: Gary Stal beats Martin Kaymer to title

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World number 357 Gary Stal claimed his first European Tour title following an astonishing collapse by Martin Kaymer at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

US Open champion Kaymer began six shots ahead and that soon extended to 10.

But after 47 holes without a dropped shot - a bogey then double and triple bogeys saw his lead gone by the 13th.

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Rory McIlroy hits first hole-in-one and is two adrift in Abu Dhabi

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World number one Rory McIlroy recorded his first professional hole-in-one and is only two shots off the lead after day two of the Abu Dhabi Championship.

The 25-year-old's towering nine-iron at the 177-yard 15th pitched a foot from the flag before trickling in, and he birdied the last to finish on 11 under.

Leader Martin Kaymer did not drop a shot in adding a 67 to his opening 64.

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Woods 'ready' ahead of Phoenix Open

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Former world number one Tiger Woods says he is "ready to go" ahead of his 2015 season debut at the Phoenix Open.

The 39-year-old 14-time major winner played in only nine tournaments last year because of a back injury.

As well as confirming his place for the start of the Phoenix Open on 26 January, Woods announced that he would play in the following week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

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Rory McIlroy: Speed up golf to attract more young players

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Rory McIlroy has called for a faster version of golf in a bid to attract young players to the sport.

Sport England figures show that the number of 16-25-year-olds playing the game regularly almost halved between 2009-10 and 2012-13.

"Everything's so instant now and everyone doesn't have as much time as they used to," world number one McIlroy told BBC Radio 4.

"So you maybe try some way of speeding the game up."

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Rory McIlroy 'wiped important data from electronic devices', court is told

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Rory McIlroy left Horizon Sports Management in 2013 to set up his own management company

 

A court has been told Rory McIlroy deliberately wiped clean up to eight electronic devices that may have contained important data relating to his legal action against his former management firm.

Their lawyers said the "factory resetting" was also done to the devices of three other key figures in the case including his father Gerry.

They described this as "incredible".

Horizon Sports Management wants orders from court for further disclosure.

These include for documents and the inspection of electronic devices.

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