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October 20, 2014Match Play champion Ilonen over the dreaded yips now (Reuters)

By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Nine years after Mikko Ilonen was at his wits end with the dreaded putting yips, the Finn has finally cracked golf's big time by winning the Volvo World Match Play Championship. His 3 & 1 victory over world number five Henrik Stenson in an all-Nordic final at the London Club on Sunday not only clinched his biggest payday, it also catapulted the 34-year-old to a career high 37th in the rankings. The blond Ilonen now knows he can plan for his first U.S. ...

October 20, 2014Asian Tour to unveil new event, eyes $50 million prize money by 2017 (Reuters)

By Amlan Chakraborty NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Asian Tour will add a third new tournament to next year's calendar and hopes to offer more than $50 million in prize money by 2017, chief executive Mike Kerr said. The $3 million tournament in Thailand, co-sanctioned by the European Tour and slated for February, was further proof of the Tour's robust health, Kerr told Reuters. "In the last couple of months we have added four new events," Kerr said in a telephone interview. "We are projecting robust growth in 2015 and carry on in 2016. ...

October 19, 2014Ben Martin wins 1st PGA Tour title in Las Vegas (The Associated Press)

Ben Martin poses for photographers after winning the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open golf tournament Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Ben Martin made a 45-foot eagle putt to regain the lead and finished with a 20-foot birdie putt for a 3-under 68 and his first PGA Tour victory Sunday in the Shriners Hospital for Children Open.


October 19, 2014Martin posts first PGA Tour victory in Las Vegas (Reuters)

Ben Martin of the U.S hits out of the bunker on the 7th hole during the Canadian Open Golf Tournament at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, British Columbia July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Ben Nelms

(Reuters) - Ben Martin fended off a strong challenge from fellow American Kevin Streelman to win the $6.2 million Shriners Hospitals for Children Open by two strokes in Las Vegas on Sunday. Overnight leader Martin briefly surrendered a big lead before curling in a 45-foot eagle putt at the par-five 16th to regain his advantage over the fast-finishing Streelman at the TPC Summerlin in Nevada. Martin punctuated the victory with a birdie at the final hole to card 68 and finish at 20-under-par 264 for his first PGA Tour victory in his 56th start. ...


October 19, 2014Jay Haas wins Greater Hickory Kia Classic (The Associated Press)

Jay Haas smalls as he holds the trophy after winning the Greater Hickory Kia Classic Champions Tour golf tournament in Conover, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CONOVER, N.C. (AP) -- Jay Haas became the 18th player to win a Champions Tour at 60 or older, closing with a 5-under 66 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic.


October 19, 2014Baek wins playoff to take LPGA South Korea (The Associated Press)

Kyu Jung Baek of South Korea kisses the trophy after winning the KEB Hana Bank Championship golf tournament at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) -- Kyu Jung Baek of South Korea won a three-way playoff Sunday to claim the LPGA's KEB-HanaBank Championship.


October 19, 2014Ilonen beats Stenson in World Match Play final (The Associated Press)

Mikko Ilonen of Finland holds up the World Match Play Championship trophy as he poses for photographers after defeating Henrik Stenson of Sweden in the final at the London Golf Club in Ash, England Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Ilonen won on the 17th hole 2 and 1 to play.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

ASH, England (AP) -- Mikko Ilonen defeated top-seeded Henrik Stenson 3 and 1 in the final Sunday to win the World Match Play Championship.


October 19, 2014London's calling for World Match Play champion Ilonen (Reuters)

PGA golfer Mikko Ilonen tees off on the 10th hole during the final round of the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

By Tony Jimenez ASH England (Reuters) - Finland's Mikko Ilonen called for the World Match Play Championship to remain in England after becoming the first Scandinavian winner of the tournament on Sunday. This is the last year of Volvo's sponsorship and there is a question mark hovering over the event that was held at nearby Wentworth from its inception in 1964 until 2007. ...