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Wilson defies odds to win first Tour title

Oliver Wilson - a winner at last! Credit: Kenny Smith/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mansfield golfer Oliver Wilson has defied the odds to win his first European Tour title.

The 34 year old - previously a runner-up nine times - won the Alfred Dunhill Links event at St Andrews by a single shot.

The former Ryder Cup player, now ranked 792 in the world, has spent the last two years in the golfing wilderness after losing his European Tour card in 2012. But today he posted a final round 70 to finish 17 under par, one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and Richie Ramsay.

Not only does Wilson take home a career-changing first prize of £500,000, he also earned a two year exemption on the European Tour, and automatic entry to some of the game's biggest tournaments worldwide.

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Westwood wins in Ryder Cup foursomes

Worksop's Lee Westwood has won his foursomes match alongside Jamie Donaldson in the Ryder Cup.

Comeback: Westwood and Donaldson won their foursomes match after losing in this morning's fourball session Credit: Press Association

The pair beat Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar 2&1 to avenge their earlier loss in the fourballs to give Europe a two point advantage over the USA.

Worksop's Westwood beaten in Ryder Cup fourballs

Worksop golfer Lee Westwood has lost his fourballs match alongside Jamie Donaldson in the Ryder Cup.

Losing out: Lee Westwood (right) alongside Jamie Donaldson lost their fourballs match today Credit: Press Association

The pair were beaten 4&3 by USA pair Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk.

Team Europe currently lead 6½ to 5½ over USA at Gleneagles ahead of this afternoon's foursomes session, where Westwood and Donaldson will pair up again this Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

Huddersfield golfer in world's greatest tournament

Competitors from our region are pretty thin on the ground at this year's Open Golf Championship. Apart from Worksop's Lee Westwood and Danny Willett from Sheffield, the only other local interest is provided by Chris Hanson, a 28-year-old qualifier from Huddersfield.

It's his first appearance in the greatest golf tournament in the world, and before he left for Royal Liverpool, he spoke to Sports Correspondent, John Shires

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Teenage golfer prepares for pro debut at Irish Open

Exciting times lie ahead for young golfer Matt Fitzpatrick after he signed terms to become a professional last week. The 19- year- old from Sheffield will make his pro debut at the Irish Open on June 19th.

But first there is the small matter of his last event as an amateur, the US Open - where he has been paired in his opening round with current holder Justin Rose and British Open winner Phil Mickleson. Chris Dawkes has been to see him.

Amateur golfing champion turns pro

Sheffield's Matt Fitzpatrick will bring the curtain down on his glittering amateur career at the US Open next month.

Matthew Fitzpatrick turns pro Credit: Press Association

Fitzpatrick, the reigning US Amateur champion and Open Championship silver medallist, will compete at Pinehurst as an amateur before turning professional at the Irish Open a week later.

The 19-year-old, who became the first Englishman since 1911 to win the US Amateur title at Brookline last year, hopes to play in Europe on invites for the rest of the season after joining International Sports Management.

"I chose ISM because I was impressed with how much they wanted to manage me," he said. "I had options, but eventually it came down to ISM. They have a proven track record of guiding the careers of young golfers and moulding major champions. I am in good hands."

Fitzpatrick missed the cut at the Masters in April by a single shot and then finished tied for 23rd at the RBC Heritage the following week.

Westwood drops coach after rankings slide

Former world number one Lee Westwood has split from coach Sean Foley as he looks to arrest his alarming slide down the rankings.

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Westwood began working with Foley, who also coaches Tiger Woods and Justin Rose, shortly before the Open Championship last summer and finished third at Muirfield after taking a two-shot lead into the final round.

However, the 40-year-old Englishman recorded just one subsequent top-10 finish on the European Tour during the rest of a winless season and has started 2014 with a share of 47th at the Farmers Insurance Open and a missed cut in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Westwood spent a total of 22 weeks as world number one in two spells after succeeding Woods in October 2010, but is now ranked 33rd.

Speaking about ending his time with Foley, he told GolfWeek: "I just wanted to work on swing positions and stuff like that a bit more. I didn't feel like Sean coached like that, so it didn't really fit what I wanted to do.

"I felt like I had the game that got me to world number one. And I was working on stuff that I didn't work on back then, so it made sense to go back to what I was working on before."

Asked about finding a new coach, Westwood added: "I have things in the pipeline. Nobody has got any need to apply."

Golfer Matt quits his American dream

Matt Fitzpatrick from Sheffield is the finest amateur golfer in the world - making it to number one in the rankings after a spectacular season last year.

He has a huge year ahead of him and has already taken a major step - by quitting the American dream of going to university in the States. Nineteen-year-old Matt is now back home where Calendar's sports reporter Chris Dawkes caught up with him

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