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Archives for December 2011

Peering into the Carter crystal golf ball

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Iain Carter | 15:00 UK time, Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Christmas had me clearing through my old junior golf bag. Lying at the bottom of a pocket lay a pristine wrapped Penfold Ace golf ball.

Gripped by nostalgia for the favourite dimpled sphere of my childhood, I couldn't resist tearing away the paper, only to reveal a ball made of crystal, stamped with the numbers 2-0-1-2.

Gazing at this extraordinary find, this is what I saw...

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British golfers end 2011 on a high

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Iain Carter | 12:39 UK time, Monday, 19 December 2011

How appropriate it was that UK golfers could eke out one more weekend of glory before this astonishing golfing year came to a close.

Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood recorded outstanding wins in Australia and Thailand respectively to put even more gloss on 2011, a year of rare vintage for home golfers.

Darren Clarke will settle down this Christmas to watch for the first time the DVD of his Open triumph but so many of our leading players can reflect on the season of their lives.

For some, like Clarke at the Open, it has been for a superb individual week. For world number one Luke Donald, it is the relentless year-long consistency.

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Race To Dubai extended until 2014

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Iain Carter | 15:25 UK time, Sunday, 11 December 2011

As the dust settles on a vintage European Tour season and Luke Donald celebrates his historic money-list double, Tour officials must feel equally satisfied having secured the future of the Race to Dubai.

Donald dominates the headlines with his achievement but my bosses ban me from reflecting on it in too much detail for fear of unduly influencing the voting for Sports Personality of the Year.

But the fact that the world number one knows he has the chance to defend the Race to Dubai title next year is noteworthy enough in the current difficult economic times.

Last Sunday, Tour chief executive, George O’Grady, announced a three-year extension to the deal that has made Dubai the end-of-season destination for the Tour since 2009.

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2011 keeps on giving

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Iain Carter | 08:42 UK time, Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Some could be forgiven for wanting this extraordinary golf season to go on forever rather than end with this week's Dubai World Championship.

There has been a conveyor belt of excitement relentlessly rolling through the 2011 season – and last week’s tournaments were entirely in keeping.

Rory McIlroy enjoyed a dramatic triumph in Hong Kong; Lee Westwood carded one of the rounds of his life on his way to victory in Sun City, South Africa, while Tiger Woods rediscovered his winning touch for the first time in more than two years.

McIlroy and Westwood play in the Middle East this week, with the former having kept alive his hopes of overhauling Luke Donald in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai – formerly the Order of Merit.

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