Only a special performer can live up to a seismic pre-season prediction and, when he is old and grey and sitting in his rocking chair, Rory McIlroy will look back at 2014 as the year he became a true golfing great.
Sharmila Nicollet making a comeback from injury got off to a good start with a one-over par 71 that placed her tied 15th at the end of the first day of the 90-hole Ladies European Tour's Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Qualifier.
Gaganjeet Bhullar, who was forced to take a nearly three-month break due to injury, got off to a steady start with a three-under 69 to remain at 10th spot at the inaugural Dubai Open despite a late double bogey at the Els Club, Dubai, here on Thursday.
Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri missed out on the title and the Asian Tour Order of Merit trophy, but earned a spot in the prestigious British Open after ending tied sixth with a card of one-over 73 in the final round of the USD one million Thailand Championship.
England`s Lee Westwood won the Asian Tour`s $1 million Thailand Golf Championship by one shot on Sunday after U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer and third-round leader Marcus Fraser both slipped up at the end.
Denmark`s Lucas Bjerregaard shot the best round of the day with a 66 at Leopard Creek Golf Course on Saturday to close within one shot of tournament leader Branden Grace after three rounds of the European Tour`s Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Australia`s Marcus Fraser battled his way into a one-stroke lead after firing a two-under 70 in the third round of the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship at the Amata Spring Country Club on Saturday.
A win at the Thailand Golf Championships could open a whole new world for Anirban Lahiri and he put himself up in a perfect position to clinch his third title of the season, reaching the second place after the penultimate round of the Asian Tour event here on Saturday.
Anirban Lahiri kept his cool and stayed patient on a difficult scoring day as he battled to a second-round card of one-over-par 73 to stay in contention for the Order of Merit race and also the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship, here on Friday.