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The Ryder Cup theme here at Celtic Manor was hijacked by Belgian hammer Nicolas Colsaerts, who launched a ball 447 yards, longer than any golfer in the history of the European Tour, en route to the top of the leaderboard at the Wales Open.

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Billy Horschel took the limelight from world No 1 Rory McIlroy to win the biggest title of his career at the Tour Championship on Sunday, along with FedExCup honours and an eye-popping $10 million bonus.

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