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Grant Holt celebrates scoring his first goal for new club Wigan
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Sound of Munich is sweeter than mutterings of Merion for Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia responded to a disappointing showing at the US Open to vault into contention for the BMW International Open here with a spectacular third round of 65.

Phil Mickelson reacts to a missed eagle attempt in the last round

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Laura Marling performing in Australia last year

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The 23-year-old will remain at Liberty Stadium until 2016

Tiger Woods alongside Justin Rose at Bay Hill

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Rory McIlroy was smiling again yesterday after hitting a seven under par final round in Doral

Rory McIlroy puts Black Thursday behind him with bogey-free 65 at Cadillac Championship

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Former world No 1 leads by two after impressing on the greens but faces McDowell challenge

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Dan Biggar admits his Wales career has been ‘a little stop-start’

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Chris Wood closes on elusive win

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