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Heading north: Phil Mickelson has confirmed his entry for July's Scottish Open at Castle Stuart (Picture: Getty)

Mickelson, McDowell and Stenson confirm Scottish Open entry

Helping hand: Paul Shields has been welcomed into Paul Lawrie's Foundation (Picture: Getty)

Lawrie lends a hand as Glasgow golfer Shields gets funding knock-back

Frank talking: Frank Nobilo has made a name for himself as a golf commentator (Picture: Getty)

Frank Nobilo: Golf needs to appreciate its present as well as its past.

Senior service: England's Gary Marks won last week's European Senior Tour Qualifying School (Picture: Getty)

Golfing senior service sorely lacking for some of Europe's over-50s

Rising son: Japan's Hideki Matsuyama beat Rickie Fowler to the PGA Tour's Phoenix Open (Picture: Reuters)

Nick Rodger: Japan's Hideki Matsuyama continues to show eastern promise

A slice of island life: Barra Golf Club's members are trying to raise funds for a much-needed clubhouse (Picture: Duncan MacKinnon)

Golf on the edge as Barra club seeks shelter from the storm

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 05:  Ernie Els of South Africa plays his second shot at the par 4, 12th hole during the second round of the 2016 Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on February 5, 2016 in Dubai,

Dubai Desert Classic: Ernie Els one shot off leader after second round

Repair job: Rory McIlroy recovered from a shaky start to shoot a four-under 68 in the Dubai Desert Classic (Picture: Getty)

Rory McIlroy bounces back to move into early contention at Dubai Desert Classic

Calling the shots: Dave Renwick (left) was one of Scotland's best known and successful caddies (Picture: Getty)

Scottish caddie Dave Renwick loses his battle with cancer

High and mighty: Rory McIlroy defends his Omega Dubai Desert Classic title this week (Picture: Getty)

Desert delights as Rory McIlroy returns to happy hunting ground

Leading role: Craig Watson has been given the GB&I Walker Cup captaincy (Picture: Kenny Smith)

East Renfrewshire's Craig Watson named GB&I Walker Cup captain

Last hurrah: Tom Watson made his final Open appearance at St Andrews last July (Picture: Reuters)

Tom Watson set for another St Andrews swansong as 2018 Senior Open heads to Old Course

Time out: Jordan Spieth, the world No 1, has had a hectic start to the 2016 season (Picture: Getty)

Nick Rodger: Could early globetrotting affect Jordan Spieth's quest for global dominance?

Paul Lawrie went backwards in the final round, finishing with a 78

Lawrie load of trouble ends title bid in Qatar

Mr Blue Sky: Paul Lawrie leads the field going into the final round of the European Tour's Qatar Masters (Picture: Getty)

Paul Lawrie still in charge as Qatar Masters treble tilt remains on course

Top Cat: Scotland's Catriona Matthew shares the lead after round one of the LPGA Tour event in the Bahamas (Picture: Getty)

Catriona Matthew shares the early lead in the Bahamas

Paul Lawrie has put in the hours perfecting his new putting stroke. Picture: Getty Images

Paul Lawrie thanks fellow Scot for putting tip that has him on-course for victory in Qatar

Hat-trick bid: Scotland's Paul Lawrie is aiming for a third Qatar Masters victory (Picture: Getty)

Paul Lawrie makes good start in bid for Qatar triple crown

Paul Lawrie looking good for a hat-trick of titles in Qatar

Paul Lawrie looking good for a hat-trick of titles in Qatar

Fresh start: Phil Mickelson began 2016 with a top-three finish, his first since last June (Picture: Getty)

Phil Mickelson gets back in the swing as 2016 shows early promise

Knees-up: Lee Westwood took advantage of the relaxed rule on wearing shorts in a Pro-Am in Abu Dhabi (Picture: Getty)

Nick Rodger: When it comes to wearing shorts, golf can't afford to be short-sighted

Rickie Fowler of the United States poses with the trophy after winning the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil) (53551706)

Rickie Fowler targets a major title after victory in Abu Dhabi

England's Andy Sullivan plays his third shot at the 18th hole during the second round

Andy Sullivan continues to impress Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke in Abu Dhabi

Amateur dramatics: Bryson DeChambeau leads the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship (Picture: Getty)

Amateur dramatics as Bryson DeChambeau upstages McIlroy and Spieth in Abu Dhabi

Desert storm: Rory McIlroy made a purposeful start in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship (Picture: Getty)

Jordan Spieth: Rory McIlroy produced a 'masterclass'

Just champion: Chris Kelly will defend the Scottish PGA Championship in 2016 as it celebrates its 100th staging (Picture: Andy Forman/PGA)

100th Scottish PGA Championship headlines the 2016 Tartan Tour schedule

Duel in the desert: Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth enjoy some light relief ahead of this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship (Picture: Getty)

Duel in the desert as Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth prepare to cross clubs

Calling time: Keith Pelley, the European Tour chief executive, has unveiled new pace of play guidelines (Picture: Getty)

European Tour unveils new pace of play guidelines to counter slow coaches

No show: Rory McIlroy is set to miss this year's Scottish Open at Castle Stuart (Picture: Getty)

Rory McIlroy set to side step Scottish Open

Old hand: Paul Lawrie, a veteran of two Ryder Cups, could be a valuable vice-captain in 2016 (Picture: Getty)

Paul Lawrie keen to lend Ryder Cup hand

Italian repair job: Matteo Manassero is trying to find his form again after a major career slump (Picture: Getty)

Nick Rodger: Young guns set for showdown but Matteo Manassero continues to misfire

Sore one: Jamie Donaldson has suffered a serious finger injury after an accident with a chainsaw (Picture: PA)

Jamie Donaldson out of Abu Dhabi event after chainsaw mishap

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - JANUARY 17:  The team of Europe together with captain Darren Clarke celebrate with the trophy after winning the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM at Glenmarie G&CC on January 17, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia..  (Photo by Stuart

EurAsia Cup: 'I've been very, very impressed' . . . Captain Darren Clarke revels in 13-point victory

Wizard of Oz: Connor Syme with the Australian Amateur Championship trophy

Connor Syme wins Australian Amateur Championship

Haydn Porteous of South Africa with the trophy

Consistency counts as Haydn Porteous holds nerve to triumph at Joburg Open

Wizard of Oz: Scotland's Connor Syme is in the final of the Australian Amateur Championship (Picture: Getty)

Connor Syme progresses to final of Australian Amateur

Euro Star: Ian Poulter helped Europe into a commanding lead on day one of the EurAsia Cup (Picture: Getty)

Europe surge into commanding lead at EurAsia Cup

Road to recovery: Ross McGowan's resurgence after injury continues as he leads the Joburg Open (Picture: Getty)

Golf round-up: Paul Lawrie playing catch up in Joburg Open as Europe make fast start in Asia

Steady start: Paul Lawrie began his 25th year on the European Tour with a two-under 69 at the Joburg Open (Picture: Getty)

Golf round-up: Paul Lawrie makes steady start in Joburg while Scots trio progress down under

Business as usual: Jordan Spieth began 2016 with an eight-shot win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Picture: Getty)

Nick Rodger: Jordan Spieth and Brandon Stone writing their own success stories

Silver lining: Paul Lawrie will begin his 25th season on the European Tour in South Africa this week (Picture: Getty)

Silver service as Paul Lawrie tees-off his 25th European Tour season

Up and running: Jordan Spieth got 2016 off to a winning start with victory in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Picture: Getty)

Jordan Spieth strolls to Hawaii victory

Gold run: Darren Clarke's build up to September's Ryder Cup continues at this week's EurAsia Cup in Malaysia (Picture: PA)

Darren Clarke looking to the future in EurAsia Cup

Blues on the greens: Ernie Els suffered another attack of the putting yips in the South African Open (Picture: Getty)

Ernie Els suffers putting yips as Jaco van Zyl sets South African Open pace

Iconic shot: Christy O'Connor Jnr celebrates his singles win that helped Europe retain the 1989 Ryder Cup (Picture: Getty)

Irish golfer Christy O'Connor Junior dies at 67

On the tee: Jordan Spieth gets his 2016 campaign underway in Hawaii this week (Picture: Getty)

Jordan Spieth looking to get back in the old routine in 2016

Christy O'Connor Jnr

Christy O'Connor Jnr, 1948-2016

The Sullivan Show: Andy Sullivan has thrived in the pro ranks and won three times in 2015 (Picture: Getty)

No easy answers in golf's amateur-to-professional transition

Out of bounds: Paul Lawrie's own golf centre has been left flooded (Picture: Stewart Attwood)

Paul Lawrie's golf centre flooded as extreme weather wreaks havoc

Pro plunge: Bradley Neil turned pro last year but has struggled to gain a foothold on the ladder (Picture: Getty)

A golfing star could be born ... but they will take time to rise

Going for Gold? Catriona Matthew is hoping to play in next year's Olympics in Rio (Picture: Getty)

Catriona Matthew hoping to be golfing for gold at Rio Olympics

Making his point: Tiger Woods turns 40 and still believes he has a few good golfing years left (Picture: AP)

Can a sporting life begin at 40 for Tiger Woods?

Golden goal: Paul McGinley is looking for Scotland's golfers to push for a Ryder Cup place (Picture: PA)

Paul McGinley urges Scots to make Ryder Cup push

Highland fling: Nairn's Kelsey MacDonald secured a return to the Ladies European Tour (Picture: Getty)

Kelsey MacDonald and Gemma Dryburgh earn Ladies European Tour cards

Standing firm: Kelsey MacDonald is in card-winning position at the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School (Picture: Getty)

Kelsey MacDonald and Gemma Dryburgh on course for European Tour

Jack high: Jack Steven, left, receives the John Panton Award from the PGA (Picture: Andy Forman)

PGA honour leaves Jack Steven 'overwhelmed'

Easy Ryder: Paul McGinley led Europe to Ryder Cup glory at Gleneagles last year (Picture: Andy Forman)

Paul McGinley: Ryder Cup pressure is all on the USA

Uproar: Donald Trump continues to court controversy with his political statements (Picture: Martin Shields)

PGA chief Sandy Jones laments Donald Trump's controversial comments

Back home: Stephen Gallacher will stick to the European Tour in 2016 (Picture: Getty)

Stephen Gallacher staying true to his European roots

Experienced hand: Catriona Matthew has been drafted into Scottish Golf's performance team (Picture: Getty)

Catriona Matthew lends a hand to merged Scottish Golf

Rome to host Ryder Cup for first time in 2022

Rome to host Ryder Cup for first time in 2022

Teenage kicks: Lydia Ko continues to break records with her golfing conquests (Picture: Getty)

Nick Rodger: Lydia Ko's conquests deserve wider recognition

Changing times: Jane Alexander will become Cathcart Castle's first female captain in 122 years

Cathcart Castle appoints first female captain in 122-year history

Darren Clarke during the Australian Open Sydney. Picture:Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Clarke chooses English pair as captains for EurAsia Cup

SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 06:  Marc Leishman of Australia celebrates victory with the trophy after the final round on day four of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC on December 6, 2015 in Sun City, South Africa.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Get

Jubilant Marc Leishman ends tough year on a high as he triumphs in Nedbank Golf Challenge

SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 12:  Sergio Garcia of Spain on the 13th tee during the first round of the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club on November 12, 2015 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images) (48589541)

Luck with Sergio Garcia as Spaniard regains composure to win first title in almost two years

Australian PGA: Nathan Holman clinches first professional tour win after three-way play-off

Marc Leishman lines up a putt on the first green on day three of the Nedbank Golf Challenge

Leishman seizes lead in Sun City

Forgotten Olympian: David Robertson, a Glasgow solicitor, played golf in the Olympics of 1900 (Picture: JWB Archives)

David Robertson: Glasgow's golfing Olympian

Tiger tale: Tiger Woods has given a revealing interview to Time Magazine (Picture: PA)

Tiger Woods: 'With all my heart, I do not want to stop playing golf'.

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