It's the time of the year when the golfy folk are winding down and indulging in the kind of opulent excess that used to be the reserve of insane Roman emperors but Stephen Gallacher had one final point to make before settling himself into the festive frivolities.
BRADLEY NEIL'S first taste of European Tour life will last through the weekend after the Blairgowrie teenager survived the cut in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek in South Africa, writes Bruce Langholm.
Jordan Spieth, who created a buzz when at 19 when he became the youngest player to win a PGA Tour event in 82 years, is playing the best golf of his 21-year-old life and taking aim at the world No.1-ranked Rory McIlroy.
TIGER WOODS ended a four-month injury lay-off by slumping to last place, 11 shots off the lead, around the course in Orlando where he was a resident for more than a decade, writes Bernie McGuire in Windermere, Florida.
It??s a long way from St Andrews to Simapo Island in China ?? about 5,897 miles to be precise ?? but the golfing reputation, influence and expertise that abounds in the Auld Grey Toon will be felt in the far east after the St Andrews Links Trust announced plans to license its first ever overseas Golf Academy.
Defending champion Henrik Stenson remained on course to achieve a personal milestone worth more than £1.3 million as Rory McIlroy suffered a nightmare two-hole spell in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Stephen Gallacher, the two-time Desert Classic champion, has returned to the United Arab Emirates with his sights set on securing second place in the Race to Dubai with victory in in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
IT was the money-no-object playground where barren sand dunes were transformed into a shimmering metropolis and the architectural whimsy was so mind-bogglingly rampant it looked like one long episode of Grand Designs viewed through a hallucinogenic haze.
Peter Whiteford and Wallace Booth both made a potentially disastrous start to the European Tour Final Qualifying School on Saturday but still have a chance of making the first cut at PGA Catalunya, Gerona.
Brooks Koepka continues to draw on memories of last year's Scottish Hydro Challenge success after breaking through to win for a first time on the main European Tour yesterday with victory in the Turkish Airlines Open in Belek.