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By Conor Nagle under The Masters

Seve arrives on the scene at Birkdale in 1976

While the vast majority of the 25th anniversary chat about the ’86 Masters this week has focused on Jack Nicklaus’s against-the-odds charge to victory, for European fans of a certain vintage that year’s tournament is nearly as memorable for another reason. Severiano Ballesteros’ pull-hooked approach to the fifteenth in the final round of that year’s tournament marked the beginning of the Spaniard’s long retreat from the high watermark of the his dynamic, Masters-winning best.

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By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Kinder Surprise! Manassero eyeing another lasered iron.

A few weeks ago, at the Dunhill Links Championship, Matteo Manassero found himself sitting the wrong side of the cut-line with only a handful of holes to play. It had been about 47 holes of one step forward, one step back, with a tough front nine at St. Andrews eventually pushing him over par and largely out of the tournament.

But what did any of this matter? With his tour card for next year already secure and his reputation as one of golf’s most promising young talents very much on the up (not on the up enough according to some people!), he could be forgiven for cruising his way to a missed cut.

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