Golfing World News: April 23

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We start with R&A chief executive Peter Dawson, who has announced his decision to retire.

Dawson, who has been in the role since 1999 will step down in September of 2015 after 16 years in the job.

As well as his role at The R&A, Dawson is also the President of the International Golf Federation and played a key role in golf returning to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Back to matters on the course now and the European Tour’s mid-season Asian swing, where Brett Rumford is hoping to become the first player to successfully retain the Volvo China Open title:

“To obviously have won a China Open is very special, any open in the world is very special - obviously The Open is the won to win but even still any is a great honour and what a privilege.”

Another player aiming to defend his title this week is Bernd Wiesberger at the Indonesian Masters.

The Austrian is fresh from a second place finish, at last week’s Maybank Malaysian Open and has a tough task, if he’s to repeat his success in Jakarta, with the likes of Victor Dubuisson and Louis Oosthuizen in attendance:

“You’ve got some big players coming out every year; of course the Asian players are supporting their events and their tour quite well. You have Thongchai [Jaidee] here every year and Kiradech [Aphibarnrat] here again this year but you know hopefully myself, Victor [Dubuisson] and probably Louis [Oosthuizen] as well trying to make some birdies and give them a good run.”

Well that’s all for today, join us tomorrow when we’ll bring you the latest from the first rounds in China and Indonesia, and we’ll look ahead to the Zurich Classic and the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

In the meantime find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and don’t forget the hastag GWTV. Bye for now.

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