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Tiger: I wouldn’t have made a point at the Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods has revealed he pulled out of the Ryder Cup because he did not feel he could have won a point for the United States.

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Staying ‘true’ proves key to Rory’s success

Rory McIlroy is a great example of a golfer working on their strengths just as much as their weaknesses. In short, be true to yourself. 

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O’Callaghan eyes new talent as Fernhill hosts young big hitters

Pádraig Harrington predicted earlier this year that within the decade, the likes of Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy will be battling a new generation of stars who will hit the ball 380 yards — at least. 

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Bobby’s girls doLaytown proud

Bobby Browne is nothing short of a legend at Laytown and Bettystown and the 71-year old PGA professional was beaming on Saturday as the ladies claimed the AIG Senior Cup for only the second time in the club’s 105-year history — 26 years after their breakthrough win in 1988 — with victory over a youthful Killarney. 

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Muskery Golf Club, winners of the Barton Shield. Picture: Eamon Ward

Gorey eyes Muskerry gold

Munster Barton Shield and Junior Cup finals
There was a time back in the 1940s and ’50s when Muskerry regularly took on and beat the best at a time when Irish golf boasted some of the game’s finest amateur golfers.

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Marc Warren with the trophy after the final round of the European Tour Golf Tournament in Himmerland, Denmark (AP Photo/Rene Schutze, POLFOTO).

Warren gets over line but doesn’t expect Ryder call

Scotland’s Marc Warren, who credits his recent good form to a new Callaway driver, ruled himself out of the reckoning for a Ryder Cup wild card despite claiming his first European Tour title for seven years at the inaugural Made in Denmark event yesterday.

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Mary McKenna, president, Irish Ladies Golf Union, with Maureen Culloty, lady captain, Killarney GC, beaten finalists in the  All-Ireland Ladies Senior Cup at Mount Wolseley. Picture: Pat Cashman

Laytown pull plug on party for teens

Irish Women’s Senior Cup final
Laytown & Bettystown and mother and daughter Carol Wickham and Rachel Taylor had every reason to celebrate at Mount Wolseley on Saturday after they had pulled off an outstanding victory over a Killarney side with three teenagers in it in the final of the Senior Cup.

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Dawson puts cap on stunning week

Irish Senior Cup
Highly talented 18-year-old Robin Dawson wrapped up a great week on and off the course at Shannon yesterday when he led Tramore into the national finals of the AIG Irish Senior Cup.

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Ireland’s amateurs rule supreme

Ireland finished in style against England yesterday to capture the Men’s Home International title at Southerndown in South Wales.

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Teen dream as Killarney reach final

Three teenagers yesterday steered Killarney brilliantly into this morning’s (10 o’clock) final of the AIG Irish Women’s Senior Cup at Mount Wolseley, Co. Carlow.

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Tramore red-hot but Doneraile eyeing an upset

Given there is invariably little between the teams at this stage of the various AIG Irish Cups and Shields competitions, it is not surprising the bookmakers have struggled to separate the qualifiers for this weekend’s Munster semi-finals and finals of the Senior and Junior Cups and Barton Shield at Shannon Golf Club.

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Missed cut at Sedgefield sees Harrington lose PGA Tour card

Pádraig Harrington is in unfamiliar territory having lost full membership of the PGA Tour after missing the halfway cut in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Tiger Woods: Ruled himself out of next month's contest at Gleneagles

Tiger KO relief for Watson

Former Ryder Cup player Andrew Coltart believes US captain Tom Watson will be relieved that Tiger Woods has ruled himself out of next month’s contest at Gleneagles.

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Thomas Bjorn

Ideal start for Bjorn in bid to seal Ryder spot

Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn overcame testing conditions and an encounter with overhead power lines to make the perfect start to his bid to seal a Ryder Cup place on home soil.

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Harrington hopes he won’t need exemption to stay on Tour

Pádraig Harrington is reluctant to draw on a one-time only PGA Tour money list exemption should he not finish first or second in this week’s Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.

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McGinley welcomes selection dilemmas

European captain Paul McGinley intends to sit down with PGA champion Rory McIlroy to discuss how much of a Ryder Cup target he will represent to the United States when the teams clash at Gleneagles next month.

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Life as world’s best not as easy as it looks, admits McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has a greater appreciation for the achievements of Tiger Woods after claiming his second successive Major at Valhalla.

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Portrush and Douglas loom large in Senior Cup shake-up

Competition specialists Royal Portrush and Douglas have again qualified for the final stages of the AIG Irish Ladies Senior Cup at Mount Wolseley, Carlow on Friday and Saturday.

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McGinley: New focus fires McIlroy to new level

European Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley singled out Rory McIlroy’s loyalty and single mindedness as key to his incredible dominance this season.

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The team behind the hero

When Rory McIlroy took a two-shot lead into the weekend at Valhalla he was asked about the keys to his amazing summer.

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Relentless Rory eyes next frontier

His hands had been back on the Wanamaker Trophy barely two hours, but Rory McIlroy was already keenly aware of his place in golfing history and, more importantly, the next landmarks he wanted to reach in the game.

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Another superb effort from Wilson

Annabel Wilson, who helped Ireland to a highly-creditable second-place finish in the Home internationals last week, produced a stunning closing burst over the Massereene course in county Antrim yesterday to spearhead the Irish charge towards places in the knock-out stages of the British Girls Open Championship.

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Robin Dawson: Expected to play crucial role for Tramore this weekend.

Munster’s big guns take aim at Irish doubles at Shannon

Muskerry, Limerick and Doneraile are chasing elusive doubles at this weekend’s Munster finals of the AIG Irish Senior and Junior Cups, along with the Barton Shield, at Shannon Golf Club.

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Rory: In his own words

On celebrating
"I’m going to enjoy this week. I’ve got a week off. It’s been a great summer. I’m not sure if I’m ever going to have another summer like this, so I have a week off and I’m really going to enjoy it. I’m going to share it with the people that are really close to me."

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I’ll be Europe’s Ryder Cup leader, says McIlroy

Rory McIlroy is ready to step up and take a Ryder Cup leadership role for Europe at Gleneagles this September that befits his elevated status in the game.

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THE BUSINESS OF MCILROY: There’s something about Rory

Rory McIlroy. What a performer, what a talent, what a winner.

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Nicklaus: Rory has talent to win 20 Majors

Jack Nicklaus has been a huge fan of Rory McIlroy’s for some time but even the Golden Bear was bowled over by the Holywood star’s dramatic back nine comeback to win his fourth major at Valhalla on Sunday.

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Masterstroke at Valhalla’s 10th was a ‘lucky break’

It was the shot that will appear on the McIlroy highlight reel for many moons to come but the new PGA champion admitted the three-wood second into Valhalla’s 10th hole, that changed the face of the final major of the year on Sunday, was simply a lucky break.

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Rory McIlroy gets advice from coach Michael Bannon at Carton House. Picture: Ross Kinnaird

The man who helped make Rory king of swing

It says much about Michael Bannon’s place in Team McIlroy that before Rory sank his winning putt in the Valhalla darkness he took a moment to look for his father Gerry and then the man who has been his instructor since he was a small boy.

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Lefty digs deep to provide ray of sunshine for Ryder Cup skipper Tom

Before Valhalla Golf Club was morphed into a yacht club and officials at the 96th US PGA Championship were forced to secure more life preservers for competitors, it was safe to say that Tom Watson had the roughest week of anyone.

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McSherry looking to impress

British Girls’ Open Amateur Championship

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Hurley takes European bronze

European Amateur Championship
West Waterford star Gary Hurley carried off the bronze medal after a sterling week of golf at the European Amateur Championship over the Dukes course at St Andrews.

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Lowry feeling the frustration as Friday farce ‘kills’ his PGA chances

Shane Lowry was left to wonder what might have been at Valhalla last night as he continued to rue his Friday morning injustice at the hands of PGA Championship officials.

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Valhalla’s stormy finale

The skies rained on Rory McIlroy’s PGA Championship parade last night but it was going to take more than a weather delay to halt the world number one’s progress towards back-to-back majors.

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Tour dilemma for Harrington

Triple Major winner Pádraig Harrington could be forced to draw on a special one-time exemption if he is to compete full time on next year’s PGA Tour.

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Majestic McIlroy coming up with the answers

It cannot always be a procession but whatever the golfing gods throw in Rory McIlroy’s way right now he is finding the right path to negotiate those challenges.

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Rain call ruins Lowry’s charge to leave him grind it out

To think Shane Lowry had been delighted with his draw for the first two rounds of this PGA Championship.

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Restraint urged as Americans get behind Stricker

Emotionally charged though sentiments might be given the genuine professionalism Steve Stricker extends, one must be careful to show restraint in light of how things unfolded in yesterday’s second round of the US PGA Championship.

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Watson has cup concern

US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson is concerned at the number of his players currently "dropping like flies" and admits new vice-captain Steve Stricker could be required to play at Gleneagles instead.

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Rory rules the roost with two rounds to go

Rory McIlroy will take a one-shot lead into Saturday’s third round at the PGA Championship promising to keep his foot on the accelerator as he seeks to close out back-to-back major victories.

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Thunder and lightning halt Hurley’s Euro charge

Gary Hurley’s charge towards the European Amateur title was halted as thunder and lightning forced an early finish on day three on the Dukes course at St Andrews.

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Stenson putts it right

No snapped clubs for Henrik Stenson at Valhalla yesterday, just a lot of love for his putter as the Swede stayed in touch with Rory McIlroy at the top of the PGA Championship leaderboard.

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Westwood gives McGinley a lift

Lee Westwood matched his best round in a Major and gave Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley a boost as he took an early share of the first-round PGA Championship lead with American Kevin Chappell at Valhalla last night.

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Irish duo frustrated at failure to fire

Graeme McDowell and Pádraig Harrington both have work to do in today’s US PGA Championship second round if they want to avoid early flights home from Valhalla.

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Rickie is proving himself in Major way

We’re not to the point of changing the team flag to red, white and orange, but you’d be safe to argue that at this point in the proceedings, the American team at the biennial Ryder Cup could have a fresh-faced leader in Rickie Fowler.

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Rusty Woods off pace but refuses to give up hope

Tiger Woods neatly summed up his opening round of the 96th US PGA Championship in four words on Thursday.

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Hurley still in the hunt for European Amateur glory

Gary Hurley is still very much in contention to become the first Irish winner of the European Amateur Championship for eight years after finishing day two on the Dukes Course at St Andrews in a four-way tie for the lead.

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Matt Kuchar: Withdrew from US PGA due to back spasms

Hazeltine Ryder clash pushed back due to Olympics

The 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota will be held from September 30 to October 2, 2016, the PGA of America announced yesterday.

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SAND STORM: Rory McIlroy watches his shot out of the bunker on the sixth hole during the first round at Valhalla. Picture: Mike Groll

No meltdown for McIlroy at Valhalla

Rory McIlroy survived a mid-round wobble to keep his objective of back-to-back majors very much alive after the opening round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla last night.

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Red-hot favourite Rory poised to make it Major number four at Valhalla

He may still be only 25 years of age but if this last month has told us anything about Rory McIlroy, it is that the kid from Holywood knows how to get the job done.

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Mentally I’m getting in my own way, says Harrington

Pádraig Harrington embarks on his 16th PGA Championship campaign today striving to recover the mental strength to stop him "getting in my own way".

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Mickelson believes he can still play way into Ryder Cup team

Phil Mickelson is confident he will improve his own record for Ryder Cup appearances when the qualifying period for the United States team comes to an end on Sunday.

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Michael aims to Block out negativity

The US PGA Championship used to be known as Glory’s Last Shot, a rather ungrammatical reference to being the final major of the year.

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Dufner set to play through pain barrier

Jason Dufner hopes to simply complete 72 holes in the defence of his US PGA title and secure his place on the US Ryder Cup team.

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This Tiger soap opera has become big turn-off

Somewhere on the road to everlasting fame, the Tiger Woods saga morphed into a soap opera.

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Garcia: I can’t just blame the Irish

It’s easy to imagine Sergio Garcia pondering his Major near-misses and cursing all things Irish.

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Home International charge hangs in balance

Ireland’s hopes of retaining the R&A Trophy for the Boys Home International Championship suffered a jolt as they were agonisingly beaten 8-7 by hosts Scotland at Western Gailes in Ayrshire yesterday.

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Rory, Rickie and galvanised Garcia the men to beat

Valhalla is a stadium-style golf course, which offers its competitors a wonderful study in contrasting landscapes and colour from the open, lower-lying front nine holes to the markedly more elevated and densely-wooded back nine.

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McGinley dangles Ryder Cup selection prize before Lowry

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has thrown down the gauntlet to Shane Lowry to deliver a big US PGA Championship performance and push himself to the forefront of his team selection plans for Gleneagles in September.

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Hurley one shot clear after Euro Amateur opening round

West Waterford’s Gary Hurley stormed into the lead in the European Amateur Championship on the Dukes Course at St Andrews yesterday following a stunning opening round.

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Confident Lowry ready to take great leap forward at Valhalla

Shane Lowry has spent the summer hinting at great things to come and will tee off at Valhalla tomorrow in the PGA Championship believing the time to make the big leap forward may have arrived.

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Strength and stability propelling Rory down fairways

Fitter, stronger, and longer off the tee, it has taken more than just the right equipment and the harnessing of his immense natural talent for Rory McIlroy to re-scale the heights of world golf.

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Mickelson glad to be back in Kentucky

It has not been a great summer for American golfers, what with Tiger Woods’ back troubles, Dustin Johnson’s ‘leave of absence’ and a European surge up the world rankings.

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McIlroy: I’m no racing certainty

RORY McILROY may be the hottest golfer in the world right now but he is refusing to buy into the hype that he is a sure thing to win this week’s PGA Championship at Valhalla.

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Kelly leads strong Irish contingent in race for British Seniors Amateur

Maurice Kelly will be aiming to complete a magnificent quick-fire double when he competes at the British Seniors Amateur Championship, which gets underway at Ganton, Yorkshire, this morning.

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Kaymer tells Tiger think of health before teeing up

Martin Kaymer would love to compete against Tiger Woods in this week’s US PGA Championship, but hinted that the 14-time major winner would be better off taking a lengthy break from the game.

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