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Danny Willett blows hot and cold at Wentworth

Masters champion Danny Willett experienced a mixture of the sublime and the ridiculous as he claimed a share of the lead with a remarkable 68 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

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Darren Clarke gives Pádraig Harrington the nod as Ryder Cup vice-captain

European captain Darren Clarke has named Thomas Bjorn, Pádraig Harrington and Paul Lawrie as three of his vice-captains for this year’s Ryder Cup.

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Danny Willett wants Rory McIlroy-like support

Masters champion Danny Willett wants to experience the same support which roared Rory McIlroy to a home victory last week after making a flawless start to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

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Russell Knox living the dream at Wentworth

Scotland’s Russell Knox believes he can make the leap from a former “head case” to a bona fide superstar as he targets a Ryder Cup debut in 2016.

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Rory McIlroy admits zika virus fears for Rio Olympics

When you’re a giant of the game, it’s ironic to think a mosquito or a microscopic virus could be a bigger threat than all your rivals.

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Rory McIlroy’s presentation speech sweet music for Dubai Duty Free chiefs

Rory McIlroy’s presentation speech hit all the right notes but a “see you soon” as a sign off will be music to the ears of of Dubai Duty Free chiefs.

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Rory McIlroy powers through closing holes to realise Irish Open dream

From a childhood dream sparked in the skies over Portmarnock, Rory McIlroy was back in the clouds last night as it came to realisation with a first Dubai Duty Free Irish Open victory.

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Rory McIlroy donates €666k Irish Open prize to charity

An emotional Rory McIlroy said donating his €666,000 winner’s prize to charities made his first Dubai Duty Free Irish Open victory even more special.

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Shane Lowry looking ahead to Wentworth

Shane Lowry feels he is close to clicking into form as looks forward to next week and to Wentworth, a golf course that has treated him well.

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Weather gods frown on Irish Open once again

Correctly predicting the Irish weather is an art form that Irish Open organisers would pay handsomely to possess.

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Gavin Moynihan inches away from hole-in-one but makes his first Irish Open cut

Gavin Moynihan was inches away from leaving the K Club in a €145,000 BMW but while he narrowly missed out on the required ace, the Irish rookie was happy just to have made his first Irish Open cut.

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Colm Campbell lauds Martin Kaymer's kind gesture

Irish Amateur champion Colm Campbell saw both sides of tour life this week. While he could look back on his Irish Open debut and lament missing the cut after being put on the clock completely destroyed his rhythm, he will remember it fondly instead thanks to Martin Kaymer.

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Relaxed Rory McIlroy must now move through the gears

Rory McIlroy has completed the first half of his Dubai Duty Free Irish Open objective by making a first cut in four years, but now he has to find a way to convert his recent good form and deliver a first victory of 2016.

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Irish Open: Danny Willett and Rory McIlroy teeing up a duel after opening day

It may be early days at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open but tournament host Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Danny Willett are shaping up for the sort of big-name duel this event has been crying out for.

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Irish Open: Emerald Isle a jewel for foreign raiders

Danny Willett and Rory McIlroy might be the star turns but the men chasing them sounded as happy about Ireland and the Irish as they did about their first round scores in the Irish Open.

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Shane Lowry looks on the bright side at Irish Open following first-round one-under

Shane Lowry bore the brunt of the worst of the weather on the opening day of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and was happy simply not to have played his way out of contention following a first-round one-under 71.

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David Higgins facing fight to make the weekend cut at Irish Open

A disappointing finish, which saw him drop two shots in his last three holes, left Waterville’s David Higgins with a mighty task to survive the halfway cut in the Irish Open at The K Club this afternoon.

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Dubai Duty Free chief Colm McLoughlin wants prize fund of €7m for Irish Open

Dubai Duty Free chief Colm McLoughlin wants the Irish Open prize fund raised to €7 million and the European Tour event pushed further into the summer.

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Rory McIlroy blasts Muirfield’s ‘men only’ vote

Rory McIlroy hailed the decision to remove Muirfield from the Open Championship rota over the club’s vote to continue refusing female members and declared the move as the Scottish course’s loss.

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OBITUARY: Christy O’Connor Senior - He ‘flows through the ball like fine wine’

Christy O’Connor Senior was a Hall of Famer, Ryder Cup veteran, World Cup golfer

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Relaxed Rory McIlroy confident of special week at the K Club

Rory McIlroy will launch his 10th bid for Dubai Duty Free Irish Open success at the K Club today motivated not just to win his national open but also to land his first victory of the year and confound the critics who believe his game has been lacking this year.

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Focused Graeme McDowell pushing for Ryder Cup spot

Graeme McDowell is not a man given to pushing panic buttons but he knows that the next we weeks are crucial if he is to keep up his amazing Ryder Cup record intact.

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Soren Kjeldsen: Irish Open win ‘a turning point in my career’

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open defending champion Soren Kjeldsen has every reason to look back at last year’s Royal County Down victory with fondness. The Dane credits his victory as marking a pivotal moment in his career.

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The home challenge for the Irish Open title

Here’s a run through the Irish players competing for glory at the K Club.

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Three key holes at the K Club

These will decide the destination of the Irish Open this weekend...

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Shane Lowry claims Irish Open tougher than any other

A lot has happened to Shane Lowry since he won his national title as an amateur in 2009, yet adding an Irish Open victory as a professional is very much a serious goal for the world number 35.

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Pádraig Harrington: Christy O’Connor Snr made it possible for me to play golf

Pádraig Harrington broke off from his preparations for a 21st professional appearance at the Irish Open yesterday to attend the funeral of Christy O’Connor Snr, the golfing great who made it possible for him to play golf.

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Paul McGinley says Rory McIlroy’s problems ‘between ears’

Asking what’s wrong with Rory McIlroy is a bit like that old joke about George Best, Miss World and the bed in £50 notes. When a player racks up six Top-10 finishes from nine stroke-play starts, there really shouldn’t be any reason to start pressing any alarm bells.

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Pádraig Harrington, Dr Bob Rotella, and the mental secrets that made him a champion

Pádraig Harrington has had three great father figures in his career — his father, Paddy, his swing coach, Bob Torrance, and Dr Bob Rotella.

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The Irish Open in numbers

We look at the numbers behind the richest Irish Open ever, with prize money of €4million on offer...

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How Irish Open victory helped shape Ben Crenshaw’s career

Ah, to be 24 again. Ben Crenshaw wasn’t asked if there was a price he would pay if such a possibility could be purchased, but he offered this: At 64, and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, he’s proud to remember what happened in his world when he was 24.

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The five best triumphs from four glorious decades of the Irish Open

Charlie Mulqueen selects his five favourite wins from the last four decades of the Irish Open.

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Farewell to Christy O’Connor - golf’s king of swing

Christy O’Connor didn’t subscribe to the view that his enormous success on the golf course was attributable to a natural God-given talent for the game.

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Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell in the groove for Irish Open

Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry headed home for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with a spring in their step after sub par finishes in The Players at Sawgrass.

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Olivia Mehaffey shows her class in Irish Ladies Close Championship

Olivia Mehaffey (Royal Co Down Ladies) confirmed her status as one of the finest amateur lady golfers in the world at gloriously sunny Lahinch yesterday when she withstood an outstanding challenge from fellow Ulster golfer Louise Coffey (Malone) to carry off the Irish Ladies Close Championship.

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Bogey ruins Rory McIlroy record bid

Rory McIlroy surged into Players Championship contention at TPC Sawgrass last night but he was left cursing the ninth hole after spurning a shot at a course-record 62 there.

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Sinead Sexton -and the sun- continues to shine in Lahinch

Sexton still shining in Lahinch.

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