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Olivia Mehaffey storms up leaderboard in the European Ladies Amateur Championship

Olivia Mehaffey stormed up the leaderboard in the European Ladies Amateur Championship in Sweden yesterday with a stunning third-round display.

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Arthur Pierse belies his years at Lahinch

In an era when amateur golf is dominated almost entirely by young men with their sights set on a lucrative career in the professional game, it should be next to impossible for a 65 year-old to set his sights on winning a major championship.

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The Midleton student who taught Neymar how to play golf for Olympic ad

A year in an east Cork boarding school. And a golf lesson with Barcelona’s Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr.

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Golf: Pierces light up Lahinch at South of Ireland Championship

Family dynasties claiming the limelight in the South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch are nothing new.

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Jack Whelan leads the way in South of Ireland Championship

A day that began with heavy showers followed by bright sunshine and later still by strong winds tested the golfing acumen of most of the country’s leading golfers in the first of two qualifying rounds in the Pierse Motors-sponsored South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch.

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Jason Day puts sunny side up after Open disappointment

World number one Jason Day hopes a return to sunny weather, and the scene of past glory, can help him put his Open disappointment aside.

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Solid start for Olivia Mehaffey in Sweden

Olivia Mehaffey made a fine start in her bid for European Ladies’ Amateur Championship glory by carding an opening day total of 70 in Sweden.

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Jack Hume leads GB&I fightback

Jack Hume led the fightback for Great Britain & Ireland who trail 8-4 at the midway stage of their St Andrew’s Trophy clash with the Continent of Europe in Kent.

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Lahinch all set for South of Ireland shoot-out

Stuart Grehan is representing Britain & Ireland against the Continent of Europe in the St Andrews Trophy today and tomorrow at Princes, Kent, rather than defending his South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch.

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Phil Mickelson left with mixed emotions

It is one of those questions you never hope you have to answer but when asked if his Royal Troon disappointment was worse than the numerous others in his long career, Phil Mickelson responded with dignified good grace.

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Plenty of Ryder Cup cheer for upbeat Darren Clarke

With a second European major winner of the season on the books thanks to Henrik Stenson’s brilliance at Royal Troon, there was plenty to cheer Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke over the weekend.

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Henrik Stenson finally pulls the winning lottery number

Kevin Markham investigates some of the strange rituals of the world’s best golfers.

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Henrik Stenson’s rocky road to Open validation

It might not have been rock bottom for Henrik Stenson as he packed his bags on a January Friday night and slunk out of the 2012 Qatar Masters after another missed cut but the Swede had every reason to feel low.

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Henrik Stenson: ‘We’re only just getting started, aren’t we?’

What a way to grab you and your country’s maiden major championship victory.

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Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson produce links perfection

If you felt a change of wind sweeping across Royal Troon Sunday, it came not from Mother Nature but from Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the R&A.

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Henrik Stenson felt his time for major glory had come

Henrik Stenson believed his turn had arrived to become golf’s latest major champion and with it end the question of when Sweden would finally win one of the sport’s greatest prizes.

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Pádraig Harrington eyes a major when he’s 50

Watching 40-somethings Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson trade punches down the stretch has only sharpened Pádraig Harrington’s appetite to become a major winner again.

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Rory McIlroy: 'I'm happy with where my game's at'

Rory McIlroy made a late charge into a top-10 finish at The Open and declared himself satisfied heading towards the final major of the year in 10 days at the PGA Championship.

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Four big questions for Darren Clarke as the Ryder Cup draws nearer

Darren Clarke still has a selection dilemma, writes Simon Lewis. 

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Pádraig Harrington: I’ll need a miracle, or a 62

Pádraig Harrington insists he needs a miracle — or a 62 — to have any chance of catching Phil Mickelson and lifting his third Open title.

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Rory McIlroy: ‘Honestly, I’m happy with my two rounds of golf’

Rory McIlroy will go into today’s third round of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon eight shots behind leader Phil Mickelson but believing winning a second Claret Jug in three years is not beyond the realms of possibility.

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The art of a golf speech: From walking the walk to talking the talk

Nearly 20 years later, Justin Leonard still gets compliments for his British Open victory at Royal Troon.

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Colin Byrne’s golf guide puts a top caddy in your pocket

As caddie to elite professionals including Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, Colin Byrne has been at the pinnacle of golf. Now the Irishman wants us all to benefit from his experience.

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How ‘Phil the Thrill’ morphed into the king of Scotland

There was a time when it was understandable to wonder just why Phil Mickelson carried a passport. Oh, that’s right, he needed it for those Ryder Cup visits to Europe every four years.

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Rory McIlroy ‘optimistic’ despite long climb ahead to catch Phil Mickelson

Rory McIlroy may have a long climb ahead of him this weekend if he is to get his hands back on the Claret Jug he first won two years ago, but despite a difficult second round at Royal Troon the four-time major champion insisted he was happy with his lot.

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Shane Lowry suffers out-of-body experience

Golf is a mysterious beast at times but for Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne the fine line between the sublime and the ridiculous blurred a little in the first round of The Open.

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History bites the dust for Mickelson but healthy lead intact at The Open

Phil Mickelson saw major championship history elude him at the last moment but at least has the comfort of a healthy lead going into today’s Open Championship second round.

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The Open: PádraigHarrington still loves Postage Stamp despite red letter gaffe

As Pádraig Harrington, his morning’s work done, sat back and watched the afternoon’s play at the 145th Open Championship, the good feeling derived from his opening round will have dissipated with every birdie putt sunk by Phil Mickelson.

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Rory McIlroy stands by Rio claims

Rory McIlroy said he had no regrets about his comments regarding skipping the Olympics but wished he had expressed himself better regarding his statement that he did not get into golf to grow the game.

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When you bring an Open to Troon, your field has to have the presence Colin Montgomerie

When the curtain was raised on the 145th Open Championship yesterday, there was a proper setting — emphasis on proper.

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Sergio Garcia ‘a bit disappointed’ but well in hunt at Troon

Sergio Garcia was happy to sign for a 68 on day one of the Open Championship after claiming he played poorly. The Spaniard was three under after the first round at Royal Troon, five behind leader Phil Mickelson.

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Open Diary: Louis Oosthuizen turning out to be the ace in the pack

To score a hole-in-one in a major championship is a rare feat. 

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Dustin Johnson the man in form, but who will prove king of Royal Troon?

The motto of Royal Troon Golf Club sums it all up rather nicely. The Latin which adorns the 138-year-old Ayrshire links’ crest reads: “Tam Arte Quam Marte”, which means “as much by skill as by strength”.

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Jordan Spieth’s big picture thinking makes him genuine contender

For a kid who was piling up success in a seemingly easy manner, much of Jordan Spieth’s world of late has revolved around his ability to deal with the tough times.

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Time to walk the Open tightrope at Troon

Just ask the players. The Open Championship test is like no other because unlike the one-dimensional bomb-and-putt target golf they play for the rest of the year, links courses offer so much variety, and they demand so much more from a player’s arsenal, like the forgotten skills of imagination and shot creativity.

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Shane Lowry: I’ve learned from Oakmont

Shane Lowry returns to the major championship arena today armed with confidence rather than burdened by disappointment following last month’s US Open near-miss.

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Swift video review will assist refs in bid to prevent US Open rules farce

Open Championship organisers are confident they can avoid the rules farce that threatened to overshadow last month’s US Open when play gets underway at Royal Troon today.

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Rory McIlroy: I’m still the main man in golf’s fab four

Rory McIlroy has announced his return to The Open Championship by throwing down the gauntlet to his major rivals by declaring he is ready to spring back to top form.

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Jordan Spieth: Skipping Olympics hardest call of my life

Rory McIlroy’s swipe at golf in the Olympics may have raised hackles within the International Golf Federation but its president Peter Dawson at least heard more conciliatory words yesterday from another prominent Rio absentee.

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Rory McIlroy will watch ’stuff that matters’ at the Olympics

Rory McIlroy may not watch the golf event on television when it returns to the Olympics next month and hinted on Tuesday it was not one of the sports that would matter in Rio de Janiero.

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Graeme McDowell: I can crack Troon

Graeme McDowell returns to the course where his major championship journey began in 2004, armed with a dozen years of knowledge and a belief he can finally solve The Open puzzle.

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10 major moments from Open Championship history

‘Duel in the Sun’ is still The Open’s greatest day, writes Kevin Markham.

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Jim McCabe: Great players will always play great golf, regardless of the elements

It is a ritual understood by many like-minded individuals who harbour an inner passion for golf and thus indulge in pilgrimages to the great links of Scotland, Ireland, and England.

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Zach Johnson beguiled by history and ‘purity’ of The Open

Zach Johnson did not need to win The Open Championship to fall in love with it but lifting the Claret Jug a year ago helped him to really understand the significance of golf’s oldest tournament.

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Jason Day found major momentum in Open woe

A year ago, Jason Day stood on the brink of glory at St Andrews and failed to take that most important of steps.

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Rory McIlroy must realise driving is for show, putting is for dough

For most, it is easy to overlook Royal Troon as an Open Championship venue as it possesses neither the famous dunes of Birkdale or the beauty of Turnberry and doesn’t command the reverence we most often associate with St Andrew’s.

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Pádraig Harrington says Olympic gold would mean more than a major

Winning Olympic gold in Rio next month would mean more to Pádraig Harrington than a fourth major title. Yet, as the International Golf Federation yesterday confirmed a field missing the world’s top-four ranked players for the men’s event in the sport’s first appearance at the Games since 1904, Harrington’s take appeared to be at odds with many of the game’s elite.

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Darren Clarke Open ambitions take back seat to Ryder Cup defence

The Open may well be the major championship most suited to Darren Clarke’s game, and Royal Troon one of his more favoured courses on the R&A’s rotation, but the 2011 champion’s ambitions will take a back seat in this Ryder Cup season.

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All about surviving the waiting game for Pádraig Harrington

The Open still stirs the passion in three-time major winner Pádraig Harrington, and he can’t wait to get into the thick of the action at Troon on Thursday.

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Cool Alex Noren claims fifth European Tour title

Sweden’s Alex Noren gave himself the perfect early birthday present by holding his nerve to claim a fifth European Tour title in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

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Ireland’s European Amateur Team Championship adventure ends with French lesson

Ireland have finished in sixth position at the European Amateur Team Championship, losing to hosts, France, on the final day at Chantilly.

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