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GOOD SIGNS: Trevor Stokes and Mark Neville in the process of erecting a sign for the Irish Open at the entrance to Fota Island. Picture: Denis Scannell

Pádraig putting things right

Pádraig Harrington was pleased a new putting alignment lasted a full 18 holes after recording a two under par 70 on the opening day of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

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Poulter: McGinley’s Euro stars on the rise

Ian Poulter believes European captain Paul McGinley will be delighted with the way his side is taking shape ahead of the Ryder Cup in September.

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Tiger loss won’t hurt Hoylake

The world’s best players will notice few changes when the British Open returns to Hoylake for the first time since 2006 this summer.

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Pádraig prepares for qualifying trek to US Open

Pádraig Harrington will again venture into new and unwanted territory when he enters a 36-hole US Open qualifier later next month at Walton Heath in Surrey.

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Hume too strong for his fitness coach

Naas ace Jack Hume produced a strongman finish to beat his fitness coach and capture the Radisson Blu sponsored West of Ireland at Rosses Point yesterday.

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Hurley turns up heat to storm into semis

West Waterford’s Gary Hurley needed just 25 holes to blast his way into this morning’s semi-finals of the Radisson Blu-sponsored West of Ireland Amateur Open at a sun-kissed County Sligo.

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Back-to-basics Westwood races to seven shot victory in Malaysia

Lee Westwood bounced back from his third-round blip to win the Maybank Malaysian Open by seven strokes after a storm-delayed final round.

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Stack and Hurley keep Munster hopes alive

Dungarvan’s Kevin Stack and West Waterford’s Gary Hurley kept Munster interest alive in the Radisson Blu sponsored West of Ireland Championship at a sun-kissed County Sligo.

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Dream West debut as Brady sets course record 64

Local teenager David Brady made a sensational debut in the Radisson Blue sponsored West of Ireland Championship when he racked up nine birdies in a seven under par course record 64 at Rosses Point.

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Graeme McDowell: Needs 100 world ranking points.

McDowell keeps Open mind on Ryder chances

While torrential rain stalled Graeme McDowell’s RBC Heritage Classic defence, his goal of making this year’s Ryder Cup team remains on track as he believes his best two chances of collecting another Major will come at he US and British Opens.

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Dermot McElroy

Putting key to McElroy’s bid for glory in the West

Dermot McElroy hopes to celebrate his call-up to the St Andrews Trophy squad by challenging for his first amateur major when the Radisson Blu-sponsored West of Ireland Amateur Open gets under way at Rosses Point today.

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McDowell hopes for Hilton repeat

Graeme McDowell will hope history repeats itself as he defends his RBC Heritage title at Harbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head this week.

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Focused McIlroy a man on a mission

Rory McIlroy will head back to Florida for two weeks of practice confident there is a successful season ahead, despite the Irishman’s frustrations at Augusta National last week.

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Wally Roode, Captain of the Irish Blind Golfers getting the line on the first tee prior to their Celtic Cup international match against Scotland at the Lee Valley Golf Club, Cork.

A new perspective on the ancient game

It was a perfect day in Lee Valley Golf Club yesterday, sun kissing the spring-blooming flowers, the vista from the first tee-box picture-postcard perfection.

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Bubba refuses to shed small town hick image

Forget the small town boy schtick and dismiss that Forrest Gump’s younger brother act.

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Watson a character transformed as he wins Masters title

Bubba Watson outduelled rookie Jordan Spieth at Augusta National to deny the young Texan a place in the record books and earn himself a second Masters victory in three years.

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The show always goes on at Masters

As pilgrimages go, few are as steeped in rituals as the Masters. Held at the same time and the same place every April, it is blanketed in so much ‘sameness’ that when one of its trees suffered ice damage this past winter and had to be taken down, reams of newsprint and miles of tape were used to record odes of appreciation and remembrances.

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High fives and poor putting costly for Rory

Rory McIlroy was left to rue poor putting and a terrible negotiation of Augusta National’s par-five holes as Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson duelled for Masters supremacy during a tension-filled final round.

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McDowell can’t geta grip on Augusta

Graeme McDowell was trying hard to focus on the positives as he left Augusta National for the 135-mile drive south to Hilton Head Island.

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Clarke rues four over final round on ‘punishing’ course

Darren Clarke didn’t need to shoot a final round 76 in the Masters to know there’s a very fine line between success and failure at Augusta National.

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MIND THE GAP: Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot on the 17th at the Masters on Saturday. The 20-year-old United States golfer, inset, set off with a share of the 54-hole lead on the final day.  Picture: Harry How/Getty Images

Plenty to come from Spieth

Was it only three years ago that Rory McIlroy had been in Jordan Spieth’s golf shoes?

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LEARNING CURVE: South African Richard Sterne sharpens his bunker shots technique under the watchful eye of  coach Jamie Gough. Picture: Getty Images

Simple maths opens eyes of pros to where real value lies

In March of this year in one of the smaller rooms at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center, two men stood on stage.

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Brilliant Bubba looks in the mood in Georgia

Bubba Golf returned to Augusta National last night as 2012 Masters winner Watson, unburdened by the pressures of being defending champion, jumped out into a clear lead at the halfway stage as Rory McIlroy struggled to stay in touch.

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Clarke saves best until last

Darren Clarke finally found his putting touch at Augusta National but it took a trademark missile from the fairway to make the cut last night.

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Norman’s nightmare marked end of an era

Adam Scott’s Masters victory a year ago was met with near delirium in his native Australia as the so-called Lucky Country finally got a green-jacketed champion its proud golfing tradition deserved.

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Gallacher betters uncle’s effort

Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher was delighted to make the cut on his Masters debut after a second round played in testing conditions at Augusta National.

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McCarthy turns on the style in Scotland

Julie McCarthy produced a sensational homeward half performance in her second round at the Scottish Girls U16 Championship at Strathmore yesterday to storm to the title and fire an early- season warning to her rivals.

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AWAY SHE GOES: Rory McIlroy plays an iron on the first fairway during the opening round of the Masters at Augusta. AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Rory’s grand Masters plan

Rory McIlroy intends to treat the next 54 holes at Augusta National like a game of chess as he patiently tries to become a grand Masters champion.

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Graeme McDowell

G-Mac fancies chances if it turns firm and fast

It is fair to say Graeme McDowell has not always anticipated an early April drive up Magnolia Lane to Augusta National as eagerly as most who get the invitation to play the Masters.

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Bill Haas launches a drive at the 17th during yesterday's opening round of the US Masters  in Augusta.

Rival Ryder Cup captains here to play the long game

Watching and waiting. They may be occupying different vantage points during the Masters this week but for Ryder Cup captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson, the task is exactly the same as they scout potential team members for Gleneagles this September.

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Phil Mickelson plays out of a bunker on the second hole at Augusta yesterday. Picture: AP

Buckle up for ride on Atlanta’s roller coaste

Whether you love or loathe the game of golf, it’s hard not to enjoy the Masters, at Augusta National.

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Jevin Stadler hits off the first fairway during a practice session (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Grumpy-looking Stadlers are really nice guys

So, if it is his final year as a competitor in the Masters – and for the record, he has been suggesting for 20 years or so that it is – Craig Stadler is going out in style.

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