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Darren Clarke: Europe can handle Hazeltine Ryder Cup pressure

Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is confident his players will be able to handle the partisan atmosphere when Europe defend the trophy against a USA team which will be “baying for blood”.

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Pádraig Harrington ready to make the hard yards at tricky Royal County Down

Pádraig Harrington is a man used to dealing with absolutes in the numbers game that is professional golf.

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Recovering Brett Rumford back in swing

A lot of athletes lose a yard of pace as they grow older, ageing golfers lose some distance off the tee but former Irish Open champion Brett Rumford returns to the tournament he won 11 years ago missing a foot of intestine.

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Rory McIlroy the star attraction as big hitters get set to take on Royal County Down

With a playing group that could be lifted straight from a major championship draw, Rory McIlroy will tee off at Royal County Down tomorrow with praise ringing in his ears for putting the Irish Open back on the golfing map.

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Pádraig Harrington US Open bid ended by closing bogey

Pádraig Harrington is targeting a top-three finish in the Irish Open after a final hole bogey scuppered his chances of qualifying for the US Open via yesterday’s 36-hole Sectional Qualifier at Walton Heath.

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Time for Tour to shape its own future with European swing

The Irish Open is a subject and tournament close to my heart, not just because I’ve been fortunate to play in it but because it has, at best, only limped along, with its sponsor status never fully guaranteed from year to year.

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Inside Golf: Emerging stars to join world’s best at Irish Open

There will be some special guests at tomorrow’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro Am at Royal County Down, as two teams of young golfers from Shannon Golf Club in Clare and Faithlegg Golf Club in Waterford reap their reward for winning the inaugural Irish Open Golf Skills Challenge.

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Rory McIlroy is world No 1 by a long way, declares Paul McGinley

Rory McIlroy might feel he has unfinished business at this week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open but there’s no doubt in Paul McGinley’s mind that the young Ulster man has nothing to prove at Royal County Down.

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Ewan Murray: Darren Clarke took wrong route after 2010 Open victory

In spite of his disappointing performance at Wentworth last week, Rory McIlroy will inevitably be very much the focus of attention at Royal County Down this week. Even so, the fans and television viewers will also keep more than one eye on several other Irishmen, and most especially Darren Clarke, Shane Lowry and Pádraig Harrington.

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Gary Hurley focusing on the here and now

Between final exams at Maynooth University and a full amateur schedule, there has been a lot on Gary Hurley’s plate as he prepares to make another appearance in an Irish Open.

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Shane Lowry’s superb display secures US Open slot

Shane Lowry secured his place in next month’s US Open with another superb display at the BMW PGA Championship.

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Shane Lowry benefits from power of positive thinking

After a disappointing first round on Thursday, Shane Lowry bounced back into BMW PGA Championship contention yesterday with a five-under-par 67 at Wentworth that leaves him the best of the Irish heading into the weekend.

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Wentworth exit allows Rory McIlroy to finally enjoy some Down time

He was not angry with his performance, just disappointed.

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Peter Lawrie makes most of O’Grady invitation

Peter Lawrie did not know he would be playing at Wentworth until Monday afternoon but he had plenty of reasons to thank European Tour chief executive George O’Grady for the tournament invitation that could help him regain his Tour card for next season.

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McIlroy throws Wentworth wobbly

From winning smiles to anger management, Rory McIlroy’s amazing run of form hit a speed bump at Wentworth yesterday, but not so bad as to send his BMW PGA Championship title defence off course.

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Pádraig Harrington to play in Irish Open despite injury woe

Pádraig Harrington insisted he will be fit to play in next week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down as he chases qualification for next month’s US Open, despite withdrawing injured at Wentworth yesterday.

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Major in mind again for Rory McIlroy

As if his Quail Hollow rampage was not enough of a warning shot to his rivals, Rory McIlroy goes into today’s BMW PGA Championship having admitted he would be disappointed not to win a major this summer.

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Graeme McDowell out to end Wentworth hex

The teeth have been ungritted, the mind opened to fresh thoughts and the mood modified to optimistic but whatever Graeme McDowell tries to get the better of Wentworth’s West Course, the Irishman admits he has something of a Marmite relationship with the place.

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Pádraig Harrington in fitness battle to make PGA Championship tee-off

Pádraig Harrington was optimistic he would be fit enough to play in today’s opening round of the BMW PGA Championship and insisted a shoulder injury would not prevent him teeing up at next week’s Irish Open.

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Alex Ferguson time inspired Rory McIlroy’s Ryder Cup showing at Gleneagles

Rory McIlroy has paid tribute to the role Alex Ferguson played in motivating him above all others on the European team at last September’s Ryder Cup.

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Rory McIlroy: Golf got me through Caroline Wozniacki agony

Rory McIlroy has revealed how a return to golf helped him overcome the emotional heartbreak of his split from fiancée Caroline Wozniacki.

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Rebecca Codd still loves life on tour

Call it addiction or obsession but the desire of a professional golfer to remain on tour even when there are a million reasons not to be there goes beyond all logic.

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Rivals fearful of Rory McIlroy’s relentless drive

From demolishing the field at Quail Hollow to wowing crowds during a London store appearance, there has been little in the last 72 hours to suggest Rory McIlroy is anything other than the master of all he surveys.

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Luke Donald looks to halt ranking slide at Wentworth

Luke Donald returns to the scene of his greatest triumphs this week with a lot more at stake than when he was ruling the roost four years ago.

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Golf memorabilia from Irish stars up for auction at Kerry fundraiser

Signed memorabilia by Rory McIlroy, Pádraig Harrington, Paul McGinley, Tom Watson and Shane Lowry will be among the items auctioned at Kerry’s fundraiser for their centre of excellence in New York tomorrow week.

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$1.278m Charlotte stroll bores Rory McIlroy

What occupation could be boring when you are averaging just over $41,000 for a single days work?

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Inside Golf: Philip Walton’s son hoping to follow in dad’s footsteps

The son of a former Ryder Cup player is looking to ignite his own playing career with success in the Galvin Green PGA Assistants’ Championship, which starts tomorrow at Co Meath.

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Hole in one earns Seamus Power BMW X4

Seamus Power scored his first top 10 of the season on the Web.com Tour in America on Sunday and capped his weekend off by winning a $57,000 (€50,000) BMW X4.

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Rory McIlroy storms to second victory in three weeks

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy stormed his way to a second Wells Fargo Championship success, a second victory in three weeks, a third triumph this season and the 18th win of his professional career.

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Brilliant Rory McIlroy simply cruising in Carolina

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy delivered a chilling reminder to his rivals as he targets a second PGA Tour success in three weeks and a second Wells Fargo Championship victory in suburban Charlotte, North Carolina.

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GUI and ILGU in mergertalks

Golfing Union of Ireland general secretary Pat Finn has labelled forthcoming merger talks with the the Irish Ladies Golf Union as a logical step forward for the game’s governance on the island of Ireland.

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Ryder Cup trio add to stellar line-up for Irish Open

European Ryder Cup heroes Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson and Miguel Angel Jimenez have become the latest stars to confirm their plans to play Royal Co Down in two weeks as the entry deadline closed for this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

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VIDEO: Swing4Cancer challenge to tee off

Three golfers will be putt under pressure as they race against the clock to complete the ‘Swing4Cancer’ challenge to raise funds for Breast Cancer Ireland. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Richard Hills, PGA Ryder Cup, and Niamh Briggs, Ireland women's rugby captain, at The Shannon Airport European Sport Tourism Summit.

Experts warn Ireland sport tourism falling short at international level

Ireland is underachieving in sport tourism despite having the capacity to be a major global player, the Shannon Group European Sport Tourism Summit in Limerick has been told.

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Rory McIlroy: Sorry Jack Nicklaus, I can’t make Memorial tournament

The last person Rory McIlroy expected to bump into after penning a letter saying ‘Sorry’ to Jack Nicklaus was the 18-time Major winner himself.

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