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Rory McIlroy handed tough draw in San Fran

Top seed and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy has been handed a tough draw for the new-look WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship in San Francisco after being grouped with Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner. 

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Gary Hurley earns Palmer Cup call-up again

Currently Ireland’s highest-ranked amateur golfer, Gary Hurley will be flying the flag for Irish golf once again this summer as a member of the 2015 European Palmer Cup team.

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Padraig Harrington won’t give up on playing in US Open for 14th consecutive year

Padraig Harrington isn’t currently in the field for the second major of the year in June but reckons a top-five finish in one of four upcoming tour events will be enough to secure him a spot in the US Open for the 14th consecutive year.

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Paula Creamer calls for women’s Masters

Paula Creamer is calling for a women’s Masters at Augusta National.

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Schoolkids get the chance to bring famed Claret Jug into the classroom

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open may have migrated north for this year’s prestigious European Tour event but while the tournament heads to Royal County Down next month, schoolchildren up and down the country have a chance to bring the winners’ trophy and the Open’s famed Claret Jug to their classroom.

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Michael McDermott

Michael McDermott’s Open shot

Michael McDermott’s consistent season on the Irish PGA circuit in 2014 has earned him a debut appearance at this year’s Dubai Irish Open. 

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Rory McIlroy

Golf World Rankings

1 R McIlroy (Irl) 11.38, 

2 J Spieth (USA) 9.17,

3 H Stenson (Swe) 7.49,

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Leona Maguire with twin sister Lisa

Inside Irish Golf: Sensation Leona Maguire blazing trail at Duke

Stephanie Meadow and Graeme McDowell both won nine times during their US college careers but Leona Maguire could blow their records out of the water after a sensational start to life at Duke University in North Carolina.

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Jordan Spieth back in business with a 62 at RBC Heritage

Masters champion Jordan Spieth roared back into contention at the RBC Heritage following a second-round 62.

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Majestic Royal County Down awaits — Will Rory McIlroy’s power win out over guile?

The great Australian professional Bruce Crampton might never have won a major, but with four runner-up finishes to his credit, he still knew a thing or two about the game and what makes a golfer tick.

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Rory McIlroy hooks another three big ones but chasing Phil Mickelson

Rory McIlroy might have added Ryder Cup stars Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and Patrick Reed to a stellar field but the world No 1 is chasing an even bigger name for next month’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open — Phil Mickelson.

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Jordan Spieth has eyes set on Rory McIlroy’s top spot

Masters champion Jordan Spieth is confident he will win more majors in pursuit of world number one Rory McIlroy. 

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Graeme McDowell foresees a golden age and a US resurgence

Who would have succeeded in a golfing rivalry between Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods is a debate that has stirred at a thousand clubhouse bars more than 15 years, but Graeme McDowell believes the game’s next giants will turn the hypothetical into reality.

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Michael Greller quits maths teaching to Master in caddying

Michael Greller, the caddie who carried Jordan Spieth’s bag in his historic performance at the 2015 Masters, is 16 years older than his boss but even less experienced.

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Jordan Spieth’s superb win signposts road to Augusta Masters glory for Rory

Rory McIlroy best avoid US television for a week or so because the Green Jacket that should have been his destiny will be on screen and on the wrong golfer’s back far too much for his liking.

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