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Munster on title trail after surprise win over Leinster

Munster pulled off a considerable surprise when they hammered host province Leinster 7½ to 3½ on the opening day of the Senior Interprovincial Championship at The Island yesterday.

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland takes a selfie with the Claret Jug and members of Royal Liverpool in the clubhouse after his two-stroke victory in  The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 20, 2014 in Hoylake, England.

Grand slam next for McIlroy

It will be back to work for Open champion Rory McIlroy this week as he gets on with the business of being a multiple Major winner.

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‘He’s cocky in a nice way’ – Nicklaus leads tributes to champ

Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have combined to salute Rory McIlroy’s performance in capturing the Open title for the first time.

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Paul McGinley

McGinley encouraged by form of Europeans

Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley was thrilled to see Rory McIlroy head a posse of six Europeans in the top 10 at The Open.

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Anatomy of an Open champion: John McHenry breaks down the mechanics of Rory McIlroy

"Rory McIlroy has the most natural motion in golf today," according to the great Jack Nicklaus and few would argue with that assertion after the phenomenal performance we witnessed at last week’s Open Championship.

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JP Fitzgerald

JP a vital cog in McIlroy machine

Some caddies find it difficult to live by the age-old maxim to keep up and shut up but that’s no problem for JP Fitzgerald.

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McIlroy’s Open record: Sublime to the ridiculous and then back again

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Carnoustie: McIlroy’s opening 68 was the only bogey-free round of the day, one lower than Tiger Woods and good enough for a share of third place.

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‘Rory must rack up Major wins now to top Jack’

Rory McIlroy can beat Jack Nicklaus’ haul of 18 Majors but Pádraig Harrington has warned the new Open champion that he must strike while the iron is hot.

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Castlegregory Golf Club officers, outside their new clubhouse, from left: President Sean Spillane, Lady President Marion Burke, Lady Captain Nora Keogan and Captain Brian Neenan.

Building a new era at Castlegregory

We would describe ourselves as being a hidden gem," smiles Castlegregory Golf club chairman of management, Noel Earlie, as he looks out over the pristine Kerry course, "but I think we would now like to be less hidden."

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Rory McIlroy with his mother Rosie, to whom he dedicated yesterday's win. Picture: PA

McDowell salutes ‘the curly-haired kid’

Graeme McDowell led the praise for "the curly-haired kid" at Hoylake last night as Rory McIlroy got his hands on the Claret Jug and brought Irish golf its eighth major in as many years.

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Rory's romance with Caroline Wozniacki came to an end just 10 weeks ago when he broke off their engagement shortly after their wedding invites  had been sent out.

A bumpy ride on the Open road

It began in January 2013, with an Abu Dhabi laser show worthy of the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Australia that served as a backdrop for his ill-fated engagement to Caroline Wozniacki nearly one year later.

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Rory aims to join legends by winning Green Jacket

He does not just win at a canter, you know.

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Rory McIlroy plays out of a bunker on the 10th during day 3 of The Open Championship. Picture: PA

Cool and controlled, McIlroy reaching a new level

Winning the Open Championship was never going to be easy and so it shouldn’t be either.

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Shane Lowry

Lowry looks to future after red-hot finish

Shane Lowry sparkled on the final day of The Open to earn his highest finish in a major but fall agonisingly short of the world top-50 ranking he craved.

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OFF COURSE: Tiger Woods watches his drive at the 16th during yesterday's final round of The Open at Hoylake. Picture: AP

Woods is worth the risk for Watson

It was if Dickens himself had strolled down Meols Drive and meandered into Royal Liverpool Golf Club to witness the 143rd Open Championship.

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VICTORY SALUTE: Lisselan, West Cork, winners of the Jimmy Bruen Munster Shield. Picture: Mary Browne

Bruen glory for ‘nine-hole club on the side of the road’

Lisselan, the picturesque little nine-hole club just outside of Clonakilty, savoured a little piece of national success in 2010 when they reached the final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes Championship at Castlerock.

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Freaky to fab, Rory finds Friday formula

Rory McIlroy will have to find another day to fret over after his Friday at the Open proved far from freaky at Royal Liverpool.

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‘It’s a day to remember the great things Bob did’

It hardly mattered that he didn’t make a birdie and missed the cut comfortably after a sad 78.

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Tiger must get swing mechanics right

It was a date with destiny for the game’s greatest talent and competitor yesterday.

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‘Significant’ win for Turner

Muskerry golfer Niall Turner has pulled off a significant victory on the Asian Development Tour in Jakarta as he battles back from an unfortunate run of illness and injury that have restricted his development in the pro ranks.

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Lowry regroups and ready to ‘make a charge’

Shane Lowry’s hopes of staying with the leaders suffered a setback at Royal Liverpool, but the way he recovered from a mid-round meltdown gives him a fighting chance of climbing back into contention.

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Hoey hobbles home from Hoylake with hole in left foot

Michael Hoey’s Open Championship came to a painful end at Hoylake yesterday as he was forced to withdraw during the second round due to a foot injury.

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Rory ready to rid his Friday demons

Rory McIlroy will try and forget his recent Friday woes today as he bids to extend his one-shot first-round lead and take a firm grip on the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

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Sergio Garcia: Birdied three of the first five holes.

Is Garcia finally ready for Major success?

As anniversaries go, not all are worth celebrating. The fact that it was 15 years ago when Sergio Garcia made his professional debut in the grandest golf gathering there is, the Open Championship?

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Graeme McDowell tees off on the 5th at Hoylake yesterday. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire.

McDowell hoping wind will come to his rescue

Graeme McDowell will tee off in his second round at The Open this afternoon hoping for an ill wind to blow across Royal Liverpool and give him a chance to play catch up with Rory McIlroy.

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Darren Clarke: Unhappy with his iron play.

Clarke rallies for even par as Pádraig on the brink

Darren Clarke and Pádraig Harrington are searching for some missing links in their games after struggling on day one at Royal Liverpool yesterday.

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McIlroy tees off on the 5th at Hoylake. Picture: PA

McIlroy was born for this test

How do you judge a person’s ability, especially if that person is already a superstar, someone as talented as Rory McIlroy?

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Tiger Woods splashes out of a greenside bunker on the 18th hole during day one of the Open at Hoylake.Picture: PA Wire

I’m more explosive and I’m only going to get better

He’s back, but while Tiger Woods has returned to a major championship leaderboard, the 14-time major winner believes he still has so much more |potential to be unleashed.

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Nailing par-fives path to Open glory, says Rory

Rory McIlroy has targeted Hoylake’s par-five holes as the keys to a successful Open Championship campaign this weekend as the two-time major winner aims to emulate Tiger Woods’ 2006 success at Royal Liverpool.

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Rotella backs Pádraig to come good

The man who put Pádraig Harrington in the right frame of mind to win two Opens and a US PGA title says he believes the Irishman’s bouncebackability is the reason he can still win more Majors.

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Strap yourselves in for a classic

Visitors to the UK often seek out the sites of tradition. Indeed it seems that British pomp and circumstance holds a special appeal – none more apparent than at the country’s leading sporting events, such as the Open Championship, which under the guidance of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has barely moved away from its traditions over the past century and a half.

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All about playing smart, says slim, trim and happy Clarke

Darren Clarke is hoping his happiness off the course can translate to success on it as he goes in search of a second Claret Jug in today’s opening round of The Open Championship at Hoylake.

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Lefty leads new invasion of Americans

There was a time when it was fair to question whether American golfers even owned passports. So spoiled, so comfortable, so insular in their PGA Tour world were they that their travels outside the home fence were few and far between.

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Course has changed since Tiger’s ’06 win

It is not just Tiger Woods who will have changed in the eight years since the Open Championship last visited Hoylake, the Royal Liverpool course he tamed in 2006 will be presenting quite a different challenge this time around.

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Tiger Woods gets a reminder of past glory as he walks past the giant video screen at Hoylake during a practice round yesterday. Woods is adamant he can win this weekend and claim his first Major victory since the 2008 US Open.

Tiger seeking ‘sense of peace’

There have been trials and tribulations aplenty since Tiger Woods last got his mitts on the Claret Jug here at Royal Liverpool but the 14-time Major winner’s refusal to accept anything less than victory has remained constant throughout.

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McIlroy needs to avoid the freaky Friday feeling

Rory McIlroy feels as prepared as he ever has going into an Open Championship but it will be how he readies himself mentally for Friday’s second round that will determine whether he lifts the Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool on Sunday.

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Graeme McDowell

Patient G-Mac ready to make another Major career move

Graeme McDowell has set his sights on a Claret Jug this week as he goes in search of a second Major championship title that will end all talk of him being a "one-hit wonder".

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Shane Lowry

In-form Lowry keen to keep it low-key

Shane Lowry will try to maintain an even keel this week as he aims to carry his good form into tomorrow’s Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

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Paul Dunne

Dunne mixing it with the greats

As introductions to Major championship golf go, Paul Dunne could not have asked for better than have the world No 1 stroll up to the first tee and join him for a practice round.

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Justin Rose

Rose: Time to put experience to use

Justin Rose believes he is now at the optimum stage of his career when he can cash in at the Majors.

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Ian Poulter

Poulter ready to play pain game at Hoylake

Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter will play through the pain barrier in this week’s Open Championship after being assured he can take on Hoylake’s heavy rough without aggravating a wrist problem.

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Defending Open Champion Phil Mickelson returns the Claret Jug to Chief Executive of the R&A Peter Dawson during a practice round prior to the start of Thursday's 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool  in Hoylake.

Phil plans more Major thrills

Much like Phil Mickelson’s relationship with the Majors, his first Open Championship success last year came after years of failure.

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Rory McIlroy

Rory slight provokes response from Scots

Rory McIlroy arrives at Royal Liverpool today for this week’s Open Championship with a flea in his ear from north of Hadrian’s Wall following his less than complimentary remarks about a regular Scottish Open venue.

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Rory McIlroy

McIlroy paired with rising stars

Rory McIlroy will get his Open Championship bid under way at Royal Liverpool on Thursday as the elder statesman in group containing rising stars Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama.

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Spanish Point seek Munster double

Two years ago, the little nine-hole Spanish Point links in West Clare didn’t have a pennant of any kind.

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Rory sees glimmer of hope for Open success

Rory Mcllroy departed for Liverpool and this week’s British Open buoyed by his weekend effort in the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen.

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In-form Castlemartyr on the glory trail

Castlemartyr in East Cork may have been founded in 2008 but they are already poised to win their first pennant when the Munster finals of the AIG Irish Senior Cup take place at Shannon GC next month.

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Ireland must settle for silver as Spain reign

Ireland had to play second fiddle to Spain in the final of the European Amateur Team Championship in Finland at the weekend — a 5-2 trouncing meant they returned home yesterday with the silver medal.

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Late eagle earns Martin victory

American Mo Martin won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in stunning fashion yesterday, firing an eagle on the 72nd to finish a shot ahead of Norway’s Suzann Pettersen and China’s Shanshan Feng.

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Rory McIlroy,  on the 17th tee, pondering where it all went wrong  after a poor  Scottish Open second round at Royal Aberdeen yesterday. Picture: PA

McIlroy six off lead after disastrous 78

As widely speculated, Rory McIlroy’s Friday curse continued as he again failed to capitalise on a low opening round on day two of the Scottish Open yesterday.

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Rory McIlroy on the 18th after shooting a course record 64 in the opening round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Confident Rory breaks course record in Aberdeen

Rory McIlroy warmed up for next week’s Open Championship with a course record of 64 in the opening round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

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Foolish to ignore Tiger for Open, say Irish duo

Both Rory McIlroy and Pádraig Harrington insist it would be foolish to write off Tiger Woods’ chances of capturing a 15th Major Championship at next week’s British Open at Royal Liverpool.

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Paul McGinley

Mighty Macs ‘war’ not a concern says McGinley

Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley yesterday insisted Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell will "be professional" and put any possible strain in their relationship aside to team up again at Gleneagles in September.

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