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Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the tenth during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts yesterday. Picture:  AP

‘Wild’ men lead pack

Rory McIlroy found himself overshadowed on the opening day of the Deutsche Bank Championship by the efforts of some six players, four Americans and two European, all vying for Ryder Cup ‘wildcard’ selection.

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Francesco Molinari

Molinari makes case for Ryder selection

Stephen Gallacher is the only player who controls his Ryder Cup destiny, but it was Francesco Molinari who did most to boost his chances of making the European team in the Italian Open.

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McGinley: ‘Spectacular’ display can earn wild card

European captain Paul McGinley will leave it to the last minute to decide on his Ryder Cup wild cards, admitting "something spectacular" could yet influence his decision.

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Olivia Mehaffey

Big hitters in China put faith in the numbers

They may have finished out of the medals but two Irish golfers helped make golfing history over the past two weeks as the sport made its first appearance in an Olympic event for 110 years.

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Sean Foley and Tiger Woods

Woods and Foley part company

Tiger Woods has ended his professional relationship with swing coach Sean Foley.

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Graeme McDowell

G-Mac seeks new horizons

Irish golfer Graeme McDowell last night toasted the "happiest moment of my life" as he welcomed his first child into the world, a life-changing moment that followed hot on the heels of a career-changing one.

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Magnanimous McDowell wishes Gallacher well in Ryder Cup battle

With Graeme McDowell hoping to enjoy the excitement later today of becoming a new father, he’s shown enormous sportsmanship in wishing Stephen Gallacher well in qualifying for the European Ryder Cup team.

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Graeme McDowell

McDowell still confident of Ryder spot

Triple Ryder Cup star Graeme McDowell is confident of being afforded a ‘wildcard’ pick should he drop outside the automatic nine qualifiers following this week’s Barclays Championship in New Jersey.

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Rory McIlroy hits from a bunker on the 13th hole during the first round at The Barclays tournament (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Major celebrations catch up with Rory

Rory McIlroy confessed he paid a price for celebrating three wins in succession, including capturing a fourth Major, rather than work on his game after shooting a 74 on the opening day of the Barclays Championship in New Jersey.

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McIlroy not rattled by Tiger or Phil quips

World No 1 Rory McIlroy returns to competition in New Jersey looking to win a fourth event in succession at the Barclays Championship and revealing he laughed off comments by Tiger Woods and then smiled at a remark from Phil Mickelson.

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Late wobble costs O’Driscoll share of lead at Amateur Open

Cork teenager Jean O’Driscoll led the Irish challenge on the first day of the British Ladies Open Amateur Golf Championship at Ashburnham in West Wales yesterday.

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Tiger: I wouldn’t have made a point at the Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods has revealed he pulled out of the Ryder Cup because he did not feel he could have won a point for the United States.

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Staying ‘true’ proves key to Rory’s success

Rory McIlroy is a great example of a golfer working on their strengths just as much as their weaknesses. In short, be true to yourself. 

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O’Callaghan eyes new talent as Fernhill hosts young big hitters

Pádraig Harrington predicted earlier this year that within the decade, the likes of Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy will be battling a new generation of stars who will hit the ball 380 yards — at least. 

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Bobby’s girls doLaytown proud

Bobby Browne is nothing short of a legend at Laytown and Bettystown and the 71-year old PGA professional was beaming on Saturday as the ladies claimed the AIG Senior Cup for only the second time in the club’s 105-year history — 26 years after their breakthrough win in 1988 — with victory over a youthful Killarney. 

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Muskery Golf Club, winners of the Barton Shield. Picture: Eamon Ward

Gorey eyes Muskerry gold

Munster Barton Shield and Junior Cup finals
There was a time back in the 1940s and ’50s when Muskerry regularly took on and beat the best at a time when Irish golf boasted some of the game’s finest amateur golfers.

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Marc Warren with the trophy after the final round of the European Tour Golf Tournament in Himmerland, Denmark (AP Photo/Rene Schutze, POLFOTO).

Warren gets over line but doesn’t expect Ryder call

Scotland’s Marc Warren, who credits his recent good form to a new Callaway driver, ruled himself out of the reckoning for a Ryder Cup wild card despite claiming his first European Tour title for seven years at the inaugural Made in Denmark event yesterday.

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Mary McKenna, president, Irish Ladies Golf Union, with Maureen Culloty, lady captain, Killarney GC, beaten finalists in the  All-Ireland Ladies Senior Cup at Mount Wolseley. Picture: Pat Cashman

Laytown pull plug on party for teens

Irish Women’s Senior Cup final
Laytown & Bettystown and mother and daughter Carol Wickham and Rachel Taylor had every reason to celebrate at Mount Wolseley on Saturday after they had pulled off an outstanding victory over a Killarney side with three teenagers in it in the final of the Senior Cup.

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Dawson puts cap on stunning week

Irish Senior Cup
Highly talented 18-year-old Robin Dawson wrapped up a great week on and off the course at Shannon yesterday when he led Tramore into the national finals of the AIG Irish Senior Cup.

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Ireland’s amateurs rule supreme

Ireland finished in style against England yesterday to capture the Men’s Home International title at Southerndown in South Wales.

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Teen dream as Killarney reach final

Three teenagers yesterday steered Killarney brilliantly into this morning’s (10 o’clock) final of the AIG Irish Women’s Senior Cup at Mount Wolseley, Co. Carlow.

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Tramore red-hot but Doneraile eyeing an upset

Given there is invariably little between the teams at this stage of the various AIG Irish Cups and Shields competitions, it is not surprising the bookmakers have struggled to separate the qualifiers for this weekend’s Munster semi-finals and finals of the Senior and Junior Cups and Barton Shield at Shannon Golf Club.

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Missed cut at Sedgefield sees Harrington lose PGA Tour card

Pádraig Harrington is in unfamiliar territory having lost full membership of the PGA Tour after missing the halfway cut in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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