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Justin Rose - into the clubhouse lead in the Bridgestone Invitational. Picture: Mark Duncan/AP

PGA urged to reveal reason for Dustin ban

The PGA Tour is under pressure to show transparency and reveal the reasoning for Dustin Johnson’s decision to step down from competition for an indefinite period ensuring the troubled American will miss the Ryder Cup.

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Dustin Johnson

Shock as Johnson to take immediate break from golf

Dustin Johnson has shocked the golf world by announcing he is to take an immediate leave of absence from the game.

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G-Mac: I’ll kiss Wanamaker when I’ve earned it

After recently reluctantly agreeing to be photographed with the Claret Jug in France, Graeme McDowell will turn down a request to pose with the Rodman Wanamaker Trophy, the prize in capturing next week’s USPGA Championship.

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Bleakley completes Shandon treble

Stuart Bleakley, a 19-year-old from Shandon Park, became the third member of the illustrious Belfast club to win the Clare Coast Hotels South of Ireland in extremely difficult weather conditions at Lahinch yesterday when he defeated Darragh Coghlan (Portmarnock) in the final by 3 and 2.

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Rory reveals how he nearly turned his back on golf

Triple Major champion Rory McIlroy has revealed that as a youngster he almost quit the game, but put it down to being a ‘grumpy teenager.’

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Griffin’s South breakthrough

Four golfers whose names don’t really ring a bell for followers of the amateur game have qualified for this morning’s semi-finals of the Clare Coast Hotels South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch.

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DRIVE ON: Alan Lowry, Esker Hills, the brother of Shane, teeing off at the 7th watched by Simon Bryan, Delgany, at  the South of Ireland championship in Lahinch, Co Clare, yesterday.

Pierse, 63,stays on course for elusive ‘South’ title

Arthur Pierse has been coming to Lahinch for more than 40 years in search of the Clare Coast Hotels South of Ireland Championship.

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Paul McGinley

McGinley out of final Major of season as doctors order him to rest

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has withdrawn from the US PGA Championship due to a shoulder injury.

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Tim Clark and his family with the trophy after the South African won the RBC Canadian Open at the Royal Montreal Golf Club.

Overnight leader Furyk has no answer to Clark’s birdie blitz

South Africa’s Tim Clark birdied five of his last eight holes on Sunday to power past Jim Furyk and win the Canadian Open.

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Langer’s superb 13-shot win breaks all records

British Seniors Open: Bernhard Langer strolled into the golfing record books at Royal Porthcawl yesterday as he pulverised a star-studded field to land his second British Senior Open title and a cheque for €249,000 as treble-chasing Colin Montgomerie rallied to grab second spot after a disappointing Saturday.

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McGrane loses out in play-off

Russian Open: England’s David Horsey recovered from a front-nine collapse to force a play-off against Damien McGrane before pushing on to victory at the Russian Open.

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Murray soars to win with albatross at lucky 13th

When you are one of the championship favourites and things are going against you, there is always a good time to produce a shot out of the ordinary.

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McSherry fifth at Young Masters

Irish teenager Niamh McSherry finished a highly-creditable fifth in the girls event at the European Young Masters in Hamburg.

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Rory McIlroy kisses the Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship 2014. Picture: PA

Lovable Rory could do worse than be himself

McIlroy must not be sidetracked by trying to become the next Tiger Woods

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Gary Hurley - withdrawn due to exhaustion

Star duo to miss South

The withdrawal of favourite Gary Hurley and Irish Close champion John Ross Galbraith has come as a major disappointment to organisers of the Clare Coast Hotels South of Ireland at Lahinch, which begins this morning.

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OFF COURSE: Damien McGrane blasts out of a bunker at the 15th in yesterday's second round of the M2M Russian Open  in Moscow. Picture: Getty Images

Horsey cantering ahead in Moscow

David Horsey recovered from a shaky start to extend his overnight lead to four shots after the second round of the Russian Open in Moscow.

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‘Part-time’ Rafferty survives Seniors cut

Ronan Rafferty and Philip Walton made the halfway cut by the skin of their teeth in the Seniors Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl in south Wales yesterday as German superstar Bernhard Langer strengthened his grip on the title.

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Youngsters key as Munster claim Interpros title

Munster captured the Senior Interprovincial Championship for the second time in three years when they pulled off a magnificent 7-4 victory over hot favourites and holders Ulster in an epic decider at The Island links in North Dublin yesterday.

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Ulster dominance set to continue after events of opening two days play

Ulster players have been the dominant force in Irish golf in recent years and the trend looks set to continue judging by developments over the opening two days of the Senior and Boys Interprovincials at the Island links in North Dublin.

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Brandt Snedeker: Ready to defend his Canadian Open title

Harmon wisdom has Snedeker back on track

American Brandt Snedeker believes a switch to renowned coach Butch Harmon has got his game back on track as he prepares to defend his RBC Canadian Open title.

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Mehaffey steadies ship after poor start

Two double bogeys in the first three holes prevented teenage sensation Olivia Mehaffey from being among the leaders after the first round of the European Ladies Amateur Championship in Estonia yesterday.

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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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Picture: David Davies/PA

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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