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Paul Dunne’s sensational 65 at qualifier seals ticket to The Open

Greystones’ Paul Dunne fired an eagle and six birdies in a sensational second round 65 to top the final qualifying for The Open at Woburn and clinch his place at St Andrews later this month.

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Last year's South of Ireland champion champion Stuart Bleakley from Shandon Park with the trophy.

South of Ireland Amateur Open still struggling to attract leading contenders

Lahinch Golf Club and the Munster Branch do fantastic work for Irish golf but while they are grateful to the GUI for rescheduling the Interpros and Irish Close to make it easier for our top players to head to Clare for next month’s South of Ireland Amateur Open, the measures don’t appear to have worked.

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Muskerry impress on home territory in bid to retain Barton Shield

AIG All-Ireland champions Muskerry have made a spectacular start to their Barton Shield title defence.

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Graeme McDowell plans another revolution at Versailles

It’s easy to write off a player like Graeme McDowell following his stuttering start to 2015.

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Darren Clarke and Michael Hoey set for Russia adventure

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke looks set to add another first to his illustrious playing career by travelling to Russia later this year.

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Great Britain and Ireland fall just short

Great Britain and Ireland’s Vagliano Trophy run of defeats at the hands of Continental Europe was extended to five.

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Hot putter leaves Michael Hoey best of Irish in Munich

A week spent playing golf with two former Northern Ireland soccer players along with the acquisition of a very expensive putter has put Michael Hoey in contention at the BMW International Open in Munich.

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Kevin Phelan: Hit twoeagles - a career first.

Eagle-eye Phelan gets off to a flyer in Munich

The distance between the Munchen Golf Club and Mount Juliet may be around 1,400 kilometres but Kevin Phelan felt right at home on the opening day of the BMW International Open.

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Upbeat Shane Lowry to tee it up with Tour superstars at BMW Open

Shane Lowry’s new European Tour stature has been quickly rewarded with tee times alongside Tour superstars Martin Kaymer and Henrik Stenson for the opening two rounds of the BMW International Open in Munich.

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FA golf course to relieve ‘boredom’

England’s footballers are to get their own designated golf course as part of plans to upgrade the country’s national football centre.

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Colin Montgomerie ready to go again in seniors open

Colin Montgomerie will get little respite after an arduous week at the US Open when he defends the senior equivalent in Sacramento this week.

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Royal County Down still on the up

Every golfer in Ireland knows the bounty of courses we have on our island. There are 330 18-hole courses and approximately 80 nine-hole courses. It makes for rich pickings. So how do you pick a top 100?

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Birthday girl Sarah Helly grabs Irish Close win

Enniscrone’s Sarah Helly gave herself an unforgettable 23rd birthday present when she shocked hot favourite Olivia Mehaffey by six and five to claim the Irish Women’s Amateur Close Championship over the Old Tom Morris Links at stunning Rosapenna.

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Sky’s the limit for Irish pair this summer

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry left Chambers Bay tied for ninth at the US Open and sharing optimism for the summer’s golf ahead.

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John McHenry: Chambers Bay took players out of their comfort zone

Chambers Bay, as a venue, was always going to be controversial because the USGA had once again changed the script. They wanted the golf course more links-like, with wider fairways than the norm.

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History-chasing Jordan Spieth now eyeing Claret Jug

Jordan Spieth made another entry into golf’s history books and steadied himself for a third leg of an historic calendar Grand Slam after dramatically sealing a Masters-US Open double at Chambers Bay early on Monday morning.

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Dustin Johnson proud despite Chambers Bay horror ending

It was perhaps the most agonising three-putt in majors history but Dustin Johnson insisted he was proud of his efforts after another last-day heartbreak.

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Spieth shock as Johnson hands him US Open title

The US Open lived up to its reputation as a survival contest as Jordan Spieth outlasted the field to claim his second major title in consecutive starts, but only after Dustin Johnson three-putted the last.

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Plenty of positives for ninth-placed Lowry at US Open

Shane Lowry left Chambers Bay on Sunday night with a US Open top-10 finish and the confidence he has the game and temperament to contend at the highest level.

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Offaly ‘grinder’ Shane Lowry not caught up in Chambers Bay whining

Whether it did appear as if players were putting on greens of broccoli (as Henrik Stenson suggested), or cauliflower (as Rory McIlroy amended), it shouldn’t have been lost on the gathered media that it was two Europeans with the quickest and driest wit regarding the unfortunate playing conditions at Chambers Bay in the 115th US Open.

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US Open Diary: Rory McIlroy opens up on his fainting spells

Rory McIlroy made an interesting revelation when giving his reaction to US Open contender Jason Day’s ongoing problems with vertigo.

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Shane Lowry takes the rough with the smooth

In a week that has seen many of the world’s top golfers decry the condition of Chambers Bay’s greens and take shots at the USGA’s set-up, Shane Lowry avoided the negativity and simply got on with negotiating 72 holes of the most gruelling challenge in golf.

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Level-headed Shane Lowry stays in hunt

Shane Lowry heads into the third round today at Chambers Bay still very much in contention after securing his first weekend at the US Open in three attempts.

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An opportunity to join greats of the game

What makes a superstar in pro sports? Is it their overall game or their ability to dominate a tournament or hit defining “clutch” shots to win championships or is it their will to win and refusal to lose?

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How Chambers Bay put them in sick bay

We are only halfway through this year’s US Open but with just 36 holes in the books the casualties, both mental and physical, are already mounting from this most gruelling of golfing tests.

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US Open Diary: Sergio Garcia draws the flak as players bemoan greens

Sergio Garcia was not the only player at Chambers Bay to question the quality of the putting surfaces at this week’s US Open but having taken to his Twitter account to air a much-shared view, the Spaniard the Americans love to heckle inevitably drew the most flak.

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Tough to watch as once-mighty Tiger Woods vies for our sympathy

Numbing as it has been to follow the fall of Tiger Woods on the golf course, it’s been fascinating to study his demeanour off of it. The worse he plays, the more dignified he appears.

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Jordan Spieth in move to emulate Rory McIlroy

Masters champion Jordan Spieth made his move towards back-to-back major victories as he claimed a share of the early second-round US Open clubhouse lead at Chambers Bay last night.

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US OPEN: Caddies come a cropper as Bay shows its tricky dimension

European Ryder Cuppers Stephen Gallacher and Henrik Stenson both saw their caddies injured during practice as Chambers Bay’s extensive elevation variations and dry grass caused plenty of footing issues inside and outside the ropes.

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US OPEN: Open season on the ultimate thinking man’s golf course

It has been a long time since I have so eagerly anticipated the start of a major championship — especially the US Open.

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McIlroy left frustrated as Tiger’s woes continue

Rory McIlroy will look for a big improvement with the putter as he bids to chase down the leaders on day two of the US Open on Friday at Chambers Bay but Tiger Woods’s championship already looks over after another disastrous round.

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Lowry hoping for rain after shooting his best ever US Open round

Shane Lowry will bid to stay patient at Chambers Bay this weekend after shooting his best round in a US Open on Thursday night.

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US OPEN: Forget what the doomsayers say: good play will still be rewarded at Chambers Bay

Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, is halfway to Chambers Bay, but when Jim Furyk spoke on June 7, he sounded as if he were a continent away. That’s because he told of family plans and a commitment to attend a wedding so he wouldn’t be getting a look at the US Open venue for another two weeks.

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US OPEN: Waiting times leave Bubba seething

Hometown professional Michael Putnam hit the first shot of the 115th US Open at 7am local time yesterday and five hours and 13 minutes later was sinking the final putt of his first round for an opening level-par 70 at Chambers Bay near Tacoma, Washington.

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Hammer time at US Open for 15-year-old Cole

As a high school student, Cole Hammer is too young to drive the courtesy car given to all players to use during the US Open this week at Chambers Bay. So you can imagine yesterday was an emotional day for 15-year-old high school sophomore Cole Hammer.

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US OPEN: Mickelson thankful for small mercies after solid opening

Such is the grind involved in competing at a US Open that it is little wonder Phil Mickelson celebrated sinking a first round bogey putt at Chambers Bay last night as if it was a major-clinching birdie.

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US OPEN: Putting woes leave McIlroy with plenty to do

Rory McIlroy will have to start putting much better over the next three days if he is to add to his haul of major championship victories here at Chambers Bay after a disappointing opening round at the 115th US Open Championship.

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Rory McIlroy ready for dangers at Chambers Bay

Rory McIlroy will begin his bid for a second US Open title this afternoon determined to separate the men from the boys on a course at Chambers Bay he believes will severely punish poor play.

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The 3 key holes to unlocking Chambers Bay

No 9 "Olympus", 224-yard par three

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This is my time, declares Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler came close at all four of last year’s major championships but now he is The Players champion, the American feels he is even better equipped to finally make his breakthrough at this week’s US Open.

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Glass always half full with Phil Mickelson

Renowned for his short-game prowess, Phil Mickelson sometimes does his best scoring with his biting perspective and cunning wit.

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Shane Lowry hoping patience pays major dividends

Shane Lowry will renew his quest for a major breakthrough at Chambers Bay tonight confident that his links experience can pay dividends if he matches his good form with the required levels of patience.

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Chambers Bay Diary

Hometown golfer Michael Putnam is expecting a lot of noise from the Chambers Bay galleries this week if the decibel levels at Seattle Seahawks NFL games are any guide.

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Defiant Tiger Woods aiming to claw his way back to the top

Like most touring professionals, the world number 195 has an ambition to scale the heights in career terms and reach the pinnacle of his sport.

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Jim McCabe: Blue-blazers have morphed into mad scientists

One can only imagine that on occasion a member of the Myopia Hunt Club north of Boston — clear across America by some 3,000 miles from Chambers Bay and the 115th U.S. Open — will come across a golf ball long ago lost by one W.E. Stoddard. 

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Rory McIlroy ready for dip in Chambers Bay

Chambers Bay may remind Rory McIlroy of The Open at Muirfield two years ago but the world number one will play this week’s US Open in much better shape than the man that slunk away from the Scottish links after a missed cut.

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Re-motivated Graeme McDowell eager to relive Pebble Beach high

Graeme McDowell is not the first golfer to have lost motivation in his career due to positive changes in his life away from the course but the former US Open champion admitted last night he considered actually quitting the game such was his wish to be at home with his new wife and their baby.

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Jordan Spieth will keep it simple to stay on course for Grand Slam

With a Masters Green Jacket in the wardrobe, it might be understandable for Jordan Spieth to kick back for the rest of the season and consider his year’s goals had been achieved.

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