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Arnold Palmer predicts Masters joy for Rory McIlroy

Four-time Augusta National champion Arnold Palmer confidently expects to be welcoming Rory McIlroy to next year’s Masters Champions dinner.

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Pádraig Harrington: Time starting to run out in quest for green jacket

Pádraig Harrington might be the eternal optimist but he admits that time is starting to run out if he’s to add the green jacket of Masters champion to his Major collection.

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Pádraig Harrington ‘an inspiration’ after his heroics in Florida

Fellow PGA Champion Keegan Bradley says Pádraig Harrington’s double Honda Classic success is inspirational to everyone competing on the PGA Tour.

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For Pádraig Harrington - happy days are here again

When Pádraig Harrington was preparing to chase his third Open victory in a row at Turnberry and his fourth major in the space of two years, he reflected on what it meant to be great, or special, writes Brian Keogh.

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Pádraig Harrington eyes Olympic shot

Pádraig Harrington has rekindled his goal of representing Ireland in next year’s Olympic Games after the 43-year old defeated 21-year-old American rival Daniel Berger in a play-off to capture the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens.

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Pádraig Harrington will honour invitations

Double winning Honda Classic champion Pádraig Harrington intends honouring sponsors invitations even though he says it will ‘hurt’ his Masters preparations.

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Kevin Phelan second in Joburg Open

Waterford man Kevin Phelan finished joint second behind England’s Andy Sullivan in the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club yesterday.

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Heartache for Gary Hurley at Spanish Amateur Championship

Irish International Gary Hurley suffered heartache in the final of the Spanish Amateur Championship at Jerez yesterday, falling short in the final by the narrowest of margins.

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Padraig Harrington happy to share second in Honda Classic

Padraig Harrington breathed a huge sigh of relief having holed a testing par putt at the last after moments earlier losing a ball in the third round of the rain-affected Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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Rory McIlroy crashes in ‘Honda’

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy let his honesty shine through again, bluntly admitting he was ‘pissed off’ after the disappointment of missing the halfway cut in the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens. 

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Padraig Harrington clicks into gear at Honda Classic

After being ‘summoned’ to dinner by his long-time mental coach, Padraig Harrington rekindled the form that earned him a first PGA Tour success virtually across the road from this week’s Honda Classic host venue.

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McIlroy: US ‘desperate’ to end Europe’s Cup dominance

Rory McIlroy believes the USA are ‘desperate’ to end Europe’s dominance in the Ryder Cup.

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Rory McIlroy is back and won't be caught in brutal Bear Trap

Rory McIlroy makes his 2015 PGA Tour debut in this week’s Honda Classic, an event which has brought out the best – and worst – in the world number one.

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Mr Consistency Jim Furyk still hungry for titles

While Tiger Woods wrestles with back issues and sharply declining form and Vijay Singh has battled assorted health problems in recent years, veteran Jim Furyk is playing some of the best golf of his career.

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Eager Graeme McDowell confirms he’ll play Irish Open

Graeme McDowell has followed Ernie Els to become the second US Open winner in confirm his appearance in what is shaping up as one of the most high profile Irish Opens.

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Increase in British golfers visiting east and south-east of Ireland

Strength in numbers appears a policy paying dividend for a growing alliance of golf clubs, resorts and hotels in Ireland’s east and south-east, whose unified cause is attracting increasing numbers of British golfers to their part of the world.

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Ryder Cup captaincy snub vexes Miguel Angel Jimenez

Miguel Angel Jimenez has expressed his disappointment at missing out on the Ryder Cup captaincy for 2016 and hinted his chance may have gone.

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A step into the unknown as Darren Clarke answers Europe’s call

Darren Clarke admits his lack of experience as a skipper will leave him heading into the unknown at Hazeltine in 19 months’ time.

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COMMENT: European Tour makes the right decision on players’ favourite Darren Clarke

It did not need George O’Grady to tell us it is Darren Clarke’s time to captain Europe at the Ryder Cup, writes Simon Lewis.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez seeks solace at Indian Open

Miguel Angel Jimenez will look to get over the disappointment of not being chosen as Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain by extending his own record as the European Tour’s oldest winner in the Hero Indian Open.

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