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Diarmuid Fraser ready to make his mark

One year down, two to go and for an ambitious young Cork golfer.

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Inside Golf: Paul Dunne the star attraction at Portrush

Open Championship hero Paul Dunne will attract much of the attention at Royal Portrush in two weeks as Ireland bid to defend their Home Internationals title on home soil.

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Danny Willett ‘delighted’ after Crans-sur-Sierre triumph

England’s Danny Willett shot a five-under par 65 to win his third European Tour title in the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

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Stuart Grehan seals double with South of Ireland victory

Stuart Grehan from Tullamore was last night crowned winner of the 114th South of Ireland Championship after a four and three final win over Ulster golfer Colin Fairweather from Knock.

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Danny Willett hits front in stormy Switzerland

Danny Willett’s impressive form carried on in the Swiss Alps as he claimed an one-shot lead on the second day of the Omega European Masters.

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Pat Murray sizzles in South of Ireland

With the majority of young amateurs nowadays turning professional as soon as they make any kind of mark in the championship arena, the days of course specialists have more or less dwindled away to nothing. 

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Open hero Paul Dunne will play in Walker Cup

Open Championship hero Paul Dunne has stayed true to his instincts and confirmed he will remain an amateur until after the Walker Cup this September.

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Sparkling 68 gets Paul McBride into South contention

Paul McBride, a student at the famous golfing academy of Wake Forest in North Carolina which numbers Arnold Palmer, Eoghan O’Connell and Darren Clarke among its alumni, demonstrated once again at Lahinch yesterday that Malahide continues to produce young golfers of the highest calibre.

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Des Morgan impresses at South of Ireland Championship in Lahinch

Ever since the distinguished golf course architect Martin Hawtree modified and considerably altered the famous old links in 2001, Lahinch has become a formidable challenge for the game’s finest, whether amateur or professional.

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Sergio Garcia aims to maintain high standards in Alps

World number 10 Sergio Garcia makes a long-awaited return to the Omega European Masters this week looking to maintain his excellent record in the Swiss Alps.

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‘South’ ready to regain sparkle as top-class field set for battle

With handicaps ranging from plus 4 to 1.1, the high quality of the entry for the West Coast Hotels sponsored South of Ireland Championship beginning at Lahinch this morning is a source of considerable satisfaction for the organising committee.

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Pádraig Harrington: Better to have contended and failed than not to have challenged at all

Pádraig Harrington reacquainted himself with the high-pressure stakes of the business end of a major championship and felt right at home at St Andrews.

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Zach Johnson’s final day magic victory for old school style

Paul Dunne was not the only man to miss out on history at St Andrews last night as Jordan Spieth’s shot at golfing immortality went begging but for all the disappointments The Open Championship still managed to conjure up a very special conclusion.

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Old course a soft touch for new generation

Golfing traditionalists would consider the suggestion to be downright heresy but more and more people are wondering whether the Old Course at St Andrews has outlived its usefulness as an Open Championship venue.

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Graeme McDowell tells Paul Dunne to skip Walker Cup for pro ranks

Graeme McDowell believes Paul Dunne should give the Walker Cup a miss and take the leap into the professional ranks as soon as possible.

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Paul Dunne has already shown himself a true sportsman

Almost exactly two years ago, Paul Dunne was making a name for himself at Lee Valley Golf Club during the second day’s play in the Interprovincial Championship.

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Disappointing end for Paul Dunne as Open dream a bridge too far

In the end, it was perhaps one trip too many around the Old Course for Paul Dunne. Call it a Swilcan Bridge too far.

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Live updates: Follow all the action at The Open

Don't miss a single putt. Follow all the action from The Open here.

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Ice-cool Paul Dunne bids to bridge 85-year gap

To have an amateur leading The Open Championship going into today’s final round is the stuff of fairytales.

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Greystones starlet Paul Dunne truly a man in demand

Paul Dunne is a man in demand, even if he isn’t a man with a grand plan.

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Padraig Harrington daring to dream again

Pádraig Harrington will embark on his bid for a third Open Championship victory and a fourth major at St Andrews today having promised to give it his best shot and not fear the consequences.

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Bogeys ruin birdie blitz as Graeme McDowell’s bid falls short

No wonder Graeme McDowell was left frustrated after his Open Championship third round at St Andrews yesterday.

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Passion such a beautiful thing for David Duval

Having arrived in plenty of time to tee off at the appointed time of 7am on Saturday, David Duval had not struck a ball until 6pm. 

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Anything that creates havoc will do Padraig Harrington

Pádraig Harrington was not getting carried away by his best round at The Open in seven years but is hoping the weather does cause “havoc” as the two-time champion bids to close the gap on the leaders at St Andrews this afternoon.

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Red-hot Danny Willett keeps the pressure on America’s high flyers

Dustin Johnson did not manage 18 holes but he showed enough in a second round cut short by fading light to stay just out in front in The 144th Open Championship last night at St Andrews.

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Jim McCabe: Tom Watson’s admirable legacy

If Arnold Palmer romanticised the American pilgrimage to the Open Championship and Jack Nicklaus cemented its competitive importance, Tom Watson humanised it.

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Dynamic Paul Dunne has Silver Medal in his sights

Paul Dunne will head into today’s third round as Ireland’s leading competitor at St Andrews and closing in on the R&A’s Silver Medal for low amateur following another impressive day at The 144th Open Championship.

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Graeme McDowell counts blessings as Shane Lowry goes off-road at The Open

Graeme McDowell felt Shane Lowry’s pain when he heard his fellow Irishman had seen his Open Championship hopes take a sharp nosedive at St Andrews’ 17th hole on the opening morning.

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Irish starlet Paul Dunne living the dream after sensational Open start at St Andrews

Paul Dunne may only be 22 but he already has his barstool bragging rights lined up for old age, after an opening round at St Andrews which saw him briefly stand atop The Open leaderboard.

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Tiger Woods pale shadow of former self at The Open

Barely had the tears dried and the emotions been choked back from Wednesday’s farewell to St Andrews by Arnold Palmer when it felt like you needed to start them all over again in Thursday’s opening round of the 144th Open Championship.

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Darren Clarke’s words for Tiger Woods: The ball doesn’t know who’s hitting it

Darren Clarke felt sorry for Tiger Woods after the former world No 1 crashed to a four over 76.

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Dustin Johnson leaves Jordan Spieth in the shade

They are playing the same course side by side, but if Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are going to continue their majors duel into the last round of the 144th Open Championship, then the American rivals will get there by contrasting routes.

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Jordan Spieth takes a shot at golfing history

Jordan Spieth begins his bid for a third consecutive major victory at The Open today fully aware he is on the brink of golfing history but equally determined to cast it from his mind once he reaches the first tee at St Andrews.

 

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5 experts offer diverse insights into success at St Andrews

Ask five golfers for the keys to success around St Andrews’ Old Course, host to this week’s 144th Open Championship, and you’re likely to get five different answers.

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Jim McCabe: Wounded Tiger Woods must prove he’s still a threat

When in a cool, gray dusk in the shadows of the Old Course Hotel Tiger Woods turned from his practice-putting at the 16th fairway to see that Jordan Spieth was the next player approaching, the philosophical question could have been asked.

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Injured Rory McIlroy a major doubt to defend US PGA crown

Rory McIlroy looks unlikely to recover in time to defend his US PGA title in four weeks’ time but his backroom team appear hopeful he can make the FedEx Cup and the conclusion to the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.

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US Ryder Cup row still rankles with Tom Watson

Five-time Open champion Tom Watson will say goodbye to the game’s oldest major this week but it was the Ryder Cup row with Phil Mickelson rather than his legacy that rang out at St Andrews yesterday.

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Rickie Fowler’s window of opportunity

No wonder Rickie Fowler fancies his chances of becoming a major champion at The Open this week. 

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PICTURES: 20 years of capturing The Open championship

Andrew Redington has been photographing The Open Championship for Getty Images for more than two decades and was hard at work yet again at St Andrews ahead of this week’s renewal in the Auld Grey Toon.

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Graeme McDowell has eye on prize after finding key again

After a season in the doldrums, Graeme McDowell will embark on his 12th Open Championship having turned something of a corner with his game and slowly rebuilding the belief he can once again contend at the highest level.

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