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Graeme McDowell faces battle to be fit for Masters

Graeme McDowell remains confident of taking his place in next fortnight’s Masters despite withdrawing with a lower left ankle injury after nine holes of the Valero Texas Open.

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Shane Lowry seeks Pádraig Harrington’s know-how as Augusta preparations continue

Shane Lowry has arranged an Augusta National practice tee time alongside 14-time Masters representative Pádraig Harrington.

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Rory McIlroy has ‘perfect’ game for Augusta

Darren Clarke believes Rory McIlroy has a Masters in his sights, even if a Green Jacket does not come his way next month at Augusta National.

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I won’t shirk the tough decisions, vows Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke’s Ryder Cup captaincy took off at Heathrow Airport yesterday with the newly appointed European skipper insisting as matey as he is with his potential team members, he will not shirk the tough decisions.

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Madeira Open postponed

The European Tour will look to stage the Madeira Islands Open later in the year after it was cancelled due to bad weather yesterday.

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France's Edouard Bubios hits a tee shot during the first round of the Madeira Islands Open at Santo da Serra Golf Club in Funchal, Portugal. Picture: Ross Kinnaird

Rory McIlroy building momentum

Rory McIlroy admitted he would need more of the same over the weekend after a second round 66 was not enough to move closer to leader Morgan Hoffmann in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Off-key Rory McIlroy accentuates the positives

Rory McIlroy was looking forward to sitting down to dinner with Arnold Palmer but he was left struggling after having to swallow 34 putts on the opening day of the 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational in suburban Orlando.

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Rory McIlroy plans final tune-up for Masters at Bay Hill

Rory McIlroy will use his first appearance in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill as his last competitive outing before attempting to complete the career grand slam in the Masters.

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If the focus and desire is gone, is it time for Tiger Woods to call it a day?

Knowing when to call time on your career is one of the hardest decisions for a professional sportsman or woman to make.

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International Golf Federation proposes 72-hole stroke play tournament for 2016 Olympics

Golf is returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 and the International Golf Federation (IGF) has proposed a 72-hole stroke play tournament for the men’s and women’s events.

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Paul McGinley hoping Tiger Woods will take attention from Rory McIlroy at US Masters

Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley hopes Tiger Woods returns to action in time for the Masters in order to divert some of the spotlight from Rory McIlroy.

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Home hero Coetzee’s joy in Pretoria

Golf: South Africa’s George Coetzee put home advantage to full use to win his second European Tour title in the Tshwane Open yesterday.

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Rory calls the shots

When John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote “With a Little Help from My Friends” they never have imagined it would become one of the biggest sellers of all time. 

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Pádraig Harrington goes from hero to zero after opening round 76 at Valspar Championship

Pádraig Harrington plunged from the penthouse to the basement in his very first competitive round since capturing the Honda Classic.

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