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Dream West debut as Brady sets course record 64

Local teenager David Brady made a sensational debut in the Radisson Blue sponsored West of Ireland Championship when he racked up nine birdies in a seven under par course record 64 at Rosses Point.

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Graeme McDowell: Needs 100 world ranking points.

McDowell keeps Open mind on Ryder chances

While torrential rain stalled Graeme McDowell’s RBC Heritage Classic defence, his goal of making this year’s Ryder Cup team remains on track as he believes his best two chances of collecting another Major will come at he US and British Opens.

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Dermot McElroy

Putting key to McElroy’s bid for glory in the West

Dermot McElroy hopes to celebrate his call-up to the St Andrews Trophy squad by challenging for his first amateur major when the Radisson Blu-sponsored West of Ireland Amateur Open gets under way at Rosses Point today.

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McDowell hopes for Hilton repeat

Graeme McDowell will hope history repeats itself as he defends his RBC Heritage title at Harbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head this week.

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Focused McIlroy a man on a mission

Rory McIlroy will head back to Florida for two weeks of practice confident there is a successful season ahead, despite the Irishman’s frustrations at Augusta National last week.

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Wally Roode, Captain of the Irish Blind Golfers getting the line on the first tee prior to their Celtic Cup international match against Scotland at the Lee Valley Golf Club, Cork.

A new perspective on the ancient game

It was a perfect day in Lee Valley Golf Club yesterday, sun kissing the spring-blooming flowers, the vista from the first tee-box picture-postcard perfection.

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Bubba refuses to shed small town hick image

Forget the small town boy schtick and dismiss that Forrest Gump’s younger brother act.

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Watson a character transformed as he wins Masters title

Bubba Watson outduelled rookie Jordan Spieth at Augusta National to deny the young Texan a place in the record books and earn himself a second Masters victory in three years.

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The show always goes on at Masters

As pilgrimages go, few are as steeped in rituals as the Masters. Held at the same time and the same place every April, it is blanketed in so much ‘sameness’ that when one of its trees suffered ice damage this past winter and had to be taken down, reams of newsprint and miles of tape were used to record odes of appreciation and remembrances.

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High fives and poor putting costly for Rory

Rory McIlroy was left to rue poor putting and a terrible negotiation of Augusta National’s par-five holes as Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson duelled for Masters supremacy during a tension-filled final round.

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McDowell can’t geta grip on Augusta

Graeme McDowell was trying hard to focus on the positives as he left Augusta National for the 135-mile drive south to Hilton Head Island.

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Clarke rues four over final round on ‘punishing’ course

Darren Clarke didn’t need to shoot a final round 76 in the Masters to know there’s a very fine line between success and failure at Augusta National.

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MIND THE GAP: Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot on the 17th at the Masters on Saturday. The 20-year-old United States golfer, inset, set off with a share of the 54-hole lead on the final day.  Picture: Harry How/Getty Images

Plenty to come from Spieth

Was it only three years ago that Rory McIlroy had been in Jordan Spieth’s golf shoes?

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LEARNING CURVE: South African Richard Sterne sharpens his bunker shots technique under the watchful eye of  coach Jamie Gough. Picture: Getty Images

Simple maths opens eyes of pros to where real value lies

In March of this year in one of the smaller rooms at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center, two men stood on stage.

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Brilliant Bubba looks in the mood in Georgia

Bubba Golf returned to Augusta National last night as 2012 Masters winner Watson, unburdened by the pressures of being defending champion, jumped out into a clear lead at the halfway stage as Rory McIlroy struggled to stay in touch.

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Clarke saves best until last

Darren Clarke finally found his putting touch at Augusta National but it took a trademark missile from the fairway to make the cut last night.

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Norman’s nightmare marked end of an era

Adam Scott’s Masters victory a year ago was met with near delirium in his native Australia as the so-called Lucky Country finally got a green-jacketed champion its proud golfing tradition deserved.

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Gallacher betters uncle’s effort

Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher was delighted to make the cut on his Masters debut after a second round played in testing conditions at Augusta National.

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McCarthy turns on the style in Scotland

Julie McCarthy produced a sensational homeward half performance in her second round at the Scottish Girls U16 Championship at Strathmore yesterday to storm to the title and fire an early- season warning to her rivals.

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AWAY SHE GOES: Rory McIlroy plays an iron on the first fairway during the opening round of the Masters at Augusta. AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Rory’s grand Masters plan

Rory McIlroy intends to treat the next 54 holes at Augusta National like a game of chess as he patiently tries to become a grand Masters champion.

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Graeme McDowell

G-Mac fancies chances if it turns firm and fast

It is fair to say Graeme McDowell has not always anticipated an early April drive up Magnolia Lane to Augusta National as eagerly as most who get the invitation to play the Masters.

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Bill Haas launches a drive at the 17th during yesterday's opening round of the US Masters  in Augusta.

Rival Ryder Cup captains here to play the long game

Watching and waiting. They may be occupying different vantage points during the Masters this week but for Ryder Cup captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson, the task is exactly the same as they scout potential team members for Gleneagles this September.

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Phil Mickelson plays out of a bunker on the second hole at Augusta yesterday. Picture: AP

Buckle up for ride on Atlanta’s roller coaste

Whether you love or loathe the game of golf, it’s hard not to enjoy the Masters, at Augusta National.

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Jevin Stadler hits off the first fairway during a practice session (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Grumpy-looking Stadlers are really nice guys

So, if it is his final year as a competitor in the Masters – and for the record, he has been suggesting for 20 years or so that it is – Craig Stadler is going out in style.

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Young guns can fill void left by absent Woods

When Tiger Woods announced a couple of weeks ago that he would not be participating in this year’s Masters, Augusta lost its most bankable star player.

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Masters maketh the man, not the other way around

If the intention was to make a statement without actually saying anything, then William Payne succeeded in an emphatic fashion yesterday at Augusta National Golf Club.

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Masters greatness is there for Rory to grasp

It was almost a year ago that Adam Scott, fresh from his dramatic Masters victory, responded to a congratulatory text message from his friend Justin Rose.

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Key holes for Rory

If Rory McIlroy is going to win the Masters and become Ireland’s first winner of the green jacket, these are the three holes he believes are essential to successfully negotiate at Augusta.

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‘No excuse’ as focused McIlroy in the zone

The Masters. It thrills Rory McIlroy each time he gets the invitation to compete from Augusta, it excites him every year he returns and in 2011 it made him cry over golf for the only time in his life.

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Controlled aggression strategy for GMac

Graeme McDowell believes controlled aggression could hold the key to unlocking his Masters mystery and finally give him a chance of fulfilling his boyhood dream.

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McDowell first off for Ireland

Graeme McDowell will get Ireland’s challenge at the 2014 Masters up and running tomorrow at Augusta National when he tees off in the opening round of the year’s first major championship at 2.35pm Irish time.

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Relaxed Scott has recipe ready for title defence

You know you are in a good place heading into the Masters when all you have to worry about is whether the Augusta National chefs will get your mum’s pavlova recipe right for the Champions’ Dinner.

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Putting woes driving Clarke to distraction

Darren Clarke believes Ulster duo Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell can come up with the answer to the $64,000 question and finally end Ireland’s long wait for a Masters champion.

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McIlroy’s Ulster sales pitch to Kiwi star Carter

Ulster’s bid to come out fighting following their Heineken Cup exit almost got an unexpected boost at Augusta yesterday after their number one supporter Rory McIlroy made an approach to All Blacks legend Dan Carter.

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Stenson keen to improve on poor record

European number one Henrik Stenson admits he is caught in a Catch-22 situation as he looks to improve on his relatively modest Masters record.

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WASH OUT: Spectators leave the course after approaching storms forced play to be suspended during yesterday's practice round ahead of the US Masters in  Augusta.

Norman proof that Masters offers no guarantees

It was written in the stars. With their powerful long games, silky smooth swings and superstar swagger, it was simply a question of when, not if, they would win the Masters.

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Open at Portrush a ‘distinct possibility’

Darren Clarke might be making his 500th European Tour appearance in his 12th Masters this week but he’s hoping Royal Portrush gets a bit of Irish luck and the British Open makes its way across the Irish Sea, a prospect that grows stronger by the day.

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SMOOTH AS SILK: Rory McIlroy practises his putting at Augusta under the watchful eye of coach Dave Stockton.

McIlroy’s going for the green

Roy McIlroy is desperate to join the Masters legends for breakfast in the Champions’ Locker Room.

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Stockton backs Rory Masters bid

Rory McIlroy is in a “really good place” as he counts down to the Masters, according to his assistant coach Dave Stockton.

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McIlroy rues his driving difficulties

Rory McIlroy has left himself plenty of work to do at the midway point of the Shell Houston Open.

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