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Stunning Jordan Spieth finishes in style of a champion

Jordan Spieth staged one of the great rebounds in a final round at a major championship when defeating Matt Kuchar with a stunning performance over the last five holes at Royal Birkdale to land the 146th Open Championship.

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Rory McIlroy rues ‘lost opportunity' as focus turns to PGA test

Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar were still duking it out at Royal Birkdale yesterday evening as Rory McIlroy’s attention turned towards the PGA Championship and a final shot in 2017 of breaking a three-year major drought.

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Texas Ranger Spieth will continue to be a major obstacle

The first thing you notice about the 2017 Open champion is that not much is really noticeable. Jordan Spieth is tall, but not too tall. And he’s a fresh-faced, good-looking lad. But Hollywood probably wouldn’t give him a second glance.

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‘Ecstatic’ Rory McIlroy remains in the hunt at Royal Birkdale

Rory McIlroy moved under par heading into the weekend at The Open and reminded himself to stay positive over the coming 36 holes as he bids to chase down halfway leader Jordan Spieth at Royal Birkdale.

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Irish hopes get blown off course as trio fail to make cut

There was an Irish weather wipeout at Royal Birkdale last night as Shane Lowry and former Open champions Darren Clarke and Pádraig Harrington all crashed out in the torrential rain.

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Kuchar survives battle with elements at The Open

Matt Kuchar was delighted to be able to watch his Open Championship rivals battle for survival in the worst of the conditions late yesterday, safe in the knowledge he had come through his own trials unscathed at Royal Birkdale.

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The worst of times, the best of times at Birkdale

The year is 1973 and Jack Nicklaus is home alone. 

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Rory McIlroy shows fighting spirit after horror front nine

Rory McIlroy staged a stirring Open Championship fightback at Royal Birkdale that will send him into today’s second round feeling he can get right among the leaders.

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Irish stars confirmed for South of Ireland at Lahinch

Nine of the eleven-strong Irish team that achieved a Grand Slam in last year’s Home Internationals and in the process completed a hat-trick of successes in the championship have entered for the Pierse Motors South of Ireland, starting with the first of two qualifying rounds at Lahinch next Wednesday.

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Shane Lowry getting sick of disappointment

Shane Lowry admitted he was growing tired of feeling as disappointed as he was last night after an opening-round two-over-par 72 at Royal Birkdale.

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Frustrated Padraig Harrington rues missed opportunity

There is never very much glory to be enjoyed at the outset of a major championship but after his first competitive round at Royal Birkdale since he lifted the Claret Jug in 2008, Pádraig Harrington had hoped for a better outcome than his opening 73.

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I’m worth a gamble, insists defiant Rory McIlroy

The hunger and ambition burns as strongly as ever for Rory McIlroy even if his prospects do not seem as bright as they did three years ago when he dominated the golfing universe.

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Links golf no longer has Phil Mickelson’s number

It remains one of the most enduring and endearing images of recent Open Championship history.

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World No 1 Dustin Johnson has no distractions ahead of Open

World number one Dustin Johnson will have no distractions at Royal Birkdale this week as he seeks to avoid a third successive missed cut.

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Shane Lowry: ‘Some week it’ll come together. Hopefully, it’ll be this week’

To many golfers, being touted as a potential major winner is the sort of endorsement they could do without. Yet far from feeling cursed after having his credentials boosted by Pádraig Harrington ahead of this week’s Open Championship, Shane Lowry seems perfectly at ease with the suggestion.

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Bubba: It’s been tough but I know I’m on the right path

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson has virtually written off a “terrible” season as he puts his family first this year.

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Jon Rahm wants to build on the reign of Spain

It is appropriate in these golden times for Spanish golf that the oldest major should be returning to the place where the godfather of the sport in that country first made his mark.

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No-one will dominate like Tiger did, says Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth would understand why the bookmakers are finding it hard to name an outright favourite for this week’s 146th Open Championship.

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Pros united in declaring Royal Birkdale ‘as good as it gets’’

Royal Birkdale’s reputation as the fairest of all The Open Championship challenges on the rotation is well deserved.

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R&A rules roost in golf's power game

“Every golf course in the world that has been awarded the dubious honour of the Royal Charter has two things in common: They have some of the best courses with some of the worst members.” — David Feherty

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The history, holes, and heroes of Royal Birkdale

Kevin Markham takes a look at the Royal Birkdale as the course prepares to host The Open Championship.

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Beginner’s Diary: Paying penalty on the greens

Ronan Collins, PGA Professional at Fota Island, reckons he can make some kind of golfer out of our reporter, Larry Ryan, at Fota’s state-of- the-art Golf Academy. This week, the lottery of putting

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Par-3 course adds new dimension for Tralee

A new six-hole par-3 course will form the centrepiece of new additions to the Tralee GC complex in Kerry.

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Sergio Garcia admits he’s still tending to Open wounds

Given the professional career Sergio Garcia has experienced to this point, you would imagine he is a firm believer in the Friedrich Nietzsche quote that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

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This could be Shane Lowry’s year, reckons Padraig Harrington

The Open Championship has not been a happy hunting ground for Shane Lowry over the past two seasons but Pádraig Harrington believes the 30-year-old has the credentials to become Ireland’s fifth recipient of the Auld Claret Jug.

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Henrik Stenson’s farewell to the Claret Jug

Open champion Henrik Stenson admits it was a bittersweet moment when he returned the Claret Jug yesterday, but is eagerly looking forward to the next chapter in his career.

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Pádraig Harrington: ‘Everything I do on tour is a bonus’

Pádraig Harrington is sitting in the iconic art deco clubhouse at Royal Birkdale, having lunch and shooting the breeze.

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Cabrera Bello holds nerve to deny Shinkwin in play-off

Spain’s Rafael Cabrera Bello claimed his first victory since 2012 by beating England’s Callum Shinkwin in a play-off for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

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