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Padraig Harrington won’t give up on playing in US Open for 14th consecutive year

Padraig Harrington isn’t currently in the field for the second major of the year in June but reckons a top-five finish in one of four upcoming tour events will be enough to secure him a spot in the US Open for the 14th consecutive year.

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Paula Creamer calls for women’s Masters

Paula Creamer is calling for a women’s Masters at Augusta National.

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Schoolkids get the chance to bring famed Claret Jug into the classroom

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open may have migrated north for this year’s prestigious European Tour event but while the tournament heads to Royal County Down next month, schoolchildren up and down the country have a chance to bring the winners’ trophy and the Open’s famed Claret Jug to their classroom.

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Michael McDermott

Michael McDermott’s Open shot

Michael McDermott’s consistent season on the Irish PGA circuit in 2014 has earned him a debut appearance at this year’s Dubai Irish Open. 

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Rory McIlroy

Golf World Rankings

1 R McIlroy (Irl) 11.38, 

2 J Spieth (USA) 9.17,

3 H Stenson (Swe) 7.49,

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Leona Maguire with twin sister Lisa

Inside Irish Golf: Sensation Leona Maguire blazing trail at Duke

Stephanie Meadow and Graeme McDowell both won nine times during their US college careers but Leona Maguire could blow their records out of the water after a sensational start to life at Duke University in North Carolina.

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Jordan Spieth back in business with a 62 at RBC Heritage

Masters champion Jordan Spieth roared back into contention at the RBC Heritage following a second-round 62.

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Majestic Royal County Down awaits — Will Rory McIlroy’s power win out over guile?

The great Australian professional Bruce Crampton might never have won a major, but with four runner-up finishes to his credit, he still knew a thing or two about the game and what makes a golfer tick.

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Rory McIlroy hooks another three big ones but chasing Phil Mickelson

Rory McIlroy might have added Ryder Cup stars Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and Patrick Reed to a stellar field but the world No 1 is chasing an even bigger name for next month’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open — Phil Mickelson.

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Jordan Spieth has eyes set on Rory McIlroy’s top spot

Masters champion Jordan Spieth is confident he will win more majors in pursuit of world number one Rory McIlroy. 

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Graeme McDowell foresees a golden age and a US resurgence

Who would have succeeded in a golfing rivalry between Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods is a debate that has stirred at a thousand clubhouse bars more than 15 years, but Graeme McDowell believes the game’s next giants will turn the hypothetical into reality.

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Michael Greller quits maths teaching to Master in caddying

Michael Greller, the caddie who carried Jordan Spieth’s bag in his historic performance at the 2015 Masters, is 16 years older than his boss but even less experienced.

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Jordan Spieth’s superb win signposts road to Augusta Masters glory for Rory

Rory McIlroy best avoid US television for a week or so because the Green Jacket that should have been his destiny will be on screen and on the wrong golfer’s back far too much for his liking.

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Bumbling Graeme McDowell escapes censure for marker gaffe

Such is his relationship with Augusta National that the Masters often holds a sting in the tail for Graeme McDowell, but it was a brush with an actual bee that nearly derailed him last night.

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Departing greens master Crenshaw sees himself in Jordan Spieth

Few people have putted those Daliesque greens better than Ben Crenshaw, the two-time Masters champion who bade an emotional farewell into Augusta National last Friday.

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Jordan Spieth leaves indelible mark on Augusta

Jordan Spieth was staying one step ahead of his nearest challengers as his bid for a wire to wire Masters victory remained on course at Augusta National last night.

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Jordan Spieth has talent to challenge Rory McIlroy

Before a ball was hit in the final round of the US Masters, the tournament was already a huge success, with the emergence of a true American superstar in Jordan Spieth. 

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Momentous Sunday at Augusta

Matching the lowest score in Masters history, Jordan Spieth earned his Green Jacket at just the second attempt and ushered in a new era for golf on a momentous Sunday at Augusta National.

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Jordan Spieth scores at Masters

He may be only a kid but from what we have already seen of Jordan Spieth, it is enough to be unsurprised that the Texan will not be taking a Masters victory for granted this weekend.

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Tiger shows he still has bite

Very few gave Tiger Woods a chance before the Masters began and he himself and just everyone else fully acknowledges he will leave Augusta tomorrow night without a fifth green jacket.

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Tiger Woods can be inspired by Pádraig Harrington revival

Probably one of the most interesting conversations this week was between Tiger Woods and Pádraig Harrington.

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Masters dream reignited for McIlroy

Rory McIlroy stormed to a back-nine 31 that reignited his Masters dream and gave him an outside hope he could catch runaway leader Jordan Spieth.

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It all goes wrong for Pádraig Harrington

Satisfaction, relief, tension and disappointment – Ireland’s Masters competitors ran the range of emotions at Augusta National last night as the first major of the year reached the halfway stage.

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