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Personal feelings won’t cloud McGinley judgement

European captain Paul McGinley will leave personal feelings to one side as he weighs up current form against Ryder Cup experience in making his wild card selections today.

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Irish pair play their Ryder Cup at Gleneagles

The two-year wait to earn a ticket to Gleneagles will finally come to an end today for some of the world’s best golfers, just as an Irish club pro and his six-handicapper team-mate tee off at the Scottish resort in search of silverware.

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Gallacher hopeful of pick from Paul

David Howell helped deny his good friend Stephen Gallacher an automatic Ryder Cup place, but believes it would be a "travesty" if the Scot is not handed a wild card from European captain Paul McGinley.

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Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the tenth during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts yesterday. Picture:  AP

‘Wild’ men lead pack

Rory McIlroy found himself overshadowed on the opening day of the Deutsche Bank Championship by the efforts of some six players, four Americans and two European, all vying for Ryder Cup ‘wildcard’ selection.

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Francesco Molinari

Molinari makes case for Ryder selection

Stephen Gallacher is the only player who controls his Ryder Cup destiny, but it was Francesco Molinari who did most to boost his chances of making the European team in the Italian Open.

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McGinley: ‘Spectacular’ display can earn wild card

European captain Paul McGinley will leave it to the last minute to decide on his Ryder Cup wild cards, admitting "something spectacular" could yet influence his decision.

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Olivia Mehaffey

Big hitters in China put faith in the numbers

They may have finished out of the medals but two Irish golfers helped make golfing history over the past two weeks as the sport made its first appearance in an Olympic event for 110 years.

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Sean Foley and Tiger Woods

Woods and Foley part company

Tiger Woods has ended his professional relationship with swing coach Sean Foley.

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Graeme McDowell

G-Mac seeks new horizons

Irish golfer Graeme McDowell last night toasted the "happiest moment of my life" as he welcomed his first child into the world, a life-changing moment that followed hot on the heels of a career-changing one.

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Magnanimous McDowell wishes Gallacher well in Ryder Cup battle

With Graeme McDowell hoping to enjoy the excitement later today of becoming a new father, he’s shown enormous sportsmanship in wishing Stephen Gallacher well in qualifying for the European Ryder Cup team.

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Graeme McDowell

McDowell still confident of Ryder spot

Triple Ryder Cup star Graeme McDowell is confident of being afforded a ‘wildcard’ pick should he drop outside the automatic nine qualifiers following this week’s Barclays Championship in New Jersey.

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Rory McIlroy hits from a bunker on the 13th hole during the first round at The Barclays tournament (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Major celebrations catch up with Rory

Rory McIlroy confessed he paid a price for celebrating three wins in succession, including capturing a fourth Major, rather than work on his game after shooting a 74 on the opening day of the Barclays Championship in New Jersey.

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McIlroy not rattled by Tiger or Phil quips

World No 1 Rory McIlroy returns to competition in New Jersey looking to win a fourth event in succession at the Barclays Championship and revealing he laughed off comments by Tiger Woods and then smiled at a remark from Phil Mickelson.

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Late wobble costs O’Driscoll share of lead at Amateur Open

Cork teenager Jean O’Driscoll led the Irish challenge on the first day of the British Ladies Open Amateur Golf Championship at Ashburnham in West Wales yesterday.

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Tiger: I wouldn’t have made a point at the Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods has revealed he pulled out of the Ryder Cup because he did not feel he could have won a point for the United States.

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Staying ‘true’ proves key to Rory’s success

Rory McIlroy is a great example of a golfer working on their strengths just as much as their weaknesses. In short, be true to yourself. 

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O’Callaghan eyes new talent as Fernhill hosts young big hitters

Pádraig Harrington predicted earlier this year that within the decade, the likes of Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy will be battling a new generation of stars who will hit the ball 380 yards — at least. 

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Bobby’s girls doLaytown proud

Bobby Browne is nothing short of a legend at Laytown and Bettystown and the 71-year old PGA professional was beaming on Saturday as the ladies claimed the AIG Senior Cup for only the second time in the club’s 105-year history — 26 years after their breakthrough win in 1988 — with victory over a youthful Killarney. 

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