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Lowry puts Augusta into view

After weeks when he could virtually smell the scent of those Augusta azaleas, Shane Lowry has at last joined the elite top-50 club on the back of a final round 66 to secure fifth place in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

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Shane Lowry celebrates his hole in one on the par-three 13th during the second round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Picture: Ross Kinnaird

Lowry upstages McIlroy with ace

Rory McIlroy may have won four Majors, but Shane Lowry scored a first over the World No. 1 with an ace on the second day of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

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Rory McIlroy lines up a putt on the first green during the first round of the  DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. Picture: Warren Little/Getty Images

McIlroy and Lowry roar to top of leaderboard

Rory McIlroy made an early move for a fifth success this season in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, while good friend Shane Lowry finally looks set to secure that much sought after top-50 World Ranking.

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Peter Lawrie

Tour card agony for Lawrie and Thornton

It was a day of agony and missed chances for the four Irish golfers in the final Qualifying stage for next year’s European Tour at the PGA Catalunya resort in Girona yesterday.

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Final shot for fighting Irish

Peter Lawrie is the best-placed Irishman heading into today’s final round of Qualifying School at PGA Catalunya resort in Girona.

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McDowell: I’m better now than when I won my Major in 2010

The Graeme McDowell of four years ago would dearly love to challenge the Graeme McDowell of 2014 to a round of tournament golf.

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Rory McIlroy

McIlroy annoyed by legal battles

World number one Rory McIlroy admits he is annoyed to still be spending time on legal battles rather than the golf course, but insists it will have no impact on his bid to complete the career grand slam.

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Michael McGeady

Magical Maybin makes the cut

Four of the five Irish are still in contention for European Tour cards next year after a remarkable day at the Qualifying School Final Stage at the PGA Catalunya resort in north-east Spain.

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Kerry celebrates as Waterville links named top golf course

Waterville has been named as the country’s best golf course for 2014 at a glittering global golf awards night in the Algarve.

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Koepka wins and McIlroy celebrates

Newly-crowned Turkish Airlines Open champ Brooks Koepka intends leaning on unopposed 2014 Race to Dubai winner and good friend, Rory McIlroy to pick up the dinner bill later this week in Dubai.

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Gareth Maybin and his caddie consider the options during the second round of the European Tour Qualifying School at PGA Catalunya. Picture: Stuart Franklin

Phelan relishing test of Q-School marathon

Waterford’s Kevin Phelan doesn’t seem to know what all the fuss is about this week.

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Shane Lowry. Picture: Getty

Lowry back in contention as Poulter leads

While tournament leader Ian Poulter appropriately fed the ducks a turkey roll, Ireland’s Shane Lowry feasted on an eagle and four birdies on a storm-interrupted second round of the Turkish Airlines Open.

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Peter Lawrie. Picture: Getty Images

The biggest sweat in pro golf

Maybe it’s Michael McGeady being unable to afford a caddy, or maybe it’s Matt Southgate bemoaning the price of the buffet lunch, or perhaps the row of economy class rental cars in the driveway gives it away. But whatever way you slice it, European Tour Q-School at PGA Catalunya is no ordinary golf tournament.

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Michael McGeady - one of five Irish in the field

Irish quintet in 156-man field battling for Tour cards

Five Irish are among the 156-man field who will tee off at PGA Catalunya this morning, hoping to secure a European Tour card for the next 12 months.

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Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood hit balls over the walls of the 2,000 year-old Amphitheater of Aspendos at the launch of the 2014 Turkish Airlines Open. Picture: Ian Walton/Getty

Big-thinking Turkey ready to roast the rest

Turkey might be nominally bidding for the 2022 Ryder Cup — their true target is 2026 — but what was once a huge empire is determined to become a major power again with golf and tourism at the top of the agenda.

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Shane Lowry follows the flight of his ball to the 11th green during the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Turkey. Picture: Richard Heathcote

Jiminez thrilled to find form again

Two weeks after struggling to break 90, Miguel Angel Jimenez carded a flawless 63 to claim the lead after the first round of the £4.5m Turkish Airlines Open.

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‘Rory deserves to be champion’

Jamie Donaldson, Sergio Garcia and Marcel Siem will have to achieve something only Rory McIlroy himself has done this season to deny the world number one a second Race to Dubai title in three years.

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Few golfers have shown as many personas to the world as Clarke — genial and fun-loving one moment, laughing and smiling with cigar in hand as the people's favourite, only to be transformed into a walking volcano for the waiting press.

Will the real Darren Clarke please stand up

Darren Clarke would insist he’s not a vain man but he was horrified that his svelte new-look had Twitter wags comparing him to former "Stars in Their Eyes" TV host Matthew Kelly, famous for his white stubbled chin as contestants impersonated showbiz stars for mass TV.

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Michael McGeady

McGeady edges closer to Tour card

Michael McGeady maintained his run of consistency yesterday to sweep into the final qualifying school of the European Tour and to move closer to a full Tour card.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez

Garcia: Poor English may hurt Jimenez

Darren Clarke’s quest to become the new European Ryder Cup captain has been given a surprise boost with Spain’s Sergio Garcia believing compatriot Miguel Angel Jimenez’s poor English will rule him out of captaincy contention.

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Talented Josh gets into the swing with tips from top coach Bannon

Four years ago Josh Hogan teed up on a golf course for the first time. Four days ago he was receiving one-to-one advice from Rory McIlroy’s coach Michael Bannon.

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Kearney edging closer to Tour card

Royal Dublin star Niall Kearney is in pole position today to move to the brink of a full European Tour card.

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Bubba’s bunker bonanza

Bubba Watson defeated Tim Clark on the first play-off hole to win the WGC-HSBC Champions yesterday after an extraordinary finish to the event in Shanghai.

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