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Henrik Stenson bounces back in style to win 10th European Tour title by three shots

Henrik Stenson bounced back from his US Open frustrations to claim his 10th European Tour title at the rain-hit BMW International Open at Pulheim.

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Branden Grace joins Rio Olympics exodus

South Africa’s Branden Grace is the latest player to withdraw from contention for the Rio Olympics due to concerns over the Zika virus.

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Olympic opportunity knocks for Pádraig Harrington after Graeme McDowell turns down chance

Pádraig Harrington insists “it would be a huge honour” to represent Ireland in Rio after Graeme McDowell turned down the chance to step in for world No 4 Rory McIlroy in Ireland’s continuing game of Olympic musical chairs.

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Darren O’Neill: Team Ireland ‘better off’ without Rory McIlroy

Boxer Darren O’Neill took to Twitter to join the whirlwind of reaction following Rory McIlroy’s withdrawal from the Team Ireland, saying they are “better off without him”.

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Zika virus: Who else is missing Rio Olympics?

Rory McIlroy is certainly the biggest name to pull out of this summer’s Olympics in Rio because of concerns over the Zika virus but he is not the first.

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Zika virus a risk too far as Rory McIlroy withdraws from Olympics

Rory McIlroy feels playing in this summer’s Olympics is not worth the risk after announcing his withdrawal due to concerns over the Zika virus.

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Jack Nicklaus believes Shane Lowry will learn valuable lessons from defeat

Nicklaus says Shane will learn from defeat

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Stuffed shirts at USGA should be eternally grateful to Dustin Johnson

Maybe Dustin Johnson is smarter than the average golfer after all.

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Dustin Johnson finally claims his bounty

Dustin Johnson has the slow walk, the bristled jaw and the gunslinger’s eyes of a Sergio Leone bounty hunter.

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Dustin Johnson no longer defined by wicked whispers and meltdowns

Dustin Johnson has had to put up with being called many things, many of them unrepeatable without the advice of a lawyer, but he will not mind his latest tag — major winner.

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Shane Lowry laments not taking a step back

“I was probably a bit hard on myself right then, coming in as well. I think if I had just relaxed a little bit more, I could have done something a bit better."

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Heartbreak for Shane Lowry and joy for Dustin Johnson at Oakmont

Three late three-putts cost Shane Lowry the US Open as Dustin Johnson made a rules controversy irrelevant by storming to a massively impressive three-stroke maiden major triumph at Oakmont.

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Shane Lowry’s everyman image belies a talent that owes as much to perspiration as inspiration

Shane Lowry might not appear to have much in common with Pablo Picasso but making the complex look easy is something that’s only within the compass of life’s geniuses.

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Anxious Rory McIlroy loses battle with his swing

Strange place, this Oakmont Country Club. Perhaps the only place in our golf world where it is the goal of membership to inflict pain.

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Out of sorts Rory McIlroy in race against time after opening 77

He didn’t quite throw in the towel but Rory McIlroy looked so rushed, so flustered, and so out of sorts with his game that his target of a second-round 66 to rescue the disaster of his opening 77 looks utterly unrealistic.

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Rory McIlroy must work harder to join elite with Tiger Woods

If Rory McIlroy was still at school, then his report card after yesterday’s disastrous round of 77 would simply have said: Must try harder.

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Relaxed Lee Westwood won’t fall foul of elements

So after ferocious Thursday when a series of thunderstorms wreaked havoc on Oakmont Country Club, Mother Nature was in a gentle mood Friday morning. Thus did Billy Foster sit comfortably, enveloped by a warm, morning breeze.

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Shane Lowry takes the bull by the horns

Enough quips have been made about Dustin Johnson’s IQ to give serious thought to debunking the theory that golf is a game played on the six-inch course between the ears.

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Scottie Scheffler and Andrew Landry making the most of their big moments

The US Open has traditionally thrown up a diverse bunch of surprise first round leaders with amateur Scottie Scheffler and PGA Tour rookie Andrew Landry the latest to join the bunch at a rain-lashed Oakmont.

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Andrew Landry brightens up a gloomy day for Oakmont

We won’t know for sure until the 116th US Open is completed — and given Mother Nature was running amok yesterday, who knows when that will be — what will become of a young man named Andrew Landry in this competition.

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Shane Lowry to light up Ireland’s challenge at US Open

It’s never much fun when you settle down for a fireworks show and get bombarded in a watertight but that’s how the players felt as the opening round of the 116th US Open was suspended due to heavy rain.

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Shane Lowry: ‘No bluffers are winning this week’

It was said many years ago but the hellish pronouncement of the founder and designer Henry Clay Fownes should be posted on a large sign at the entrance to Oakmont Country Club.

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Graeme McDowell ready to fall in love with the game again

Little more than a year after admitting he almost quit the game after losing his “desire and urge to practice”, Graeme McDowell is prepared to grind for a second US Open for the pure joy of winning alone.

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Oakmont an open wound for Phil Mickelson

In the days leading up to the 116th US Open, sightings of Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson around Oakmont Country Club were in short supply. The left-hander had reportedly flown back home to California for a daughter’s graduation from middle school, while Johnson played his practice rounds late in the day and with very little fanfare.

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Five stars who suffered plenty of heartbreak at US Open

Tom Lehman placed both hands over his cap in disbelief when his shot into the 17th green at Congressional bounded off the side of the green and into the water in 1997, ending his hopes at a US Open he never won.

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Shane Lowry embraces Oakmont challenge

Attack might be the best form of defence in football but when it comes to the US Open at a brutal venue like Oakmont, finding that right balance could be the key to raising that silver trophy to the sky. 

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Rory McIlroy out to become a ‘complete’ player

Rory McIlroy hit a massive drive down the middle of the 10th fairway, found the front edge in two and then suffered what can only be described as the typical Oakmont terror.

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Oakmont awaits man of steel to lift US Open trophy

Whoever lifts the US Open trophy in Pittsburgh this weekend, he will need to be a man of steel in the nerves department to triumph in a city once described as “hell with the lid taken off.”

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US Open: Oakmont’s best five winners

Oakmont has hosted the US Open more than any other golf course, and there’s a reason.

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Oakmont member: ‘We love to punish our guests’

It was suggested to Ernie Els that the US Golf Association should make Oakmont Country Club its marquee US Open venue and provide the sort of reverence that the R&A extends to the Old Course in St Andrews.

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Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey set up Curtis Cup victory

Overcome with joy, Olivia Mehaffey struggled for the words to describe her emotions.

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