Back in the hunt, it could be Tiger time again

After three years away from The Open due to a series of back surgeries, Tiger Woods really could not have picked a better time to make his return to the game’s ...

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Open Championship Diary: Koepka reminisces on rookie European adventures

Brooks Koepka may have collected more than €1.8m for his US Open victory at Shinnecock Hills a month ago but the world number four revealed yesterday that he ...

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Shane Lowry out to settle score after three missed cuts

Three missed cuts in his last three Open Championship appearances have not rendered Shane Lowry a bad player of links golf and the Irishman is relishing the opportunity ...

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Few 'home' comforts as players crash and Burn at at Carnoustie's 18th

They call the 18th hole “Home”. Talk to those professionals who have to negotiate the 499-yard par four at the end of a tough day on the most difficult ...

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Dustin Johnson enjoying rivalry with Brooks Koepka ahead of the Open

This year’s 147th Open is at Carnoustie.

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Age and course no barrier for Tiger Woods as he targets Open glory

The 14-time major winner cannot be overlooked as a Carnoustie contender.

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Tommy Fleetwood: Course-record experience of Carnoustie has no relevance

European number one Tommy Fleetwood may hold the course record at Carnoustie but he is under no illusions that the 63 he shot at last October’s Alfred Dunhill ...

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Ballyliffin putting woes tune Rory up for Open tilt

Rory McIlroy is confident he has fixed the putting problems that sank his Irish Open hopes a fortnight ago as he launches his bid for a fifth major title of his ...

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Double Open champion Pádraig Harrington: He who dares wins at Carnoustie

When Pádraig Harrington lifted the Claret Jug for the first time 11 years ago he joined a select band of Carnoustie Open champions.

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Stars wary of 'Carnasty' surprise at Open Championship

Tommy Fleetwood has heard about the Carnoustie horror stories of Opens past, Pádraig Harrington and Phil Mickelson have witnessed some of them, and they all ...

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Defending champ Jordan Spieth: I want that jug back

Defending champion Jordan Spieth admitted he was more than a little taken aback by his reaction as he returned the Claret Jug to the R&A at Carnoustie yesterday.

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Carnoustie Country: An in-depth look at the 'most challenging links in the world'

Carnoustie is more than just a golf course, writes Kevin Markham.

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‘The course will take a few weeks of rainfall to recover’

Ten weeks of drought posed a major challenge to Irish golf course. Kevin Markham interviewed two greenkeepers to assess how course conditions have been impacted. ...

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Great Britain & Ireland team call-up for Kinsale's John Murphy

Kinsale’s John Murphy has been selected to represent Great Britain and Ireland for the first time to play the Continent of Europe in the 2018 St Andrews Links ...

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Tiger Woods: If you get intimidated by me that’s your issue

A short video has been posted on social media showing Woods speaking to spectators at a golf clinic.

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Padraig Harrington sure Rory McIlroy will be back in the winner's circle soon

Padraig Harrington claims it is only a matter of time before Rory McIlroy starts winning majors again despite rivals having caught him up.

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Irish contenders learn pairings and tee times for Open's return to Carnoustie

Padraig Harrington won at Carnoustie in 2007 and is the last player to win back-to-back titles.

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Every cloud has silver lining in Pádraig Harrington’s Carnoustie memories

Simon Lewis For the second summer in succession, Pádraig Harrington is returning to the scene of a major championship triumph and just as he did at Birkdale ...

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Brandon Stone misses out on historic 59 but Scottish Open win books Open spot

The 25-year-old missed from eight feet for birdie on the last.

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Mickelson reflecting on US Open debacle: I’ve done some dumb stuff

Phil Mickelson conceded he does a lot of “dumb stuff” after speaking at length for the first time about his controversial penalty during the US Open.

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Irish dreams of Euro glory flounder in Kaskada

Ireland’s hopes of European Boys’ Team Championship glory were dashed with an agonising 4-3 defeat by Sweden at Kaskada in the Czech Republic yesterday. ...

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Patrick Reed: Tiger still to prove he’s worth wild card

Masters champion Patrick Reed believes Tiger Woods has yet to do enough to guarantee a Ryder Cup wild card for this year’s contest in Paris.

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When spectators take the hit - six of the worst incidents on the golf course

A small, hard ball can do a lot of damage

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Rory McIlroy takes Ballyliffin lessons into challenge for Carnoustie

Rory McIlroy left Ballyliffin to prepare for this month’s Open Championship determined not to make the same mistakes he did in advance of the US Open.

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Robin Dawson to lead Irish attack as amateurs seek European glory

By Jay Bayford Robin Dawson will spearhead the attack today as Ireland seek victory in the European Amateur Team Championship at the Faldo Course at Bad Saarow, ...

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Slow and steady Russell Knox’s mantra after Irish Open win

Phil Casey Russell Knox will favour slow, steady improvement over any urge to seek rapid progression after returning to the world’s top 50 following his extraordinary ...

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Rory McIlroy signs off duties as a splendid Irish Open host

Rory McIlroy was not using his tournament hosting duties as an excuse at Ballyliffin this week, but he will certainly head to Lahinch for the 2019 Dubai Duty Free ...

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How Ballyliffin shimmered in the Irish Open spotlight

There is no underestimating what this Dubai Duty Free Irish Open meant to everybody at Ballyliffin Golf Club, but it was general manager John Farren’s mission ...

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Russell Knox goes extra miles as Irish eyes turn to Carnoustie

Scotland’s Russell Knox emerged victorious from an exciting conclusion to the sun-soaked Dubai Duty Free Irish Open as a disappointed home contingent was already ...

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Dramatic play-off sees Scotland's Russell Knox win Irish Open title

Scotland's Russell Knox defeated Ryan Fox in a play-off to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in amazing fashion at Ballyliffin today.

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Erik van Rooyen leads Irish Open as home challenge fades

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open by the scruff of the neck at Ballyliffin today as the home challenge faded with disappointing ...

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Ballyliffin bites back as Padraig Harrington bows out

Simon Lewis, Ballyliffin Pádraig Harrington laid out the challenge facing the three Dubai Duty Free Irish Open leaders on the narrow, firm and fast Glashedy ...

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Rory McIlroy still in the hunt despite putting woe

Another round, another struggle with the putter, but Rory McIlroy is not going away at Ballyliffin as he bids to regain the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open title this ...

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Shane Lowry happy not to continue where he left off

The smile has returned to Shane Lowry’s face after some opening round gloom but behind it lies a determination to stay patient over what is sure to be a testing ...

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Paul Dunne will back driver after making the cut

Just five Irish golfers are left standing heading into the weekend after a rough second day at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open as nine of their compatriots packed ...

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Swede fan Joakim Lagergren pays heavy price for success

The Diary If ever there was a day Joakim Lagergren wishes he had not manouevred himself towards the top of a leaderboard, it was yesterday.

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Rory McIlroy has steady start in Ballyliffin

Rory McIlroy has parred his opening two holes on day 2 of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Ballyliffin.

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Keeping cool in the heat of battle key to Open success

Links golf. In Ireland we have for so long grown accustomed to the topic involving discussion of howling winds, dark clouds, and horizontal rain when we visit the ...

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McIlroy vows to lighten up and get out of his own way

Eleven starts. One victory. Five missed cuts.

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Putting woes halt Rory McIlroy momentum at Irish Open

If Rory McIlroy can find some answers to the putting problems on Ballyliffin’s greens then Dubai Duty Free Irish Open leader Ryan Fox may begin to feel some ...

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Frustrating finish takes the gloss off Shane Lowry’s Irish Open promising start

Shane Lowry will tee off his second round this morning determined to put behind him a disappointing closing four holes that threatened to derail a promising opening ...

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Remember me? Harrington backs up pre-Open pledge with craft and graft

Pádraig Harrington took issue with his pre-tournament odds of 66-1 as he prepared for the annual return to links golf, but a sparkling opening round of 68 ...

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Graeme McDowell left content after ‘grinding’ start in Ballyliffin

Graeme McDowell left Ballyliffin last night satisfied with a “grinding” one-under-par 71 that he believes will give him a great chance of a maiden Dubai ...

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Irish Open Diary: Donegal outpost attracts big opening-day crowd

Another Irish Open and the island’s golf fans are out in force again.

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Check out how Irish fared as Harrington does his best to upset the odds in Ballyliffin

Three-time major winner was surprised by his price.

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Padraig Harrington best of the Irish in Donegal

Irish Open host Rory McIlroy has just started his opening round at Ballyliffin.

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'I'd love to win an Irish Open' - Graeme McDowell tees off in Ballyliffin

The first group of players are just getting their opening rounds at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open underway.

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Rahm out to follow in Seve’s footsteps at Ballyliffin

As much as winning one Dubai Duty Free Irish Open meant to Jon Rahm at Portstewart last year, the thought of becoming a multiple winner of this event and emulating ...

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Graeme McDowell confident of putting missing clubs saga behind him

Graeme McDowell is confident he can put the saga of his missing clubs behind him in order to qualify for the Open Championship.

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Harrington: Course plays into my hands

It is fair to say that as a winner of two Open Championships, Pádraig Harrington is a fair judge of links golf courses and his first look at Ballyliffin yesterday ...

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