Shane Lowry steeling himself for most challenging day of his career at Open

Shane Lowry steeling himself for most challenging day of his career at Open

A day of golfing perfection from Shane Lowry took the Irishman to the verge of Open Championship victory at Royal Portrush but the 32-year-old is steeling himself ...

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Thousands of golf fans relish third day of Open’s return to N Ireland

Thousands of golf fans relish third day of Open’s return to N Ireland

Home favourites Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke missed the halfway cut.

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Graeme McDowell backs Rory McIlroy to rebound from Open disappointment

Rory McIlroy’s major successes are far from over, says Graeme McDowell, who has backed his friend to rebound from his Royal Portrush disappointment.

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Lucas Glover moves to within four of lead at Portrush

Glover carded three successive birdies from the second to move to four under.

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Early starters Stanley and Redman get off to Open third round flier

Fox and Hwang also make early progress with back-to-back birdies

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‘Oooooohhhh,’ said the crowd. They knew…

It was closing in on 11am yesterday when Calamity Corner lived up to its name and reputation.

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Harrington says Shane can finish the job this time

Pádraig Harrington believes Shane Lowry’s nightmare finish to the 2016 US Open at Oakmont can act as a help rather than a hindrance as the Offaly man ...

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Lowry survives late wobble but McIlroy rally falls agonisingly short

Shane Lowry survived alate-round wobble and some high-volume commentary from a giant TV screen to put himself in pole position at the halfway stage of The 148th ...

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McIlroy bowled over by surge of support but birdie charge comes up short

The home favourite’s second-round 65 saw him miss the cut by a shot at Royal Portrush.

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The Open day two: Lowry shares halfway lead as McIlroy fightback falls short

Rory McIlroy followed his opening-round 79 with a six-under-par 65 to miss the cut by just a shot.

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McIlroy upset after missing Portrush cut but backs Lowry to finish the job

McIlroy upset after missing Portrush cut but backs Lowry to finish the job

Poor opening round cost the home favourite.

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'Walking down 18 was something special' - Shane Lowry pinching himself as he shares Open lead

'Walking down 18 was something special' - Shane Lowry pinching himself as he shares Open lead

The pair are on eight under after the second round at Royal Portrush, a shot clear of English duo Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood.

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Westwood hits form at Open with help of caddie girlfriend

The 46-year-old is seven under par after two round at Royal Portrush

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Pragmatic Woods accepts there will be ups and downs as Open hopes disappear

The 15-time major winner was six over par after two rounds at Royal Portrush.

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Lowry moves two shots clear as McIlroy attempts to put poor start behind him

Lowry, who won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009, holed from 35 feet for another birdie on the 10th to move two shots clear of the field.

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Tyrrell Hatton makes progress and Tiger Woods also aims to improve Open prospects

Early birdie boosts hopes of overnight leader JB Holmes.

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The Open day two: JB Holmes looking to stay ahead of chasing pack

The American starts the day one shot ahead of Shane Lowry.

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Rory on brink as Lowry finds edge after coach pep talk

A pre-Open Championship pep talk from coach Neil Manchip propelled a previously uneasy Lowrytowards his lowest opening round in a major and the business end of the ...

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A day to be remembered (unless your name is McIlroy)

Leave it to Maureen Madill to put into perspective how big a deal hosting the 148th Open Championship is to the membership at Royal Portrush and all of her native ...

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Sugrue: I can’t wait to set the alarm for four o’clock

Mission accomplished. At least for one day. James Sugrue achieved what he set out to do on his maiden round at The Open Championship by not shooting himself out ...

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Shane Lowry stands one shot behind Open leader JB Holmes thanks to pep talk over coffee

Rory McIlroy began with an eight and finished with a seven in a demoralising opening 79 at Royal Portrush.

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Rain not spoiling the party as the Open returns to Portrush

Even a disastrous first round by home favourite Rory McIlroy failed to dampen the spirit of fans.

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Koepka makes strong start at Open but McIlroy endures nightmare opening round

At eight over par McIlroy was 12 shots off the clubhouse target set by Ireland’s Shane Lowry.

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Rory McIlroy: 'When you play your first and last holes in seven-over, you're starting on the back foot'

McIlroy admits his dream of a second Open title is already over for another year.

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Rory McIlroy’s worst performances in a major

Rory McIlroy’s dream of winning the Open Championship on home soil is effectively over after he slumped to an opening 79 at Royal Portrush.

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Graeme McDowell ‘gutted’ after new rule costs him dearly on Portrush final hole

“I feel like all the air has been let out of the sails plus some. The ship feels like it’s sinking.”

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Rory McIlroy endures miserable start and finish at the Open

McIlroy began with an eight and signed off with a seven in an opening 79 on home soil at Royal Portrush.

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Open leader Shane Lowry: Bushmills Inn pep talk crucial in battle against uneasiness

It was Lowry's best-ever opening round in a major.

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Watch: Grillo hits hole in one on first morning of the Open

Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo produced the moment of the morning on the first day of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush with a hole in one.

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Home comforts for Darren Clarke as he lights up Royal Portrush

Darren Clarke stroked home a birdie at the fifth to lead The Open like he was knocking balls around in his back garden.

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Rory McIlroy battling to recover from nightmare quadruple-bogey as Shane Lowry leads the Open

McIlroy recorded a quadruple bogey on the first hole.

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A shot-by-shot look at Rory McIlroy’s nightmare Open start

The Northern Irishman carded a quadruple-bogey eight on the first hole.

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Rory McIlroy shoots disastrous quadruple-bogey on first hole as Shane Lowry holds early lead

His wayward first ball hit a fan and cracked the screen of her mobile phone in her pocket before ending up five feet inside the out of bounds posts.

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As The Open starts in Northern Ireland – 5 of the most beautiful golf courses around the world

As The Open starts in Northern Ireland – 5 of the most beautiful golf courses around the world

From the Maldives to Brazil, Sam Wylie-Harris rounds up the best of the best.

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Darren Clarke enjoys dream start to home Open at Royal Portrush

Clarke’s playing partner James Sugrue was just one shot behind him on Thursday morning.

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Opening the door to sustainable golf

Before the deluge came and the sun still shone, spectators at Royal Portrush were being handed their Open branded metal canisters as they came through the entrance ...

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Historic Open about far more than me, says McIlroy

Pinch yourself. Major championship golf really is here.

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Not just another major, G-Mac wants to ride wave of emotion

Graeme McDowell was always going to come home to Portrush this week.

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Rory McIlroy keen to shun spotlight during bid for Open glory on home soil

Bookies’ favourite McIlroy was born and raised 65 miles away from Royal Portrush.

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Rahm hoping accommodation switch has Open benefits at Portrush

Jon Rahm is hoping an accommodation switch can lead to a reversal of fortunes in the Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

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Fear of missing out fuelled Rory McIlroy's Olympic u-turn

Rory McIlroy admits that a fear of missing out fuelled his decision to change tack on Olympic ambitions and declare himself available to represent Ireland at the ...

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Graeme McDowell got Open hopes back on course by ‘facing demons of mortality’

The former US Open champion had fallen to 259th in the world.

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Rory McIlroy: The Open's biggest legacy in the North could be bringing people together

Rory McIlroy has spoken of the great legacy this week’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush can have, both for golf in Northern Ireland and its people.

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Portrush to welcome record-breaking crowd for Open outside of St Andrews

This week’s 148th Open at Royal Portrush is officially the most attended Championship staged outside St Andrews with the R&A announcing on Wednesday that there ...

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Portmarnock ‘logical first step’ for global Open, says Harrington

Pádraig Harrington has predicted that the Open Championship’s return to Irish shores this week is the first step of tournament organisers the R&A taking ...

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Woods favours quality over quantity to prolong his career

Tiger Woods will favour quality over quantity in a bid to prolong his career after admitting he was emotionally and physically drained by his Masters triumph.

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‘It’s magnificent out there. If anything, it’s too good’

Nobody could be happier than Pádraig Harrington that Royal Portrush is staging the 148th Open Championship this week but the two-time Claret Jug winner wishes ...

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Mosquito adds extra bite to McIlroy’s practice round

It was an uncomfortable moment for the golfer.

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The Open ‘switch has flicked’ as tourists flock to Portrush

Golf fans and tourists from around the world have converged on Portrush to enjoy the buzz as The Open returns for the first time in over 60 years.

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Christiaan Bezuidenhout craving revenge on return to Royal Portrush

Bezuidenhout failed a drugs test during the 2014 British Amateur Championship at the same course.

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