Open champion Francesco Molinari: 'It’s been an incredible journey’

Such was the measure of Francesco Molinari’s surprise to be in the Open champion’s chair with the Claret Jug by his side, the plane he had booked to return to London was already boarding at Edinburgh airport.

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‘Tiger in a race no one ever seems to win’

All around him on a windy summer day on the links of Carnoustie, the leaders were imploding as Tiger Woods moved into the lead at the turn.

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Finding the meaning of golf on rollercoaster Scottish quest

Kevin Markham reviews Tom Coyne’s new book, A Course Called Scotland but does he discover the secret of golf. “Are you the fella walking around Ireland, carrying your clubs and playing all the links courses?”

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Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn backs Francesco Molinari for more major titles

Molinari became the first Italian winner of a major with a nerveless display in the Open Championship at Carnoustie.

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Molinari dedicates Open triumph to ‘hero and idol’ Costantino Rocca

Molinari revealed he received a ‘special’ text from his fellow Italian congratulating him on his victory.

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Nerveless Francesco Molinari plots steady course to Claret Jug

With some of the most controlled, nerveless golf seen in the final round of a major championship for quite some time, Francesco Molinari plotted his way to victory at the 147th Open Championship last night.

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No regrets as Rory McIlroy ‘encouraged’ by his British Open performance

Rory McIlroy insisted he had no regrets with an Open runner-up finish to Francesco Molinari as he posted his best finish in a major since his fourth and most recent victory in 2014.

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Tiger Woods hopes kids take pride in his Open efforts

Tiger Woods admits contending at the Open Championship felt just like the old days and was delighted his two children finally got to see what all the fuss was about.

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Patrick Reed says US Ryder Cup team bonding now on par with Europe

The Stars and Stripes that were all over the leaderboard for much of the final round at Carnoustie were gradually making room for the various flags of European nations as the outcome of the 147th Open continued to swing to and fro.

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Paul Dunne will be happy to cut out links for a while

As if his week at The Open wasn’t painful enough, Paul Dunne will prolong his discomfort today when he undergoes a medical procedure to remove a cyst on his hand.

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Open Championship Diary: Bunker proves the bogey as Kevin Kisner charge comes unstuck

Some highlights from the last day of The Open Championship.

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Francesco Molinari completes his Italian job by winning Open title

Molinari carded a nerveless closing 69 at a windswept Carnoustie to finish eight under par.

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Impressive third round puts Tiger Woods in contention at British Open

Tiger Woods rolled back the years in thrilling fashion to revive hopes of a 15th major title as the 147th Open Championship exploded into life.

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Stunning 64 puts Justin Rose back in contention at British Open

Justin Rose fired seven birdies in a flawless 64.

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Chris Wood surges up Open leaderboard

Wood began the day eight shots off the lead.

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Past winners give hope to Open field as third round gets under way

Paul Lawrie and Padraig Harrington won the Open at Carnoustie after trailing by 10 and six strokes respectively after three rounds.

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Pádraig Harrington: I seemed to run out of steam both days

Pádraig Harrington bowed out of the 147th Open at Carnoustie, the course he mastered 11 years ago, with the admission that the famous links had got the better of him.

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Patient Rory McIlroy switches gear to stay in the hunt at British Open

Rory McIlroy showed he can adopt a variety of strategies around Carnoustie as he made light of the tough conditions to move into contention heading into the weekend at the 147th Open.

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Open Championship Diary: Tommy Fleetwood takes it up a notch

Who’s hot? Tommy Fleetwood sealed his round of 65 with a perfect 20ft birdie putt on the 18th. He was the only golfer not to drop a shot and he looked comfortable the whole way around, despite playing in the worst conditions.

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Going with the flow is easy, finding it is the hard part

When an athlete’s body and mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something challenging, such as shooting 60 in the final round of the Scottish Open, as Brandon Stone did last week, they are said to be in a state of flow.

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Willett puts his back woes behind him

Danny Willett has learned to take the rough with the smooth since he upset the golfing world by winning the 2016 Masters.

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Lowry: Double bogey such a kick in the you-know-whats

Another tournament, another day of frustration with a sport Shane Lowry is rapidly falling out of love with.

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If McIlroy can find putting inspiration, he’ll fear no one

Rory McIlroy is still very much in his prime but such was the impact of his early days on tour, where he thrilled, intimidated, entertained, and entranced, he is one of the few sportsmen in the world known by his first name.

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Vegas’ hangover on course after visa nightmare

Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas had to battle visa problems and a delayed flight through the US, which saw him land in Glasgow three hours before his tee time.

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Kisner leads in battle of wits at Carnoustie

On a day of contrasting approaches as to the best way to attack this toughest of Open Championship courses, Rory McIlroy believes his aggressive game plan is one worth sticking to heading into today’s second round at Carnoustie.

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McIlroy: Aggressive approach shows I’m no robot

Rory McIlroy got his Open campaign off to an aggressive and successful start at Carnoustie to refute Butch Harmon’s criticism of the four-time major winner as a golfing “robot”.

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R&A: We’ll take dim view if Lefty repeats moving ball stunt

R&A officials have hinted that Phil Mickelson would have been disqualified had he attempted his hitting-a-moving-ball stunt at The Open.

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How Carnoustie turned nasty to torture golf's greats

Kevin Markham looks back at Carnoustie’s previous hostings of the Open Championship

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Rory McIlroy accepts major streak was above his ‘normal level’

Rory McIlroy is relishing the possibility of arriving at Royal Portrush for next year’s Open with the Claret Jug back in his possession.

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Patient Paul Dunne poised to put on Open performance

Paul Dunne will tee off this morning in his fourth Open Championship knowing there is a great performance in him, but he is determined to stay patient until it surfaces.

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Jordan Spieth ready to ‘ride the wind’ and leave it to the imagination

There is something special about an Open Championship that makes everyone in the field believe they can lift the famous Claret Jug on Sunday evening.

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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 oldest championship.

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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 had more fun winning playing in Scotland as a rookie professional on the European Challenge Tour.

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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 to redress the balance at Carnoustie this week.

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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 course in The Open rotation, however, and they will tell you it offers little in the way of comfort.

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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 career in Scotland this week.

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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 agree that “Carnasty” is a more than fitting nickname for this week’s major championship venue.

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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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‘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. Ten weeks of drought posed a major challenge to Irish golf courses.

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Jordan Spieth has won the Open Championship

American Jordan Spieth has won the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

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Jordan Speith sees lead cut to one at Open

Open leader Jordan Spieth found himself under unexpected early pressure in the final round at Royal Birkdale as his three-shot advantage was cut to just one in the space of two holes.

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Branden Grace cards first 62 in men's championship history at the Open

Branden Grace shot the first 62 in men's major championship history at The Open on Saturday and admitted he had no clue he had been putting for the milestone score at Royal Birkdale's 18th hole, writes Simon Lewis.

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I can't wait to do battle with Brooks and Jordan says McIlroy

South Africa's Shaun Norris made the most of the best conditions of the day as the third round of the 146th Open Championship got under way on Saturday.

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Everyone needs to take a minute to observe Justin Thomas’s outfit at The Open

Despite the prestigious nature of golf tournaments such as The Open, there is room for flamboyance when it comes to outfits, as is evidenced by the US’s Justin Thomas.

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British Open latest: Bad day for the Irish on first day of British Open

Latest:It hasn't been a great day for the Irish at Day One of the British Open with all four now likely to finish their first rounds over par.

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Quiz: How much of the 2016 Open do you remember?

Golf nerds, it’s time to test your knowledge.

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'Beef' raring to go: Andrew Johnston targets further success after Open

Johnston banked the biggest cheque of his professional career, £170,000.

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Phil Mickelson hails Open winner Henrik Stenson as 'a great champion'

The pair went head to head throughout a thrilling final round at Royal Troon

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Jordan Spieth unconvinced of Open changes after back-nine struggles

World number three Jordan Spieth had mixed feelings about the changes to the course set-up after squandering a flying start to the third round

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Late adjustments made to Open course as Troon braces for 30mph winds

"Play will commence as scheduled and the players have been advised."

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Rory McIlroy ‘optimistic’ despite long climb ahead to catch Phil Mickelson

The Irishman insisted winning the 145th Open Championship tomorrow evening was for him very much a mission possible

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Open leader Phil Mickelson: Winning 'too far off' to think about

Mickelson is experienced enough at the age of 46 to know there is lots of golf yet in this championship

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Phil Mickelson in dominant form; Graeme McDowell set to miss the cut

Phil Mickelson was within inches of a hole-in-one on Royal Troon's famous 'Postage Stamp'.

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Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington both open strongly at Troon

Rory McIlroy was the pick of the bunch but Padraig Harrington was only a shot behind him

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Rory McIlroy shifts focus back to golf with fine start at The Open

The biggest damage was being done by the par-four 11th, which played the hardest hole on the course in the 2004 Open and had yet to yield a single birdie.

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Rory McIlroy among the leaders on day one of The Open

Rory McIlroy is among the leaders on four under after eight holes on day one of the Open championship in Royal Troon.

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