Pros give Portrush royal seal of approval

Pros give Portrush royal seal of approval

An Englishman and an Irishman competed in the final pairing of the Open Championship in Northern Ireland. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but that was how the script for the 148th Open at Royal Portrush played out.

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Lowry dealt with the din.And the unnerving silence

People wonder how players keep their heads given the magnitude of what a prize like the Claret Jugre presents but it’s the madness of it all that overwhelms when the 18th approaches and the divide between those inside and outside the ropes begins to buckle under the waves of emotion.

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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 chases a first major win at Portrush this weekend.

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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 Open as Rory McIlroy’s late charge to the make the cut came up agonisingly short.

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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 leaderboard on a rollercoaster first day at Royal Portrush. But what would Rory McIlroy have given for Lowry’s 67 at The 148th Open?

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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 land.

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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 of it after 18 holes.

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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 gates as the R&A continued their bid to do away with single-use plastic water bottles.

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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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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 his favourite golf course was not in quite such good nick.

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McIlroy: I’m struggling to see 14 under

Rory McIlroy admits he will need to reproduce the flying finish which gave him victory in the Canadian Open to win another national title in Scotland.

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Molinari happy to miss out on holiday

Edoardo Molinari will gladly swap a holiday on the beaches of Portofino for a week in Portrush if it means competing alongside younger brother Francesco as he defends his Open title.

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McIlroy: I put consistency before Majors

Rory McIlroy insists he would not swap his consistency for world number one Brooks Koepka’s feast-or-famine approach.

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'It's still the same golf course': McIlroy confident of home comforts at Royal Portrush

McIlroy has finished in the top five in each of the last three Open Championships.

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Headaches begin as 2020 questions remain over Irish Open

Paul McGinley is confident the scheduling issues around next year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open can be resolved by European and PGA Tour bosses in the coming weeks but admitted it will be a difficult and challenging task and the outcome may be less than perfect.

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Prize money increased by almost 40% for Women’s British Open

The Women’s British Open now offers the second-highest prize fund of the five majors in the women’s game.

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Golfing Gods take their revenge for Pádraig Harrington’s trip on easy street

It seems as if Pádraig Harrington may have offended the golfing gods. Not so much for the magnificent 63 he shot here in Lahinch on the opening day of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, so much as the unrestrained satisfaction he took from it all.

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Barry O’Leary hangs on to take Irish Seniors Close Championship

Barry O’Leary kept his overnight lead to clinch the Irish Seniors Close Championship at Kilkenny Golf Club, closing with a round of 72 to win by two shots.

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Dubai Duty Free chief executive wishes to see prize money increase in coming years

Dubai Duty Free chief executive Colm McLoughlin has underlined his company’s commitment as title sponsor to both the Irish Open and Derby by expressing his wish to see the prize money for both sporting events increase in the coming years.

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€10m invested in Lahinch as resort prepares for 100,000 golf fans

The staging of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch is having “a transformative effect” on the seaside resort of Lahinch.

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Hardest holes in Irish golf: Prepare to be exhausted and intimidated in your quest for par

You won't break 70. You probably won't even break 90. But it will break your heart. Kevin Markham introduces a 18-hole golf course made up of the roughest and toughest that Ireland has to offer.

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Paddy Keane: ‘If there’s wind off the sea and you need a birdie to win, the 18th green is going to be like a pinhead’

There is no escaping the sense of excitement and expectation not just amongst the members of Lahinch Golf Club but also the whole of the village and West Clare in general as the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Championship looms this week.

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Getting into the swing of things: The Junior Golf camps available this summer

Getting into the swing of things: The Junior Golf camps available this summer

I was introduced to golf when I was five years old. Over the following years, I played many sports but golf was always something I returned to. And starting young, while not essential — Pádraig Harrington was 16 when he picked up a club — is the key to unlocking talent as well as a child’s lifelong passion for the game.

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‘Freewheeling’ approach working for Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry is so superstitious he’d carry a horseshoe in his bag if his caddie would let him.

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Watson set to rekindle Ballybunion love affair

US golfer Tom Watson will be in Northern Ireland next month for the Open Championship, which he has won on five occasions.

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World his oyster as super Sugrue wins Masters and major tickets

Charlie Mulqueen Tickets to the Masters tournament at Augusta are as precious as gold dust and usually available only to long-standing patrons and the very privileged.

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Ireland’s ‘big four’ join fans in saluting new star

James Sugrue’s magnificent achievement in winning the 124th British Amateur Championship at Portmarnock has not gone unnoticed by a quartet of famous Irish professionals.

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James Sugrue wins British Amateur Championship, and ticket for major appearances

Mallow’s James Sugrue achieved the ambition of a lifetime at Portmarnock today when he won the British Amateur Championship and with it, an appearance in next month’s British Open at Royal Portrush followed by next year’s US Masters and Open.

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James Sugrue leads by three holes in British Amateur Championship final

Mallow’s James Sugrue takes a healthy three-hole advantage into the final 18 holes of his British Amateur Championship final clash with Scotland’s Euan Walker at Portmarnock this afternoon.

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James Sugrue through to final after Friday to remember at Portmarnock

Mallow’s James Sugrue is 36 holes away from an invite to the Open Championship after securing a spot in the final of British Amateur Championship at Portmarnock.

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James Sugrue and Ronan Mullarney push on at Portmarnock

Wondrous dreams aren’t always realised and Mallow’s James Sugrue and Ronan Mullarney from Galway scarcely harboured thoughts of playing in the British and US Opens and the US Masters when they entered this week’s British Amateur Championship at Portmarnock.

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Rory McIlroy: Open win at Portrush would 100% be my most special

Rory McIlroy insists he cannot let the pressure of winning at home get to him when he seeks a dream end to his five-year Major drought in the Open at Royal Portrush.

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Antrim cliffs become ‘Mount Rushmore of golf’ ahead of The Open

The design was achieved with the help of a Hollywood CGI artist.

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James Sugrue and Ronan Mullarney in the groove in Portmarnock

Charlie Mulqueen Mallow’s James Sugrue and Ronan Mullarney from Galway produced outstanding performances at Portmarnock yesterday to keep Irish interest very much alive into this morning’s third round of the British Amateur Championship.

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Sugrue progresses at Portmarnock

James Sugrue from Mallow defied incredible pressure over the closing holes at The Island links yesterday to clinch his place in today’s matchplay stages of the 124th British Amateur Championship at Portmarnock.

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Club likely to vote on men-only membership

A week that could herald the beginning of the demise of Portmarnock Golf Club as the natural home for some of the game’s most prestigious events got under way yesterday with the first of two qualifying rounds for the 124th Amateur Championship.

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US Open day three: Woodland holds narrow lead over Rose

World number one Brooks Koepka, meanwhile, is four shots off the lead alongside Louis Oosthuizen and Chez Reavie.

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Pebble Beach more fair than farce as USGA finally gets balance right

This is a big week for the United States Golf Association, who can ill afford another embarrassment during the US Open.

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Rose: I must find extra gear to win

Justin Rose was just eight years old when he stood in front of a mirror at his home in England and posed the finish of his golf swing.

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Prince of Pebble comes home

Call him the Prince of Pebble or perhaps The Mayor. Jim Nantz, the longtime voice of golf for CBS Sports, can live anywhere in the world and he loves nothing more than calling Pebble Beach home.

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‘I can’t walk, but when I got that call, I felt like I could fly’

Forget Tiger Woods and his remarkable victory at the Masters in April. The greatest comeback in golf that I know of is Dennis Walters who went from promising young golfer one day to a paraplegic the next. On Monday, at the Sunset Center, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus introduced him as he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame along with Retief Goosen, Jan Stephenson, Billy Payne, and the late Peggy Kirk Bell.

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Returning Tiger hoping life’s a beach once again

Caddie Steve Williams still finds it hard to fathom that if Tiger Woods had not made a triple bogey on the third hole of the third round, Woods would have won the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach by 18 strokes.

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I’m here to compete, says upbeat McDowell

After missing the cut at the 2017 US Open, Graeme McDowell was sitting around the kitchen table with his wife and kids and watching Brooks Koepka march to his first of four major titles.

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Mickelson confirmed for JP’s 2020 Adare Pro-Am

In the wake of his Canadian Open victory on Sunday, Rory McIlroy was asked if he intended returning to the country next year to defend his crown.

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McIlroy heads to Pebble pumped and primed

Watching Rory McIlroy decimate course and field at the Canadian Open for his 16th Tour win left many golf watchers of a mind with the US golf writer who quizzed him Sunday in Hamilton on the apparent inconsistency in his game. Missed cut at the Memorial one week, Sunday stroll in Canada the next?

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Shane Lowry makes fine start in Canada

Shane Lowry is tied for second at the RBC Canadian Open after a superb opening round of 64 at the Hamilton Country Club in Ontario last night.

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McIlroy wants to make an impact at first Canadian Open

The 30-year-old is preparing for an assault on the US Open at Pebble Beach.

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South African teen Martin Vorster revels in Baltray glory

South African teenager Martin Vorster became the second youngest winner in the history of the East of Ireland Championship when he closed with a brace of five-under 67s to win by four strokes from Carton House’s Paul O’Hanlon at County Louth Golf Club.

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McIlroy believes USGA should be given chance over US Open

McIlroy believes USGA should be given chance over US Open

McIlroy had reportedly considered boycotting the tournament along with Dustin Johnson.

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Thomas Pieters keeping his focus on the golf course at Belgian Knockout

The format is making its second appearance on the European Tour, with the top 32 from each side of the draw after 36 holes of traditional stroke play advancing to the knockout stages over the weekend.

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Lowry may play Euro card to boost Ryder bid

Shane Lowry knows he has the game to win majors and play Ryder Cup but he also knows that Europe and not the US might be the perfect launchpad as he bids to make Pádraig Harrington’s team for Whistling Straits next year.

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Lowry shows major mindset after passing test of mental strength

Majors are a test of mental strength, and Shane Lowry felt as much a winner as Brooks Koepka following his gutsy tie for eighth alongside Rory McIlroy in the US PGA at Bethpage Black.

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Avoiding the rough in search to secure Irish golfing growth

It is all very well taking the historic steps to form an inclusive governing body for the game on this island, but with preparations underway for Golf Ireland to supersede the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union in January 2021, a leader needs to be found for the brave new world.

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US PGA champ's Irish caddie knew Koepka was ‘the real deal’

The American won his fourth major at the US PGA Championship on Sunday.

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Shane Lowry rises in world golf rankings

Lowry has reached his best ranking for almost three years.

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Newton takes away spoils but Purcell puts down Cup marker

Conor Purcell missed out on his country’s blue-riband amateur title as the Flogas Irish Amateur Open went to England’s James Newton — but Ireland’s highest-ranked player hopes his runner-up finish at Co Sligo impressed the watching Walker Cup selectors.

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