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Golf’s new formats growing on Justin Rose

Olympic champion Justin Rose believes new formats should remain an occasional diversion from golf’s traditional 72-hole strokeplay events.

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Picture-perfect Portstewart sure to put on a show

All roads lead north for the 2017 Irish Open, writes Kevin Markham

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Michael Hoey shares lead after super 61

Michael Hoey threatened to record the first 59 in European Tour history before having to settle for a share of the lead on a low-scoring first day of the Rocco Forte Open in Sicily.

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Jon Rahm set to join the stars at Irish Open

This summer’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open has received another boost of star power after world number 12 and rising Spanish star Jon Rahm added his name to the entry list.

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Sicily’s golfing market looks ready to erupt

Playing golf on the lower slopes of Europe’s most active volcano; looking for a lost ball amidst the black sand and rocks of hardened lava, and the sound of a helicopter ferrying tourists for overhead views of the highest crater.

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‘When I turned pro, I was miles away from the required standard’

Peter O’Keeffe will never make a cent playing golf again but if the new Flogas Irish Amateur Open champion had his time again, he knows from painful experience the key to success is not just innate talent but a big, fat wallet to match an insatiable appetite for hard work.

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McIlroy and McDowell frustrated at Sawgrass

The Players Stadium course at Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville, Florida, is famous mostly for the par three 17th hole with its infamous island green.

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Good times return for gentle giant O’Keeffe

There was a time when Douglas’ Peter O’Keeffe got so angry with himself during his five-year stint in the professional ranks that he would rip a golf glove off his hand in frustration.

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Off-key Rory McIlroy hangs in as Shane Lowry's woes continue

Rory McIlroy was far from his ball striking best throughout yesterday’s second round of the Players Championship at Sawgrass but he just about survived into the weekend’s after a round of 71 for an even par total of 144 that leaves him with an outside chance of challenging for the “fifth Major” over the weekend.

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Missed putts no bother for leader Sean Towndrow after cancer battle

A missed four-footer means nothing when you’ve been out for a year battling lymphatic cancer.

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Birdie burst gives Graeme McDowell welcome boost at Sawgrass

Graeme McDowell produced a grandstand finish to finish in one under par 71 and an impressive opening to The Players Championship at Ponte Vedra last night.

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Patience pays for impressive Peter O’Keeffe at Royal County Down

Royal County Down has a habit of punishing aggression but big hitting Douglas man Peter O’Keeffe kept his love of attack in check to open with a fine 70 in the Flogas Irish Amateur Open in idyllic conditions at the firm and fast Newcastle links.

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