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Fourteen-time major winner Tiger Woods believes the hard and fast condition of Carnoustie means he could repeat his tactics of 2006 when he last won the Open.
His impersonation of Joe Brolly is almost legendary at this stage but Conor Moore is receiving global acclaim for nailing some of the world's top golfers.
So much for the new, friendly Tiger Woods. As the field assembled for the 147th Open Championship here, that facade came crashing down as a video emerged of the 14-time major winner telling his rivals "if you get intimidated by me that's your own f------ issue".
Padraig Harrington knows that winning multiple Majors in a short period of time can send expectation levels through the roof.
You only appreciate the good things in life when you don't have them any more. Health is wealth, as they say. And for a golfer who once made holing 30-footers look like child's play, Jordan Spieth's struggles with the putter have been hard for the Texan to take, especially now that the malaise has wormed its way into the rest of his game.
You only have to spend a few minutes watching Jon Rahm blasting his driver into the wild blue yonder to feel that uncontrollable urge to hit something very hard with a stick.
Padraig Harrington claims it is only a matter of time before Rory McIlroy starts winning majors again despite rivals having caught him up.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who won at Carnoustie in 2007, will tee off at the British Open at 1448 on Thursday alongside double Masters champion Bubba Watson and England's Matt Wallace.
While Brandon Stone won hearts and minds at Gullane, one galactico instead spent Sunday doing for golf what President Trump has been doing for the image of America in Europe. The title of a long and vitriolic letter from a prominent Gullane member to the Scottish Open tournament director said it all: “Ian Poulter is an a***hole”.
Even the fictional Christian Wolff would find it a puzzle and that's coming from fellow "accountant" Pádraig Harrington.
Tiger Woods believes the fairways will be quicker than the greens when he chases that elusive 15th major at Carnoustie.
Four years have passed since Patrick Reed, giddy with excitement following a World Golf Championship success in Florida, declared himself a world top-five golfer. Oh, how they laughed. Who does he think he is?
While soaking up well-deserved compliments from all quarters in the wake of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Ballyliffin GC are ready to consider another staging, possibly in five or six years. But there is much to consider, especially against the background of a reported payment of €500,000 for last weekend's event.
In a charming, supportive gesture, Rory McIlroy played with three-year-old Paddy Harrington behind the 18th green at Carnoustie, while the child's father was battling with Sergio Garcia in a play-off for the 2007 Open Championship. Eleven years on, all three will be back there this week, with McIlroy attempting to add a second such title to his leading amateur award of that occasion.
It may have been 11 years ago, but Padraig Harrington remembers every detail of his maiden major victory in the 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Jordan Spieth admits the enormity of being crowned Open champion 12 months ago hit him like a punch "in the gut".
Robert Rock moved flawlessly to the head of affairs in the ASI Scottish Open as three of Irish golf's four-pronged challenge missed the four-under cut.
Phil Mickelson conceded he does "a lot of dumb stuff" after he opened with a 70 to lie seven shots off the pace in the Scottish Open at Gullane.
Graeme McDowell wants to play in The Open at Carnoustie but he can also take his first step towards making sure he's a starter at Royal Portrush next year with a big performance in the Scottish Open at Gullane.
Ireland will take on leading qualifiers France in Flight A of the European Ladies' Team Championship after securing a top-eight finish in stroke play qualifying.
Masters champion Patrick Reed believes Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson should play for their own money in their proposed USD10million (€8.5million) shootout.
Ireland sit in seventh heading into the second day of stroke play qualifying in the European Ladies' Team Championship after some champagne golf from Curtis Cup star Olivia Mehaffey at Murhof, Austria.
Rory McIlroy is determined not to repeat his US Open mistake and over-do his preparations for the Open next week.
Rory McIlroy has vowed not to repeat the mistakes of his US Open campaign as he seeks a first major title since 2014 in next week's Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Rory McIlroy will head into the Open Championship in a positive frame of mind after completing his competitive preparations - and duties as tournament host - in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Shane Lowry needs a few days off after a "draining" Irish Open but Graeme McDowell will head for the "last chance saloon" in Scotland to chase his place in The Open at Carnoustie.
Rory McIlroy's putting might be coming around, but if he was looking for inspiration he got it in spades as Russell Knox claimed the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with two putts for eternity at Ballyliffin.
Phil Mickelson was again forced to take a penalty on his return to the course following his controversial actions at the US Open last month.
A location once referred to sympathetically by John Hume as "the forgotten peninsula", has been thrust into world-wide golfing consciousness by the $7m Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. And a South African is doing his bit, in the person of Erik Van Rooyen, whose third round of 66 yesterday swept the joint leader four strokes clear of his closest challengers, on 14 under par.
Scotland's Russell Knox defeated Ryan Fox in a play-off to win the £5.3million Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in amazing fashion at Ballyliffin. Knox holed from 40 feet for birdie across the 18th green in regulation to join Fox on 14 under par, the New Zealander then missing from eight feet for a birdie of his own to win the title.
These precious days are producing a truly memorable chapter in an event dating back to 1927. Even the European Tour have been prompted to acknowledge this particular Dubai Duty Free Irish Open as the easiest staging in recent years, due to the professionalism of their Donegal hosts.
South African Erik Van Rooyen has a four shot lead to protect going into the final round of the Irish Open. We'll bring you all the updates from Ballyliffin here.
Rory McIlroy admits his game is stuck in neutral in his last competitive start before the Open, but believes he would "win every week" if he can start firing on all cylinders.
Five Irish players have made it through to the weekend at the Irish Open at Ballyliffin. We'll keep you up to date with their scores and much more here on our live blog.
The sun-scorched Glashedy Links left them scratching their heads but home stars Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell still believe they can solve an intriguing Ballyliffin puzzle and challenge for the grand prize tomorrow.
Rory McIlroy's putting problems had the four-time major winner talking to himself as he suffered a disappointing second round in the £5.3million Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, as South Africa's Erik van Rooyen, Australian Ryan Fox and France's Matthieu Pavon hold a lead going into the weekend.
Rory McIlroy did not enjoy the second round he was hoping for as he fired a 73 to back up his 70 from the opening day and Padraig Harrington is also struggling at Ballyliffin.
Graeme McDowell put his lost clubs frustrations behind him before finding his links game to keep his hopes of a maiden Dubai Duty Free Irish Open victory alive with a battling back-nine comeback at Ballyliffin.
PádraIg Harrington made a mockery of his pre-tournament odds when he opened with a super 68 to move into contention for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at a sun-kissed Ballyliffin.
Rory McIlroy has admitted that the his putting performance got into his head during his first round at the Irish Open.
Two days after telling anyone who would listen that he was "good value" to win a second Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Padraig Harrington proved his point with an opening 68 in the €6million event.
There are 14 Irish golfers battling for their share of the €6m prize fund on offer on the Inishowen peninsula at this year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Follow the progress of Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Padraig Harrington and co with our live blog.
Rory McIlroy wishes he could turn back the clock and play like a teenager again as he bids to end his four-year Major drought this summer.
It speaks volumes about Jon Rahm that his mental coach was once a bomb disposal expert for the Basque police for 14 years when ETA were at their height.
Rory McIlroy insists he will not lose any sleep over his major championship drought, even if it continues for the rest of his career.
Padraig Harrington is ranked 268th in the world and seeking a first win since 2016, but believes he should still be among the favourites for a second Dubai Duty Free Irish Open title.
Phil Mickelson might not be in Donegal this week but Pádraig Harrington knows there's no chance of his pal suffering a repeat of this US Open "moment of madness" at a pristine Ballyliffin.
Shane Lowry's short game may not be as sharp as it was when he won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and moved to 19th in the world but there's nothing wrong with his memory.
With the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation jalmost upon us, here's our handy guide on everything you need to know about the tournament.
Graeme McDowell has pulled out of Tuesday's Open Championship qualifier after his clubs were lost following a flight from France.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was accused of being "lame" and "toothless" yesterday after Chris Froome apparently exposed its salbutamol test as unreliable, opening the door to potential action from athletes found guilty of the offence in the past.
Tiger Woods is full of belief heading into the Open after his second top-four of the year and is also confident that the R&A will not make the same errors at Carnoustie as its US Open counterparts.
Graeme McDowell has decided to pull of out of final qualifying for The Open today after his clubs went missing in the "black hole" of Charles de Gaulle airport.
Gavin Moynihan is treating the $7million Dubai Duty Free Irish Open as a mid-season bonus after enduring a nightmare start to his rookie season.
Tulfarris's Simon Thornton birdied the first extra hole to win the €40,000 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Qualifier at Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort in Donegal and one of four places in the $7 million Rolex Series event at Ballyliffin.
Shane Lowry can't wait to tee it up in this week's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open after racking up 17 birdies in the HNA Open de France in Paris.
Back in 1968, Ballyliffin Golf Club signalled its long-term ambitions by splashing £5,000 on 360 acres of wonderfully promising linksland. Fifty years on, the fruits of those intrepid plans have led them to spearhead a remarkable outlay of €500,000 in bringing the $7m Dubai Duty Free Irish Open to Co Donegal for the first time.
Graeme McDowell was caught cold by closing quadruple bogey eight but vowed to fight on despite his late body blow in the HNA Open de France.
Conor Purcell produced a faultless three-under-par 69 yesterday to play himself into contention for the European Amateur Championship at Royal Hague in the Netherlands.
Graeme McDowell believes he can put himself on the Ryder Cup "radar" after a super 68 left him just a shot off the lead in the windblown HNA Open de France.
Graeme McDowell has entered Final Qualifying for The Open next Tuesday in case he fails to grab one of three places up for grabs at this week's $7m Open de France.
Alex Gleeson and Rowan Lester are three strokes off the lead heading into today's second round at the European Amateur Championship after a good opening 18 holes at Royal Hague, Netherlands.
Robin Dawson will be aiming to put his Amateur Championship final disappointment behind him as he goes for glory at the European Amateur Championship which gets under way at Royal Hague in the Netherlands this morning.
Never mind the discussions whether golf’s rule book should have demanded that Phil Mickelson be disqualified for his petulant ball-swipe at the recent US Open, the authorities are deciding if Bryson DeChambeau should be allowed to use his protractor on course.
Mallow amateur James Sugrue will have a chance to clinch a dream ticket to play in The Open at Carnoustie after he blasted an immaculate eight-under par 64 to win one of 13 local qualifying events by four strokes at County Louth.
Rory McIlroy believes he's close to his best again despite a Jekyll and Hyde performance in the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.
Given the divisive potential of a player clashing with authority, the seemingly universal condemnation of Phil Mickelson's actions at Shinnecock Hills last weekend, has to be seen as remarkable. But where do the blazers stand in the wake of this latest controversy at a US Open?
On the Tuesday of Open Championship week in 2008, the Association of Golf Writers held their annual dinner in the R and A marquee at Royal Birkdale, where Pádraig Harrington became only the fourth Irish recipient of their annual award.
Gavin Moynihan made his first cut in a world-ranking event for almost eight months at the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore.
Rory McIlroy shrugged off a frustrating day on the greens and continued his quest to turn back the clock in his search for his ideal swing.
Rory McIlroy hit back following his US Open disappointment with a solid first round at the Travelers Championship.
Rory McIlroy banished his US Open blues with a birdie bonanza at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.
Gavin Moynihan looked set for his first sub-70 round for four months before he dropped three shots in his last three holes at the wind-blown SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore.
Phil Mickelson can count himself lucky he wasn't playing in an Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) event when he had his 13th-green meltdown at Shinnecock Hills.
Rory McIlroy sympathised with Phil Mickelson for his US Open meltdown before branding recent set-ups "a bit of a lottery" and the fallout "a massive overreaction".
All five Irish qualifiers remain in contention at the 123rd Amateur Championship after they all secured their place in this morning's round of 32 at Royal Aberdeen.
Phil Mickeson is "embarrassed and disappointed" by his actions after deliberately hitting a moving ball at last week's US Open to prevent it rolling off the green.
Australian Peter Thomson, who is best remembered for winning the Open Championship five times in 12 years, has died at the age of 88.
Six amateurs have been handed the chance to battle for four precious spots alongside Rory McIlroy and a host of world stars in the $7 million Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin from July 5-8.
Sara Byrne was left in tears after edging a tight final with Louise Coffey 2&1 to claim the Irish Women's Close Championship at Enniscrone.
Brooks Koepka hailed Portrush caddie Ricky Elliott for helping him come back from the dead to become the youngest player to win back-to-back US Opens for 80 years.
Tommy Fleetwood came within inches of making history as Brooks Koepka impressively held his nerve to become the first player to win back-to-back US Open titles for 29 years.
Be careful what you wish for, especially if you're Phil Mickelson or the USGA.
Brooks Koepka became just the seventh man to win back-to-back US Open titles when he closed with a two-under 68 to claim the title by a shot from England's Tommy Fleetwood on one-over par.
Galway Bay's Eddie McCormack captured back-to-back major titles when he romped to a five-stroke win in the Irish Mid-Amateur Championship at his home club.
Rory McIlroy found comfort for his tortured game in the unlikely setting of the back nine at Shinnecock Hills last Friday evening. By that stage, however, a US Open cut had effectively eluded him for a third successive year, adding to existing concerns about future challenges at this level.
A long and rewarding golfing odyssey was only really beginning when Dave Carr played as a qualifier in the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock Hills. "I could never imagine this happening to me," he said while eager fans surrounded him, despite an opening round of 83. "Nobody wants your autograph in jail."
Tournament organisers admitted they went "too far" with the set up of Shinnecock Hills after a day of "carnage" in the 118th US Open.
Phil Mickelson told his critics to "toughen up" after admitting he deliberately hit a moving ball to gain an advantage in the third round of the US Open.
Tiger Woods remains convinced he can win more major championships despite a disappointing performance at Shinnecock Hills.
Rory McIlroy missed the cut in the US Open for the third year in succession, despite a 10-shot improvement on his opening round at Shinnecock Hills.
Rory McIlroy confessed that he was taken by surprise and blown away by Thursday's high winds in the US Open.
Tiger Woods hit the nail on the head as he headed back to his yacht 14 shots behind halfway leader Dustin Johnson.
Dustin Johnson looking good as he holds his nerve in tough conditions at Shinnecock Hills, but the woes continue for Tiger Woods.
Rory McIlroy had to settle for a sympathetic pat on the back from Shane Lowry after he soared to a 10-over-par 80 - his highest score in a Major - in a US Open demolition derby on Long Island.
As the tyre advert says, power is nothing without control. And so there was no salvation for Rory McIlroy as the wheels came off in a demolition derby start to the US Open at Shinnecock Hills.