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Patrick Reed says crowd favouring Rory McIlroy spurred him to Masters glory

• American says louder cheers for rival ‘fuelled my fire a little bit’• McIlroy: ‘I think 100% I can come back and win here’Patrick Reed said the knowledge that he was a crowd underdog inspired him towards Masters glory. The 27-year-old, who emerged vi…

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Sandy Lyle’s Masters bunker shot still thrills 30 years on

The first success by a British golfer at Augusta triggered a period of European domination there and his victory is remembered for its dramatic circumstancesThere will be only one Scot taking part in the 82nd Masters but the identity of that individual…

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Ian Poulter clinches Masters place with dramatic play-off win at Houston Open

• Poulter edges out Beau Hossler in sudden-death play-off• ‘It’s going to take a little while to sink in. I’m super excited’There must now be a clear and present danger of the Masters proving anticlimactic. Ian Poulter, a player utterly dejected when s…

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Ian Poulter shuns Masters talk as he shares Houston Open lead going into final round

• Poulter 14 under par after hitting 65 on third day in Texas• Houston victory would give Englishman an Augusta ticketIan Poulter is on the verge of picking the ideal time to produce a first career strokeplay victory in the United States. With 18 holes…

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Rory McIlroy: ‘I’m not due anything, the Masters won’t just fall in your lap’

Northern Irishman has no time for those who say it is his destiny to wear the Green Jacket but his recent form gives the four-times major winner cause for optimismRory McIlroy is aware of the allegation but the rebuttal is firm. Mitigating circumstance…

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Twelve months on, Lexi Thompson relives four-shot penalty nightmares | Ewan Murray

American golfer says she is happy rule changes mean no-one can suffer the way she did at the first women’s major of 2017Who won the first women’s major of 2017? Some marquee golf events are better remembered for someone falling short rather than for th…

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Barry Douglas: ‘I don’t take anything for granted. I’ve experienced the real world’

A decade ago the defender was an apprentice refrigeration engineer and amateur footballer. Now – after spells in Poland and Turkey – a Scotland debut and promotion with Wolves are almost a realityWolverhampton Wanderers are portrayed as the Championshi…

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Rory McIlroy’s Bay Hill brilliance raises prospect of Masters title tilt | Ewan Murray

The 2018 Masters is the most eagerly anticipated major in years and, after an injury-plagued 2017, Rory McIlroy is in fine fettle heading to AugustaIt is the marketing campaign even Augusta National couldn’t buy. If the return of Tiger Woods had appare…

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Stunning round sees Rory McIlroy claim Arnold Palmer Invitational title

• McIlroy wins by three shots to end 26-tournament drought• Tiger Woods tied for fifth, eight behind Northern IrishmanThis is not the biggest win of Rory McIlroy’s career but it is without question among the most significant. A day supposedly to confir…

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Tiger Woods revival ignites Masters buildup but glory may have to wait | Ewan Murray

The 14-times major winner’s second place to Paul Casey at the Valspar Championship has added spice ahead of the Masters but talk of a return to the golden days may be prematureBookmakers apparently revel in these fevered times for golf. By Monday after…

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Brendan Rodgers bangs his head against Celtic’s glass ceiling

The Celtic manager may not want Rangers to seriously challenge his Celtic side but, as he prepares for a trip to Ibrox, there have been indications he needs more to sustain himA wider desperation for Rangers to create a title race in Scotland has not b…

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Brechin bad? Meet the club still waiting for their first league win | Ewan Murray

The Scottish team’s only points have come from draws and their one victory was in a cup. But for the chairman, players and fans of the part-timers there is nothing to be ashamed ofFollowing Brechin City has never been one of football’s soft options. In…

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Paul Lawrie, the unassuming Open champion with 2020 vision | Ewan Murray

Carnoustie’s 1999 champion has worked tirelessly at the grassroots of the game and though he is not desperate to be a Ryder Cup captain, he admits he would love to do the jobThere has always been a danger of Paul Lawrie being underappreciated. He was r…

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How US golf fans finally fell in love with Tiger Woods | Ewan Murray

Galleries who never warmed to the 14-times major champion are willing him to make his latest comeback one of the greatestTiger Woods seemed destined to be celebrated but not loved. If that appears harsh, the greatest golfer in a generation appeared per…

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Alex McLeish says it was his ‘destiny’ to return as Scotland manager

• McLeish says only way to silence doubters is with good results• Sir Alex Ferguson was ‘heavily influential’ in re-appointmentAlex McLeish knows he must battle to win over hearts and minds after Scotland’s protracted search for a manager ended with th…

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Alex McLeish getting Scotland job stems from blind panic and lack of foresight | Ewan Murray

Scottish FA’s failings are exposed by decision to bring in McLeish from the cold to manage the team for a second timeAny search for ill will towards Alex McLeish within Scottish football would be a tough one. Although unanimous sentiment towards footba…

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Alex McLeish getting Scotland job stems from blind panic and lack of foresight | Ewan Murray

Scottish FA’s failings are exposed by decision to bring in McLeish from the cold to manage the team for a second timeAny search for ill will towards Alex McLeish within Scottish football would be a tough one. Although unanimous sentiment towards footba…

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Alex McLeish to be named as the new Scotland manager

• Former Birmingham City coach to sign deal until 2020• 59-year-old will succeed Gordon StrachanAlex McLeish will be unveiled as the Scotland manager for a second time on Friday, the 59-year-old having agreed a deal until 2020 as the successor to Gordo…

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Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers makes Zenit favourite to reach last 16

• Rodgers appreciates Russian side’s greater spending power• Zenit St Petersburg have not played since DecemberThe level of European competition may have changed but the message from Brendan Rodgers has not. Celtic’s manager has emphasised time and aga…

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R&A’s Portmarnock alliance sends a dismal message | Ewan Murray

Next year’s Amateur Championship will take place at a club which retains a male-only membership policy and the R&A’s explanation does golf no favoursThe job description for chief executive of the R&A does not include a necessity to defend the i…