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Patrick Reed heads for the Open: ‘I feel like I can win every week’

Masters champion believes, having won a first major, he is now ready to go for the career slam and next on his list is The OpenFour years have passed since Patrick Reed, giddy with excitement following a World Golf Championship success in Florida, decl…

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Steven Gerrard calls on Rangers to walk the walk in Europa League opener

• Gerrard: ‘I have every confidence and belief in the players’• Rangers face FK Shkupi of Macedonia in qualifying tieSteven Gerrard views the fevered anticipation of his first season as Rangers manager as a challenge to his players.The scale of the exc…

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The Open ready to fill the void and keep endless sporting summer rolling | Ewan Murray

The World Cup and Wimbledon both finish on Sunday so while golf may be largely ignored this week, come Monday sporting eyes will shift to CarnoustieThe Open Championship’s marketing theme has been perfectly obvious in recent times. Rather than preside …

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Scotland is split on England at the World Cup – incensed or indifferent | Ewan Murray

Ally McCoist caused ripples after showing delight at England’s progress, but from pub cheers for England to drinkers wearing opposition shirts, varied attitudes are on displayThere is a beautiful irony attached to Scotland’s star of this World Cup emer…

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Sung Kang disputed drop shows golf must get serious on policing its rules | Ewan Murray

Controversy over a drop from a water hazard last week showed golf must be more systematic about dealing with cheating and cannot merely rely on a lofty moral code among playersIt is a given that the PGA Tour is celebrating the unexpected prominence of …

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Michael O’Neill: Panama have passion but England should escape pain

Northern Ireland’s pre-World Cup friendly showed just how much it means to the Central Americans to be in Russia but a lack of playmakers limits their attacking optionsUnderstanding the intensity of Panama’s feeling towards the World Cup may well be ke…

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Phil Mickelson loses the plot as Justin Rose stays in contention

• Dustin Johnson shares lead with three others after third round• Rose one shot back; Mickelson assessed for hitting moving ballThe US Open could trademark its recurring and spectacular brand of chaos. Nobody does it better. On a day in which Dustin Jo…

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Dustin Johnson puts winning above being No 1 as he heads to US Open

American’s six-stroke win at the St Jude Classic a ‘big statement’ and a perfectly timed confidence booster for golf’s second major of the year at Shinnecock HillsDustin Johnson places more faith in the means by which he returned to No 1 in the wo…

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Decade elapses since Tiger Woods won his last major – on one leg | Ewan Murray

The former world No 1’s play-off victory over Rocco Mediate in the 2008 US Open has become the stuff of legend“I don’t know how I did it. My ACL was gone. My leg was broken. When I finished the rounds, it was not fun to try and get my leg drained so I …

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Phil Mickelson cannot resist jabs at USGA in pursuit of elusive US Open title | Ewan Murray

The American leads calls for fairness to prevail at Shinnecock Hills after the debacle that was the 2004 tournamentThe world’s best golfers fear being lulled into a false sense of security. Those who have visited Shinnecock Hills for reconnaissance wor…

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Luke Donald: ‘It’s been frustrating but I haven’t lost the competitive fire’ | Ewan Murray

Former world No 1 has plummeted down the rankings since a near-miss at the 2013 US Open but backs himself for a late-career revival and is eager to embrace new Ryder Cup roleIt is a given that the 2013 US Open had a profound impact on an English g…

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Sky faces battle to keep golf rights as PGA Tour strikes $2bn Discovery deal

• Discovery will auction coverage on individual basis from 2019• British broadcaster remains under contract until 2022Sky Sports faces a battle to retain its status as the UK’s main broadcaster of the PGA Tour after a $2bn deal was announced between th…

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How Ariya Jutanugarn flirted with disaster before historic US Open win | Ewan Murray

The 22-year-old became the first Thai winner of the US Open but only after a dramatic final round when she threw away a seven-shot lead on the back nine only to win a play-offIt is golf’s cruellest facet that marquee tournaments are often defined by a …

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Italy’s political crisis spells problems for 2022 Ryder Cup host | Ewan Murray

Italian project is being been undermined by imminent economic turmoil and the absence of renovation work at the Marco Simone course north of RomeIt is unlikely the Ryder Cup features prominently in the minds of Italian politicians as they seek a soluti…

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Jim Furyk plans US team trip to Ryder Cup venue in bid to avoid old mistakes

• Captain invites players to join him at Le Golf National near Paris• US well beaten in 2014 after just two players visited GleneaglesJim Furyk hopes to profit where Tom Watson could not by tempting potential USA players with a scouting trip to the Ryd…

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Alex McLeish tells injury-hit Scotland to be giantkillers in friendlies

• Armstrong and Souttar drop out of squad for Peru and Mexico• United States-based players may be handed late call-upsAlex McLeish has said Scotland will have to perform acts of “giantkilling” against Peru and Mexico after the number of withdrawals fro…

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Motherwell can draw on history in bid to deny Celtic a double treble | Ewan Murray

For all the Old Firm’s dominance, no Scottish side has ever won consecutive domestic trebles and Celtic must guard against tiredness and complacency in the Scottish Cup finalMotherwell would be wasting their time should they apply a conventional approa…

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Are we in danger of being seduced by a Tiger Woods fairytale? | Ewan Murray

Woods has performed brilliantly simply to be competitive again but his shortcomings are obviousThere is a recurring danger of sporting dreams blurring reality. The hype around Tiger Woods was once justified but the reality of recent months applies cont…

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Philippe Senderos: ‘Arsenal gave me the opportunity to fulfil a dream’ | Ewan Murray

Houston Dynamo’s defender on Arsène Wenger, the Invincibles and how his early days in Texas were shaped by a hurricaneEight years have passed since Philippe Senderos left Arsenal. Conversation reveals Arsenal will never leave Philippe Senderos. “I am a…

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Steven Gerrard going to Rangers gives Scottish game a show to be cherished

If Scotland’s football were in as dismal a state as many insist, a lower-league job in England would have been more appealingIt generally doesn’t take much to render Rangers supporters excitable. Vehement defence of custodians of their club, although n…