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Ian Poulter: ‘If Thomas Bjørn asks me to play five times, I’ll be ready’

After a spell in the wilderness Ian Poulter has returned to Europe’s Ryder Cup team at 42. Many things had to alignHow Ian Poulter will relish the familiar feeling. Two years ago he quietly exited stage left at Hazeltine having sampled the Ryder Cup in…

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Tiger Woods one round from first win in five years after 65 at East Lake

• Woods takes three-shot lead into Tour Championship finale• Rose and McIlroy leading the charge from the 30-man fieldThe moment the golf world has been waiting for – not long after it collectively doubted it could ever happen – is tantalisingly close….

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Jim Furyk’s US college boys face stern French test to retain Ryder Cup | Ewan Murray

Americans are firm favourites but home advantage and strong putters could allow Thomas Bjørn’s Europe to upset the oddsIt is an indicator of how perceptions around the United States’ Ryder Cup team have altered that the disarray surrounding their last …

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Tiger Woods and Justin Rose share halfway lead at Tour Championship

• Woods has not won on PGA Tour since 2013• Rose recently installed as world No 1Tiger Woods sits joint top of a PGA Tour leaderboard after 36 holes for the first time since 2015 after a second round of 68 at the Tour Championship. Woods, who is seekin…

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Tiger Woods fires a five-under 65 to share East Lake lead with Rickie Fowler

• Former No 1 holds 28-foot putt on 18 for an eagle• Rory McIlroy shoots 67 with seven birdiesThe Ryder Cup marketing boost money cannot buy relates to Tiger Woods’s return to the competition falling immediately after a first victory in five years. The…

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LPGA Tour makes swing towards mixed golf events and more prize money

• Talks between men’s and women’s tours in US and Europe• Brittany Lincicome featured as exemption on PGA Tour in JulyThe prospect of golf’s leading men and women competing in the same event is edging closer, according to the head of the LPGA Tour who …

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Alex McLeish expectant of upturn in Scotland fortunes after sticky start

• Scotland have won just one match in previous five • McLeish: ‘This is where it really begins’It would be unfair – for now – to draw comparisons between this Scotland setup and Only Fools and Horses. Nonetheless, smiles were inevitable on Sunday as Al…

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Scotland manager Alex McLeish under pressure to deliver Albania win

• Hosts beaten 4-0 by Belgium in Friday’s friendly • One win from five matches since McLeish’s returnIf it seems extreme to be in the territory of must-win matches within seven months of an international managerial appointment, Alex McLeish has become …

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Scotland’s Andy Robertson relishing captaincy as McLeish hopes for new era

• Young Scot will lead team out to face Belgium at Hampden• Robertson set to be deployed as wing-back alongside back threeAndy Robertson’s career regularly prompts flashbacks. The most pertinent one for now relates to 16 July 2014 and a Dundee United p…

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Steven Gerrard: ‘People want a problem between Brendan and me’

On the eve of his first Old Firm derby as manager, Gerrard says his motivation is making Rangers fans happy againA city derby has seldom felt so personalised. From the moment Steven Gerrard was appointed as Rangers manager, his duel with Brendan Rodger…

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Celtic and Brendan Rodgers prepare for Europa League under a cloud | Ewan Murray

The fans are behind him but the manager’s relationship with the club’s board has been highlighted after recent setbacksThat storm clouds gathered over Celtic Park at all was surprising enough. For Brendan Rodgers – the revered, untouchable Brendan Rodg…

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Gary Woodland leads home charge as storms halt US PGA second round

Thunder and lightning disrupted play on day two of the final major but home golfers were firmly in control in the clubhousePerhaps it is appropriate that the 100th playing of this major sees the US firmly in control of the US PGA. On a Friday where Bel…

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Laura Davies calls for major champion Georgia Hall to preserve energy

• Hall is only the fifth British woman to win a major• The golfers will pair up at the European championshipsLaura Davies, Britain’s most famous woman golfer, has urged Georgia Hall to develop a ruthless streak as she seeks to build on her British Open…

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Not on Sky, BT Sport or free-to-air: a guide on how to watch the US PGA

Golf is trying to appeal to a younger market with an online experiment beginning at Bellerive in Missouri on ThursdayHow golf can appeal to a broader and younger market has been the subject of much discussion. This week, the biggest departure yet from …

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Not on Sky, BT Sport or free-to-air: a guide on how to watch the US PGA

Golf is trying to appeal to a younger market with an online experiment beginning at Bellerive in Missouri on ThursdayHow golf can appeal to a broader and younger market has been the subject of much discussion. This week, the biggest departure yet from …

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Georgia Hall’s rapid journey to the top came with plenty of sacrifices

Women’s British Open winner with her plasterer father as caddie could not afford to play in three previous majorsTo suggest life was not always this way for Georgia Hall is something of an understatement. The 22-year-old from Bournemouth began Monday w…

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Rory McIlroy can defy doubters at US PGA Championship

Everything from his caddie to his demeanour has been criticised but this hides the fact that he’s been playing well leading up to the season’s final majorLight was fading badly the last time Rory McIlroy claimed a major. You do not have to scratch far …

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Scottish football unusually buoyant after Rangers’ summer of good intent | Ewan Murray

Hibernian and Aberdeen have also risen to the occasion as Celtic prepare to set out for an eighth title in a rowThe swagger returned to Scottish football in recent days. A close battle between Aberdeen and Burnley, Hibernian’s success over the fifth-ra…

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Scottish Premiership 2018-19 preview: Celtic favourites but focus on Gerrard

Brendan Rodgers’ side are in the box seat for an eighth championship running but Rangers’ new manager adds interestThe extent of Celtic’s favouritism for what would be an eighth title in succession has been diminished by excitement surrounding Steven G…

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Catriona Matthew and the legend of Supermum: ‘There was a lot of hype’

The 2009 British Open golf champion, returning to the scene of her win, reflects on her triumph shortly after giving birthThe legend of Supermum was established even before Catriona Matthew claimed the Women’s British Open of 2009. The mere fact the Sc…