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A new putter for Tiger Woods proves a talking point after strong first round | Ewan Murray

Woods is known for loyalty to a club that helped win 14 majors but he has seen good results after switching to a longer handle for the US PGA ChampionshipIt was never coincidence that multimillion-dollar equipment deals involving Tiger Woods had no det…

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Nicola Sturgeon takes aim at Aberdeen players after match called off

Game at St Johnstone off after players test positive for CovidSquad members visited bar in city centre last weekendA group of Aberdeen players have earned a stinging and unprecedented rebuke from Scotland’s first minister after the postponement of Satu…

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Tiger Woods in control and outshines wayward Rory McIlroy at US PGA

Woods starts with lowest first round in a major since 2012Jason Day leads the field after shooting a five-under 65There is a Tiger Woods statistic for all occasions. Some leap off the page, such as a 68 to begin the US PGA Championship being Woods’s lo…

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Rory McIlroy displays major optimism in readiness for US PGA Championship

Northern Irishman won 2015 World Match Play at Harding ParkBrooks Koepka confident of winning three US PGAs in a row Until a recent rebrand, this was the major labelled glory’s last shot. This time, the world’s best golfers have arrived at Harding Park…

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Rory McIlroy displays major optimism in readiness for US PGA Championship

Northern Irishman won 2015 World Match Play at Harding ParkBrooks Koepka confident of winning three US PGAs in a row Until a recent rebrand, this was the major labelled glory’s last shot. This time, the world’s best golfers have arrived at Harding Park…

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European Tour disqualifies John Catlin and caddie for visiting restaurant

John Catlin and his caddie kicked out of English ChampionshipWorld No 242 accepts sanction for breaching Covid-19 protocolsThe European Tour has disqualified a player from this week’s English Championship before a ball is struck, after he breached Covi…

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Tiger Woods in confident mood for first major of year at US PGA

Woods shrugs off lack of spectators as he chases a 16th majorAmerican plays with McIlroy and Thomas in first two roundsIncongruous though it may seem for a sportsman whose most famous successes have been against the backdrop of euphoria among galleries…

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Tiger Woods in confident mood for first major of year at US PGA

Woods shrugs off lack of spectators as he chases a 16th majorAmerican plays with McIlroy and Thomas in first two roundsIncongruous though it may seem for a sportsman whose most famous successes have been against the backdrop of euphoria among galleries…

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Rory McIlroy: ‘All that’s happened this year has given me extra focus’

Northern Irishman tees up in California on Thursday for the first of 2020’s three majors – six years since he won the last of his fourA three-month hiatus may prove to be more significant to Rory McIlroy than one which has now stretched to six years. T…

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US PGA: Morikawa leads hopefuls into empty land of opportunity | Ewan Murray

Having no fans at Harding Park for the season’s first major may ease the pressure on the next generation of potential starsThere will be no asterisk adjacent to 2020 on the Wanamaker Trophy. That the US PGA Championship will take place from Thursday mi…

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Ryan Kent gets Rangers’ new season off to winning start at Aberdeen

Rangers have no reason to care that the return of Scottish football after 144 days was barely worth the wait. Perhaps the intensity – including from the stands – associated with a visit of the Ibrox club to Aberdeen made this Premiership opener appear …

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‘I’ll block it out’: Neil Lennon plays down talk of 10 titles in a row for Celtic

Manager warns against distractions on eve of new seasonSteven Gerrard says Rangers will go for every trophyNeil Lennon has warned Celtic must not become consumed by the prospect of making history as they attempt to become the first club in Scottish foo…

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Celtic chase a perfect 10 but how long can two-team competition continue? | Ewan Murray

Old Firm are the only serious rivals to each other in a Premiership where third place to the rest represents glorious successIf we are to assume a suitable element of normality will have returned by May, any Celtic celebration of a 10th Premiership tit…

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The Koreans may be missing but 2020 remains a big year for women’s golf

Concern over whether majors retain their sheen when big names are absent is offset in this coronavirus-hit yearEven if high hurdles associated with sporting events is now an assumed normal, women’s professional golf is about to enter a run in which ner…

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Eilidh McIntyre: ‘I’ll be nervous about the Olympics going ahead until I’m at the start line’

With one year to go until the postponed Tokyo Olympics begin, Britain’s gold-medal hopeful in sailing talks about how the delay of a lifetime dream has affected herEilidh McIntyre offers profuse apologies that are completely unnecessary. A gentle quest…

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Andrew Johnson explains why he pulled out of British Masters after nine holes

Johnson uneasy at being confined to course and hotel‘I’m struggling to get my head around it all’The European Tour has provided support to Andrew Johnston after the Englishman withdrew following nine holes of the British Masters on Wednesday, citing un…

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Eddie Pepperell ‘not interested’ in travelling for US PGA and US Open

Englishman cites two weeks in quarantine as major reasonEuropean Tour resumes with British Masters at Close HouseAs the European Tour resumes in full tournament form, comparisons with its equivalent in the US are inevitable. A biosecure bubble surround…

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Bournemouth’s Nathan Aké expected to join Manchester City in £35m transfer

Pep Guardiola looking to expand his defensive optionsChelsea also interested in player they sold for £20m in 2017Manchester City are close to agreeing a deal to sign Nathan Aké from Bournemouth. As Pep Guardiola accelerates a rebuild of City’s defence …

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Lee Westwood: ‘When I look across the Atlantic I’m worried about Covid’

The former world No 1 is happy to be hosting the European Tour’s biosecure return to action in the UK on Wednesday but says he is troubled by elements of US golf’s restart after lockdownQuarantine restrictions for entering the United States mean Lee We…

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‘Ageing is not fun’: Tiger Woods reveals injury problems amid Memorial struggle

Woods has back stiffness and says he is not moving well‘I don’t have the same stamina. I’m just trying to hold on’Far more notable than an untypical Tiger Woods battle to make the cut at the Memorial Tournament was the suddenly pessimistic outlook prov…