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Reliving Rory McIlroy’s ‘out-of-body’ Royal Portrush 61 as Open looms

Fourteen years ago, Aaron O’Callaghan and Stephen Crowe played with a 16-year-old McIlroy during an amazing roundAs Rory McIlroy tees off in the tournament he placed on a pedestal the moment Royal Portrush was reconfirmed as an Open Championship venue,…

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Padraig Harrington: ‘It’s huge for the Open to go back to Portrush’

Major returns to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951 and the Ryder Cup captain believes it is a symbol of moving forwardThe innocence of youth was useful as the Troubles raged in Northern Ireland. Padraig Harrington bears testament to that, …

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Portrush Orange parade gives the Open an embarrassing problem | Ewan Murray

The conclusion of the third round of this year’s Open will be greeted by flutes and drums in Portrush and a depressing look back to a Northern Ireland beset by sectarian divisionWhen the Portrush Sons of Ulster’s Facebook page becomes essential reading…

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Rory McIlroy thunders on to US Open after storming win in Canada

• McIlroy heads to Pebble Beach as favourite• ‘My consistency this year has been great,’ says McIlroyIf Rory McIlroy’s golf really is all about his state of mind, it is little wonder the odds on the 30-year-old winning a second US Open title had come c…

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Tiger Woods’ Pebble Beach mauling a once-in-a-lifetime feat of greatness | Ewan Murray

Rory McIlroy remains in awe of Woods’s 2000 US Open victory, while Brooks Koepka eyes history of his own this yearThey were the best of times within the best of times. If peak Tiger Woods was the year 2000, nothing emphasised his dominance more than th…

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Rory McIlroy fires a nine-under 61 to win Canadian Open by seven shots

• Northern Irishman heads to US Open in good heart• McDowell sinks 30-footer to make Royal PortrushRory McIlroy was narrowly denied only the 11th sub-60 round in US PGA Tour history but one of the most dominant displays of his professional career, in v…

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Success with Scotland as important as club glory, says Andy Robertson

• Defender seeks to round off ‘incredible week’ with victories• Captain praises positivity under new manager Steve ClarkeIt is to Andy Robertson’s credit that he firmly rejects any suggestion of Champions League glory with Liverpool diminishing his app…

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How Hearts are tearing up the women’s football template in Scotland

As Scotland get set for the World Cup, Hearts are ploughing ahead with plans to replicate their boys’ academy setup for girlsAny notion that Heart of Midlothian could recruit a key member of staff from Manchester City appeared fanciful until recently. …

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How Hearts are tearing up the women’s football template in Scotland

As Scotland get set for the World Cup, Hearts are ploughing ahead with plans to replicate their boys’ academy setup for girlsAny notion that Heart of Midlothian could recruit a key member of staff from Manchester City appeared fanciful until recently. …

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Jeongeun Lee6 turned to pro golf ‘to support my family no matter what’

The South Korean has told of the heartache behind her tears after claiming victory at the US Women’s OpenThe tears that fell from Jeongeun Lee6 upon claiming victory at the US Women’s Open had a resonance way beyond joy. The South Korean broke down as …

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Gulf between US Open prize funds for women and men remains a chasm

Second major of the season gets under way at the Country Club of Charleston on Thursday but the $5.5m purse is dwarfed by the men’s of $12.5mThe USGA normally has to wait until June before the annual necessity to hunker down as criticism flies from all…

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Steve Clarke says ‘not closing door’ on absentees from Scotland squad

• New coach intends to ‘make players know they are wanted’• His first squad has combined tally of 14 international goalsSteve Clarke has said he will not take a hardline approach towards players who have made themselves unavailable for Scotland. A week…

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Record crowd set to give Scotland send-off for Women’s World Cup | Ewan Murray

Shelley Kerr’s side face Jamaica at Hampden on Tuesday in a friendly expected to set a record for a women’s game in ScotlandShelley Kerr’s depiction of a “watershed moment” for women’s football in Scotland does not remotely feel like exaggeration. A cr…

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Scottish Cup win could help boost job security of either Lennon or Levein | Ewan Murray

Celtic and Hearts meet in the final for the first time since 1956 and victory for either manager could help quieten the doubtersIt is a Scottish football quirk that two of its most high-profile clubs, Hearts and Celtic, will on Saturday be brought toge…

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Scotland calling: five areas new head coach Steve Clarke must focus on

Steve Clarke has got the job, now he needs to make the setup appealing to players, reconnect with the public and pick a formation and stick to itIt may seem an obvious point but Scotland’s best chances of success lie in their players being available fo…

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Scottish FA close to naming new manager with Steve Clarke favourite

• Confirmation of new manager likely by Monday at the latest• Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes still in frame for international postThe Scottish FA aim to be in a position to confirm the country’s new international manager by Monday at the latest with Steve Cl…

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How an amateur’s favour revealed the ‘cold-blooded’ winner in Tiger Woods

Steve Scott handed Woods the 1996 US amateur title with a sporting gesture and is in awe of his old rival’s resurgenceSteve Scott understands Tiger Woods’s propensity for heroics to a greater degree than most. It has been 23 years since he finished ru…

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How an amateur’s favour revealed the ‘cold-blooded’ winner in Tiger Woods

Steve Scott handed Woods the 1996 US amateur title with a sporting gesture and is in awe of his old rival’s resurgenceSteve Scott understands Tiger Woods’s propensity for heroics to a greater degree than most. It has been 23 years since he finished ru…

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Tiger Woods’ hunt for more majors guarantees high drama at US PGA

Masters’ winner examining his 2000 triumphs at US Open, Open and US PGA for a boost as he prepares for BethpageThe golf world developed such a frenzied state as Tiger Woods claimed the Masters that the helpful vagaries of a new schedule were forgotten….

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Old Firm derby turns spotlight on Steven Gerrard’s first Rangers season | Ewan Murray

The tyro manager has established Rangers as the second-best team in Scotland but many problems remainWhether the Rangers support display appreciation towards Steven Gerrard or slink off quietly at the conclusion of their Ibrox season inevitably depends…