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Francesco Molinari: ‘It doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win the Cup’ – video

Europe’s victorious captain, Thomas Bjørn, hailed ‘the best team room I’ve ever been in’ as he reflected on Europe’s 17½-10½ triumph in the Ryder Cup. Fittingly, it was the Open champion, Francesco Molinari, who secured the winning point and became the…

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Ian Poulter lifts Rory McIlroy out of the shadows to brighten Europe hopes | Kevin Mitchell

The Northern Irishman did not look himself in a birdie-less fourballs defeat but, like his team, found his form in the afternoon to devastating effect on day oneIt was not Rory McIlroy’s morning. But it most decidedly was his afternoon. And, after the …

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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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‘He is the heartbeat of the team’: Sergio García wins Ryder Cup place – video

Sergio García will compete for Europe at the Ryder Cup in France later this month after Thomas Bjørn named the Spaniard among his captain’s picks.It was widely expected that García would get the nod alongside Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter …

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Gary Woodland leads Rickie Fowler after Tiger Woods fightback at US PGA

• Woodland surprise leader by one shot after shooting 64• Woods ends with level-par 70 after poor startAs Rickie Fowler delivered his latest statement of major championship intent Tiger Woods provided a reminder of the attribute that once made him so d…

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Ian Poulter intent on leaving his PGA Championship ‘rubbish’ firmly in past

• Poulter wants to atone for ‘15 years of rubbish’ at Wentworth• Rory McIlroy aiming to be more competitive in his off-weeksIan Poulter has vowed to atone for “15 years of rubbish” as he returns to England for the PGA Championship. The Englishman’s rec…

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Dustin Johnson lays down gauntlet with six-under 66 in Sawgrass first round

• Obviously if I play really well I’ll still be No1, he says• Justin Rose has a 68, Jordan Spieth balloons to 75Dustin Johnson has no apparent intention of giving up his position at the top of the world rankings lightly.Justin Rose, Jon Rahm, Jordan Sp…

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Rory McIlroy fired up by Masters missed chance as he chases first Sawgrass win

• I’m playing well, my game’s in good shape, says McIlroy • Resurgent Ian Poulter still targeting victory in a majorIt remains unlikely that Rory McIlroy has publicly articulated the exact scale of his disappointment when falling short at the Masters –…

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Tiger Woods and Ian Poulter bound up by more than Masters pairing | Ewan Murray

There has been needle in the past, with Poulter’s attempt to bracket himself with Woods raising eyebrows, but now they meet in Augusta’s third round amid contrasting comebacksTiger Woods and Ian Poulter have history with capital H. When they form a rar…

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Ian Poulter insists he has no expectations ahead of the Masters – video

Ian Poulter played down expectations before the Masters, describing his win at the Houston Open as ‘a bit of a surprise.’ Poulter had been sharing 123rd place after the opening round, before eventually taking the win with the first playoff hole – …

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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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Tiger Woods targets Masters title and claims to be a ‘walking miracle’

• Former world No 1 will be at Augusta for the first time since 2015• Woods says back surgery has given him a ‘second chance on life’Tiger Woods described himself “a walking miracle” as he prepared to return to major championship action at the Masters….

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Ian Poulter likely to miss Masters by a whisker despite hitting form in Austin

• Englishman set to miss Augusta by three hundredths of a point• Poulter reached last eight of WGC Match Play before Kisner defeatThere are the fine margins in sport, and then there are the circumstances attached to Ian Poulter and the Masters. As thin…

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Dustin Johnson falls by the Match Play wayside but Rory McIlroy stays alive

• World No 1 loses 4&3 to Adam Hadwin and misses knockout stage• Timely wins for Northern Irishman, Fleetwood and PoulterDustin Johnson may take solace from the fact this year’s pre-Masters slip was not of the physical variety.A year after Joh…

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Ian Poulter feels the Open love but falls out of Claret Jug contention | Andy Bull

The Englishman started the day with an ominous bogey and was unable to draw on the mass of affection from the Royal Birkdale crowd to stay with Jordan Spieth

In sport, affection is one of the rewards of endurance. Stick around long enough, and most everyone comes to like you in the end. Even if you are Ian Poulter. He may be Marmite online, but there is no player more popular with the crowd at Birkdale this week, not even Rory McIlroy. After the year Poulter’s had, he has earned every last little bit of their support.

This is the first major Poulter has played in since last year’s Masters and the first he has contended since the Masters before that. In the past 12 months, he has struggled so hard that he nearly lost his PGA Tour card, has had surgery to fix a severe foot injury, had to close down his clothing company and make it through a qualifying tournament just to play here.

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Jordan Spieth takes charge with two-shot lead at halfway stage of Open

• Texan braves tough conditions to lead from fellow American Matt Kuchar
• England’s rejuvenated Ian Poulter in tie for third place after level-par 70

Certainty is a dangerous emotion in golfing context. Which does not stop it appearing. As Jordan Spieth converted for 20ft for an eagle at Royal Birkdale’s 15th, his Open lead stretched to three, everyone else was expected to play for second. Spieth was odds-on to prevail.

On a day which showed how the elements can reduce the world’s best golfers to quivering wrecks and a stoppage was necessary because of flooded greens, the Weatherman had emphasised how a nickname earned in college was as apt in his professional pomp.

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Jordan Spieth sets standard at Open to share lead after first round

• Spieth joined on five under par by fellow Americans Koepka and Kuchar
• Casey one shot off lead, with Poulter on three under and McIlroy one over

Jordan Spieth waited 467 days for this. The truth is, so had the rest of us.

There have been few more painful episodes in sport – including for viewers who retain even an ounce of compassion – than Spieth’s late capitulation at the 2016 Masters. For all the analysis and introspection that followed, one thing has been missing: Spieth placing himself firmly in position to win another major championship. How would he handle it? Would glory matter more than previously? Did that Georgian affair irrevocably damage Spieth’s ability to close out on the big stage?

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Ian Poulter ‘pretty happy’ after feeding off Birkdale experience at Open

• Englishman shoots three-under 67 in search for his first major title
• Wind conditions replicated last day in 2008 when he finished second

Ian Poulter, who missed five majors in a row with injury and made it to this, the sixth, only after coming through final qualifying at his home club, Woburn, has previous at Birkdale and memories of the 2008 experience flashed through his mind as he completed a commendable three‑under 67 to leave himself well placed to challenge for a first major title.

Poulter’s second-place finish at the Players Championship in May set up his season after it looked like he had lost his US Tour card the previous month, only for a clerical error to be unearthed and give him a second chance. He got his game into links mode at the Scottish Open last week, where he shared the lead after three rounds only to finish with a disappointing 74. He then drove himself down from Dundonald on Sunday evening to prepare for the big one.

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Ian Poulter ‘pretty happy’ after feeding off Birkdale experience at Open

• Englishman shoots three-under 67 in search for his first major title
• Wind conditions replicated last day in 2008 when he finished second

Ian Poulter, who missed five majors in a row with injury and made it to this, the sixth, only after coming through final qualifying at his home club, Woburn, has previous at Birkdale and memories of the 2008 experience flashed through his mind as he completed a commendable three‑under 67 to leave himself well placed to challenge for a first major title.

Poulter’s second-place finish at the Players Championship in May set up his season after it looked like he had lost his US Tour card the previous month, only for a clerical error to be unearthed and give him a second chance. He got his game into links mode at the Scottish Open last week, where he shared the lead after three rounds only to finish with a disappointing 74. He then drove himself down from Dundonald on Sunday evening to prepare for the big one.

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Ian Poulter: ‘Nobody is going to hand you an invite for the Open’ | Ewan Murray

Ian Poulter, runner-up at Royal Birkdale in 2008, secured a place this year via final qualifying, displaying the work ethic that has epitomised his career

Perhaps it is easier now for Ian Poulter to speak freely about what, for a spell, was the very real possibility that he might have missed the Open Championship’s return to Royal Birkdale. Or maybe his candid admission merely sums up his nature.

“How would it feel to watch this one on TV? Pretty shit,” the 41-year-old says. “Whatever happens this week, wherever I finish, it would have been horrible to sit there and watch on TV. I would have been miserable because I’d have been looking back at what happened nine years ago, thinking I wanted another go at it.”

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