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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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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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Patrick Reed wins Masters after holding off challenges from Fowler and Spieth

• Reed shot 71 to finish on 15 under for the tournament• Fowler managed five-under 67 to finish second; Spieth a 64What Patrick Reed lacks in widespread support should now be offset by widespread respect. The scale of Reed’s achievement here, in winnin…

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Tiger Woods adamant he will play regularly in 2018 and contest majors

• Woods claim partly overshadows Fowler’s Hero World Challenge triumph• Sky on verge of securing new Masters deal after fending off BTEven Rickie Fowler’s stunning closing round of 61, which claimed the Hero World Challenge by four shots, was not enoug…

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Rickie Fowler equals US Open record to put himself in hunt for first major

• American’s 65 matches all-time score under par for a US Open Thursday
• ‘I’d rather be remembered for something that’s done on a Sunday’

What Erin Hills gave to Rickie Fowler it menacingly took back – and some – from his illustrious chums. Anyone labouring under the illusion that the US Open, an environment famed for brutality, was going soft after Fowler charged to the top of the leaderboard with a 65 was swiftly corrected. Day one casualties were of the highest profile.

Dustin Johnson, 75. Jordan Spieth, 73. Jason Day, 79. Rory McIlroy, 78. Hideki Matsuyama 74. The world’s top five ranked golfers were all unable to break par, with their aggregate score on Thursday of the 117th US Open a staggering 19 over. The prospect of a blue chip exodus from this major by Friday evening is live.

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Rickie Fowler four-putt leaves Kang Sung-hoon in control at Houston Open

• Fowler shoots 67 and is second, three shots behind Korea’s Kang
• Justin Rose drops out of contention on day three

If Rickie Fowler is to fall short in his pursuit of the Houston Open, Hercule Poirot will not be required to investigate the cause of such a scenario.

Fowler staggeringly four-putted the 18th hole of his third round on Saturday, contributing to a double bogey and the handing of a three-stroke lead to Kang Sung-hoon with 18 holes to go. Fowler, who had also dropped a shot at the 17th, was eight under par through 14 holes of round three, rendering his 67 something of an anti-climax.

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Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose pitch for the Masters at Shell Houston Open

• Fowler leads with 64 while Englishman Rose shot a 67
• Korean Sung Kang one shot behind the American in Texas

The Shell Houston Open can never be treated in isolation. Some players are at least honest enough to admit publicly that this event is used as a crucial precursor to the Masters rather than a standard stop on the PGA Tour. For others Houston represents the last hope of qualifying for the first major of the year.

Rickie Fowler has no worries in the latter department but the 28-year-old is looking to end a curious run. Last year a missed cut at Augusta National was followed by the same at the US Open, a share of 46th at the Open Championship and a tie for 33rd at the US PGA – this in a year when Fowler had been widely tipped to end his wait to claim a major.

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Davis Love III has no need for jokers among US Ryder Cup wildcard picks | Ewan Murray

With Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson practically picking themselves for Hazeltine, Love’s true test will come in his matchmaking ability as he looks to erase the pain of Medinah in 2012

Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup legacy did not solely relate to the continuation of a poor United States run. Nor, indeed, the staggering scene that was Phil Mickelson’s barely concealed volley at the captain in the immediate aftermath of a comprehensive defeat at Gleneagles. There was also Watson’s identification of what he regarded as a flaw in the US wildcard process. Until now, the winner of the $10m FedEx Cup would be confirmed too late for Ryder Cup selection. Davis Love III, Watson’s immediate successor, will name his final captain’s pick after the Tour Championship concludes in Atlanta just days before the contest gets under way. An already elongated process will now drag on even longer.

On Sunday Love will announce his first three additions to an eight-man side that includes just one debutant, Brooks Koepka. Whereas the decision as called for by Darren Clarke, Love’s counterpart with Europe, was subject to widespread debate, there is apparently a more straightforward scenario for the home skipper. It would count as a major shock if Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson were not confirmed as US team members by the man who presided over such a painful defeat at Medinah in 2012.

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Davis Love III has no need for jokers among US Ryder Cup wildcard picks | Ewan Murray

With Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson practically picking themselves for Hazeltine, Love’s true test will come in his matchmaking ability as he looks to erase the pain of Medinah in 2012

Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup legacy did not solely relate to the continuation of a poor United States run. Nor, indeed, the staggering scene that was Phil Mickelson’s barely concealed volley at the captain in the immediate aftermath of a comprehensive defeat at Gleneagles. There was also Watson’s identification of what he regarded as a flaw in the US wildcard process. Until now, the winner of the $10m FedEx Cup would be confirmed too late for Ryder Cup selection. Davis Love III, Watson’s immediate successor, will name his final captain’s pick after the Tour Championship concludes in Atlanta just days before the contest gets under way. An already elongated process will now drag on even longer.

On Sunday Love will announce his first three additions to an eight-man side that includes just one debutant, Brooks Koepka. Whereas the decision as called for by Darren Clarke, Love’s counterpart with Europe, was subject to widespread debate, there is apparently a more straightforward scenario for the home skipper. It would count as a major shock if Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson were not confirmed as US team members by the man who presided over such a painful defeat at Medinah in 2012.

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Jimmy Walker’s ‘bus partner’ Jason Day leads tributes to new US PGA champion

• I know exactly that feeling and he’s a very deserving winner, says Day
• Walker gave Butch Harmon a bottle of Bordeaux as thanks for his help

The popularity of major champions is always easy to determine. That is, by the scale of plaudits those who fell short will offer to the winner.

On Sunday night, social media was awash with high-level praise towards Jimmy Walker for his success at the US PGA Championship. At the venue itself, Jason Day hung around in narrow defeat to make a point of congratulating the 37-year-old. Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, who had not even competed at the top of the leaderboard, did likewise.

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Jason Day seizes on rivals’ mishaps to set up US PGA defence

• World No1 nicely placed after first-round 68 before forecast storms
• Martin Kaymer and Henrik Stenson excel but Jordan Spieth struggles

From golf’s turmoil comes opportunity. Whereas the struggles of Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy could not have been foreseen in the opening round of this, the 98th US PGA Championship, that they transpired opened the door for others.

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Rory McIlroy opens up his Quail Hollow defence with one-over 73

• World No3 trails early leader Anirban Lahiri by six shots
• Rickie Fowler completes first round in with one-under 71

Rory McIlroy recovered from a poor start to keep his hopes alive of a third victory in the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte.

The defending champion and world No3 won his first PGA Tour title at Quail Hollow in 2010 and has recorded five top-10 finishes in six appearances in the event, including a course-record 61 in the third round last year on his way to a seven-shot win.

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Rickie Fowler sinks hole-in-one to raise $1m for autism charity – video

Rickie Fowler achieves a hole-in-one at an Els for Autism golf event in Florida on Monday, raising $1m for the charity. The footage posted on YouTube shows Fowler being mobbed by fans after making the shot, before being held aloft by former world No1 Ernie Els. Els later hails Fowler as a ‘hero’ for making the shot

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Rory McIlroy misses cut at Honda Classic as Rickie Fowler sets the pace

• McIlroy struggles to 72 to finish four over par and miss the cut
• Fowler scores flawless 66 to set clubhouse target at PGA National

Rory McIlroy missed the cut at the Honda Classic for the second year in succession as Rickie Fowler recorded another flawless 66 to set the clubhouse target at the PGA National course in Florida.

Fowler had four birdies and no bogeys for the second day running to reach the halfway mark at eight under par, one shot ahead of his fellow American Jimmy Walker, who finished birdie, eagle in his own 66.

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Rickie Fowler beaten in playoff by Hideki Matsuyama at Phoenix Open

• Japanese made par at fourth extra hole to win second PGA Tour event
• Matsuyama birdied final two holes of fourth round to earn playoff

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama made par at the fourth extra hole to clinch an unlikely playoff victory over Rickie Fowler at the Phoenix Open on Sunday.

Matsuyama made successive birdies over the final two holes of regulation at the TPC Scottsdale to force the playoff as he and Fowler had matching 67s for a 14-under-par 270, two strokes clear of the American Harris English.

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Jordan Spieth plays down talk of Rickie Fowler being a top-four regular

• World No1 expects challenge to those at top of golf rankings
• Rickie Fowler: ‘It’s pretty special to be ranked fourth but I’ve got my eye on No1’

Jordan Spieth may regard Rickie Fowler’s sudden surge as perfectly natural but the world No1 has still played down talk of the fellow American being an established top-four player.

Fowler’s triumph at the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi on Sunday means the 27-year-old has completed a run of four victories in only eight months. He has moved to No4 in the world for the first time; suggesting he has joined Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy in detaching themselves from the rest. Golf, it is claimed, has a four-man elite.

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Rickie Fowler wins HSBC Championship to join golf’s big four

• Fowler wins by one shot from Belgium’s Thomas Pieters
• Rory McIlroy ties for third with 14-under-par

Golf’s aristocracy has been enlarged to a quartet. Cynics once claimed Rickie Fowler could not be classed among the elite, that colour and character were not backed up by tangible reward. An anonymous survey of fellow players even insisted he was among the most overrated in this sport.

Fowler’s reply? A run since last May that has seen him win the Players Championship, the Scottish Open, the Deutsche Bank Championship and now the HSBC event in Abu Dhabi. Now he has come of age, with a trophy collection as proof. The employment of Butch Harmon as his coach, two years ago, seems to have been key to Fowler’s rocket-like acceleration.

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Rickie Fowler out to impress in exalted company at HSBC Championship

• Fowler to play alongside Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy in Abu Dhabi
• ‘It would be fun if it brings the best out in all of us,’ says world No6

It does not require Hercule Poirot to determine where the focus will be during the opening two days of the HSBC Championship. The grouping of Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy should at least ensure peace and quiet for the other 123 members of the field.

The draw and billboards in the Middle East place Fowler alongside Spieth and McIlroy but a lack of major success for the 27-year-old Californian leaves him on the outside looking in. While Spieth and McIlroy will be aiming to put down a marker for the year ahead, Fowler wants to assert his intentions.

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Jordan Spieth moves through the gears in US charge at St Andrews

In a tournament heralded for favouring the Europeans, it is the Americans who are catching at the eye at the Open with a chasing pack ready to pounce

You can pick out the American spectators from miles away here on the Old Course, clad as they are in sportswear adorned with the logos of midwestern universities or the occasional pair of star-spangled drawstring pants. The most enthused will acknowledge one another with knowing nods or even a rowdy cheer, lending a touch of Rambo III to an event that’s more Chariots of Fire.

They had plenty to hoot and holler about on Sunday. Four of the 28 players from across the pond who survived the cut made the most of moving day at the 144th Open Championship and will enter Monday’s final round within three shots of the lead. Still five more lurk within five strokes. No Tiger, no Bubba, no problem.

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The Open 2015: St Andrews showed Rickie Fowler how to enjoy links golf

American now relishes taking on the elements after learning to adapt skills he picked up in his youth in US to conditions on the Scottish coast

Rickie Fowler has turned up this week with all the assurance of a man who is at peace with life and the challenge ahead in what has become his first multiple-win season and one he wants to enhance by carrying off a first major title.

It was at St Andrews in 2010 when the man who won last week’s Scottish Open to add to the Players Championship he took in May says he first realised the links game with which he had dabbled since appearing in the USA Walker Cup team in 2007 suited him rather well, allowing him to draw on skills he picked up perhaps unwittingly in his years at school and college.

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