Patrick Reed boosted his Ryder Cup hopes with an opening round of 65 at The Barclays. Photograph: Getty

American takes first round lead at The Barclays with Rory McIlroy at level par

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon scores his side’s second goal of the game against Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final in 2013. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former Dublin forward believes best chance for Kingdom is to counter-attack champions

GAA president  Aogán Ó Fearghail presents an  award to Kerry’s  John O’Keeffe during the announcement of the 2016 Inductees into the GAA Museum Hall of Fame. Photograph:   Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Legendary figure says injection of real pace in key area will be crucial to Kingdom’s plan

Shane Lowry will need a captain’s pick from Darren Clarke if he wants to make the European Ryder Cup team. Photograph: Getty

Fitzpatrick’s fifth-place finish in Prague ensures all nine automatic places are filled

The Olympic Hockey Centre (blue fields) and the Youth Arena (L) that will host the modern pentathlon fencing matches. Photograph: Getty Images

Just what you need when caught behind enemy lines

Greco-Roman wrestling: “The Russians are rather good at it  . . . and so are the Turks, Mongolians and Iranians, where wrestling is the national sport.”  (Katsumi Kasahara/AP)

It can get hot and sometimes sweaty on the mat but there’s nothing below the belt

USA’s Kristin Armstrong falls after finishing the Women’s Individual Time Trial event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Women turn out to be even crazier than the men in individual Time Trial

Padraig Harrington: “It might be sacrilege in the golfing world but I think an Olympic medal would add more to my career at this moment than a fourth Major.”

“I’ve always been geed up for it, excited about it, but was it gets closer I’m thinking ‘wow, this is great’”

Jim Furyk of the United States celebrates after shooting a record setting 58 during the final round of the Travelers Championship at TCP River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Photo: Steven Ryan/Getty Images

The 46-year-old had already previously matched the PGA Tour’s record score

Darren Clarke: the European team captain  needs some experienced players to meet the Americans. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy assured of a place, while US captain Love given four wild card selections

Jimmy Walker celebrates with his son after sinking his putt on the 18th hole to win the 98th US PGA Championship.Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

Winning US PGA Championship seals Texan’s place on Love’s team for Ryder Cup

This PGA Championship could yet prove to be a game-changer for Rory McIlroy. Photograph: by Andrew Redington/Getty  Images

Four-time Major winner must address his glaring weakness – his putting stroke

Pádraig Harrington (right) and Danny Willett of England after playing the 18th hole during the third round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey on Saturday. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

‘I could have holed a few more putts. But I probably came out of the round neutral’

Jimmy Walker: At 37 claims a maiden Major in what was his sixth PGA Tour win. Photograph: Getty Images

Fears that play would run into fourth day allayed as sun finally makes an appeareance

Jimmy Walker of the United States reacts to his birdie putt on the 17th hole during the continuation of the final round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Texan sealed his first major championship title on a marathon day at Baltusrol

Pádraig Harrington  plays from a greenside bunker on the 18th hole  during the final round of the US  PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club  in Springfield, New Jersey. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Three-time Major winner in line for top 10 position at Baltusrol

 Pádraig Harrington shares a joke  with Danny Willett on the 18th green during the third round of the US PGA Championships at   Baltusrol Golf Club  in Springfield, New Jersey. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

A Saturday of frustration as thunderstorms ended play before the leaders even teed off

Andrew Johnston  plays his shot from the ninth tee during the second round of the 2016 US PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club  in Springfield, New Jersey. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The big, bearded Englishman is not about to get distracted by his growing fanbase

 Rory McIlroy  chips to the 18th green during the second round of the US  PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club   in Springfield, New Jersey. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Closing bogey seals fate for McIlroy as Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb share lead

Shane Lowry of Ireland hits his shot on the 3rd fairway during the first round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Photo: Jason Szenes/EPA

Only Martin Kaymer managed to make any impact late on as conditions got tougher

Rory McIlroy reacts after a missed putt on the 10th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Photo: Jason Szenes/EPA

The world number four didn’t make a single birdie in an opening round of 74 at Baltusrol

Rickie Fowler of the United States plays his shot from the 12th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Meanwhile, slick Rick on the radar, peanut butter and jelly, no cameras and more

Rory McIlroy, Jimmy Walker, Brandt Snedeker and Rickie Fowler during a practice round at Baltusrol ahead of the US PGA Championship. Photo: Getty Images

World number four is hoping to end this year’s run of first-time major winners

Pádraig Harrington hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Also, monster par five a test for the best, ‘Beef’ continues to entertain and can Sergio finally break through?

ory McIlroy  during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

World number four’s aim is to win a Major a year – but he’s now gone two without one

Shane Lowry hits a chip shot on the fifth hole during a practice round prior to the US PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. (Photograph:Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Offaly man says it is good to play practice rounds with the likes of Dustin Johnson

Jason Day is hopeful of retaining the US PGA championship at Baltsurol. Photograph: Getty

World number one says temporary putting woes can be soon overcome at Baltusrol

Philip Reid looks at the three key holes at the week’s PGA Championship. Photograph: Inpho

US PGA Championship takes place at Baltusrol Golf Club, in Springfield, New Jersey

Jason Day of Australia during the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club. Photograph: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Like Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy he’s attempting to find a fix for putting worries

Greater awareness about strength and conditioning has allowed older players compete

Pádraig Harrington returned home to Dublin for a different kind of date – providing wisdom about life on tour. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish players set to unwind for a few days ahead of preparation for final Major in US

 Rory McIlroy is in Switzerland  to support Sergio Garcia’s charity foundation. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Tour news: Rory McIlroy is in Switzerland at a charity day supporting Sergio Garcia

The Iceman - Henrik Stenson of Sweden celebrates victory after the winning putt on the 18th green at Royal Troon. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Swede produces a stunning final round of 63 to keep brave Phil Mickelson at bay

Henrik Stenson shot a stunning final day 63 to hold off Phil Mickelson and secure his maiden Major title. Photograph: Reuters.

Swede shoots 63 to hold off Phil Mickelson challenge and claim first Major

Rory McIlroy was ultimately pleased with his final position at the Open after his challenge faded in the second round. Photograph: PA

Four-time Major winner admits chances of victory were remote after the second round

Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson shake hands at the end of the third round of the British OPen at Royal Troon. Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA

Swede takes the narrowest of leads into the final day after a magnificent 68 at Troon

Rory McIlroy endured a frustrating Saturday at Royal Troon as he shot a 73 to slip out of ceontention. Photograph: Getty

Poor putting costs four-time Major winner as he slips out of contention at Royal Troon

 Pádraig Harrington of Ireland chips to the  18th green during the second round  of the British Open  at Royal Troon. Photograph:  Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Irishman level par after two rounds and will try to chase down leader Phil Mickelson

 Phil Mickelson plays out of a bunker during the second round of the Open Championship at Royal Troon. Photograph:   David Davies/PA Wire

Henrik Stenson hot on American’s heels while Rory McIlroy stays in the hunt

Phil Mickelson of the US finishes the 18th hole on the first day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal Troon, Scotland. Photo: EPA

The American was denied the lowest ever score at a major championship by a lip out

Ireland’s Shane Lowry drops his club after his tee shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the British Open at Royal Troon. Photo: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Meanwhile, Oosthuizen aces, Ramsey recovers and Bubba gets to grips with Postage Stamp

 Shane Lowry:  “When you are playing with good players, they drag you along with them.  . . It’ll be nice to go out early and try to shoot a score.” Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Offalyman eager to lay down a marker in the British Open at Royal Troon

USA’s Dustin Johnson plays a shot towards the clubhouse on the 18th during the practice day at Royal Troon Golf Club, South Ayrshire. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Despite presence of the ‘Big Four’, many in quality field capable of British Open glory

Ireland’s Padraig Harrington plays from a green-side bunker on the 8th hole during practice ahead of the British Open  at Royal Troon in Scotland. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

British Open’s most challenging hole may well be the innocuous-looking par three

Rory McIlroy at Royal Troon yesterday: “I don’t feel like I’ve let the game down at all. I didn’t get into golf to try and grow the game.” Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters

Irishman’s forthright words like a dagger twisting into golf’s Olympic dream

Ireland’s  Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington talk during practice at Royal Troon.  Photo:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Five of the six Irish players in the field have been handed early-late starts on Thursday and Friday

Jordan Spieth will not compete in the Olympics. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

World number three the latest high profile golfer to decide not to travel to Rio next month

Dustin Johnson after winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, on Sunday. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

McIlroy has opted not to play in Scottish Open and will make early visit to Troon

Shane Lowry: “Based on these circumstances, I have received firm medical advice that I should not travel to Rio.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Shane Lowry and Jason Day the latest big names to say no to Games in Rio

Paul Dunne has secured a place at next month’s British Open at Royal Troon. Photograph: Getty

Greystones golfer topped qualification at Woburn for a third consecutive year

Shane Lowry: the holder of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational has returned to Akron, Ohio to defend his title. Photograph: Charlie Riedel/AP

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy leads a strong Irish contingent at the French Open in Paris

Dustin Johnson celebrates with partner Paulina Gretzky and son Tatum after winning the US Open at Oakmont. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Outpouring of goodwill towards Johnston from fellow tour players after US Open victory

Shane Lowry on the fourth hole during his final round of the US Open at Oakmont. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

In collecting a cheque for €660,000 Lowry jumps from 41st to 25th in official world rankings

 Dustin Johnson of the United States poses with the winner’s trophy as Shane Lowry looks on at Oakmont Country Club. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

‘I always say it’s only a mistake if you don’t learn from it. I’m sure I learned a lot’

Shane Lowry of Ireland walks along the 11th hole during the third round of the US Open at Oakmont Country Club. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

From his coach to his caddy - good judgment very nearly paid off with US Open glory

Evaporated dreams: Shane Lowry of Ireland reacts to a missed putt on the 14th green during the final round of the US Open at Oakmont  before finishing joint second in the competition with  Jim Furyk and Scott Piercy . Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty

Dustin Johnson retains calm after confusion over shot penalty to take first major title at US Open at Oakmont

Dustin Johnson holds his son Tatum as his wife Paulina reacts after he birdied the final hole to win the 116th US Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. Photo: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Shane Lowry’s final round challenge collapsed on the back nine amid rules chaos

 Shane Lowry  reacts after holing his par putt on the 18th green as he completed his third round at the US Open at Oakmont   Country Club  in  Pennsylvania. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Irish golfer plans to take in Tipperary-Limerick game ahead of date with destiny at Oakmont

Shane Lowry of Ireland reacts to his third shot on the first hole during the third round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Offaly golfer leads the US Open after third round play was suspended due to darkness

Shane Lowry of Ireland walks  off the ninth green after saving par in the second round of the US Open. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Despite calling penalty on himself, Lowry remains in the thick of things

Dustin Johnson made a strong start on Friday at Oakmont. Photograph: Getty

McIlroy, Spieth and Day all struggle as players make up for lost time at Oakmont

 Shane Lowry  drives from the 18th tee. “What’s the point of moaning about it? I find the guys that are moaning about it are guys that are going to be going home early.” Photo:  David Cannon/Getty Images

Offaly man undaunted by the stiffest of tests at Oakmont Country Club

A general view of the fifth green during a delay due to inclement weather during the first round at Oakmont Country Club yesterday. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty images

Chance for unknowns to make limelight after incomplete round

Ireland’s Shane Lowry  drives from the   fourth tee during the first round of the US Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Elements have their say on a stop-start day that was just about survival

Rory McIlroy on the 16th hole during the final practice round for the 116th US Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club in  Pennsylvania. Photograph: Erik Lesser/EPA

Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Willett among the leading contenders

All you need to know ahead of the US Open at Oakmont

The iconic stretch of bunkering known as the Church Pews line the left-hand side of the fairway.

Dangers threatens from first hole as McIlroy admits players will feel trepidation

Rory McIlroy: “I feel like I’ve got a good game plan for the course. It’s just a matter of going out there and executing it.” Photograph: Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports

World number three says winning at Oakmont would be biggest accomplishment

Shane Lowry practising for the US Open at Oakmont country club. He believes if you make 10 birdies in the week “you’ll have a chance of winning the tournament”. Photograph: EPA

Offaly man has put a two-iron in his bag as he takes on the ‘brutal’ Oakmont course

Graeme McDowell: “I do relish that challenge. I think I am more of a purist US Open guy. I’ve performed well on the pure US Open tests like Pebble Beach, Olympic Club and had it going at places like Winged Foot – very much looking forward to this one and feel like I am taking some decent amount of game in there.”

Busy weeks ahead as 2010 US Open winner aims for place in Ryder Cup team

Irish trio Leona Maguire, Maria Dunne and Olivia Mehaffey celebrate ther GB&I  victory over the United States at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty

Important win in her singles clash helps B&I squad regain title with an 11 ½ to 8 ½ win

 Leona Maguire: “We know what to expect, the captains know what to expect. All week, we’ve been trying to pass on any bit of advice we can give to the other girls,”

Nothing could rain on Maguire’s parade, for the 21-year-old was queen of her own domain

Olivia Mehaffey of Britain and Ireland plays her tee shot on the 13th  during the morning foursomes matches at Dun Laoghaire. Photograph: by David Cannon/Getty Images

Britain and Ireland claim foursomes in Dun Laoghaire but Americans tie matters at 3-3

Leona Maguire, and Charlotte Thomas fought back to claim a 4 and 2 win in the middle foursomes. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

USA managed to avoid a morning whitewash thanks to Bailey Tardy and Monica Vaughn

 Ireland’s Leona Maguire gets in some  chipping practice on the ninth hole at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey will also feature in today’s opening foursomes

Leona Maguire: was ranked world number one amateur for almost a full year before being overtaken by Curtis Cup rival, the USA’s Hannah O’Sullivan. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Great chance to see likes of Leona Maguire and world No 1 amateur Hannah O’Sullivan play

Paul O’Hanlon: “I am working full-time now and it kind of feels like one against the head. It’s come out of nowhere. It’s bizarre.” Photograph: Pat Cashman

Local hero Gerard Dunne staged comeback in Louth to come within one shot of winner

The victorious 2012 Great Britain and Ireland team with the Curtis Cup after their ten and a half to nine and a half win during the final day singles matches  at Nairn Golf Club. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Meanwhile, McIlroy on his Oakmont lack of knowledge, McGirt’s first win and more

 Rory McIlroy of Europe shakes hands with Jack Nicklaus at the Ryder Cup  in   Scotland. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Meadow has cut at tournament drop-outs; Spieth’s goal; Twitter twaddle; In the bag; Know the Rules

Pádraig Harrington has missed out on a place at the US Open following international qualifying at Walton Heath. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Paul Dunne and Peter Lawrie also miss out at Walton Heath

Chris Wood secured the biggest win of his career at Wentworth. Photograph: Getty

Englishman grinds out tense victory with Danny Willett finishing two strokes adrift

Lee Westwood is two shots off the lead after the third round at Wentworth. Photograph: Getty

Masters runner-up is two shots off lead while Danny Willet struggles to a third round 76

Shane Lowry of Ireland waits on the 17th hole during the second round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Masters champion the joint leader as Shane Lowry five putts the 15th to miss the cut

Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke alongside his vice-captains Paul Lawrie, Padraig Harrington and Thomas Bjorn. Photo: Getty Images

Thomas Bjorn and Paul Lawrie also named for clash at Hazeltine

Shane Lowry of Ireland celebrates a birdie on the 18th green during day one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Irish duo four shots off the pace following three-under-par 69s in first round

Graeme Swann and US Masters champion Danny Willett during the Pro-Am before the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Photo: Getty Images

Previous form at event has Shane Lowry among favourites to have a big week

Rory McIlroy  has said he and his  fiancée Erica Stoll are contemplating the prospect of starting a family in the next year or two. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

Irish Open winner monitoring situation ahead of return of golf to the Games in Rio

Matthew Southgate jokes with world number three Rory McIlroy during the third round of the Irish Open at the K Club. Photo: Getty Images

Meanwhile Eamonn Brady is remembering Seve before his dream Wentworth debut

Rory McIlroy acknowledges the galleries as he makes his way up the 18th fairway on the way to a three-shot victory at The K Club. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Knox claimed birdies on 14th and 15th to move one ahead of tournament host

Rory McIlroy  poses with the trophy following his three-shot victory in the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club  in Straffan, Co Kildare. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

World No 3 closes with eagle on 18th to see off challenge of Russell Knox

A Weather Warning is announced as play is suspended during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Photo:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Play finally suspended for the day at 8.30pm as McIlroy hits the front at the K Club

World number three Rory McIlroy plays from the rough on the fifth hole during the second round at The K Club.Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

World number three anxious to eliminate ‘soft bogeys’ in business end of tournament

Shane Lowry finished two over after the second round at The K Club - barely making the cut. Photograph: Inpho

Irish Open: Offalyman barely makes the cut, struggling on the lousy side of the draw

Rory McIlroy tees off on the third hole during his opening 67 at The K Club. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

World number three laments Muirfield’s decision on women members

The purse for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is set to rise to €7 million in coming years, making it one of the biggest on the European Tour. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Dubai Duty Free set to increase investment to make prize fund amongst the biggest on European Tour

Danny Willett shares a joke with Lee Westwood’s caddie Billy Foster  during the first round of the  Dubai Duty Free Irish Open  at  The K Club in Dtraffan. Photograph: Paul Childs/ Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Masters champion opens with blistering 65 on first day of Irish Open

Rory McIlroy lines up a putt at the Irish Open pro-am in The K Club as AP McCoy and Ruby Walsh, his caddie for the day, look on. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

K Club quest to claim €666,660 winner’s cheque will be tough

Antonia Beggs: “Everyone in Ireland seems to care about golf and everyone says you punch above your weight”

Irish Open director talks about life as a woman on tour

Rory McIlroy at the K Club: “It just hasn’t happened yet, and I’m trying to stay as patient as possible.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As Irish Open starts, Graeme McDowell says world number three is the best around

Shane Lowry: was the last Irish player to win the Irish Open when he triumphed at Baltray, while still an amateur,  in 2009. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Last home winner of Irish Open says financial penalties don’t impact on players

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