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 Shane Lowry  tees off on the fifth hole during the first round of the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool. The Offaly golfer covered the back nine in 32 to return a 68. Photograph:  Tom Pennington/Getty Images

In a way, some of the best wine was left ’til last. The late shift had it toughest of all here at Hoylake as the wind picked up, but – as the grandst(...)

Rory McIlroy  chips onto the 15th green during the first round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

There are certain indicators which confirm all is dandy in Rory McIlroy’s on-course world. There is a bounce in his step. The club twirls in his hands(...)

Pádraig Harrington  waits on a green during his practice round yesterday ahead of  the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool  in Hoylake. Photograph:   Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

His attention to detail is akin to that of number crunchers and legal eagles going through due diligence. Nothing is left to chance. Pádraig Harirngto(...)

Darren Clarke and  Rory McIlroy have a laugh  after their practice round yesterday before the 143rd Open Championship tees off today at Royal Liverpool. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

The stars will align for someone, as they always do. And as the final practice day here yesterday for this 143rd British Open was played out under gre(...)

Shane Lowry  waits on the 14th green during a practice round ahead of the British Open  at  Royal Liverpool GC in Hoylake. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

Shane Lowry ponders the three -word question, one hand raising the baseball cap further up on his head, gently exhaling and killing time before respon(...)

Graeme McDowell  smiles as he walks off the third green during a practice round ahead of the British Open Championship at Hoylake.
Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

Let’s cut to the chase. Graeme McDowell has that swagger back, the one that comes with winning. But there’s more to it than that, and the Ulsterman’s (...)

American Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson  hits a tee shot during  practice at Royal Liverpool ahead  of the 143rd British Open. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Nostalgia, especially of the teary-eyed kind, is part and parcel of any British Open week. Yesterday, it was old Tom Watson’s turn to reminisce, even (...)

Phil Mickelson  holds the Claret Jug with caddie Jim Mackay after the the American golfer’ had claimed victory   in the 142nd British Open Championship at Muirfield on July 21st last year Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

The golfer and the caddie were on a bucket-list course thousands of miles from home, two friends bonding over their shared affinity for the game and f(...)

Shane Lowry celebrates his birdie on the 18th during day four of the British Open Championship at Hoylake. Photograph: PA.

Golf can be a curious, perplexing sport as Shane Lowry discovered yesterday. His last act on the driving range before starting the biggest round of h(...)

Tiger Woods speaks to the media at Congressional Country Club ahead of this week’s Quicken Loans National Tournament. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Mutiple major winner Tiger Woods is pain-free for the first time in two years but accepts he will never regain the game which saw him dominate golf fo(...)

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