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Pádraig Harrington and his caddie Ronan Flood  move a tree branch out of the way to get to his ball at the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at  Galgorm Castle. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

You might have seen Pádraig Harrington and his caddie Ronan Flood apply Rule 15.1 of the Rules of Golf on the par-5 10th hole during his opening round(...)

Aaron Rai hits his second shot on the sixth hole during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort in Ballymena. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Aaron Rai takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open after carding a third-round 67 at Galgorm Castle. The 25-year-(...)

 Jazz Janewattananond. Photograph:  Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Jazz Janewattananond Age: 24 World ranking: 65 Betting: 55/1 The young Thai golfer is a serial winner in Asia – he has amassed seven tournament wins (...)

 Pádraig Harrington follows the line of a shot during the British Open at Carnoustie in 2007. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

On a July Sunday in 2007, a strange thing happened, as if the gods decreed all Irish sporting eyes would be on only one thing that day. In a strange q(...)

Mount Juliet Golf Course: venue for this year’s Irish Open in late May which now is in severe doubt. Photograph: Inpho

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, due to take place at Mount Juliet from May 28th-31st is the next tournament on the European Tour schedule following a(...)

 Jon Rahm with The Irish Open trophy after his victory on Sunday. Photograph: PA

The Spanish influences in these parts stretch all the way back to the Armada of 1588, to such a degree that place-names and even some bloodlines provi(...)

Cormac Sharvin’s second round of 69 leaves him firmly in contention at the halfway stage of the Irish Open. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

A nod is as good as a wink in most cases and, as Shane Lowry moved through the recording zone with his young daughter Iris on his shoulders, headed fo(...)

England’s Tommy Fleetwood on the seventh tee during the pro-am   before the Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph:   Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

A long-time member of the host club put it succinctly about the lack of any real wind in these parts. “You wouldn’t even put your washing out, there’d(...)

Shane Lowry: “Hopefully, I’ll have a few chances along the years. And hopefully one of them is this week. If I do get a chance, I’ll be giving my best.” Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

He’s the poster boy, as if he needed any reminding. On the corner as you swing in off the Ennistymon road towards the golf club, Shane Lowry’s bearded(...)

Shane Lowry  at a Dublin media event.” I do feel like I am playing with a lot of confidence at the minute, and if I shoot a bad score today I am going to shoot a good score tomorrow.” Photograph:   Lorraine O’Sullivan/Sharppix

Shane Lowry’s promotional gig on the rooftop patio of The North Star hotel in Dublin’s north inner city provided an insight into his desire to reach f(...)

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