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Francesco Molinari of Italy walks down the ninth hole with Shane Lowry during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle, Co Down, yesterday. Lowry finished four over par, just inside cut. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

It may not rank with John McEnroe’s top 10 racquet smashes, but when Shane Lowry’s flashpoint arrived on the 12th hole yesterday, it almost drove him (...)

 Bernd Wiesberger of Austria (R) and Andy Sullivan of England feeling the chill during the second round at Royal County Down. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty

They’ve a saying in these parts, that Slieve Donard has its feet in the sea and its head in the clouds. As a mountain it is “unmissable,” which is exa(...)

Rory McIlroy hits his third shot on the fifth hole during his second – and final – round of the Irish Open at Royal County Down. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Its reputation had gone before it and its reappearance in the European Tour didn’t disappoint. As one of the most famed and feared links on the planet(...)

A scorer looks on as Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks on the 9th green during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The cynics with no hearts will tell you that sympathy can be found in a dictionary. At Royal County Down on Thursday Rory McIlroy found it in a differ(...)

Ernie Els: became interested in playing in the Irish Open having spoken to Rory McIlroy in the Middle East. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

As any advertiser will attest there is nothing like ‘restricted’ or ‘limited supply’ to get a potential audience’s attention. If you create a hint of (...)

Shane Warne, Darren Clarke and BBC presenter Stephen Watson share a joke after playing in the Irish Open Pro-Am at Royal Co Down. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images.

Stephen Watson managed to record a par and two spectators on the front nine. The face of BBC Sport Northern Ireland was persecuted by a misbehaving dr(...)

 Rory McIlroy runs through the gorse during the pro-am event prior to The Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club. Photo:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty

On the eve of a new dawn for the Irish Open, the omens weren’t particularly promising. For much of the time, as the pro-am provided a taster, Slieve (...)

Sergio Garcia of Spain answers questions from the media during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The Irish Open holds a particularly special place for Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard won his first European Tour event in the Irish Open at Druid’s Glen,(...)

 Patrick Reed  plays a bunker shot  during the second round of the  Masters. The world number 14 will play at the famed links beside Slieve Donard on May 28th-31st. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

The cat wasn’t just let out of the bag, it jumped out. Patrick Reed – the world number 14 – revealed at Augusta that he would be adding the Irish Ope(...)

Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, and George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, put pen to paper on the contract which sees Dubai Duty Free become the title sponsor of the 2015 Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Rory McIlroy’s X-factor has brought on board a title sponsor for the Irish Open for the first time in five years, with Dubai Duty Free – who also spon(...)

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