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The spotlight falls on Danish teenager Rasmus Hojgaard in Spain this week. File photograph: Inpho

Estrella Damm Andalucia Masters Purse: €1 million (€156,000 to the winner) Where: Sotogrande, Spain The course: Designed by American golf course ar(...)

Michael Hoey playing in the 2019 Northern Ireland Open at  Galgorm Castle. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho/Presseye

It’s a bit like that old gag, about waiting an age for a bus and then two come along together: this week’s feast is one, however, that will have to be(...)

Shane Lowry and his coach Neil Manchip during the Pro-Am ahead of January’s Abu Dhabi Championship. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty

There is a sense of community that remains vibrant long after elite young golfers have left the technical and pastoral care of the Golfing Union of Ir(...)

 Jayden Trey Schaper of South Africa tees off on the eighth hole during the second round of the  South African Open at Randpark Golf Club  in Johannesburg. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Teenage amateur Jayden Schaper sits a single shot behind tournament leader Tapio Pulkkanen following day two at the South African Open in Johannesburg(...)

Shane Lowry begins a run that includes a defence of the Abu Dhabi Championship that kick-started a brilliant 2019 for the Irish golfer. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

The reality of Shane Lowry’s return to work was graphically displayed in a social media post from the European Tour over the weekend, which showed the(...)

A visualisation of gravitational waves pictured during a press conference by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) at the Leibniz University in Hanover, Germany, in 2016. Photograph: Julian Stratensculte/EPA.

The Government is increasingly under fire for how the nation lags its European counterparts in funding basic, “blue skies”research, the kind in which (...)

Graeme McDowell has taken over Irish Open hosting duties from Paul McGinley. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The baton has been passed on, and Graeme McDowell – the 2010 US Open champion and a four-time Ryder Cup player – will take on the role of tournament h(...)

 Andy Ogletree of the United States team plays his tee shot on the 14th hole in his match with John Augenstein against Euan Walker and Sandy Scott of the Great Britain and Ireland team during the morning foursomes matches on the final day of the 2019 Walker Cup. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images

Great Britain and Ireland captain Craig Watson admitted his side had been “outplayed” as the United States staged a superb fightback to retain the Wal(...)

Conor Purcell of the Great Britain and Ireland team plays his third shot on the 16th hole in his match with Alex Fitzpatrick against John Augenstein and Andy Ogletree. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images
GB & Ireland take Walker Cup lead
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  • September 7, 2019, 19:28

England’s Alex Fitzpatrick led from the front by beating world number one Cole Hammer as Great Britain and Ireland claimed a two-point lead heading in(...)

James Sugrue is one of three Irish representatives in thie weekend’s Walker Cup. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

As we all know, there are no guarantees in life; and, in many ways, golf - and the travails of those who want to pursue professional careers - provide(...)

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