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Rory McIlroy suffers frustration with 74 in US PGA first round

PGA: PGA Championship - First Round

Rory McIlroy said his immediate ambition is to survive the US PGA Championship cut after he shot an opening round of 74 in the final major of this year. McIlroy, one of the pre-event favourites, endured a series of problems on the greens with 35 putts contributing heavily to his four over par total.

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Rory McIlroy making timely pursuit of Dustin Johnson and FedEx Cup title

The identity of the man looking to halt a Dustin Johnson procession to the FedEx Cup and $10m prize is more fascinating than the fact a battle has ensued in the first place. Rory McIlroy’s third round of 66 at the Tour Championship, combined with an unforeseen late stumble by Johnson, has set up a thrilling finale on the outskirts of Atlanta.

Jordan Spieth & Jake Owen

We were right on pace until tangle at the 12th, admits Jordan Spieth

Early Monday morning in Augusta. On Washington Road, which runs out from downtown to the golf club, workmen are already packing away cones and pulling down signs. The police who spent the past week directing traffic are gone, so are the scalpers offering spare tickets and the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who have quit their quiet roadside vigil.

Jason Day and Ellie Day

Jason Day shoots record-equalling round at Players Championship

The angst Jordan Spieth suffered by virtue of closing his opening round at the Players Championship with a seven, the one number that may bring him out in a cold sweat, surely intensified with a glance towards one of the his playing partners. Jason Day, who has succeeded Spieth as the world No1, endorsed his status once more with a course record-equalling 63. Day had birdie putts at all 18 holes.

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Rory McIlroy defends ‘fantastic’ American galleries at the Ryder Cup

The topic which dominated post-Ryder Cup media duties for the European team had nothing to do with the concession of the trophy for the first time since 2008. Rather, the level of hostility those visitors to Hazeltine encountered from a frenzied home crowd created a narrative which will flow into 2018 and Paris. The reserved French may tone matters down.