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Open 2016: Rory McIlroy in the mood to end American rule of Troon

Golf-British Open

This may have to be quite a show. The Open will fittingly begin with Royal Troon’s adopted son, Colin Montgomerie, attempting to fade an iron shot from the 1st tee at 6.35am on Thursday. By the time the third major of the year reaches its conclusion on Sunday evening in Ayrshire, perhaps talk of Rio and golf’s turbulent marriage with the Olympics will be temporarily suspended. One can but hope.

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Rory McIlroy puts faith in reverse putting grip as trump card in Miami

A continuing quest for golfing perfection has led to Jason Day calling the stricken Tiger Woods for advice and to Rory McIlroy changing his putting grip. It was obvious in Miami on Wednesday that McIlroy is far more interested in curing woes on the greens than worrying about the outcome of the US presidential election.

PGA: PGA Championship - Practice Round

Padraig Harrington jumps up leaderboard as weather curse strikes

Let’s call it the curse of Baltusrol. Or perhaps the Baltusrol blues. The US PGA Championship could be destined for a Monday finish upon its return to the New Jersey venue at which Phil Mickelson triumphed in 2005. Eleven years ago, the Wanamaker Trophy was handed over on Monday because of weather delays.

PGA: PGA Championship - Second Round

US PGA weather relents to lift cloud of criticism with Rio on horizon

The thunderstorms and steady downpour that reduced the finely manicured Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club into marshy wetlands over the weekend finally relented yesterday afternoon, sparing tournament officials the headache of the first Monday finish at a PGA Championship since the season’s final major was last played here in 2005 – and further criticism over how it was handled.

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PGA: Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy leads fight to keep Europe’s Ryder Cup hopes alive

If Rory McIlroy’s significance to Europe was obvious in advance of this Ryder Cup, few could have envisaged his rising status as battle fever gripped Hazeltine. McIlroy might be the most unlikely of pantomime villains given his routine popularity both on and off the course but that is precisely his role as cast by the galleries here.