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Phil Mickelson tames Open wind and rain in superb show for an old-timer

Golf - British Open

Phil Mickelson, at 46, will become the oldest golfer to win the Open since 1867 if he carries off the Claret Jug here. And there were a few moments on Friday when Scotland stopped trying to pretend it was Bermuda, when the rain cascaded over the links and the wind seemed keen to join the wrecking party that the American looked every one of his years.


European Ryder Cup player Rory McIlroy celebrates after halving the hole during the 40th Ryder Cup singles matches at Gleneagles

Rory McIlroy’s Rio decision puts spotlight on golf and Olympics

Rory McIlroy had a potential out from golf’s Olympic return from the moment that landmark decision was voted through in 2009. The delicacy of a Northern Irish sportsman, not least one as high-profile as McIlroy, having to declare for an Irish or British Olympic team meant the option of passing up the 2016 Games entirely was initially a live prospect.


Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer obituary

In any list of reasons for the present popularity and high financial standing of golf, the name, and the game, of Arnold Palmer are irresistibly linked.