McIlroy eager to put "tedious and nasty" legal action behind him

McIlroy eager to put "tedious and nasty" legal action behind him

Rory McIlroy used the word "disappointed" four times in his preview interview for the Dubai Desert Classic. Fortunately, he's brilliantly learned how to deal the few misfortunes that have come his way on the golf course in recent years.

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Clarke resigned to Jiménez showdown for captaincy

Clarke resigned to Jiménez showdown for captaincy

A few weeks ago it appeared that Miguel Ángel Jiménez had all but thrown in the towel and looked more likely to pursue his career goals than press his case for the 2016 Ryder Cup captaincy. But having declared in Abu Dhabi that he now wants the job "with a passion" — a remarkable turnaround for a man who was as non-committal as could be in a season-ending interview with Ten Golf at Christmas — we now have a fascinating popularity contest on our hands.

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McIlroy tracking Kaymer thanks to Abu Dhabi ace

McIlroy tracking Kaymer thanks to Abu Dhabi ace

Even when he's not putting his best, Rory McIlroy finds a way. On Friday in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship he drove the ball brilliantly after an average first round and then made up for some less than deadly putting by notching the first official hole-in-one of his professional career.

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McIlroy wonder-shot sets up blistering back nine

McIlroy wonder-shot sets up blistering back nine

Rory McIlroy might have made a slow start to 2015 but after going out in level par with one birdie and one bogey on his card, the world No 1 was inspired by a back nine wonder-shot as he stormed home in 31 to match pal Rickie Fowler in the  Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

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Your A to Z guide to Irish golf in 2015

Your A to Z guide to Irish golf in 2015

Shane Lowry has his Masters invitation, Rory McIlroy is back bashing balls and our top amateurs are already back at the grindstone or heading for sunny climes. The 2015 season begins on the European Tour in South Africa this week with Peter Lawrie landing his first invitation as he bids to win back his card and Simon Thornton and Kevin Phelan waiting for the nod. It's going to be non-stop from here on so we've compiled a basic A-Z of what Irish golf fans might watch out for this year.

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