Lowry blooms in the desert

Lowry blooms in the desert

Shane Lowry had mixed feelings after firing a six under 65 to grab an early share of the lead on his debut in the frost-delayed Waste Management Phoenix Open but if he had to choose one overriding feeling, happiness probably outweighed any feelings of frustration.

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Green planet — Irish golf taking on the world

Green planet — Irish golf taking on the world

Irish golf  might be struggling somewhat to ease  players onto the main tours, but when we have the world No 2 heading a five-strong posse in Dubai, a multiple major champion and a WGC winner accompanying a stellar rookie in the US, a Walker Cup winner making his pro debut in Australia and a pair of ambitious Munster men doing their thing from Myanmar to Colombia, it’s clearly not all that bad.

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Dunne begins PGA Tour odyssey — earns $125,000 on PGA Tour debut, awarded Phoenix exemption

Dunne begins PGA Tour odyssey — earns $125,000 on PGA Tour debut, awarded Phoenix exemption

Paul Dunne birdied the 18th in the Farmers Insurance Open to miss out on a Top 10 finish and an automatic start in this week’s Waste Management Open. He need not have worried — the organisers of the huge party that doubles as the sellout event at TPC Scottsdale in Phoenix immediately handed him a Sponsor Exemption and another chance to edge towards the Holy Grail of PGA Tour membership.

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“People want to see Rory v Jordan on their A game but the chances of that happening in the same week are so slim”

“People want to see Rory v Jordan on their A game but the chances of that happening in the same week are so slim”

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth will be paired together for the first two rounds of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in what many are hoping will be the first half of a 72-hole duel in the desert for the some pre-Masters bragging rights.

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