Only McIlroy can match Lowry's desert cool

Only McIlroy can match Lowry's desert cool

Shane Lowry may not be able to lift 275lb weights as world number one Rory McIlroy did in a gym session in Dubai earlier this week but the affable Offaly man shrugged a huge burden off his broad shoulders when he opened with a superb six under 66 in the $8 million DP World Tour Championship.

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McIlroy and McDowell forever seeking small gains

McIlroy and McDowell forever seeking small gains

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell are poles apart when it comes to the way the play the game but the Irish pair will be looking for the same result in the final examination of the European Tour season - a victory to underline their already solid belief that they are improving all the time.

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Never mind Jack, Stenson sees Woods' 14 majors as McIlroy's big challenge

Never mind Jack, Stenson sees Woods' 14 majors as McIlroy's big challenge

Henrik Stenson regards Tiger Woods as the greatest player of all time. But with 17 worldwide wins, including four majors, in his seven years as a professional, the Swede is as curious as the rest of us to see if Rory McIlroy can overhaul Woods' haul 14 majors and challenge Jack Nicklaus' 18.

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Rory v Rickie: "Hopefully, it’ll stimulate more interest from sponsors in the Irish Open"

Rory v Rickie: "Hopefully, it’ll stimulate more interest from sponsors in the Irish Open"

The European Tour is keeping its fingers crossed that the drawing power of Rory McIlroy and world No 9 Rickie Fowler — with the promise of more big names to come — will boost the chances of ending the long wait for a title sponsor for the Irish Open.

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