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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Deadly Dunne in the mix after birdie-eagle finish; Lowry hanging tough

Deadly Dunne in the mix after birdie-eagle finish; Lowry hanging tough

Paul Dunne was wobbling a little and teetering on the cut mark with two holes to go. But the 23-year old Greystones man showed once more than he is a very special talent when he finished birdie-eagle to move to the fringes of contention for the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines

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