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Doyle, McCarthy, Fletcher, Rooney and Culhane the big winners at Faldo Series Ireland Championship

Athlone teenager Sean Doyle took another giant step forward in his career when he shot a second successive 72 to win the Faldo Series Ireland Championship by two strokes at Lough Erne.

Doyle, McCarthy, Fletcher, Rooney and Culhane the big winners at Faldo Series Ireland Championship

Attention — Faldo Series Ireland entries close this Friday; plus big St Patrick's Day bash at Lough Erne

If you're hoping to follow in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy and Stephanie Meadow and make your mark on the Faldo Series it's crucial to enter. And while this year's Faldo Series Ireland Championship at Lough Erne is nearly two months away, entries close this Friday, March 6.

Attention — Faldo Series Ireland entries close this Friday; plus big St Patrick's Day bash at Lough Erne

The art of the concession

Jack Nicklaus concedes Tony Jacklin’s putt in the 1969 Ryder Cup.

To give or not to give a putt, that is the question.

Frankly, the art of the gimme depends on so many factors that you could write a doctoral thesis on the subject. Or a website article, like this one.

Nicklaus on Rory's step back from pressure: "You just don't get it back that fast"

Jack Nickaus spoke about Rory McIlroy at WImbledon yesterday. Nick Faldo puts Rory McIlroy’s recent struggles down to his inabilty to adjust to his new Nike equipment but Jack Nicklaus believes it’s more mental than technical and reckons the Holywood star simply took a step back from the massive pressure and demands that come with becoming a two-time major winner at the age of 23.

Nicklaus on Rory: "I surrounded myself with people that I didn't have to worry about"

Rory McIlroy is suffering on the course. “I’m trying not to let it get to me.” Picture Fran Caffrey/www.golffile.ie.This time it’s definitely more mental than dental. Rory McIlroy is lost on the golf course and almost certainly off it.

Solid gold future for Faldo's Lough Erne champions

Olivia Mehaffey (left) with Lynn McCool, Director of Golf at Lough Erne Resort.As Graeme McDowell prepared to do battle in the RBC Heritage and Mourne’s Reeve Whitson got ready for his European Tour bow in the Spanish Open, Royal County Down’s Olivia Mehaffey claimed overall victory in the  Faldo Series Ireland Championship at Lough Erne.

Faldo on Rory - "A monkey can sell you for tens of millions"

Nick Faldo and Rory McIlroy at a Faldo Series presentationNick Faldo is in his element under the big oak tree at Augusta National.

“He loves all this,” purred the lady who handles his PR. Expensively shod in a pair of $500 Tod’s sneakers, the 55-year old paws the hallowed turf as he contemplates questions about the best known product of his Faldo Junior Series, Rory McIlroy, and the move to Nike he’s dubbed “dangerous” - and unnecessary.

Ireland's golfing 2012 in quotes - Part IV

Sunset at the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage at PGA Catalunya Resort. Rory McIlroy’s Race to Dubai win and his decision to leave Titleist for Nike dominated the end of season chat as Shane Lowry clinched his first win as a professional and David Higgins won back his tour card. Naturally, the scramble for the 2014 European Ryder Cup captaincy was also a hot topic at the close of an epic 2012.

Ireland's golfing 2012 in quotes - Part III

Rory McIlroy’s eight-shot win in the US PGA at Kiawah Island was the highlight of the Irish golfing year. Picture Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieThe Ryder Cup was truly memorable but Rory McIlroy’s eight-shot win in the US PGA at Kiawah Island will go down as the highlight of a wonderful summer that was not without its moments of controversy.

McIlroy comfortable under the microscope

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy during this week’s exhibition match in China. Picture by golffile.ieRory McIlroy is living the dream. He’s world No 1 and a multiple major winner - just what he always wanted. He’s happily entwined in a relationship and will never have to worry about money for the rest of his life. What could possibly go wrong?

Faldo predicts Ryder Cup tie - good news for McGinley?

Jose Maria and Paul McGinley were set to act as Nick Faldo’s vice captains in 2008. McGinley resigned before the matches and Europe lost in Kentucky.Nick Faldo is tipping Europe and the United States of America to play out the first Ryder Cup tie for 23 years.

"Tiger's just a normal, very very good golfer" - Faldo

Rory McIlroy, resplendent in his Golfing Union of Ireland blazer, receiving the Faldo Series under 15 award from Nick Faldo in 2004Rory McIlroy is having fun on the course again - so much fun that not even former world No 1 Tiger Woods is beyond the pale when it comes to cracking a few jokes.

Lester in touch at Faldo Series final

Assaf Cohen of Israel salutes the crowd during the 16th Faldo Series Grand Final at Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland.Hermitage’s Rowan Lester is three strokes behind Assaf Cohen of Israel entering the final round of the Faldo Series Grand Final at Lough Erne Resort in Co Fermanagh.

"The 75 on Friday was very important" - Faldo

Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot at the eighth on Friday. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieNick Faldo hailed Rory McIlroy’s sensational Sunday 66 as “a perfect day.” But the six-time major winner and former McIlroy mentor reckons the Ulsterman’s 75 in Friday’s tough weather was a massive key to what eventually became an eight-stroke victory procession.

Monty concerned for McIlroy as peers rally round

World golf rallied around Rory McIlroy after his Masters meltdown. But major-less Colin Montgomerie reckons the youngster will need massive support from his family, his friends and his backroom team if he is not to be scarred by his Augusta agony for months to come.

Faldo failed as a communicator - Olazábal

Spain’s Jose Maria Olazábal believes Nick Faldo will be remembered as one of the giants of the game. But in answering questions on-line from readers of the Spanish sports daily Marca.com, the 2012 Ryder Cup captain confessed that the six-time major winner had a serious communication problem with his troops at Valhalla in 2008.