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Tom Watson outguns all the Irish bar Simon Thornton

Simon Thornton could reflect on his best European Tour finish in more than a year and a cheque for €18,180. But there was little else positive for the Irish to take from the KLM Open.

Tom Watson outguns all the Irish bar Simon Thornton

Round-up: Harrington teeters on the brink; Irish fall back in Czech Republic

PGA Tour — Pádraig Harrington is facing an early exit from the FedEx Cup playoffs after Saturday’s third round results had him projected to fall to 101st and miss out on the Top 100 who qualify for Boston by just four points.

Round-up: Harrington teeters on the brink; Irish fall back in Czech Republic

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.

McIlroy tracking Kaymer thanks to Abu Dhabi ace

Hurley flies the flag as Euro stars massacre the Montgomerie

Gary Hurley was delighted with his opening 68 at the Montgomerie Course. Picture: Pat CashmanWest Waterford’s Gary Hurley resisted the Montgomerie Course fear factor to save Ireland’s blushes on the opening day of the European Individual Amateur Championship at a sun-kissed Carton House.

The cream of European amateur golf showed the bunker-strewn, 7,300 yard “inland links” zero respect and while Sweden’s Daniel Jennevret took command with a sparking course record-equalling 64, Hurley and his Munster team mate Geoff Lenehan were the only members of the 17-strong home challenge to break par.