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McDowell checks out early at the Ritz

Graeme McDowell made another early exit from the WGC-Accenture Match Play on Wednesday. Picture: Fran Caffrey www.golffile.ieGraeme McDowell hopes the WGC-Accenture Match Play leaves Dove Mountain next term after crashing out to YE Yang for the second year running.

McIlroy the merciless

Rory McIlroy has no intention of playing defensively this weekend. Credit: www.golfffile.ieNo mercy.

That was the stark message from Rory McIlroy to the rest of the field after his smashed multiple records en route to a second round 66 and a sensational, six-shot lead over YE Yang at the halfway stage of the US Open.

The Holywood star, 22, played even better than Tiger Woods in his pomp as he became the first player ever to reach 13 under par in America’s national Open.

Now he plans to push on and smash the field into submission with a weekend McAttack. And not even a double bogey six at the last that ended an incredible 35-hole bogey free run could sway his focus as he topped the leaderboard on 11 under par to set a new 36-hole low of 131.

Ring rusty McDowell falls to Yang in Tucson

Picture by Eoin Clarke - golffile.ieGraeme McDowell’s ring rustiness following a four-week break caught up with him when he was beaten 3 and 2 by Korea’s YE Yang in the third round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club outside Tucson.

Harrington seeks Lady Luck after crazy eights

Padraig Harrington will need Lady Luck on his side when he tees it up in this week’s FedEx Cup playoffs in New York.

After crazy eights smashed his hopes winning the Bridgestone Invitational and the US PGA two weeks on the spin, the Dubliner needs a change of fortune if he is to make a mint in the $7.5m Barclays.

Just for now, he’ll have to settle for Lady Liberty as he takes on Tiger Woods under the gaze of the most