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148th Open Royal Portrush

McDowell’s disappointment nothing compared to McIlroy’s misery

A crushing opening 79 for tournament favourite, Rory McIlroy has all but ended his chances before they ever got off the ground

Classy Clarke lauds praise on playing partner Sugrue

Darren Clarke was full of praise for amateur partner, James Sugrue while the veteran was plenty happy with his own efforts on day one at Portrush

Lowry happily detected beneath the radar at Royal Portrush

Shane Lowry has well and truly been detected at Royal Portrush leading the Irish charge on day one of The Open Championship at Portrush

Nerves don’t show as smiling Sugrue opens with superb 71

James Sugrue admitted "it was definitely the most nervous I've ever been on the golf course" post-round at Royal Portrush but to those watching on, the Mallow man looked like he belonged

Lowry better than ever but content under the radar

Shane Lowry’s Open record may fall short of some peoples' expectations but he believes he’s in a much better place this week to challenge than ever before

Portrush stage set for The Open of a lifetime

This week might just prove to be one of the most significant weeks in the history of sport in Ireland. Roddy Carr explains why on the eve of its official start

Grizzled veteran Clarke and rising star Sugrue share top billing 

“Will there be tears? No," said Clarke. "I’ll just be very proud that we have it back here in Northern Ireland. It’s going to be an amazing tournament”

McIlroy keen to ‘look around and smell the roses’

Rory McIlroy epitomised calm as he batted questions away in his pre-tournament press conference with a smoothness that suggests he could be onto something this week

McDowell’s 18-hole guide to playing Royal Portrush

One of the home favourites, Graeme McDowell is more qualified than most to assess the challenge Portrush poses this week. Here's his take on all 18 holes

No plans for Portmarnock to make jump to Open rota

R&A Chief, Martin Slumbers all but ruled out Portmarnock graduating to the Open rota but there was more great news for Royal Portrush
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