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McIlroy surges into Players contention

Players Championship second-round leaderboard -14 J Day (Aus) (after 14 holes); -11 S Lowry (Ire); -10 J Blixt (Swe), A Cejka (Ger), C Tringale (US) Selected others -9 R Knox (Sco); -8 R McIlroy (NI); -6 A Scott (Aus); -5 J Rose (Eng); -4 P Casey (Eng), I Poulter (Eng); -2 G McDowell (NI); -1 R Fowler (US), D Willett ...

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Leishman pulls out of Rio over Zika

Media playback is not supported on this device Australian golfer Marc Leishman has pulled out of the Olympic Games in Rio over concerns about the Zika virus. The mosquito-borne virus, centred in north-east Brazil, has been declared a global public health emergency as it spreads through South America. It is being linked with thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped ...

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Scot Matthew fades at Swinging Skirts

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic final leaderboard -9 H Nomura (Jpn); -5 L Pace (RSA); -4 G Piller (US), N-Y Choi (Kor); -2 S-Y Ryu (Kor); Selected others +1 C Matthew (Sco); +5 J Ewart Shadoff (Eng) Scotland’s Catriona Matthew carded a final-round 78 to slip out of contention at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco. The 46-year-old finished ...

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McIlroy chooses French Open over WGC

Rory McIlroy will miss the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this summer after choosing instead to play in the 100th French Open at Le Golf National. The two tournaments clash as a result of the PGA Tour’s 2016 calendar being re-worked to accommodate the Olympics. As a result of the scheduling conflict the European Tour refused to sanction the WGC event, which 26-year-old ...

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Woods registers to play at US Open

Tiger Woods has formally registered to play in the US Open, suggesting he is close to a return to competitive golf. The 14-time major championship winner has had three operations to fix back problems and last played a tournament in August 2015. His exempt status means he is free to play if he wishes, but his registration is no guarantee ...

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Male-only Troon 'should not host Open'

Royal Troon should not be hosting The Open golf championship while still not accepting women as members, according to the founder of a body aimed at promoting equality in sport. The Ayrshire club is staging the 145th Open this July. It announced last year that it was carrying out a review into its all-male membership policy. Maureen McGonigle of the ...

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Schwartzel is latest to skip Olympics

Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is the latest high-profile player to opt out of the Rio Olympics. The South African’s decision comes a week after compatriot Louis Oosthuizen withdrew, while two other Masters champions, Fiji’s Vijay Singh and Adam Scott of Australia, will also not play. “We had a great team but now obviously it will not be as good,” ...

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Apathy could cost golf its golden opportunity

Adam Scott is a thoughtful, polite and engaging golfer. So is Louis Oosthuizen. Like Scott, he is a major winner and an example of the athleticism that has become so prevalent in the modern game. Pick players to provide role models for how to swing a club and the elegant Aussie and the powerful South African would be at the ...

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Woods plays first holes since August

Tiger Woods played his first stretch of holes since last August at the opening of a course he helped design. The former world number one hit a ceremonial tee shot then played a few holes with his friend Mark O’Meara at Bluejack National in Texas. The 40-year-old had two back operations last autumn but has registered for the US Open ...

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Donald two shots off lead in Texas Open

Valero Texas Open third round -11 R Barnes (US); -10 B Steele (US; -9 L Donald (Eng), C Hoffman (US); -8 P Reed (US); -7 B Horschel (US), C Collins (US), P Harrington (Ire), M Piller (US), J Curran (US), N Taylor (Can); Selected others-2 Z Johnson (US); -1 G Owen (Eng) England’s Luke Donald trails leader Ricky Barnes by ...

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