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8am Round-Up: Jordan Spieth leads Travelers Championship after 63

Jordan Spieth fired the lowest opening-round score of his career to set a hot pace in the Travelers Championship as defending champion Russell Knox made a steady start.

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Catriona Matthew is looking forward to playing in the Ladies Scottish Open at Gullane. Picture: Darren Carroll/Getty Images

Catriona Matthew ‘proud’ to see Scottish Opens at Gullane

Having been among the first to greet the news, Catriona Matthew is looking forward to welcoming her fellow LPGA players to East Lothian next summer when Gullane stages its Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open double-header.

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Paul Lawrie made his admission during a light-hearted interview ahead of this year's Open Championship. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Paul Lawrie claims he saw a ghost in his Aberdeen house

Former Open champion Paul Lawrie is convinced his house is haunted.

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Kirkhill's Craig Ross was one of the Scottish casualties in the second round of the Amateur Championship at Royal St George's. Picture: Getty Images

8am Round-Up: Three Scots still in Amateur in Kent

Only three of the eight Scots to qualify are still standing in the Amateur Championship after English players won five matches between the Auld Enemies at Royal St George’s.

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Rickie Fowler with the Scottish Open trophy after his 2015 triumph. Picture: Jane Barlow

Exclusive: Gullane to stage 2018 Scottish Opens

Gullane is set to stage both the men’s and women’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open next year, replicating the ground-breaking double-header being staged at Dundonald Links this summer.

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Russell Knox throws his cap in celebration on the 18th green after winning last year's Travelers Championship. Picture: Michael Cohen/Getty Images

Russell Knox relishing Travelers Championship title defence

It was one of the most memorable celebrations we’ve seen for some time. After rolling in a 12-foot putt on the final green to win the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour last season, Russell Knox instinctively reached for his cap and tossed it away.

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Phil Mickelson and Jim 'Bones' Mackay had worked together for 25 years, amassing more than 40 worldwide wins. Picture: Getty Images

8am Round-Up: Phil Mickelson and ‘Bones’ Mackay part ways

Phil Mickelson and Jim “Bones” Mackay have parted way after 25 years - the longest golfer and caddy relationship in golf.

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Robert MacIntyre, last year's beaten finalist, scraped through on the qualifying mark in Kent. Picture: Getty Images

Eight Scots qualify in Amateur Championship in Kent

Robert MacIntyre, last year’s beaten finalist, heaved a sigh of relief as he was among five Scots in the Walker Cup squad and eight in total to make the match-play phase in the Amateur Championship at Royal St George’s.

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Greg Norman has welcomed moves to introduce more stringent drug testing on the PGA Tour. Picture: Andrew Stuart

Blood testing for golf: about bloody time says Greg Norman

Former world No 1 Greg Norman has welcomed the PGA Tour introducing blood testing next season as part of its anti-doping policy, saying “it is about bloody time” the step was taken.

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Tiger Woods is battling back pain and sleep deprivation. Picture: Brian Spurlock

8am Round-Up: Tiger Woods gets ‘professional help’

Tiger Woods has revealed he is receiving “professional help” to manage his medications as he battles with both back pain and a sleep disorder.

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Blane Dodds, chief executive of Scottish Golf, which faces  a cut in funding from the National Lottery and the Scottish Government in his first year at the helm. Picture: Contributed

Martin Dempster: Funding blow can renew hunger in Scottish golf

So, Scottish Golf has been hit with a serious blow after sportscotland slashed its investment in the governing body by more than a third for 2017-18.
According to a report, which hasn’t been denied, that source of funding has been reduced from £1,025,000 in 2016-17 to just £665,000. That is quite a headache for Blane Dodds in his first full year at the Scottish Golf helm, but it has come as no surprise.

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Brooks Koepka celebrates on the 18th green after clinching the US Open at Erin Hills.

Brooks Koepka: From Aviemore winner to US Open champion

Brooks Koepka – remember the name because he’s a star in the making in world golf. The opening few words in a story published in The Scotsman on 24 June 2013 after the American had won the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore. Fast forward four years and that prediction has been well and truly vindicated. Koepka, after all, is the new US Open champion.

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Brooks Koepka holds a loft the US Open Trophy after his victory at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. Picture: Getty Images

8am Round-Up: Brooks Koepka wins US Open by four shots

Brooks Koepka is the new US Open champion - just under four years after the American had been tipped for stardom when winning the Scottish Challenge in Aviemore.

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Patrick Reed lines up a putt on the 17th green.  Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Patrick Reed sparkles with 65 in US Open third round

American Ryder Cup player Patrick Reed set the early clubhouse target as the third round of the 117th US Open turned into a shootout at a rain-softened Erin Hills.

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Paul Casey hits from the fifth tee during the second round of the US Open at Erin Hills. Picture: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Paul Casey stays in US Open hunt as Rory McIlroy misses cut

Paul Casey produced a brilliant fightback to remain in contention for a first major title as former champion Rory McIlroy missed the cut in the US Open for the second year running.

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Paul O'Hara holds the trophy aloft after his victory in the PGA's flagship event.

Paul O’Hara lands £10,000 for PGA Pros win

On-form Paul O’Hara recovered from a shaky start in the final round to overhaul compatriot Christopher Currie and claim the £10,000 top prize in the Titleist and Footjoy PGA Professional Championship at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland.

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Pro-Am competitors Gary McGlinchey, Jordan Massey and Robin Doodson. Picture: Supplied

From the desert to the Highlands for golf pro-am

A GROUP of golfers is swapping desert conditions in the Persian Gulf for the links experience on the Moray Firth to compete in a prestigious Pro-Am tournament over three of Scotland’s finest courses.

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Rory McIlroy struggled ro find the fairway in his opening round at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. Picture: Getty Images

8am Round-Up: Rory McIlroy in danger of missing US Open cut

World No 2 Rory McIlroy and third-ranked Jason Day are both in danger of missing the cut in the 117th US Open after suffering nightmare starts to the season’s second major at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

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Rickie Fowler lines up a putt on the ninth green as he played his way to the top of the leaderboard with a flawless 65. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty

Rickie Fowler off to a flier as he equals US Open record

Rickie Fowler made light of the longest course in major championship history to produce a record-equalling start to the US Open.

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Caldwell's Christopher Currie shares the lead heading into the final round of the PGA Pros Championship in Ireland. Picture: Getty Images

Michael Stewart back to his best in EuroPro Tour event

Michael Stewart rounded off one of his best performances in the paid ranks by finishing joint-second on the PGA EuroPro Tour’s Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters in Montrose.

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