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Scotland’s Russell Knox misses out on Ryder Cup place

Russell Knox suffered Ryder Cup disappointment today when he missed out on one of Darren Clarke’s three wild cards for next month’s match at Hazeltine.

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Darren Clarke has a decision to make regarding his Ryder Cup selection. Picture: Getty

Martin Dempster: How will Darren Clarke deal his wild card?

Not since Colin Montgomerie overlooked Paul Casey, a world top-ten player at the time, in favour of 
Italian rookie Edoardo Molinari in 2010 has a Ryder Cup wild-card decision by a European captain come close to the controversy that looks set to be created at lunchtime today by Darren Clarke.

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Bearsden's Ewen Ferguson makes his pro debut on the Challenge Tour in France this week. Picture: Getty Images

Ewen Ferguson turns professional at 20

Former British Boys champion Ewen Ferguson will make his professional debut on the Challenge Tour in France this week after leaving the amateur ranks soon after turning 20.

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Bernhard Langer lifts aloft the Boeing Classic trophy after his win in Seattle. Picture: Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times via AP

8am Round-Up: Another Champions Tour win for Bernhard Langer

Bernhard Langer came from five shots back with nine holes to play to win the Boeing Classic in Seattle.

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Patrick Reed shows his delight after winning the Barclays Championship. Picture: Getty Images

Patrick Reed seals Ryder Cup spot

American Patrick Reed secured his place on the Ryder Cup team with victory in The Barclays as overnight leader Rickie Fowler squandered his chance to do the same at Bethpage Black.

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Thomas Pieters of Belgium poses with the trophy following his victory during the final round of Made in Denmark at Himmerland. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Russell Knox against Pieters in Ryder Cup wild-card battle

Russell Knox now faces extremely stiff competition from Thomas Pieters in the battle for a Ryder Cup wild card after the young Belgian produced a brilliant finish to win the final event in Europe’s year-long qualifying campaign for next month’s match at Hazeltine.

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Graeme McDowell fears he will miss out on a wild-card selection

Graeme McDowell fears his Ryder Cup chance has gone

Graeme McDowell may have played his way out of the picture, but Luke Donald and Thomas Pieters remain rivals to Russell Knox in the battle to join Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood among Darren Clarke’s three wild-card picks for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine next month.

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Ross Drummond opened with a 66 at Hanbury Manor to lead by one. Picture: Getty Images

10am Round-Up: Ross Drummond leads at Hanbury Manor

Ross Drummond takes a one-shot lead into today’s second round of the inaugural Willow Senior Golf Classic with a six under par first round at Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club.

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Russell Knox battled back to make the cut at Bethpage Black. Picture: Getty.

Russell Knox fights back to rescue Ryder Cup chance

Russell Knox dug deep to avoid an untimely missed cut as a potential second route into next month’s Ryder Cup for the Scot was quickly dismissed by Open champion Henrik Stenson, who described his withdrawal from the Barclays Championship as “precautionary”.

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Martin Laird opened with a five-under-par 66 at Bethpage Black in New York. Picture: Getty Images

8am Round-Up: Martin Laird shares lead in The Barclays

Maintaining his welcome return to form, Martin Laird was delighted to negotiate the notorious Bethgate Black without a bogey as he earned a share of the lead in the first round of the Barclays Championship in New York.

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Thomas Pieters of Belgium on the 14th green during the first round of the Made in Denmark tournament. Picture: Getty Images

Thomas Pieters forces himself into Ryder Cup frame

With five rookies already in his team, Darren Clarke would probably be reluctant to add a 24-year-old to that list, but Belgian Thomas Pieters looks determined to put himself in the frame for one of the 
European captain’s three Ryder Cup wild cards.

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Playing with captain Darren Clarke, Thomas Pieters carded 10 birdies in the opening round of the Made in Denmark. Picture: Getty Images

Ryder Cup contender Thomas Pieters opens with 62 in Denmark

Thomas Pieters, one of Russell Knox’s rivals for a Ryder Cup wild card, produced an eye-catching performance this morning in front of European captain Darren Clarke.

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Jack McDonald, pictured with his manager Chubby Chandler, hasn't played for three months due to a wrist injury

9am Round-Up: Jack McDonald returns from injury lay-off with 66

Former Walker Cup player Jack McDonald marked his return from an injury lay-off in style by carding a 66 in the opening round of the PGA EuroPro Tour’s FORE Business Championship at The Oxfordshire.

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Russell Knox sits fourth in the FedEx Cup Play-Offs heading into the Barclays Championship in New York. Picture: Getty Images

Russell Knox in great shape to deliver in FedEx Cup Play-Offs

The performance Russell Knox delivers at the start of the FedEx Cup Play-Offs may help secure a Ryder Cup red-letter day, but the Scot’s season will surely be defined by his position at the end of the PGA Tour’s four-event series rather than whether or not he earns one of Darren Clarke’s wild cards.

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Paul O’Hara wins Scottish Young Pros by eight shots

Paul O’Hara wins Scottish Young Pros by eight shots

Paul O’Hara underlined his status as the growing force on the Tartan Tour by storming to an eight-shot success in claiming the Scottish Young Professionals Championship for the third time in four years at West Lothian.

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Russell Knox is currently next in line after the nine Europeans who have qualified automatically. Picture: Getty

Martin Dempster: Russell Knox should be wary of late twist

If the bookmakers have got it right, then only one of the three wild cards on offer in Europe’s team for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine next month has still to be decided in the final week of a year-long qualifying race.

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Scottish golfer Stephen McAllister helps launch the new health drive. Picture: Lenny Warren

Scots golfers warned of increased skin cancer risk

Golfers in Scotland are being warned of their increased risk of skin cancer in a major new health drive.

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Gold medal winner Justin Rose is the perfect ambassador for Olympics golf. Picture: Getty.

Martin Dempster: Rio thriller converted me to Olympic golf

So, it appears I was one of those who had his head buried deep in Copa­cabana Beach all along about golf’s long-awaited return to the Olympics in Rio.

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Paul Eales poses with the trophy after winning the Scottish Senior Open at Archerfield. Picture: Phil Inglis/Getty Images

Scottish Senior Open champion Paul Eales on winning wavelength

Paul Eales slipped in at the death, holing a 10-foot birdie putt at the last, to clinch a first European Senior Tour title with victory in East Lothian, while it became Czech mate in the Ryder Cup qualifying race as another Englishman, Matt Fitzpatrick, secured the last of nine automatic spots.

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England's Paul Eales tees off at the first in the final round at Archerfield Links. Picture: Phil Inglis/Getty Images

Paul Eales slips in at the death to win Scottish Senior Open

Paul Eales came from seven shots behind heading into the final round to record his European Senior Tour breakthrough with a dramatic one-shot victory in the £250,000 Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open at Archerfield Links.

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