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Costantino Rocca bids to recreate his famous Old Course putt

I doubt that anything will ever beat sitting in the stands at St Andrews as a 19-year-old watching Seve Ballesteros hole his putt to win the 1984 Open Championship, then producing one of the most joyous celebrations ever witnessed in sport.

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Shannon McWilliam is in the mix for Curtis Cup selection. Picture: Ian Walton/Getty

Shannon McWilliam, Connie Jaffrey and Chloe Goadby chase Curtis Cup

It was thought that Scotland’s leading female amateurs could be the main beneficiaries of Scottish Golf becoming a unified body and that certainly seems to be true.

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Donald Trump’s Turnberry wins top Scottish hotel award

Trump Turnberry has been named as Scottish Hotel of the Year amid acclamations from the judges that appear to endorse the US president’s greatest boasts about his Ayrshire golf resort.

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Alexander Levy of France and Jenny Haglund of Sweden with their winners' prize. Picture: Getty.

Alex Levy boosts Ryder Cup hopes with Morocco win

France’s Alexander Levy boosted his chances of qualifying for a Ryder Cup debut on home soil by claiming his 
fifth European Tour title at the Hassan Trophy in Morocco.

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Stoke-by-Nayland's Lily May Humphreys poses with the Helen Holm Trophy in front of the Royal Troon clubhouse. Picture: Derek McCabe

Lily May Humphreys wins Helen Holm Trophy

England’s Lily May Humphreys dashed home hopes at the Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Championship at Royal Troon, securing another notable title at Royal Troon.

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Bradley Dredge of Wales lines up a putt on the ninth green during the first round of the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Michael Hoey’s wife saves day by delivering clubs to Morocco

Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey had his wife’s dedication to thank for posting an opening 69 in the Hassan Trophy in Morocco.

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Sergio Garcia endured a miserable first round at the Masters.  Picture: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Sergio Garcia: Nightmare 13 at Augusta won’t define my season

Sergio Garcia has vowed that his Masters nightmare will not ruin the rest of the season as he returns to action in the Valero Texas Open.

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World No 4 Jon Rahm celebrates winning on home soil in Spain with his girlfriend, Kelley Cahill. Picture: Getty.

Jon Rahm reigns in Spain after the ‘hardest Sunday of life’

Jon Rahm is making a nice habit of pulling off remarkable feats. His latest one, delighting the home crowds by winning the Open de España, was arguably his best yet, given that he had arrived in Madrid with little left in the tank after finishing fourth behind Patrick Reed in the Masters.

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Winner Kieran Cantley with Craigmillar Park captain John Hall

Kieran Cantley wins Simpson & Marwick Craigmillar Park Open

Liberton’s Kieran Cantley recorded his second win in eight days as he came from two shots behind heading into the final round to claim victory in the Simpson & Marwick Craigmillar Park Open.

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Paul Dunne is on course for his second European title. Picture: Getty.

Paul Dunne stays on course for victory in Spanish Open

Ireland’s Paul Dunne carded a four-under-par 68 to lead the field by one shot ahead of the final round of the Open de Espana.

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England's Anthony Wall, left, jokes with playing partner Marc Warren at the Open de Espana. Picture: Getty

Marc Warren stays in mix in Madrid

Marc Warren finished strongly for the second day running as on-form Irishman Paul Dunne carved out a healthy lead at the halfway stage in the Open de Espana in Madrid.

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Scotland's Connor Syme during the first round of the Open de Espana in Madrid. Picture: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Marc Warren finishes with three birdies for share of lead in Spain

Marc Warren finished with three birdies in a row to share the lead with Irishman Paul Dunne after the opening round of the Open de Espana in Madrid, writes Martin Dempster.

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European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

European Tour chief warns LET: Offer of help won’t last forever

An offer from the European Tour, LPGA and R&A to help the struggling Ladies European Tour (LET) is still on the table despite being rejected but will not be there “forever”, according to Keith Pelley.

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Jon Rahm during his final round at The Masters. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Jon Rahm targets home victory to atone for Masters mishap

Jon Rahm will attempt to put his Masters disappointment behind him by completing his collection of national titles in the Open de Espana.

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Patrick Reed, right, laughs with Sergio Garcia after being presented with the green jacket in honour of winning the 2018 Masters at Augusta.  Picture: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

When the going gets tough, Masters winner Patrick Reed gets going

They laughed when he said four years ago that he could be a “top five player in the world”. That’s still to happen, but no-one is laughing at Patrick Reed now. The 27-year-old Texan is a deserved Masters champion after confirming what anyone who watched the last two Ryder Cups already knew, namely that he is as tough as nails.

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Rory McIlroy during his final round at Augusta. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

David Duval says pressure got to Rory McIlroy but backs him for career slam

David Duval, the 2001 Open champion, hit the nail on the head when it came to summing up Rory McIlroy failing at the fourth attempt to complete that career Grand Slam.

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Tiger Woods finished strongly in the Masters yesterday. Picture: Getty.

Tiger Woods saves his best for last at the Masters

He saved his best for last. His last-round 69 included an eagle at the 15th that sent a huge roar around Augusta National. That happened just as the leaders were heading out. Tiger Woods has work to do be back in that position in a major championship. This, though, was probably the most both he and those foolishly lulled into thinking he could be a contender at such an early stage in his comeback could have expected.

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New Masters champion Patrick Reed receives his Green Jacket from 2017 winner Sergio Garcia. Picture: Getty Images

Masters gets deserved but unpopular winner in Patrick Reed

It wasn’t quite Stewart Cink denying Tom Watson a sixth Claret Jug at the age of 60 Turnberry.

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Rory McIlroy celebrates after closing with a birdie in a bogey-free 65 in the third round of the 82nd Masters. Picture: Getty Images

Rory McIlroy out to ‘spoil the party’ for Patrick Reed in Sunday showdown at Masters

Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy fought out an epic singles battle in the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, where the American prevailed on the last green.

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Tiger Woods hits a drive on the eighth hole during the third round of the Masters. Picture: David J. Phillip/AP

‘Scratchy’ Tiger Woods left to rue par-5 problems

He’ll be back in the world’s top 100 tomorrow, having ended last year in 656th spot. That in itself is a sign of how well Tiger Woods has played since he returned to golf pain-free after his back trouble in recent years. He’s still got work to do, though, before he can be regarded as a genuine contender once more in majors.

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