Kevin Garside

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Ashley Chesters’ two-under 70 left him trailing only Rory McIlroy as best from the UK

The Open 2014: Amateur Ashley Chesters keeps the British flag flying

Ashley Chesters, a 24-year-old amateur from Shropshire, took up the UK challenge after Rory McIlroy, eclipsing a cluster of players with far bigger reputations.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves to the gallery during the first round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 17, 2014 in Hoylake, England.

The Open 2014 leaderboard: Rory McIlroy wary of another Friday meltdown after masterly display

McIlroy holds a one-shot lead after day one

Tiger Woods speaks to the media prior to the start of The Open

The Open 2014: Tiger Woods' faith in victory defies belief

Hoylake stirs touching memories for Woods but even the relief of being fully fit cannot explain his conviction that he will end  his major drought after little practice, writes Kevin Garside

Defending Open champion Phil Mickelson has had a difficult year since his win at Muirfield

Jug is still half full for Phil Mickelson despite year to forget

Mickelson speaks of his pride at parading the Claret Jug around family, friends and commercial partners

Luke Donald says he is about ‘90 per cent of the way there’ with his new swing

Luke Donald sure he’s taken big swing towards Open title

After watching Rose win the US Open, former world No 1 felt he’d have to make alterations to his action if he was to claim that elusive title. He tells Kevin Garside he’s happy with how it is all coming along

Erik Compton hits a shot during a practice round for The Open which starts at Royal Liverpool on Thursday

Erik Compton the medical miracle is on his third major... and third heart

American with rare condition finished second in US Open and now has his sights set on Hoylake

Ian Thorpe’s revealing interview with Michael Parkinson was broadcast in Australia yesterday

Kevin Garside: The pity about Ian Thorpe’s announcement is that a great swimmer should have to declare his sexuality at all

Thorpe is not addressing the developed mind, but age-old prejudices that are still with us

McIlroy's opening round at Royal Aberdeen this week demonstrated his potency

Scottish Open 2014: Rory McIlroy needs a cure for his Black Friday blues

But a Saturday 68 leaves him seven behind Justin Rose

Box seat: Lee Westwood says he is feeling refreshed and raring to go after taking a break ahead of this year’s Open at Hoylake, which starts on Thursday

The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

Briton who nearly broke his duck at the last Open tells Kevin Garside he is ready for another go

The Open 2014: Tiger Woods TV channel may lose its major star

Everyone wants to follow Tiger, so ESPN will track his every move at the tournament. But he has played so little golf since his back surgery that few give him any chance

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