Kevin Garside

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A smiley Rory Mcilroy during practice

World Cup factor led Rory McIlroy to pick Ireland for the 2016 Rio Olympics

The world No 6 represented the Republic as an amateur

Martin Kaymer holds the trophy after his US Open triumph

Martin Kaymer win US Open 2014: German golfer eases through lap of honour to claim second major crown

German adds US Open title to US PGA honours after rebuilding game following tumble down the rankings

Martin Kaymer setting the pace

US Open 2014: Martin Kaymer in the driving seat, but Justin Rose could still retain crown

Last year's winner knows he needs 'a special round of golf' to catch German

From left to right: Shane Lowry, of Ireland, Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge and Kevin Stadler, of the United States

US Open 2014: De Jonge’s 70 cuts insulting pairings pick down to size

How does one put this without causing offence? Here goes. Brendon de Jonge shoved the brazen insults of the US Open pairings committee where the sun don’t shine with a second-round 70 that kept him in the bunch behind leader Martin Kaymer.

US Open 2014: A second 65 puts ‘awesome’ Kaymer in a class of his own

Take that, and that, and that - the soundtrack of the morning at Pinehurst as Martin Kaymer continued to take lumps out of the US Open field. A second successive 65, unprecedented in this tournament, maintained the slaughter of his opening round.

 

Graeme McDowell hits his tee shot on the 13th at Pinehurst yesterday

US Open 2014: Graeme McDowell makes most of nurdler's paradise

Ulsterman stirs memories of 2010 as compatriot McIlroy sees impressive hitting go unrewarded
There was never a dull moment with Ilie Nastase on court in his Seventies heyday

The Way I See It: Why does England favour the honest toiler over the maverick? When will the spirit of Nastase infect the selectors of our national teams?

I have wasted years watching England ignore the dissenter in favour of the Stakhanovite

Matt Fitzpatrick, US Amateur champion, will turn pro after this week’s US Open at Pinehurst

US Open 2014: Matt Fitzpatrick - ‘They thought that I was just some kid fetching practice balls for Tiger’

British teenager is ready to mix it with the big boys at this week’s US Open

In the swing: Phil Mickelson appears in better form at the St Jude Classic as he builds up for the US Open

US Open 2014: Phil Mickelson looks back on track despite distractions

After his brush with the FBI, the American is focused on claiming the only major he has yet to win
Justin Rose paid tribute to his late father Ken after winning the US Open last year

Justin Rose: Brit has his eye on a major collection

US Open champion admits he struggled to refocus after his victory at Merion – proof of which came when he missed The Open cut last summer. Now, as he prepares for Pinehurst next week, he tells Kevin Garside he feels motivated again and ready to claim more honours
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Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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