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Northern Irishman pleased to put frustrating year behind him


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An age when sportsmen thought for themselves

A VIEW shared by many after the dizzy climax to last week's Open Championship at Carnoustie was that the claret jug slipped from Jean Van de Velde's grasp because of a breakdown in communication with his caddie.

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Golf: Open 99: Hard cases can crack Carnoustie

SOMETHING ON which a number of notable past golfers are in agreement is that good fortune will be less crucial to the outcome of the 128th Open Championship than dogged application.

The Brian Viner Interview: Gary Player - Player makes no concession to age

The Open: 1968 Carnoustie champion still seeks majors at 63 while Royal Birkdale hero needs to advance in the ranks

Golf: Failure the spur for Watson

A champion who hated links found a key to success of child-like simplicity. By Guy Hodgson at Carnoustie

Golf: Champion of the unknown

THE RECEIVED wisdom is that any professional golfer worth his appearance money has to have a major championship under his belt. It is all very well for Colin Montgomerie to dominate Europe, but until he wins a big one his place in the pantheon is not assured.

Golf: Faldo at the wrong end of two extremes

IT IS a mark of a player that he is the centre of attention when he is not even present at a tournament. When that player is 19 years old, Spanish and has been a professional for less than two months, it is nothing short of remarkable. Sergio Garcia is the man and news of his first-round 67 at the Memorial Tournament in America had reached Colin Montgomerie by the time the Scot had completed 36 holes in the Compass English Open.

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A Golfer's Life

Obituary: Gene Sarazen

GENE SARAZEN's place in the hall of fame was assured by his achievement in becoming the first player to win the four major professional championships in golf, the Masters, the US Open, the Open and the US PGA. In a most exclusive club, he was subsequently joined by only three others: Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.

Golf: Carnoustie is up to scratch

THE BRAND, spanking new 85-bedroom luxury Carnoustie Golf Hotel, opened only last week, was not the only incongruous sight in an otherwise small, bleak town on the east coast of Scotland. There was also the yellow Bentley parked by the main entrance with the number plate "Mike J".

Golf: Olazabal and Norman lead superb finale

The Masters: Elite fill leaderboard as friends who supported each other through injury problems go out in last pair

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