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Big Phil stands between Paul Casey and a shot at The Open

Paul Casey's chances of extending his proud run of playing in the last 12 Open Championships will be on a knife edge at Castle Stuart today. Just one 11th-hour ticket to play in the year's third major, which starts at Muirfield on Thursday, is available to the field at this weekend's Scottish Open.

Ernie Els invests in some quality Scottish time before Open

Ernie Els' Open Championship defence begins today at Castle Stuart, in preparation at least. Els was a late entrant at the Scottish Open, an event he added to sharpen the tools ahead of the world's oldest major at Muirfield next week. The tournament stands alone as one worth winning, but appears caught between two schools: those that like or need to play the week before a major and those that prefer to prepare out of the public eye.

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Ian Poulter plays himself into Ryder Cup reckoning

The Ryder Cup battle lines are being drawn. The qualification period for the United States is over. Europe's closes in a fortnight at the Johnny Walker Championship at Gleneagles. Ian Poulter's timely assault of the PGA leader board propelled him into the 10th automatic qualification spot.