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Slick City move to summit after thrashing Spurs

McIlroy feels course will suit him to a tee at his favourite major

When Rory McIlroy set out on his life-changing season in January, he did not see his best chance coming at Congressional, the scene of his stunning US Open triumph. Back then, when he was a mere future superstar, he dreamed of the USPGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

McIlroy: 'I've had security at my house every night since the US Open'

Rory McIlroy appeared on an American breakfast show yesterday to confirm to an ecstatic audience that he would be taking up his US Tour membership next year and will be buying property in the States.

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It's not often that "eagerly awaited" and "Community Shield" get to share the same sentence but today is an exception.

Luke Donald rockets up the leaderboard

World No 1 finds putting touch in day's-best 64 to lie three behind Scott

James Lawton: Rooney's rededication to the pursuit of glory sets admirable standard for the new season

It may well be that not all the mockery that greeted Wayne Rooney's declaration that he aspires to the levels achieved by Lionel Messi will have subsided by the time he appears at Wembley tomorrow afternoon.

Woods switches on the power to light up return

First competitive round since April produces a 68 while Westwood has best day on greens in two years

Restless McIlroy ready to relocate to the States

The British weather's got a lot to answer for. Rory McIlroy revealed here yesterday he is about to resume membership of the PGA Tour and will move to America. It seems Europe is about to lose its shining star and Belfast its favourite son.

Westwood turns to psychologist in attempt to break major duck

Enough is enough for Lee Westwood. After more than a decade of resisting the urge and bucking the trend of the overwhelming majority of his rivals, the world No 2 is finally seeing a sports psychologist. And the fact he has already had a session with Bob Rotella, the celebrated mind doctor who inspired Darren Clarke to glory at the Open three weeks ago, will not be lost on many.

Dyson delighted to clean up in Ireland

England's Simon Dyson completed a month to remember by winning the Irish Open in Killarney yesterday. The 33-year-old from York took the first prize of over £221,000, a fortnight after finishing ninth in The Open – an event he went into as fifth reserve less than a week before it started.

Howell and caddie join up to upstage mediocre McIlroy

Ulsterman's double-bogey start sets tone for frustrating day as bagman dispute rumbles on

McIlroy and McDowell left to fly Irish flag after Clarke misses cut

There will be no Darren Clarke or Padraig Harrington for the huge crowds to cheer on in the final two rounds of the Irish Open here, but Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell plan to fill the void.

Woods to return at his favourite Firestone course

Which tiger Woods will we see in Akron next week? That was the question swirling in the air in Killarney yesterday as the game digested the news that the former world No 1 will make his comeback at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Graeme McDowell spoke for many when outlining his doubts.

Young gun Laverty the leading British contender at Silverstone

Factory Yamaha rider Eugene Laverty will attempt to add to Northern Ireland's blossoming year of sporting successes at the British round of the World Superbike Championship at Silverstone this weekend.

McIlroy labelled 'a spoilt brat' after spat with TV commentator

The honeymoon is officially over. Rory McIlroy was yesterday accused of being "childish", "immature" and "a spoilt brat" after launching an extraordinary attack on a former European Tour professional turned BBC commentator who criticised his "shocking course management" and caddie.

'Tee Amigos' set for major boost from home support

Three Emerald Isle treasures – Clarke, McIlroy and McDowell – will be cheered round the Irish Open which starts today after their recent triumphs

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