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Central to Europe's prospects despite a poor singles record. Binds group with endless banter and laser irons. 9/10

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It was inevitable – but not necessarily right – that the American high command should target Rory McIlroy here over these next few days.

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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.

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Rory McIlroy admits wanting to 'prove a few people wrong' after winning US PGA

Rory McIlroy was savouring yet another major masterclass today - and just loving the fact that he had proved some people wrong about him.

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Young monarch Rory McIlroy seizes US PGA crown from the front

Poulter's last-round challenge inspires the Ulsterman to clinch first UK triumph since 1930

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Graeme McDowell's 'bad day at the office' as dreams end up in a gorse bush

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Adam Scott hits out of the rough on the second hole

McIlroy in a good place after taking taxi ride of doom

Dramatic finale sees Northern Irishman in hunt, three shots behind leader Scott

Justin Rose paired with Tiger Woods at The Open for fourth time

England's Justin Rose insists he has grown used to the circus which comes with playing alongside Tiger Woods and believes a home crowd will be a great leveller at Royal Lytham this week.

The sporting week ahead (15/07/12)

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Padraig Harrington: 'I've been playing well for
a while now. Both parts
of my game are good'

Harrington maintains Irish interest

Dubliner takes centre stage as Ulster trio drop out of running at Royal Portrush

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Graeme McDowell admitted to frustration and pride after losing out in the US Open by a shot to Webb Simpson.

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McDowell revels in proving he is more than a mentor to McIlroy

The Ulsterman is determined to keep his emotions in check after returning to form

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It is a job to know which was handing out the greater lesson, a brutal US Open course or life. A year ago he was the toast of Congressional, a 22-year-old supernova ripping up the tournament template with a pair of 65s en route to a record low score. How America loved Rory McIlroy, the tousled haired cherub with a murderous swing and the confidence to go for everything.

It was a bad day for Rory McIlroy

Lee Westwood holds it together as Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald struggle at the US Open

Defending US Open champion Rory McIlroy and world no.1 Luke Donald, return to Olympic Club in San Francisco today facing a monumental battle to remain in the championship.

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Rory McIlroy feeling good ahead of US Open

The San Francisco Giants unveiled a new star pitcher in front of 35,000 last night. This was not quite the curve ball girlfiend Caroline Wozniacki lobbed his way at Madison Square Garden in March, more a symbol of Rory McIlroy’s rising profile in the United States.

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