When 2008 Was the Golf Year of the Irishman

One began with a wrist injury painful enough that it nearly prompted him to withdraw. The other featured a bout of dehydration that left him flirting with the cut line. In both cases, Padraig Harrington came away with a major championship. “Things fell into place,” the Irish pro, 46, recalled with a wry smile. “But you know, that’s what happens in this game. Those wins kind of find you.” It’s been 10 years since Harrington swept through the British Open and the P.G.A. Championship, grabbing the limelight in a summer…

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Rolex Series Pays Off for European Tour and Irish Open

Challenges remain for elite European golfers, however, in trying to navigate the existing cultural geography of the game. Rory McIlroy was dutifully effusive about the Rolex Series when it began, claiming that, “It gives guys an incentive to maybe play a little bit more on this side of the pond leading up to the Open Championship and hopefully get some great fields.” Ireland’s most famous golfer has shown commitment to his own country’s championship, which he won in 2016. His charity, the Rory Foundation, is the host for the tournament,…

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Golf From an Irish Perspective

Ireland’s Shane Lowry kick-started his career with a win at the Irish Open in 2009. He’s played the Open every year since, and has had 10 top-10 finishes in the last three years, including a win at the 2015 W.G.C.-Bridgestone Invitational and a runner-up finish at the 2016 United States Open. Lowry, 31, spoke about turning professional, his mental game, and managing two golf tours. This conversation has been edited and condensed. The 2009 Irish Open was a big moment for you. What do you remember? That was hugely important.…

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Francesco Molinari Pulls Away From Tiger Woods and Everyone Else

POTOMAC, Md. — Francesco Molinari delivered a record performance on Sunday in winning the final edition of the Quicken Loans National. Molinari, of Italy, holed a 50-foot eagle putt to start the back nine, and he never stopped until he turned the final round into a runaway at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. He closed with an eight-under-par 62 for an eight-shot victory, matching the largest margin this year on the PGA Tour. Molinari followed that eagle putt with an approach to 2 feet on No. 11, one of…

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Sung Hyun Park Claims 2nd Major in Women’s P.G.A. Playoff

KILDEER, Ill. — Sung Hyun Park raised her arms and placed her hands on her head before hugging her caddie and wiping away tears. She simply could not contain her emotions after winning her second major championship — and doing it in such dramatic fashion. Park beat So Yeon Ryu on the second hole of a playoff on Sunday in the Women’s P.G.A. Championship. After a brief rain delay on the par-4 16th hole at Kemper Lakes, Ryu’s birdie try rolled past, and Park finished off her South Korean compatriot…

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Tiger Woods’s Momentum Abandons Him, but Carries Over to a Competitor

POTOMAC, Md. — The cheers were so loud for Tiger Woods that no one could hear the starter announce the name of the other golfer in the pairing, Joel Dahmen, when it was his turn to hit. And then it got even rowdier Saturday at the Quicken Loans National with each putt Woods made — 12 feet for par, four in a row for birdie, a 25-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole to head to the back nine just two shots out of the lead. Abraham Ancer heard it…

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Phil Rodgers, ‘Brashest Man in Golf,’ Is Dead at 80

Phil Rodgers, a five-time PGA Tour winner who was denied a major tournament victory when he lost in a playoff at the 1963 British Open, died on Tuesday at his home in San Diego. He was 80. The PGA Tour announced his death. He had been treated for leukemia for many years. Rodgers recorded his tour victories from 1962 to 1966; in one, the 1962 Los Angeles Open, he won by a commanding nine strokes. But after turning 28, he never won again. Blond-haired and pudgy, Rodgers was known for…

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Neighborhood Joint: Mini-Golf in a Red Hook Warehouse

Two couples walked through a sparse block of Red Hook, Brooklyn, and entered a squat, brick building marked with the words “Statewide Oil & Heating Co., Inc.” After riding an elevator to the second floor, they ambled through a series of mood-lit rooms, each painted to evoke a different theme: under-the-sea, the jungle, even the borough of Brooklyn — the centerpiece of which was a 30-foot-long, rhinestone-bedazzled mural of the Coney Island boardwalk, complete with a Freak Show booth. For Natalie Kbariti, 21, of Gravesend, this was an impressive double…

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The Open de France Provides a Test Run for the Ryder Cup

As part of golf’s current crop of fast-rising talent, Justin Thomas of the United States understands the importance of expanding his international horizons. No doubt, though, there’s an underlying reason behind adding the Open de France to this year’s summer schedule. It’s a scouting trip. In three months, Le Golf National, site of this week’s Open, will enjoy an even bigger spotlight as host of just the second Ryder Cup to be played in continental Europe. Unlike European pros who can tee it up at Le Golf National’s Albatros course…

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A Golfer’s Debate: To Play, or not to Play

The Open de France tees off this week, minus some familiar faces but with the addition of some new ones, as Le Golf National prepares to bookend the summer’s golf between its annual tournament and the Ryder Cup in September. For players and managers there’s a calculus at play when deciding which tournaments to play each summer — one that is informed not just by the travel logistics of juggling between European and PGA Tour events, but by a player’s performance, tour standings and (in Ryder Cup years) the chance…

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