Ewan Murray

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Mar 19

Rory McIlroy’s Bay Hill brilliance raises prospect of Masters title tilt | Ewan Murray

The 2018 Masters is the most eagerly anticipated major in years and, after an injury-plagued 2017, Rory McIlroy is in fine fettle heading to AugustaIt is the marketing campaign even Augusta National couldn’t buy. If the return of Tiger Woods had appare…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/19/rory-mcilroy-bay-hill-masters-title-golf

Mar 18

Stunning round sees Rory McIlroy claim Arnold Palmer Invitational title

• McIlroy wins by three shots to end 26-tournament drought• Tiger Woods tied for fifth, eight behind Northern IrishmanThis is not the biggest win of Rory McIlroy’s career but it is without question among the most significant. A day supposedly to confir…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/18/rory-mcilroy-stunning-round-arnold-palmer-invitational

Mar 14

Tiger Woods revival ignites Masters buildup but glory may have to wait | Ewan Murray

The 14-times major winner’s second place to Paul Casey at the Valspar Championship has added spice ahead of the Masters but talk of a return to the golden days may be prematureBookmakers apparently revel in these fevered times for golf. By Monday after…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/mar/14/tiger-woods-revival-masters-ewan-murray

Mar 07

Paul Lawrie, the unassuming Open champion with 2020 vision | Ewan Murray

Carnoustie’s 1999 champion has worked tirelessly at the grassroots of the game and though he is not desperate to be a Ryder Cup captain, he admits he would love to do the jobThere has always been a danger of Paul Lawrie being underappreciated. He was r…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/mar/07/paul-lawrie-unassuming-open-champion-2020-ryder-cup

Feb 28

How US golf fans finally fell in love with Tiger Woods | Ewan Murray

Galleries who never warmed to the 14-times major champion are willing him to make his latest comeback one of the greatestTiger Woods seemed destined to be celebrated but not loved. If that appears harsh, the greatest golfer in a generation appeared per…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/feb/28/tiger-woods-loved-us-golf-fans

Feb 14

Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers makes Zenit favourite to reach last 16

• Rodgers appreciates Russian side’s greater spending power• Zenit St Petersburg have not played since DecemberThe level of European competition may have changed but the message from Brendan Rodgers has not. Celtic’s manager has emphasised time and aga…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/feb/14/celtic-brendan-rodgers-zenit-favourite-last-16-europa-league

Feb 14

R&A’s Portmarnock alliance sends a dismal message | Ewan Murray

Next year’s Amateur Championship will take place at a club which retains a male-only membership policy and the R&A’s explanation does golf no favoursThe job description for chief executive of the R&A does not include a necessity to defend the i…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/14/royal-and-ancient-golf-club-portmarnock-dismal-message

Jan 31

Paige Spiranac on a mission to change the face of golf – one hater at a time

The former college golf star, catapulted to celebrity and notoriety by her 1.2m Instagram following, is fighting to change attitudes in the gamePaige Spiranac has plenty to say. It was not obvious at last week’s Dubai Desert Classic when promoters brok…

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Jan 24

‘Big question mark’ remains over Tiger Woods’ future, says Sergio García

• ‘Probably he doesn’t even know how his back is going to cope’• Woods to play first regular tour event since return at Torrey PinesSergio García, who has endured a turbulent relationship with Tiger Woods for years, has suggested people should think tw…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/24/question-mark-over-tiger-woods-comeback-says-sergio-garcia-golf

Jan 23

Colin Montgomerie backs Europe’s rising stars to threaten US in Ryder Cup

• Former captain praises form of Rahm, García and Fleetwood• ‘Thomas Bjorn must be thrilled with the state of European golf’Endorsement of European Ryder Cup claims has arrived from one of the team’s most celebrated former members. Colin Montgomerie, w…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/23/colin-montgomerie-ryder-cup-europe-us

Jan 06

Tommy Fleetwood: ‘I want to win majors and play in multiple Ryder Cups’

The son of a Southport lorry driver overcame a dramatic career slump to enjoy a glorious 2017 and has now set his sights on golf’s biggest titlesTommy Fleetwood had precious few reasons to relish 2017 reaching its end. If there was one, then surely the…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/06/tommy-fleetwood-win-majors-ryder-cups

Dec 08

Rory McIlroy sticks with best friend as his caddie for the 2018 golf season

• Harry Diamond is close to McIlroy’s coach Michael Bannon• McIlroy is set to play an unprecedented eight events before MastersHarry Diamond will remain Rory McIlroy’s caddie into the 2018 season, the Guardian can reveal, closing the door on one of the…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/08/rory-mcilroy-harry-diamond-caddie-2018-golf-season-masters

Dec 06

Golf should loudly celebrate Olympic inclusion, then tinker with formats | Ewan Murray

The news golf has an Olympic future barely caused a ripple but should be shouted from rooftops – provided the formats are more imaginative than in RioIt felt like a classic case of missed opportunity. Olympic golf had been beset by such a wave of negat…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/dec/06/golf-celebrate-olympic-inclusion-formats

Dec 04

Kieran Tierney tipped for the top after shining in Europe for Celtic | Ewan Murray

Talented defender has attracted a host of admirers with his dynamic displays as he prepares to sign off in the Champions League against AnderlechtKieran Tierney has made a habit of bucking trends. Where emerging youngsters in Scotland would be readily …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/dec/04/kieran-tierney-talented-tipped-top-celtic-europe

Dec 03

America on Georgia Hall’s mind as golf’s big time awaits | Ewan Murray

Young Englishwoman is targeting the riches on offer in America’s LPGA Tour after winning the European order of merit and starring in the Solheim CupEurope’s defeat in the Solheim Cup was comprehensive, leading to concern as to how the gap to the United…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/03/georgia-hall-golf-sacrifices-youth-lpga-tour-european-order-merit

Nov 12

Justin Rose aiming to pip Tommy Fleetwood at the last in Race to Dubai | Ewan Murray

In-form Masters runner-up, so bruised by his play-off defeat at Augusta, can end on a high in DP World Tour Championship where he has unfinished businessThose who belittle the value of an order of merit chase may need to look away now. The Race to Duba…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/12/justin-rose-tommy-fleetwood-race-to-dubai-dp-world-tour-championship