Ewan Murray

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Phil Mickelson loses the plot as Justin Rose stays in contention

• Dustin Johnson shares lead with three others after third round• Rose one shot back; Mickelson assessed for hitting moving ballThe US Open could trademark its recurring and spectacular brand of chaos. Nobody does it better. On a day in which Dustin Jo…

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Dustin Johnson puts winning above being No 1 as he heads to US Open

American’s six-stroke win at the St Jude Classic a ‘big statement’ and a perfectly timed confidence booster for golf’s second major of the year at Shinnecock HillsDustin Johnson places more faith in the means by which he returned to No 1 in the wo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/11/dustin-johnson-world-no-1-us-open-golf

Decade elapses since Tiger Woods won his last major – on one leg | Ewan Murray

The former world No 1’s play-off victory over Rocco Mediate in the 2008 US Open has become the stuff of legend“I don’t know how I did it. My ACL was gone. My leg was broken. When I finished the rounds, it was not fun to try and get my leg drained so I …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/11/decade-elapses-tiger-woods-last-major-one-leg-golf

Phil Mickelson cannot resist jabs at USGA in pursuit of elusive US Open title | Ewan Murray

The American leads calls for fairness to prevail at Shinnecock Hills after the debacle that was the 2004 tournamentThe world’s best golfers fear being lulled into a false sense of security. Those who have visited Shinnecock Hills for reconnaissance wor…

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Luke Donald: ‘It’s been frustrating but I haven’t lost the competitive fire’ | Ewan Murray

The former world No 1 has plummeted down the rankings since a near-miss at the 2013 US Open but backs himself for a late‑career revival and is eager to embrace his Ryder Cup roleIt is a given that the 2013 US Open had a profound impact on an English go…

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US PGA Tour strikes $2bn deal and marginalises Sky Sports at a stroke

• Discovery will auction coverage on individual basis from 2019• British broadcaster curently under contract until 2022Sky Sports faces a battle to retain its status as the UK’s main broadcaster of the US PGA Tour after a $2bn deal was announced betwee…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/04/us-pga-tour-deal-marginalises-sky-sports-discovery

How Ariya Jutanugarn flirted with disaster before historic US Open win | Ewan Murray

The 22-year-old became the first Thai winner of the US Open after a dramatic final round when she threw away a seven-shot lead on the back nine only to win a play-offIt is golf’s cruellest facet that marquee tournaments are often defined by a player wh…

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Italy’s political crisis spells problems for 2022 Ryder Cup host | Ewan Murray

Italian project is being been undermined by imminent economic turmoil and the absence of renovation work at the Marco Simone course north of RomeIt is unlikely the Ryder Cup features prominently in the minds of Italian politicians as they seek a soluti…

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Jim Furyk plans US team trip to Ryder Cup venue in bid to avoid old mistakes

• Captain invites players to join him at Le Golf National near Paris• US well beaten in 2014 after just two players visited GleneaglesJim Furyk hopes to profit where Tom Watson could not by tempting potential USA players with a scouting trip to the Ryd…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/28/jim-furyk-team-usa-ryder-cup-inspection

Are we in danger of being seduced by a Tiger Woods fairytale? | Ewan Murray

Woods has performed brilliantly simply to be competitive again but his shortcomings are obviousThere is a recurring danger of sporting dreams blurring reality. The hype around Tiger Woods was once justified but the reality of recent months applies cont…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/may/14/tiger-woods-fairytale-golf

Philippe Senderos: ‘Arsenal gave me the opportunity to fulfil a dream’ | Ewan Murray

Houston Dynamo defender on Arsène Wenger, the Invincibles and how his early days in Texas were shaped by a hurricaneEight years have passed since Philippe Senderos left Arsenal. Conversation reveals Arsenal will never leave Philippe Senderos. “I am a f…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/09/philippe-senderos-arsenal-houston-dynamo-arsene-wenger

Augusta and Sky’s disagreements over Masters coverage will not be resolved in a bubble | Ewan Murray

The host and the main UK broadcaster’s difficult relationship raises the possibility of all four days of the Masters returning to the BBC. Whatever happens will reverberate through the gameThe fact that Sky Sports and Augusta National have endured an u…

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Augusta and Sky’s disagreements over Masters coverage will not be resolved in a bubble | Ewan Murray

The host and the main UK broadcaster’s difficult relationship raises the possibility of all four days of the Masters returning to the BBC. Whatever happens will reverberate through the gameThe fact that Sky Sports and Augusta National have endured an u…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/02/tensions-augusta-national-sky-sports-maters-coverage

Patrick Reed says crowd favouring Rory McIlroy spurred him to Masters glory

• American says louder cheers for rival ‘fuelled my fire a little bit’• McIlroy: ‘I think 100% I can come back and win here’Patrick Reed said the knowledge that he was a crowd underdog inspired him towards Masters glory. The 27-year-old, who emerged vi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/09/patrick-reed-crowd-rory-mcilroy-masters-glory

Sandy Lyle’s Masters bunker shot still thrills 30 years on

The first success by a British golfer at Augusta triggered a period of European domination there and his victory is remembered for its dramatic circumstancesThere will be only one Scot taking part in the 82nd Masters but the identity of that individual…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/02/masters-sandy-lyle-bunker-shot

Ian Poulter clinches Masters place with dramatic play-off win at Houston Open

• Poulter edges out Beau Hossler in sudden-death play-off• ‘It’s going to take a little while to sink in. I’m super excited’There must now be a clear and present danger of the Masters proving anticlimactic. Ian Poulter, a player utterly dejected when s…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/01/ian-poulter-houston-open-masters-beau-hossler