Ewan Murray

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Name: Ewan Murray
Date registered: October 11, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/manchester-united

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  1. Tiger Woods receiving professional help to manage back pain medication — June 20, 2017
  2. Golf fights old perceptions and drop in players to attract new audience | Ewan Murray — June 13, 2017
  3. From the Alps Tour to the US Open: Matt Wallace’s astonishing rise from nowhere — June 11, 2017
  4. Dustin Johnson fear factor abates but US Open at Erin Hills worries linger — June 10, 2017
  5. Rory McIlroy will play at US Open after recovering from a rib problem — June 4, 2017

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Jun 20

Tiger Woods receiving professional help to manage back pain medication

  • Former world No1 checks into rehabilitation facility
  • ‘I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support’

Tiger Woods’s manager has confirmed the golfer has checked into rehabilitation as he seeks to handle medication issues linked to his recent arrest for driving under the influence.

Woods was taken into custody by police in Florida on 29 May, having been found asleep at the wheel of his car by the side of the road. Police officials confirmed a breathalyser test as taken by Woods – who was disorientated and unsure of where he was – for alcohol consumption was blank, with the 14-time major champion later insisting upon an “unexpected reaction” to prescription medication.

Related: Tiger Woods: a lost, sorry soul who was once invincible

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/20/tiger-woods-receiving-professional-help-to-manage-back-pain-medication

Jun 13

Golf fights old perceptions and drop in players to attract new audience | Ewan Murray

Keith Pelley, the European Tour’s chief executive, has introduced new ideas but is looking to push boundaries further to stop UK participation tailing off

The problem with highlighting golf’s struggles is that those at the summit of the game have never had it so good. The US Open this week offers a record prize fund of $12m (£9.5m). One must look seriously hard at the PGA Tour’s schedule to find a tournament which does not bestow immediate millionaire status on the winner.

And yet the feeling persists that golf is a sport from a bygone age, being left behind by those considered more trendy. Other obvious realities play a part; golf remains time-consuming, not always easily accessible and generally expensive.

Related: Sport 2.0: crumbling traditions create a whole new ballgame | Sean Ingle

I still think walk-up music to the tee is a horrendous idea.

Related: Six appeal: innovation is good but golf’s problem is lack of exposure | Ewan Murray

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/jun/13/golf-fights-perceptions-drop-in-players-new-audience

Jun 11

From the Alps Tour to the US Open: Matt Wallace’s astonishing rise from nowhere

Englishman won six times on a minor tour last year but a chance encounter and victory at Portugal Open have changed his career

Matt Wallace has learned to trust those with a hunch. The finest endorsement for those who believed in the 27-year-old will arrive on Thursday morning when he makes his major championship debut, at the US Open. A year ago, Wallace was enjoying the most fruitful spell of an unremarkable career, winning three times on the Alps Tour, where first prizes occasionally approach £10,000. There was also a meeting with Chubby Chandler, the influential agent, when Wallace attended the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth as a spectator.

“This is freaky,” Wallace says. “It was the first time I’d ever met him. He said: ‘You know what, Matt? You are going to be playing here next year.’ I said: ‘Shut up. I’m on the Alps Tour, I have to play Challenge Tour, win things there … how am I even going to get close?’”

Related: Alex Noren hits course record to win BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/11/matt-wallace-new-peaks-us-open-2017

Jun 10

Dustin Johnson fear factor abates but US Open at Erin Hills worries linger

Form of Dustin Johnson, US Open defending champion, has tailed off recently while length of Erin Hills could lead to punishing four days

For much of this season, Dustin Johnson’s dominance was such that the Masters and US Open looked like a race for second. If the world No1’s non-participation at Augusta was the result of a freak domestic accident, recent returns of 12th, 13th and a missed cut means suddenly Johnson does not look quite so imperious.

While he will understandably have a successful defence of the US Open from Thursday as prime motivation, the other leading lights have been afforded hope at Erin Hills. In a nod towards the past three champions, Johnson will have Jordan Spieth and Martin Kaymer for company in rounds one and two.

Related: Dustin Johnson wins elusive first major at US Open on day of high farce

Related: Was the ‘unplayable’ Chambers Bay golf course fit to host the US Open?

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/10/dustin-johnson-us-open-2017-erin-hills-setup

Jun 04

Rory McIlroy will play at US Open after recovering from a rib problem

• World No2 has shaken off rib problem that has disrupted his 2017
• Phil Mickelson will miss major to attend daughter’s graduation

Rory McIlroy has allayed fears over the rib problem which has disrupted his year by confirming he will be fit to participate in the US Open next week.

McIlroy, who will be in pursuit of a fifth major title at Erin Hills, withdrew from recent events in the United States and Europe because of the injury which has troubled him since the start of 2017. That backdrop meant the questioning of whether or not he would feature in the US Open but McIlroywho has been boosted by recuperation work during a fortnight at the five-star Quinta do Lago resort in Portugal, will return to competitive action on Thursday next week.

Related: Phil Mickelson to miss US Open in favour of daughter’s graduation

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/04/rory-mcilroy-confirms-us-open-participation

Jun 03

Phil Mickelson to miss US Open in favour of daughter’s graduation

• Mickelson says he is putting family before professional goals
• US Open remains the only major the American has not won

Phil Mickelson’s wait to complete a clean sweep of major championships will go on for at least another year, after it emerged the 46-year-old has withdrawn from the upcoming US Open so that he can attend his daughter’s high school graduation. Given Mickelson’s reputation in the United States, this marks a serious blow to the event.

Mickelson, who has endured a series of near-misses at his home open, was scheduled to join the field at Erin Hills from Thursday week. However, speaking at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio – where he is playing this weekend – Mickelson said he will put family before professional goals.

Related: Phil Mickelson’s rash gamble a fitting end to his uneasy Masters week | Andy Bull

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/03/phil-mickelson-miss-us-open

Jun 02

Tiger Woods: a lost, sorry soul who was once invincible

Golfer incentivised a generation of the world’s best players, but odds on his returning to form have never been longer

At the peak of his powers, Tiger Woods was a golfer who dominated all before him. He hauled his sport into a fresh commercial landscape before injury and loss of form meant he could no longer compete with the best. When he began to toil on the course – perhaps even more so than when he was recording stunning achievements as standard – he became captivating viewing.

Related: Tiger Woods opens up on racial slurs that drove his desire for dominance | Ewan Murray

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/02/tiger-woods-golfer

May 30

Tiger Woods was found asleep at wheel on roadside by police

• Former World No1 golfer was arrested for ‘driving under influence’
• Arresting officer noted Woods had ‘extremely slow and slurred speech’

Tiger Woods was asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes with the engine running, according to the police report into his arrest for driving while under the influence in the early hours of Monday morning in Florida. It also states that he was disorientated, struggled to speak and could not walk in a straight line.

In the report, which makes clear no alcohol was found in the golfer’s system, Woods is described by police as “co-operative” but “confused”. The officer in charge of his detention also claims the father of two was “unable to walk alone” and found it “hard to keep eyes open”.

Related: Tiger Woods is at his lowest ebb – his unravelling is no reason to revel | Ewan Murray

More details emerge from Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest. (via @GCTigerTracker) pic.twitter.com/5YlT5eIONs

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/30/tiger-woods-found-aseep-at-wheel-florida-police-hard-shoulder-golf

May 30

Tiger Woods is at his lowest ebb – his unravelling is no reason to revel | Ewan Murray

For all the personal turmoil this is a new nadir for a sporting great – let’s not forget what joy he brought to golf and how impossible this downfall once seemed

The celebration of that chip-in at Augusta National’s 16th in 2005. His tears on the final green at Hoylake after winning the Open the following year, two months after the death of his father. Winning the US Open in 2008, when in such physical distress he barely had the use of his left leg.

In a parallel universe these would be the lingering snapshot memories of Tiger Woods but on Monday, regardless of all the glory and the 14 major titles, the image which will inevitably become a Tiger Woods reference for years to come arrived via a Florida police station. His face, bloated and disconsolate, said far more than the hardly insignificant cause of him being detained in the first place, an arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Related: Tiger Woods: I am not perfect

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/may/30/tiger-woods-arrest-sporting-great-sad-unravelling

May 29

Tiger Woods says medication, not alcohol led to Florida DUI arrest

  • Former world No1 taken into custody on Monday morning
  • Woods has not competed since February due to injury problems
  • Golfer says he had ‘unexpected reaction to prescribed medications’

The demise of Tiger Woods has taken its latest and perhaps the most serious turn, with confirmation that the golfer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Florida in the early hours of Monday morning. As a police mug shot of Woods gained huge traction online – his face puffy and eyes the epitome of sadness – the epic career heights when the 41-year-old won 14 major championships and broke records with stunning regularity never seemed so far away. Woods, once a sporting phenomenon, is now making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Woods’s details were issued by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office, as is customary for such incidents in the United States. The golfer was arrested close to his home in Jupiter Island at 3am, with his release time stated as 10.50am. There has been no detail provided as to where he was going or coming from, nor the level of substances in his system, but a full arrest report should appear on Tuesday.

Related: Tiger Woods’ toils go on but magical Masters moment of 1997 still resonates | Richard Williams

Related: Tiger Woods admits to ‘some pretty dire times’ during his long injury absence

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/29/tiger-woods-dui-charges-florida-golf

May 24

Wentworth gets its act together for PGA Championship amid uncertainty | Ewan Murray

The European Tour hopes a significantly improved course can give a much-needed boost to the PGA Championship which, despite some notable absences, has plenty of attractions including Ian Poulter and Justin Rose

Properly pinpointing the status of the BMW PGA Championship has not been particularly easy in recent times. Criticism of the Wentworth venue was commonplace and commonly vehement, to the extent where Europe’s finest players did not deem the tournament worthy of participation despite it being one of precious few in Great Britain or Ireland.

The BBC withdrew live television coverage, albeit that this was part of a bigger, depressing picture. And then, in what was surely a strategic error, the European Tour’s chief executive, Keith Pelley, broke with what had been his own organisation’s convention by insisting this was no longer its “flagship event”. Meanwhile, tournaments such as the Irish Open were rising in stature and purses on the opposite side of the Atlantic were dwarfing those in Europe like never before.

Related: Rory McIlroy pulls out of BMW PGA Championship with rib injury

Related: Ian Poulter’s Players finale showed sound judgment not conservatism

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/may/24/wentworth-pga-championship-ewan-murray

Apr 20

Catriona Matthew paints ominous picture of Ladies European Tour | Ewan Murray

The US-based 47-year-old Scot says up-and-coming European female golfers need a part-time job to support themselves and the financial contrast with the LPGA is certainly stark

Catriona Matthew has never needed to shout from the rooftops to make significant points. She does, however, carry enough experience and knowledge to speak with authority on the state of women’s golf.

The 47-year-old is one of the most understated and underappreciated sportspeople in the UK. Her triumph at the 2009 Women’s British Open, 11 weeks after giving birth to a daughter, remains one of the most remarkable stories in golf.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/apr/20/catriona-matthew-ladies-european-tour-golfers-lpga

Dec 15

Rory McIlroy would have been the just BBC Sports Personality of the Year | Ewan Murray

The golfer achieved far more than Lewis Hamilton in 2014 and without the need for space-centre technology

The good news for Rory McIlroy is that his career will be defined and remembered by multiple major championship victories. Nobody will retrospectively care that the golfer was unjustly denied the title of BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2014. Which, in itself, is illuminating.

The only logical conclusions to be drawn from Sunday evening in Glasgow are that McIlroy’s failure to endorse his sporting superiority to Lewis Hamilton owed plenty to timing and the inability of a wider audience to understand the scale of his season’s success. McIlroy has every right to be wounded by this result on the simple basis that it was unfair, even if he has far bigger career priorities.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/dec/15/rory-mcilroy-lewis-hamilton-sports-personality-of-the-year