Golfing World News - July 22

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Colin Montgomerie believes Rory McIlroy faces a tough task if he’s to become the first player since Pádraig Harrington in 2008 to win back-to-back majors.

Harrington followed his victory at Birkdale with another at Oakland Hills but the Scot, who captained McIlroy at the 2010 Ryder Cup thinks there’s plenty of talent standing in McIlroy’s way:

"Well he goes into the USPGA obviously at Valhalla as one of, if not the favourite, you know, quite rightly so. The competition is good mind you and you've got to be careful, Martin Kaymer wins the US Open by eight shots and everyone thinks he can win every tournament. It's not that easy, at the same time you have your weeks and your time and let's hope Rory continues but at the same time the competition is extremely good."

It’s hard to believe it but there was golf going on other than at Hoylake this past weekend. Lydia Ko became the youngest player on the LPGA Tour to reach a million dollars of prize money with her victory at the Marathon Classic.

Two birdies on the final three holes meant the 17-year-old finished 15 under par to pile the pressure on So Yeon Ryu.

The Korean needed to convert this at 18 but was off target handing Ko her fourth LPGA win.

There was also a battle at the LET’s German Open as Kylie Walker and Charley Hull had to be separated by a playoff.

Hull summoned the spirit of Dustin Johnson off the tee to hand Walker the initiative.

But faced with this for birdie, the Scot just missed out and had to make do with par.

Hull then had the chance to take it to a second extra hole but she too couldn’t convert the long putt to hand victory to Walker.

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