Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up a putt on the 18th green during the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

He was joined on six under par at Travelers Championship by Pádraig Harrington

Tim Rice: with the Irish PGA Championship trophy at Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Resort.

Limerickman posts a final round 70 to hold off challenge of Colm Moriarty

Tiger Woods tees off at Pebble Beach at the 2000 US Open. Photograph: Getty Images

Out of Bounds: Absence of Phil Mickelson and Woods didn’t help television figures

 Shane Lowry: “If it hadn’t been for the Irish Open, God knows where I’d be now.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Next month’s event at Portstewart is for professionals only

Brooks Koepka  celebrates with the trophy after winning the 117th US Open Championship at Erin Hills in Hartford, Wisconsin. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Former Irish Boys’ Champion has been working with US Open winner since 2013

Brooks Koepka of the United States reacts after winning the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

American takes home maiden major title after holding off Brian Harman down the stretch

 The 18th pin flag, with a representation of Arnold Palmer’s winning moment from the 1960 US Open, is diaplayed during the final round of the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

With greater depth in Majors another first-time champion is likely

Leona Maguire of Slieve Russell hits an approach shot during the final day of the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship at Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club. Photograph:  Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty Images

British Amateur win the latest success for the dominant player in women’s amateur golf

Brian Harman leads heading into the final day of the US Open at Erin Hills. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty

Top 13 players separated by five shots as Justin Thomas lights up Erin Hills with 63

Shane Lowry signed for a third round 73 at Erin Hills. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty

Sole Irish player to make the US Open cut struggles on the greens in third round

Shane Lowry tries to punch out of the sand onto the ninth green during the second round of the US Open at Erin Hills. Photo: Michael Madrid/USA Today

The Offaly golfer fought hard to make the cut on Friday and now looks to make a birdie run

Paul Casey hits from the fifth tee during the second round of the US Open at Erin Hills. Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP

US Open: Rory McIlroy, Paul Dunne and Graeme McDowell missed the cut on Friday

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the 12th tee during the second round of the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

World number two won’t play the weekend for second consecutive year at the US Open

Sergio Garcia of Spain and caddie Glen Murray wait for the green to clear at the 18th during the first round of the US Open at Erin Hills. Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Meanwhile, E. Coli scare at Erin Hills, by the numbers, quote of the day and more

Shane Lowry of Ireland pulls a club from his bag as he prepares to play a shot from the 16th tee during the first round of the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

‘I am very happy with one-under even though the scoring (generally) is quite good’

McIlroy found a lot of the long fescue grass off the Erin Hills fairways. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

World number two struggled off the tee while Shane Lowry battled to a solid 71

Graeme Mcdowell reacts to a shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Photo: David J. Phillip/AP

Meanwhile, McDowell rues poor prep, by the numbers, quote of the day and more

Rickie Fowler waves to the gallery after his birdie putt on the first green during the first round of the US Open  at Erin Hills. Photograph:  Rob Schumacher/USA TODAY

Seven under par 65 gives the American the ideal fillip as he bids for a first Major title

Paul Dunne  plays his shot from the fifth tee during the first round of the 2017 UA Open at Erin Hills in Hartford, Wisconsin. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty

Greystones man faces a struggle to make the cut following a three-over par first round 75

The Erin Hills clubhouse. Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty

Philip Reid looks at where dreams could be realised or dashed in Wisconsin this week

Erin Hills: What we know is that the greens aren’t as firm, and are more receptive, than you usually get at a US Open. And the fairways are wider. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Wider fairways and more receptive greens will facilitate a more aggressive game plan

 Holy Hill, a Catholic basilica, overlooks Erin Hills, venue for the 2017 US Open. Photograph: John Mummert/NYT

A basilica sits above Erin Hills where ability to drive long and true is likely to be key

Kevin Na: posted a social media video of how hard it is to emerge from the tall fescue grass at Erin Hills. Photograph: Michael Madrid/USA Today

American unimpressed with difficulty of emerging from punitive rough at Erin Hills

Rory McIlroy: “It’s a US Open. It’s supposed to be a tough test. If guys can’t put it into play within a 50-yards zone I don’t think they’ve got anything to complain about.” Photograph:  Michael Madrid/USA Today

Driver and new putter key to Irishman’s chances of claiming a fifth career Major

 Rory McIlroy in action  during a practice round prior to the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills in Hartford, Wisconsin. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Irishman says rib injury not a factor as he plays his third practice round in three days

 Paul Dunne: “If I am driving it like I am and putting it like I am come the tournament, I would be confident I can do well.” Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Greystones man confident his game is in good shape ahead of first US Open test

General view of the  9th green, a 165-yard par three, and in the background the  18th green, a 663-yard par five, at Erin Hills  in Erin, Wisconsin.  Photo:  Joe Robbins/Getty Images

After recent rules and course controversies, USGA want to wipe slate clean at Erin Hills

Ireland’s Shane Lowry looks dejected at the end of his final round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters

A winless year so far leaves no room for excuses but there is room for improvement

Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick) holes his final putt on the 18th green in the 2017 East of Ireland Championship. Photograph: Pat Cashman

The 17-year-old overcame a six stroke overnight deficit with a final round of 66

Rory McIlroy: took a break from competitive action due to a rib injury. Photograph: David Goldman/AP

Rib injury won’t deter world number two from competing in the Major

A view from the first tee towards the green on the 427 yards par 4, eighth hole ‘Portnahapple’ on the Strand Course at Portstewart. Photograph: Inpho

Given a global audience, like Royal County Down, it won’t disappoint in impressing the world

 Shane Lowry: can focus on the positives ahead of the busiest time of the season.  Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty

Plenty of big targets still there for Offaly man after his top-ten finish in lucrative BMW PGA

Paul Dunne became the fourth Irish player to qualify for the US Open on Monday. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish golfer takes one of 15 places available at the qualifying tournament in London

Tiger Woods was booked into the Palm Beach County jail on Monday morning after he was arrested by police in Jupiter, Florida. Photograph: Getty Images

Will the salient image of a sporting great, in our minds, now be of that police mugshot?

Shane Lowry reacts to his drive on the 15th hole during day four of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Swede outmanoeuvres all to snatch PGA championship with majestic performance

  Shane Lowry looks dejected at the end of his final round at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Irish golfer misses out in €1 million payday at BMW PGA Championships

Shane Lowry plays his approach to the 15th hole during day three of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Irish golfer four shots off clubhouse lead after shoting third round 70 on West Course

Shane Lowry shot a second round 74 at Wentworth. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Francesco Molinari, Pieters and Jamieson share lead at BMW PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from next month’s Memorial Tournament. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty

Rib injury forces four-time Major winner to skip last warm-up before US Open in June

 Shane Lowry and his caddie on the seventh hole during day one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Irish golfer two shots behind first-round leader Johan Carlsson

 Shane Lowry plays from a bunker during the BMW PGA Championship Pro-Am at Wentworth. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Offalyman has had a good record in recent years at the BMW Championship

Leona Maguire of Duke during the 2016 East Lake Cup in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Out of Bounds: Role models haven’t halted this period of decline in participation levels

Less people under the age of 55 are playing golf in Ireland while participation increased in those aged in their 60s and 70s. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

However, more old people – as well as more women – are taking up the game later in life

The 18th green at the newly-tweaked Wentworth ahead of this week’s BMW PGA Championship. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

R&A looking to tap into football market, Twitter twaddle, word of mouth and more

Si Woo Kim of South Korea embraces his caddie Mark Cavens after winning the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Photo: Tannen Maury/EPA

South Korean had shown no form coming into the Players but was always one to watch

Rob Reardon of Cork Golf Club plays to the green on the 16th. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Martin Walsh, Triona O’Loghlin and Colm Ó Riain combined to come out on top in Cork

Brandel Chamblee of the Golf Channel (right) accused Ian Poulter of not playing for the win at the Players Championship. Photo: Getty Images

Brandel Chamblee said that the English golfer didn’t play to win at the Players

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot on the first hole during the final round of The Players championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

‘Unless you get an image taken and you know exactly what’s going on you don’t know’

A scenic view of the 17th hole as seen during a practice round prior to the The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

If money and player power were all that were needed, it would already be the fifth Major

Rory McIlroy returns to action in the Players having signed a $100 million equipment deal with TaylorMade. Photograph: Warrn Little/Getty

McIlroy has signed $100m equipment deal and feels settled ahead of Sawgrass

Rory McIlroy has signed a $100 million equipment deal with TaylorMade, to go with his $200m clothing deal with Nike. Photograph: Harry How/Getty

Golfer will earn $300m over next decade through new deal and Nike clothing contract

John Daly of the United States is sprayed with champagne at the 18th green following his victory at the PGA Tour Champions Insperity Invitational at The Woodlands Country Club in Texas. Photograph: Darren Carroll/Getty Images

Different Strokes: Gavin Moynihan aiming for back-to-back successes on EuroPro Tour

 Cristie Kerr of the United States during a final round playoff at the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout at Las Colinas Country Club. Photograph: Darren Carroll/Getty Images

Out of Bounds: Mechanism exists to perhaps not cure disease, but players can be penalised

Ian Poulter: has been critical of the increasing use of green-reading technology by players on tour. Photograph:  Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Governing bodies focusing their attention on detailed mapping materials used on greens

Scotland’s Elliott Saltman (pictured) received a a three month suspension from the European Tour in 2011. Photo: Getty Images

Cheating is the antithesis of the moral code that exists in golf, but people still do it

 Shane Lowry in action during the  2017 RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links  in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, last week. Photograph: Jared C Tilton/Getty Images

Golfer will play in 11 tournaments in 15 weeks as he seeks to arrest slide down rankings

Padraig Harrington with Sergio Garcia during the Open Championship in 2013. Photograph: Getty Images

Irishman and Spaniard both attended the wedding last Saturday at Ashford Castle

Justin Rose: “I think it’s very good to get some links golf under your belt before the Open.”Photograph: AP Photo

Participation of Olympic gold medallist at Irish event confirms its growing status

Rory McIlroy currently leads the PGA Tour driving distance statistics. Photo: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR

Distance stats continue to increase with governing bodies showing no sign of change

 Wesley Bryan and Ian Poulter shake hands on the 18th green after their final round of the 2017 RBC Heritage. Photograph: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Precious little movement as Wesley Bryan and Edoardo Molinari come up trumps

Winners Edmonstown Golf Club: Peter Kilcullen, Chief Customer Officer director Allianz, captain Tim O’Connor, lady captain Aoife Cousins, Gerry Hiney and Irish Times sports editor Malachy Logan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Allianz Irish Times Officers’ Challenge regional qualifier takes place in Portmarnock

Ireland’s Paul Dunne  plays out of the bunker during a  playoff  against Italy’s Edoardo Molinari at the  Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Irish golfer moves up to 20th in Road to Dubai standings after loss to Edoardo Molinari

Pádraig Harrington celebrates beating Sergio Garcia in a play-off to win the 2007 British Open. Photograph: Inpho

European success rate rose from 4.9 to 38.5 per cent in the 39 Majors after his 2007 win

 Sergio Garcia with  fiancee Angela Akins  after winning the US Masters in a sudden death playoff over Justin Rose on Sunday. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

While hot putter put new champion in frame, changed mental attitude was key

Sergio Garcia of Spain plays a shot from the pine needles on the 11th hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The Spaniard scrambled and dazzled on the final holes at Augusta to win a green jacket

Shane Lowry failed to make the cut at Augusta. Photograph: Erik Lesser/Epa

The first proves devillishly difficult while Shane Lowry appeared to be undercooked

Sergio Garcia celebrates after defeating Justin Rose at the first playoff hole to win the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Spaniard finally got over the line in a major championship after so many close calls

It was a tough day for Rory McIlroy who will need something special on Sunday at the 2017 US Masters. Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters

It’s set to be a stunning final day at Augusta with Rory McIlroy still just about in touch

Rory McIlroy reacts after his birdie on the sixth hole during the second round of the Masters. Photo: Matt Slocum/AP

Hoffman, Pieters, Garcia and Fowler held the halfway lead after day two at Augusta

Sergio Garcia  shakes hands with Shane Lowry  after they finished their second round at Augusta. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Offalyman signs for a disappointing 79 and looks likely to miss the cut by a single shot

William McGirt of the US kneels to get a better view after hitting from the fairway on the 17th hole during the second round of the 2017 Masters. Photo: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Steve Williams still going strong, Tiger helps William McGirt and much more

The main leaderboard near the first fairway during the first round of the 2017 Masters at Augusta National. Photograph: Getty Images

Shane Lowry hits 72, as Charley Hoffman defies the conditions to finish seven-under

Dustin Johnson: the world number one has been in superb form in advance of the US Masters at Augusta. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Increased focus on his short game could help Irishman seal grand slam of Major titles

 The James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia. Photograph: Annette Brown/Getty Images

From James Brown to the Confederate Monument, there’s more than just golf here

A view of the 10th hole during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters at Augusta National. Photograph: Getty Images

Willett climbing Everest, Thunderstorms due, Pressure on Hideki Matsuyama

A general view of the main tournament scoreboard during the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National. Photograph: Getty Images

The odds, form overview and what needs to click for the main men heading to Augusta

Rory McIlroy  talks to his caddie while walking to the 12th hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament, Tuesday, April 4th, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. Photograph: Charlie Riedel/AP Photo

Irishman opts for new fairway woods in his bag ahead of tilt at coveted Augusta Masters glory

Shane Lowry takes a practice round on the course at the 2017 Masters Tournament  in Augusta, Georgia, on Monday.  Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

After his wedding and arrival of a baby daughter, Lowry has golf on his mind again

Rickie Fowler has three top-fives in his last five outings, including a win in the Honda Classic. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Texan is not afraid of the winds at Augusta and is ready to challenge for a green jacket

 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett   in his green jacket at Augusta on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry take different approaches to Major preparations

Seeing the wood from the tree: Rory McIlroy’s   meltdown on the 10th hole cost him the  2011 Masters title. Photograph:  Brian Snyder/Reuters

Northern Irish man will have to master Augusta and his demons to enter history books

Paul Dunne of Ireland during the Tshwane Open in Pretoria, South Africa, earlier this month. Photograph: Getty Images

In the four weeks since India Open, there’s been no regular events on European Tour

Rory McIlroy  during round one of the WGC-Dell Matchplay  at the Austin Country Club  in  Texas. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy has taken to visiting Augusta in the week ahead of the Masters

Leading amateur  Rory McIlroy and British Open champion Padraig Harrington at Carnoustie, Scotland in 2007. Photograph: Getty Images

No new Irish player has managed to break into the world’s top-200 since Shane Lowry

Rory McIlroy: “I haven’t had the win that I’ve wanted, but it’s been good consistent play and that hopefully bodes well for the year ahead.” Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Shane Lowry has put a new putter in his bag for the WGC-Dell Matchplay

With history in the making in Tralee on Saturday night, Philip Reid looks back..

Portmarnock Golf Club: has been chosen to host  the (British) Amateur Championship in 2019 despite its male-only membership policy. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Two Dublin clubs continue to stick to outdated policy of male-only membership

Graeme McDowell will join Rory McIlroy in playing the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Meanwhile, four Irish head for nine-hole test, word of mouth, Twitter twaddle and more

Bubba Watson of the United States during the third round of the World Golf Championships Mexico Championship last week. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

In his four starts this year a struggling Bubba Watson’s best finish is tied-25th in Hawaii

Jon Rahm of Spain plays his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the World Golf Championships Mexico Championship at Club De Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City, Mexico. Photo: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Paul Dunne kicking on from last year, quotes of the week, Twitter twaddle and more

 Graeme McDowell:  paid a couple of reconnaissance visits to the venues for the upcoming  Valspar Championship and  Bay Hill Invitational events.  Photograph:  Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Big performances needed to seal place in WGC Matchplay and US Masters

Waterford manager Derek McGrath says his side must improve on their start. Photo: Inpho

The visitors started off slowly at Croke Park but eventually put Dublin to the sword

Dustin Johnson wins the WGC-Mexico Championship golf tournament at Chapultecpec Golf Club. Photograph: Orlando Ramirez/USA Today

Error-strewn closing round of 71 is only good enough for a share of seventh place

Dustin Johnson of the United States putts on the sixth hole during the final round of the World Golf Championships Mexico Championship at Club De Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City, Mexico. Photo: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

The world number one was pushed all the way as he picked up a fourth WGC title

Dublin’s Rian McBride and Noel Connors of Waterford during their Allianz League clash at Croke Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

After starting slowly Dublin woke from their slumber but Waterford had too much

Paul McGinley: “I want to see him focusing on his golf in the next month, four or five weeks, and then getting down to joining history.”  Photograph: by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ex-Ryder Cup captain says other issues can prove a distraction to the Grand Slam bid

 Rory McIlroy makes his return to action in this week’s WGC-Mexico Championship. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty

Rib injury might have peversely given him best preparation for Masters assault

 Rory McIlroy at the South African Open in January. His rib injury first manifested itself in Johannesburg. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

McIlroy’s return to competition marks belated start to his build-up to the Masters

Cuala’s Darragh O’Connell picks up the ball during his team’s semi-final win on Saturday. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Cuala’s dream very much alive as they become first to reach All-Ireland hurling final

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the third tee during the first round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Padraig Harrington missed the cut with Seamus Power also heading home early

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