The man to beat: Jordan Spieth won the Masters and the US Open and came close to getting into a play-off at the British Open. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

On the highway from Milwaukee out to the town of Kohler, which owes its name to the family that gave the world designer porcelain toilets before mo(...)

Sergio García plays a practice round prior to the start of 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

The wise old heads are nodding in his direction, not at all surprised at Shane Lowry’s rise in the golfing world. Darren Clarke, who has ticked the bo(...)

Pádraig Harrington: “I have more clubhead speed now than I ever had in my career.” Photograph: Phil Long/AP Photo

What is it with our walking wounded? First, Rory McIlroy’s ankle – thankfully mended after intensive treatment and rehabilitation away from prying eye(...)

 Rory McIlroy  hits a tee shot during a practice round prior to the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits  in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The days of Shane Lowry flying in under the radar are long gone. These days, wherever he goes, in any given week, he’s part of those on any list of(...)

Shane Lowry of Ireland hits off the fourth tee during the final round of the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Nerves of steel? Make it titanium. Shane Lowry – showing fortitude, demonstrating terrific shot-making and, on the odd occasion, riding his luck – fol(...)

 Shane Lowry  hugs a tree near the 18th green  after winning the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational during the final round at Firestone Country Club South Course. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images 0:38

Life-changing! Shane Lowry scooped the jackpot, dialling in the right numbers with a succession of drives, approach shots and putts that combined to (...)

A PGA of America rules official chats with Dustin Johnson on the 18th green during the final round of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 15, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

There’s likely to be a strong sense of déjà vu next week for Dustin Johnson when he returns to Whistling Straits. Remember what happened there in 2(...)

Graeme McDowell: since finishing third in last year’s HSBC Champions event in China, he has often struggled just to make the cut. Photograph: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

In this instance, the numbers don’t lie. Graeme McDowell heads into this week’s $9.25 million WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and next week’s $10 millio(...)

No more telling your kids to eat more chicken nuggets if you want to run like Usain Bolt . The six-time Olympic gold medallist and fastest man on Eart(...)

 Jordan Spieth: missed out on the playoff at St Andrews by just one shot as he pursued a third Major title in a row.  Photo:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Jordan Spieth left St Andrews missing out on the double: his failure to add the Claret Jug to his US Masters and US Open titles meant that the “Spi(...)