Rory McIlroy’s High Court case against his former agents, Horizon Sports Management, is due to begin on Tuesday in Dublin. Photograph: Reuters

Golf, by its very nature, is a numbers game. But the art of routinely getting a white Nike ball into a tin cup would seem an infinitely simpler task t(...)

Most TV viewers could watch Rory McIlroy winning the British Open at Hoylake last year, but from 2016, only Sky subscribers will have access to full live coverage. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Nothing, apparently, is sacred any more. With one scribble of a signature, the exclusive television rights to the British Open – golf’s oldest and (...)

Rory McIlroy and Horizon MD Conor Ridge pictured together at the White House in March  2012. Photograph: Benjamin Myers/Reuters

By rights, Rory McIlroy, the world’s number-one ranked golfer and one of sport’s most marketable figures, should be preparing to smell the azaleas. I(...)

Rory McIlroy is confident going into the Dubai Desert Classic, in which he has finished in the top 10 every year since winning it in 2009. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

When the putter works, is there anyone better? Rory McIlroy is next to unbeatable. And the world number one – who returns to a favoured hunting gro(...)

Rory McIlroy: “It’s just to try and stay as fresh as possible and give myself the best possible chance each and every week that I tee up, the best possible chance to play well.” Photo: Brendon thorne/Getty

The old adage that “less is more” would appear to have struck a chord with the world’s two best golfers, as Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson kick-star(...)

Former professional golfer Danielle McVeigh. Of playing so well through her father’s illness and following his death, McVeigh now believes she “just blocked it out”. Photograph: Eric Luke

A lot has changed for Danielle McVeigh. Here she is, sitting at the back of a coffee shop on South William Street in Dublin’s city centre, a mug of co(...)

Peter Lawrie during the second round of the European Tour qualifying school final stage in November in Girona, Spain.Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

The harsh reality of surviving as a tour professional without a tour card will likely be a motivating 15th club in the bag for Peter Lawrie, who will (...)

Captain Paul McGinley (top right) holds the Ryder Cup as Team Europe golfers pose for a group photograph after the closing ceremony of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

The American fight came when it was too late. Europe - under Paul McGinley’s captaincy - had outplayed the USA where it mattered, on the golf course, (...)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his one-stroke victory on the 18th green with his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy is entitled to strut as he walks down the fairway. He is entitled to twirl the club in his hands, his trademark reaction to a perfectl(...)

 Katie Taylor pictured at Dublin Airport after arriving home from the world women’s boxing championships in South Korea where she won her fifth gold medal. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Katie Taylor has landed her fair share of uppercuts in boxing rings around the globe. Now comes confirmation that she can deliver a knockout blow in t(...)