Shane Lowry of Ireland in action during a practise round for the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club on Wednesday. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Off-the-back of 13 straight cuts, posting five top-10 finishes, and cementing his place within the world’s top 50, Shane Lowry is in as good a posi(...)

A relieved  Shane Lowry embraces his caddie Dermot Byrne on the 18th green after the finishing his final round of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates  in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

How do I explain this? The sense of relief I felt on that 18th green of the Jumeirah Golf Estates’ The Earth course in Dubai on Sunday was something n(...)

Shane Lowry of Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the third round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Ireland’s Shane Lowry has moved up to 47th in the updated official World Golf Rankings, all-but securing a Masters Tournament debut for the Irish man (...)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off during the final round of the World Tour Championship golf tournament at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Yoshua Arias / EPA

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson successfully defended a title for the first time in his career after a thrilling finish to the DP World Tour Championship on S(...)

 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland  during the third round of the World Tour Championship golf tournament at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Yoshua Arias / EPA

Defending champion Henrik Stenson remained on course to achieve a personal milestone worth more than €1.6 million as Rory McIlroy suffered a nightmare(...)

Ireland’s Shane Lowry  celebrates his hole in one on the par-three 13th during the second round of the DP World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates  in Dubai. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry, who despite his first hole-in-one in tournament play, endured frustrating second days at the DP World Tour championship (...)

Rory McIlroy  acknowledges the crowd at the par 5, 18th hole after holing out for a six under par 66 and a share of the lead during the first round of the 2014 DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy could not contain his excitement at getting back into competitive action after a six-week lay-off, although his competitors probably did (...)

  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland has won his second Race to Dubai title.  Photograph:  Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Some more boxes were ticked, as Brooks Koepka – an American who is not adverse to criss-crossing time zones – won the Turkish Airlines Open today, his(...)

Shane Lowry will be hoping he can break into the the world’s top 50 over the next few weeks. Photograph: Getty Images

Rory McIlroy may be conspicuous by his absence as the only one of Europe’s triumphant 12-man Ryder Cup team not to be playing in this week’s $8.5 mil(...)

 Rory McIlroy sits on the 17th tee as he waits to play his shot during the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course  in St Andrews, Scotland. Photo:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Maybe, it would seem, the gerrymandering that goes on with the PGA Tour’s end-of-season playoffs for the FedEx Cup is the right way; at least in te(...)