Rory McIlroy  watches his tee shot during the first round of the Australian Open golf championship in Sydney. McIlroy shot a 2-under 69. Photograph: Rick Rycroft/Ap

Still feeling “a bit jetlagged” world number one Rory McIlroy has finished with a two-under-par 69 on day one of the Australian Open. The 25-year-ol(...)

Rory McIlroy:  said the victory at Royal Sydney last year was the springboard for a stellar 2014. Photo: Matt King/Getty

World number one Rory McIlroy is back to defend his Australian Open title in the city where he kickstarted the most recent phase of his career last ye(...)

Rory McIlroy  receives the Race To Dubai trophy from HE Saeed Harib, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, after winnng The Race To Dubai at the DP World Tour Championship. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images 1:56

Rory McIlroy isn’t ready just yet to pack away the clubs for winter. The world number one – his bank balance further enhanced by scooping the Race to (...)

 Rory McIlroy  acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green after the final round of the  DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy will look to successfully defend the title which kick-started his resurgence at this week’s Australian Open in Sydney.Given the world num(...)

 Ryder Cup star Graeme McDowell continued to set the pace on the second day of the £5.4milllion WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire.

Ireland’s Graeme McDowell continued to set the pace on the second day of the £5.4milllion WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai on Friday. McDowell, wh(...)

 Graeme McDowell  plays his second shot in to the ninth hole during the first round of the WGC - HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China. Photoghraph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Patrick Reed hit the headlines for the wrong reasons in Shanghai on the opening day of the WGC-HSBC Champions event. While playing partner Graeme McDo(...)

Australian Adam Scott plays out of the rough during the pro-am at Sheshan International Golf Club Shanghai yesterday ahead of today’s WGC-HSBC Champions tournament. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

World number two Adam Scott is ready to take advantage of the absence of Rory McIlroy at the $8.5 million (€6.8 million) WGC-HSBC Champions tournam(...)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and his caddie JP Fitzgerald prepare at the fifth tee during the third round of The Barclays at The Ridgewood Country Club  in Paramus, New Jersey. Photograph:  Darren Carroll/Getty Images

Jason Day and Jim Furyk are tied for the lead heading into the final day of The Barclays while an inconsistent third-round performance left world numb(...)

Rory McIlroy holds the British Open Claret Jug trophy on the Old Trafford pitch during half-time of Manchester United’s   Premier League match against Swansea City at Old Trafford. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Rory McIlroy’s bucket list is getting smaller but one unfulfilled wish is to win the FedExCup Series and therefore be crowned the PGA Tour champion(...)

Lee Westwood  hits his tee shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the US PGA Championship at Valhalla  in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

A rejuvenated Lee Westwood set the early clubhouse target as Tiger Woods failed to make an impression on the opening day of the 96th US PGA Championsh(...)