Shane Lowry   tees off during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. Photo:  Stuart Franklin/Getty

I was at the dentist on Tuesday for some root canal treatment which, as anyone knows, isn’t exactly the sort of thing you ever look forward to. The pr(...)

 Rory McIlroy  looks at the Claret Jug after winning the British Open  at Hoylake. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA
Rory McIlroy - in other words
  • Golf
  • July 21, 2014, 13:30

Rory McIlroy may not have been able to win the British Open by the same margin as in his two previous major victories, but the 25-year-old’s victory (...)

The main scoreboard showing the final result of the British Open. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Round 1 – Thursday, July 17thThere’s an old adage about the luck of the draw; there’s another about making your own luck: in the first round, Rory McI(...)

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy plays through the rough on the fifth hole during day two of the British Open. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.
Rory McIlroy on song at Hoylake
  • Golf
  • July 18, 2014, 10:17

Abandoning the tactics which brought him victory at Royal Liverpool in 2006 proved costly for Tiger Woods in the second round of the British Open on F(...)

Darren Clarke and  Rory McIlroy have a laugh  after their practice round yesterday before the 143rd Open Championship tees off today at Royal Liverpool. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

The stars will align for someone, as they always do. And as the final practice day here yesterday for this 143rd British Open was played out under gre(...)

 Henrik Stenson of Sweden talks to the  media after  a practice round prior to the start of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool  in Hoylake, England. Photogrpah:   Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

World number two Henrik Stenson is hoping to “have a laugh or two” playing alongside Tiger Woods during the opening rounds, although the joker in the (...)

Graeme McDowell  smiles as he walks off the third green during a practice round ahead of the British Open Championship at Hoylake.
Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

Let’s cut to the chase. Graeme McDowell has that swagger back, the one that comes with winning. But there’s more to it than that, and the Ulsterman’s (...)

Tiger Woods  walks across the 12th green during a practice round ahead of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake. Photograph:  Phil Noble/Reuters

The latest assertion that Tiger Woods has a viable chance of winning the British Open has arrived from a first-hand witness to the state of the 14-tim(...)


Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland plays a shot from the pine straw on the 12th hole during the final round of the 69th US Women’s Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina on Sunday. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

The arrival of Stephanie Meadow on to the global golfing stage could not have been choreographed any more dramatically, even if her third-placed fini(...)

Martin Kaymer of Germany celebrates with the trophy  after winning the US Open Championship at Pinehurst, North Carolina. Photo: Andrew Reddington/Getty

The show moves on, which is the way of the world in professional golf. Another week, another tour stop. Yet, as many players departed North Carolina (...)