Rory McIlroy plays a shot during the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. Photograph: Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA

The most effective way for Ernie Els to prevent Rory McIlroy from matching a record of three Dubai Desert Classic victories is by lifting the giant t(...)

Northern Irishman golfer Graeme McDowell poses with his trophy after winning the 2014 Alstom Open de France on. Photo: Thomas Sampson/Getty Images

Graeme McDowell is hoping a couple of factors will combine at this week’s French Open to belatedly kick-start his season. Firstly, the Northern Irishm(...)

Alex Noren of Sweden plays his second shot on the second hole on day four of the Nordea Masters at the PGA Sweden National. Photo: Harry Engels/Getty Images

Sweden’s Alex Noren put last year’s injury misery firmly behind him after cruising to his second Nordea Masters title at a windswept PGA Sweden Nation(...)

Alex Noren of Sweden lines up a putt on the 17th hole on day three of the Nordea Masters in Malmo. Photo: Harry Engels/Getty Images

Sweden’s Alex Noren will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Nordea Masters as home players filled six of the top eight places in Malmo. (...)

Swedish amateur Marcus Kinhult  plays his second shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the   Nordea Masters at the PGA Sweden National in Malmo. Photo: Harry Engels/Getty Images

Swedish teenager Marcus Kinhult became the first amateur to lead at the halfway stage of a European Tour event since Shane Lowry in 2009 after another(...)

Newly named Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke misses the cut after three bogeys on the back nine in the Joburg Open in South Africa. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Just a week after the euphoria of being named Europe’s 2016 Ryder Cup captain, Darren Clarke missed the cut at the Joburg Open following a sloppy seco(...)

Ireland’s Kevin Phelan plays his second shot into the 18th green during the second round of the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Waterford golfer Kevin Phelan put himself in a strong position at the Joburg Open, carding a four-under 68 to move to eight under and within four sho(...)

Rory McIlroy  tees off on the seventh hole during his final round on his way to victory in the  Dubai Desert Classic. Photograph:  Fadi Al-Assaad/Reuters

World number one Rory McIlroy admitted he was looking for the solid rather than the spectacular as he won the Dubai Desert Classic for a second time.T(...)

Ernie Els  after winning the BMW International
Els takes the title in Munich
  • Golf
  • June 23, 2013, 17:00

Ernie Els claimed a wire-to-wire victory in the BMW International Open in Munich by one shot from Thomas Bjorn as he continued his preparations to def(...)

Joint leader Ernie Els acknowledges the crowd during the third round of the BMW International Open. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images
Bjorn comes into the equation
  • Golf
  • June 22, 2013, 20:18

Thomas Bjorn fired a stunning round of 65 to put himself firmly in contention for a third BMW International Open title in Munich today.The Dane, who w(...)