Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland catches a golf ball from caddie JP Fitzgerald during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

An amateur more than twice his age, who has already beaten him once, could hold the key to Rory McIlroy’s bid to complete a career grand slam.McIlroy(...)

Lucy Li from Redwood City, California one her way to victory in her age cateory at the US National Finals of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championships last monthat Augusta National. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Those who are uncomfortable with children being exposed to the harsh realities of top-level sport should look away now. An 11-year-old golfer, Lucy Li(...)

Matt Kuchar celebrates on the 18th green on his way to victory in the  RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links  in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Photograph:  Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

It seems to be a good time for the idiosyncratic golfer in the United States. We have just enjoyed a festival of the individual on the PGA Tour(...)

Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland in action during round one of the 2014 Maybank Malaysian Open at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in Malaysia. Photograph:  Ian Walton/Getty Images

Lee Westwood shook off the disappointment of another missed major opportunity with a superb opening round in the Maybank Malaysian Open on Thur(...)

 Bubba Watson of the United States waves to the gallery on the 18th green after the third round of the US Masters  at Augusta National. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

The apparently well-oiled machine that had been Bubba Watson for the first two rounds stalled in this third round of the 78th Masters; and a wh(...)

 Rory McIlroy chats with marker Jeff Knox during the third round of the US  Masters at Augusta National. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Some hits you take on the chin, which is what Rory McIlroy did with some dignity in his third round of the Masters. The Ulsterman finished bird(...)

 Rory McIlroy walks out of the azaleas  behind the 13th green during the second round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy had quite the ride in his second round of the 78th Masters here at Augusta National and survived to tell the tale – if only barel(...)

 Bubba Watson lines up a putt on the first hole during the second round of the US  Masters. Photograph: EPA

Nothing is too complicated with Bubba Watson. The philosophy is a simple one: you hit the ball, go find it, hit it again. Sooner or later, you(...)

The 13th hole at Augusta National. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Come Sunday afternoon, the Par 5 13th hole - where players make their escape from Amen Corner - will be a cauldron of noise. For this classic r(...)

Darren Clarke: “I couldn’t have done it without a lot of help from a lot of people — they know who they are and I thank them enormously for it.”

Darren Clarke and David Lynn will have extra reasons to enjoy the 78th US Masters when it gets under way at Augusta National on Thursday. (...)