Ernie Els: became interested in playing in the Irish Open having spoken to Rory McIlroy in the Middle East. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

As any advertiser will attest there is nothing like ‘restricted’ or ‘limited supply’ to get a potential audience’s attention. If you create a hint of (...)

Ernie Els of South Africa looks over his approach shot to the second green during second round play of the US Masters at Augusta National. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Jordan Spieth carded the lowest halfway total in Masters history to take a massive step closer to a first major title at Augusta National on Friday.Sp(...)

 Tiger Woods   and Darren Clarke are all smiles during as they talk  on the practice range  at Augusta National Golf Club ahead of the Masters. Photograph:  Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

I walked into another world again on Monday. The sensation never changes. This is my 20th Masters – with a couple of gap years – and, still, after all(...)

A spectator emerging from the gorse during an  Irish Amateur Open Championship  at Portmarnock Golf Club. Photo: Alan Betson

As he entered the cool, dark, enclave of Foley’s before tea-time on Monday, Vinny Fitzpatrick had a distinctive pep in his step; almost akin to a swag(...)

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy jokes with his caddie JP Fitzgerald during yesterday’s practice round prior to today’s opening round of the 114th US Open at Pinehurst’s No.2 course in North Carolina. Photograph: Tyler Lecka/Getty Images

When you have the all-time career Major record holder as a trusted advisor, the world isn’t quite so complicated. No longer merely a boy wonder, Rory (...)

 Graeme McDowell  hits a bunker shot during a practice round for the US Open at Pinehurst’s  Course No 2 in North Carolina. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

A lot has changed in nine years for Graeme McDowell, who comes into this 114th US Open a much changed player to the one who debuted in this championsh(...)

The par-five 10th at Pinehurst. The renovation of the course, described as “funky” by coach Pete Cowen, meant the removal of more than 40 acres of rough, which was replaced by native vegetation that includes clumps of wiregrass on sandy areas adjoining the fairways. Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The view from the 18th green back down the fairway which will determine the eventual winner of this 114th US Open is the stuff of picture postcards. O(...)

Pinehurst No. 2, the signature golf course at a resort in Pinehurst, N.C., May 28, 2014. The famous golf course, recently returned to its original appearance with irregular sand and native vegetation, will host the United States Open and the United States Women's Open in the coming weeks. (Travis Dove/The New York Times)

As one of the country’s first golf resorts, Pinehurst has long been viewed as an American cradle of the sport. The resort’s showcase golf course, know(...)

The 18th green at Pinehurst No. 2, without any surrounding rough, in a departure from the usual US Open set-up. Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.

No Michael Campbell, no Tiger Woods, no rough. Anyone expecting this year’s US Open at Pinehurst to resemble the last in 2005 is in for a surprise.In(...)

 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(...)