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(...)

Charley Hull asks Paula Creamer to sign her ball after defeating the American 5 and 4 in their singles match. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Before the first ball was struck in the Solheim Cup, Suzann Pettersen of Norway was asked what the Europeans could do to hand the United States its fi(...)

The crowds turned out in force for the Irish Open at Carton House in Maynooth to watch England’s Paul Casey triumph. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Irish Open, played on the Montgomerie Course at Carton House, marked the rejuvenation of the flagging career of Englishman Paul Casey. He won in s(...)

Tiger Woods waits on the 18th green alongside his caddie Joe LaCava during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Photograph:  Scott Halleran/Getty Images
Woods looking back to his best
  • Golf
  • March 11, 2013, 06:00

KAREN CROUSE On the second hole at the Blue Monster on Sunday, Tiger Woods drained a 19-foot putt for birdie. When at last the applause (...)