Rickie Fowler celebrates with his mother Lynne Fowler after winning a three-way playoff at the  the Players Championship at Sawgrass. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Rickie Fowler’s mother and sister held reservations on a commercial flight from Jacksonville International to San Diego that was scheduled to leave o(...)

Former world number one Tiger Woods makes cut with a birdie on his closing hole. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

The fighting Irish seems an appropriate metaphor to describe the battling qualities of world number one Rory McIlroy (71), Graeme McDowell (70) and Pa(...)

Rory McIlroy is four off the lead at the Players Championship after a second round 71 left him at four under par. Photograph: Getty

The fighting Irish seems an appropriate metaphor to describe the battling qualities of world number one Rory McIlroy (71), Graeme McDowell (70) and Pa(...)

Rory McIlroy: “It was nice to get the job done, really satisfying . . . now we move on to The Players at Sawgrass and try to do it again.” Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Not one for living in anyone’s shadow, Rory McIlroy – who has occupied the world number one spot for the past nine months and seems likely to carry t(...)

Rory McIlroy tosses his ball after missing a putt on the eighth hole green during his championship match in the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

World number one Rory McIlroy became the second golfer after Tiger Woods to win the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play as the top seed when(...)

Rory McIlroy  tees off on the 17th hole during round three of the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park on May 1st, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Photograph: Getty

World number one Rory McIlroy fought back from two holes down with two to play to beat Billy Horschel at the WGC-Match Play Championship on Friday, wh(...)

Rory McIlroy will face Billy Horschel for a place in the last-16 at the WGC Cadillac after beating Brandt Snedeker two up  in his second round in San Francisco. Photograph: Getty

World number one and top seed Rory McIlroy beat Brandt Snedeker on Thursday, setting up a showdown with FedExCup champion Billy Horschel for a place i(...)

Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot on the 4th during round one of the World Golf Championship Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park on April 29th, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Photograph: Robert Laberge/Getty Images

Masters champion Jordan Spieth and world number one Rory McIlroy enjoyed comfortable victories on the opening day of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, a(...)

Rory McIlroy will play Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker and Billy Horschel in his pool at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship. Photograph: Getty

Top seed and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy has been handed a tough draw for the new-look WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship in San Francisco a(...)

Jimmy Walker waves to fans after winning the Valero Texas Open  at TPC San Antonio. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Hometown boy Jimmy Walker held his nerve to close out victory at the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio.The Ryder Cup player added to his Sony Open (...)