Ian Madigan’s eye for a gap echoes that of his boyhood hero, Carlos Spencer, whom he describes as ‘a magician’. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Being able to play well in a number of positions can be a double-edged sword. Much as Ian Madigan would like to be a specialist outhalf, his ability t(...)

 Pádraig Harrington: hits from a bunker at the 14th green during practice for the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Illinois, USA. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

The planning is as meticulous as ever, his caddie Rónán Flood conveying the numbers from the yardage book and Pádraig Harrington absorbing them in hi(...)

Pádraig Harrington  waits on a green during his practice round yesterday ahead of  the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool  in Hoylake. Photograph:   Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

His attention to detail is akin to that of number crunchers and legal eagles going through due diligence. Nothing is left to chance. Pádraig Harirngto(...)

 Jason Day of Australia hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Photo:  Rob Carr/Getty Images

The quest isn’t necessarily for perfection, for golf – as Dr Bob Rotella will tell you – is not a game of perfect. Jason Day, though, will keep(...)

Maybe, just maybe, Pádraig Harrington can start believing that his luck is changing for the better. The last acti(...)