Rory McIlroy is the new face of EA Sports - Tiger Woods has had the honour for  15 years before 2013. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

The changing of the guard in terms of playing success has been obvious for some time. Barring something remarkable, Tiger Woods has already been usurp(...)

Dustin Johnson drives from the 12th tee on his way to winning the  WGC-Cadillac Championship at the Blue Monster course  in Doral, Florida. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images.

Nothing is ever elementary for the gentleman known as Bubba Watson; or, for that matter, for Rory McIlroy, the world number one. Indeed, on the PGA To(...)

 Rory McIlroy plays his second shot on the second hole during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral Blue Monster Course in Doral, Florida. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Shane Lowry will head into the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on the Blue Monster course Sunday with a chance to make significant inroad(...)

Rory McIlroy during the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on the Blue Monster in Doral, Florida. Photograph:  Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

What will Rory McIlroy do next? On the list of possibilities, hurling a three iron like an Olympic hammer thrower into the lake hardly factored. But, (...)

Rory McIlroy in action  during a practice round on the Blue Monster Course at Trump National Doral ahead of the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Florida. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

He is the game’s dominant player, its poster boy to the masses. Rory McIlroy, though, found some solitude in his final practice round ahead of the $9 (...)

 ‘Bad boy’ Bubba Watson. Photograph:  Scott Halleran/Getty Images

It’s all about the W, as the absent Tiger Woods puts it of getting wins on board. But, if Bubba Watson were to finish second in the WGC-Cadillac Champ(...)

Padraig Harrington has made the cut at the Northern Trust Open.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

Padraig Harrington has made the cut at the Northern Trust Open after he carded a two over par second round 73 at a challenging Riviera.Following on fr(...)

Sergio Garcia missed the cut in his last outing at the Dubai Desert Classic. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Sergio Garcia will look to kick-start his 2015 season when he contests the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in California this week.Garcia,(...)

Phoenix Open winner Brooks Koepka has been “picking the brain” of “unbelievable” McIlroy. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Chances are, when he gets time to get around to it, Rory McIlroy will bend Brooks Koepka’s ear about the possibility of playing in the Irish Open at (...)

Brooks Koepka holds the trophy after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Brooks Koepka, who won his maiden PGA Tour title on Sunday in Phoenix, said failing to earn a PGA Tour card in 2012 and going to play in Europe instea(...)