Rory McIlroy is presented with a birthday cake ahead of the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy believes he is close to eliminating the “bad habits” which have contributed to being the only member of the world’s top five without a vi(...)

The Claret Jug in front of Royal Troon’s Postage Stamp. Photograph: Getty

Spectators at this year’s Open Championship will get a unique view of one of the most famous holes in golf, tournament officials have announced. A wi(...)

 Alexander Levy of France shelters from the rain during the final round of the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club  in Shenzhen, China. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Soomin Lee, Lee Slattery and Alexander Levy were in a three-way tie for the lead when play at the Shenzhen International was suspended for the day du(...)

Paul Dunne shot an opening round 68 at the Shenzhen International. Photograph: Getty

Paul Dunne is two shots off the lead after the first round of the Shenzhen International after he posted an opening 68. The Greystones golfer made fi(...)

Jordan Spieth of the US reacts after sinking his putt on the twelfth hole during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Photo: Erik Lesser/PA

A little after 9.30am, 90 minutes or so after Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus clacked their drives down the first fairway in the ceremonial opening, the(...)

World number one Jason Day with his son Dash during the  Par 3 competition at Augusta yesterday. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The temptation is to reach out, to grab destiny before it slips away. If Rory McIlroy is to find that missing link to the career Grand Slam here at t(...)

 Bubba Watson:  has arguably the best game tee-to-green with his monster drives giving him an edge on the field. Photo:  Harry How/Getty Images

In this week of weeks on tour, it is hard to find inner calm. But that is what all players want, so that their focus is on one thing: securing a gree(...)

Bubba Watson of the United States during the 2016 World Golf Championships Dell Match Play last month. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Bubba Watson’s willingness to defy convention was apparent in his youth. Had Gerry Watson, the late father of the double Masters champion, had his wa(...)

Rory McIlroy is aiming to be the first European winner of the Masters since 1999. Photograph: Getty

Rory McIlroy may have enhanced his chances of completing the career grand slam by opting out of the par-three contest, but the world number three stil(...)

Then there is the small matter of Rory McIlroy attempting to win the Masters to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Woods in completing the career grand slam. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

This Masters already serves as Rory McIlroy’s odd one out. For the first time since 2012, the Northern Irishman will arrive at Augusta National withou(...)