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(...)

Tiger Woods recovered slightly from a poor start in the Phoenix Open to finish two over after his opening round, nine shots off the lead of Ryan Palmer. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods had to battle back from a tough start to his first round of 2015 as fellow American Ryan Palmer led the Waste Management Phoenix Open afte(...)

Tiger Woods talks to the media after playing a practice round at the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Arizona, this week. Photograph: AP Photo/Rick Scuteri

Tiger Woods will be looking to prove he can still be the force he once was against two of golf’s young rising stars when the Waste Management Phoenix (...)

 Lee Westwood of England lifts the trophy after winning the Thailand Golf Championship at Amata Spring Country Club. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Lee Westwood hit an impressive final-round 67 to win the Thailand Golf Championship by one shot on Sunday.The English golfer moved into contention on(...)

Tiger Woods feeling the heat on the third tee during the first round the Hero World Challenge at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Windermere, Florida. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Tiger Woods may have pronounced himself fit but he looked far from ready for his return to action at the Hero World Challenge, after a four-month abse(...)