Rory McIlroy could become only the sixth person to complete a clean sweep of major championships at the Masters. Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP

In the coming days, Rory McIlroy could be the only person not contemplating the significance should he take his career to a level that even some of th(...)

Rory McIlroy has cited his collapse in the 2011 US Masters as tye most important day of his career. Photograph: Inpho

Rory McIlroy believes it is “unthinkable” that he will not win the Masters at some point to complete the career grand slam.And the world number one ha(...)

Rory McIlroy in action during the pro-am as a preview for The Honda Classic. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

On the 17th tee of his pro-am round at the Honda Classic on Wednesday, Rory McIlroy struck up a conversation with Mike Collis, an executive officer in(...)

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark makes a backhand return to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday. Photograph: Lee Jin-man/AP

Caroline Wozniacki said she felt “cursed” at Melbourne Park after losing in straight sets to a resurgent Victoria Azarenka in the Australian Open sec(...)

Serena Williams is through to the second round of the Australian Open after she beat Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck in straight sets. (Photograph: William WestGetty Images)

Serena Williams was dragged into a second set scrap by unheralded Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck but put down the minor threat with some powerful serving(...)

Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after beating  Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in the final of the Brisbane International. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Tennis round-up: US Open champion Marin Cilic has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of a shoulder injury, the world number nine said on Satur(...)

 Rory McIlroy’s profile reaching new heights, according to data analysis from Adoreboard.  Photograph:   Matt King/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy’s stellar form this year has seen his online popularity surpass three of the big global brands that sponsor him, a study finds.McIlroy en(...)

 Rory McIlroy  acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green after the final round of the  DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy will look to successfully defend the title which kick-started his resurgence at this week’s Australian Open in Sydney.Given the world num(...)

Rory McIlroy with Gillian Creevy, Cancer Fund for Children’s chief executive,  Caleb Overton (10) and Amy Uprichard (right) at the launch of Daisy Lodge, Cancer Fund for Children’s therapeutic short break centre in Newcastle, Co. Down. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

The extent of Rory McIlroy’s youth is often lost in the analysis of his success. At Augusta National next April, the world’s No1 golfer will attempt (...)

Serena Williams of the US  poses with the championship trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark to win the women’s final match of the 2014 US Open Tennis Championship at Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, yesterday. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

They did the cool thing, the classy thing, by bringing Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert out to embellish, or even to authenticate, the occasion of(...)