Charl Schwartzel is two shots off the lead after day two of the Tshwane Open. Photograph: Getty

South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel justified his billing as pre-tournament favourite by surging into contention for an eighth European Tour title on home(...)

Charl Schwartzel of South Africa in action at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Golf Club. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel won the Alfred Dunhill Championship by four shots at Leopard Creek Country Club yesterday to clinch the first t(...)

Rory McIlroy  tees off on the 17th hole during round three of the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park on May 1st, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Photograph: Getty

World number one Rory McIlroy fought back from two holes down with two to play to beat Billy Horschel at the WGC-Match Play Championship on Friday, wh(...)

  Andy Sullivan of England after holing his winning putt during the play-off against Charl Schwartzel of South Africa in the final round of the South African Open at Glendower Golf Club  in Johannesburg. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

England’s Andy Sullivan won his first European Tour title on Sunday after home favourite Charl Schwartzel suffered a dramatic collapse in the South Af(...)

 Andy Sullivan of England plays a shot during the second round of the South African Open at Glendower Golf Club   in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

England’s Andy Sullivan has one local major champion hot on his heels at the halfway stage of the South African Open, but surprisingly another dropped(...)

South Africa’s Ernie Els playing a shot during the first round of the South African Open at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg yesterday. Photograph: Getty Images

Tournament host Ernie Els set about making amends for a winless 2014 at the earliest possible opportunity with an excellent start to his bid for a six(...)

 Ernie Els  plays an approach shot during the first round of the   South African Open at Glendower Golf Club  in Johannesburg. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Tournament host Ernie Els set about making amends for a winless 2014 at the earliest possible opportunity with an excellent start to his bid for a six(...)

Shane Lowry of Ireland tees off at the first hole during the opening round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Shane Lowry is six off Ross Fisher’s lead going into the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge after he carded a 72 in Sun City, South Africa. Fi(...)

Peter Lawrie needs to win in Perth to secure his Tour card. Photograph: Reuters
Irish trio up against it Down Under
  • Golf
  • October 20, 2014, 19:41

The numbers game is one which leaves absolutely no room to manoeuvre, which at least means Gareth Maybin, Kevin Phelan and Peter Lawrie – who, as thi(...)

Rory McIlroy hits off the 14th tee during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

The familiar spring was still in his step as he marched towards the scorers’ hut, with a one-under par round of 69 safely banked on his return to work(...)