Hennie Otto of South Africa putts during the second round of the 71st Italian Open Damiani at Circolo Golf Torino. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

As a South African he cannot compete in the Ryder Cup, but Hennie Otto may still have played a significant part in deciding Europe’s team in the Itali(...)

 Rory McIlroy  hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla GC in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo:  David Cannon/Getty Images

The symmetry was close to perfection. As Tiger Woods teed off from the first tee, his fellow Swoosh embroidered golfer was some 60 yards away prowling(...)

Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke in relaxed mood as they stroll down the 16th fairway during yesterday’s practice session for today’s US PGA Championship at Valhalla. Photograph: John Sommers II/Reuters

The convergence of a perfect storm came about yesterday in and about the car park of Valhalla Golf Club, as Rory McIlroy – with the Claret Jug in his (...)

Rory McIlroy is congratulated by Sergio Garcia after his victroy in  the Bridgestone Invitational  in Akron, Ohio.

Some things come with winning. In Rory McIlroy’s latest case, it involved lifting a rather large ceramic trophy as the newest name on the Bridgestone (...)

Rory McIlroy drives off the sixth tee during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy met Sergio Garcia for lunch before the weather-delayed start to the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational here at Firestone Cou(...)

 Rory McIlroy  looks at the Claret Jug after winning the British Open  at Hoylake. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA
Rory McIlroy - in other words
  • Golf
  • July 21, 2014, 13:30

Rory McIlroy may not have been able to win the British Open by the same margin as in his two previous major victories, but the 25-year-old’s victory (...)

Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke in action at  Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake. “There’s Darren Clarke,” said Peter Alliss, “well, what’s left of Darren Clarke”.

Whatever challenges lay ahead of Rory McIlroy going in to the final round of the British Open yesterday, they were nothing compared to the trials and (...)

 Darren Clarke taks shelter from the rain at the start of his round on day three of the British Open. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire.

Three years on from his greatest ever title win in his favourite championship, the slimmed-down version of Darren Clarke reintroduced himself to the B(...)

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy plays through the rough on the fifth hole during day two of the British Open. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.
Rory McIlroy on song at Hoylake
  • Golf
  • July 18, 2014, 10:17

Abandoning the tactics which brought him victory at Royal Liverpool in 2006 proved costly for Tiger Woods in the second round of the British Open on F(...)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd after making a par putt  on the 17th green at Royal Liverpool   in Hoylake. Photograph: Toby Melville / Reuters

Low scoring dominated the first day of the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool — with even a rusty Tiger Woods getting in on the act, despite (...)