David Howell plays out of a bunker on to the second green during the first round of the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National in Paris. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Graeme McDowell’s bid for a hat-trick of French Open titles looks like it will have to be done the hard way after a weather-disrupted opening day in P(...)

Northern Irishman golfer Graeme McDowell poses with his trophy after winning the 2014 Alstom Open de France on. Photo: Thomas Sampson/Getty Images

Graeme McDowell is hoping a couple of factors will combine at this week’s French Open to belatedly kick-start his season. Firstly, the Northern Irishm(...)

Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal celebrates a birdie during his final round on the way to winning  the BMW International Open in Germany. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

Pablo Larrazabal attributed his second BMW International Open title to a flying start as he carded a final-day 66 to see off the challenge of Henrik S(...)

England’s James Morrison gestures towards the crowd on the 18th green during the third round of the BMW International Open  at the Eichenried Golf Club  in Munich. Photo: Paul Thomas/Getty Images

Surrey’s James Morrison knows he has to maintain his consistent low scoring this week to stand a chance of winning his second European Tour title in s(...)

Patrick Reed of the US makes his tee shot on the fifteenth hole with Puget Sound as a backdrop during the second round of the 115th US Open Championship golf tournament at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Belt-tightening time, for the ride at this 115th edition of the US Open Championship – on greens which Henrik Stenson described as “borderline laughab(...)

Rory McIlroy hits a tee shot during practice ahead of the start of the US Open at Chambers Bay. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Bravery? Or foolhardy? We’ll soon see. If the USGA’s decision in bringing this 115th edition of the US Open to a new, links-style course crafted ou(...)

View of the par three third hole overlooking the Bay of Puget Sound at Chambers Bay golf course, Washington, United States. The course  hosts the 2015 US Open golf tournament. Photograph: Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The “R” word has been used a lot. In the locker room, and on the range; out the course too. On the ninth tee, the elevated one, Alastair McLean – a ca(...)

Tiger Woods hits a tee shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 115th US Open Championship at Chambers Bay. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Is this how it is going to be? In a throwback to the game’s origins, Erik Compton studiously worked out the best route to the hole. He was 60 yards (...)

Martin Kaymer hits an approach shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 115th US Open Championship at Chambers Bay. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

What did Graeme McDowell do? Only open the floodgates, if you must know; after a drought of European winners that dated all the way back to Tony Ja(...)

Pádraig Harrington has missed the cut at the St Jude Classic and will not qualify for the US Open. Photograph:   Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Pádraig Harrington’s hopes of playing in next week’s US Open were extinguished in Memphis yesterday after a level-par 70 left him on five over par at (...)