Defending champion Jordan Spieth laboured to an opening round 71 in the Australian Open. Photograph: Epa

Defending champion Jordan Spieth was blown off course as he struggled in the opening round of the Australian Open. The world number one labo(...)

Paul Casey has precluded himself form selection for Europe’s 2016 Ryder cup side. Photograph: Afp

The biggest loser from Paul Casey’s decision to preclude himself from Ryder Cup inclusion is not the biennial event. Nor is it the European team. It w(...)

Rory McIlroy  tees off on the 16th hole during the final round of DP World Tour Championship  in Dubai, UAE. Photograph: Kamran Jebreili/AP

For a time this year, Rory McIlroy’s ankle rather than his shot-making was the focus. Doing it his way, the Northern Irishman used Instagram and oth(...)

Paul Casey will miss next year’s Ryder Cup as he will concentrate on playing on the PGA Tour. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and chief executive Keith Pelley have expressed their surprise at Paul Casey’s decision not to rejoin the European Tou(...)

Rory McIlroy has done a lot to promote golf in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

The value of golf tourism in Northern Ireland increased by a quarter last year. An extra €8.5 million was spent as Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and D(...)

North-South relations: “Despite working in and around Leinster House for more than a decade and studying Irish at school, I’m still self-conscious of my pronunciation of the word ‘Dáil’ and even ‘Taoiseach’.”

The humble Nordie settled south of the Border is often misunderstood. At the risk of adding to the stereotype of the “whingeing Northerner”, I think w(...)

Rory McIlroy during the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club in Antalya, Turkey. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

A busy man is Rory McIlroy. If his quest to claim the Turkish Airlines Open here on The Montgomerie is his immediate aim as part of his bid to retain (...)

Jamie Donaldson in action on the 17th hole during the Irish Open at Royal Portrush. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

The telltale signs of positive tidings were everywhere at Royal Portrush yesterday. A crammed car park, a crowded press briefing room. TV cameras and (...)

Darren Clarke  at Royal Portrush Golf Club, County Antrim. “Nobody could foresee that coming about during the bad old days . .”  Photo:  PA Wire

A replica of the Claret Jug, the most prized trophy in golf, currently lies on display in a cabinet in the Royal Portush clubhouse. It was donated to (...)

Padraig Harrington will be there for the weekend in Portugal but he sits a long way off the lead. Photo: Luis Forra/PA

Castleknock’s Peter Lawrie looks to have missed out on regaining his European Tour card after shooting a second round 72 to miss the cut at th(...)