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 (...)

Rory McIlroy putting for birdie at the 18th green during the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open first round at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. Photograph:  Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Inspired by Phil Mickelson’s double Scottish Open and British Open title wins last year, Rory McIlroy began his run this weekend in superb form and si(...)

Phil Mickelson of the USA: champion keen to get out in wet and windy weather to defend title “as I never get a chance to back home”. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Phil Mickelson is hoping for the wind to blow and the rain to fall this week as he aims for his personal “double double” of Scottish Open and Briti(...)

Composite photo showing USA’s Phil Mickelson celebrating after winning the 2013 Britush Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club (left) and after winning the  Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Course (right).  Photograph: PA Wire.

When Phil Mickelson arrived in Scotland 12 months ago, he had never won a tournament on British soil and admitted the greatest challenge of his caree(...)

 Crowds gather around the 7th green at Fota Island yesterday to watch Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy and Stephen Gallacher  during the second round of the Irish Open yesterday. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images.

As the poster boy of global golf departed, Rory McIlroy’s fate sealed by an overhanging tree branch which ricocheted his ball into the wilderness down(...)

Rory McIlroy has struggled to get up and running at Fota on the first day. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy blamed a “sloppy” short game for an opening round of 74 which left him facing a battle to avoid another early ex(...)