Rory McIlroy hits his third shot on the fifth hole during his second – and final – round of the Irish Open at Royal County Down. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Its reputation had gone before it and its reappearance in the European Tour didn’t disappoint. As one of the most famed and feared links on the planet(...)

 Rory McIlroy signs autographs for fans at Royal County Down Golf Club, Co Down.  Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/©Inpho

Martin McGuinness and Rory McIlroy made quite the pair at Royal County Down, the 18 holes of dunes and sand where this year’s Irish Open will be pla(...)

Shane Warne, Darren Clarke and BBC presenter Stephen Watson share a joke after playing in the Irish Open Pro-Am at Royal Co Down. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images.

Stephen Watson managed to record a par and two spectators on the front nine. The face of BBC Sport Northern Ireland was persecuted by a misbehaving dr(...)

Darren Clarke: “My desire is what keeps me out there practising and working hard and seeking those four consistent rounds in a row.”  Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

Darren Clarke isn’t the sensitive type. Thick-skinned as they come, in fact! Europe’s Ryder Cup captain accepts his team will endure some heckling (...)

Rory McIlroy will play with Rickie Fowler in the first round of the Irish Open. Photograph: Getty

World number one Rory McIlroy will play with Rickie Fowler and Martin Kaymer in the pick of the draw at the Irish Open. Walker Cup rivals turne(...)

European captain Darren Clarke will keep three wildcard selections for the 2016 Ryder Cup. Photograph: Getty

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has resisted the temptation to make any changes to the qualifying system for next year’s Ryder Cup, which wil(...)

Rory McIlroy will be joined by Ryder Cup hero Jamie Donaldson, as well as Martin Kaymer for the first two rounds of the BMW PGA Championsip at Wentworth. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy will begin his defence of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Thursday alongside European Ryder Cup team-mates Martin Kaymer and (...)

Rory McIlroy: “It was nice to get the job done, really satisfying . . . now we move on to The Players at Sawgrass and try to do it again.” Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Not one for living in anyone’s shadow, Rory McIlroy – who has occupied the world number one spot for the past nine months and seems likely to carry t(...)

 Rory McIlroy:  victories and  sponsorship deal  make him Ireland’s richest sportsman. Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty

He’s got the world number-one spot, four Majors and counting, and now Rory McIlroy can add the title of Ireland’s richest sportsman to his burgeoning (...)

Reigning US Open champion Martin Kaymer will play at the Irish Open at Royal County Down at the end of May. Photograph:   Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Darren Clarke’s fishing trip to Boca Grande wasn’t too productive. It would seem Rory McIlroy is having considerably greater success in reeling in the(...)