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 (...)

Sweden’s  Peter Hanson  putts  on  the 18th green during the opening round  of the HP Byron Nelson Championship at the TPC Four Seasons Resort  in Irving, Texas. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Two weeks after withdrawing from the Wells Fargo Championship with a back injury, Swede Peter Hanson charged into a one-shot lead at the Byron Nelson (...)

Ben Martin in action at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana. Photograph:Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Ben Martin fired a course record 10-under-par 62 to take a two-stroke lead in the opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans . (...)

David Higgins leads the Irish challenge at the Italian Open on five under.  Photograph:   Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Ryder Cup star Nicolas Colsaerts had his mother to thank as he claimed a share of the lead after the first round of the Italian Open in Turin. Colsaer(...)

Tiger Woods chips to a putting green on the driving range during a practice round for the Masters. Photograph: Matt Slocum/AP Photo

They’re golf’s global poster boys, own the same trademark swoosh and occupy the top two places on the world ranking. But there’s a not-so-subtl(...)