Rory McIlroy shows off the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 British Open  at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake. Photograph: Getty

When the clock ticks over to midnight on December 31st, as Auld Lang Syne rings out from the pubs and while people are hugging, kissing, and making so(...)

 Ryder Cup star Graeme McDowell continued to set the pace on the second day of the £5.4milllion WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire.

Ireland’s Graeme McDowell continued to set the pace on the second day of the £5.4milllion WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai on Friday. McDowell, wh(...)

Australian Adam Scott plays out of the rough during the pro-am at Sheshan International Golf Club Shanghai yesterday ahead of today’s WGC-HSBC Champions tournament. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

World number two Adam Scott is ready to take advantage of the absence of Rory McIlroy at the $8.5 million (€6.8 million) WGC-HSBC Champions tournam(...)

Shane Lowry will be hoping he can break into the the world’s top 50 over the next few weeks. Photograph: Getty Images

Rory McIlroy may be conspicuous by his absence as the only one of Europe’s triumphant 12-man Ryder Cup team not to be playing in this week’s $8.5 mil(...)

Europe’s Graeme McDowell celebrates winning his singles match on the final day  of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire.

Just as day turns to night, the outcome of this 40th edition of the Ryder Cup had a sense of inevitability about it. Long before it was finally confir(...)

Influential locker room figures Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia (right) talk tactics during a practice session at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire.  Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

So the most popular show in world golf is about to begin, the teams are established and pairings are becoming more obvious for the captains. You have (...)

Rory McIlroy signs autographs for fans by the second green during practice for the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, yesterday. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

To Rory McIlroy, etching the FedEx Cup on to an already glittering CV at the tender of age of 25 would matter more than the riches that come its wake.(...)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks off the second green during a practice round prior to the start of the TOUR Championship  at East Lake Golf Club on  in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph:  Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

There are six million reasons to want to win the FedEx Cup title, but Rory McIlroy insists he needs just one. The 25-year-old is one of five pl(...)

Rory McIlroy: After twice four-putting at the weekend the world number one said: “I don’t know if it’s fatigue. I don’t know if I’ve lost concentration.” Photograph: Stew Milne/AP

If there are those in golf’s corridors of power in the United States scratching their heads in bewilderment that this week’s Tour Championship is mis(...)

 Rory McIlroy  in action during the pro-am event prior to the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston  in Norton, Massachusetts. Photo:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty

  The Deutsche Bank Championship offers a prize fund of almost €6.28 million with €1,094,000 going to the winner, but it will also effecti(...)