Christy O’Connor jnr throws his ball to the crowd after winning the Irish Open in Woodbrook in 1975. Photograph: Kevin McMahon/The Irish Times

Remember the Burt Bacharach song, Trains and Boats and Planes? That was the European Tour for the first decade of its existence after it was formed by(...)

 Christy O’Connor jnr celebrates on the final green after beating Fred Couples at the 1989 Ryder Cup. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images

When Lemmy died last week, probably the best yarn about the old Motorhead rock god came from a music journalist who asked him once if he got bored pla(...)

Ireland’s Christy O’Connor Jnr in action on the 2nd tee at the 2000 Open Golf Championship at St Andrews in Scotland. One of the biggest stars of Irish golf, has died. Photo:  Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

There were a few embellishments to Christy O’Connor jnr, like the trademark white flat cap from under which his silver locks escaped. Always, too, the(...)

Robert Streb ‘putts’ with his 56-degree wedge on the 17th during the final round of the Greenbrier Classic. Photograph: Darren Carroll/Getty Images

They say it all begins on the back nine in the final round of a golf championship. That’s when every shot really counts. It’s when your palms get swea(...)

Shane Lowry using a sand wedge to putt on the 13th green during the Irish Open at Royal County Down. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

I had an interesting phone call on Friday evening last after that incident with the putter at Royal County Down. My coach, Neil Manchip, had walked ni(...)

During the second World War, Bill McCrea, who has died aged 94, devised an innovative way of informing his family that against the odds he had flown h(...)

 Tiger Woods   and Darren Clarke are all smiles during as they talk  on the practice range  at Augusta National Golf Club ahead of the Masters. Photograph:  Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

I walked into another world again on Monday. The sensation never changes. This is my 20th Masters – with a couple of gap years – and, still, after all(...)

Darren Clarke embraces Zach Johnson after their singles match in 2006 at the K Club as caddie Billy Foster looks on. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

Over its last three decades, the Ryder Cup has been so finely contested that the destination of the cup often hinges on a particular singles match lat(...)

Soon to be World Cup winning England manager Alf Ramsey issues instructions as internationals Ray Wilson and Alan Ball (centre) toy with the ball while captain Bobby Moore listens attentively; The Irish Times eulogises the famous victory. photograph: pa

Before his untimely death in 1993, Ronnie Whelan snr was apt to recall that growing up in Cabra on Dublin’s north side, he was never regarded as the b(...)

Graeme McDowell: will be flying the Irish flag at Merion.

Whenever the US Open rolled around, the lads in Foley’s got twitchy, something which had as much to do with holing short putts on Howth’s notorious gl(...)