South Africa’s  Ernie Els  receives a birthday cake during the  Hong Kong Open at Fanling. Photograph:  Ian Walton/Getty Images

Former world number one Ernie Els celebrated his 45th birthday by shooting a five-under-par 65 to take the lead in the Hong Kong Open at the halfway s(...)

Belgium’s  Nicolas Colsaerts plays from a bunker  during the first round of the  The Hong Kong Open at Fanling. Photograph:  Ian Walton/Getty Images

Former Asia number one Jyoti Randhawa wielded a hot putter to grab the opening round lead at the Hong Kong Open on Thursday while Nicolas Colsaerts a(...)

 Rory McIlroy sits on the 17th tee as he waits to play his shot during the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course  in St Andrews, Scotland. Photo:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Maybe, it would seem, the gerrymandering that goes on with the PGA Tour’s end-of-season playoffs for the FedEx Cup is the right way; at least in te(...)

Ernie Els of South Africa walks alongside caddie Colin Byrne on the 12th hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club yesterday in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

We have just come to the end of a marathon session of tournaments. It’s been a good run but a longer one than a caddie/player combination of such year(...)

US president Barack Obama watches his putt on the first green during a round of golf at the Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts.

It may well be holiday season in America, with temperatures rising on the north east coast, but it is not a good time to be seen on the golf course un(...)

 Rory McIlroy  reacts after winning the 96th US PGA Championship at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: EPA

In the darkness of Sunday night, after fulfilling the rituals that behold champions in signing flags and undergoing a stream of media commitments, Ror(...)

I was sitting on the terrace of a local café on Monday in the neighbourhood of my boss’s house in southern Florida enjoying the cool of the morning in(...)

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
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  • 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(...)

Ernie Els, watched by caddie Colin Byrne,   hits an approach shot during his practice round yesterday prior to the  143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool  in Hoylake. Photograph:  Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

The decisive factor in Martin Kaymer’s victory in the US Open at Pinehurst last month was he was able to adapt to the subtle changes the rain had mad(...)

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(...)