For a brief Friday afternoon spell, things were not going to plan at all in this corner of the Middle East. Either for Rory McIlroy or the organisers (...)

Rory McIlroy plays a shot during the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. Photograph: Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA

The most effective way for Ernie Els to prevent Rory McIlroy from matching a record of three Dubai Desert Classic victories is by lifting the giant t(...)

Ireland’s  Paul Dunne of Ireland tees off on the 16th hole on the East Course during day one of the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Welshman Rhys Davies was delighted to card an opening 66 in the Joburg Open as he tries to revive his career on the European Tour. Davies won the Has(...)

Jordan Spieth finished 30 under par to win the Tournament of Champions by eight strokes. Photograph: Getty

Jordan Spieth strolled to a seventh PGA Tour title with a eight-shot victory in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, which saw him come clos(...)

 Jordan Spieth tees off on the 18th hole during his second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club in Lahaina, Hawaii. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

World number one Jordan Spieth delivered a putting masterclass on the way to a flawless nine-under-par 64 that took him four shots clear at the halfwa(...)

Tournament host Ernie Els missed the cut at the SA Open. Photograph: Getty

Four-time major winner Ernie Els has vowed to beat the yips after worrying putting problems contributed to the tournament host missing the cut in the (...)

Branden Grace’s charge on day two of the SA Open was halted by bad weather. Photograph: Getty

Branden Grace justified his position as pre-tournament favourite before bad weather disrupted play for the second day running in the BMW SA Open in Jo(...)

Ernie Els hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the BMW South African Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Luke Walker/Getty Images

South Africa’s Jaco van Zyl claimed the clubhouse lead in the BMW SA Open as tournament host Ernie Els suffered another attack of the dreaded yips at (...)

 What once looked inevitable now looks impossible, especially when the man himself concedes any future success would be a bonus. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

What once looked inevitable now looks impossible, especially when the man himself concedes any future success would be a bonus. In recent years, Tige(...)

Shane Lowry: is competing in the no-cut 30-man field in South Africa with a chance to earn precious Ryder Cup points. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA

Ernie Els, it was, who once caught some flak for how he saw this time of year as a time to load up on greenbacks. As the Big Easy put it, “the end of(...)