The Claret Jug in front of Royal Troon’s Postage Stamp. Photograph: Getty

Spectators at this year’s Open Championship will get a unique view of one of the most famous holes in golf, tournament officials have announced. A wi(...)

Authors Colin Byrne and Karl McCullagh at Royal Dublin yesterday with Irish Times sports editor Malachy Logan for the launch of The Little White Ball. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A simple idea hatched between two golfing friends on Bull Island has arrived. Colin Byrne – who has spent much of the past number of decades as a c(...)

Bernhard Langer heads into the final round of the US Masters firmly in contention. Photograph: AFP

Where would you find the likes of it? After all, could you imagine a 58-year-old getting down on his hunkers to take on Usain Bolt? Or, someone, appro(...)

 Ernie Els did not have a good day with the putter in the first round at the 2016 Masters in Augusta. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Meltdown! Nightmare! Humiliation! The instant global reaction to the 50 seconds of golf hell endured by Ernie Els on the first hole of the Masters rem(...)

Shane Lowry plays from the second tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Photograph: Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

He’s different, that’s for sure. Shane Lowry muscled his way into the business end of affairs in this 80th edition of the US Masters, after an openin(...)

Jordan Spieth of the US reacts after sinking his putt on the twelfth hole during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Photo: Erik Lesser/PA

A little after 9.30am, 90 minutes or so after Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus clacked their drives down the first fairway in the ceremonial opening, the(...)

Ernie Els of South Africa looks on during a practice round prior to the start of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Four-time major winner Ernie Els suffered a nightmare start to the Masters on Thursday, taking an incredible seven putts on the opening hole. Els, (...)

Rory McIlroy is aiming to be the first European winner of the Masters since 1999. Photograph: Getty

Rory McIlroy may have enhanced his chances of completing the career grand slam by opting out of the par-three contest, but the world number three stil(...)

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(...)