Tiger Woods: “I’m hitting the ball much, much more solid.” Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

The intimidation factor isn’t anything like it once was, but Tiger Woods’s capacity to snarl when rankled, especially when his ability to win or to ch(...)

Arnold Palmer hits a bunker shot during the second round of the 1960 British Open at St Andrews. Photograph: ABC Television/Courtesy of Getty Images

The footprints were there for Jordan Spieth to follow – the footprints of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in their pursuit of golf’s most(...)

 The sun rises behind the R&A Clubhouse on the par four, 18th hole ‘Tom Morris’ on the Old Course at St Andrews. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images

If ever you pay a visit to the graveyard up the town, the golfing history of St Andrews meets you at every turn. In the grounds of the old cathedral, (...)

 Graeme McDowell, who failed to make the cut at the US Open at Chambers Bay, is this week aiming for a third successive French Open win. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Graeme McDowell will aim to write his name in the record books by securing a hat-trick in the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National this week. (...)

Northern Irishman golfer Graeme McDowell poses with his trophy after winning the 2014 Alstom Open de France on. Photo: Thomas Sampson/Getty Images

Graeme McDowell is hoping a couple of factors will combine at this week’s French Open to belatedly kick-start his season. Firstly, the Northern Irishm(...)

Pádraig Harrington looks set to miss the cut at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands after a second round 75. Bubba Watson maintains the lead after a 67. Photo: Ted Warshaw/Getty Images

Pádraig Harrington interest in the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands ended after six bogeys and just one birdie saw him card a 75 in his s(...)

Padraig Harrington is four shots off the lead after the first round of the Travelers Championship. Photograph: Getty

Padraig Harrington is in the hunt after he shot a four under par 66 in his opening round at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. The thre(...)

Graeme McDowell:  It was “a baptism of fire”, he said of the Irish Open at Royal County Down. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The magic formula of how best to prepare for a Major championship varies from player to player, although the build-up to the US Open at Chambers Ba(...)

Darren Fichardt of South Africa hits his 2nd shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. “As much as they are loving coming here they are not exactly loving the conditions,” said Pádraig Harrington. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Some of the world’s great golfers who assembled at Royal County Down these past four days for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open are famous, if that is(...)

Francesco Molinari of Italy walks down the ninth hole with Shane Lowry during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle, Co Down, yesterday. Lowry finished four over par, just inside cut. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

It may not rank with John McEnroe’s top 10 racquet smashes, but when Shane Lowry’s flashpoint arrived on the 12th hole yesterday, it almost drove him (...)