Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe plays a shot on the 10th hole during the second round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course  in Palm Harbor, Florida. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Zimbabwe golfer Brendon de Jonge coped with demanding conditions to earn a one-stroke lead over five players after the second round at the Valspar Cha(...)

World number one McIlroy recognised the new title sponsors as “a strong global brand with great experience in sports sponsorship through golf, tennis and horse racing.” Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy’s association with the Irish Open – his charitable arm, the Rory Foundation is hosting this year’s tournament at Royal County Down on (...)

Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, and George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, put pen to paper on the contract which sees Dubai Duty Free become the title sponsor of the 2015 Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Rory McIlroy’s X-factor has brought on board a title sponsor for the Irish Open for the first time in five years, with Dubai Duty Free – who also spon(...)

 Adam Scott practising for the Cadillac Championship at Doral: “I’ve putted lots of different ways, it’s been feeling good. It’s not that big a deal . .  Photo:  David Cannon/Getty Images

New baby. New caddie. New putter. It’s all change for Adam Scott, who makes a belated start to his season. “Everything was getting a little boring, (...)

Michael Jordan is a legendarily impatient character. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

At the height of his career with the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan had three golf holes carved out of the backyard of his mansion in Highland Park, Il(...)

Padraig Harrington has made the cut at the Northern Trust Open.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

Padraig Harrington has made the cut at the Northern Trust Open after he carded a two over par second round 73 at a challenging Riviera.Following on fr(...)

Rory McIlroy has confirmed Swegio Garcia and Ernie Els will both play in the Irish Open at Royal County Down. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

World number one Rory McIlroy has confirmed Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia and four-time Major winner Ernie Els will both compete in this year’s Ir(...)

 Jimmy Walker: “The better I play, the more responsibility I feel to keep that up. I love playing and it’s fun to be up around the top and having a chance.”  Photo:  Donald Miralle/Getty Images

FedEx Cup leader Jimmy Walker may be the man in form this season but he is not getting complacent.The 36-year-old has registered one win and three oth(...)

Sergio Garcia: defeated  Finland’s Mikko Ilonen in an epic play-off at the Doha Golof Club last year. Photo:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Defending champion Sergio Garcia kicks off his return to action in 2015 in Doha, a place where he feels particularly at home.The Spaniard has recorded(...)

 Andy Sullivan of England plays a shot during the second round of the South African Open at Glendower Golf Club   in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

England’s Andy Sullivan has one local major champion hot on his heels at the halfway stage of the South African Open, but surprisingly another dropped(...)