Rory McIlroy takes a break during a practice round with England’s Chris Wood yesterday prior to the start of the US Masters at Augusta National. Photograph: Harry How/Getty/Getty Images)

An omen, perhaps? Rory McIlroy – who has arrived into Augusta National Golf Club this year in his quest for the only Major to so far evade his clutche(...)

Like many of his colleagues, Vinny was aghast at the strong-arm tactics of the Dublin Bus hierarchy in banning the use of radios in the drivers’ cabins. Photograph: Alan Betson

The playlist had been chosen with deliberation, for Vinny Fitzpatrick was keen to get his message across to the faceless suits who ran Dublin Bus thes(...)

Christy O’Connor Jnr gives the British Senior Open Trophy a kiss after winning the event in 1999 at Royal Portrush, Co Derry. Photograph: William Cherry/Pacemaker

Christy O’Connor jnr wasn’t just a great, trailblazing golfer – he was a character. One of the stories O’Connor often related was of how he once sat o(...)

Ireland’s Christy O’Connor Jnr in action on the 2nd tee at the 2000 Open Golf Championship at St Andrews in Scotland. One of the biggest stars of Irish golf, has died. Photo:  Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

There were a few embellishments to Christy O’Connor jnr, like the trademark white flat cap from under which his silver locks escaped. Always, too, the(...)

European captain Tony Jacklin congratulates Christy O’Connor Jnr after his emotional win at the 18th in the 1989 Ryder Cup. Photograph: Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images

1975 - Irish Open at Woodbrook Although first played in 1927, the Irish Open’s revival in 1975 - when it was played at Woodbrook - constituted a si(...)

Adam Scott using his broom-handle putter during a practice round at Augusta National ahead of the start of the Masters. Photograph:  Mark Blinch/Reuters

One milestone will be reached in this year’s Masters with no going back . . . it will be last one in which players will be allowed to anchor broom-han(...)

Darren Clarke has had a discussion with in-form Englishman Paul Casey about rejoining the European Tour in a bid to make the Ryder Cup team. Photograph:   Tannen Maury/EPA

Darren Clarke has changed from angry young man to Mr Happy but the metamorphosis means he is no longer contending in tournaments as much as he woul(...)

 Tiger Woods   and Darren Clarke are all smiles during as they talk  on the practice range  at Augusta National Golf Club ahead of the Masters. Photograph:  Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

I walked into another world again on Monday. The sensation never changes. This is my 20th Masters – with a couple of gap years – and, still, after all(...)

Lydia Ko won the women’s Australian Open, but what’s in her bag? (Photograph: ESTHER LIM/AFP/Getty Images)

USA put trust in Love for the second timeWhoever is organising the finer things of life for the respective captains at next year’s Ryder Cup in Hazelt(...)

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(...)