Rory McIlroy: had to undergo a mandatory drugs test following his third round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron.

An irony of sorts came on Saturday evening, as Rory McIlroy got the proverbial tap on the shoulder to undergo a mandatory drugs test. That McIlroy, th(...)

 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy with the Claret Jug after his victory in the British Open at Hoylake.

On a Sunday evening back in 2000, Tiger Woods, shortly after he had completed the career Grand Slam for the first time by winning the British Open at (...)

Rory McIlroy with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake. Photograph: Getty Images

The media circus was in full flow at Royal Liverpool Golf Club on Sunday evening, as Rory McIlroy – just as he had done on the golf course – took it a(...)

 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland catches a golf ball from caddie JP Fitzgerald during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

An amateur more than twice his age, who has already beaten him once, could hold the key to Rory McIlroy’s bid to complete a career grand slam.McIlroy(...)

 A minutes silence is held on the putting green for caddie Ian McGregor who tragically died on the ninth fairway today, during the final round of the Madeira Islands Open at Club de Golf do Santo da Serra. Photograph:  Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

The Madeira Islands Open was being played to a finish today despite the death of caddie Ian MacGregor on the course.Zimbabwean MacGregor, who was work(...)

Rory McIlroy  hits out of the rough off of the seventh fairway during the fourth round of the Masters golf tournament  in Augusta, Ga. Photo: Chris Carlson/AP

An American writer called Dorothea Brande once made an interesting observation. “There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bea(...)

Gary Player  shakes hands with fellow former Masters champion Jack Nicklaus  as Arnold Palmer  looks on at the start of the US Masters  at  Augusta. Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters

No tipping. No lying down. No flags. No signs. No cameras. No phones. No chairs with arms. No coolers. No going barefoot. No radios. No sitting(...)

Bill Haas of the United States hits his tee shot on the 18th  at Augusta National. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

You just never know, not here; not on this majestic course with its whimsical moods. If the 78th edition of the Masters (...)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits on a tee boxduring a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Rory McIlroy waits on a tee box during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters. The 24-year-old Ulsterman knows better than anyone how the deal is closed on a Sunday afternoon at Augusta. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

The old-timers never want to leave, almost as if pulled by some magnetic force to the lawn in front of the clubhouse. Gary Player, respl(...)

The first hole at  Augusta National.

Each year, for a few short minutes before the serious work starts, three of golf’s most decorated sons – Jack Nicklaus, the all-time career Maj(...)