Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his second shot on the 11th hole during the third round  at Augusta National. Photo:  David Cannon/Getty Images

Nobody needs to tell Rory McIlroy how hard it is to win a career Grand Slam. Only five players have ever completed the feat - Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan,(...)

The names of honorary starters Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player are displayed during the ceremonial tee off to start the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

In front of a huge crowd, the ‘Big Three’ of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player launched the 80th Masters on Thursday while Jordan Spieth pr(...)

 The US Masters  replica trophy, left, along with the  US Open trophy, the Claret Jug (British Open) and the  Wanamaker trophy (USPGA).  Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

If the feel of a green jacket on the champion’s shoulders is the act most associated with victory, the actual Masters Trophy – a depiction of the Aug(...)

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(...)

 Jason Day  poses with the Walter Hagen Cup after defeating Louis Oosthuizen to win the WGC Dell Match Play at the Austin Country Club  in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Jason Day marked his return to the top of the world rankings in emphatic fashion with a second WGC-Dell Match Play title in three years as Rory McIlro(...)

Jason Day of Australia celebrates his par-saving putt on the 18th green to defeat Rory McIlroy 1up during their semifinal match at the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play at the Austin Country Club  in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty

Down, but not out; and with an eyeon the bigger picture! As Rory McIlroy was dethroned as WGC-Dell Matchplay champion – losing out on the 18th green i(...)

Bubba Watson won the Northern Trust Open at Riviera. Photograph: Getty

When compiling any shortlist of candidates for this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship, Bubba Watson has to feature. He has been, after all, the top agg(...)

Rory McIlroy  plays a bunker shot during a practice round for the 2016 Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club  in Dubai, UAE, yesterday. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Step by step, tournament by tournament, all roads will eventually lead Rory McIlroy to Augusta National in April where he will get another chance to c(...)

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(...)

 The Ryder Cup, The Belfry, England, 22nd-24th September 1989, Great Britain and Europe 14 v USA 14, Europe’s Christy O’Connor Jnr celebrates on the final green after winning his match. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images

Christy O’Connor Jnr, nephew of Christy Snr, was a great deal more than a professional golfer. His death, aged 67, while on a family holiday in Teneri(...)