Rory McIlroy plays a shot during the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. Photograph: Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA

The most effective way for Ernie Els to prevent Rory McIlroy from matching a record of three Dubai Desert Classic victories is by lifting the giant t(...)

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(...)

 Padraig Harrington of Ireland plays his shot from the first tee during the first round of the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae Country Club. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Former world number one and 2005 champion Singh rolled back the years as he charged into a share of the first-round lead with a sizzling seven-under-p(...)

 Pádraig Harrington  waves to the gallery  during the  Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Golf Club  in Lahaina, Hawaii. Photo:  Tom Pennington/Getty Images

No tip-toeing from Pádraig Harrington, whose sixth place finish behind Jordan Spieth in the Tournament of Champions more than kick-started his year’s(...)

Jordan Spieth chips on to the eighth green  during the third round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club in Lahaina, Hawaii. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Jordan Spieth closed in on his seventh PGA Tour victory as he hit an exquisite three-iron to eagle the par-five last and seize a five-stroke lead aft(...)

 Jordan Spieth tees off on the 18th hole during his second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club in Lahaina, Hawaii. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

World number one Jordan Spieth delivered a putting masterclass on the way to a flawless nine-under-par 64 that took him four shots clear at the halfwa(...)

Padraig Harrington of Ireland tips his hat on the first tee during round one of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Defending champion Patrick Reed made a brilliant eagle at the last to earn a one-stroke lead over Jordan Spieth in the first round of the Hyundai Tour(...)

Graeme McDowell joins a select field for the annual Franklin Templeton Shootout pairs tournament in Florida this week. Photo: Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell joins a select field for the annual Franklin Templeton Shootout pairs tournament in Florida this week. McDowell, t(...)

Graeme McDowell: But for a self-inflicted error on the first hole of Saturday’s third round, McDowell would have finished in a share of second. Photograph: AP Photo

Although he failed to make it back-to-back wins on the PGA Tour, Graeme McDowell finished third behind Kevin Kisner in the RSM Classic, formerly known(...)

 Graeme McDowell hits a shot from the first fairway  on the Seaside Course during the third round of The RSM Classic  in St Simons Island, Georgia. Photograph: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

Graeme McDowell kept himself in sight of top spot after the third round of The RSM Classic at Sea Island in Georgia as he looks to secure back-to-back(...)