Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Tony McCoy during the Irish Open pro-am at Royal County Down. Photo:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Rory McIlroy hesitated for a second, cleared his head and declared that the Irish Open fit his schedule better than it ever has before. Pulling up sho(...)

Rory McIlroy will play with Rickie Fowler in the first round of the Irish Open. Photograph: Getty

World number one Rory McIlroy will play with Rickie Fowler and Martin Kaymer in the pick of the draw at the Irish Open. Walker Cup rivals turne(...)

World number one Rory McIlroy will turn his attention to the Irish Open after a disappointing performance in the PGA Championship. Photograph: PA

Rory McIlroy’s love/hate relationship with the BMW PGA at Wentworth took on another twist here as the world number one – defending a title he won las(...)

 Rory McIlroy  tees off on the 9th hole during day one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Photo:  Warren Little/Getty Images

An Italian job of sorts was carried out on the West Course as Francesco Molinari stepped into Rory McIlroy’s spotlight. Just this once, it seemed, he (...)

  Broadcaster Chris Evans talks to Graeme McDowell  during the Pro-Am ahead of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.  Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The juggler. One eye on the PGA Tour, another on the European Tour. Graeme McDowell, one of those players seeking to placate two masters, calls it “a(...)

Rory McIlroy will be joined by Ryder Cup hero Jamie Donaldson, as well as Martin Kaymer for the first two rounds of the BMW PGA Championsip at Wentworth. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy will begin his defence of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Thursday alongside European Ryder Cup team-mates Martin Kaymer and (...)

Rickie Fowler seals victory with a birdie putt on the  17th green at TPC Sawgrass  to beat fellow American Kevin Kisner after four play-off holes at the   The Players’ Championship. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Days after being labelled “overrated” by his fellow players in a magazine poll, Rickie Fowler produced the perfect response by winning the Players Cha(...)

Rory McIlroy drives  from the fourth tee during round three of The Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course  in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

A day after snapping his putter in half in frustration, Sergio Garcia fought back into contention for a second Players Championship title at Sawgrass.(...)

Former world number one Tiger Woods makes cut with a birdie on his closing hole. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

The fighting Irish seems an appropriate metaphor to describe the battling qualities of world number one Rory McIlroy (71), Graeme McDowell (70) and Pa(...)

Rory McIlroy is four off the lead at the Players Championship after a second round 71 left him at four under par. Photograph: Getty

The fighting Irish seems an appropriate metaphor to describe the battling qualities of world number one Rory McIlroy (71), Graeme McDowell (70) and Pa(...)