Graeme McDowell in action at the   Valero Texas Open. The former US Open winner has made the cut just twice in seven appearances at the Masters.   Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

One place no player wants to arrive to with an injury is Augusta National, with its demands on shot-making but also for its undulating terrain: which (...)

Shane Lowry moves into a share of 32nd position at the end of the first round at the Texas Open. Photograph: Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP

 Shane Lowry stubbornly stuck to his guns and rallied late onin the first round of the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. Competing in his final tourna(...)

Graeme McDowell tees off on the 11th hole during the first round of  the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio. He  later withdrew after playing nine holes because of injury. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Graeme McDowell intends to enter next week’s Houston Open in a bid to sharpen his game ahead of the Masters after he withdrew from the Texas Open afte(...)

Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the third hole during the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational  at  Bay Hill. Photograph: Michael Cohen/Getty Images.

No flash in the pan, no one-week wonder. He really is reborn. Pádraig Harrington, who ended a seven year winless drought on the US Tour when he captur(...)

World number one McIlroy recognised the new title sponsors as “a strong global brand with great experience in sports sponsorship through golf, tennis and horse racing.” Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy’s association with the Irish Open – his charitable arm, the Rory Foundation is hosting this year’s tournament at Royal County Down on (...)

Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, and George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, put pen to paper on the contract which sees Dubai Duty Free become the title sponsor of the 2015 Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Rory McIlroy’s X-factor has brought on board a title sponsor for the Irish Open for the first time in five years, with Dubai Duty Free – who also spon(...)

 Graeme McDowell: “It’s early in the season, only tournament number four for me. It is not the start I wanted, but you have to just keep chipping away.” Photo:  Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

It’s never a good sign to be finished your work early on a Sunday. Luke Donald was wheeling his golf bag out of the locker room. Zach Johnson was bus(...)

Rory McIlroy continued to struggle on day two at Doral.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy’s roller-coaster ride continued in the €8 million WGC-Cadillac Championship as he went in pursuit of leader JB Holmes, as the world numbe(...)

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits his second shot on the 10h hole during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral Blue Monster Course on Thursday. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images.

Everyone is looking for an edge. A driver, a hybrid, a putter: any club researched, developed and tested to the nth degree. Or something else, legal (...)

 Rory McIlroy plays his third shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral Blue Monster Course  in Doral, Florida. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

The red carpet treatment stops on the first tee of the Blue Monster, even if JB Holmes sought to disprove the theory that this course has sharpened te(...)