Northern Irishman golfer Graeme McDowell poses with his trophy after winning the 2014 Alstom Open de France on. Photo: Thomas Sampson/Getty Images

Graeme McDowell is hoping a couple of factors will combine at this week’s French Open to belatedly kick-start his season. Firstly, the Northern Irishm(...)

Bubba Watson holds up his ball on the 15th green during the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. Photograph: Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Bubba Watson won his second Travelers Championship the same way as the first, at the second extra hole. Watson beat Englishman Paul Casey in a playoff(...)

Brian Harman holds up his ball after putting on the eighth green during the third round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands  in Cromwell, Connecticut. Photograph: Jim Rogash/Getty Images

American Brian Harman made a closing four-foot birdie for a five-under-par 65 and the sole lead after the third round at the Travelers Championship on(...)

17-year-old Lydia Ko became the youngest winner of the Australian Open. (Photograph: Esther Lim/AFP/Getty Images)

Padraig Harrington’s interest in the Northern Trust Open is over after he carded a four over par 75 in his third roud at the Riviera Country club.Harr(...)

Padraig Harrington has made the cut at the Northern Trust Open.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

Padraig Harrington has made the cut at the Northern Trust Open after he carded a two over par second round 73 at a challenging Riviera.Following on fr(...)

Tiger Woods recovered slightly from a poor start in the Phoenix Open to finish two over after his opening round, nine shots off the lead of Ryan Palmer. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods had to battle back from a tough start to his first round of 2015 as fellow American Ryan Palmer led the Waste Management Phoenix Open afte(...)

 Graeme McDowell  plays his second shot in to the ninth hole during the first round of the WGC - HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China. Photoghraph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Patrick Reed hit the headlines for the wrong reasons in Shanghai on the opening day of the WGC-HSBC Champions event. While playing partner Graeme McDo(...)

Tiger Woods has already  begun to hit golf balls following a back operation on a disc 11 weeks ago. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Former world number one Tiger Woods has moved closer to a return to competitive golf by hitting full shots in practice. Woods is making a return after(...)

Bubba Watson gestures to his caddie after missing a short putt on the 18th hole that would have forced a play-off. Watson’s missed putt allowed Kevin Stadler to win. Photograph: Ross D Franklin/AP

Kevin Stadler took advantage as Bubba Watson stumbled to claim his first PGA Tour title at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.Watson was in charge for (...)

Kevin Stadler poses with the championship trophy after winning the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Burly American Kevin Stadler overhauled his playing partner Bubba Watson to win his maiden PGA Tour tournament by just one shot at the Phoenix Open in(...)