Lydia Ko won the women’s Australian Open, but what’s in her bag? (Photograph: ESTHER LIM/AFP/Getty Images)

USA put trust in Love for the second timeWhoever is organising the finer things of life for the respective captains at next year’s Ryder Cup in Hazelt(...)

“ Playing golf is what Rory McIlroy does better than anyone else in the world and, in case it has been forgotten, a trip to the US Masters in April could see him touch greatness as he seeks to become just the sixth man in the modern era of professional golf to claim a career grand slam.”  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The empty bench in court number one told its own story. Rory McIlroy wasn’t present to hear the official confirmation of his hefty financial settlemen(...)

World number one Rory McIlroy has backed his old friend Darren Clarke for the 2016 Ryder Cup captaincy. (Photograph: INPHO/Getty Images/Andrew Redington)

Rory McIlroy wants fellow Northern Irishman Darren Clarke to captain Europe’s Ryder Cup team in 2016 in what is shaping up to be a battle between the(...)

Darren Clarke is the current favourite to lead Europe at the next Ryder Cup. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The captain of the European side that will defend the Ryder Cup against the USA in 2016 will be Darren Clarke or Miguel Angel Jimenez, two stalwarts o(...)

Rory McIlroy is confident going into the Dubai Desert Classic, in which he has finished in the top 10 every year since winning it in 2009. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

When the putter works, is there anyone better? Rory McIlroy is next to unbeatable. And the world number one – who returns to a favoured hunting gro(...)

South Africa’s  Branden Grace  celebrates with the winner’s trophy after his victory in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha Golf Club. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

South Africa’s Branden Grace won his sixth European Tour title and second of this season as he finished one shot clear of Scotland’s Marc Warren at th(...)

Graeme McDowell in action on the golf course

For a guy who spends half the year on the road, Graeme McDowell is not a huge fan of travel. His ultimate ambition is to avoid airplane travel alto(...)

Sergio Garcia: defeated  Finland’s Mikko Ilonen in an epic play-off at the Doha Golof Club last year. Photo:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Defending champion Sergio Garcia kicks off his return to action in 2015 in Doha, a place where he feels particularly at home.The Spaniard has recorded(...)

All roads leave to Augusta for Rory McIlroy in 2015 but first he must negotiate a court date later this month. (Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Of the vital components attached to a Rory McIlroy year, nobody would have guessed a folded boarding pass would feature among them. But that very obje(...)

Rory McIlroy: “It’s just to try and stay as fresh as possible and give myself the best possible chance each and every week that I tee up, the best possible chance to play well.” Photo: Brendon thorne/Getty

The old adage that “less is more” would appear to have struck a chord with the world’s two best golfers, as Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson kick-star(...)