Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chips to the second green during his  final round. Photograph: Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

So no morale-boosting win for Rory McIlroy in his final competitive outing ahead of his tilt at history. As Matt Every retained the Arnold Palmer Invi(...)

 Rory McIlroy  reacts to a putt on the sixth green during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational  at the Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Florida. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Golf round-up: Rory McIlroy’s bid to go into the Masters with a second victory of the season under his belt suffered a major blow after a poor finish (...)

Ryan Moore plays a shot on the seventh hole during the third round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

A birdie at the last earned Ryan Moore a third-round 67 and a one-shot lead at the Valspar Championship in Florida.The American carded four birdies in(...)

Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe plays a shot on the 10th hole during the second round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course  in Palm Harbor, Florida. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Zimbabwe golfer Brendon de Jonge coped with demanding conditions to earn a one-stroke lead over five players after the second round at the Valspar Cha(...)

Making his first appearance since capturing the Honda Classic title less than a fortnight ago, Padraig Harrington was given a cruel reminder of the fi(...)

Rory McIlroy during the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on the Blue Monster in Doral, Florida. Photograph:  Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

What will Rory McIlroy do next? On the list of possibilities, hurling a three iron like an Olympic hammer thrower into the lake hardly factored. But, (...)

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(...)