Ernie Els: became interested in playing in the Irish Open having spoken to Rory McIlroy in the Middle East. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

As any advertiser will attest there is nothing like ‘restricted’ or ‘limited supply’ to get a potential audience’s attention. If you create a hint of (...)

A spectator emerging from the gorse during an  Irish Amateur Open Championship  at Portmarnock Golf Club. Photo: Alan Betson

As he entered the cool, dark, enclave of Foley’s before tea-time on Monday, Vinny Fitzpatrick had a distinctive pep in his step; almost akin to a swag(...)

The crowds turned out in force for the Irish Open at Carton House in Maynooth to watch England’s Paul Casey triumph. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Irish Open, played on the Montgomerie Course at Carton House, marked the rejuvenation of the flagging career of Englishman Paul Casey. He won in s(...)