Rory McIlroy  plays a bunker shot during a practice round for the 2016 Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club  in Dubai, UAE, yesterday. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Step by step, tournament by tournament, all roads will eventually lead Rory McIlroy to Augusta National in April where he will get another chance to c(...)

Jordan Spieth poses on the 18th green with his mom Chris, father Shawn, sister Ellie and girlfriend Annie Verret after winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on the PGA Tour at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club in Lahaina, Hawaii. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Jordan Spieth’s latest triumph has only heightened the sense of comparison with Tiger Woods. And still the 22-year-old Texan is uncomfortable with suc(...)

Christy O’Connor jnr throws his ball to the crowd after winning the Irish Open in Woodbrook in 1975. Photograph: Kevin McMahon/The Irish Times

Remember the Burt Bacharach song, Trains and Boats and Planes? That was the European Tour for the first decade of its existence after it was formed by(...)

Christy O’Connor Jnr gives the British Senior Open Trophy a kiss after winning the event in 1999 at Royal Portrush, Co Derry. Photograph: William Cherry/Pacemaker

Christy O’Connor jnr wasn’t just a great, trailblazing golfer – he was a character. One of the stories O’Connor often related was of how he once sat o(...)

 What once looked inevitable now looks impossible, especially when the man himself concedes any future success would be a bonus. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

What once looked inevitable now looks impossible, especially when the man himself concedes any future success would be a bonus. In recent years, Tige(...)

Suzann Pettersen of the European team trying to explain to her captain Carin Koch the length of putt that she did not concede to Alison Lee on the 17th green. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Where do you find the balance between the extreme will to win and the etiquette that is such a central part of golf? At the Solheim Cup in September, (...)

Tiger Woods radically changed the profile of golf and transformed the earning power of the field. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

‘You da maaaaan.” It was the cat-call of worship heard from behind the ropes during the Tiger Woods era of golf; trailer-trash vulgar by the rarefied (...)

Australia’s Matt Jones celebrates after sinking his final putt to win the Australian Open in Sydney. Photograph: Getty Images

If recent history is anything to go by, Matt Jones should have major expectations for 2016 after winning the Australian Open at his home cou(...)

The Great Britain & Ireland team Captain Nigel Edwards looks on with his players during a Practice Round prior to the 2015 Walker Cup at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, England. Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

What’s it all about? The Walker Cup is a biennial tournament featuring 10 players from Britain and Ireland competing against a team of 10 from(...)

Tiger Woods believes it is his consistency which is holding him back. Photograph: Getty

Tiger Woods new, and first, sports bar and restaurant opened Monday night in Jupiter, Florida. About 18 hours later, Woods was on the practice range a(...)