Serena Williams celebrates winning her Ladies Singles first round match against Margarita Gasparyan of Russia during day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Serena Williams preserved her perfect first-round record at Wimbledon but it was hard work at times for the American as she took another step towards (...)

 Jordan Spieth of the United States poses with the trophy  after winning the 115th US Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

At age 21, Jordan Spieth has won his second Major and become the most celebrated player in golf. He is also halfway to one of the most difficult feats(...)

Jordan Spieth  leans on the shoulder of caddie Michael Greller after winning the  US Open Championship at Chambers Bay. Photograph: Stephen Brashear/EPA

Just as players were required to go from A to B to get to C on the viciously sloping greens at Chambers Bay, Rory McIlroy’s route to next month’s Brit(...)

Tiger Woods: reduced to a figure of fun when he was subjected to laughter from spectators as he topped a three-wood on the 18th on his way to an 80 on Thursday at Chambers Bay. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The mightiest fall the hardest, and, for sure, there’s no soft landing for Tiger Woods. Where once he prowled a golf course as if it were his domain, (...)

Rory McIlroy: “If you look back at the last four or five years, I guess I’ve won more Majors than anyone else in that time.” Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

The strut is back, so too the air of invincibility. Rory McIlroy has rolled into town on a mission and with a desire to rubberstamp his authori(...)

Tiger Woods’s form this season doesn’t make for pretty analysis. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Out early, earlier than anyone. Later, working on the range, drilling ball after ball. Once upon a time, it was a formula that worked its magic lik(...)

A freight train passes Chambers Bay Golf Course. The train passes the course several times a day, adding an odd element to the course that could throw some golfers off. Photograph: Stuart Isett/The New York Times

Graeme McDowell can already picture the celebrations if he wins another US Open title to maintain Europe’s recent dominance of the year’s second major(...)

Phil Mickelson laboured for over a decade under the dreaded label of best-player-never-to-win-a-major. He  cracked the code in the 2004 Masters. Photograph:  Peter Byrne.

So far in 2015 I have tipped Roger Federer to win the Australian Open, confidently asserted Bayern would overpower Barca and opined that Frankie De(...)

Ireland’s Under 20s were beaten 25-3 by New Zealand ending their hopes of World Cup glory. Photograph: Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • June 11, 2015, 08:34

World Cup dream over Dreams of World Cup glory are over for Ireland’s Under 20s after they were beaten 25-3 by a very impressive New Zealand side in V(...)

 Nick Faldo  speaks during his induction ceremony as the 2015 Memorial Honoree   at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Photo:  Sam Greenwood/Getty

Jack Nicklaus’s Memorial Tournament held last week in Dublin, Ohio is more than just a golf tournament, it is a golfing institution. Traditionally hel(...)