Tiger Woods tips his cap on the 18th green after finishing his final round of the British Open Championship at Hoylake. Photograph: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

The early-arriving British Open fans formed a receiving line along Royal Liverpool’s first hole and tried to finagle a greeting from Tiger Woods with(...)

 Adam Scott of Australia tees off on the sixth hole  during Round One of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Life as the world number one got off to a dismal start for Adam Scott as a string of bogeys saw him fall way off the pace at the Crowne Plaza Invitati(...)

Adam Scott struggled to an outward four-over-par 39 at Colonial Country Club before making three birdies after the turn to card a one-over 71 in the opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. Photograph:  Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Adam Scott’s first competitive round as the world’s top-ranked player featured two contrasting nines as he finished five strokes off the early lead at(...)

Vinny Fitzpatrick’s pal Nicolas Roche leads his Tinkoff-Saxo team-mates across the line during the Team Time Trial of the  Giro D’Italia in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When the rider clad in blue and yellow garb slowed to a halt on the Clontarf Road a few yards away, it took Vinny Fitzpatrick a moment to realise the (...)

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the 12th  hole during a practice round for THE PLAYERS Championship at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course. Photograph:L Erik Lesser/EPA.  i

In sports, you either win or you don’t - a rigid bottom line underlying the “what have you done for us lately” attitude exemplified by the criticism (...)

Rory McIlroy grimaces as he hits from the fairway to 16th green during the pro-am of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC. Photograph: AP Photo

Former US Open champion Webb Simpson is banking on home advantage at this week’s $6.9 million (€4.9m) Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Car(...)

Rory McIlroy  hits out of the rough off of the seventh fairway during the fourth round of the Masters golf tournament  in Augusta, Ga. Photo: Chris Carlson/AP

An American writer called Dorothea Brande once made an interesting observation. “There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bea(...)

Phil Mickelson hits from a  sand trap on the second hole during the first round of the 2014 Masters  at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia . Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

You just never know, not here; not on this majestic course with its whimsical moods. If the 78th edition of the Masters swung into life with gl(...)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits on a tee boxduring a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Rory McIlroy waits on a tee box during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters. The 24-year-old Ulsterman knows better than anyone how the deal is closed on a Sunday afternoon at Augusta. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

The old-timers never want to leave, almost as if pulled by some magnetic force to the lawn in front of the clubhouse. Gary Player, respl(...)

 Rory McIlroy  and English amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick  walk together during a practice round prior to the start of the  Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy will play with two of the most exciting young talents in American golf over the opening two rounds of the Masters after being drawn wi(...)