I texted Paul Dunne on the Sunday night and told him I’d watched every bit of the golf that day and that he’d played better than anyone. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

I’ve had plenty of time for reflection since the British Open. A lot of people keep taking me back to the 17th hole in the first round and that eight (...)

 Rory McIlroy  will not defend the  World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational he won at  Firestone Country Club  in Akron, Ohio last year. Photograph: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

World number one Rory McIlroy will not defend his WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title next week as he continues his recovery from a serious ankle injur(...)

 Paul Dunne talks to his caddie Alan Murray as they walk up the 16th fairway. Photograph: AFP Photo 3:08

Before We all had our own ways of getting to St Andrews. I know Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson were among those who hopped on the charter fligh(...)

Pádraig Harrington in action  during the final round of the British Open. After his round as the wind died down, a Dublin voice called out. “Sorry, I couldn’t find your Titleist, Pádraig.” Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters

At the call of ‘fore’ from the sixth tee box, Vinny Fitzpatrick instinctively covered his large head and instinctively turned his backside to the dire(...)

 Jordan Spieth: missed out on the playoff at St Andrews by just one shot as he pursued a third Major title in a row.  Photo:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Jordan Spieth left St Andrews missing out on the double: his failure to add the Claret Jug to his US Masters and US Open titles meant that the “Spi(...)

British Open winner Zach Johnson sports Netjets branding on his collar. (Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

The three-man British Open playoff was a win-win-win for NetJets. Zach Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman, the three men(...)

 Amateur Paul Dunne of Ireland tees off on the 6th hole during the final round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course i in St Andrews, Scotland. Photo:  Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

A step too far, but bravely taken. As Oscar Wilde once put it, “experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes.” The playwright didn’t have g(...)

Greystones amateur Paul Dunne acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the British Open Championship at the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland. Photograph: Getty Images

Their paths will meet again. As Zach Johnson claimed a Claret Jug in this 144th British Open championship, the sight of world number two Jordan Spie(...)

 Zach Johnson doubled his Major tally as he won the British Open after a play-off at St Andrews. Photograph: PA

History has its way of beckoning the chosen ones. For a time, it seemed as if Jordan Spieth would - just as he did in the US Open - contrive to find (...)

Padraig Harrington tees off on the 11th hole during the third round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

That was quite a Sunday. From St Andrews to Clones to Lord’s to Hyde Park and back and forth and pressing a wrong button while trying to find the cric(...)