Ernie Els, watched by caddie Colin Byrne,   hits an approach shot during his practice round yesterday prior to the  143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool  in Hoylake. Photograph:  Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

The decisive factor in Martin Kaymer’s victory in the US Open at Pinehurst last month was he was able to adapt to the subtle changes the rain had mad(...)

Justin Rose tees off at the fourth hole during the final round of the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen on his way to eventual victory by two strokes from Kristoffer Broberg from Sweden. Photograph:  Kenny Smith/PA Wire

Justin Rose has not laid down a British Open Championship marker, he has battered one into the ground with a sledgehammer. Rose’s credentials were alr(...)

Tiger Woods  walks across the 12th green during a practice round ahead of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake. Photograph:  Phil Noble/Reuters

The latest assertion that Tiger Woods has a viable chance of winning the British Open has arrived from a first-hand witness to the state of the 14-tim(...)

Justin Rose tees off at the fourth hole during his final round on the way to victory in the   Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen. Photograph: Kenny Smith/PA

Justin Rose cruised to victory in the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen on Sunday to claim back-to-back wins for the first time in his career.And the (...)

Rory McIlroy plays from the greenside bunker at the 17th hole during day two of the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen.  Photograph: Kenny Smith/PA Wire.

Rory McIlroy could do without this familiar Friday feeling. Second-round struggles for the Northern Irishman are becoming worryingly predictable. With(...)

Phil Mickelson of the USA: champion keen to get out in wet and windy weather to defend title “as I never get a chance to back home”. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Phil Mickelson is hoping for the wind to blow and the rain to fall this week as he aims for his personal “double double” of Scottish Open and Briti(...)

Paul McGinley with the two Irish representatives at the Allianz Golf Camp at St Andrew’s, Oisín Henry (from Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo) and Analyn Pentony (from Drogheda, County Louth), who are with their mentors Kevin Henry and Tracy Pentony.

Not quite someone without a care in the world, for he is nursing a shoulder injury, but Paul McGinley – the European Ryder Cup captain – didn’t look (...)

Composite photo showing USA’s Phil Mickelson celebrating after winning the 2013 Britush Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club (left) and after winning the  Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Course (right).  Photograph: PA Wire.

When Phil Mickelson arrived in Scotland 12 months ago, he had never won a tournament on British soil and admitted the greatest challenge of his caree(...)

Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay on his way to victory at  the BMW International Open at  Gut Larchenhof GC in Cologne last weekend.

I think we are living in a sporting age that is getting less predictable. The old days of the usual suspects lifting trophies is not a given any more.(...)

Justin Rose  hits his tee shot on the seventh hole during the final round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Nothing tastes as good as a win, and nothing makes you greedier for more than the taste of success. Justin Rose, with a sense of near-perfect timing, (...)