Defending champion Jordan Spieth laboured to an opening round 71 in the Australian Open. Photograph: Epa

Defending champion Jordan Spieth was blown off course as he struggled in the opening round of the Australian Open. The world number one labo(...)

Rory McIlroy launches his ball into the crowd after holing his winning putt on the 18th green during the final round of the DP World Tour Championship. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

As the golfing year stretches on for some, among them world number one Jordan Spieth who is defending the Australian Open this week, the curtain has (...)

 Ruby Walsh riding Vautour  clear from the last to win The Stella Artois 1965 Steeple Chase from Ptit Zig at Ascot. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

If first impressions really do count then ante-post odds as short as 5-4 about Douvan winning the Arkle at Cheltenham next March mightn’t be ridiculou(...)

Rory McIlroy during the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club in Antalya, Turkey. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

A busy man is Rory McIlroy. If his quest to claim the Turkish Airlines Open here on The Montgomerie is his immediate aim as part of his bid to retain (...)

Rory McIlroy shot an opening round of 68 in the Open in California. Photograph: Getty

Rory McIlroy believes he took a positive step forward with a four-under-par 68 in the first round of the Open. As the Northern Irishman depar(...)

 Shane’Lowry in Croke Park to announce Offaly GAA’s plans to develop a new centre of excellence. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Shane Lowry intends to steer his own path, especially when it comes to devoting more time playing in the United States. At a time when Lee Westwood i(...)

Rory McIlroy will playin the Open. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The last PGA Tour season ended 17 days ago and the European Tour season has another six weeks to run, but Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose are among the p(...)

Shane Lowry  putts on the 10th green during the thrid round of the British Masters at Woburn Golf Club. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

A second consecutie 69 saw Shane Lowry remain in contention at the British Masters on Saturday. The Offaly man sits three shots behind joint leaders M(...)

 Pádraig Harrington  in action during the first round of the British Masters at Woburn Golf Club. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Shane Lowry and Pádraig Harrington made strong starts to the British Masters after both carded opening five-under-par rounds of 66 to lie two shots of(...)

Bernd Wiesberger of Austria jumps up to see the flag on the green at the 12th hole during the first round of the Omega European Masters  in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Photograph: Peter Klaunzer/EPA

Michael Hoey carded an early hole-in-one as he opened his Omega European Masters campaign with a five-under 65 to lie two shots off first-round leader(...)