It was Monday morning, the first day of spring, and from the west-facing corner of Beaumont Hospital, Vinny spied a cluster of daffodils enjoying a sprightly dance.

For his mid-morning visit, Vinny Fitzpatrick could see Angie had made an effort. She was sitting up in bed, her auburn locks were untied, and she’d a(...)

Louis Oosthuizen has a share of the lead after the opening round of the Qatar Masters. Photograph: Getty

Pablo Larrazabal and Louis Oosthuizen shared the clubhouse lead in the first round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters as Oosthuizen again threatened(...)

‘And then, after a bit, all went quiet. Except for the raucous starlings, and the sobbing of the middle-aged man in the schoolyard.’ Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Mornings at Mount Prospect NS in Clontarf were a noisy affair as mothers and minders engaged in chatter and natter, and kids ran amok. Such was the di(...)

Shane Lowry is one of the players who can still win the Race to Dubai ahead of Rory McIlroy. Photo: AP

Back in the day when the Race to Dubai was in its infancy, Colin Montgomerie - a man who had won eight Order of Merit titles on the PGA European Tour (...)

Sergio Garcia tees off at ninth on his way to an opening round of 64 to lead the BMW Masters. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia claimed a one-shot lead after the first round of the BMW Masters in Shanghai, while Shane Lowry ground out a round of 70 (...)

Shane Lowry: will require a top-two finish in the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren if he is to overtake Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai standings. Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

World number three Rory McIlroy will be an interested spectator as the third event of the European Tour’s Final Series gets under way in China today. (...)

Shane Lowry is one of only two Irishmen in the limited field in the BMW Masters, along with Paul McGinley who is playing on a sponsor’s invitation. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

The legacy of his mid-summer ankle injury is still a factor, but only as Rory McIlroy cannot yet seem to put four tournaments together in a row. So, (...)

 Shane Lowry  hits his tee-shot on the first hole during the Pro Am event prior to the start of the WGC-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan  Golf Club in Shanghai, China. Photo:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Things move quickly on tour. Anyone who thinks we’ve time to sit around and celebrate a good finish on a Sunday evening would be wrong. For the most p(...)

 Bill Haas of the United States shakes hands with Sang-moon Bae of South Korea and the International team after Haas won the final match on the 18th green to help his side retain the title. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images

Captain’s pick Bill Haas claimed the crucial final point at the Presidents Cup in South Korea on Sunday, as the United States beat the Internationals(...)

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed beat Jason Day and Charles Schwartzel 3&2 to help the USA retain their Presidents Cup lead in Incheon on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

The United States maintained their one-point lead over the International team in the Presidents Cup at 9 1/2 to 8 1/2 after the two sides picked up fo(...)