Ireland’s Pádraig Harrington makes his way onto the 11th green with the mountains of Mourne in the background on the first day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle. Photo: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The fickleness of it all was brought home to everyone. On what for the most part was a wicked day borrowed from the depths of winter, Pádraig Harringt(...)

A scorer looks on as Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks on the 9th green during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The cynics with no hearts will tell you that sympathy can be found in a dictionary. At Royal County Down on Thursday Rory McIlroy found it in a differ(...)

Rory McIlroy will play with Rickie Fowler in the first round of the Irish Open. Photograph: Getty

World number one Rory McIlroy will play with Rickie Fowler and Martin Kaymer in the pick of the draw at the Irish Open. Walker Cup rivals turne(...)

Organisers have announced the Irish Open is sold out on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets for the final three days of the Irish Open at Royal County Down are sold out, organisers have announced.There will be a full house for Friday,(...)

Large crowds attended the final day of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Florida, where Sergio Garcia finished tied for second spot following a play-off. Photo:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

The desperation to hide golf’s obvious troubles should be well known by now. Discrimination on the basis of race or gender was given the blind-eye tre(...)

Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot on the 4th during round one of the World Golf Championship Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park on April 29th, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Photograph: Robert Laberge/Getty Images

Masters champion Jordan Spieth and world number one Rory McIlroy enjoyed comfortable victories on the opening day of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, a(...)

Rory McIlroy  and  caddie JP Fitzgerald suffer in the cold and foggy conditions during the pro-am  for the World  Match Play  at Harding Park  in San Francisco, California. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

To win the WGC-Cadillac Match Play as the world number one, a feat last accomplished by Tiger Woods back in 2008, Rory McIlroy will have to do it the(...)

Reigning US Open champion Martin Kaymer will play at the Irish Open at Royal County Down at the end of May. Photograph:   Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Darren Clarke’s fishing trip to Boca Grande wasn’t too productive. It would seem Rory McIlroy is having considerably greater success in reeling in the(...)

Tiger Woods stands on the green as greenkeepers mow the fairways during a practice round prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

For a snapshot of the continued fascination with Tiger Woods, Augusta National at 4.20pm on Monday was the place to be. Never before, surely, has an a(...)

 Tiger Woods   and Darren Clarke are all smiles during as they talk  on the practice range  at Augusta National Golf Club ahead of the Masters. Photograph:  Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

I walked into another world again on Monday. The sensation never changes. This is my 20th Masters – with a couple of gap years – and, still, after all(...)