Rory McIlroy in action in Dubai. Playing each half of the course in 32 shots illustrated the consistency in his game. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

So much for distraction. If the sense that Rory McIlroy’s professional pursuits have not been harmed by the imminent nature of a court case with his (...)

 Rickie Fowler in action during the pro- am prior to the start of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rickie Fowler is relishing the chance to resume his rivalry with close friend Rory McIlroy despite the world number one’s dominance over him in the la(...)

All roads leave to Augusta for Rory McIlroy in 2015 but first he must negotiate a court date later this month. (Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Of the vital components attached to a Rory McIlroy year, nobody would have guessed a folded boarding pass would feature among them. But that very obje(...)

Rory McIlroy shows off the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 British Open  at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake. Photograph: Getty

When the clock ticks over to midnight on December 31st, as Auld Lang Syne rings out from the pubs and while people are hugging, kissing, and making so(...)

Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay is attended to by medical staff after being struck with a ball during Day One of the KLM Open at De Kennemer Golf and Country Club in Zandvoort. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Two leading players questioned why there was no ambulance on site after Fabrizio Zanotti was struck on the head by a ball in the KLM Open on Thursday(...)

The main scoreboard showing the final result of the British Open. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Round 1 – Thursday, July 17thThere’s an old adage about the luck of the draw; there’s another about making your own luck: in the first round, Rory McI(...)

Rory McIlroy  chips onto the 15th green during the first round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

There are certain indicators which confirm all is dandy in Rory McIlroy’s on-course world. There is a bounce in his step. The club twirls in his hands(...)

Edoardo Molinari of Italy hits his tee shot on the fourth hole on his way to a four-under-par 68 on the opening day of the  143rd British Open  at Royal Liverpool  in Hoylake.  His brother Francesco also shot 68. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Edoardo Molinari has an unusual nickname which, it transpires, has nothing to do with the extinct bird. He is called “Dodo”, a name which has stuck si(...)

Rory McIlroy: will be hoping to make a big impact in his first visit to Fota Island, venue for this year’s Irish Open. Photo: David Cannon/Getty

Samuel Taylor Coleridge once observed that “he who is best prepared can best serve his moment of inspiration”. He’s unlikely to have been thinking ab(...)

 Pádraig Harrington will contest US Open qualifying at Walton Heath for the first time on Monday. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Three-time Major winner Pádraig Harrington will contest US Open qualifying for the first time on Monday.Harrington has played in every US Open since 2(...)