Rory McIlroy  in action at the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play at the Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas. Photo:  David Cannon/Getty Images

You don’t always need an A-game, sometimes it is perseverance – and a confident strut – that will get the job done. And Rory McIlroy, if not exactly f(...)

Rory McIlroy will play Thorbjorn Olesen, Kevin Na and Smylie Kaufman in the WGC Matchplay in Texas. Photograph: Getty

Defending champion Rory McIlroy will face Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen and American pair Kevin Na and Smylie Kaufman at this week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.(...)

 Pádraig Harrington  waves to the gallery  during the  Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Golf Club  in Lahaina, Hawaii. Photo:  Tom Pennington/Getty Images

No tip-toeing from Pádraig Harrington, whose sixth place finish behind Jordan Spieth in the Tournament of Champions more than kick-started his year’s(...)

Maggie Farrelly refereeing the McKenna Cup round one game between Fermanagh and St Mary’s at Brewster Park on Wednesday evening. Photograph: Trevor Lucy/Inpho.

Common sense is a useful trait not always immediately apparent in every referee, but it’s a characteristic Maggie Farrelly seems to have in abundance(...)

Shane Lowry: the Offaly man is seeking to improve on his fifth place in the Race to Dubai standings at the Turkish Airlines Open. Photograph:  Jan Kruger/Getty Images

In just over a fortnight, the world’s political leaders will gather here in Antalya for the G20 Summit. Those politicos will naturally have far weight(...)

 Shane Lowry  stands with his caddie Dermot Byrne during the final round of the British Masters at Woburn Golf Club. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

If a cold putter led to a large dose of frustration for Shane Lowry, there were still many positives for him to take away from a runner-up finish to M(...)

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(...)

Thomas Pieters of Belguim drives  on the ninth hole during the third round of the  Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort  in Prague. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Belgium’s Thomas Pieters will take a one-shot lead into the final day of the Czech Masters in Prague after he carded a seven-under-par 65 on Saturday.(...)

 Matthew Fitzpatrick reacts after missing a birdie chance on the 17th hole during the second round of the    Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort  in Prague, Czech Republic. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Sheffield’s Matthew Fitzpatrick completed a second bogey-free round to claim a share of the halfway lead at the Czech Masters in Prague. The 20-year-o(...)

Chris Wood won the Lyoness Open after he carded a closing round 67 in Austria. Photograph: Epa

England’s Chris Wood came from five shots down to claim victory in the Lyoness Open at Atzenbrugg and secure a second European Tour title. The 27-year(...)