Michael Hoey plays his tee shot on the 13th during the first round. “You have to be patient. If you play match-play here you can be aggressive, go for everything, but in stroke play you can’t.” Photograph: Kevin Scott/Presseye/Inpho

It was a single aberration in a brilliant round of golf. In his own words Michael Hoey “made a pretty legsy swing, that’s my bad swing,” sending his (...)

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(...)

David Howell of England putts on the 18th green during the third round of the Open de Espana at Real Club de Golf el Prat in Barcelona. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Michael Hoey’s hopes of claiming a sixth European Tour title fell away on Saturday after the Northern Ireland golfer carded a three-over 75 to fall fi(...)

Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand celebrates winning with his mother after a play-off against Li Hao-tong of China in  the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat produced a brilliant finish to claim his second European Tour title and break Chinese hearts in the inaugural Shenzhen(...)

 Michael Hoey lines up a putt  of Northern Ireland in action during the third round of the Shenzhen International. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat admitted he paid the price for letting his mind wander to thoughts of a second European Tour title after a poor finish(...)

Michael Hoey carded a one under par 71 in the second round at the Shenzhen International. Photograph: Getty

Michael Hoey produced a much improved second round at the Shenzhen International but still sits 10 shots off the nine under par lead of America’s Pete(...)

Bubba Watson of USA plays a shot during the pro-am prior to the start of the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club on Wednesday. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images.

Bubba Watson will look to make amends for a disappointing defence of his Masters title by claiming a second European Tour title in China.Watson won th(...)

 Richie Ramsay of Scotland poses with the trophy after winning the Trophee Hassan II Golf at Golf du Palais Royal  in Agadir, Morocco. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Ireland’s Kevin Phelan secured his second top-five finish in the space of a month at the Trophee Hassan in Morocco as Scotland’s Richie Ramsay recover(...)

Ireland’s Kevin Phelan drives on  the 18th hole during the third round of the Trophee Hassan II Golf at Golf du Palais Royal  in Agadir, Morocco. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

George Coetzee staged a superb fightback to keep his hopes of qualifying for the Masters alive in the Hassan Trophy at Golf du Palais Royal.Coetzee ne(...)

George Coetzee of South Africa hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Trophee Hassan II Golf at Golf du Palais Royal in Agadir, Morocco. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

George Coetzee and Tommy Fleetwood remained in contention to secure a place in the Masters as Andy Sullivan, Alexander Levy, Marcel Siem and Ross Fish(...)