Rory McIlroy  plays a bunker shot during a practice round for the 2016 Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club  in Dubai, UAE, yesterday. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Step by step, tournament by tournament, all roads will eventually lead Rory McIlroy to Augusta National in April where he will get another chance to c(...)

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(...)

 Rory McIlroy (far right) tries out a ’Golfboard’ along with Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler ahead of the   Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Adam Scott believes taking time off is more appealing and Rory McIlroy appears lukewarm about golf’s return to the Olympics, but Martin Kaymer and Hen(...)

 Paul Dunne of Ireland tees in action during the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Paul Dunne stormed into the top 10 at the Joburg Open on Friday after a brilliant eight-under 63 moved him to nine under at the halfway point. The G(...)

Ireland’s  Paul Dunne of Ireland tees off on the 16th hole on the East Course during day one of the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Welshman Rhys Davies was delighted to card an opening 66 in the Joburg Open as he tries to revive his career on the European Tour. Davies won the Has(...)

 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(...)

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland in action on the 1st tee during the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open last week. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

There is no “panic button,” as Graeme McDowell puts it himself. Frustration, for sure. But no panic. Yet, as Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry - number one(...)

Rory McIlroy during the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club in Antalya, Turkey. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

A busy man is Rory McIlroy. If his quest to claim the Turkish Airlines Open here on The Montgomerie is his immediate aim as part of his bid to retain (...)

Padraig Harrington will be there for the weekend in Portugal but he sits a long way off the lead. Photo: Luis Forra/PA

Castleknock’s Peter Lawrie looks to have missed out on regaining his European Tour card after shooting a second round 72 to miss the cut at th(...)

Paul Dunne of Ireland hits his tee-shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the Portugal Masters at Oceanico Victoria Golf Club in Albufeira, Portugal. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Damien McGrane heads the Irish challenge after the first round of the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura but the real story lay much further down the leade(...)