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(...)

 Martin Kaymer:  will be the centre of attention as the European Tour moves to his homeland for the BMW International Open this week. Photo: Rolf Vennenbernd/EPA

Germany’s Martin Kaymer will be the centre of attention as the European Tour moves to his homeland for the BMW International Open tomorrow. Kay(...)

Ten-ish days in and there are way too many highlights to mention, but we’ll have a go - in reverse order: (3) Brian Kerr on the ref with the vanishing(...)

Finland’s Mikko Ilonen  tees off from the 10th hole during the final round of the Irish Open at  Fota Island  in Cork. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Inspired by Martin Kaymer’s wire-to-wire US Open triumph, Finland’s Mikko Ilonen followed in his footsteps by claiming his fourth European Tour title (...)

Graeme McDowell reacts to a missed putt on the eighth green during the third round of the Irish Open at Fota Island in Cork. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When you need someone to grit their teeth and to roll up their sleeves for a golfing battle, few possess the fortitude of Graeme McDowell who, yet aga(...)

Shane Lowry, playing alongside Paul Casey and Graeme McDowell, puts on the 13th green during day two of the Irish Open. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Graeme McDowell hopes it will be 13th time lucky in the Irish Open at Fota Island this weekend as Rory McIlroy made an early exit from the event for t(...)

Graeme McDowell plays his tee shot on the 11th hole  during the first round of the Irish Open at Fota Island. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Some golfers are superstitious, to the point of using a special coin as a ball marker or down to wearing specific coloured socks. The shoe is on th(...)

 Rory McIlroy walks through the desert during practice prior to the start of the World Golf Championships Match Play at Dove Mountain in Arizona. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy will hope the weather is not the only thing that is completely different in this week’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. (...)

Rory McIlroy plays his tee shot at the par 3, fourth hole during the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Stephen Gallacher recovered from a nightmare start to become the first player to successfully defend the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday as Rory (...)

Sergio Garcia in action during the  final round of the  Qatar Masters in Doha. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

A year after being denied the chance to win the Qatar Masters in dramatic circumstances, Sergio Garcia finally got his hands on the trophy on Saturday(...)