Rory McIlroy signs autographs for fans at Royal County Down Golf Club, Co Down.  Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/©Inpho

Martin McGuinness and Rory McIlroy made quite the pair at Royal County Down, the 18 holes of dunes and sand where this year’s Irish Open will be pla(...)

Miguel Angel Jimenez in lighthearted form during practice for the Irish Open at Royal County Down GC yesterday. Photo: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

Pádraig Harrington doesn’t mind letting you in on a secret: he isn’t a particularly good patient, not these days. “There are a few expletives,” he sa(...)

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(...)

Padraig Harrington can still qualify for the US Open through the world rankings despite missing out at the qualificaiton event by a shot. Photograph: Getty

Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington has not given up hope of qualifying for the US Open, despite missing out in Monday’s qualifying event at Wa(...)

Padraig Harrington recovered from a shoulder injury to play US Open qualifying at Walton Heath but narrowly missed out on a place at next month’s event. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

A bogey at the final hole on Walton Heath’s Old Course saw Pádraig Harrington miss out on qualifying for next month’s US Open.The Dubliner sufficientl(...)

Peter Lawrie finished with a 74 for 290, which left him in tied-59th place at the BMW PGA Championship at  Wentworth. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Once upon a time, Paul McGinley and Pádraig Harrington formed a potent partnership in team golf, winning the World Cup and being partners-in-arms for(...)

Máire Godfrey: “I can’t believe it’s me. It’s like it’s all happening to somebody else, but I’m getting a great kick from it all.”     Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

What would you do if you were hurtling towards your 100th birthday and still had many new experiences to try? Máire Godfrey, who lives in Donnybrook,(...)

World number one Rory McIlroy got off to a mixed start at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this afternoon. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy had a battle on his hands just to keep his emotions in check as he looked to get into contention to defend his BMW PGA Championship ti(...)

Pádraig Harrington is hopeful he can recover from a shoulder injury in time for tomorrow’s first round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Photo: Erik Lesser/PA

Three-time major winner Pádraig Harrington is optimistic he will recover from injury in time to compete in the BMW PGA Championship, which gets under (...)

Rory McIlroy will be joined by Ryder Cup hero Jamie Donaldson, as well as Martin Kaymer for the first two rounds of the BMW PGA Championsip at Wentworth. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy will begin his defence of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Thursday alongside European Ryder Cup team-mates Martin Kaymer and (...)