Darren Clarke, Team Europe captain,  during the practice round ahead of the Eurasia Cup 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo:  Arep Kulal/Getty Images

When Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood were making grand plans for 2016, it can surely be assumed that the Eurasia Cup didn’t feature highly in their thou(...)

Ireland’s Christy O’Connor Jnr in action on the 2nd tee at the 2000 Open Golf Championship at St Andrews in Scotland. One of the biggest stars of Irish golf, has died. Photo:  Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

There were a few embellishments to Christy O’Connor jnr, like the trademark white flat cap from under which his silver locks escaped. Always, too, the(...)

Kristoffer Broberg celebrates with his caddy after winning the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg was almost lost for words after claiming his first European Tour title in style by defeating American Ryder Cup star Patri(...)

Sergio Garcia of Spain hits his tee-shot on the 15th hole during the third round of the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Sergio Garcia was delighted to haul himself back into contention for a 12th European Tour title in the BMW Masters in Shanghai on Saturday. Garcia beg(...)

Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark plays his second shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, China. The Dane will take a three shot lead into the final two rounds. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard set an imposing clubhouse target as overnight leader Sergio Garcia stumbled in the second round of the BMW Masters in Shan(...)

Sergio Garcia tees off at ninth on his way to an opening round of 64 to lead the BMW Masters. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia claimed a one-shot lead after the first round of the BMW Masters in Shanghai, while Shane Lowry ground out a round of 70 (...)

Shane Lowry is one of only two Irishmen in the limited field in the BMW Masters, along with Paul McGinley who is playing on a sponsor’s invitation. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

The legacy of his mid-summer ankle injury is still a factor, but only as Rory McIlroy cannot yet seem to put four tournaments together in a row. So, (...)

Rikard Karlberg poses with the trophy after winning the 72nd Open d’Italia at Golf Club Milano in Monza, Italy. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg defeated Martin Kaymer in a play-off to win his first European Tour title after the two-time major winner squandered a thr(...)

“I couldn’t see it in the air (approach to 18 from the left rough), couldn’t see where it was going, and then I just saw it coming down on the green. That was it, I was a winner.” Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

It’s been a mad few days. Absolutely mental. I went through three battery charges on my mobile phone on Monday between catching up on messages on T(...)

Michael Flatley and  Taoiseach Enda Kenny pose beside one of Flatley’s paintings. Photograph: Brian McEvoy.

Paintings by Michael Flatley have generated sales of more than €1 million since the former dancer’s debut exhibition in London last month. The origi(...)