Darren Clarke: “My desire is what keeps me out there practising and working hard and seeking those four consistent rounds in a row.”  Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

Darren Clarke isn’t the sensitive type. Thick-skinned as they come, in fact! Europe’s Ryder Cup captain accepts his team will endure some heckling (...)

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(...)

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(...)

The upgraded 18th hole of the North Course in Quinta do Lago, Portugal

T he reopening of Quinta do Lago’s North golf course under the stewardship of Ryder Cup-winning captain Paul McGinley couldn’t have been more timel(...)

Golfing legend Jack Nicklaus joined Ewen Murray in the Sky commentary box. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

With all the hi-tech wizardry on view at the Masters, Grand National and even the Boat Race over the last week, those old clips they kept playing in t(...)

Rory McIlroy – fell 14 shots behind leader Jordan Spieth after bogeying the first hole. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Not Watching The Masters, Day Two. The tournament has chug-chugged along on its merry way in Augusta but for all of it we’ve seen, it may as well be i(...)

 Shane Lowry  hits an approach shot as his caddie looks on during a practice round prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National. Photo:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

I’m not quite pinching myself. I know everything is real. Being at the Masters is unreal, weird, but in the nicest of ways. The other day I was with P(...)

Rory McIlroy: will be bidding to complete a career Grand Slam when he tees it up in the US Masters at Augusta. Photo:  David Cannon/Getty Images

Paul McGinley believes Rory McIlroy will have a better chance of winning his first Masters title if Tiger Woods plays at Augusta this year, although (...)

Darren Clarke hopes his form will improve after being named as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain. Photograph: Ben Stansall/Getty Images

Darren Clarke, who has missed the cut in five of his last seven European Tour outings, is hoping last week’s decision to install him as Europe’s 2016 (...)

Miguel Angel Jimenez  watches a shot during the first round of the Hero India Open Golf at Delhi Golf Club. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Miguel Angel Jimenez has expressed his disappointment at missing out on the Ryder Cup captaincy for 2016 and hinted his chance of the job may have gon(...)