Rory McIlroy plays his tee shot at the par four 16th hole during the first round of the  DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Shane Lowry may not be able to lift 275lb weights as world number one Rory McIlroy did in a gym session in Dubai earlier this week but the affable Of(...)

 Graeme McDowell  hits a bunker shot during a practice round for the US Open at Pinehurst’s  Course No 2 in North Carolina. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

A lot has changed in nine years for Graeme McDowell, who comes into this 114th US Open a much changed player to the one who debuted in this championsh(...)

The par-five 10th at Pinehurst. The renovation of the course, described as “funky” by coach Pete Cowen, meant the removal of more than 40 acres of rough, which was replaced by native vegetation that includes clumps of wiregrass on sandy areas adjoining the fairways. Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The view from the 18th green back down the fairway which will determine the eventual winner of this 114th US Open is the stuff of picture postcards. O(...)

Maybe, just maybe, Pádraig Harrington can start believing that his luck is changing for the better. The last acti(...)