Branden Grace:  “Getting this first victory, I can settle down a bit and forget about just keeping the card.” Photo:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Another one lost to the PGA Tour? Or, at best, to be shared between the two? If Branden Grace actually hails from South Africa, there is also the u(...)

Thanks to Katie Taylor, things are looking up for Ireland at the Olympics.   Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

“It’s like déjà vu all over again” is a quote attributed to the famous American baseball player and coach Yogi Berra and, for everyone looking back wi(...)

Dustin Johnson hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

For those graced with early tee times, this 97th edition of the US PGA Championship offered a chance to post a score and to sit back and listen to (...)

Rory McIlroy at a news conference before a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament on Wednesday: he believes he is hitting well on the range. Photograph: Chris Carlson/AP

He’s back, for real. As if any further proof of his fitness were required beyond the stress tests imposed on his body by fitness expert Dr Steve McGr(...)

 Rory McIlroy  hits a tee shot during a practice round prior to the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits  in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The days of Shane Lowry flying in under the radar are long gone. These days, wherever he goes, in any given week, he’s part of those on any list of(...)

Shane Lowry of Ireland hits off the fourth tee during the final round of the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Nerves of steel? Make it titanium. Shane Lowry – showing fortitude, demonstrating terrific shot-making and, on the odd occasion, riding his luck – fol(...)

Graeme McDowell: since finishing third in last year’s HSBC Champions event in China, he has often struggled just to make the cut. Photograph: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

In this instance, the numbers don’t lie. Graeme McDowell heads into this week’s $9.25 million WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and next week’s $10 millio(...)

 Amateur Paul Dunne of Ireland tees off on the 6th hole during the final round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course i in St Andrews, Scotland. Photo:  Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

A step too far, but bravely taken. As Oscar Wilde once put it, “experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes.” The playwright didn’t have g(...)

 The sun rises behind the R&A Clubhouse on the par four, 18th hole ‘Tom Morris’ on the Old Course at St Andrews. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images

If ever you pay a visit to the graveyard up the town, the golfing history of St Andrews meets you at every turn. In the grounds of the old cathedral, (...)

 Shane Lowry improved his opening round score by seven shots on Friday as he carded a 67 at the BMW PGA Championship. Photo:   Adam Davy/PA

How to declutter your mind? Some quiet moments of reflection did the trick for Shane Lowry. After all the hours spent on the range, all the time spen(...)