Rory McIlroy  hits an approach shot on the seventh hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club  in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy’s driver was again the best tool in his bag as he claimed a fourth career Major in the US PGA at Valhalla on Sunday. In overturning a th(...)

 Pádraig Harrington: hits from a bunker at the 14th green during practice for the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Illinois, USA. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

The planning is as meticulous as ever, his caddie Rónán Flood conveying the numbers from the yardage book and Pádraig Harrington absorbing them in hi(...)

Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke in relaxed mood as they stroll down the 16th fairway during yesterday’s practice session for today’s US PGA Championship at Valhalla. Photograph: John Sommers II/Reuters

The convergence of a perfect storm came about yesterday in and about the car park of Valhalla Golf Club, as Rory McIlroy – with the Claret Jug in his (...)

Rory McIlroy adopts the classic James Bond pose for a  photo in the Omega Exhibition prior to this week’s 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy is very much in character these days, the newest poster boy of golf. Anyone travelling in from the airport to downtown Louisville can’t a(...)

England’s Paul Casey and Jamie Donaldson of Wales practise their putting on the 13th green at Valhalla GC in Louisville. Photograph: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

It’s an owner’s right, almost a duty, to play a championship on your own course. The PGA of America own Valhalla Golf Club and the staging of the 96th(...)

 Adam Scott of Australia responds to a question during his press conference for the 96th PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Illinois. Photograph: EPA

Usurped by the wunderkind, Adam Scott is not one for moaning. In golf, as far as the world rankings are concerned, the throne is taken, vacated, reta(...)

Rory McIlroy: had to undergo a mandatory drugs test following his third round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron.

An irony of sorts came on Saturday evening, as Rory McIlroy got the proverbial tap on the shoulder to undergo a mandatory drugs test. That McIlroy, th(...)

 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy with the Claret Jug after his victory in the British Open at Hoylake.

On a Sunday evening back in 2000, Tiger Woods, shortly after he had completed the career Grand Slam for the first time by winning the British Open at (...)

Down’s Kevin McKernan gets his shot away despite the efforts of  Kildare’s Shane Connolly at Páirc Esler. Photo: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Kildare 1-18 Down 0-11 A team with an identity crisis is one that will always leave you scratching your head. Which is the real Kildare? Yesterday’s (...)

Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland plays a shot on the 12th hole during her final round of the US Women’s Open at Pinehurst last month. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

The other day Stephanie Meadow rolled in a par putt on the 18th green at Southport & Ainsdale in the final qualifying for the British Women’s Open(...)