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(...)

Rory McIlroy  and  caddie JP Fitzgerald suffer in the cold and foggy conditions during the pro-am  for the World  Match Play  at Harding Park  in San Francisco, California. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

To win the WGC-Cadillac Match Play as the world number one, a feat last accomplished by Tiger Woods back in 2008, Rory McIlroy will have to do it the(...)

Rory McIlroy walks alongside his caddie Niall Horan of the band One Direction during the Par 3 contest prior to the start of the  Masters  at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Sport
  • April 9, 2015, 08:00

Golf: It’s Masters time It’s the second weekend in April and for golf fans and sports fans in general that means the Masters. And this year(...)