Rory McIlroy  in action during the pro-am  for The Honda Classic on the Champions Course at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Photo:  David Cannon/Getty Images

World number one Rory McIlroy begins the countdown to his ‘career Grand Slam’ bid at the US Masters in this week’s Honda Classic and says he feels ent(...)

Rory McIlroy has confirmed Swegio Garcia and Ernie Els will both play in the Irish Open at Royal County Down. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

World number one Rory McIlroy has confirmed Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia and four-time Major winner Ernie Els will both compete in this year’s Ir(...)

Tiger Woods was visibly in distress and withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open after just 12 holes of his first round. Photograph: Lenny Ignelzi/AP Photo

Analysis of the failings of Tiger Woods was inevitable after a career low point of 82 shots at the Phoenix Open last weekend. One strand was missing (...)

Current leader of the Malaysian Open Lee Westwood will take part in this year’s Irish Open. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Former world number one and current leader of the Malaysian Open Lee Westwood is set to return to Ireland when he plays in this year’s Irish Open. The(...)

Phoenix Open winner Brooks Koepka has been “picking the brain” of “unbelievable” McIlroy. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Chances are, when he gets time to get around to it, Rory McIlroy will bend Brooks Koepka’s ear about the possibility of playing in the Irish Open at (...)

Rory McIlroy is congratulated by Rickie Fowler after his hole-in-one on the 15th hole during his second round 67 at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Martin Kaymer held a one-shot lead in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship after carding a five-under-par 67 on Friday, with Rory McIlroy two shots of(...)

Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler are both tied on five under after the opening round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.(Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler could not be separated on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship but both were outshone by German Mart(...)

 Rickie Fowler in action during the pro- am prior to the start of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rickie Fowler is relishing the chance to resume his rivalry with close friend Rory McIlroy despite the world number one’s dominance over him in the la(...)

All roads leave to Augusta for Rory McIlroy in 2015 but first he must negotiate a court date later this month. (Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Of the vital components attached to a Rory McIlroy year, nobody would have guessed a folded boarding pass would feature among them. But that very obje(...)

Rory McIlroy: “It’s just to try and stay as fresh as possible and give myself the best possible chance each and every week that I tee up, the best possible chance to play well.” Photo: Brendon thorne/Getty

The old adage that “less is more” would appear to have struck a chord with the world’s two best golfers, as Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson kick-star(...)