Rickie Fowler: his opening round of 80 effectively ends his US Masters challenge at Augusta. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

A dazed look in his eyes, Rickie Fowler zipped up his Puma top until it could go no further, as if it would shield him from the barrage of words he k(...)

Jordan Spieth of the US reacts after sinking his putt on the twelfth hole during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Photo: Erik Lesser/PA

A little after 9.30am, 90 minutes or so after Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus clacked their drives down the first fairway in the ceremonial opening, the(...)

Bubba Watson of the United States during the 2016 World Golf Championships Dell Match Play last month. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Bubba Watson’s willingness to defy convention was apparent in his youth. Had Gerry Watson, the late father of the double Masters champion, had his wa(...)

Rory McIlroy is aiming to be the first European winner of the Masters since 1999. Photograph: Getty

Rory McIlroy may have enhanced his chances of completing the career grand slam by opting out of the par-three contest, but the world number three stil(...)

Then there is the small matter of Rory McIlroy attempting to win the Masters to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Woods in completing the career grand slam. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

This Masters already serves as Rory McIlroy’s odd one out. For the first time since 2012, the Northern Irishman will arrive at Augusta National withou(...)

Jordan Spieth is looking to retain his Masters title at Augusta National next week. Photograph: Getty

Jordan Spieth, in an endorsement of the attitude that has propelled him towards greatness, will not pause to reflect on past glories when he returns t(...)

Jordan Spieth has endured a difficult run as he builds up to his US Masters defence at Augusta National next month. Photograph: Getty

It isn’t just an injury battle that endorses just how special Tiger Woods was in his prime – competitive absence makes the narrative grow stronger, af(...)

Rory McIlroy will play Thorbjorn Olesen, Kevin Na and Smylie Kaufman in the WGC Matchplay in Texas. Photograph: Getty

Defending champion Rory McIlroy will face Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen and American pair Kevin Na and Smylie Kaufman at this week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.(...)

Rory McIlroy in action during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.  Photo: Chris Trotman/Getty Images

A common thread has emerged in recent weeks on the PGA Tour, which is all the more relevant in the run-up to next month’s US Masters. As if already (...)

A third round 67 gave Jordan Spieth a glimmer of hope heading into the final day at Valspar. Photograph: Getty

Bill Haas looked at ease on the greens at the Valspar Championship in Florida on Saturday after a putting tip from Rickie Fowler helped him move into(...)