Rory McIlroy  pictured  with Tom McKibbin at the Dell Match Play in Austin back in March. The 13-year-old will play alongside McIlroy in the pro-am for the Irish Open later this month. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images

Northern Irish teenager Tom McKibbin has been invited to play alongside Rory McIlroy in the pro-am ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at The K Cl(...)

West Waterford’s Seamus Power is now just $30,000 short of securing his full PGA Tour card. Photo: Getty Images

Rory McIlroy was one of the first to tweet congratulations to West Waterford’s Seamus Power on his breakthrough win in the Tour on Sunday. Bu(...)

Ryan Quinn (11) from Lucan, National BMX Champion two years running. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times
Sporting an Olympic dream

It’s an Olympic year and the Games in Rio this August will start many a child dreaming that they could be an Olympian some day. Here’s a look at six s(...)

Rory McIlroy at the US Masters this month. “It will be great to be part of the centennial edition of the French Open.” Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Right now his focus is on building up for the US Open at Oakmont in June, but by deciding to play the 100th Open de France instead of the clashing WG(...)

 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(...)

Gov John Kasich of Ohio, a Republican presidential hopeful: “They’re going to pay back-taxes and maybe other fines. We want to give them a path to legalisation, not to citizenship.” Photograph: Zach Gibson/New York Times

US Republican presidential candidate John Kasich has rejected a proposal by a rival, Texas senator Ted Cruz, to track down and deport undocumented Iri(...)

 Danny Willett celebrates after winning  the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on Sunday. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

A whole new world is set to open up for Danny Willett, career-wise and financially, but the Englishman doesn’t intend to alter his schedule and will h(...)

 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his second shot on the 11th hole during the third round  at Augusta National. Photo:  David Cannon/Getty Images

Nobody needs to tell Rory McIlroy how hard it is to win a career Grand Slam. Only five players have ever completed the feat - Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan,(...)

Danny Willet produced a shock as he becamse just the second Englishman to win the Masters. Photograph: AFP

In the closing stages of the 2016 Masters at Augusta, the question on lips of many sports fans was: “Who is Danny Willett?” But that was perhaps a li(...)

Shane Lowry with Eoin Duffy (10) (left), and his brother Dean (15), from Forrest Little golf club in Swords, Co Dublin, and Julie Moran (13) from Castle golf club, Rathfarnham,  Dublin, as Bank of Ireland announced its sponsorship of the Irish Open. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Bank of Ireland has announced a three-year sponsorship deal with the Irish Open golf tournament. The Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Fou(...)