Ireland’s Pádraig Harrington makes his way onto the 11th green with the mountains of Mourne in the background on the first day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle. Photo: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The fickleness of it all was brought home to everyone. On what for the most part was a wicked day borrowed from the depths of winter, Pádraig Harringt(...)

A scorer looks on as Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks on the 9th green during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The cynics with no hearts will tell you that sympathy can be found in a dictionary. At Royal County Down on Thursday Rory McIlroy found it in a differ(...)

Ernie Els: became interested in playing in the Irish Open having spoken to Rory McIlroy in the Middle East. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

As any advertiser will attest there is nothing like ‘restricted’ or ‘limited supply’ to get a potential audience’s attention. If you create a hint of (...)

 Rory McIlroy signs autographs for fans at Royal County Down Golf Club, Co Down.  Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/©Inpho

Martin McGuinness and Rory McIlroy made quite the pair at Royal County Down, the 18 holes of dunes and sand where this year’s Irish Open will be pla(...)

Shane Warne, Darren Clarke and BBC presenter Stephen Watson share a joke after playing in the Irish Open Pro-Am at Royal Co Down. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images.

Stephen Watson managed to record a par and two spectators on the front nine. The face of BBC Sport Northern Ireland was persecuted by a misbehaving dr(...)

 Rory McIlroy runs through the gorse during the pro-am event prior to The Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club. Photo:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty

On the eve of a new dawn for the Irish Open, the omens weren’t particularly promising. For much of the time, as the pro-am provided a taster, Slieve (...)

Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Tony McCoy pictured  at Royal County Down ahead of the Irish Open. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Rory McIlroy hesitated for a second, cleared his head and declared that the Irish Open fit his schedule better than it ever has before. Pulling up sho(...)

Sergio Garcia of Spain answers questions from the media during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The Irish Open holds a particularly special place for Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard won his first European Tour event in the Irish Open at Druid’s Glen,(...)

Miguel Angel Jimenez in lighthearted form during practice for the Irish Open at Royal County Down GC yesterday. Photo: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

Pádraig Harrington doesn’t mind letting you in on a secret: he isn’t a particularly good patient, not these days. “There are a few expletives,” he sa(...)

Golf’s posterboy Rory McIlroy may be Irish but membership numbers across the country are dwindling. Photograph: Inpho

‘Golf, like the measles, should be caught young, for, if postponed to riper years the results may be serious.” – PG Wodehouse Irish Open week. While (...)