Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chips to the second green during his  final round. Photograph: Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

So no morale-boosting win for Rory McIlroy in his final competitive outing ahead of his tilt at history. As Matt Every retained the Arnold Palmer Invi(...)

 Rory McIlroy  reacts to a putt on the sixth green during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational  at the Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Florida. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Golf round-up: Rory McIlroy’s bid to go into the Masters with a second victory of the season under his belt suffered a major blow after a poor finish (...)

Rory McIlroy during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy doesn’t do boring. The world number one turned on the turbo chargers with a second round 66 – which included five straight birdies – to (...)

Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the third hole during the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational  at  Bay Hill. Photograph: Michael Cohen/Getty Images.

No flash in the pan, no one-week wonder. He really is reborn. Pádraig Harrington, who ended a seven year winless drought on the US Tour when he captur(...)

Rory McIlroy is the new face of EA Sports - Tiger Woods has had the honour for  15 years before 2013. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

The changing of the guard in terms of playing success has been obvious for some time. Barring something remarkable, Tiger Woods has already been usurp(...)

Rory McIlroy: will be bidding to complete a career Grand Slam when he tees it up in the US Masters at Augusta. Photo:  David Cannon/Getty Images

Paul McGinley believes Rory McIlroy will have a better chance of winning his first Masters title if Tiger Woods plays at Augusta this year, although (...)

Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, and George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, put pen to paper on the contract which sees Dubai Duty Free become the title sponsor of the 2015 Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Rory McIlroy’s X-factor has brought on board a title sponsor for the Irish Open for the first time in five years, with Dubai Duty Free – who also spon(...)

Belfast city centre. Photograph: Nigel Andrews/Thinkstock

Wouldn’t it be great for Van Morrison to hear Taylor Blackstock and her classmates chorally reciting Song of Ashfield, muses the 13-year-old school(...)

Dustin Johnson of the United States watches his tee shot on the twelfth hole during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship - he could be the latest to add his name to the Irish Open entry list. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

The box office appeal of Rory McIlroy is beyond dispute. He has that x-factor, and it seems to be catching as far as the Irish Open is concerned with(...)

Dustin Johnson drives from the 12th tee on his way to winning the  WGC-Cadillac Championship at the Blue Monster course  in Doral, Florida. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images.

Nothing is ever elementary for the gentleman known as Bubba Watson; or, for that matter, for Rory McIlroy, the world number one. Indeed, on the PGA To(...)