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(...)

 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(...)

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,(...)

Darren Clarke: “My desire is what keeps me out there practising and working hard and seeking those four consistent rounds in a row.”  Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

Darren Clarke isn’t the sensitive type. Thick-skinned as they come, in fact! Europe’s Ryder Cup captain accepts his team will endure some heckling (...)

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(...)

Rory McIlroy will play with Rickie Fowler in the first round of the Irish Open. Photograph: Getty

World number one Rory McIlroy will play with Rickie Fowler and Martin Kaymer in the pick of the draw at the Irish Open. Walker Cup rivals turne(...)

Calm before the storm: A view of the par three fourth hole at Royal County Down ahead of the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

When Rory McIlroy describes the Irish Open as his “fifth Major”, it is saying something. That means he places it above the WGCs, the Players et al – (...)

Organisers have announced the Irish Open is sold out on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets for the final three days of the Irish Open at Royal County Down are sold out, organisers have announced.There will be a full house for Friday,(...)

Luke Donald: “It would encourage some other players from around the world to become members. I don’t think it would affect the number of events I would play necessarily but it would encourage certain players, even US guys, to join this tour.”

Keith Pelley has not taken up office as the European Tour’s chief executive yet but will already have learned the willingness of key stakeholders to o(...)

David Howell of England putts on the 18th green during the third round of the Open de Espana at Real Club de Golf el Prat in Barcelona. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Michael Hoey’s hopes of claiming a sixth European Tour title fell away on Saturday after the Northern Ireland golfer carded a three-over 75 to fall fi(...)