Rory McIlroy plays his third shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral Blue Monster Course  in Doral, Florida. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

The red carpet treatment stops on the first tee of the Blue Monster, even if JB Holmes sought to disprove the theory that this course has sharpened te(...)

17-year-old Lydia Ko became the youngest winner of the Australian Open. (Photograph: Esther Lim/AFP/Getty Images)

Padraig Harrington’s interest in the Northern Trust Open is over after he carded a four over par 75 in his third roud at the Riviera Country club.Harr(...)

Sergio Garcia missed the cut in his last outing at the Dubai Desert Classic. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Sergio Garcia will look to kick-start his 2015 season when he contests the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in California this week.Garcia,(...)

Ironically enough, it was an American, a pretty famous one at that, who once remarked: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a(...)

Rory McIlroy has confirmed Swegio Garcia and Ernie Els will both play in the Irish Open at Royal County Down. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

World number one Rory McIlroy has confirmed Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia and four-time Major winner Ernie Els will both compete in this year’s Ir(...)

Rory McIlroy in action in Dubai. Playing each half of the course in 32 shots illustrated the consistency in his game. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

So much for distraction. If the sense that Rory McIlroy’s professional pursuits have not been harmed by the imminent nature of a court case with his (...)

World number one Rory McIlroy has backed his old friend Darren Clarke for the 2016 Ryder Cup captaincy. (Photograph: INPHO/Getty Images/Andrew Redington)

Rory McIlroy wants fellow Northern Irishman Darren Clarke to captain Europe’s Ryder Cup team in 2016 in what is shaping up to be a battle between the(...)

Darren Clarke is the current favourite to lead Europe at the next Ryder Cup. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The captain of the European side that will defend the Ryder Cup against the USA in 2016 will be Darren Clarke or Miguel Angel Jimenez, two stalwarts o(...)

Rory McIlroy is confident going into the Dubai Desert Classic, in which he has finished in the top 10 every year since winning it in 2009. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

When the putter works, is there anyone better? Rory McIlroy is next to unbeatable. And the world number one – who returns to a favoured hunting gro(...)

Scotland’s  Marc Warren in action during the third round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Scotland’s Marc Warren was one of four players to claim a share of the lead heading into the final day of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.Warren sho(...)