Rory McIlroy will play Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker and Billy Horschel in his pool at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship. Photograph: Getty

Top seed and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy has been handed a tough draw for the new-look WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship in San Francisco a(...)

Pádraig Harrington  tees off on the first hole   during Round 2 of the 79th Masters  at Augusta National. Photo: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty

A tale of two Irishmen. No green jacket for Pádraig Harrington; none for Shane Lowry either, but the 28-year-old Offalyman – on his debut appearanc(...)

Rory McIlroy walks alongside his caddie Niall Horan of the band One Direction during the Par 3 contest prior to the start of the  Masters  at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Sport
  • April 9, 2015, 08:00

Golf: It’s Masters time It’s the second weekend in April and for golf fans and sports fans in general that means the Masters. And this year(...)

Adam Scott using his broom-handle putter during a practice round at Augusta National ahead of the start of the Masters. Photograph:  Mark Blinch/Reuters

One milestone will be reached in this year’s Masters with no going back . . . it will be last one in which players will be allowed to anchor broom-han(...)

Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry during a practice round on Monday in Augusta. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The old work ethic, instilled from an early age, is what made him, so sentiment doesn’t enter into the equation for Pádraig Harrington. Someone(...)

The main Masters leaderboard  at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy’s bid for the grand slam at the Masters will get underway alongside three-time champion Phil Mickelson and Ryan Moore. The world n(...)

Dermot McElroy is the new West of Ireland champion  after a dramatic final day of golf at County Sligo Golf Club in Rosses Point yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

Dermot McElroy is new West of Ireland golf champion after a dramatic final day of golf at County Sligo Golf Club in Rosses Point yesterday. McE(...)

 Graeme McDowell in action at the   Valero Texas Open. The former US Open winner has made the cut just twice in seven appearances at the Masters.   Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

One place no player wants to arrive to with an injury is Augusta National, with its demands on shot-making but also for its undulating terrain: which (...)

Jimmy Walker waves to fans after winning the Valero Texas Open  at TPC San Antonio. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Hometown boy Jimmy Walker held his nerve to close out victory at the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio.The Ryder Cup player added to his Sony Open (...)

 Phil Mickelson takes his second shot on the 18th hole during round two of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio  in Texas. Photograph: Marianna Massey/Getty Images

San Antonio resident Jimmy Walker took advantage of greatly improved weather conditions at his home tournament to seize an early one-shot lead in the (...)