Rory McIlroy: “It’s just to try and stay as fresh as possible and give myself the best possible chance each and every week that I tee up, the best possible chance to play well.” Photo: Brendon thorne/Getty

The old adage that “less is more” would appear to have struck a chord with the world’s two best golfers, as Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson kick-star(...)

Peter Lawrie during the second round of the European Tour qualifying school final stage in November in Girona, Spain.Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

The harsh reality of surviving as a tour professional without a tour card will likely be a motivating 15th club in the bag for Peter Lawrie, who will (...)

Leinster’s 24-18 defeat against Harlequins at The Stoop rounded off a mixed weekend for the provinces in europe
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Sport
  • December 8, 2014, 08:35

Lacklustre Leinster The provinces enjoyed decidedly mixed fortunes as they returned to European competition this weekend. On Sunday Matt O’(...)

  Danny Willett of England plays into the first green during the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club  in Sun City, South Africa. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Danny Willett landed six birdies and the biggest win of his career as he claimed the $1.25 million first prize at the Nedbank Challenge following a fa(...)

 Luke Donald  plays his approach shot to the sixth green during the third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Luke Donald maintained his place at the top of the leaderboard after the third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, but compatriot Danny Willett was h(...)

Patrick Reed (left) and Tiger Woods walks off the third tee during the second round of the Hero World Challenge at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club   in Windermere, Florida. Photograph:  Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Tiger Woods looked to have turned a corner in the second round of the Hero World Challenge at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Florida, but a (...)

  Luke Donald of England  waits to play into the 17th green during the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club  in Sun City, South Africa. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Luke Donald enjoyed a spectacular second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge to race to the top of the leaderboard. The Englishman had an average open(...)

Shane Lowry of Ireland tees off at the first hole during the opening round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Shane Lowry is six off Ross Fisher’s lead going into the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge after he carded a 72 in Sun City, South Africa. Fi(...)

Didier Drogba celebrates after scoring Chelsea’s second during their 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge last night.
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  • December 4, 2014, 08:38

Chelsea march onThe last time Tottenham Hotspur managed a win at Stamford Bridge was the same day it was announced Nelson Mandela would be released fr(...)

Shane Lowry of Ireland in action during a practise round for the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club on Wednesday. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Off-the-back of 13 straight cuts, posting five top-10 finishes, and cementing his place within the world’s top 50, Shane Lowry is in as good a posi(...)