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 runs through the gorse during the pro-am event prior to The Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club. Photo:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty

On the eve of a new dawn for the Irish Open, the omens weren’t particularly promising. For much of the time, as the pro-am provided a taster, Slieve (...)

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(...)

 Shane Lowry tees off in yesterday’s final round of BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Sometimes, it isn’t all about actually winning. Rarely, for sure, but - this time - his failure to get his hands on the BMW PGA Championship trophy wa(...)

Byeong-Hun An of South Korea celebrates victory with his caddie on the 18th green during day 4 of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Sometimes, it isn’t all about actually winning. Rarely, for sure, but - this time - his failure to get his hands on the BMW PGA Championship trophy wa(...)

Miguel Angel Jimenez  celebrates his hole-in-one on the second hole during the third round  of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

As roars reverberated around the Wentworth estate to signal albatrosses and holes-in-one, Shane Lowry felt as if he was missing out on the party. Tha(...)

 Shane Lowry improved his opening round score by seven shots on Friday as he carded a 67 at the BMW PGA Championship. Photo:   Adam Davy/PA

How to declutter your mind? Some quiet moments of reflection did the trick for Shane Lowry. After all the hours spent on the range, all the time spen(...)

World number one Rory McIlroy will turn his attention to the Irish Open after a disappointing performance in the PGA Championship. Photograph: PA

Rory McIlroy’s love/hate relationship with the BMW PGA at Wentworth took on another twist here as the world number one – defending a title he won las(...)

Defending champion  Rory McIlroy looks for his ball in a bush after a wayward  drive on the 11th hole during the second round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Photo:   Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Defending champion Rory McIlroy crashed out of the BMW PGA Championship on Friday, missing the cut for the third time in four years in the European(...)

 Rory McIlroy  tees off on the 9th hole during day one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Photo:  Warren Little/Getty Images

An Italian job of sorts was carried out on the West Course as Francesco Molinari stepped into Rory McIlroy’s spotlight. Just this once, it seemed, he (...)