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(...)

Rory McIlroy  tees off on the seventh hole during his final round on his way to victory in the  Dubai Desert Classic. Photograph:  Fadi Al-Assaad/Reuters

World number one Rory McIlroy admitted he was looking for the solid rather than the spectacular as he won the Dubai Desert Classic for a second time.T(...)

Rory McIlroy is four clear going into the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic after he carded a six under par 66 in his third round. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy will take a four-shot lead into the final day of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after shooting a 66 on Saturday — but it looked for a whi(...)

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 (...)

Rory McIlroy has made a strong start in the Dubai Desert Classic, sitting one shot off the lead after an opening round of 66. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

For Rory McIlroy, the challenge now is to improve on what was one of precious few tournament disappointments in 2014. In the case of Andy Sullivan, mo(...)

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(...)

 England’s Oliver Fisher drives on the ninth hole during the first round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

England’s Oliver Fisher fired a first-round 65 to lead the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters by a shot.Fisher carded eight birdies, including three in a r(...)

  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(...)

 Sergio Garcia  in action during the pro-am for the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya.  “I think Rory did something quite extraordinary this season.” Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

The man once known as ‘El Nino’ in his younger days doesn’t see any need for winds of change, or any requirement to fiddle with the system. Nor does L(...)