Phone-hacking scandal: Rupert Murdoch, chief executive of News Corp, ultimate owner of the News of the World, in 2011. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Back in the early days of Nick Davies’s investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World newspaper, someone contacted students who had attend(...)

 Jordan Spieth   holds the trophy as he celebrates with family – father Shawn, mother Chris  and brother Steven –  after winning the  US Open at Chambers Bay in University Place. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Golfers are uneasy with the concept of rivalry in the 21st century. This partly arises from modesty with regard to the epic clashes of yesteryear; cou(...)

Phil Mickelson laboured for over a decade under the dreaded label of best-player-never-to-win-a-major. He  cracked the code in the 2004 Masters. Photograph:  Peter Byrne.

So far in 2015 I have tipped Roger Federer to win the Australian Open, confidently asserted Bayern would overpower Barca and opined that Frankie De(...)

Golf’s posterboy Rory McIlroy may be Irish but membership numbers across the country are dwindling. Photograph: Inpho

‘Golf, like the measles, should be caught young, for, if postponed to riper years the results may be serious.” – PG Wodehouse Irish Open week. While (...)

Rory McIlroy drives  from the fourth tee during round three of The Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course  in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

A day after snapping his putter in half in frustration, Sergio Garcia fought back into contention for a second Players Championship title at Sawgrass.(...)

 Honorary Starters Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus of the United States wait alongside Gary Player of South Africa on the first tee during the first round of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Tradition struck again at the Masters with three giants of golf -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player -- hitting the first shots on Thursda(...)

Rory McIlroy could become only the sixth person to complete a clean sweep of major championships at the Masters. Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP

In the coming days, Rory McIlroy could be the only person not contemplating the significance should he take his career to a level that even some of th(...)

Lydia Ko won the women’s Australian Open, but what’s in her bag? (Photograph: ESTHER LIM/AFP/Getty Images)

USA put trust in Love for the second timeWhoever is organising the finer things of life for the respective captains at next year’s Ryder Cup in Hazelt(...)

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(...)

 Ryder Cup captain José María Olazábal and vice-captains Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Darren Clarke ahead of their departure to the 2012 staging of the event at Medinah. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The Ryder Cup hiatus, which has stretched to almost five months, will end on Wednesday when the European team captain for next year’s clash with the U(...)