Rory McIlroy plays a shot during the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. Photograph: Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA

The most effective way for Ernie Els to prevent Rory McIlroy from matching a record of three Dubai Desert Classic victories is by lifting the giant t(...)

Punjab police personnel man a checkpoint in wake of a security alert following militant attacks at the base Pathankot air force base on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

At least two gunmen and a guard were killed in an attack on an Indian Air Force base on Saturday near the border with Pakistan, officials said, in an(...)

 Jason Day of Australia celebrates on the 18th green after his six-stroke victory at The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club  in Edison, New Jersey. Photo:  Scott Halleran/Getty Images

I know you have all heard it before to the point of irritation but golf really is a game of confidence and Jason Day is living proof. I remember th(...)

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods tee off at 7.30pm on the final day of The Masters. Photogarph: Getty

The 2015 Masters may have belonged to Jordan Spieth so far but on Sunday evening the eyes of the world won’t be fixed on the 21-year-old Texan but th(...)

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(...)

Pádraig Harrington sounds the same in timbre but the tone appears different, one of a man who understands the value of pausing, however briefly, to ce(...)

Retief Goosen of South Africa tees off on the 14th hole during round one of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club on February 19th, 2015 in Pacific Palisades, California. Photograoh: JD Cuban/Getty Images

Who says golf is a young man’s game? Not always, it would seem as Retief Goosen, who celebrated his 46th birthday two weeks ago, and Vijay Singh, an o(...)

US president Barack Obama watches his putt on the first green during a round of golf at the Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts.

It may well be holiday season in America, with temperatures rising on the north east coast, but it is not a good time to be seen on the golf course un(...)

 Rory McIlroy  reacts after winning the 96th US PGA Championship at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: EPA

In the darkness of Sunday night, after fulfilling the rituals that behold champions in signing flags and undergoing a stream of media commitments, Ror(...)

Rory McIlroy reacts to a birdie on the 13th green during the second round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

No let-up, no stopping. With each stride and each twirl of the club in self-admiration of another beautifully executed stroke, Rory McIlroy – who yest(...)