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

Defending champion Stephen Gallacher going for an unprecedented treble

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

Irishman starts season in Abu Dhabi Championship where he has finished runner-up three times

Former professional golfer Danielle McVeigh. Of playing so well through her father’s illness and following his death, McVeigh now believes she “just blocked it out”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former golf professional who attended counsellors for depression has found there is more to life than golf

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

Dubliner who lost his tour card has chance to collect some prize money in South Africa

Captain Paul McGinley (top right) holds the Ryder Cup as Team Europe golfers pose for a group photograph after the closing ceremony of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

Philip Reid on the stark contrast in both camps as Europe triumphed again at Gleneagles

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his one-stroke victory on the 18th green with his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Philip Reid recalls that rain-delayed final round, overcoming fading light to close the deal

 Katie Taylor pictured at Dublin Airport after arriving home from the world women’s boxing championships in South Korea where she won her fifth gold medal. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Brian O’Driscoll and Rory McIlroy trail boxing champion in poll

Lewis Hamilton on stage with presenter Gary Lineker during the 2014 Sports Personality of the Year Awards in Glasgow. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire.

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton pips world’s number one golfer to top prize

Europe captain Paul McGinley, right, with Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. “I see my role as quite a big one, because we are going into the unknown. With the Ryder Cup captaincy, I knew what I was doing,” said McGinley. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dubliner consulted with top Irish players including Rory McIlroy before accepting role

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