Ernie Els  during the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

It’s a fine balancing act for a player competing with the best on tour and designing courses

Rory McIlroy plays out of a bunker on the 14th hole yesterdsay during the Pro-Am event at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, China, where the European Tour kick-off their end-of-season mini-series today with the BMW
Masters tournament. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Bongarts/Getty Images

South east Asia offers welcome diversity from the predictable flow of the PGA Tour

It’s one thing for Rory McIlroy to be competing on a equal footing in his early 20s as a talented golfer, but it’s another skill entirely thrashing out a deal at a negotiating table. Photograph: Lee Jin-man/AP Photo

New companies on the block not really any different to old school fee takers

International team-mates Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge shake hands with US team-mates Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar after winning 1-up at the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village, Dublin, Ohio. Photograph:  Reuters

When match day comes along the enormity of the occasion becomes apparent

Caddy Colin Byrne with Ernie Els of South Africa  during the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the Old Course, at St Andrews last weekend. Photograph: Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Next step is another team event at an altogether different venue at Muirfield Village in Ohio

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson with the trophies after winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup at East Lake Golf Club, in Atlanta. Photograph: AP Photo

Swede’s capacity to bounce back a major factor in winning Tour Championship and also securing the FedEx Cup title

 Jim Furyk  celebrates with his caddie Mike “Fluff” Cowan after putting on the ninth green to shoot a 59 during the second round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois. Photograph:  Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

‘Fluff’ Cowen may be feeling the affects of a lifetime of looping but he’s not ready to quit just yet

 Edoardo Molinari of Italy has been plagued by a wrist and now hand injury for the past couple of years. It is important for golfers to recogni
z
se when less practice is actually a better way 
of being 
to be successful. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Top golfers can last longer than other sportspeople but they also have to know when to ease off

 Graham DeLaet of Canada shot a third-round 63 at TPC  Boston. This was after he   got a text to say he was on the tee in an hour and 20 minutes due to a re-draw and had to rush to the course.  Photograph: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Season-ender a nailbiter – pity the tension brings out the yob in some fans

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