Rory McIlroy hits a tee shot during the third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC in Sun City, South Africa. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Former world number one has won four times in Dubai and his hoping to make it five

Paul Dunne of Ireland lines up a putt during day two of the Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya, Turkey. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Out of Bounds: Numbers have dwindled since the 1990s due to a number of different factors

Shane Lowry chats with his caddie during  the Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort. Lowry finished in a tie for 15th place. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Nedbank Challenge next up for the Irishman who is targeting a top 30 order of merit spot

Justin Rose of England acknowledges the crowds after winning the Turkish Airlines Open at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya, Turkey. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Pádraig Harrington missed out on place in top-64 of Race to Dubai after poor finish

Haotong Li of China plays a shot during the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Chinese golfer overtakes Justin Rose in third round of Turkish Airlines Open

 Paul Dunne attempts a recovery shotfrom the trees during the second round of the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Frustration gets the better of Dunne as he falls off the pace

Ireland’s Paul Dunne  during day one of the Turkish Airlines Open at  Regnum Carya  resort  in Antalya. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Greystones player’s seven birdies in a bogey-free round sends him to the top

 Pádraig Harrington looks on with his caddie Ronan Flood during the first day  of the Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya, Turkey. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Former three-time Major winner posts an opening 65 in Turkey to maintain his recent fine form

Paul Dunne made a fine start to the Turkish Airlines Open, shooting a first round 64. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty

Seven birdies in an impressive opening 64 sees Greystones golfer set the early pace

Shane Lowry of Ireland plays in the pro am ahead of the Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya, Turkey. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Offalyman hoping to continue that good form into Turkish Airlines Open this week

The European Tour is in Turkey this week for the Turkish Airlines Open. The schedule for the 2019 season has been revealed, with the Saudi International a new addition. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty

Pádraig Harrington diplomatic when asked about new addition to 2019 schedule

Pádraig Harrington of Ireland plays a practice round ahead of the Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya, Turkey. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Irishman looks lined up to be next Ryder Cup captain while his form has also improved

 Nelly Korda  after winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taoyuan city. Photograph:  EPA/RItchie Tongo

Nelly’s breakthrough win has been anticipated ever since she followed in her sister Jessica’s footsteps

Padraig Harrington playing from  a bunker on the 9th hole during practice on October 17th for  the  Valderrama Masters in Cadiz, Spain. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne will join Harrington in the $7m tournament in Antalya

Russell Knox celebrtes his victory in the 2018 Irish Open at Ballyliffin. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

A number of headline players still opting for the PGA Tour ahead of European Tour events

Shane Lowry takes a moment as he discoveres his ball close to the 15th green which led to a double bogey. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Sergio Garcia claimed his third title at the course on Monday due to a delayed finish

Bernhard Langer celebrates making a birdie on the 17th during the 2018 Senior Open at  St Andrews. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty

61-year-old German is hunting down Hale Irwin’s record of 45 Champions Tour wins

Pádraig Harrington: “I’m just outside the automatic qualifying spots for the Turkish Airlines Open, so I need to make a few more points to get to Turkey.”  Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

In-form Irishman keen to move up rankings to qualify for lucrative Turkish Airlines Open

Freddie Burns reacts after his mistake against Toulouse. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

O’Gara and Jennings have little sympathy for outhalf as O’Callaghan dons red-tinted specs

A view of a bunker at Le Golf National. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

‘Player’s edition of the rules of golf’ should be in every bag ahead of January 1st 2019

Paul Dunne: “It’s a big event at a great time of the year, just before the end of the season . . .there is a lot on the line. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Lowry and Harrington still with work to do to make it to top-60 on the money list

Portmarnock team (from left) Darragh Coghlan, Stephen Walsh, James Fox, Geoff Lenehan and Conor Purcell. Photo: Pat Cashman

Dublin club beat Royal Portrush while in the Junior Cup Portumna saw off Fortwilliam

Stephanie Meadow has already secured her full LPGA Tour card. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Meadow heads to final tournament of the season assured of her full LPGA Tour card

Rory McIlroy of Europe and vice-captain Pádraig Harrington after the foursomes session on Saturday afternoon at the 2018 Ryder Cup. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Irishman has been a vice-captain three times and is now ready to step up to the mark

 Rory McIlroy plays his second shot out of a bunker on the  18th during the singles Ryder Cup defeat to Justin Thomas   at Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Plugged bunker ball on 18th tilts titanic singles clash the way of USA rival Thomas

Alex Noren is mobbed by his European team-mates after winning the final singles game against Bryson Dechambeau of the Unitede States at the Ryder Cup in Paris. Photograph:   Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Francesco Molinari fittingly secures winning point as Thomas Bjorn’s side regain Ryder Cup

Justin Rose  and Henrik Stenson  celebrate during the afternoon foursomes match against Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka. Photograph:  Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy will lead off hunt for the four and a half points required to regain title

 Rory McIlroy  and Ian Poulter celebrate their win on the 16th hole during the afternoon foursomes at the  Ryder Cup  at Le  Golf National in  Paris. Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA

Historic foursomes whitewash gives Thomas Bjorn’s side all the momentum after first day

Team Europe’s Rory McIlroy looks for his ball on the ninth hole during the fourballs match on day one of the Ryder Cup. Photograph: PA

He didn’t manage a single birdie in the 16 holes he played alongside Thorbjorn Olesen

Europe’s Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter and Thorbjørn Olesen during Thursday’s practice round ahead of the 2018 Ryder Cup. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

The fun is over and it’s time for the golf to start but which team will emerge victorious?

Thorbjorn Olesen and Rory McIlroy practice together ahead of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Paris. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

What are the strengths and weaknesses of each pairing and who will win the points?

Team USA’s Tiger Woods with his Ryder Cup team mates during practice in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Irish Times golf correspondent Philip Reid keeps us up to date from the French capital

A general view of the first tee ahead of the 42nd Ryder Cup 2018 at Le Golf National in Paris, France. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Amphitheatres have got bigger over the years and this week in Paris scales new heights

Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm of Europe pose during a photocall ahead of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris, France. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Rookie and experienced campaigner may team up at some stage at Le Golf National

The yellow ribbon worn by Team Europe has the name of Celia Barquín written on them in tribute to the young Spanish golfer who was killed last week. Photograph: PA

Irish Times golf correspondent keeps us up to date from his base in the French capital

Europe’s Thorbjorn Olesen checking out  the 15th green at Le Golf National in Paris prior to  the Ryder Cup. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Familiar feeling for Bjorn’s team as all have played Le Golf National in French Open

Tiger Woods of USA at Le Golf National in Paris  ahead of the Ryder Cup. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

TIger wants to bring things down to earth, not to make it all about him

 Europe captain Thomas Bjorn  during a press conference in Paris ahead of the  Ryder Cup  at Le Golf National. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

A controversial ‘wild card’ pick, the Spaniard's form has been less than inspiring

US golfer Tiger Woods and his Ryder Cup team mates arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Photograph: Getty Images

If this is the second coming of, a better Tiger Woods, then it is going to be great for golf

 Phil Mickelson finished bottom of the leaderboard at the Tour Championship - 13 over par. Photograph: PA

Brian O’Driscoll and Niall Horan are part of the Europe team in the celebrity match

Tiger Woods celebrates his win on the 18th green. Photo: Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

14-time Major winner records first victory since 2013 at season-ending Tour Championship

 Europe team captain Paul McGinley celebrates winning the 2014 Ryder Cup with his team  at the Gleneagles Hotel in  Scotland. Photograph:   Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

‘I think the golf course is more suited to the European style of player than the Americans'

Oliver Fisher during day two of the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria golf course. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Record-breaking Fisher shares lead in Portugal with Shane Lowry three off the pace

Celia Barquin Arozamena pictured after her victory in the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship. Photograph: EPA/EGA

Tributes flood in for 22-year-old Spanish amateur found dead on course in Iowa

At the Allianz Irish Times Officers’ Challenge presentation to victorious Galway Bay Golf Club  were, from left, Philip Reid, Irish Times Sports; Donal Devery, Captain of Galway Bay; Peter Kilcullen, Sales Director at Allianz; Eileen Clasby, Galway Bay  Ladies Captain; and Mark Gantly, Galway Bay  President. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Westerners conquer Officers’ Challenge as Gregory and Cloke wrap up holes-in-one

Rory McIlroy will need a helping hand from others as well as himself. Photograph: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

Holywood star could conquer East Lake but $10m payday would depend on rivals’ results

Justin Rose has become the 22nd world number one. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Phil Mickelson is one of 15 players to reach world number two without taking extra step

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his tee shot on the fourth hole during the weather-delayed final round of the BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Photo: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

Former USPGA champion won in a playoff as Justin Rose went to world number one

  Justin Rose of England reacts on the 17th green during the third round of the BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club  in Pennsylvania. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Justin Rose leads Rory McIlroy by one shot but tournament may be cut to 54 holes

Ireland’s John Murphy during the World Amateur Golf Championships at Carton House. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland managed to salvage a top-10 finish after a disappointing third round on Friday

Robin Dawson  pitching to the 10th green during the second round of the 2018 World Amateur Team Championship  at Carton House. Photograph: -Pat Cashman

Dawson, Purcell and Murphy in joint-second place behind leaders New Zealand

Robin Dawson has put Ireland firmly in contention at Carton House. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Home side are firmly in contention at Carton House after Dawson inspires team with a 65

 Bryson DeChambeau during the 2015 Walker Cup at Royal Lytham and St Annes. Photograph: Getty Images

The young American in the flat cap stood out from the crowd at the 2015 Walker Cup

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have both been named as Ryder Cup wild card picks. Photograph: Getty Images

USA captain names three of his Ryder Cup wild cards and Phil Mickelson is included

Tiger Woods is one of the Team USA wild card picks for the 2018 Ryder Cup. Photograph: PA

Jim Furyk has named three of his four wild cards to play at Le Golf National in Paris

Eight possibilities but who will be the four men Thomas Bjorn will select for the European Ryder Cup team? Photo: Getty Images

European captain has a selection headache ahead of making his picks on Wednesday

Rory McIlroy will be one of Europe’s big guns in Paris. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty

Thorbjorn Olesen joins the likes of Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy in Paris this month

Peter Kilcullen, Allianz sales director  with Mike Burke, captain, Phyllis Lee, lady captain, and Tom Conlisk, president of the victorious Ballinrobe GC. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Mayo club defy extremely testing conditions to prevail at Galway Bay

A young Brooks Koepka during the English Challenge in 2012. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Back in 2012 Brooks Koepka took a punt on European Tour’s secondary circuit. . .

Tiger Woods reacts after making a birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the 100th PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Former world number one was more than giddy with runner-up spot at Bellerive

Shane Lowry of Ireland celebrates after making a birdie on the 13th green during the final round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Offalyman will need a strong finish at Wyndham Championship this weekend

 Tiger Woods  plays his shot from the 17th tee during the third round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club  in St Louis on Saturday. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

With players sorely tested by US PGA, Jim Furyk is left with big decisions as to who to bring to Paris

Brooks Koepka poses with the Wanamaker Trophy on the 18th green after winning the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

American claimed his third Major title on a day of high drama at Bellerive Country Club

Shane Lowry bemoaned the decision of a rules official after the final round of the US PGA Championship at Bellerive. Photo: Brynn Anderson/AP Photo

Offalyman made a bogey at the Par 3 after a lengthy debate about where he could drop

Rory McIlroy during the final round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

His USPGA final round had a little bit of everything, but very little of what he wanted

Ireland’s Shane Lowry plays his shot from the third tee during the third round of the US PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club  in St Louis, Missouri. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Irish golfer rediscovers his mojo to lie four shots off leader Brooks Koepka in St Louis

Ireland’s  Shane Lowry of Ireland plays his shot from the second tee during the continuation of the weather delayed second round of the US  PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

McIlroy finds some form on the greens but Harrington and Dunne miss the cut

Jordan Spieth jogs after his shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

American made some miraculous saves on the way to a 66 on day two at Bellerive

Shane Lowry plays his shot from the 11th tee during the second round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Gary Woodland tops the board as day two play is cancelled to resume Saturday

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas walk down the eighth hole during the first round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Justin Thomas emerged on top in marquee group as Woods and McIlroy both shot 70

Gary Woodland putts on the sixth green during the first round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Americans both made hot starts in sweltering St Louis with a host of big name behind

Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy  and Shane Lowry of Ireland walk off the 12th tee during a practice round prior to the 2018 US PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

McIlroy and Lowry joined Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm for a final practice round

Caddies walk up the ninth fairway during a practice round for the 100th PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Philip Reid takes a look at the St Louis layout and analyses some key holes on a long course

 Rory McIlroy  waiting to hit from the first tee during a practice round for the PGA Championship  at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photograph: EPA

McIlroy’s season has been one of great consistency, eight top-10 finishes

Tiger Woods: “I’ve had my share of chances to win this year and hopefully I’ll get it done this week.” Photograph:  Sam Greenwood/Getty

American in good form and convinced he can add to his already staggering tally of 14 wins

The PGA Championship will only be available live to an Irish audience through streaming on the Eleven Sports website, its Facebook page or via its app.  Photograph:  John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports

Final Major of the year will be available to Irish viewers per the Eleven Sports App

 His chance to become the youngest may have gone, but Jordan Spieth can still mark the 100th US PGA Championship in style by completing the career grand slam at Bellerive. Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

New player Eleven Sports make the year’s fourth Major available free of charge

 Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy after finishing their final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Irishman dropped down to tied-sixth after hitting just four of 14 fairways in Ohio

Tiger Woods injures his back as he hits out of the rough on the second hole during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in 2014. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Woods is the master in Akron with eight wins but it was also a scene of despair

Rory McIlroy and caddie Harry Diamond shelter under an umbrella on the fifth tee during the second round of the Open Championship at Carnoustie. Photo: Glyn Kirk/Getty Images

It’s been a year since four-time Major winner took on his friend Harry Diamond as caddie

Clare’s Tony Kelly, Peter Duggan and Jack Browne tackle Galway’s Johnny Coen at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clare’s stirring fightback earns pundits’ forgiveness over half-time ‘gamesmanship’

Francesco Molinari kisses the Claret Jug after his British Open win at Carnoustie. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty)

Francesco Molinari among the world’s form players set to be at Thomas Bjorn’s disposal

 Rory McIlroy will return to action at the WGC Bridgestone in Akron. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

“I’ll look back and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played”

Italy’s Francesco Molinari with the Claret Jug after winning the Open Championship 2018 at Carnoustie Golf Links. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Francesco Molinari kept cool head in Carnoustie carnage to prevail ahead of big names

Italy’s Francesco Molinari  celebrates after making a birdie on the 18th hole  during the final round of the British  Open  at Carnoustie. Photograph:  Harry How/Getty Images

As challengers rose and fell, the Italian’s coolness under pressure secured the Claret Jug

 Jordan Spieth reacts to making a putt on the 16th green during his third round  of the british Open at Carnoustie. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Defending champion tied at the top at Carnoustie with fellow Americans Kisner and Schauffele

 Zach Johnson of the US reacts after making birdie on the 18th during the second round of the British Open at Carnoustie. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

He’s often confused with the world number one, but ZJ still has two Major titles to his name

Rory McIlroy reacts after his birdie putt just misses on the 18th hole during the second round of the British Open at Carnoustie. Photograph:  Francois Nel/Getty Images

McIlroy two shots behind joint leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner

Rory McIlroy plays from the rough during the second round of the British Open at Carnoustie. Photo: Will Oliver/EPA

Four-time Major winner has positioned himself nicely heading into the weekend

Paul Dunne of Ireland lines up a putt on the fourth green during the first round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Greystones man played opening round of Carnoustie with painkillers and strapping

Rory McIlroy runs up the 18th hole during the first round of the 2018 British Open at Carnoustie. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Opening 69 leaves Northern Irishman just three behind first round leader Kisner

Brooks Koepka plays from a bunker during a practice round ahead of the British Open at Carnoustie. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Double US Open champion is confident of competing at Carnoustie this weekend

Rory McIlroy shakes hands with Shane Lowry as Paul McGinley looks on during Wednesday’s practice round ahead of the 2018 British Open at Carnoustie. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

A chess match awaits at Carnoustie but will American claret jug dominance continue?

  Shane Lowry during preview day three of the British Open Championship   at Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus. Photograph:  : David Davies/PA

Offaly native won’t be opting for a ‘driver everywhere’ approach despite its popularity

The 147th Open championship takes place in Carnoustie this week. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

He last played in the championship at St Andrews in 2015 when he missed the cut

A spectator sleeps in the grass as Pádraig Harrington passes by during the Scottish Open at Gullane GC  in Gullane, Scotland. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty

Two-time British Open winner says Rory remains on course to get into double-digits

Sean McGrath, chief executive Allianz with the victorious Thurles team; Dave Crowley, president, Marian Finn, lady captain, and Joe Kerrigan, captain and  Philip Reid (The Irish Times) at the K Club . Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan.

Tipperary club take honours in Allianz Irish Times Officers’ Challenge at Mount Juliet

Monaghan’s Conor McManus and David Hyland of Kildare during their Super 8s round 1 match at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One hard game after another caught up with Kildare, as much mentally as physically

 Rory McIlroy in action at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club last week. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

McIlroy should be justifiably proud of his four years as tournament host

Spectators sheltering from  rain  during the final day  of the  Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

McDowell has change of heart and will play in Scottish Open

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