Shane Lowry plays a shot during the Pro-Am tournament prior to the start of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Out of Bounds: Season now enters prime time for raking in the big prize money

Team Europe captain Catriona Matthew - her team are the underdogs on home turf and that could prove a valuable weapon. Photograph: PA

We are still awaiting the appearance of a first Irish woman in the Ryder Cup equivalent

Irish Times golf correspondent  Philip Reid, Balmoral Golf Club officers and Peter Kilcullen of Allianz at The K Club.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

A 144-yard rescue club shot is the standout in the Belfast club’s four-point winning margin over Rathfarnham

Séamus Power will still get some starts on the new PGA Tour season despite losing out on his card. Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Waterford player lost his full card but will still get some starts in new 2020 season

James Sugrue is one of three Irish representatives in thie weekend’s Walker Cup. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Ireland have three representatives in this weekend’s 17th edition at Royal Liverpool

Ireland’s Sam Bennett wins the third stage of the recent La Vuelta tour of Spain. Bennett’s recent run of good form has ensured a strong Irish team in the elite world championship in Yorkshire. Photograph: Getty Images

Flights, tickets and accommodation details for cycling’s showcase event

Open Championship winner Ireland’s Shane Lowry plays with a Srixon Z-Star XV. The big players in the game are Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade, Srixon and Callaway. Photograph: Inpho

Balls account for one third of the estimated €3 billion annual global golf equipment market

Rory McIlroy hits a shot in practice prior to the start of the Omega European Masters at Crans Montana Golf Club. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Out of Bounds: Rory McIlroy will provide some of the star power on this side of the pond

Rory McIlroy celebrates with the the Calamity Jane and FedExCup trophies after winning the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

$15m man will play in Switzerland this week but reclaiming world No1 spot still a way off

Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning on the 18th green during the final round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Final round 66 was enough to earn McIlroy his second Tour Championship

 Rory McIlroy  plays his second shot to the  18th hole during the second round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club  in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Mcilroy just a shot behind leader Brooks Koepka going into the weekend at East Lake

Rory McIlroy plays a shot on the third hole during the first round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Erik S. Lesser/EPA

McIlroy’s opening 66 leaves him at nine under as Justin Thomas struggles

Brooks Koepka has garnered the most points in the official world rankings this season but goes into the Tour Championship in third. Photograph: Getty Images

The 30 who made it to the season finale will divvy up wheelbarrows full of greenbacks

 Philip Reid, Irish Times, Emlyn O’Reilly,  Heath Golf Club president, Noirin Gohery, lady captain Galway Bay Golf Resort, Siobhán Bergin Corri, lady captain  of The Heath, Paul O’Callahan, captain The Heath  and Sean McGrath, CEO, Allianz. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Allianz Irish Times Officers’ Challenge at Galway Bay Golf Resort

Justin Thomas celebrates his victory after made a birdie on the 18th green during the final round at the BMW Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club,  in Medinah, Illinois. Photograph: Nam Y. Huh/AP

New weighted points system gives BMW Championship winner a nice head start in season-ending finale

The European Tour are to implement a four-point plan to tackle slow play from next season. Photograph: Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Two bad times in a round will incur a one-shot penalty while fines are increased by almost 200%

Rory McIlroy acknowledges the applause from the crowd  on the 18th green during the first round of the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club  in Illinois. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Shane Lowry cards level-par 72 as Justin Thomas and Jason Kokrak lead way

Leona Maguire is on the verge of securing her full LPGA Tour card for the 2020 season. Photograph: Kelly Defina/Getty

This week’s tournaments in Antrim will offer equal €250,000 pots for men and women

Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the eighth tee during the final round of The Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club last week. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

BMW Championship this week is the second of the three season-ending playoff events

Patrick Reed plays a shot from a bunker on the second hole during the final round of The Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey. Photo: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Former Masters winner moves to second in FedEx Cup rankings behind Brooks Koepka

The last time a Ladies Irish Open tournament took place was back in 2012 at Killeen Castle. It was won by Catriona Matthew. Photograph: Inpho

Not a whisper of any return of a Ladies Irish Open to the Ladies European Tour schedule

The victorious Mount Juliet team, from left  Peter Kilcullen, Allianz; Freda Mullen, lady captain; Kevin McCartan, captain  and lady vice captain Annette Hogan. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan.

Hurling Cats pip Waterford Golf Club with Kilkenny GC claiming the third spot on offer

Spain’s Jon Rahm celebrates his victory at the  Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Lahinch. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Different Strokes: Séamus Power in need of strong finish at Wyndham Championship

 Shane Lowry celebrates with the Claret Jug trophy after winning the British Open at Royal Portrush. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

How the Champion Golfer of the Year put all the pieces together on road to Portrush triumph

Shane Lowry in action during the JP McManus Pro-Am launch. The Co Limerick course has been redesigned with the Ryder Cup in mind. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Government’s investment could reach €50m but boost to Ireland will be many times that

Pádraig Harrington putts on the 18th at Adare Manor as the 2020 JP McManus Pro-Am was launched. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Redesigned Limerick course could see record attendances for the event in Europe

Shane Lowry with the Claret Jug and his grandmother Emily Scanlon during his homecoming to Offaly after winning the British Open at Portrush. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

British Open winner is very much on course to pair up with Rory McIlroy for Ireland

The 2019 British Open champion Shane Lowry with the Claret Jug at a media conference at House Dublin. Photo: Getty Images/Getty Images

New Major champion says he hasn’t stopped going since leaving the 18th green on Sunday

Shane Lowry at a media conference in Dublin on Tuesday. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The biggest win of his career has moved him to 17th, which equals his best-ever ranking

Shane Lowry plays his tee shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the British Open at Royal Portrush. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Successful return of golf’s oldest Major to north Antrim course could prompt quick return

Shane Lowry of Ireland celebrates with the Claret Jug on the 18th green at Portrush. Photograph: Getty Images

It was three years before the Offaly man's first European Tour win as a professional

Ireland’s Shane Lowry  at a press conference after winning the  Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Irish man sixth to win one of golf’s Majors and fifth to lay claim to the Claret Jug

Shane Lowry raises his arms in triumph as he walks up the 18th fairway during the last day of Open Championship at  Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Six-shot victory over the world’s best sees Offaly man crowned champion in memorable style

 Shane Lowry celebrates a birdie on the 15th hole. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

The Offaly man will take a four-shot lead into the final round of the British Open

Francesco Molinari hands the Claret Jug over to Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the R&A, at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Philip Reid provides some snapshots of a famous week on the Causeway Coast

Shane Lowry shares the halfway lead int he British Open at Royal Portrush. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty

Rory McIlroy falls agonisingly on the wrong side of the line as Lowry keeps dream alive

Shane Lowry comes up the 18th at Portrush with caddie Brian Martin. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

A second cosecutive 67 sees Lowry seize initiative despite losing fluency on back nine

JB Holmes of the United States on the 18th hole during the first round of the 148th British Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Portrush. Photograph: Getty Images

Compact nature of the field emphasised by 41 players being within four of the leader

 Rory McIlroy in the rough on the 18th hole during the first round of the 148th British Open at Royal Portrush. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Tournament favourite faces huge task just to make the cut after opening round of 79

Rory McIlroy stands dejected during the first round of the British Open at Portrush. Photo: Paul Childs/Inpho

Home hero opens his British Open bid with quadruple bogey eight at the first

Shane Lowry during a practice round at Royal Portrush. “It’s one of my favourite golf courses in Ireland. . . I think the scoring is going to be a little trickier than what people think.” Photograph : Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Offaly man says his form is as good as it’s ever been coming into an Open

A view of the 18th grandstand at Royal Portrush on Wednesday. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Championship could become a battle for survival on famous Portrush links

The stunning Par 4 fifth hole at Royal Portrush. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP

Spectacular course set to challenge the world’s best golfers

Rory McIlroy of Ireland talks with his caddie Harry Diamond during a practice round at Portrush. Photograph: Getty Images

A winner of The Players earlier this season, he’s played a light schedule in the run-up

Ireland’s Pádraig  Harrington  practising for  the 148th Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photograph:  Francois Nel/Getty Images

Dubliner insists ‘there is nothing that I fear out here this week, I can definitely do it’

Tiger Woods during a practice round at Royal Portrush. He texted Brookes Koepka in the hope of sharing a practice round with the latter’s caddie Ricky Elliott. He is yet to receive a reply. Photograph: Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

Caddie’s familiarity with famous Portrush links another feather in world No 1’s cap

US golfer Tiger Woods takes part in a press conference at The 148th British Open at Portrush golf club. Photograph: Getty Images

In the past he played a lot of links golf in Ireland ahead of various British Opens

Darren Clarke: “You think about that time, when everything that was going on, whether we were ever going to have a tournament such as this? It was beyond the realms of possibility.” Photograph:  Francois Nel/Getty Images

For many years the idea of Northern Ireland hosting a British Open was unthinkable

England’s Tommy Fleetwood during a press conference at Royal Portrush golf club. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

English player has been a model of consistency this year without tasting success

Darren Clarke will get the British Open underway on Thursday at Portrush. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Rory McIlroy gets under way at 10.09am alongside Gary Woodland and Paul Casey

The 148th British Open takes place at Royal Portrush this week. Photograph: PA

Philip Reid uses the alphabet to guide you through the British Open’s past and present

Rory Mcilroy: warming up at the  Scottish Open. Photograph:  Kevin Cox/Getty Images

Philip Reid picks his favourites, mid-rangers and dark horses for final Major of the year

Pádraig Harrington on the 14th tee during the second round of the British Open at in 2002. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Until Harrington’s victory in 2007, Major championship brought only tales of woe

Tiger Woods on the eighth green during the first practice round at the British Open in Royal Portrush. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Former world number one among those who arrived early ahead of final Major of the year

 Royal Portrush Golf Club in Co Antrim. With all of the world’s top golfers playing, the 148th British Open is the biggest international sporting event ever staged in Northern Ireland. Photograph:  Matt Mackey/Inpho

Next week is a new dawn that few in darkest days of the Troubles could ever have envisaged

Matthew Wolff reacts after an 18th hole eagle gave him a maiden PGA Tour victory in the 3M Open. Photograph: Craig Lassig/EPA

Young prodigies have signed lucrative deals after their breakthrough on the PGA Tour

Northern Ireland’s Cormac Sharvin at the Irish Open in Lahinch. He has  jumped to 404th from 479th in the world rankings on the back of his top 15 finish. Photograph:  Reuters/Peter Cziborra

McIlroy to resume competitive play at Scottish Open alongside Dunne, McDowell and Harrington

England’s Robert Rock in action during the final round of the Irish Open in Lahinch, Co Clare. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Action Images via Reuters

Tournament may have to be moved from usual slot to avoid clash with WGC in US

Cormac Sharvin during day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Pádraig Harrington, for one, was impressed with how Sharvin went about his business

 Jon Rahm with The Irish Open trophy after his victory on Sunday. Photograph: PA

He moves to the top of Race to Dubai order of merit and back into the world’s top-10

Cormac Sharvin shot a 66 on Saturday to remain firmly in the hunt in the Irish Open. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

Sharvin well placed at Irish Open as English veteran shoots a tournament record of 60

Robin Dawson made a fine 64 at Lahinch on Saturday. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

Late Irish Open call-up finished one stroke inside cut before surging up leaderboard

Zander Lombard has the halfway lead in the Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

Shane Lowry battles with a stomach upset as Cormac Sharvin leads the home challenge

A stunning back nine saw Séamus Power post a second round of 66 in the Irish Open. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty

Six birdies on the back nine see Waterford man roar back to post an improbable 66

Cormac Sharvin’s second round of 69 leaves him firmly in contention at the halfway stage of the Irish Open. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

26-year-old taking it ‘one shot at a time’ as he chases one of three places at British Open

Pádraig Harrington struggled to keep up the pace as he shot a second round of 73 at Lahinch. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Dubliner follows fine opening round with a 73 on Friday while Cormac Sharvin digs in

Cormac Sharvin opened with a 66 at Lahinch. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Shane Lowry overcomes nerves and climate change protestors to start well at Lahinch

Shane Lowry opened with a 66 at Lahinch. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA

Offalyman says he feels the added pressure this week but sits just one off clubhouse lead

Pádraig Harrington started his Irish Open with a fine round of 63. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

47-year-old puts struggles behind him and seizes moment with fine 63 at Irish Open

The fifth hole at Lahinch. The key is to  find the hidden green with the tee shot.  Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

The finishing hole offers an opportunity for a birdie but also the potential for disaster

England’s Tommy Fleetwood on the seventh tee during the pro-am   before the Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph:   Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Rahm confident his temperament allows him to adapt to different challenges of links golf

Gavin Moynihan practising for the Irish Open at Lahinch golf club. “I know a very good event is not very far away.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Dublin player says while driving would normally be a strength, it has been letting him down of late

Shane Lowry: “Hopefully, I’ll have a few chances along the years. And hopefully one of them is this week. If I do get a chance, I’ll be giving my best.” Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Offalyman would love nothing better than to repeat his Irish Open win of a decade ago

French golfer Alexander Levy on the fourth hole in practice at Lahinch Golf Club. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Dawson benefits from Moynihan’s fortune with possible sellout in store at Lahinch

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open host Paul McGinley pictured beside the  The Rampant Goat bronze at Lahinch Golf Club, host of next week’s event. Photograph:   Brian Arthur

Although missing many of the game’s top stars, Lahinch is set to swing on and off the course

James Sugrue putts on the fourth green during the Amateur Championship Final at Portmarnock Golf Club. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

Real loss is that male-only membership is restricting the hosting of big tournaments

Shane Lowry  at a Dublin media event.” I do feel like I am playing with a lot of confidence at the minute, and if I shoot a bad score today I am going to shoot a good score tomorrow.” Photograph:   Lorraine O’Sullivan/Sharppix

The Offaly player is on the hunt for a second win this season after his Abu Dhabi victory

Sean Hession (Dundalk honorary secretary), Peter Kilcullen (Director Allianz), Criona O’Reilly (Dundalk lady captain)  and Patrick Davis (Dundalk captain) at the Allianz/Irish Times golf challenge at Malone Golf Club in Belfast. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Allianz Irish Times Officers’ Challenge

Tom McKibbin:  the  16-year-old from Holywood GC  shot a 68 to secure  one of the 13 places on offer from the regional qualifier for the British Open at  Co Louth GC.  Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

Seapoint star shoots a splendid 66 to make it to final qualifying stage next week

Ireland’s James Sugrue celebrates with the Amateur Championship trophy after victory at Portmarnock Golf Club. Photograph:   Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

22-year-old bound for British Open and the Masters after win over Scotland’s Euan Walker

Mallow’s James Sugrue  celebrates victory in the British Amateur Championship  at Portmarnock Golf Club. Photograph:  Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

Mallow golfer brought to the 36th green by Scotland’s Euan Walker in epic encounter

Cork golfer James Sugrue  progressed to the 36-holes British Amateur Championship final against Scotland’s Euan Walker. Photograph: Pat Cashman

Sugrue within touching distance of earning invitations to British Open and US Open

Mallow’s James Sugrue fist bumps his opponent David Micheluzzi of Australia after both birdied the 14th hole during the semi-final of the  British Amateur Championship at Portmarnock Golf Club. Photograph: Pat Cashman

After battling back in quarter-final Mallow golfer takes out top-ranked Micheluzzi

Rory McIlroy during the final round of the  US Open at Pebble Beach. “I felt like I did a lot of good things [at Pebble Beach] even though I didn’t win the tournament.” Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

'I haven’t tried to hide the fact that I'm playing a Major championship basically at home'

Mallow’s James Sugrue signals with his driver on the eighth hole during the  British Amateur championship at Portmarnock Golf Club. Photograph:  R&A via Getty Images

Mallow golfer joined in quarter-finals of British Amateur by Galway’s Ronan Mullarney

Ronan Mullarney recovered to see off England’s Jake Bolton and progress in the British Amateur Championship. Photograph: R&A/Getty

James Sugrue through as British Amateur Championship field is trimmed down to 32

Adare Manor Golf Resort is at the forefront of contenders to play host to the Ryder Cup in 2026. Photograph: Inpho

Last year’s Ryder Cup in Paris boosted economic activity in France by €235.7 million

Caolan Rafferty shot a round of 68 at Portmarnock Golf Club. Photograph: Pat Cashman

26-year-old’s mood lifts as a 68 at Portmarnock keeps his challenge alive and kicking

Conor Purcell: faces a battle to make the top 64 and the matchplay stages following a 76 at The Island. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Australian Amateur Open champion struggles to an opening 76 at The Island

The British Amateur Championship  trophy. Photograph: Inpho/Getty

British Championship is free for spectators with world’s brightest prospects on show

Rory McIlroy wearing a Toronto Raptors vest after winning the Canadian Open in Hamilton, Ontario. Photograph: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

History indicates McIlroy tends to continue playing well whenever he hits the winning trail

Rory McIlroy on the 18th green after making a putt to win the RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club. Photograph: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Shane Lowry finishes in second place as McDowell secures British Open place

Brooks Koepka with  his caddie, Ricky Elliott, during the final round of the  2019 PGA Championship on the Black Course, Bethpage State Park, in Farmingdale, NY. Photograph:  Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Irish caddie enjoying every minute as his employer goes in search of a fifth Major title

Graeme McDowell  on  the fifth hole during the second round of the RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club. Photograph: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

McDowell and Shane Lowry four shots off the lead as Rory McIlroy makes move with 66

Ireland’s  Shane Lowry drives from the seventh tee during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club. Photograph: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Irish golfer one shot off clubhouse leader Keegan Bradley after six-under 64

Matt Kuchar hits his third shot on the 18th hole during the second round of The Memorial Tournament. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Out of Bounds: American has done nothing for his image this year with numerous gaffes

Leona Maguire missed the cut at the US Open in South Carolina. Photograph: Steve Helber/AP

Leona Maguire’s US Open adventure comes to a premature end in stifling conditions

Stephanie Meadow tees off the second tee during the first round of the US Women’s Open in Charleston. Photo: Steve Helber/AP Photo

Two Irish players need improvements in their second rounds if they are to make the cut

Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Tiger Woods looked much improved on his missed cut at the US PGA as he shot a 70

Stephanie Meadow in action during this year’s Kia Classic in California. Photograph: Steve Dykes/Getty

Ireland will have two women professionals competing in a Major for the first ever time

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