Harris English hits his tee shot from the seventh tee during the final round of the Sentry Tournament Of Champions at the Kapalua Plantation Course. Photo: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Harrington to open season in Dubai; Word of Mouth; On This Day, Twitter Twaddle and more

Jon Rahm will debut his new Callaway clubs at this week’s  Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Photograph:  Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Rahm makes Callaway switch; By the Numbers; On this Day; Know the Rules

 Miriam Gutierrez pays tribute to Katie Taylor after their fight in November. Photograph:   Mark Robinson/Inpho

From Katie Taylor to Bryson DeChambeau there were plenty of memories made

Jack Charlton with his assistant manager Maurice Setters after the 1990 World Cup quarter-final. Both men died in 2020. File photograph: Inpho

Pat Smullen, Kobe Bryant, Úna O’Connor, Harry Gregg, Kieran O’Connor all passed

Jin Young Ko of  South Korea celebrates on the 18th green after winning the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club  in Naples, Florida. Photograph: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Staying put pays off for Westwood . . . Word of Mouth . . . Twitter Twaddle . . . By the Numbers . . . In the Bag . . . Know the R(...)

Dublin’s Sinéad Aherne and Carla Rowe celebrate after their win over Cork in the Ladies’ All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Captain sat out second-half but came back on with seconds left to share historic moment

Niamh Collins and Sinead Goldrick after Dublin’s All-Ireland triumph at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph:  Inpho

Rebelettes started strongly but Dublin’s power, speed and skill proved too much

Annika Sorenstam pictured in 2019. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty

All eyes will be on Tiger Woods and 11-year-old son Charlie in PNC Challenge

A view of members laying golf at Craddockstown golf club. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Sport Expert Group has made the change to allow members participate at their clubs

Rafa Cabrera Bello and his caddie Colin Byrne have worked together for four years. File photograph: Getty Images

Spaniard won 2017 Scottish Open and reached a career-high world ranking of 16th

Lahinch Golf Club has suffered a loss of €1.3 million due to the collapse of theie overseas business because of coronavirus. Photograph:  Getty Images

Co Clare club were forced to use cash reserves and cut costs as revenue collapsed

 Stephanie Meadow: ‘It’s not just me, there’s a huge team behind me.’ File photograph: Getty

Northern Irish golfer jumps 62 places in the updated world rankings – up to 126th spot

Stephanie Meadow hits her tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the Pelican Women’s Championship at Pelican Golf Club on Sunday, in Belleair, Florida. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Well-crafted final round showcases 28-year-olds potential at LPGA event

Augusta, Georgia: Shane Lowry of Ireland, his caddie Brian Martin, Tiger Woods and his caddie Joe LaCava prepares to play shots on the 15th hole the Masters last weekend.

‘I don’t show up in tournaments just to finish 10th or fifth. I show up to put on my best’

Dustin Johnson is awarded the Green Jacket by 2019 Masters champion Tiger Woods after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

World number one held off Sungjae Im and Cameron Smith by five shots at Augusta

Tiger Woods endured a frustrating final round at Augusta. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty

15-time Major winner records the highest single-hole score of his career on Sunday

Dustom Johnson moved into a share of the clubhouse lead after his second round at Augusta. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Ancer and Smith join the party on nine under as Augusta gets ready to bare its teeth

Rory McIlroy looks for his ball during the opening round on the second day at Augusta. Photograph: David J Phillip/AP

Grand Slam dream is still alive after opening 75 is atoned for with stunning second round

Paul Casey of England gives a thumbs up as he walks off a green during the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy among those who will have to complete first rounds on Friday morning

Shane Lowry watches as Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the 2020 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: Erik S. Lesser/EPA

Defending champion looked comfortable in familiar surroundings as he signed for a 68

Bryson DeChambeau putts on the 10th green during a practice round. Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP Photo

All eyes on Bryson DeChambeau but power is not the only ingredient needed to win

   James Sugrue plays a shot from the bunker on the second hole during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Amateur keeps his calm in front of Tiger Woods during practice ahead of tournament

Marc Leishman putts on the 13th green during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Hatton commits to Horan; Immelman heads for TV; are the numbers aligning for McIlroy?

 Dustin Johnson: his form over the past few months has been consistently impressive. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty

Dustin Johnson’s impressive form makes him a Major contender this week

 Rory McIlroy preparest to play a practice at Augusta National on Tuesday. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Northern Irishman coming in under the radar at Augusta National

 Shane Lowry: “I’m hoping the time of year kind of changes my luck around here.” Photograph: EPA

Irish golfer has poor record at Augusta National

 Rory McIlroy  with former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

Different Strokes: Irishman’s form post-lockdown not inspiring confidence

Shane Lowry tees off on the first during the final round of the Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston, Texas. Photo: Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Offaly golfer carded four birdies in a row on front nine and he now heads for Augusta

 A general view of the   12th green at Augusta National during the final round of the 2018 Masters. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Graeme McDowell preparing for that Christmas Day feeling at Augusta

Sky Sports Golf presenter, Sarah Stirk, during the third round of the Trophee du Hassan II at Golf du Palais Royal in Agadir, Morocco. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Welshwoman has been passionate about sport and journalism from an early age

Shane Lowry of Ireland tees off on the third during the second round of the Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course. Photo: Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Sam Burns shot to the top of the leaderboard on Friday with a second round of 65

A view of the 13th hole at Augusta National. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

It’s Augusta like we’ve never seen it before as autumn leaves replace the spring azaleas

Graeme McDowell returns to action at the Houston Open ahead of next week’s Masters. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Northern Irish golfer looking to put poor run behind him ahead of the Masters

Darren Clarke celebrates his first victory on the  PGA Tour Champions at the Timber Tech Championship at The Old Course in  Boca Raton, Florida. Photograph: Tracy Wilcox/PGA Tour via Getty Images)

Golf Ireland welcome government support . . . Word of Mouth . . . In the Bag . . . On this day

Shane Lowry will be in action at the Houston Open this week as he builds up to the Masters at Augusta next week. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy among those to have decided against competitive play before the Masters

Kilkenny’s  Alan Murphy scores what proved to be the game’s winning point against Dublin in the Leinster semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

‘A big lead can be a dangerous thing’ says veteran manager as Cats survive Dublin comeback

Kilkenny’s Alan Murphy scores the game winning point during their Leinster SHC victory over Dublin. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Cats eventually squeezed through but only after a blistering comeback from the Dubs

 Ireland’s Pádraig Harrington lines up a putt on the 18th green during the first round of the Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course  in Southampton, Bermuda. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Dubliner admits game is in good shape in first of two PGA Tour events

 Tiger Woods reacts on the 18th green during the final round of the Zozo Championship  at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

Defending champion has had just one top-10 finish in eight tournaments in 2020

 Rory McIlroy lines up a putt on the 10th green during the third round of the Zozo Championship at  Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

World No 5 planning a number of practice rounds to prepare for wintertime staging

Wicklow were victorious at Wexford Park to seal promotion from Division Four. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Limerick seal title and promotion into Division Three after Sligo win

Roscommon celebrate their Division Two title win. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Armagh promoted after Clare win, Kildare miss out despite victory over Westmeath

Ballyliffin Golf Club in  Co Donegal. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Clubs struggling to see logic of golf closing down for six weeks

A view of Ballybunion Golf Club. All clubs in the Republic of Ireland closed on Wednesday night for six weeks. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Sport had demonstrated that it could be played safely and in a socially distanced way

Tiger Woods won the ZOZO Championship in Japan last year. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

All you need to know ahead of this week’s PGA Tour and European Tour stops

A view of golfers playing at Bunclody after courses reopened in May. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

GUI and ILGU say they are in consultation with Sport Ireland about new restrictions

Kildare native Lauren Walsh is making waves at Wake Forest University. Photo: Andy Mead/ISI Photos/Getty Images

More injury woes for Day, Kokrak hits jackpot in Vegas, word of mouth and more

Shadow Creek Golf Course played host to the much-hyped Tiger v Phil money match back in 2018. File photograph: Getty Images

All you need to know ahead of this week’s PGA Tour and European Tour events

 Rory McIlroy will be back in action at this week’s CJ Cup in Las Vegas. Photograph:  Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

World number four will be joined by Shane Lowry at this week’s CJ Cup at Shadow Creek

Bryson DeChambeau in action during the Shriners Hospitals For Children Open at TPC Summerlin  in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Cyprus format change . . . World of Mouth . . . In the Bag . . . Twitter Twaddle . . . On this Day

John Catlin celebrates with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at Galgorm Castle Golf Club, Ballymena. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

John Catlin’s winning cheque of less than €200,000 significantly down on recent years

John Catlin poses with the trophy following his victory at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort in Ballymena, United Kingdom. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

American beat Aaron Rai to claim second win with impressive final round at Galgorm

Shane Lowry checks his score after finishing his second round in the dark at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Galgorm Castle. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Major winner Shane Lowry and Pádriag Harrington both miss the cut at Irish Open

 Irish amateur Mark Power carded a one-over 71 in the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Galgorm Castle and will play at the weekend. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Kilkenny amateur praises caddie Dermot Byrne for keeping him focused after double-bogey

Pádraig Harrington and caddie Ronan Flood move a large tree branch on the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at  Galgorm Castle. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Burmester, Smith and Rai lead on five under as Lowry fails to fire on homecoming

Ireland amateur  James Sugrue tees off the eighth hole  during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free  Irish Open at Galgorm Castle Golf Club in Ballymena. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Cork golfer showed no sign of US Open hangover with opening 67 at Galgorm Castle

Galgorm Castle will host this week’s Irish Open. File photograph: Getty Images

Galgorm Castle resort outside Ballymena in Co Antrim to play host this week

 Jazz Janewattananond. Photograph:  Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Talented Thai Jazz Janewattananond aiming to make an impression on European Tour

 Shane Lowry uses a child’s club on the 7th tee during a practice round at  Galgorm Castle Golf Club in Ballymena on Wednesday. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ballymena course could provide its own problems for the 144-strong field this week

Big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau believes he can hit the ball further. Photograph: Charles Krupa/NYT

McIlroy and Rose set to take on Woods and Thomas, what’s in Bryson’s US Open bag

Shane Lowry will be the headline name in the field for this week’s Irish Open. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty

British Open winner the only player in the world’s top-50 lining up at Galgorm Castle

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates with the championship trophy after winning the 2020 US Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy never got going on the final day but nobody was catching the eventual winner

 Shane Lowry: ‘I’ve played some good golf [at the US Open].’ Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty

‘I’m going to go out there and give it my best when it comes to it’, says Irish golfer

Patrick Reed hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the 2020 US Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. Photo: Justin Lane/EPA

Winged Foot bit back with a vengeance on Friday as the world’s best struggled in second round

Justin Thomas hits from the fairway on the 12th hole during the first round of the 2020 US Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. Photo: Justin Lane/EPA

Soft greens no wind made conditions more scoreable than expected on the opening day

Rory McIlroy plays a wedge to  the 11th green  during the first round of the  US Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Three-under-par 67 leaves McIlroy two behind early clubhouse leader Justin Thomas

 Dustin Johnson:  moved into top spot in the world rankings  with  wins at the Travelers and  Northern Trust and having lifted  the Tour Championship  is looking to contend again. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Johnson boasts the most impressive form as he bids to win his second Major

Tiger Woods walks to his approach shot on the ninth hole as the clubhouse is seen during a practice round prior to the 120th US Open Championship  at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The A W Tillinghast design will prove a true test for the world’s best golfers

 Xander Schauffele  drives from the second tee during a practice round. Photograph:  Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Philip Reid looks through the field and picks his ones to watch

Rory McIlroy practicing ahead of the US Open Championship at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. Photograph: AP

‘It’s a tough track and I’m still learning it as I go, but I loved what I saw and I’m excited’

Scottie Scheffler will miss the US Open after testing positive for Covid-19. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty

Kevin Kisner is forced into an apology, Leona Maguire goes from strength to strength

Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot on the 16th hole during round three of the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort in Napa, California. Photo: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

The 50-year-old will attempt to win elusive title for the first ever time this week

Phil Mickelson at the 18th hole in the 2006 US Open.  Photograph: Darren Carroll/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images

Difficult 18th hole ensured 2006 US Open became the one that got away for many

Collin Morikawa: won last month’s US PGA at Harding Park. Photograph: Kevin C Cox/Getty

A group of early-20s golfers have made exciting starts to their professional careers

Graeme McDowell will skip the Irish Open this year. Photograph:   Sean M Haffey/Getty Images

Northern Ireland golfer outlines ‘very difficult decision’ to skip Galgorm Castle event

Shane Lowry hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during round one of the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort in Napa, California. Photograph: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Irish golfer puts new clubs to good use to trail first round leader Russell Knox by five shots

 Amateur Olivia Mehaffey from  Northern Ireland putts on the second green during the first round of the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club  in Rancho Mirage, California. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Irish golfer cards one-over-par in first round of the ANA Inspiration

 Ben Curtis lifts the Claret Jug as runners up Thomas Bjorn and Vijay Singh applause. File photograph: Getty Images

Remembering Ben Curtis’s most unlikely of Major wins at Royal St George’s in 2003

 Shane Lowry: “I wanted to do everything possible to get home to play and I’m delighted I’ve been able to commit given the circumstances.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Former champion will be the headline act at Galgorm Castle

Stephanie Meadow feels her game is in good shape ahead of the ANA Inspiration Championship in California this week. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Fahy goes top of order of merit; In Numbers; Word of Mouth; In the Bag; On this Day; Know the Rules

Conor O’Rourke heads the Irish challenge in Co Antrim. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

Irish golfer five off the halfway lead at Galgorm Castle

Simon Thornton: ‘As soon as I hit it I thought it was in, to be honest.’ Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

Irish PGA Championship: Both men finished level to set up dramatic sudden-death finale

The spotlight falls on Danish teenager Rasmus Hojgaard in Spain this week. File photograph: Inpho

All you need to know ahead of this week’s European Tour and Challenge Tour events

Colm Moriarty shares the lead after the opening round of the Irish PGA Championship at Roganstown. Photograph: Kevin Scott/Presseye/Inpho

Duo card three-under 68s at Roganstown as scoring proves tough on day one

Michael Hoey: looking forward to teeing-up in the Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle on the Challenge Tour. Photograph: Kevin Scott/Presseye/Inpho

Five-time European Tour winner happy to be back playing tournament golf after a stint in the real world

Michael Hoey playing in the 2019 Northern Ireland Open at  Galgorm Castle. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho/Presseye

European Tour schedule changes, Adam Scott’s big breakthrough, Twitter Twaddle and more. . .

 Jon Rahm  and his caddy react after he sank a 66-feet putt on the 18th green during his  playoff against Dustin Johnson at the BMW Championship held at the Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois. Photograph: Tannen Maury

Big Spaniard invokes spirit of Bagger Vance in making 66-feet putt to beat Dustin Johnson

Rory McIlroy has struggled since the tour’s resumption. Photograph: Getty

Woods has played little since PGA return, while McIlroy is failing to find intensity

The signature hole at Olympia Fields is the tough Par 4 14th. File photograph: Getty Images

All you need to know ahead of second FedEx Cup playoff, and latest European Tour event

Rory McIlroy has returned to Florida for two days ahead of this week’s BMW Championship in Chicago. Photograph: Maddie Meyer/Getty

World number four has failed to mount a serious challenge as he struggles off the tee

Rory McIlroy and  Tiger Woods  walk off the 10th tee during the final round of The Northern Trust at TPC Boston  in Norton, Massachusetts. Photograph: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Roman Langasque takes Wales Open; Germany’s Sophia Popov wins Women’s British Open

Unfortunately RG Snyman’s Munster debut did not last long. Photograph: Inpho

Tommy Bowe, Gordon D’Arcy and Peter Stringer full of excitement as rugby returns

 Scottie Scheffler   reacts on the 18th green alongside Tony Finau  after shooting a 59 during the second round of The Northern Trust at TPC Boston  in Norton, Massachusetts. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell both miss cut as Dustin Johnson leads in Boston

Dani Holmqvist of Sweden lines up a putt on the 18th green during day two of the AIG Women’s Open at Royal Troon  in Scotland on Friday. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/R&A via Getty Images

Back-to-back bogeys prove costly for Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey also misses out

 Connor Syme of Scotland putts on the 18th green during day two of the Wales Open at the Celtic Manor Resort on August 21st in Newport, Wales. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty

Cormac Sharvin, Paul Dunne and Jonathan Caldwell would survive the midway cut to progress

Rory McIlroy  in rough on the 17th hole during his  first round of the Northern Trust at the TPC Boston course, Massachusetts. Photograph:   Rob Carr/Getty Images

Tiger Woods at home on the greens after reverting to his ‘Old Faithful’ putter in Massachusetts

Jonathan Caldwell: the 36-year-old from Co Down signed for an opening round 72. Photograph:  Getty Images

In-form Scottish player Connor Syme and Englishman Jordan Smith shoot 66 to share the lead

Stephanie Meadow  plays her second shot on the 15th hole during day one  of the AIG Women’s Open at Royal Troon  in Troon, Scotland. Photograph:  Jan Kruger/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

Meadow shoots a 75 while Maguire and Mehaffey face a battle to make the cut after registering opening 77s

 Shane Lowry has struggled with driving accuracy in recent weeks. Photograph: Chris Keane/Getty Images

Irish golfer goes into first FedEx playoffs event in 122nd position out of 125 in the standings

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