Shane Lowry  and Rasmus Hojgaard of  help Ian Poulter  look for his ball in the water on the 16th hole during the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Yas Links Golf Course. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy ‘a little bit rusty’ after opening with 72 in Abu Dhabi

Both Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry get their seasons  underway at Abu Dhabi. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty Images

McIlroy and Shane Lowry look to hit the ground running at DP World Tour opener

Fred Couples celebrates  during the Bob Hope Classic at the Bermuda Dunes Country Club in Bermuda Dunes, California in January 1998. Photograph: Getty Images

34-year-old's US Masters dream alive and kicking as he breaks into world's top-50

Séamus Power of Ireland plays a shot from a bunker on the sixth hole during the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club  in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photograph: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Masters invite could be on the cards for the Waterford golfer as well as lucrative WGC events

Ireland’s Séamus Power during the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course, Kapalua Golf Club on January 9th in Lahaina, Hawaii. Photograph: Getty

Waterford man closing on world top 50, which means spot in field for April’s US Masters

 Collin Morikawa in action during the  third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club  in Lahaina, Hawaii. Photograph: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Philip Reid with his weekly look around the world of golf

Shane Cunningham and the rest of the Crokes panel celebrate with the trophy. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Refreshing new faces as Ward and Heslin bring recent playing experience to the mic

 Olivia Mehaffey missed out on a Ladies European Tour card by one stroke back in December’s Q-School. Photograph:  Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Philip Reid has a look at the upcoming stars across the game here in Ireland

Séamus Power begins his season in this week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty

Last year’s Barbasol Championship winner has his eyes on top-50 and a Masters place

A new law limiting the length on drivers for players such as Bryson DeChambeau came into play on Jnauary 1st. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty

From January 1st drivers are limited to 46 inches; will impact more than DeChambeau

Leona Maguire celebrates after Team Europe’s Solheim Cup victory in Ohio. Photograph: Maddie Meyer/Getty

A wildcard pick, Ireland’s first representative in team tournament stole the show in Ohio

Kellie Harrington celebrates her gold medal with coaches Zaur Antia and John Conlan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Portland Row’s finest overcomes Ferreira to conquer the world and win her Olympic gold

Can Ireland follow up a stellar November internationals campaign with a Six Nations victory? Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

From the World Cup to the Six Nations, we’re in for another big year of sport

Alan McLoughlin after his spectacular equalising goal against Northern Ireland in Windsor Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/ ©INPHO

Remembering the sportspeople who passed away in 2021

A banner pays tribute to Christian Eriksen ahead of Denmark’s Euro 2020 clash with Russia. Photograph: Hanna McKay/Getty

Danish star collapses during Euro 2020 clash against Finland in a stunned Copenhagen

James Lowe’s late tackle on Rieko Ioane proved decisive as Ireland beat the All Blacks. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Winger’s late tackle on Rieko Ioane a defining moment in win over his native nation

Jason Smyth celebrates on the podium in Tokyo. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Derry sprinter dips at the right time to earn fourth-successive Paralympics gold medal

Karsten Warholm celebrates after his world record gold medal run in Tokyo. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty

Norwegian beats his own world record in 400m hurdles to win a jaw-dropping gold

Conor McGregor leaves the Octagon on a stretcher after his defeat to Dustin Poirier. Photograph: Stacy Revere/Getty

Trash-talking continues even after Dubliner’s freak broken leg in Dustin Poirer loss

Cian Lynch delivered a mesmerising performance as Limerick retained the All-Ireland title. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Lynch delivers an awesome performance as All-Ireland SHC title is retained at a canter

Emma Raducanu secured an improbable victory in the US Open. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty

A star is born as 18-year-old wins improbable US Open title by beating Leylah Fernandez

Fintan McCarthy presents Paul O’Donovan with his gold medal in Tokyo. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Double sculls duo justify favouritism to earn Ireland a first-ever rowing gold in Tokyo

Emma Duggan celebrates with Aoibhin Cleary after Meath’s shock win over Dublin. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Underdogs shock five-in-a-row chasing Dubs to win the All-Ireland title at Croke Park

Rachael Blackmore became the first women to win the Grand National at Aintree. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Jockey becomes first women to win famous race at Aintree onboard Minella Times

Leona Maguire was named Irish Golf Writers’ Association Professional Player of the Year. Photo: Getty Images

Different Strokes: Tiger and Charlie; word of mouth, in the bag, by the numbers and more

Maguire’s performance at the Solheim Cup was her standout moment of the year. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Cavan golfer took a giant leap in 2021 but won’t let outside expectations get in the way

Tiger and Charlie Woods will line out in the PNC Championship this weekend. Photograph:  Mike Ehrmann/Getty

15-time Major winner and his son will attract the headlines at the PNC Championship

Kieran McGeary of Tyrone with his PwC GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year award for 2021 at RTÉ Studios in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The footballer on how a defeat to Kerry set Tyrone on a course for All-Ireland success

Limerick’s Cian Lynch (left) with his  Hurler of the Year award for 2021 and Kieran McGeary of Tyrone with his  Football of the Year award  at RTÉ’s studios in Dublin. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The Limerick star says the focus is on ‘what you can do today to better yourself for tomorrow’

Tiger and Charlie Woods could line up in this month’s PNC Championship. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty

15-time Major winner could partner son Charlie in Orlando’s PNC Championship

Rory McIlroy chips on to the second green  during the second round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Course in Nassau. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

McIlroy lies four shots off leader Bryson DeChambeau after carding 71

Leona Maguire: ‘If I could save a shot a round next year that would be massive, so [I’m] just trying to make those small little improvements over the winter.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Solheim Cup hero has Major targets to aim for after a fine campaign on the LPGA Tour

Rory McIlroy hits out of a bunker on the 5th hole during the first round of the Hero World Challenge PGA Tour at the Albany Golf Club, in New Providence, Bahamas on Thursday. Photograph: AP

Adventurous round pays dividends for Northern Irish man with 66 – six under par

A special general meeting of the Royal Dublin club on Wednesday night approved proposals to adopt governing principles of Golf Ireland, which include gender equality as an integral part of its being.

Constitution to be amended which in effect will allow Dublin club’s first female member

Club adopt governing principles of Golf Ireland over gender equality

Niall Kearney: ‘I didn’t anticipate all those starts were going to run out running into that last quarter of the season, it came to a shuddering halt really.’ Photograph:  Henk Seppen/BSR Agency/Getty Images

Dubliner seemed all set to secure a full tour card until his playing opportunities dried up

Shane Lowry will play in the Saudi International in February. Photo: Ali Haider/EPA

Tournament no longer part of European Tour and players must get waiver from PGA Tour

Leona Maguire is looking to end a long season in the winners’ enclosure. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty

26-year-old brings an end to a long campaign in the Group Tour Championship in Florida

Collin Morikawa has joined an illustrious list of European Tour members. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty

Rory McIlroy trying to visualise again as he looks to end season on a high in Dubai

Jon Rahm has opted not to take part in the DP World Tour Championship. Photograph: Angel Martinez/Getty

Jon Rahm among those opting to recharge the batteries after an exhausting campaign

Stephanie Meadow has retained her full LPGA Tour card for 2022. Photograph: Chris Trotman/Getty

It’s time to put the feet up after 100th place finish sees her full LPGA Tour card for 2022

Ireland’s Leona Maguire  plays a shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the Pelican Women’s Championship  in Belleair, Florida. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Irish star cards course record in Florida as she looks to finish season with a win

Rory McIlroy tees off on the 9th hole during last year’s Irish Open at Mount Juliet. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/Inpho

Total prize money of more than €180m in new rebranding of the European Tour

Ireland’s Seamus Power  during his  final round of the  World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photograph:   Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Waterford golfer has climbed up the world rankings and is currently in 89th place

Bubba Watson has discussed his mental health issues in a new book. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty

American discusses mental health issues; Sergio Garcia expands his repertoire

 Ireland’s Pádraig Harrington  plays his second shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Quarteira, Portugal. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Nino Bertasio blazes four clear with opening 61; Séamus Power starts well in Mexico

 Jonathan Caldwell is one of three Irish golfers teeing it up at the Portugal Masters along with Pádraig Harrington and Cormac Sharvin. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Race to Dubai places up for grabs as European Tour returns to Vilamoura

Michael Hoey is the only Irish golfer at   this week’s Grand Final on the Challenge Tour in Mallorca. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Philip Reid with all the latest from the world of golf

Pádraig Harrington is in action at the Portugal Masters this week as he looks to get into the Race to Dubai top-50. Photograph: Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

Ryder Cup captain among a number of Irish golfers looking to move into Race to Dubai top 50

Pádraig Harrington, an cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Lettie McCarthy and Golf Ireland chief executive Mark Kennelly at Marlay Park in Dublin, the site of a new public putting green that is due to open next spring. Photograph: Peter Kavanagh/DLR CoCo

Three-time Major winner took his first steps in golf on the old Par 3 course in the park

Séamus Power will be hoping for a strong showing in Bermuda. Photograph:  Matthew Bolt/Getty

This week’s tournament has been upgrade to a full FedEx Cup points ranking event

Nelly Korda has provided an astute insight into just how hard it is to be living out life as the world number one for so long at the tender age of 23. Photograph: Sarah Stier/Getty

All hail Bernhard Langer as 64-year-old German does it again on Champions Tour

Rickie Fowler and caddie Joe Skovron walk to the eighth hole during the final round of the CJ Cup. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Irish set for Q-School; by the numbers; word of mouth; on this day and more

Rory McIlroy on the 18th green after winning the CJ Cup at the Summit Club in Las Vegas. Photo: Alex Goodlett/Getty Images for CJ Cup @ Summit

‘I don’t need to search for anything, it’s all right here,’ said 32-year-old after victory

Jon Rahm during the second round of the Andalucia Masters in Cadiz, Spain. Photograph: Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Jonathan Caldwell, the lone Irishman in the field, survives into the weekend on cut line

Rory McIlroy  plays a shot from a bunker on the 13th hole during the first round of The CJ Cup  at The Summit Club  in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

American cards 11-under par 61 with McIlroy seven off the pace after triple bogey

Jim Furyk gives knuckles to winner Phil Mickelson on the 18th green after the final round of the PGA Tour Champions Constellation Furyk & Friends  at Timuquana Country Club  in Jacksonville, Florida. Photograph: Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

Royal County Down’s star rises . . . Word of Mouth . . . Twitter Twaddle . . . By the numbers . . . On this Day . . . In the Bag .(...)

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry both return to action on the PGA Tour at the CJ Cup at the Summit Club in Las Vegas. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ryder Cup duo will both take part in the big-money CJ Cup event in the desert

 Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain on the 16th tee during the second round of The Open de Espana at Club de Campo   in Madrid, Spain. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

World number one lies in second place behind surprise leader Besseling while young Murphy makes halfway cut

Jon Rahm hitting from a sand trap during the first round of the Acciona Open Espana  in Madrid. Photograph: EPA/Mariscal

Rahm in contention for third straight title in his national championship in Spain

Pádraig Harrington of Ireland, his caddie Ronan Flood and Calum Hill during day three of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

High profile caddie changes; word of mouth; by the numbers; on this day and more

Danny Willett (left) and John Murphy watch a tee shot during day four of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews. Photo: Malcolm Mackenzie/PA Wire

Young Cork golfer will head for the Spanish Open where Jon Rahm is the star name

John Murphy acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green after the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Photo: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Kinsale golfer earns €81,543 and a spot in the field for next week’s Spanish Open

Team USA captain Steve Stricker shakes hands with Team Europe captain Pádraig Harrington after the Ryder Cup. Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo

Leona Maguire returns to action; word of mouth; on this day; by the numbers and more

Shane Lowry and Tyrrell Hatton celebrate their fourball win at the Ryder Cup on Sunday. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Offalyman reflects on experience of a lifetime and looks ahead to Rome in 2023

Team United States celebrates with the Ryder Cup after defeating Team Europe 19 to 9 at Whistling Straits. Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Steve Stricker’s side dominate Sunday singles to take the trophy back to the US

 Shane Lowry consoles Rory McIlroy  on the 16th green after losing to Patrick Cantlay in the  Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Teary-eyed Northern Irishman laments his performance as he praises his team-mates

Rules official David Price  inspects the lie of the ball belonging to Brooks Kopeka and Daniel Berger during the Saturday morning foursomes matches at the Ryder Cup. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Incidents involving American players during Saturday’s play left a sour taste

Shane Lowry (with his father Brendan in the background) celebrates his putt on the 18th green to win his match with Tyrrell Hatton at the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Fourball session is split 2-2 leaving the US with a commanding 11-5 lead before singles

Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm during Saturday morning’s foursomes at Whistling Straits. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

USA won the second session of foursomes 3-1 to stretch their overall lead to 9-3

Ian Poulter and  Rory McIlroy  walk up the first hole during the Foursomes on day one of the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin. Photograph:  Anthony Behar/PA

Schauffele and Cantlay set a hot pace to leave European pair with too much to do

Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the fifth tee during a practice round prior to the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits  in Kohler, Wisconsin. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Formidable USA favourites but Harrington’s men capable of upsetting the odds

Shane Lowry  and  Rory McIlroy share a laugh on the  ninth green during final practice for the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits on Thursday. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Rahm and Garcia lead off European challenge with McIlroy and Poulter in the last match

Rory McIlroy with his Whoop wristband on during a practice day ahead of the Ryder Cup. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

More and more players making use of technology to measure their body’s recovery

Team Europe’s Shane Lowry tries to stretch his hat on the first hole during a practice day at the Ryder Cup. Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP Photo

Offalyman will make his debut at Whistling Straits after receiving a captain’s pick

 Darren Clarke  celebrates  winning the Sanford International  at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Photograph:  Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

Golf Strokes: Former Cup captain clinches another success on PGA Champions Tour

Large tracts of bunkering complexes  are an integral part of the course at Whistling Straits for this 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup.   Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

No excuse for any Ryder Cup player suffering the fate of Johnson at the 2010 PGA

US captain Steve Stricker: ‘But ultimately how these guys fit the course is the biggest determining factor.’ Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

No fewer than 11 of the US team are ranked in the top 16 in the latest world rankings

Daniel Berger: Photograph: Steph Chambers/Getty Images

With eight of the world’s top 10-ranked players, can USA translate this to a trophy?

Pádraig Harrington: ‘It is one of the biggest sporting occasions in the world. It’s certainly the biggest in golf and there’s sure to be drama.’ Photograph: Andrew Reddington/Getty  Andrew Redington/Getty Images,)

‘I don’t want to be a winning captain at all costs - but I want to be a winning captain’

Ireland’s Pádraig Harrington jumps in the air with the Ryder Cup trophy after Europe’s win in the 2019 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. Photograph:  Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Captain believes Europe can thrive if they enjoy the experience at Whistling Straits

Ireland’s Niall Kearney tees off on the seventh hole during the first round of the Dutch Open at Bernardus Golf  in Cromvoirt. Photograph:  Octavio Passos/Getty Images

Dubliner looking to confirm his full European Tour playing rights for next season

Shane Lowry will become the 20th player from Ireland to play in the Ryder Cup when he makes his debut alongside Rory McIlroy and the other European players at Whistling Straits. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images

Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia believe Irishman’s personality and golf game the perfect mix

 John Daly in action during the final round of the Ascension Charity Classic at Norwood Hills Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photograph: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Mehaffey to make LPGA Tour debut as a pro; By the Numbers; Word of Mouth and more

Billy Horschel acknowledges the applause as he walks to the 18th green during his final round at the BMW PGA Championship. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP via Getty Images

American cards closing 65 to take BMW PGA Championship as Shane Lowry fades on final day

Ireland’s Shane Lowry watches his approach shot to the third green during the final round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP via Getty Images

‘Shane’s a big time player, it was an easy pick for me. Nobody thinks of him as a rookie’

Shane Lowry of Ireland tees off on the first during the Pro-Am event prior to The BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Offalyman occupies the last automatic qualifying spot ahead of final event

Shane Lowry won The British Open at Roytal Portrush in 2019. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

County Antrim course last held Major in 2019 as Shane Lowry won the Claret Jug

Shane Lowry returns to action in the PGA Championship. Photograph: Julio Cortez/AP

Lowry returns to action at Wentworth fresh from the birth of his second daughter, Ivy

Europe’s Leona Maguire celebrates with her sister Lisa after defeating the US’s Jennifer Kupcho on the 15th hole during the singles matches at the Solheim Cup golf tournament. Photograph: AP

Maguire the on-course leader as Catriona Matthew’s side win 15-13 to retain trophy

Leona Maguire beat Jennifer Kupcho five and four to secure a record points haul for a rookie at the Solheim Cup. Photograph: David Dermer/AP

26-year-old beats Jennifer Kupcho 5 and 4 to reach a record points haul of four and a half

 Mel Reid  and Leona Maguire celebrate winning the   14th hole of their  foursomes match on day two of the Solheim Cup at the Inverness Club. Photograph:  Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Cavan golfer belies rookie tag to notch three and a half points out of four

 Rory McIlroy’s closing round 67 for a total of 275   was a rollercoaster ride. Photograph:  Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Hojgaard claims maiden European Tour win week after brother won European Masters

Nelly Korda of Team USA and Madelene Sagström of Team Europe during the fourballs match on day one of the Solheim Cup at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio on Saturday. Photograph: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Sagström’s error in picking up her rival’s ball too quickly sparked controversy

Leona Maguire celebrates after her putt on the 14th secured victory in the foursomes on Sunday. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty

Irish golfer unbeaten in three sessions as she and Mel Reid beat Nelly Korda and Ewing

Team Europe celebrate Suzann Pettersen’s famous winning putt in 2019. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty

Competition’s DNA combines an outer persona of fun with an assassin’s inner steel

 Rory McIlroy during the second round of the 2021 Tour Championship. Photograph: EPA

Northern Irishman comes home in 30 to sign for a 66 and stay in contention

 Tiger Woods pictured at Mount Juliet in 2004 with his Scotty Cameron putter. Photograph: Fran Caffrey/AFP via Getty Images

Burmester bemoans slow play . . . World of Mouth . . . By the Numbers . . . Twitter Twaddle . . . On this Day . . . In the Bag . .(...)

 Patrick Cantlay  celebrates after defeating Bryson DeChambeau  on the sixth playoff hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club  in Owings Mills, Maryland. Photograph:  Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Cantlay heads to Atlanta top of FedEx rankings as well as booking Ryder Cup berth

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