2018 European Ryder Cup vice captain Padraig Harrington during a press conference at Wentworth Golf Club, Surrey. Photograph: PA

He deserves to captain Europe in 2020 even if it means three Irish captains out of four

 Paul Dunne:  “I’ve had a good eight-week run, and my game is in good shape. I am hitting the ball really nicely, and my short game seems to be there.” Photograph:  Getty Images

Wicklow man resumes tournament action at megabucks BMW PGA Championship

Paul McGinley at Lahinch Golf Club for the announcement that it is to host the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, with McGinley as the host.  Photograph: Brian Arthur

Rory McIlroy to pass on the host’s baton after July’s Dubai Duty Free event at Ballyliffin

Jon Rahm is the current Irish Open champion after taking the title at Portstewart in 2017. Photo: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Co Clare club will host the event for the first ever time from July 4th to 7th next year

Pádraig Harrington tees off at 6.30pm Irish time. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Course devoid of woodland but reminiscent of links terrain, although without the rough

 Niall Horan:  “To support the Northern Ireland Amateur Open gives young players a chance to learn more about themselves and their game.” Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Pop star’s commitment to new event will help develop young golfing talent

Audrey Bradley  for Cork Golf Club in the Allianz Irish Times Officers’ Challenge at Cork Golf Club. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Cork take second place, and Monkstown edge out Douglas for third

A second round 74 saw Rory McIlroy miss the cut at The Players. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty

Double-bogey on 17 ends McIlroy’s week early as Webb Simpson shoots stunning 63

The clubhouse at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Photograph: Chris Condon/Getty Images

Still playing catch-up on the four Majors and it’s a forlorn chase, one it’s destined to lose

Rory McIlroy in action during the final roun dof the Wells Fargo Championship. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty

Dustin Johnson could lose world number one spot at The Players Championship

Is slow play the issue or are people playing too fast? Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Three golfer recently made a complaint about players behind them playing too fast

Grange GC president Oisín Ó Buachalla putts on the 18th, watched by lady captain  Anne Kelly and captain Jim Hegarty at Portmarnock Links. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Grange and Rathfarnham also qualify in Allianz Irish Times Officers’ Challenge

Shane Lowry  playing The Golf Course at Adare Manor on Friday at the launch of the  2020 JP McManus Pro-Am. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

What started as tinkering with bunkers has ended in parkland perfection that compares with Augusta

Rory McIlroy  in action  at Adare Manor for the launch of the 2020 JP McManus Pro-Am on Friday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rory McIlroy among stars to praise revamped course after major re-design

Ireland’s Leona Maguire is dominating the world amateur rankings. Photograph: Inpho

Irish women like Leona Maguire are impacting on the sport like never before

 Paul Dunne:  a Ryder Cup year,  the Greystones player is up to seventh on the European Order of Merit points list and 13th on the World Points List.  Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

World ranking rise could mean automatic qualification for US Open at Shinnecock Hills

Patrick Reed holds the Masters tournament trophy, in his green jacket in Augusta. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

As the song goes, he does it his way. For better, or worse. Now as a Major champion

Rory McIlroy  reacts to a missed putt on the 13th hole during the fourth round at the US Masters  in Augusta, Ga. Photograph: David Gold(AP Photo/David Goldman)

After a good first three days, stats show his game was way out-of-sync on Sunday

Rory McIlroy congratulates Patrick Reed after he won  the 2018 Masters tournament  in Augusta, Georgia. Photograph:  Mike Segar/Reuters

Masters champion outlines how reception on first tee added to his motivation

Tiger Woods  on the third tee during his final round at Augusta National. For the first time since the Open Championship of 2014, Woods successfully managed to complete all four rounds in a Major.  Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Four-time Masters champion finishes well at Augusta to complete remarkable comeback

Patrick Reed reacts after winning the 2018 US Masters at Augusta National. Photo: Charlie Riedel

The American was unflappable in holding off a charging Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth

Rory McIlroy reacts after his eagle on the eighth hole during the third round at the 2018 US Masters. Photo: David J. Phillip/AP Photo

McIlroy can complete career grand slam on Sunday but Patrick Reed stands in his way

Patrick Reed waves on the second hole alongside caddie Kessler Karain during the second round of the 2018 US Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

American holds a two-shot lead into Saturday as Rory McIlroy lies at four under

Rory McIlroy hits from the fairway on the second hole during the second round of the 2018 US Masters. Photo: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Four-time major winner shot a second round 71 on a devilishly tough day at Augusta

Rory McIlroy and caddie Harry Diamond walk across the 18th green during the first round of the 2018 Masters. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

‘To have the ability to stay patient, because of the position I’m in, that’s a nice luxury’

Rory McIlroy and Harry Diamond walk to the second green during the first round of the US Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

An enthralling day at US Masters saw McIlroy scramble well on the way in to shoot a 69

Tiger Woods plays from a bunker on the fourth hole during the first round of the 2018 US Masters at Augusta National. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Four-time US Masters winner ground out a one over par round to remain well in the mix

Rory McIlroy hitting from the 7th fairway during  final-day  practice for the  Masters. Photograph:   Reuters/Brian Snyder

Tournament is wide open as so many players are on top of their game at Augusta National

 Jon Rahm of Spain hitting out of a bunker  during the final practice round at  Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: EPA/Andrew Gombert

The 23-year-old Spaniard aims to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Sergio Garcia

Rory McIlroy during the second practice round at the 2018 Masters in Augusta. Photograph: PA

Philip Reid’s first Masters was in 1991, and like then there’s only one Irish in the field

 Rory McIlroy  Ireland walks with caddie Harry Diamond during a practice round prior to the start of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National. Photo:  Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Irishman is in good form, totally focused and has prepared meticulously for Augusta

 Tiger Woods smiles on the 13th green during a practice round prior to the start of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Thousands line the fairways to see Woods and Mickelson share a practice round

Tiger Woods and his caddie, Steve Williams, celebrate after Woods chipped in for birdie on the 16th hole during the final round of the 2005 US Masters. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Garcia tells of snake encounter, word of mouth and more from the US Masters

 Bubba Watson plays a shot   during a practice round at Augusta.  “Golf is really easy when you free it up.” Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

With two wins already this season, the two-time Masters champion is a Major contender again

England’s Ian Poulter  lines up a putt on the 18th green during  his first playoff hole at  the Houston Open  in Texas. Photograph:   Josh Hedges/Getty Images

Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn says Poulter’s performance in Texas ‘absolute class’

 Rory McIlroy in  a warm-up round prior ahead of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in April 2017: the Northern Irish man needs to triumph in the Masters this week to win a  Grand Slam. Photograph:  Rob Carr/Getty Images

All three are one Major away from entering the elite club home to just five others

 Paul Dunne  chips on to the 18th green during the continuation of the first round of the Houston Open on Friday. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish duo chasing golden ticket to Masters that goes to winner of the event

Paul Dunne carded an eight-under 64 in the first round of the Houston Open. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Irish golfers all make good starts as they chase top prize and an invite to the Masters

 Jordan Spieth yells “fore” during the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas. Photograph: Getty Images

It takes only a nano-second for the verbal warning to escape a player’s lips - Fore!

Who will be jumping into the pond surrounding the 18th green, known as Champion’s Lake (or Poppie’s Pond) this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Steve Stricker’s arrival on Champions Tour is putting it up to Bernhard Langer

Pádraig Harrington  and Shane Lowry have yet to qualify for next week’s US Masters at Augusta.  Photograph: Getty Images

Paul Dunne, Shane Lowry, Pádraig Harrington and Séamus Power all need to win

Rory McIlroy  plays his second shot on the first hole in his match against Jhonattan Vegas  at the WGC-Dell Match Play at Austin Country Club  in  Texas. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Last 16 place still possible after 2&1 win over Jhonnattan Vegas, Dustin Johnson out

Rory McIlroy was beaten 2 and 1 by Pete Uihlein in his Match Play opener in Texas. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty

Slow start and a cold putter cost McIlroy as he loses WGC Match Play opener in Texas

Rory McIlroy during a practise round for the WGC Dell Technologies Matchplay at Austin Country Club in Texas. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Recent champions in Augusta have already experienced that winning feeling in build-up

Rory McIlroy walks onto the 18th green during the final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The four-time major winner is one of the few people who never doubted his golf game

 Rory McIlroy  celebrates after making his birdie putt on the 18th green in the  final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Closing 64 included five birdies on the final six holes as he ends title drought

Tiger Woods reacts after sinking a long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Woods opens with 68 to trail Henrik Stenson by four at Arnold Palmer Invitational

  Cian Treacy and Barry Ryan (right ) with the captains of the Munster-winning teams:   Katie Ryan (soccer),  Anna Gavin (camogie) and  Aoife Maher (football).

Tipp school’s work-ethic driving historic success in in camogie, Gaelic football and soccer

Tiger Woods impressed during last week’s Valspar Championship. Photograph: PA

There’s spring in step of Mickelson and Woods for good reason ahead of the Masters

Rory McIlroy: will be hoping to bounce back to form in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Irishman working on some ‘technical stuff’ with his coach prior to Bay Hill tournament

Paul Casey, right, laughs with his caddie John McClaren during the final round of the Valspar Championship. Photo: Mike Carlson/AP Photo

Meanwhile, Vijay Singh breaks through on the Seniors Tour, word of mouth and more

Tiger Woods plays his shot from the fifth tee during the final round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Florida. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

A dramatic 44-foot birdie putt on the 17th gave Woods a chance but Casey pipped him

 Tiger Woods plays his second shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Florida. Photograph:  Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Séamus Power and Pádraig Harrington also face a struggle to make the cut

Are big-hitters like Dustin Johnson driving it further than ever or have big-hitters always been big-hitters? Photo: Getty Images

R&A and USGA are open to restricting the ball but are being met with much opposition

Shane Lowry  man must finish at least seventh in the Valspar Championship, Tampa, to earn a spot in the WGC Matchplay Championship. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Offaly man must finish at least seventh to earn spot in WGC Matchplay Championship

Ireland’s Leona Maguire during the Rio Olympics. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Emergence of a genuine female role model, Leona Maguire, gives Ireland added factor

Paul Lawrie of Scotland in action at St Andrews, Scotland, in 2015. File photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Former champion tackles the scourge of slow play as Korda makes a triumphant return

Paul Dunne: qualified for the no-cut, $10 million event  through his top-20 finish on last season’s European Tour order of merit. Photograph: Getty

McIlroy to return to action instead in next week’s Valspar Championship

Tiger Woods tees off on the fifth during the final round of The Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Photo: Jasen Vinlove/USA Today

Former world number one finished in 12th place as Justin Thomas took the victory

Tiger Woods has been added to the US Ryder Cup backroom team. Photograph: PA

A sea change appears to have taken place in the American’s Ryder Cup mentality of late

Jin Young Ko from Korea celebrates with her trophy after winning the Australian Women’s Open golf tournament at the Kooyonga Golf Club, in Adelaide. Photo: David Mariuz/EPA

Meanwhile, GUI spice up Irish Order of Merit, O’Briain’s faulty door alarm and more

Bubba Watson: back up to 44th place in the world and looking forward to the Masters at Augusta where he has won twice. Photograph:  Dylan Buell/Getty Images

World number 10 delighted to be heading back to familiar Bermuda greens in Florida

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy on the 18th tee. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

McDowell emerged from the shadows with a 69 to trail Genesis Open leaders by three

Narin and Portnoo is a ‘links as it used to be, raw and beautiful’. Photograph: Google

Out of Bounds: Just outside the lovely Donegal town of Ardara you’ll find a hidden gem

Shane Lowry  plays his shot from the third tee during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on Sunday. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy is looking forward to Riviera after his Pebble putting problems

Rory McIlroy plays his shot on the 12th hole during round two of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach, California. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Round of 74 included a four-putt at Monterey Peninsula as Shane Lowry also struggled

Rory McIlroy opened with a 68 at Pebble Beach. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty

Both McIlroy and Shane Lowry shoot 68s in opening round of Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Jon Rahm during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. Photograph: Robert Laberge/Getty Images

Less than two years a pro, he has four wins, two on PGA Tour, two on European Tour

Rory McIlroy chipping  during  the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Northern Ireland’s Portstewart Golf Club in July  2017. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Harrington, Clarke, McDowell and McGinley will also take turns to host Irish event

Suzann Petterson said Donald Trump “cheats like hell” when he plays golf. Photo: Bruce Sherwood/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images

Golf is a game of honesty and integrity but apparently Donald Trump doesn’t think so

JB Holmes plays his shot from the fifth tee during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Luke Donald was among those who were quite vocal about the American’s waiting

Rory McIlroy: led by two shots with seven holes to go but eventually finished one shot adrift of winner Li Haotong. Photograph: Mahmoud Khaled/EPA

Second-place finish moves Irishman up to eighth in the official world rankings

Tiger Woods plays his shot from the third tee during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, California. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Shane Lowry and Seamus Power are both in contention after good opening rounds of 69

Rory McIlroy made an encouraging return to action in Abu Dhabi. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty

The pursuit of increased power a big factor as more top players face time on sidelines

Brooks Kopeka will most likely not appear again until the US Masters in April. Photo: Getty Images

Meanwhile, Jazz Janewattananond is going to the Open and Jon Rahm takes on Superman

Rory McIlroy: finished in a share of third place on his return to competitive action in   Abu Dhabi.  Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty

Abu Dhabi Championship winner believes Irishman’s game is in impressive shape

Tiger Woods: seems to have overcome his injury problems and is ready to return to the PGA Tour this week. Photograph:  Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Former world No 1 set to make his comeback in Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines

Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson are being well paid to compete in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in the United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Lure of lucre above and beyond prize money attracts the biggest names to Abu Dhabi

 Paul Dunne: “I didn’t play as well as I would have hoped, but I would rather get no points and a team win than win all matches and the team lose.”

Irish golfer spent more than two weeks on planes and airports in 2017

Rory McIlroy plays the 18th hole  during a practice round ahead of Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Irishman in action in Abu Dhabi in the first of eight tournaments prior to the US Masters

 Rory McIlroy resumes tournament action at this week’s Abu Dhabi Championship  after an injury-plagued season in 2017. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Dubliner fears training routines for ‘modern game’ may shorten younger players’ career

Amateur prize limits will be reduced in a new initiative brought in by the GUI. Photo: Darren Kidd/Inpho

The maximum price of a prize for amateurs will be brought down from €750 to €575

 Leona Maguire: “It is about fine-tuning everything and getting that little bit better.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Plenty of eyes will be on Leona Maguire as she moves into the professional ranks

Tony Keady: pivotal figure on the great Galway team of the 1980s. Photograph: Inpho

From Ryan McBride to Willie Duggan to Jimmy Magee and many more along the way

Sergio Garcia  celebrates after defeating Justin Rose in a play-off at the US Masters. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Sergio Garcia finally got his blessed reward but year belonged to golf’s young guns

Jordan Spieth plots his course after landing in the rough off the 13th tee during the final round of the British Open at Royal Birkdale. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

American star used every bit of his golfing intelligence and skill at Royal Birkdale

Philip Reid, Irish Times Golf Correspondent (left) and Peter Kilcullen, Sales Director, Allianz pictured with the Irish Golf Writers’ Association winner Paul Dunne who received the Professional Golfer of the Year at a ceremony held in the Portmarnock Hotel. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Leona Maguire and Paul McBride win amateur player of the year titles

Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand plays a shot during round three of the Indonesian Masters at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club. Photo: Arep Kulal/Getty Images

Eye-watering price of a lesson with Tiger, word of mouth, Twitter Twaddle and more

A two-shot penalty was handed out to Lexi Thompson for failing to replace her ball properly, which was picked up on slow-motion replay. She subsequently lost a play-off for the ANA Inspiration. Photograph: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

R&A and the USGA along with main professional tours to adopt new video review protocols

Shane Lowry will need a very fast start to his 2018 PGA Tour season if he is to book a place at the US Masters. Photo: Getty Images

Offalyman currently outside the top 50 in the world but could still book a spot at Augusta

Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry each picked up a cheque for $257,500 for their efforts at the QBE Shootout in Florida. Photograph: Paul Croke/AFP.

Stricker and O’Hair claim the title with a closing round of 64

 Tiger Woods looks on during the trophy ceremony of the Hero World Challenge. Photograph:  Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Former world number one can now look to the future with some degree of of optimism

Lexi Thompson will again play in this week’s Shark Shootout. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

LPGA star will team up with Tony Finau at this week’s Shark Shootout

Tiger Woods during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, Bahamas. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Fowler wins Hero World Challenge as Woods ticks boxes on his return in the Bahamas

Tiger Woods  playing from the eighth tee during the first round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, Bahamas. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Multiple Major winner shows no evidence of back injury which has plagued him for two years

Patrick Reed took far too long deciding how to play shots at World Tour Championship. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Food for thought in RSM Player Performance Study report based on evidence from survey

 Tiger Woods: finally pain-free and looking forward to returning to competitive action in  the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.  Photograph:  Keyur Khamar/PGA Tour

Fourteen-time Major winner fit and set to compete in Hero World Challenge in Bahamas

Cameron Davis of Australia poses for photographers while holding The Stonehaven Cup after winning the Australian Open Golf Championship at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney, New South Wales. Photo: David Moir/EPA

200/1 shot fired final round 64 to come from six shots behind and beat former world No1

Paul Dunne is likely to feature at the EurAsia Cup. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

I’ll be interesting to see who Thomas Bjorn will name as members of his 12-strong team

Shane Lowry of Ireland prepares to play a shot during the final round of the DP World Tour Golf Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. Photo: Karim Sahib/Getty Images

Offaly golfer ended the season on a high with his second place finish in Race to Dubai finale

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