Brooks Koepka and  caddie Ricky Elliott with  the Wanamaker Trophy  at the Bethpage Black course in New York. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Caddie Ricky Elliott will bring local knowledge to Koepka's pursuit of the Claret Jug

Shane Lowry on  the second tee during his  final round of the  PGA Championship at  Bethpage Black, New York. Photograph:   Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Offaly man’s tied-eighth place in the US PGA moves him up to 39th in the world rankings

CEO of Allianz Sean McGrath presenting first prize to Tim Smyth, captain of Kinsale Golf Club; Jo Condon, lady captain; and Michael Landers, president. Photograph: John Allen/Provision

Allianz Irish Times Officers’ Challenge qualifying

Brooks Koepka reacts to his putt on the 18th green to win the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Word number one saw his seven shot lead cut to one on the back nine before rallying

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland drives off the 10th tee during the final round of the US PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York on Sunday. Photograph: Charles Krupa/AP

Lowry, McIlroy and Graeme McDowell glad to survive punishing course in tough conditions

Brooks Koepka of the United States walks off the sixth tee during the third round of the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

American takes a seven shot lead into the final day as he shows no signs of let up

Shane Lowry carded a two-under 68 in the third round of the US PGA at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy enjoys early eagle in third-round 69 at Bethpage Black

 Brooks Koepka  chips on the fifth hole during the second round of the US PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. Photograph:  Tannen Maury/EPA

Defending champion cards 65 to record lowest 36-hole score in Major history

Rory McIlroy drives on the 18th hole  during the second round of the 2019 US Championship at  Bethpage Black  in Farmingdale, New York. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Four birdies in five holes on his back nine makes up for nightmare 40 on his front

Tiger Woods on the 17th hole during the first round of the US PGA Championship Bethpage Black. Photograph: Brad Penner-USA Today Sports

Masters champion had two double-bogeys on his front nine en route to two-over-par 72

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his missed putt on the 11th green during the first round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course in Farmingdale, New York. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Defending champion Brooks Koepka one shot clear of Danny Lee after a stunning 63

Graeme McDowell plays his  approach on the second hole during the first round of the US PGA Championship at  Bethpage Black  in Farmingdale, New York. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

‘What I like about it is no one can play the course in the rough’

Rory McIlroy tees off during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage Black, Long Island on Wednesday. Photograph: Charles Krupa/AP

Challenging set-up will suit a certain type of golfer – one who can hit 300 yards-plus

Shane Lowry practices ahead of the US PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty

‘I have won one, had a great chance to win another one. Statistically that is decent’

Rory McIlroy  signs autographs during a practice round prior to the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course in Long Island, New York, on Monday. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Golfer commits to representing Ireland in Tokyo 2020 after skipping Rio in 2016

 Tiger Woods catches a ball as he practices on the driving range for the PGA Championship  at Bethpage Black course in Bethpage, New York. Photograph: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Masters champion back at Bethpage Black – where he won the 2002 US Open

 Rory McIlroy during a practice round ahead of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course in New York. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Four time Major winner confirmed the news ahead of this week’s PGA Championship

 Tiger Woods   looks on during a practice round prior to the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black  in Bethpage, New York. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

American in prime form for PGA Championship after 15th Major title win last month

Max Homa celebrates on the 18th green after making his par putt to win the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

By its very nature golf is a selfish sport and is worlds apart from the likes of football

Séamus Power of Ireland plays a shot from a bunker on the 13th hole during the third round of the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Waterford golfer has gone from 11 missed cuts to 101st position in FedEx Cup standings

Rory McIlroy  after his shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the  Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow club  in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photograph:   Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Lowry and McDowell will also prepare for Bethpage away from tournament play

 Rory McIlroy during the final round of the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. Photograph: Getty Images

Seamus Power is in eighth place through 15 holes as play is suspended due to heavy rain

Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday. Photograph: AP

Northern Irishman still in the mix despite disappointing finish on day two

Leona Maguire in action at the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Cavan woman briefly shared the lead before closing with a 70 for a seven-under-par total

Leona Maguire during the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Maguire, playing on a sponsor’s invitation, had a share of the lead on the 11th hole

Rory McIlroy plays his second shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Brilliant back nine of 31 strokes gets two-time champion off to perfect start

Leona Maguire of Ireland takes a shot from the 15th fairway during Day Two of the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic at Emirates Golf Club. Photo: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Cavan player failed to find a single birdie on second day after scintillating first round

 Leona Maguire of Ireland smiles after her last putt on day one of the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic at Emirates Golf Club. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Irish star takes the lead under lights at the inaugural Moonlight Classic

Tiger Woods is yet to return to action following his win on the US Masters at Augusta. Photograph: Bryan Snyder/Reuters

The US Masters champion is yet to play again as he meticulously plans his 2019 schedule

Edoardo Molinari of Italy plays out of the 17th greenside bunker during the first round of the Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Different Strokes: Italian names and shames slow coaches, Thompson on abuse over Trump

Rory McIlroy makes his first appearance since the Masters at the Wells Fargo Championship this weekend. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Four-time Major winner turns 30 on Saturday and returns after disappointing Masters

Tiger Woods walks through the crowd on the 18th hole after winning the Masters at  Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The comeback of comebacks will continue at Bethpage, Pebble Beach and Portrush

 Rory McIlroy  will look again at his build-up to next year’s Masters as he looks to complete the Grand Slam. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images

McDowell’s FedEx road to Portrush . . . Masters quotes and tweets . . . Tiger’s bag of sticks

The Masters flag during the final round of the Masters in Augusta. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Bryson DeChambeau strikes gold with hole in one, Viktor Hovland - remember the name

Tiger Woods  celebrates with his girlfriend Erica Herman  and son Charlie Axel after winning the   Masters at Augusta, Georgia. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Woods comes from behind to win his first major since 2008 by a one-shot margin

Rory McIlroy hits out of a bunker on the ninth hole during the third round of the Masters. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Green jacket proves elusive for Northern Irish golfer, especially after those Par 4 errors

Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking his putt to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

43-year-old wins 15th Major as rivals fall away on final day at Augusta National

 Francesco Molinari  hits from a bunker on the  18th hole during the third round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Tony Finau will also play in final group as weather forces early start to final round

 Rory McIlroy  stands on the fifth hole during the third round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Third round of 71 leaves pre-tournament favourite a long way adrift of leaders

Tiger Woods  celebrates a birdie putt on the 15th hole the second round of the US Masters at  Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Five Major champions share the lead with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson one off the pace

 Bryson DeChambeau: lost momentum when he dropped four shots in three holes around the turn.    Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty

Two shots clear of the field after eight holes, the American falls away and eventually signs for a 75

Bernhard Langer after  his shot from the fourth tee during the second round at  Augusta. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

That ability to fight for everything he can get out of himself is why the German (61) will be around for the weekend

 Zach Johnson pictured during the second round of the US Masters  at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

Olesen got the right bagman . . . Lefty’s Masters loot . . . Koepka run ends . . . weather worry

Brooks Koepka reads a putt on the 17th hole during the first round of the 2019 Masters at Augusta. Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Tiger Woods lurks ominously as faces old and new cram the top of Masters leaderboard

Rory McIlroy carded a first round of 73 at Augusta. Photograph: David Cannion/GettyA

Augusta favourite finally finds his groove before closing with back-to-back bogeys

Shane Lowry struggled to a 78 in his opening round at Augusta National. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

‘You shoot 78 in the first round and you wonder what’s the point of being here?’

Rory McIlroy  looks over his putt  during the final day of practice for the 2019 Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Irishman bids to slot final piece of jigsaw in place and complete a career Grand Slam

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. Photograph:  Harry How/Getty Images

On the eve of the 2019 US Masters, Philip Reid looks back at five of the most famous moments

Nick Faldo places the Green Jacket onto Ian Woosnam in 1991. Photograph: Inpho/Getty

A lot has changed at the US Masters since Ian Woosnam donned the Green Jacket in 1991

Bryson DeChambeau and his caddie Tim Tucker will be restricted in what aids they can use during  practice at Augusta National Golf Club ahead of the Masters. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Thunder threat . . . Reed makes room for dinner . . . Fowler looking to bounce back

Tiger Woods  celebrates with Fred Couples  on the 12th tee during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Monday in Augusta, Georgia. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Ongoing tweaks to Augusta National’s layout are to keep up with developments of game

Justin Rose  and his caddie Mark Fulcher look on during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National yesterday. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

World number one has put painful play-off defeat to Sergio Garcia behind him

 Shane Lowry will take home a Scotty Cameron Masters putter at the end of his week at Augusta National. Photograph:   Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Up to measure; Norway arrives at Augusta; record lows; O’Meara not for returning

Leona Maguire has moved to the top of Symetra Tour rankings after her win at the Windsor Classic in California on Sunday. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

Jin Young Ko takes first Major. . . McDowell moving up . . . Twitter twaddle . . . In the bag . . . Know the rules

Rory McIlroy at the  2018 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

From the obvious contenders to the rank outsiders, here are five of the hottest tickets

Rory McIlroy prepares to play a shot out of the flowers on the 13th hole during the third round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in April 2018. Photograph:  Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Northern Irishman is physically and mentally strong as he eyes prestigious green jacket

Tiger Woods tees off at the Par 3 12th at Augusta National in 2018. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty

The eyes of the world will be on the manicured beauty of Amen Corner next week

Francesco Molinari with the Claret Jug at Carnoustie in 2018. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty

Francesco Molinari undecided if preparation for his defence will include the Irish Open

Kevin Kisner celebrates with his caddie Duane Bock after defeating Matt Kuchar during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club. Photo: Darren Carroll/Getty Images

Different Strokes: Maguire blown off course; Harrington still practising as hard as ever

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after winning the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The 2010 US Open winner says he can focus now and stop looking for sponsor’s invites

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the eighth tee during the final round of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

2010 US Open winner ended drought while Shane Lowry confirmed place at the Masters

Graeme McDowell drives on the eighth hole  during the second round of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship  in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Paul Dunne one shot off the clubhouse leader in Dominican Republic

 Rory McIlroy shares a laugh with  his caddie Harry Diamond on the seventh tee during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Shane Lowry wins final group game to secure Masters invite

 Rory McIlroy in action against  Justin Harding of South Africa during the second round of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club  in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Darren Carroll/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy makes it two wins while Shane Lowry managed a half against Patrick Reed

 Rory McIlroy  plays his third shot on the sixth hole in his match against Luke List  during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play at Austin Country Club. Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Shane Lowry suffers defeat to Sergio Garcia on opening day of WGC in Austin

Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros during the World Matchplay Championship at Wentworth in 1984. His brother Vicente is acting as his caddy. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

The mano-a-mano nature of it brings back notions of old hand-to-hand combat

The World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play takes place at the  Austin Country Club in Texas. Photograph: Stan Badz/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy can return to world no1 spot this week at the Austin Country Club

 Rory McIlroy  celebrates his victory in the Players Championship  at TPC Sawgrass earlier this month which saw him rise to fourth in the world rankings. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty  )

Five players go into the event with a chance to seal top spot prior to the Masters

Pádraig Harrington and Annika Sorenstam are endorsing the new ‘Golf and Health Week’. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

New GUI and ILGU campaign called ’Golf and Health Week’ is due to start on April 15th

Up to the victory at TPC Sawgrass, Rory McIlroy’s results sequence had never seen him finish outside the top six in any tournament: 4th-5th-4th-2nd-6th. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

TPC Sawgrass triumph showcased a new ‘maturity’ and comfort level in his own skin

 Leona Maguire enjoyed a career-best pro finish of fifth on the Symetra Tour in Florida on Sunday. Photograph:    Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Irish golfer will practice at Lake Nona after a career-best pro finish in Florida

 Rory McIlroy  plays his shot from the eighth tee during the final round of The Players Championship on The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass  in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Irishman turns on the style on back nine to reach 16 under and and pip veteran Jim Furyk by one shot

 Rory McIlroy during the first round of The Players at TPC Sawgrass. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

On finishing hole his ball hit a storm grate and ricocheted next to a woman’s handbag

Tiger Woods lifts The Players trophy in 2013. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty

Tiger Woods among names etched on Waterford crystal prize which is being retired

 Rory McIlroy reacts to a missed putt at Bay Hill: It doesn’t matter if you’re final group, fifth group, it’s golf at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter.”   Photograph:  Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR

Irishman happy with his game as he renews quest for elusive win at Players Championship

Rory McIlroy during the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando. Photograph: AP

Being in the final pairing in the final round again failed to provide the desired result

Rory McIlroy signed for a second round of 70 at Bay Hill. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty

Eagle keeps defending champion alive as Fleetwood shines in Arnold Palmer Invitational

 Rory McIlroy  plays a recovery shot on the eighth hole during the  first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational  at the Bay Hill  in Orlando. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

First round of 68 leaves McDowell three off lead; McIlroy cards level-par 72 in Orlando

The late Arnold Palmer at Bay Hill in 2016. Photograph: Getty Images

Isn’t it time that someone emerged from the shadows to fill Arnold Palmer shoes?

 Rory McIlroy: returns to the scene of last year’s triumph in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Florida.  Photograph:  Keyur Khamar/PGA Tour

Irishman has been in good form this year and is targeting a repeat success at Bay Hill

Rory McIlroy, pictured during the 2018 Irish Open, won’t take part in this year’s event. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Rory McIlroy will miss Lahinch as it doesn’t suit his pre-British Open schedule

Dustin Johnson consults with referee Mike Stewart before getting a free drop away from a tree during the final round of the WGC-Mexico Championship. Photo: Getty Images

American got free drop away from a tree on Sunday on the way to winning WGC in Mexico

Rory McIlroy drives from the 12th tee during the first round of World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec  in Mexico City. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images

Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar also make strong starts at WGC event

Rory McIlroy will not play in this year’s Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph: Getty Images

Decision to focus on winning Open Championship at Portrush makes sense

Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar with their medals at the Olympic Games in Rio. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Rory Sabbatini’s switch from Springbok to Slovak is interesting on a wider front

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods walk off the eighth green during the first round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Four-time Major winner hasn’t taken up his membership yet but is expected to in May

Paul Dunne may not have putted the way he wanted in his semi-final loss to Ryan Fox at the ISPS Handa World Super 6s in Perth but at least he still had it. Photo: Paul Kane/Getty Images

A number of players at the World Super 6s had their blades stolen from the locker room

Rory McIlrot stuttered to an opening round of 71 in LA. Photograph: Reed Saxon/AP

McIlroy’s round unravels in the back nine as Jordan Spieth takes the lead in Los Angeles

Rory McIlroy won both the DP World Tour Championship and the Race to Dubai in 2015. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Season finale will now offer €2.65m first prize in attempt to attract more big stars

Rory McIlroy tees it up this week at the Genesis Open on the PGA Tour. Photo: Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR

Four-time Major winner plays in the Genesis Open this week before heading for Mexico

Meath’s Mickey Newman scored 1-5 against Armagh from a penalty and frees. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Hosts begin strongly and then withstand Armagh’s fightback to finish in style in Navan

 Brooks Koepka is assisted in moving a loose impediment on the side of on the 15th hole during the Saudi International. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Out of Bounds: It is up to the players themselves to know what is and isn’t allowed

John Daly tees off in the 2001 BMW International Open. Photograph: Inpho

Wild Thing used to wow off the tee but now distance is the rule and not the exception

World number one Justin Rose during the final round of the Farmers Insurance golf tournament at Torrey Pines in San Diego on Sunday.  Photograph: Gregory Bull/AP

Despite controversy over Jamal Khashoggi killing, top golfers travelling for tournament

Jimmy Hyland scores four points in Kildare’s victory over Armagh in Newbridge. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Armagh let five-points lead go during final quarter in Newbridge

Tiger Woods gets his 2019 PGA Tour season underway at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on Thursday. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

The 43-year-old got back to winning last year and once again is the centre of the golf world

Shane Lowry celebrates victory in Abu Dhabi. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty

Offalyman will almost certainly secure a place in the US Masters at Augusta in April

Shane Lowry celebrates with wife Wendy Honner and daughter Iris Lowry on the 18th green after winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

‘The one thing I got from Oakmont is I laid down and I didn’t show any fight or bottle’

New governing body will go ‘live’ from the beginning of 2021

Conor Purcell  became the first Irishman  to win the Australia Amateur Championship after a playoff win over Australian Nathan Barbieri at Woodlands golf Club. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

20-year-old Dubliner becomes first Irishman to win prestigious title

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