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

 Shane Lowry of Ireland celebrates with caddie Brian “Bo” Martin on the 18th green after winning  the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Irish golfer lost lead to Richard Sterne before dramatic turnaround on back nine

Lowry putts for birdie on the 12th green. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Offalyman battled hard to maintain his lead as he goes in search of first win since 2015

Majority votes from delegates this Saturday will see the end of two eras, with the GUI and the ILGU ceasing to be and, in their stead, a new governing body for golf in Ireland being formed. Photograph: Inpho

The time has come for GUI and ILGU to cease to be and pave the way for a new body

Brooks Koepka of the United States walks to the clubhouse during a practice round ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne the two Irishmen in the field for first of Rolex Series

The 2020 Ryder Cup course, Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Photograph: Getty Images

Out of Bounds: New European captain knows home advantage is huge in the Ryder Cup

Pádraig Harrington poses with the Ryder Cup at Wentworth after being named as Europe captain for the 2020 match against the United States at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Dubliner relishing opportunity to lead Europe at Whistling Straits next year

Pádraig Harrington of Ireland poses with the Ryder Cup trophy after being announced as the European Ryder Cup captain for 2020. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Biennial tournament is the lifeblood of the European Tour, providing huge revenue

Pádraig Harrington returns to Stackstown Golf Club with the Open Championship trophy in 2007. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

After a journey of highs and lows the Dubliner has now been made Ryder Cup captain

Pádraig Harrington of Ireland poses with the Ryder Cup trophy as he is announced as the European Ryder Cup Captain for 2020. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Three-time Major winner will lead Europe for the 2020 encounter at Whistling Straits

 Rory McIlroy  plays a shot during the final round of the  Tournament of Champions  at Kapalua  in Lahaina, Hawaii. Photograph:  Kevin C. Cox/Getty

Seven times now Irishman has been in last group on final day but hasn’t sealed the deal

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony in action against the All Blacks. Will Ireland lift the Rugby World Cup this year in Japan? Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘Irish Times’ journalists and sporting stars reveal what they think lies ahead this year

Europe vice-captain Pádraig Harrington is introduced during the opening ceremony for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National on  in Paris. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Press conference at Wentworth set to confirm a third Irish captain in last four matches

Drop it: Pádraig Harrington of Ireland takes a penalty drop in Augusta in 2009. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

From January 1st, whatever your level or where you play, there’s a revised rulebook

  Francesco Molinari   celebrates his clean sweep and Europe’s win at the Ryder Cup. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Molinari became the hottest golfer on the planet at the Ryder Cup in Paris

Leona Maguire secured a Ladies European Tour card for 2019.

Cavan golfer wins at first hole against Sweden’s Sarah Nilsson

Leona Maguire remains within touching distance of that desired top-five finish.

Irish golfer fails to break par in fourth round of qualifying school

 Bronte Law and Leona Maguire playing together at the 2016 Curtis Cup at Dún Laoghaire Golf Club. Photograph:  Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

Irish golfer shoots second consecutive 70 to lie five shots off lead in Morocco

 Leona Maguire is in a tie for fifth position after the second round of the  Ladies’ European Tour Qualifying School in Morocco. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Cavan golfer in a share of fifth position after carding a 70 in the second round in Morocco

Stephanie Meadow: showed fortitude and resilience in returning from serious injury. Photograph: Photograph:  Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Northern Irishwoman recovered from serious injury to regain her full LPGA Tour card

Mel Reid is a six-time winner on the Ladies European Tour and has played in the Solheim Cup for Europe on three occasions. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the reasons she postponed going public was a fear that they wouldn’t

 Leona Maguire:  she  was runner-up to  Sweden’s Linnea Strom at pre-qualifying in Morocco. Photograph:  Getty Images

Francesco Molinari caps stellar season with European Tour player of the year award in London

Dr Cullen Park was the scene as Westmeath overcame Carlow in the O’Byrne Cup. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Handpassing rule was only one that really impacted as Westmeath overcame Carlow

The 165 yards par 3, 15th hole ‘Walled Garden’ on the Faldo Championship Course at Lough Erne Resort. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

It would be only fair for Lough Erne to again be considered as an Irish Open host venue

Shane Lowry is congratulated by a walking scorer after he made a hole in one on the fifth during the second round of the British Masters. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

The chances of a pro making an ace are long enough, as for amateurs it’s a different story

Laura Davies has been named as a vice captain of Europe’s team for the 2019 Solheim Cup. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Davis has been named as a vice-captain despite saying she’d never be interested

Rory McIlroy hits a tee shot during the third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC in Sun City, South Africa. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Former world number one has won four times in Dubai and his hoping to make it five

Paul Dunne of Ireland lines up a putt during day two of the Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya, Turkey. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Out of Bounds: Numbers have dwindled since the 1990s due to a number of different factors

Shane Lowry chats with his caddie during  the Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort. Lowry finished in a tie for 15th place. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Nedbank Challenge next up for the Irishman who is targeting a top 30 order of merit spot

Justin Rose of England acknowledges the crowds after winning the Turkish Airlines Open at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya, Turkey. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Pádraig Harrington missed out on place in top-64 of Race to Dubai after poor finish

Haotong Li of China plays a shot during the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Chinese golfer overtakes Justin Rose in third round of Turkish Airlines Open

 Paul Dunne attempts a recovery shotfrom the trees during the second round of the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Frustration gets the better of Dunne as he falls off the pace

Ireland’s Paul Dunne  during day one of the Turkish Airlines Open at  Regnum Carya  resort  in Antalya. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Greystones player’s seven birdies in a bogey-free round sends him to the top

 Pádraig Harrington looks on with his caddie Ronan Flood during the first day  of the Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya, Turkey. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Former three-time Major winner posts an opening 65 in Turkey to maintain his recent fine form

Paul Dunne made a fine start to the Turkish Airlines Open, shooting a first round 64. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty

Seven birdies in an impressive opening 64 sees Greystones golfer set the early pace

Shane Lowry of Ireland plays in the pro am ahead of the Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya, Turkey. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Offalyman hoping to continue that good form into Turkish Airlines Open this week

The European Tour is in Turkey this week for the Turkish Airlines Open. The schedule for the 2019 season has been revealed, with the Saudi International a new addition. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty

Pádraig Harrington diplomatic when asked about new addition to 2019 schedule

Pádraig Harrington of Ireland plays a practice round ahead of the Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya, Turkey. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Irishman looks lined up to be next Ryder Cup captain while his form has also improved

 Nelly Korda  after winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taoyuan city. Photograph:  EPA/RItchie Tongo

Nelly’s breakthrough win has been anticipated ever since she followed in her sister Jessica’s footsteps

Padraig Harrington playing from  a bunker on the 9th hole during practice on October 17th for  the  Valderrama Masters in Cadiz, Spain. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne will join Harrington in the $7m tournament in Antalya

Russell Knox celebrtes his victory in the 2018 Irish Open at Ballyliffin. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

A number of headline players still opting for the PGA Tour ahead of European Tour events

Shane Lowry takes a moment as he discoveres his ball close to the 15th green which led to a double bogey. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Sergio Garcia claimed his third title at the course on Monday due to a delayed finish

Bernhard Langer celebrates making a birdie on the 17th during the 2018 Senior Open at  St Andrews. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty

61-year-old German is hunting down Hale Irwin’s record of 45 Champions Tour wins

Pádraig Harrington: “I’m just outside the automatic qualifying spots for the Turkish Airlines Open, so I need to make a few more points to get to Turkey.”  Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

In-form Irishman keen to move up rankings to qualify for lucrative Turkish Airlines Open

Freddie Burns reacts after his mistake against Toulouse. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

O’Gara and Jennings have little sympathy for outhalf as O’Callaghan dons red-tinted specs

A view of a bunker at Le Golf National. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

‘Player’s edition of the rules of golf’ should be in every bag ahead of January 1st 2019

Paul Dunne: “It’s a big event at a great time of the year, just before the end of the season . . .there is a lot on the line. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Lowry and Harrington still with work to do to make it to top-60 on the money list

Portmarnock team (from left) Darragh Coghlan, Stephen Walsh, James Fox, Geoff Lenehan and Conor Purcell. Photo: Pat Cashman

Dublin club beat Royal Portrush while in the Junior Cup Portumna saw off Fortwilliam

Stephanie Meadow has already secured her full LPGA Tour card. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Meadow heads to final tournament of the season assured of her full LPGA Tour card

Rory McIlroy of Europe and vice-captain Pádraig Harrington after the foursomes session on Saturday afternoon at the 2018 Ryder Cup. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Irishman has been a vice-captain three times and is now ready to step up to the mark

 Rory McIlroy plays his second shot out of a bunker on the  18th during the singles Ryder Cup defeat to Justin Thomas   at Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Plugged bunker ball on 18th tilts titanic singles clash the way of USA rival Thomas

Alex Noren is mobbed by his European team-mates after winning the final singles game against Bryson Dechambeau of the Unitede States at the Ryder Cup in Paris. Photograph:   Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Francesco Molinari fittingly secures winning point as Thomas Bjorn’s side regain Ryder Cup

Justin Rose  and Henrik Stenson  celebrate during the afternoon foursomes match against Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka. Photograph:  Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy will lead off hunt for the four and a half points required to regain title

 Rory McIlroy  and Ian Poulter celebrate their win on the 16th hole during the afternoon foursomes at the  Ryder Cup  at Le  Golf National in  Paris. Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA

Historic foursomes whitewash gives Thomas Bjorn’s side all the momentum after first day

Team Europe’s Rory McIlroy looks for his ball on the ninth hole during the fourballs match on day one of the Ryder Cup. Photograph: PA

He didn’t manage a single birdie in the 16 holes he played alongside Thorbjorn Olesen

Europe’s Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter and Thorbjørn Olesen during Thursday’s practice round ahead of the 2018 Ryder Cup. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

The fun is over and it’s time for the golf to start but which team will emerge victorious?

Thorbjorn Olesen and Rory McIlroy practice together ahead of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Paris. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

What are the strengths and weaknesses of each pairing and who will win the points?

Team USA’s Tiger Woods with his Ryder Cup team mates during practice in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Irish Times golf correspondent Philip Reid keeps us up to date from the French capital

A general view of the first tee ahead of the 42nd Ryder Cup 2018 at Le Golf National in Paris, France. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Amphitheatres have got bigger over the years and this week in Paris scales new heights

Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm of Europe pose during a photocall ahead of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris, France. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Rookie and experienced campaigner may team up at some stage at Le Golf National

The yellow ribbon worn by Team Europe has the name of Celia Barquín written on them in tribute to the young Spanish golfer who was killed last week. Photograph: PA

Irish Times golf correspondent keeps us up to date from his base in the French capital

Europe’s Thorbjorn Olesen checking out  the 15th green at Le Golf National in Paris prior to  the Ryder Cup. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Familiar feeling for Bjorn’s team as all have played Le Golf National in French Open

Tiger Woods of USA at Le Golf National in Paris  ahead of the Ryder Cup. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

TIger wants to bring things down to earth, not to make it all about him

 Europe captain Thomas Bjorn  during a press conference in Paris ahead of the  Ryder Cup  at Le Golf National. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

A controversial ‘wild card’ pick, the Spaniard's form has been less than inspiring

US golfer Tiger Woods and his Ryder Cup team mates arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Photograph: Getty Images

If this is the second coming of, a better Tiger Woods, then it is going to be great for golf

 Phil Mickelson finished bottom of the leaderboard at the Tour Championship - 13 over par. Photograph: PA

Brian O’Driscoll and Niall Horan are part of the Europe team in the celebrity match

Tiger Woods celebrates his win on the 18th green. Photo: Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

14-time Major winner records first victory since 2013 at season-ending Tour Championship

 Europe team captain Paul McGinley celebrates winning the 2014 Ryder Cup with his team  at the Gleneagles Hotel in  Scotland. Photograph:   Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

‘I think the golf course is more suited to the European style of player than the Americans'

Oliver Fisher during day two of the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria golf course. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Record-breaking Fisher shares lead in Portugal with Shane Lowry three off the pace

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