Séamus Power of Ireland watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club. Photograph:  Leon Halip/Getty Images

Second round 66 puts Waterford golfer up among the big guns at the halfway stage

Viktor Hovland walks on the 18th hole during the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands  in Cromwell, Connecticut. Photograph: Elsa/Getty Images

Norwegian has been keeping his distance by driving between PGA Tour events

 Pádraig Harrington follows the line of a shot during the British Open at Carnoustie in 2007. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

A perfect build-up to the 136th British Open unfolded into a brilliant mano-a-mano showdown

Rory McIlroy reacts on the sixth green during the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Photograph: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

World No 1 to spend time off trying to find some feel after disappointing return to action

Viktor Hovland of Norway drives from the sixth tee during the third round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands  in Cromwell, Connecticut. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Faldo boost for elite juniors; Black Knights brogues for auction; In the Bag; On this day

Rory McIlroy reacts on the sixth green during the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

American continued his streak of winning every season he has played on the PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy  reacts to a missed putt on the seventh green during the first round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Photograph: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Leader Mackenzie Hughes just misses out on a 59 but opens up early three-shot lead

Brooks Koepka: has decided to skip the Travelers Championship after his caddie Ricky Elliott tested positive (then later negative) for Covid-19.  Photograph:  Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Koepka, Berger and McDowell among the non-starters in the Travelers

The PGA of America insist that the Ryder Cup will go ahead as planned at Whistling Straits. Photo: Luke Walker/Getty Images

Patrick Reed and Jon Rahm the latest players to speak against playing without fans

Tiger Woods is in the process of designing a short course at Pebble Beach. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

So Yeon Ryu donates winning cheque to Covid-19 relief, word of mouth and more

Rory McIlroy heads for his third PGA Tour event in a row at the Travelers Championship this week. Photo: Gerry Broome/AP Photo

World number one not afraid to say that Harbour Town doesn’t quite suit his game

Webb Simpson of the United States plays a shot during the second round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell both missed the cut despite good second rounds

Ian Poulter shot a seven under par 64 in the opening round at Hilton Head. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty

44-year-old shares clubhouse lead after a 64 but world number one struggles to a 72

Rory McIlroy talks to PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and Arthur Blank, Home Depot cofounder, owner of the PGA Tour Superstore, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC during a practice round prior to the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

World number one surprised likes of Tommy Fleetwood didn’t make the trip to the US

Bryson DeChambeau returned to action having bulked up during lockdown. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty

American’s new physique has helped add 30 yards off the tee - as shown on Tour return

Rory McIlroy plays a shot after taking a drop on the first hole during the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

World number one Rory McIlroy heads strongest ever field at RBC Heritage Classic

 Rory McIlroy  plays a shot from a bunker on the 11th hole during the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge  at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

World No 1 took advantage of some practice at his rental home before round two

 Rory McIlroy  and Brooks Koepka talk on the sixth tee during the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Justin Rose takes early clubhouse lead as PGA returns following suspension

Kevin Na is the defending champion at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Photograph: Getty Images

Your guide to the PGA Tour’s return, where defending champion Kevin Na is a 45/1 shot

Rory McIlroy talks to  Sergio Garcia  during a practice round for the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas on Wednesday. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

World No 1 to make his tournament debut at the famous Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth

 Rory McIlroy  and Jon Rahm will be among the five  top-ranked players in the world to play in the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Stringent protocols – but no spectators – in place for the return of the PGA Tour

Members play at Esker Hills in Offaly after clubs reopened on May 18th. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Reduced prices and suspension of other sports has seen more players joining

A view of members playing at Bunclody Golf Club after courses reopened in Phase 1. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Different Strokes: Phase 2 guidelines broadened, word of mouth, know the rules and more

  Tiger Woods in action during the third round of the  American Express Championship at Mount Juliet Golf Club in  September, 2002. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Rolex Series event not included in initial revised European Tour schedule

 Justin Rose chips from the rough on the 13th hole during the final round of the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Photograph: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

ILGU scrap inter-clubs, Manassero’s high point, In the Bag, Know the Rules

Leona Maguire is, like the rest of the LPGA Tour, waiting to find out when she will play again. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

McIlroy on his wedge play, McDowell enjoys Seminole and calls for mixed teams

Social distancing at Malahide Golf Club. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Huge logistical effort has gone in to setting up courses, as seen at Malahide Golf Club

Lucan Golf Club’s tee-times for the first day back on Monday filled up in 10 minutes.

Pent-up demand among golfers has seen club websites crash with the weight of bookings

Pádraig Harrington in action during last summer’s British Open at Royal Portrush. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

‘You’re not to travel ... and going out there for my golf is far from necessary’

Sung Hyun Park heads the field at this week’s KLPGA Tour event. Photo: Chuck Burton/Getty Images

Three of the top-10 women in the world will compete at the KLPGA Championship

Ronan Mullarney was the winner at last year’s Irish Close.

West, East, North and South Championships have all fallen by the wayside due to Covid-19

Louth manager Peter Fitzpatrick appeals to supporters to leave the pitch as they approach referee Martin Sludden following the 2010 Leinster senior football championship final. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Infamous late goal to win the Leinster SFC for Meath eventually resulted in court cases

Conor Moore: “I thought, ‘nobody is doing golf impersonations’. I took off about six to eight weeks and I learnt 10 guys and I put the video out for the Masters in 2018. And literally the night I put it out, the Golf Channel reached out to me and said we would like to talk to you about some opportunities. The rest is history.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Mullingar native has carved unique niche for himself in golfing world with his impersonations

Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Golf courses to run at just over half of their capacity to help with physical distancing measures

Ballyliffin Golf Club in Donegal has approximately 30 per cent of its membership who reside in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/R&A via Getty Images

Northern Ireland-based members of clubs will not have to abide by 5km restrictions

 Head greenkeeper Pat Foy cutting greens at daybreak at Corballis Golf Links in Donabate. The public course is one of hundreds of Irish clubs that have been forced to shut their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

‘We are very fortunate it is a sport where people are very used to following the rules’

 Rory McIlroy  and Dustin Johnson will take on Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in a team skins match  to raise funds for Covid-19 relief efforts on Sunday, May 17th. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Duo will take on Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in Florida on May 17th

The Island Golf Club is only a few hundred metres across the estuary from Malahide  but to get their by car involves a 13km trip. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Another issue facing golf clubs will be how to cater for over 70s as lockdown is relaxed

Shane Lowry would love to team up with Rory McIlroy at the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Cejka checks out with mini-tour win, Pádraig’s tasty tips, remembering the great Patty Berg

John Rahm celebrates his victory at the 2019  Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at  Lahinch. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Free weeks starting to run out ahead of any potential restart of European Tour

Pádraig Harrington says he would usually be about 5-10 years ahead of the trend when it comes to new ideas. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Three-time Major winner says work with Orreco allows him get the best from his body

Tommy Fleetwood with his caddie Ian Finnis during the Honda Classic in March. Photograph:  Matt Sullivan/Getty

Tommy Fleetwood’s bagman has been raising money for his out of work colleagues

Rory McIlroy  leans on his golf bag on the 13th hole during the final round of the 2011 Masters  as things unravelled for him in Augusta, Ga. Photograph: /Matt Slocum/AP

The likes of Norman, McIlroy and Spieth experienced the perils of a unique challenge

Tiger Woods in action at the 2010 JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor. Photograph: Cathal  Noonan/Inpho

High profile event at Adare Manor will now take place in July 2021

The US Masters at Augusta National has been rescheduled to take place in November. Photograph: Kevin C Cox/Getty

The British Open has been cancelled but new dates have been found for the US Majors

 Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton kicks the winning point in injury time to clinch victory over Kerry in the memorable 2011 All-Ireland final. Photograph: Brian Lawless/Sportsfile

Dublin’s day of deliverance proved a sporting epiphany for those with blue blood

Leona Maguire’s  is confined to the back garden for practice, where she can hit up to a seven-iron. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography.

Niall Horan and Paul McGinley among those to advise golfer not to travel to the US

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Mount Juliet has been postponed. Photograph: Inpho

Rolex Series tournament was due to be played at the end of May at Mount Juliet

Brendan Lawlor acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green on his way to winning the  EDGA Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club  in North Berwick. Photograph: Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

Evian on the ball . . . world of mouth . . . in numbers . . . on this day . . . know the rules

John O’Leary pictured with Pádraig Harrington after his Irish Open  victory at the  at Adare Manor in 2007. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Pádraig Harrington and Paul McGinley among those to pay tribute to ‘larger than life character’

Rory McIlroy in action during the 2011 Irish Open at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Loss of revenues and cash flow issues to the fore for some of the over 400 clubs on the island

 Roganstown Golf Club in north county Dublin remains open to its members for play. Photograph: Inpho

Roganstown and Swords in north county Dublin among clubs allowing members out

The GUI and ILGU have called on golf clubs to close their facilities. Photograph: Inpho

Unions will monitor options to offer clubs business support during close down

Rory McIlroy believes the world rankings should be used to decide the European Ryder Cup team if not enough events can be played ahead of September’s tournament at Whistling Straits. Photograph:  Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

Rankings frozen for now; Perks peaks at the perfect time; Twitter Twaddle; Know the Rules

Jon Rahm is unlikely to be able to defend his Irish Open title at Mount Juliet in May. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Irish Open likely to join postponements but you can dust down your clubs and head out

Brooks Koepka has snubbed the Premier Golf League along with Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm. Photograph:  Matt Sullivan/Getty

Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka join Rory McIlroy, car park golf is back in fashion

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan during the first round at TPC Sawgrass. Photograph: EPA

PGA decides that last three days at The Players will be played without spectators

A general view of the 17th hole during the third round of The Players Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Photo: David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The island green Par 3 came about by accident during the design of the Stadium Course

Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Florida on Sunday. Photograph: Phelan M Ebenhack/AP

As he prepares for Sawgrass, world number one says he is working on ‘mid-range putting’

Rory McIlroy during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida. Photograph: Getty Images

Rory McIlroy was among those to suffer with the windy conditions and firm greens

A greenkeeper cuts a newly-laid putting surface.

New Par 3 fourth could well become one of the great short links holes anywhere

 Tommy Fleetwood  walks off the 18th green  after hitting into the water at the last in the Honda Classic     at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

Englishman heads for Arnold Palmer Invitational along with Irish trio

  Shane Lowry   plays a shot from a bunker on the sixth hole during the second round of the Honda Classic on Friday. Photograph:  Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Offaly man two off the early clubhouse lead held by Donald, Westwood and Poston

Shane Lowry of Ireland plays a shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Photo: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

Double bogey early in back nine set Lowry back after three birdies in first four holes

Patrick Reed was victorious in Mexico last week. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty

Controversial American has turned cheating into a conversation starter, not a stopper

Faithlegg will be one of the clubs hosting the 28th Dunmore East Golf Classic

There is a feast of quality golf available on some of the best courses nationwide

Páirc Uí Chaoimh is the first stadium in Ireland to have LED floodlights. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Pitchside lighting top of the wishlist around the country but technology comes at a cost

Rory McIlroy  during his final round of the WGC Mexico Championship in Mexico City. Photograph:  EPA/Jose Mendez

Lowry and Harrington will make up the Irish challenge at this week’s PGA Tour stop

Darren Clarke breathed life into what were the fledgling World Golf Championships. Photograph: Getty Images

The match gave the WGCs a status that elevated it out of the regular tournaments

Rory McIlroy plays a shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the Genesis Invitational in Pacific Palisades, California. Photo: Chris Trotman/Getty Images

World number one will be joined in the field by Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell

 Rory McIlroy drives from the 12th tee during the first round of the Genesis Invitational at  Pacific Palisades in  California. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Tiger Woods starts fast but stalls on the back nine as Matt Kuchar leads with stunning 64

Stephanie Meadow opened with a 70 in the Australian Open. Photograph: Jack Thomas/Getty

Leona Maguire eight shots off the lead of Jodi Ewart Shadoff after opening 74 in Adelaide

Premier Golf League? Phil Mickelson has admitted to being “intrigued” by the prospect of smaller-field tournaments with big purses. Photograph: Getty Images

Financial incentives are already mind-blowing - for the men - but they want more

Leona Maguire finished tied for fourth in Australia. Photograph: Stacy Revere/Getty

It’s early days but 25-year-old is up to 16th on the updated LPGA Tour order of merit

Victory in the Tour Championship helped Rory McIlroy’s return to world number one. Photograph: Kevin C. Cox/Getty

Four-time Major winner tops the rankings for the first time since September 2015

Leona Maguire finished tied for fourth in Australia. Photograph: Stacy Revere/Getty

LPGA Tour rookie earns €48,000 pay day after missing play-off by a single stroke

Leona Maguire battled to a third round of 74 in Australia. Photograph: Jack Thomas/Getty

Irish duo card 74s on a difficult day to remain in contention heading into the final round

Stephanie Meadow shot a second round of 70 in Australia. Photograph: Jack Thomas/Getty

Jonathan Caldwell and Cormac Sharvin give Ireland four competing into the weekend

Leona Maguire of Ireland tees off on the 12th hole during Day One of the ISPS Handa Vic Open at 13th Beach Golf Club in Geelong, Australia. Photo: Jack Thomas/Getty Images

In the co-sanctioned men’s event Jonathan Caldwell fired a bogey-free round of 67

Graeme McDowell has added 62.08 points so far in 2020 - leaving Olympic qualification as a very real prospect. Photograph: Getty Images

Graeme McDowell’s accumulation of points has been nothing short of remarkable

Northern Ireland’s  Graeme McDowell celebrates after winning the  Saudi International. Photograph:  AP Photo/Amr Nabil

Simpson proves in Phoenix it does not always come down to distance off the tee

Northern Ireland’s  Graeme McDowell  on the 18th green during the final day of  the Saudi International. Photograph:   Andrew Redington/via Getty Images

Northern Ireland player attributes return to form to working with new coach Kevin Kirk

Graeme McDowell plays his third shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Northern Irish golfer set to return to world top 50 and earn a Masters invite in April

World number one Brooks Koepka and his caddie Rickie Elliott during a practice round prior to the Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Rumours of big-money Professional Golf League have dominated the talk this week

 Brian Clough and Bill Shankly  lead out their teams at Wembley Stadium for the Charity Shield match between champions Leeds United and FA Cup winners Liverpool in 1974. Photograph: by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

For the legion of Leeds fans, David Pearce’s take on Clough’s short reign remains a must-read

Hotel prices near Cheltenham during the Festival can be eye-watering. Photo: Getty Images

England’s potential Euro 2020 clash with Germany in Dublin could see prices hiked up

Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot from the fifth tee during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Photo: USA Today Sports

Brooks Koepka plays this week but could be overtaken at top of rankings by Jon Rahm

Kilkenny’s Billy Ryan goes by Dublin’s Alan Nolan to score his side’s second goal. Photo: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Brian Cody’s charges were dominant in victory even when they were down to 14

Rory McIlroy made a strong start at Torrey Pines. Photograph: Denis Poroy/AP

Four-time Major winner sits one off the first round lead at Torrey Pines in San Diego

Stephanie Meadow opened her season with a 71 in Florida. Photograph: Vaughan Ridley/Getty

Meadow is bogey-free in Florida but Maguire marks Tour debut with a disappointing 79

Tommy Walsh knows that ultimately Kerry will be judged on what they do this summer. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Kingdom get their National League campaign underway on Saturday against Dublin

This week’s tournament in Florida is the start of the next phase of Leona Maguire’s career path. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Out of Bounds: for the first time two Irish women hold full LPGA Tour cards

 Rory McIlroy: he  has held the world No 1 position seven times during his career, but not since September 2015, when he occupied top spot for just one week.  Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Win at Farmers Insurance Open would return the Northern Ireland player to world No 1

Ireland’s Shane Lowry during the Pro-Am ahead of this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Photograph: Getty Images

He is looking to Abu Dhabi to be the springboard - again - to another great year

Ireland’s Shane Lowry tees off during the final round of the Hong Kong Open on Sunday. Photograph:  Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images

Irish golfer recalls importance of desert win in build-up to British Open success

Collin Morikawa has made every cut in his professional career since his debut at the Canadian Open. Photograph: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

There’s a tsunami of young talent emerging onto the pro golf tours around the world

Shane Lowry begins a run that includes a defence of the Abu Dhabi Championship that kick-started a brilliant 2019 for the Irish golfer. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

British Open champion returns to action in Hong Kong ahead of Abu Dhabi defence

Martin Kaymer of Europe celebrates after holing the decisive putt in his crucial match with Steve Stricker. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Mission impossible from the European team as they come from 10-6 down

 Shane Lowry with the Professional Player of the Year award for 2019 award, with Des Smyth with the award for Distinguished Services to Golf, and James Sugrue with the Men’s Amateur of the Year Award. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Memorable British Open win at Portrush capped a great year for the Offaly man

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