Chelsea will defend their Champions League title next season. Photo: David Ramos/EPA

Score update app has been announced as the new rights holders for 2021/22 to 2023/24

Ballybunion Golf Club is hopeful of a busy 2022. Photograph: Brendan Moran/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

Ballybunion saw visitor rounds drop dramatically last year but hope is on the horizon

Golfers return to play Esker Hills at Esker Hills in Co Offaly  after the first lockdown in May 2020. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Focus on members, informal socialising and shorter forms of golf just some of the ideas

Phil Mickelson gives his ball to a young fan after finishing his second round at the 2021 US PGA Championship on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Photo: Tannen Maury

Rory McIlroy will be around for the weekend after a round of 71 but he is seven off the lead

John Catlin was penalised for slow play during the first round of the US PGA Championship. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Hard hats needed at the 18th; Portmarnock inspiration; by the numbers and more

Pádraig Harrington lines up a putt on the sixth green during the first round of the 2021 US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Resort’s Ocean Course. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

A plugged ball on the 17th made for a disappointing finish to Shane Lowry’s round

 John Daly chips in on the first hole from the sand on the opening day of the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in South Carolina. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

Tringale keeps on trying . . . JD’s lockdown look . . . DeChambeau’s UFO sighting

Jordan Spieth tees off on the fourth hole during a practice round at the US PGA Championship on the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  Photograph: Matt York/AP Photo

Bad lies in the sand; Harrington the philosopher; Lynn’s brush with Kiawah’s alligators

Kinsale’s John Murphy (left) and Kilkenny’s Mark Power (right) will represent Britain & Ireland at this weekend’s Walker Cup at Seminole in Florida. Photo: Getty Images

Irish duo speak about US college life, moving away from home and aiming for the top

Members of the Britain & Ireland team during a practice day ahead of the Walker Cup at Seminole. Photo: Sam Greenwood/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

Seminole Golf Club in Florida will host the 48th match as the US go for three-in-a-row

Golfers return to play at Tullamore Golf Club on April 26th. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Protocols say competitive action can’t begin until same day as all other outdoor sport

Tom McKibbin Northern Ireland in action during day four of The Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale last year. Photo: Richard Heathcote/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

Holywood prospect will make debut at the Tenerife Open on European Tour this week

Ireland’s Graeme McDowell and Matt Wallace are teaming up this week for the first time at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. File photograph: Getty Images

Brice Garnett and Scott Stallings share the lead at Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Tullamore Golf Club closed last March as the Covid-19 pandemic set in. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Most Irish clubs set to prioritise members as they enjoy healthy renewal rates for 2021

Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the Europa League quarter-final win over Granada. Photo: Dave Thompson/AP Photo

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Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold after the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

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Viktor Hovland on the 12th during a practice round ahead of the 2021 MAsters. Photo: Erik S Lesser/EPA

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Dustin Johnson puts on the green jacket after winning the Masters at Augusta last November. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

All you need to know ahead of the first men’s Major championship of the year at Augusta

Ballyliffin Golf Club in Donegal recently opened the Pollan Links Par 3 course.

Shorter courses give an easier gateway into the sport and are much quicker to play

Bryson DeChambeau has brought the power-hitting game to a new level. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Golf balls are going further but courses can’t keep getting longer – something has to give

Aaron Connolly is one of Ireland’s main hopes for the future up front. Photo: Novak Djurovic/PA Wire

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Ireland goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu is unable to stop Qatar’s Mohamed Muntari from scoring their equaliser. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

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The Ireland team huddle before the game. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Stephen Kenny’s wait for a first win goes on but there were positives to take from Debrecen

Cameron Raymond in action during the Boys Home Internationals at Lytham St Annes in 2017. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

Cameron Raymond bagged first pro win in Spain and is learning on path to the top

Ireland’s James Collins reacts after missing a chance in the second half of Ireland’s defeat to Luxembourg. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ruaidhrí Croke hands out the marks as Stephen Kenny’s search for a win goes on

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan looks set to move to Clermont Auvergne in France. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

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Ireland face Luxembourg in their second World Cup qualifier on Saturday. Photo: Andrej Cukic/EPA

Visitors have enjoyed good results in recent years and will expect to take points in Group A

Ireland’s Alan Browne celebrates scoring the opener in their World Cup qualifier against Serbia. Photo: Andrej Cukic/Inpho

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Ireland manager Stephen Kenny will take charge of his first World Cup qualifier on Wednesday. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Stephen Kenny begins his first qualifying campaign with a trip to Belgrade

England’s head coach Eddie Jones has come under fire after their fifth-place finish in the Six Nations. Photo: Niall Carson/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Sunday papers full of praise for Ireland’s performance and Johnny Sexton in particular

Tiger Roll and jockey Keith Donoghue clear a fence on the way to winning the Glenfarclas Chase during day two of the Cheltenham Festival. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire for the Jockey Club

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Ireland’s CJ Stander and Keith Earls high-five after the Six Nations win over Scotland. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

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Clontarf Golf Club prepared for reopening last May following the first lockdown. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

By April 5th courses will have been closed for a total of 189 days – 27 weeks – since last March

West Ham United’s Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring their side’s first goal of the game during the Premier League win over Leeds United at the London Stadium. Photo: Ian Walton/PA Wire

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Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the Premier League win over Manchester City. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/AFP via Getty Images

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Shane Lowryhits from the fairway on the seventh hole during the first round of the World Golf Championships - Workday Championship at The Concession. Photo: Erik S Lesser/EPA

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Ferland Mendy scored the winner for Real Madrid against Atalanta last night. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images

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Tiger Woods’s car is towed away after a car crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Woods suffered multiple leg injuries and went into surgery after crashing his car on Tuesday morning, his agent and the authorities said. Photo: Allison Zaucha/The New York Times

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Atlético Madrid head coach Diego Simeone soloes a football during training ahead of their Champions League clash with Chelsea. Photo: Robert Ghement/EPA

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Max Homa plays a shot from a bunker on the 17th hole during the final round of The Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

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Manchester’s Daniel James celebrates after scoring his side’s fourth goal during the Europa League win over Real Sociedad. Photo: Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP

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Writer Tom Coyne made 103 room reservations and over 40 tee times. By the end of the trip he had hit 4,531 shots, lost 129 balls and visited 196 pubs. Photograph: Inpho

Tom Coyne walked the entire Irish coastline and played every golf hole along the way

Jorginho of Chelsea scores his team’s first goal from the penalty spot past Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

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Brighton’s Steven Alzate celebrates with Neal Maupay after scoring the winner against Liverpool at Anfield. Photo: Paul Ellis/Getty Images

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Willie Mullins puts his runners through their paces ahead of Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardsrown this weekend. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur scores their side’s first goal past Ryan Allsop of Wycombe Wanderers during the FA Cup match at Adams Park. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

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Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring his side’s third goal of the game during the FA Cup win over Liverpool at Old Trafford. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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The 17th at Black Bush Golf Club in Co Meath.

Thinking of joining a golf club in 2021? We’ve collated a list of offers around the country

The fourth hole at Corballis Golf Links, Co Dublin. Photo: Ruaidhrí Croke

Fresh lockdown a challenge for clubs now seeking members’ annual subscriptions

The first hole at Djouce Golf Club which closed in April.

Covid-19 pandemic was final nail in the coffin for a number of clubs which will be missed

Burnley’s Ashley Barnes scores from the penalty spot in their 1-0 Premier League win over Liverpool. Photo: Peter Powell/AFP via Getty Images

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Manchester United’s Paul Pogba celebrates scoring his team’s second goal with Bruno Fernandes during the  Premier League win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. Photo: Peter Cziborra/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

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Fulham manager Scott Parker celebrates their late equaliser in the Premier League meeting with Tottenham. Photo: Shaun Botterill/EPA

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Paul Pogba scores the winner for Manchester United in their Premier League victory over Burnley at Turf Moor. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham scores his team’s opening goal during the Carabao Cup semi final win over Brentford. Photo: Clive Rose/EPA

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Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp hugs Roberto Firmino after their win over Tottenham Hotspur. Photo: Jon Super/EPA

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Fans look on from outside the ground during the Munster minor football championship clash between Kerry and Cork last night. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

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Neymar scores Paris Saint-Germain’s third goal during the Champions League win over Manchester United. PhotoL: Peter Powell/EPA

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Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson congratulates Caoimhin Kelleher after their win over Ajax. Photo: Jon Super/EPA

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Ireland manager Stephen Kenny leaves the pitch after the Nations League draw with Bulgaria. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

All you need to know as Stephen Kenny’s side set their sights on reaching Qatar

Ireland’s Shane Duffy and Josh Cullen dejected at the end of the game. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

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Spain’s players celebrate their sixth goal scored by Mikel Oyarzabal during the Nations League win over Germany at La Cartuja stadium in Seville. Photo: Cristina Quicler/AFP via Getty Images

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Leinster’s Scott Fardy and Luke Crosbie of Edinburgh compete in a lineout. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

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Ireland’s Matt Doherty has tested positive for Covid-19 along with James McClean. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Stephen Kenny has now been without 10 players at different stages due to the virus

Ireland players dejected after their Nations League loss to Wales. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

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Ireland’s Matt Doherty dejected after the loss to England at Wembley. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Defender says team must recover and go again for Wales clash on Sunday

For Those I Love (aka David Balfe) holds up a Shelbourne flag during his performance on Later with Jools Holland on BBC on Friday. Photograph: BBC screengrab

McMillan hits 11, Nani is left seeing red as history repeats itself, word of mouth and more

Members play at Bunclody Golf Club after it reopened in May. The new World Handicap System comes into effect on Tuesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

New system will come into effect on Tuesday and will mean quite a few changes for golfers

Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the Uefa Europa League Group B match against Dundalk. Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP via Getty Images

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Covid-19 signposts at Tullamore Golf Club. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Courses remain open in most countries even with new Covid-19 restrictions introduced

A view of members of the public playing golf at Bunclody Golf Club while adhering to social distancing on the day courses reopened in May. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Golf was one of the first sports back in May and has operated smoothly since

Pádraig Harrington on the 16th green during Day Two of the Scottish Championship presented by AXA at Fairmont St Andrews. Photo: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

European Ryder Cup captain sits three shots off the lead after second round of 69

Ireland’s Alan Browne during training ahead of the Nations League match against Finland. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

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Ireland players watch the penalty shootout during the Euro 2020 playoff semi-final loss to Slovakia. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

News first emerged of positive test in FAI last week and now a player has tested positive

Ireland are due to play Wales in the Nations League on Sunday. Photo: Niall Carson/AFP via Getty Images

FAI confirmed on Sunday that a member of the squad has tested positive for the virus

Shane Lowry plays his second shot on the 13th hole during day three of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water, England. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Lowry’s third round of 74 leaves him with plenty of work to do if he is to win on Sunday

Ireland’s Shane Duffy dejected with Matt Doherty after the Euro 2020 playoff defeat to Slovakia. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

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Ireland’s Adam Idah at training in Bratislava the day before the Euro 2020 playoff against Slovakia. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Pair deemed to be close contacts of FAI backroom staff member who tested positive

Aaron Connolly could start again for Ireland in the Euro 2020 playoff match against Slovakia. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All you need to know as Stephen Kenny looks to lead Ireland to a place at Euro 2020

Dundalk players celebrate after beating Ki Klaksvik to reach the Europa League group stages. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Filippo Giovagnoli’s side will take their place alongside some big names on Friday

Dundalk celebrate beating Ki Klaksvik to reach the Europa League group stages. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

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Charlesland Golf Club will close in December.

Owning family said the ‘uncertain outlook for golf’ is behind decision to shut its doors

YE Yang of South Korea celebrates a birdie putt on the 18th green alongside Tiger Woods during the final round of the PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota on August 16th, 2009. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

In August 2009 in Hazeltine, the South Korean did what no other golfer had done

Irish rider Sam Bennett of the Deceuninck Quick-Step team celebrates on the podium after retaining the best sprinter’s green jersey following the 11th stage of the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele/EPA

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Irish rider Sam Bennett f the Deceuninck Quick-Step sprints to win the 10th stage of the Tour de France from Le Chateau-d’Oleron on the Ile d’Oleron to Saint-Martin-de-Re on the Ile de Re. Photo: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

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Limerick 37 players celebrate after Colin Scanlon’s equaliser denied Shelbourne promotion in 2007. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

When the worst moments are so close to being the best, you keep on believing

Maxwel Cornet of Lyon sits dejected after his side’s defeat in the Uefa Champions League semi-final to Bayern Munich. Photo: Franck Fife/Pool via Getty Images

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Limited numbers of fans had been attending Airtricity League matches. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Q&A: How will training work? Can parents watch kids’ matches? What about gyms?

Paris St Germain’s Neymar celebrates after his team beat RB Leipzig to reach the Champions League final. Photo: Manu Fernandez/AFP

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Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku scores their fifth goal in the Europa League semi-final win over Shakhtar Donetsk. Photo: Lars Baron/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

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Waterford manager John Sheridan had a run-in with Vinny Perth during Waterford’s draw with Dundalk. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Stoke sitting at Europe’s top table; quotes; Neymar richer than Atalanta and more

Sevilla’s Luuk De Jong scores the winner in their Europa League semi-final against Manchester United. Photo: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images

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Shane Lowry plays his shot from the 13th tee during the second round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. Photo: Chris Keane/Getty Images

British Open champion came home in just 30 shots with an eagle at his 14th the highlight

Atalanta players have a walk around in the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon ahead of the Champions League quarter-finals. Photo: David Ramos/Pool

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Paul Casey putts as Ian Poulter looks on as they play the 17th during the first round of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

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Rory McIlroy in action  during the first round of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California. Photograph:  Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Tiger Woods placed nicely after opening 68 while Jason Day and Brendon Todd share lead

Shane Lowry of Ireland hits his tee shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the US PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP Photo

Reigning British Open champion produces a solid opening round of 68 in San Francisco

 Bryson DeChambeau during the St Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind last week. Photograph: EPA

The American’s form has dipped recently but it’s not his play making headlines

Shane Lowry of Ireland plays his shot from the second tee during the final round of the St Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irishman goes into this week’s competition as golf’s most recent Major winner

John Plunkett (captain) with (from left) Aidan Davitt (Sherry Fitzgerald-Davitt & Davitt), Albert Lee, Paul McCann (Vice Captain) and Peter Bastable (Director, Pinergy) at the launch of the Sherry Fitzgerald Davitt & Davitt / Pinergy sponsored 2020 Mullingar Scratch Trophy which will be played on the 15th and 16th August. Photo: Pat Cashman

John Murphy will be unable to defend his title due to clash with the US Amateur

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