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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

The problem for Rory McIlroy is one of having to walk on eggshells. Damned if you do; damned if you don’t. In reaffirming his original intention to re(...)

 Zach Johnson of the US reacts after making birdie on the 18th during the second round of the British Open at Carnoustie. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Zach Johnson wears it as a badge of honour, rather than any insult, when golf fans immediately assume it is the other Johnson – as in Dustin, the worl(...)

Rory McIlroy runs up the 18th hole during the first round of the 2018 British Open at Carnoustie. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Rory McIlroy adopted the virtue of patience to go with an aggressive game plan, a twin strategy that combined to work a treat. The Northern Irishman’(...)

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

Patience is indeed a virtue, as Shane Lowry has discovered. A year that frustrated for the main part – as he slipped down the world rankings – was dra(...)

 Padraig Harrington celebrates after winning the 136th Open Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland in 2007. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Ten years, a decade. Hasn’t time flown? But some things never change, and the chances are - rightly - that Pádraig Harrington, the player who kick-sta(...)

 Rules officials help remove a signpost to allow Rory McIlroy  play a shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

The answers to an examination aren’t always straightforward; and, on a summer’s day borrowed from the depths of winter, the manner in which Jordan Spi(...)

 Rory McIlroy:  “Every time I go to Muirfield now I won’t have a great taste in my mouth.” Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy has indicated he cannot easily forgive Muirfield members despite their belated vote to admit women members for the first time in the 273-(...)

Paul McGinley: “I want to see him focusing on his golf in the next month, four or five weeks, and then getting down to joining history.”  Photograph: by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

If only Paul McGinley had a magic wand, he’d wave it in the direction of Rory McIlroy and make all the ancillary distractions, other than the actual t(...)

Henrik Stenson: “Whether I play great or good or average or whatever it might be, I’m going to try my hardest for four days.” Photograph: by Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The European Tour can perhaps lay claim to sport’s most perfect system. With the order of merit title to be decided over four days at the Earth Cours(...)

Pádraig Harrington returned home to Dublin for a different kind of date – providing wisdom about life on tour. Photograph: Getty Images

Time moved on yesterday, as it always does for players on tour. Rory McIlroy flew to Switzerland for a payback date with Sergio Garcia; Pádraig Harr(...)

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