Shane Lowry and his caddie are caught in a small sand vortex on the fairway of the fifth hole during the final round of the RBC Heritage tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links. Photograph:  Joshua S Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Shane Lowry’s observations in the immediate aftermath of finishing in a tie for third place behind tournament winner CT Pan in the RBC Heritage classi(...)

Ireland’s Shane Lowry of Ireland in action at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Practice made perfect for Ireland’s Shane Lowry as he equalled the course record with a stunning 62 in the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Champions(...)

Rory McIlroy during a practise round for the WGC Dell Technologies Matchplay at Austin Country Club in Texas. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

It was back in January, ahead of resuming his tournament schedule after a winter hiatus to allow his body recuperate, that Rory McIlroy suggested a wi(...)

Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson are being well paid to compete in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in the United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Isn’t all professional sport about filthy lucre? The measure of success is reflected in inflated bank balances, the bigger the better; and for those a(...)

Rory McIlroy plays the 18th hole  during a practice round ahead of Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

A year on from when it all went wrong, withdrawing prior to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship due to a rib injury that would plague him and have reperc(...)

Tommy Fleetwood  tees off on the 14th hole during the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on January 22nd. Photograph:  Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The status of those who could not keep pace with Tommy Fleetwood on Sunday in Abu Dhabi offers all the context needed. The biggest win of this 26-year(...)

 Tommy Fleetwood after winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

England’s Tommy Fleetwood produced a brilliant burst of scoring to claim his second European Tour title in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Fleetwoo(...)

 Munster are looking to continue their fine form and guarantee a home quarter-final at Thomond Park on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

For starters, what’s going on? It’s a busy weekend of sporting action. The Champions Cup rugby heads the bill with three of the four provinces stil(...)

Rory McIlroy in action during the BMW South African Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy has been forced to withdraw from this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a rib injury. The Northern Irishman played through the pai(...)

Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler on the 12th hole during the Abu Dhabi Golf championship. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

Jordan Spieth hailed a “masterclass” from Rory McIlroy after the world number three won their first duel of the year at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championshi(...)

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