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

What do you do? Just like the rodeo rider who is dumped off his horse, the reaction is to dust yourself down and get back on again. Rory McIlroy has l(...)

Rory McIlroy during the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando. Photograph: AP

Great expectations, as Rory McIlroy has discovered, have a way of evaporating when within touching distance. Yet again, being positioned in the final (...)

Tiger Woods shrugs while responding to a reporter’s question during a news conference at the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill on Tuesday in Orlando. Photograph: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel

Tiger Woods insists enjoyment is still the primary aim of his latest comeback despite threatening to record his first victory in five years last week.(...)

Rory McIlroy  plays his shot from the second tee during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard at Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Florida. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy put himself in contention at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a seven-under-par third round of 65 to race up the leaderboard at Bay Hi(...)

 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-(...)

Rory McIlroy  hits a penalty stroke on the eighth hole during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill  in Orlando, Florida. Photograph:  Stacy Revere/Getty Images

What’s this about the luck of the Irish? Certainly, for Rory McIlroy, there wasn’t too much on offer as two double-bogeys on his front nine contribute(...)

Rory McIlroy during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy doesn’t do boring. The world number one turned on the turbo chargers with a second round 66 – which included five straight birdies – to (...)

Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the third hole during the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational  at  Bay Hill. Photograph: Michael Cohen/Getty Images.

No flash in the pan, no one-week wonder. He really is reborn. Pádraig Harrington, who ended a seven year winless drought on the US Tour when he captur(...)