Min Woo Lee won the Scottish Open at the weekend. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty

You know that old saying about good things coming in threes? Seemingly, it dates back in time – originally a Latin term, omne trium perfectum – but th(...)

 Shane Lowry  plays his second shot on the eighth hole during day two of the Irish Open at Mount Juliet. “It’ll be nice for the crowds to have the Irish lads out there [over the weekend],” he said.   Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

“Mashed potatoes,” came the roar from a group of teenage boys as Rory McIlroy hit his tee-shot from the par three third hole, the idiotic shout that f(...)

  Around 2,500 fans were allowed in for the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Mount Juliet. Photograph:   Warren Little/Getty Images

The bolters came from left and right and literally from everywhere, as the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open - played in beautifully sunny(...)

 Rory McIlroy  during  a practice round ahead of the Irish Open at Mount Juliet  in Co Kilkenny. “It’s a better date than we had in May, I think, but it’s probably still not perfect to have a great field. You see the field at the Scottish Open next week, it’s very, very strong.” Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Some might defer to Rory McIlroy as the man who saved the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in unselfishly getting on board as tournament host back in 2015, (...)

Rory McIlroy: one of the main  attractions at the Irish Open in Mount Juliet. Photograph: Getty Images

Between the jigs and the reels, from Major winners to one making his professional debut on a sponsor’s invitation, a home contingent of 16 players are(...)

Pádraig Harrington and caddie Ronan Flood move a large tree branch on the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at  Galgorm Castle. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Who won? Why, the course, of course. “It’s a beast of a course,” remarked Dean Burmester who, ironically enough, was one of the few who seemed to have(...)

Mount Juliet Golf Course: venue for this year’s Irish Open in late May which now is in severe doubt. Photograph: Inpho

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, due to take place at Mount Juliet from May 28th-31st is the next tournament on the European Tour schedule following a(...)

  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

True champions don’t buckle, and Shane Lowry overcame a terrible start to his second round of the Honda Classic – bogeying three of his opening three (...)

Cormac Sharvin’s second round of 69 leaves him firmly in contention at the halfway stage of the Irish Open. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

A nod is as good as a wink in most cases and, as Shane Lowry moved through the recording zone with his young daughter Iris on his shoulders, headed fo(...)

Pádraig Harrington started his Irish Open with a fine round of 63. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

For those spectators who, in their masses, trundled up the sand hills as if conquering Mount Everest, it were as if they’d been sucked back into some (...)

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