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 (...)

England’s Tommy Fleetwood on the seventh tee during the pro-am   before the Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph:   Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

A long-time member of the host club put it succinctly about the lack of any real wind in these parts. “You wouldn’t even put your washing out, there’d(...)

 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(...)

Paul McGinley at Lahinch Golf Club for the announcement that it is to host the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, with McGinley as the host.  Photograph: Brian Arthur

As you’d somehow expect from someone whose Ryder Cup captaincy was deemed a template for all others, to the extent that the USA has sought to imitate (...)

Rory McIlroy chipping  during  the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Northern Ireland’s Portstewart Golf Club in July  2017. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy’s hosting of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open won’t be a one-man task any longer, with the PGA European Tour revealing that the tournament (...)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits on the 18th hole during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

We’re getting used to Hamlet proceeding without the Prince at these gigs. On a grey, cool day here on the Causeway Coast, Rory McIlroy – the principle(...)

Players on the sixth green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

The alignment is perfect. Professional golfer Ryan Fox, son of former New Zealand’s 1987 World Cup winning outhalf and current selector, Grant, shoots(...)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up a putt on the 18th green during the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy’s third change of putter in as many days finally brought some positive results on the greens, as the Northern Irishman – who’d barely sur(...)

Rory McIlroy in action during the Memorial Pro-am in Dublin, Ohio: “I never knew how much it meant to me to win at home until I actually did.” Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

World number three Rory McIlroy says his concerns about competing in the Olympics this year due to the ongoing threat of the Zika virus have eased. M(...)

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