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Rory McIlroy during the final round of the  US Open at Pebble Beach. “I felt like I did a lot of good things [at Pebble Beach] even though I didn’t win the tournament.” Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy can no longer push the fact away that the 148th British Open at Royal Portrush in Co Antrim is just a month away. Day by day it’s getting(...)

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(...)

 Ian Poulter will take part in the Irish Open in July. Photograph: Tyler Lecka/Getty Images

Ian Poulter has announced that he will be taking part in this summer’s Irish Open in Lahinch. Rory McIlroy will miss this year’s event as he focuses (...)

Rory McIlroy will not play in the 2019 Irish Open. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy will maintain his European Tour membership this season, despite confirming he will miss the Irish Open to focus on preparing for the Open(...)

Those who argue for the Irish Championships moving from July to September say it offers the prospect of internationals competing and showcasing the sport

British Rowing has announced that its senior championships will revert to summer, having been held in October. It will provoke more debate in this cou(...)

The 165 yards par 3, 15th hole ‘Walled Garden’ on the Faldo Championship Course at Lough Erne Resort. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

As an experiment, the so-called “Links Swing” segment of the European Tour season - with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open as an important cog in the whe(...)

  Shane Lowry during preview day three of the British Open Championship   at Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus. Photograph:  : David Davies/PA

The Trackman device on the practice range is a source of statistical information, but – sometimes – can be a distraction too: as he went about his bus(...)

 Rory McIlroy in action at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club last week. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The only time Rory McIlroy seemed irked at all in the run-up to the DDF Irish Open at Ballyliffin was when he was asked about the depth of quality in (...)

Spectators sheltering from  rain  during the final day  of the  Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

“It’s my own fault for letting it get to me,” said Shane Lowry of self-inflicted mental wounds, the type that raise expectation levels only for the fa(...)

  Jon Rahm   on the fourth tee during the pro-am event on Wednesday prior to the   Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

When Jon Rahm sits down for dinner, the first item perused is usually the steaks – type, size, etc – on offer. He is a man who likes his meat; and if (...)

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