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 Pádraig Harrington:  ‘I hit the ball better now than at any stage in my career, way better. But my consistency, I’ve lost some of that.’  Photograph:  Dylan Buell/Getty Images

You get to a certain age and the option for a new route into the Major championships presents itself. In Pádraig Harrington’s case, the option to use(...)

Rory McIlroy in action at TPC Potomac. Photograph: Getty

Rory McIlroy had a little bit of everything. A water ball off the tee on the fourth, his 13th, which led to a double-bogey; a couple of three-putts; b(...)

A winner without winning, Tiger Woods – white teeth glistening as one smile after another was displayed in a round of 78 strokes – walked his way up t(...)

Tiger Woods: speculation growing that five-time champion will play in the Masters. Photograph:  Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty

Rory McIlroy believes it would be “phenomenal” if Tiger Woods can contest next week’s US Masters. Woods has not competed in a top-level event since s(...)

  Shane Lowry   plays his shot from the seventh tee during a practice round ahead of the start of the  US Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California. Photograph: Sean Haffey/Getty Images

Nobody needs to tell Shane Lowry what club needs to heat up. He knows himself. “Tournaments are won on the greens. Give me a really good putting week,(...)

I think of this rivalry like the vicious killer clown in the horror movie IT. The clown is called Pennywise and he awakens from the underground world every 27 years to feed his need. The Tipperary-Galway rivalry was asleep since the late 80s. It’s now back in all its glory and hopefully it stays around for a while longer. There are too many good players for it to vanish underground. Photograph: Warner Bros/New Line Cinema

As I left Thurles on Sunday evening in the crisp darkness it felt like the weekend was summed up by a phrase that was in use elsewhere in the sporting(...)

 Dustin Johnson: his form over the past few months has been consistently impressive. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty

The Form Guy Dustin Johnson (Odds: 17/2) Johnson’s only setback of late has been contracting Covid-19 which forced him into isolation and a serious (...)

 A general view of the   12th green at Augusta National during the final round of the 2018 Masters. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Jim Nantz, the polished sports broadcaster, came up with the phrase, “A tradition unlike any other”. The words were coined to set the Masters apart. T(...)

Sky Sports Golf presenter, Sarah Stirk, during the third round of the Trophee du Hassan II at Golf du Palais Royal in Agadir, Morocco. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Fate has a way of tossing you a curve ball and, for Sarah Stirk, who’d grown up dreaming of life as a professional tennis player, an injury in her lat(...)

There will be no patrons lining the fairways at Augusta National later this year. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

No spectators will be allowed at Augusta National for this year’s US Masters, tournament officials have announced. The championship was due to take p(...)

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