Pádraig Harrington in action on day one of the   Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal  in Belek, Turkey. Photograph:  Jan Kruger/Getty Images

First, the bad bit. Pádraig Harrington – with two potential young Ryder Cuppers as eyewitnesses to the carnage – signed for double digits on one hole(...)

Shane Lowry of Ireland and his caddie Bo Martin during day one of the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

One of those days. Shane Lowry couldn’t buy a putt. If they were giving them away for free, he’d have found a way to miss out. “I literally couldn’t g(...)

 Justin Rose  in action during a practice round ahead of the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal  in Antalya, Turkey. Photograph:  Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Even for Justin Rose, a player who has tasted Major success – in the US Open – and as an Olympic gold medalist, this is unchartered territory. The En(...)

Shane Lowry chats with his caddie during  the Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort. Lowry finished in a tie for 15th place. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

A heavy end-of-season itinerary of globe-trotting and crisscrossing of timelines for Shane Lowry could yet yield the desired rewards, even if his top-(...)

Ireland’s Paul Dunne  during day one of the Turkish Airlines Open at  Regnum Carya  resort  in Antalya. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

All along Paul Dunne knew there was no secret code; that, just like a locksmith taking his time, all it would take was patience. No “hey presto!” mome(...)

Shane Lowry’s second shot on the 7th hole during the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open  in Antalya, Turkey. Photograph:   Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

If not quite a case of mission accomplished, with his quest for a fourth career tour win rebuked, Shane Lowry at least headed for the air charter from(...)

 Belgium’s Thomas Pieters with Shane Lowry during a mixed tournament for the Offaly man at the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Let me explain why I’m not playing in Turkey this week. Yes, I had entered. My plan throughout the year was to be in the field for the Turkish Airline(...)

Roof with a view: Andrew Johnston hits a shot from the 16th tee which is on top of a villa during a practice round at the Turkish Open. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

There’s bulletproof glass in the villas around the golf course here at Regnum Carya, the plush golf resort which is playing host to the Turkish Airli(...)

Padraig Harrington of Ireland poses with the trophy and a bottle of beer following his victory at the Portugal Masters at Victoria Clube de Golfe. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Pádraig Harrington will have to rip up his intended late-year schedule after a stunning victory in the Portugal Masters earned him a cheque for €333,3(...)

Victor Dubuisson of France plays a bunker shot to the 18th green during the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Grown men do cry, as Victor Dubuisson proved in an emotional win in the Turkish Airlines Open on The Mongomerie course at MaxxRoyal. In taking the ti(...)

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