CEO of Allianz Sean McGrath presenting first prize to Tim Smyth, captain of Kinsale Golf Club; Jo Condon, lady captain; and Michael Landers, president. Photograph: John Allen/Provision

It is reputed that Alastair Mackenzie was given a budget of £600 in old money when tasked with designing a course on Little Island in the mouth of the(...)

 Rory McIlroy  will look again at his build-up to next year’s Masters as he looks to complete the Grand Slam. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images

Nobody said it would be easy, far from it, and Rory McIlroy drove away down Magnolia Lane believing his next attempt at completing the career Grand Sl(...)

Ian Poulter retrieves his ball out of Rae’s Creek, the water hazard that winds through Amen Corner, lovingly named for John Rae, the Irish-born fur trader, slave owner, and convicted murderer. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

In an alternate universe somebody in CBS will grab hold of a microphone at Augusta sometime over the next four days and go completely rogue. Ditching(...)

 Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy at  the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club in March   in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The first golf major of the year is just days away. Here, we look at five talking points ahead of the Masters at Augusta National. Can Rory McIlroy c(...)

Rory McIlroy at the  2018 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Mr Obvious RORY McILROY World Ranking: 3 The pre-tournament favourite (again!), McIlroy is the hottest player on the planet (again!!) so far this se(...)

 Rory McIlroy shares a laugh with  his caddie Harry Diamond on the seventh tee during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Rory v Tiger! The dream showdown in the WGC-Dell Technologies Matchplay at Austin Country Club in Texas is on – if a little early – with Rory McIlroy (...)

England’s Eddie Pepperell  tees off on the 11th hole during the third round of the   British Masters at Walton Heath Golf Club  in Tadworth, England. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Eddie Pepperell will take a three-shot lead into the final day of the British Masters as he seeks the second European Tour title of his career – and w(...)

 Niall Horan:  “To support the Northern Ireland Amateur Open gives young players a chance to learn more about themselves and their game.” Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Not even the most innovative marketer could have planned it, so let’s just call it an accident that Niall Horan - an international singer with more th(...)

Rory McIlroy  reacts to a missed putt on the 13th hole during the fourth round at the US Masters  in Augusta, Ga. Photograph: David Gold(AP Photo/David Goldman)

Rory McIlroy didn’t choose to hide away in the aftermath, to seek refuge from the questions. As the crowds gathered around the practice green at the (...)

 Rory McIlory  checks his yardage book on the second hole during a practice round prior to the start of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The caddie William Lanier was standing behind Augusta National’s 13th hole on Monday, scribbling in a notebook roughly the size of a kingsize candy ba(...)

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