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Gary Player kisses the British Open trophy, which he won for the second time at Carnoustie in 1968. He is one of only five golfers to have won all four Majors. Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images)

The way Gary Player tells it, air travel back in his early professional career was far removed from modern-day comforts. Remember, this was long befo(...)

 Rory McIlroy  plays a shot from a bunker on the 11th hole during the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge  at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy provided a little insight into the world in which elite sportspeople cocoon away. The rental home in which he cocoons away when not at th(...)

Rory McIlroy talks to  Sergio Garcia  during a practice round for the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas on Wednesday. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

You couldn’t accuse Rory McIlroy of being idle in the three months since his reign as world number one was put in cold storage. For one, he’s got a ta(...)

 Rory McIlroy  and Jon Rahm will be among the five  top-ranked players in the world to play in the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

A glimpse into the future came at the Zozo Championship in Japan last October. Typhoon Bualoi had left a trail of destruction in its wake and a decisi(...)

Irishman Rory McIlroy is the second richest active sportsperson based in the UK. Photograph: Getty Images

World number one golfer Rory McIlroy is one of only two sportsmen to make the 2020 Sunday Times Rich List that tracks the thousand (1000) wealthiest p(...)

Zander Lombard has the halfway lead in the Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

A grey, misty morning beckoned in a day of body surfing that wouldn’t have been out of place on the wild Atlantic waters over the fence. And while th(...)

Gary Woodland celebrates after winning the US Open at Pebble Beach, California. Photograph: Matt York/AP

Sitting in a quiet corner of an airport lounge in San Francisco as the US Open hurtled towards its conclusion, Pete Cowen realised that he could not l(...)

 Kevin Na of the United States celebrates with his daughter, Sophia Na, on the 18th green after winning the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas. Photograph:  Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Kevin Na figured it was time to add his name to the wall of champions at Colonial Country Club and, making birdies early and late, made the thought c(...)

Rory McIlroy prepares to play a shot out of the flowers on the 13th hole during the third round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in April 2018. Photograph:  Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy hung around for a short time after finishing his fourth round of the US PGA at Bellerive. He was relaxed, if only because he was done an(...)

 Rory McIlroy  smiles during the pro-am  prior to the Arnold Palmer Invitational  at Bay Hill  in Orlando, Florida. Photograph:  Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

When seeking to join select company one might presume Rory McIlroy would be perfectly happy to keep said group as tight as possible. Not so; the North(...)

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