Pádraig Harrington follows the line of a shot during the British Open at Carnoustie in 2007. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

On a July Sunday in 2007, a strange thing happened, as if the gods decreed all Irish sporting eyes would be on only one thing that day. In a strange q(...)

 Eamonn Darcy tees off on the 13th hole during the second round of the Senior Open Championship  at Royal Porthcawl. Photograph:  Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty Images

Des Smyth and Mark McNulty sneaked inside the cut at the British Senior Open Championship at a rain-lashed Royal Porthcawl last night but Paul McGinle(...)