A view from the first tee towards the green on the 427 yards par 4, eighth hole ‘Portnahapple’ on the Strand Course at Portstewart. Photograph: Inpho

The thing with standing on the first tee of the Strand Course at Portstewart is that - literally - it is all downhill from there. In reality, it is o(...)

Christy O’Connor Jnr will be laid to rest in his native Galway on Tuesday afternoon. Photograph: Michael Cooper/Allsport/Getty

Christy O’Connor Jnr will be laid to rest in his native Galway on Tuesday afternoon. Thousands of people are expected to attend the funeral mass of t(...)

Christy O’Connor jnr driving to victory in the 2000 British Open at St Andrews. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA

Nothing appealed more to Christy O’Connor jnr, who has died aged 67, than the acclaim from the galleries gathered around the 18th hole of a golf cours(...)

The late Christy O’Connor jnr at the Open Golf Championships, St Andrews, Scotland, in July 2000. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA

A book of condolence will be opened in Galway for Christy O’Connor jnr to allow people in his native city express their sorrow at his death. The gol(...)

 The Ryder Cup, The Belfry, England, 22nd-24th September 1989, Great Britain and Europe 14 v USA 14, Europe’s Christy O’Connor Jnr celebrates on the final green after winning his match. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images

Christy O’Connor Jnr, nephew of Christy Snr, was a great deal more than a professional golfer. His death, aged 67, while on a family holiday in Teneri(...)

Pádraig Harrington: One of eight Irish players in the field for the British Masters at Woburn.

An idea first used with Rory McIlroy’s support of the Irish Open is gaining traction, and now Ian Poulter’s backing of the restored British Masters – (...)

Pádraig Harrington: calculated a couple of weeks ago that he would need 25 world ranking points to make it into the top 60 and secure a place at Chambers Bay. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Pádraig Harrington will chase a coveted spot in the field of the 115th US Open when he tees it up on Thursday in this week’s PGA Tour event, the FedE(...)