Ireland’s  Pádraig Harrington acknowledges the crowd on the 12th green during the first round of the  D+D REAL Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort  in Prague, Czech Republic. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Pádraig Harrington made an encouraging start to the Czech Masters in Prague on Thursday, carding a bogey-free six-under 66 to sit two shots off the le(...)

 Florian Fritsch of Germany hits his second shot on the 18th hole during day one of the Portugal Masters at Victoria Clube de Golfe in Vilamoura, Portugal. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

While Padraig Harrington was winning his first European Tour title since 2008 in the Portugal Masters, Germany’s Florian Fritsch was achieving somethi(...)

Rory McIlroy  hits a bunker shot on the 16th  hole during the first round of The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club  in Dubln, Ohio. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Aware that the upcoming US Open at Oakmont will feature some of the speediest greens in golf, Rory McIlroy has decided to switch back to a conventiona(...)