Johnny Sexton: “I am lucky that I am surrounded by coaches that know the game really, really well. I listen to their advice and I try to ignore as much of the noise as I can.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

On the November night Johnny Sexton was crowned World Player of 2018, his wife Laura was surprise at how relaxed he seemed despite the glitz and glamo(...)

Tiger Woods celebrates at Augusta. Some 87 per cent of the managers in our 2019 Fantasy Golf competition left him out of their Masters team.  Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The bulk of the post-Masters sympathy, understandably enough, would have gone in Francesco Molinari’s direction after he found water on the 12th and 1(...)

Philippe Coutinho scores Barcelona’s  third goal during the  Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester United at the Nou Camp. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

By the 20th minute Manchester United were in need of a comeback of Tiger-ish proportions after the Messi Man thrust a stake in to their Champions Leag(...)

Tiger Woods  celebrates with his girlfriend Erica Herman  and son Charlie Axel after winning the   Masters at Augusta, Georgia. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The six words uttered on the first tee of the final three-ball heralded history. “Quiet, please, Tiger Woods now driving,” came the request, which bro(...)

Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking his putt to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

From the get-go, Tiger Woods' fashion sense proved prophetic: the retro mock turtleneck shirt provided a throwback to past endeavours, a reminder of h(...)

 Francesco Molinari  hits from a bunker on the  18th hole during the third round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

He wore a mock turtle, but there was nothing fake about Tiger Woods’s play in the third round of this 83rd US Masters tournament. Call him the GOAT, o(...)

Will the 2019 US Masters live up to expectations with so many top players in form or will a dark horse steal in and take the green jacket? Photo: Getty Images

Here’s the thing about betting on the Masters: it is, by a long way, the most popular golf tournament anywhere for betting, it has the smallest field (...)

 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(...)

 Olivia Mehaffey  drives from the third tee  f during the final round of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur at Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia. Photograph/Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Ally McDonald started the weekend as the highest LPGA nonwinner on the ANA Inspiration leader board. Could she become the second consecutive player, a(...)

Francesco Molinari with the Claret Jug at Carnoustie in 2018. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty

Francesco Molinari has yet to confirm his schedule in the run-up to his defence of the Claret Jug in the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in (...)

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