Shane Lowry will be in action at the Houston Open this week as he builds up to the Masters at Augusta next week. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The trick for players is to work out what suits best in terms of preparation for next week’s US Masters. Whether to play this week’s Houston Open, or (...)

 Rory McIlroy lines up a putt on the 10th green during the third round of the Zozo Championship at  Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy’s focus is right where it should be, on the one tournament that will potentially define his career. The Northern Irishman has two weeks t(...)

Ian Botham (right) of England hits a four off Geoffrey Lawson of Australia during the Third Ashes Test match at Headingley in Leeds, England. England won the match by 18 runs. Photograph: Adrian Murrell/Allsport

In the course of his career as a caddy Ricci Roberts has worked with big names, among them Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Graeme McDowell an(...)

 Dustin Johnson:  moved into top spot in the world rankings  with  wins at the Travelers and  Northern Trust and having lifted  the Tour Championship  is looking to contend again. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Some of the video clips posted on social media in the run-up to this 120th US Open at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York have provided a hint of what(...)

 Shane Lowry has missed three cuts in five events since the resumption of action on the PGA Tour. He will be in action at this week’s WGC event in Tennessee. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell all return to action having each taken a two-week break from the PGA Tour to play in the World Golf Cham(...)

Lee Westwood presenting Ireland’s Paul Dunne  with the trophy after his victory in the 2017  British Masters at Close House Golf Club  in Newcastle upon Tyne. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

So far, so good . . . now, the European Tour’s rebooting – which got off to a seamless enough restart with the two back-to-back dual badge events in A(...)

Rory McIlroy heads for his third PGA Tour event in a row at the Travelers Championship this week. Photo: Gerry Broome/AP Photo

Don’t expect Rory McIlroy to factor in the links at Harbour Town in future scheduling, for his return there for the RBC Heritage only served to reaffi(...)

 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(...)

Tiger Woods in action at the 2010 JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor. Photograph: Cathal  Noonan/Inpho

Put your caps away for another 12 months as, perhaps inevitably, the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am tournament, scheduled to take place at Adare Manor(...)

Ireland’s Shane Lowry  at a press conference after winning the  Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Maybe he didn’t need any outside assistance, but Bridget Lowry – Shane’s mother – took no chances. She kept vigil inside Royal Portrush Golf Club wi(...)

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