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(...)

Ireland’s Pádraig  Harrington  practising for  the 148th Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photograph:  Francois Nel/Getty Images

Royal Portrush Golf Club’s return to the British Open rota of courses after a gap of 68 years is an historic moment. But could an even potentially mor(...)

Tiger Woods during a practice round at Royal Portrush. He texted Brookes Koepka in the hope of sharing a practice round with the latter’s caddie Ricky Elliott. He is yet to receive a reply. Photograph: Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

The pathways taken to greatness have varied for Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka: one a child prodigy who had his “Hello world!” introduction to professi(...)

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open host Paul McGinley pictured beside the  The Rampant Goat bronze at Lahinch Golf Club, host of next week’s event. Photograph:   Brian Arthur

The symbol most associated with Lahinch Golf Club is that of the “Rampant Goat.” It is on the club crest, and a wonderfully crafted statue of the anim(...)

Gary Woodland celebrates after winning the US Open at Pebble Beach, California. Photograph: Matt York/AP

Sitting in a quiet corner of an airport lounge in San Francisco as the US Open hurtled towards its conclusion, Pete Cowen realised that he could not l(...)

Rory McIlroy  after his shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the  Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow club  in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photograph:   Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Of the four Irish players currently exempt for next week’s US PGA Championship, to be played on the notoriously difficult Bethpage Black course, Pádra(...)

 Rory McIlroy  will look again at his build-up to next year’s Masters as he looks to complete the Grand Slam. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images

Nobody said it would be easy, far from it, and Rory McIlroy drove away down Magnolia Lane believing his next attempt at completing the career Grand Sl(...)

Corey Conners of Canada during the 2019 Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio Oaks course. Photograph: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Canadian Corey Conners secured his first PGA Tour win with a final round of 66 lifting the 27-year-old to a two-shot win. Si Woo Kim had held the lea(...)

 Rory McIlroy: returns to the scene of last year’s triumph in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Florida.  Photograph:  Keyur Khamar/PGA Tour

“Yeah, it’s been awhile,” replied Rory McIlroy on being welcomed back into the winner’s circle after his win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hil(...)

The 165 yards par 3, 15th hole ‘Walled Garden’ on the Faldo Championship Course at Lough Erne Resort. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

As an experiment, the so-called “Links Swing” segment of the European Tour season - with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open as an important cog in the whe(...)

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