Rory McIlroy with The Irish Open trophyat the K Club last year. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

When the Irish Open was held at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club in 2010, it seemed, at the time, as if it had escaped the worst excesses of the rece(...)

Colin Montgomerie acknowledges his victory at Fota Island in 2001, the last time a player ranked inside the world’s top ten won the Irish Open. Photograph:

By its very nature, the official world golf rankings are designed to reflect a player’s status. The more successful a player is, the higher his positi(...)