Yealimi Noh of United States drives from the  fifth tee during the final round of the Amundi Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club  in  France. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Niall Horan’s drawing power may have attracted some star names from the world of entertainment and sport into the pro-am but the real headline act wil(...)

 Rory McIlroy  is pictured with businessman Dermot Desmond during the pro- am event prior to the  Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club  in North Berwick, Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy will welcome a bit of punishment for wayward shots on his return to a venue which he once felt was indicative of European Tour courses wh(...)

  Around 2,500 fans were allowed in for the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Mount Juliet. Photograph:   Warren Little/Getty Images

The bolters came from left and right and literally from everywhere, as the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open - played in beautifully sunny(...)

Shane Lowry leaves the seventh green during day one of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Mount Juliet Golf Club. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

The old proverbial saying of having his ball on a string applied to Shane Lowry for much of his opening round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Mou(...)

 Rory McIlroy  during  a practice round ahead of the Irish Open at Mount Juliet  in Co Kilkenny. “It’s a better date than we had in May, I think, but it’s probably still not perfect to have a great field. You see the field at the Scottish Open next week, it’s very, very strong.” Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Some might defer to Rory McIlroy as the man who saved the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in unselfishly getting on board as tournament host back in 2015, (...)

Rory McIlroy: one of the main  attractions at the Irish Open in Mount Juliet. Photograph: Getty Images

Between the jigs and the reels, from Major winners to one making his professional debut on a sponsor’s invitation, a home contingent of 16 players are(...)

Ireland’s Leona Maguire drives on the ninth hole during the first round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club  in Johns Creek, Georgia. Photograph:  Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

The sequence of being a first-round leader for a third straight week was broken, still – for Leona Maguire – an opening round of level-par 72 provided(...)

Garrick Higgo of South Africa  after his victory in  the Palmetto Championship at Congaree  in Ridgeland, South Carolina. Photograph:  Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Garrick Higgo’s meteoric rise – he was 2,006th in the world rankings at the end of 2008 and his win in the Palmetto Championship moved him to a career(...)

 Jonathan Caldwell  chips on the 13th hole during the third round of The Scandinavian Mixed at Vallda Golf & Country Club  in Gothenburg. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Bangor’s Jonathan Caldwell closed with two bogeys in his third round at the Scandinavian Mixed in Gothenburg but remains in contention going into the (...)

Sweden’s  Caroline Hedwall  hits a bunker shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the Scandinavian Mixed  at Vallda Golf & Country Club  in Gothenburg, Sweden. Photograph: Luke Walker/Getty Images

Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall fired a superb 64 to claim a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the inaugural Scandinavian Mixed in Gothenburg. Hosted b(...)

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