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 Rory McIlroy celebrates his  victory at the 2014 US PGA Championships at Valhalla Golf Club  in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

A three-month hiatus may prove to be more significant to Rory McIlroy than one that has stretched to six years. The latter is his wait for a fifth Maj(...)

Nick Faldo pictured on Bartragh Island in Co Mayo in May 2004. The former world number one was  hoping to design and build a golf course on the island at the time. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

When Nick Faldo revealed that he was planning to build one of the world’s best golf courses on an island off Mayo, there was widespread anticipation i(...)

 Jon Rahm  celebrates with his wife Kelley Cahill after winning the Memorial Tournament to go to number one  in the world rankings. Photograph:  Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

The swiftness of Jon Rahm’s journey to the world’s number one spot should ensure it is not a short stay. And the 25-year-old Spaniard won’t need to sw(...)

 Pádraig Harrington follows the line of a shot during the British Open at Carnoustie in 2007. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

On a July Sunday in 2007, a strange thing happened, as if the gods decreed all Irish sporting eyes would be on only one thing that day. In a strange q(...)

Viktor Hovland of Norway drives from the sixth tee during the third round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands  in Cromwell, Connecticut. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

There may be a pause in the European team’s qualifying process for the Ryder Cup, but there is no doubt that Viktor Hovland’s upward trending in his f(...)

Sergio Garcia celebrates after making an eagle on the 15th during the 2017 US Masters. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty

A Masters Sunday provides no hiding place, no let-up and no excuses. You do it when it needs to be done or you spend another 12 months wondering how t(...)

Rory McIlroy  leans on his golf bag on the 13th hole during the final round of the 2011 Masters  as things unravelled for him in Augusta, Ga. Photograph: /Matt Slocum/AP

1979 - Ed Sneed At 6ft 2in, Ed Sneed certainly looked the part. And starting the final round of the 1979 Masters tournament with a five-stroke lead, (...)

Seve Ballesteros with the Claret Jug after his 1984 Open win at St Andrews. Photograph: Getty

Crunch time should not be far away for the Open. The championship at Royal St George’s is one of the precious few remaining on Britain’s traditional s(...)

Victory in the Tour Championship helped Rory McIlroy’s return to world number one. Photograph: Kevin C. Cox/Getty

The vagaries of the world rankings aren’t lost on Rory McIlroy, who returned to top of the pile again without the need to swing a club. The weighted s(...)

 Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has returned to the top of the world rankings for the first time since September 2015. Photograph: PA

Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has returned to the top of golf’s rankings for the first time in five years after a string of strong finishes. The 30-year-old(...)

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