Rory McIlroy holds his ball after putting on the 15th green during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

In seeking to avoid a “fried” brain, Rory McIlroy is not thinking about the Masters. His form will leave others to speculate about the world No 1’s pr(...)

Shane Lowry plays his fourth shot from a greenside bunker on the 18th hole on his way to making a bogey during the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Defending champion Shane Lowry finished with back-to-back bogeys to miss the cut by one shot at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Friday. Having mad(...)

Ireland’s Shane Lowry during the Pro-Am ahead of this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Photograph: Getty Images

Shane Lowry isn’t one for writing down his season’s goals on a slip of paper and locking it way for safe-keeping to be examined at a later time. For h(...)

 Zander Lombard  plays his second shot into the 17th green during the third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge  at the Gary Player Country Club  in Sun City. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Zander Lombard saw his lead cut to one shot heading into the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge after firing a battling 72 at Gary Player Count(...)

 Shane Lowry is targeting the Race to Dubai title to cap a brilliant year. Photograph:  Wu Hong/EPA

Shane Lowry believes becoming European number one will be the “icing on the cake” of a season which has already produced his first Major title. Lowry(...)

Louis de Jager of South Africa plays his third shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the Portugal Masters at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course  in Quarteiral. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan have left themselves work to do to make the cut at the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura and put themselves in with a chance(...)

 Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland in action during the second round of the  Italian Open  in  Rome. Photograph: Giorgio Maiozzi/EPA

Graeme McDowell moved into contention at the Italian Open in Rome on Friday after a a five-under 66 moved him to seven under and within striking dista(...)

Pádraig Harrington  on the sixth  hole during the first round  of the Italian Open at Olgiata Golf Club  in Rome. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Finland’s Tapio Pulkkanen claimed a slender lead in the opening round of the Italian Open after setting a target which proved too hot to handle in Rom(...)

 Matthew Southgate of England celebrates a birdie on the ninth hole during the third round of the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course in St Andrews. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

England’s Matthew Southgate fired a 65 over the Old Course at St Andrews to share a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill L(...)

Spain’s Jon Rahm  plays his second shot on the 17th hole during the third round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Former Masters champion Danny Willett and Spain’s Jon Rahm share the lead heading into the final day of the BMW PGA Championship after a dramatic fini(...)

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