Australia’s Adam Scott with his caddie during a practice round at Royal Portrush on Wednesday. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Paul Rodich has been a caddie in Royal Portrush man and boy, shouldering his first bag as a ‘looper’ at the tender age of 10, and 52 years later, he’s(...)

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(...)

The 148th British Open takes place at Royal Portrush this week. Photograph: PA

A is for Albatross, that rarest of birds on a golf course. This is the 148th staging of the British Open and, to date, there have been only eight suc(...)

Pádraig Harrington on the 14th tee during the second round of the British Open at in 2002. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

The legendary National Hunt jockey AP McCoy used to have a great quote about complacency. “There is no place for arrogance or complacency in racing be(...)

The fifth green at Royal Portrush. Photo: Getty Images

The contractors came in long before any championship action unfolds, and they will be there long after too. Yet their work up to this point makes it a(...)

Cormac Sharvin during day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

When it was all done, as the 271st stroke of his week’s work hit the bottom of the tin cup on the 18th green, Cormac Sharvin took off his cap and show(...)

Robert Rock made a birdie on 18 to sign for a third round 60 at Lahinch. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

England’s Robert Rock came agonisingly close to recording the second 59 in European Tour history in the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.(...)

Zander Lombard has the halfway lead in the Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

A grey, misty morning beckoned in a day of body surfing that wouldn’t have been out of place on the wild Atlantic waters over the fence. And while th(...)

Pádraig Harrington struggled to keep up the pace as he shot a second round of 73 at Lahinch. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Pádraig Harrington treated himself to a 99 ice cream cone after claiming the first round lead but felt he didn’t deserve any such treats after a secon(...)

Pádraig Harrington started his Irish Open with a fine round of 63. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

For those spectators who, in their masses, trundled up the sand hills as if conquering Mount Everest, it were as if they’d been sucked back into some (...)

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