Scott Hend of Australia celebrates with his caddie after winning a playoff match against Nacho Elvira of Spain at the  Maybank Championship at Saujana Golf & Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Australia’s Scott Hend won his third European Tour title by beating Spain’s Nacho Elvira in a playoff following a remarkable finish to the Maybank Cha(...)

Ireland’s Padraig Harrington  during a  Pro-Am event in Malaysia  prior to the start of the Maybank Championship. Photograph:   Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington insists his recovery from injury is “ahead of expectations” despite admitting it could be several months before h(...)

 Leona Maguire enjoyed a career-best pro finish of fifth on the Symetra Tour in Florida on Sunday. Photograph:    Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

It’s good to have friends in high places, and Leona Maguire – who has enjoyed a busy playing schedule of late with a five-week straight run of tournam(...)

Tiger Woods lifts The Players trophy in 2013. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty

Each year at The Players, as the destination of the title would near its conclusion, a different type of nervous anticipation unfolded behind-the-scen(...)

Professional golfer Pádraig Harrington with Special Olympians Mark Claffey and Andrew Simington and  Phyl Kelleher, who will play with Andrew in the Alternate Shot event

Commitment, teamwork, courage and skilfulness will be what are required by Ireland’s Special Olympians when they walk out on a global stage at the Spe(...)

Steve Stricker is expected to be named as US Ryder Cup captain  for the 2020 match in his home state of Wisconsin. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Steve Stricker is expected to be named as the United States captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup in his home state of Wisconsin. Stricker, who lives just o(...)

Brooks Koepka of the United States walks to the clubhouse during a practice round ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Maybe it’s the lure of the greenbacks that has Brooks Koepka teeing up in this week’s Abu Dhabi Championship – now elevated to a Rolex Series event – (...)

The 2020 Ryder Cup course, Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Photograph: Getty Images

The distance from Chicago to Kohler, Wisconsin - the venue for the 2020 Ryder Cup match at Whistling Straits - is 145 miles. Well, there or thereabout(...)

Pádraig Harrington poses with the Ryder Cup at Wentworth after being named as Europe captain for the 2020 match against the United States at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

At the appointed hand signal from the television mandarins, a bearded Pádraig Harrington, hand-in-hand with his wife Caroline, slipped in a side door (...)

Pádraig Harrington of Ireland poses with the Ryder Cup trophy after being announced as the European Ryder Cup captain for 2020. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

As a qualified accountant, with those letters behind his name if he ever needed them, Pádraig Harrington is well aware of the importance of numbers. A(...)

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