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 Rory McIlroy hits   from the bunker on the 18th hole at Mount Juliet. Photograph: Peter Fitzpatrick/Inpho

Rory McIlroy bombed a drive down the 12th fairway and had a little wedge in his hands for the approach. The ball had barely left the clubface when he(...)

 Rory McIlroy   plays a practice round ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Mount Juliet. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Far from the madding crowd, Rory McIlroy didn’t look like a man who’d touched down into Dublin airport at 5.15am after a transatlantic flight as he we(...)

Rory McIlroy is interviewed at Torrey Pines in San Diego ahead of the US Open. Photograph: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy’s all-white hooded outfit befitted a man setting out on a mission. Rather than venturing into space, though, the Northern Irishman’s task(...)

 Rory McIlroy  working  with coach Pete Cowen on the range at the Masters back in April. Photograph: Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

Which Rory McIlroy will turn up at the US Open, starting at Torrey Pines on Thursday? The one who was a pale shadow of himself at the Masters, where h(...)

 Jon Rahm of Spain hits from a sand trap by the fifth green as cottonwood fuzz floats in the air during the second round of the  Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Photograph: Tannen Maury

A stunning hole-in-one helped Jon Rahm take a two-shot lead over Patrick Cantlay in to the third round at the Memorial Tournament following a rain-del(...)

 Rory McIlroy crosses the bridge on the 14th hole during  the first round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club  in Dublin, Ohio. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy continues to operate under the putative maxim, ‘work in progress’ as he tries to bed-in the swing changes he’s been toiling on with Pete (...)

 Jon Rahm of Spain celebrates with Jack Nicklaus and the trophy after winning  The Memorial Tournament  at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio in July 2020. Photograph:  Jamie Squire/Getty Images

This week’s stop on the PGA Tour, the Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village golf club, will resonate a little more with Rory McIlroy based on the e(...)

Rory McIlroy plays a shot from a bunker on the 17th hole during his practice round yesterday prior to the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course in South Carolina. Photograph: Maddie Meyer/PGA of America via Getty Images

Was there a fear factor exuded by Rory McIlroy back in 2012? Is it back? As Adam Scott recalled of the Northern Irishman’s dominant display of that ye(...)

 Rory McIlroy celebrates with caddie Harry Diamond after winning the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Golf Club on Sunday. Photograph: Jared C Tilton/Getty Images

Michael Jordan, the basketball legend, had his own take on that oft-used inspirational phrase. “There’s no ‘I’ in team,” he’d say, before adding: “But(...)

 Ireland’s Rory McIlroy after sinking his putt on the first green during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship. Photograph: EPA

Rory McIlroy was more like as his old self as he played his way back into the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, North C(...)

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