Ronan Rafferty

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Paul Dunne of Ireland lines up a putt during day two of the Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya, Turkey. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

It’s an old truism that golf is a numbers game. The basic task is to get the ball into the hole in as few strokes as humanly possible; yet the other s(...)

Rory McIlroy during the second practice round at the 2018 Masters in Augusta. Photograph: PA

“When was your first Masters?” Normally, it’s a journalist who asks the questions. But when it comes to the Masters tournament, invariably you find y(...)

Warrenpoint’s Jamie Fletcher with the Irish Close trophy in Salthill. Photograph: Pat Cashman

Warrenpoint’s Jamie Fletcher kept a cool head to hold off a late rally from Athenry teenager David Kitt and win the AIG Irish Amateur Close by one hol(...)

 Eamonn Darcy tees off on the 13th hole during the second round of the Senior Open Championship  at Royal Porthcawl. Photograph:  Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty Images

Des Smyth and Mark McNulty sneaked inside the cut at the British Senior Open Championship at a rain-lashed Royal Porthcawl last night but Paul McGinle(...)

The 18th at Royal Troon is a relatively straightforward par four but there’s nothing ordinary about it after the R&A berthed their two cruise liners either side of the fairway with 7,000 spectators staring down at you

Break it down and the game is the same for everyone. Irrespective of age or ability we are all just trying to put bat on ball around a large area of m(...)

Bernhard Langer plays his second shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the British Senior Open  at Sunningdale Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Bernhard Langer made an impressive start to the defence of his title in the Senior British Open Championship, with the German part of a record eight-w(...)

 Tiger Woods   and Darren Clarke are all smiles during as they talk  on the practice range  at Augusta National Golf Club ahead of the Masters. Photograph:  Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

I walked into another world again on Monday. The sensation never changes. This is my 20th Masters – with a couple of gap years – and, still, after all(...)

Germany’s Bernhard Langer in action during his 13-shot stroll over Colin Montgomerie  in yesterday’s British Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl. Photograph: Phil Inglis/Getty Images

Bernhard Langer strolled into the golfing record books at Royal Porthcawl on the South Wales coast yesterday as he pulverised a star-studded field to (...)

Bernhard Langer  in action during the first round of the British Senior Open Championship  at Royal Porthcawl in Bridgend, Wales. Photo:  Phil Inglis/Getty Images

Irishman Philip Walton threatened to challenge for the early lead in the Seniors Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl on the South Wales coast yesterd(...)

 Ronan Rafferty:  “It is a stunning course to look at and equally great to play. I am raring to go although year one in the Seniors is a case of learning the ropes again.” Photo: Phil Inglis/Getty

Ronan Rafferty has relished the opportunity of turning out in his first British Senior Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl on the South Wales coast t(...)

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