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Rory McIlroy  reacts on the 6th tee during the second round of the 148th Open Championship  at Royal Portrush on Friday. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

If you’ve never been to Portrush, it’s one of those stubbornly 20th-century coastal towns that is entirely self-contained. Big windows and high roofs,(...)

Rory McIlroy slautes the crowd after his second round 65 at Portrush. Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA

The standing ovation from the grandstand that encircles the 18th green was partially in recognition of Rory McIlroy’s standing in the Irish sporting c(...)

 Rory McIlroy in the rough on the 18th hole during the first round of the 148th British Open at Royal Portrush. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy’s opening round was book-ended by disasters, a quadruple bogey at one end, a triple at the other. This wasn’t how it was meant to be, as (...)

Rory McIlroy of Ireland talks with his caddie Harry Diamond during a practice round at Portrush. Photograph: Getty Images

Rory McIlroy is hoping that the huge galleries in Portrush for this 148th edition of the British Open will factor as a 15th club in his bid to win the(...)

Darren Clarke will get the British Open underway on Thursday at Portrush. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Darren Clarke played a big part in the British Open’s return to his adopted home links, and the 2011 champion has been given the honour of hitting the(...)

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(...)

Rory Mcilroy: warming up at the  Scottish Open. Photograph:  Kevin Cox/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy Rory Mcilroy: warming up at the Scottish Open. Photograph: Kevin Cox/Getty Images You have to fancy him, don’t you? Asid(...)

Rory McIlroy at the Irish Amateur Open Championship in 2005. ‘All of a sudden he was six under. It was like an explosion.’  Photograph:  Tom Honan/Inpho

Stephen Crowe has a place in golf folklore – bearing witness to a course record 61 at Royal Portrush that, given the changes to the course, can now ne(...)

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(...)

Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger during day three of the Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club. Photograph: PA

Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Scottish Open as he chases a second win in his last six starts. Wies(...)

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