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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(...)

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(...)

Justin Rose has become the 22nd world number one. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Nobody could possibly begrudge Justin Rose his rise to the pinnacle as far as the official world rankings are concerned. He has more than served his d(...)

Justin Thomas of the US putts on the 17th green during the second day of practice for the 2018 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photto: Mike Segar/Reuters

It’s probably the most recognisable course in the world , the back nine particularly so at Augusta National. However, some of the toughest holes on th(...)

Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston during the third round of the British Open at Royal Birkdale. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Kevin Na. On television, his methodical approach to the game of golf shakes Butch Harmon to his very core. Harmon, confidante to the stars as a swing(...)

Shane Lowry failed to make the cut at Augusta. Photograph: Erik Lesser/Epa

1: There’s a touch of class about everything here, even if the weather contrived so that the azaleas weren’t blooming. It was particularly evident i(...)

The 13th green at TPC Sawgrass. Photograph: Epa

There are 12 days of Christmas, seven dwarves and four major championships. It has always been thus and any gratuitous addition to golf’s major set do(...)

A final day 67 saw Danny Willett win the US Masters. Photograph: Getty

Danny Willett insisted “fate” played a crucial part in him becoming the first Englishman since Nick Faldo in 1996 to win the Masters and only the sec(...)

Rory McIlroy is aiming to be the first European winner of the Masters since 1999. Photograph: Getty

Rory McIlroy may have enhanced his chances of completing the career grand slam by opting out of the par-three contest, but the world number three stil(...)

Ireland’s Christy O’Connor Jnr in action on the 2nd tee at the 2000 Open Golf Championship at St Andrews in Scotland. One of the biggest stars of Irish golf, has died. Photo:  Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

There were a few embellishments to Christy O’Connor jnr, like the trademark white flat cap from under which his silver locks escaped. Always, too, the(...)

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