Victory in the Tour Championship helped Rory McIlroy’s return to world number one. Photograph: Kevin C. Cox/Getty

The vagaries of the world rankings aren’t lost on Rory McIlroy, who returned to top of the pile again without the need to swing a club. The weighted s(...)

Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros during the World Matchplay Championship at Wentworth in 1984. His brother Vicente is acting as his caddy. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Fan, or not? Of matchplay, that is! The one good thing about its once-a-year appearance on the main circuit is that the speed of play, simply by the(...)

  The 1999  Ryder Cup  ended in controversy when  the USA  team, their wives and an  NBC cameraman ran  onto the 17th green after Justin Leonard of the US holed out even though Jose Maria Olazabel still had a putt to halve the hole. Photograph: Getty Images

“I look upon the Royal and Ancient game as being a powerful force that influences the best things in humanity. I trust that the effect of this match w(...)

Rory McIlroy runs up the 18th hole during the first round of the 2018 British Open at Carnoustie. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Rory McIlroy adopted the virtue of patience to go with an aggressive game plan, a twin strategy that combined to work a treat. The Northern Irishman’(...)

Tiger Woods  plays his second shot on the eighth hole during the pro-am for the 2017 Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Much has changed in Tiger Woods since his years of dominance were ended by drama and injury, but his mindset is one thing that remains. In Dubai on W(...)

Pádraig Harrington: One of eight Irish players in the field for the British Masters at Woburn.

An idea first used with Rory McIlroy’s support of the Irish Open is gaining traction, and now Ian Poulter’s backing of the restored British Masters – (...)

Graeme McDowell of Team Europe during the pro-am event prior to the EurAsia Cup at the Glenmarie G&CC  in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Graeme McDowell believes Europe’s players will start the EurAsia Cup with “all guns blazing” when the inaugural contest gets under way in Kual(...)

European team captain Seve Ballesteros walks next to the trophy during the second Royal Trophy Asia v Europe encounter in Thailand in 2007. A  new version of this tournament, the EurAsiaCup, has caused conflict in  the late star’s family. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

It’s interesting to speculate on the depths of pre-tournament profile this week’s EurAsia Cup would have plunged towards were it not for the la(...)

 Seve Ballesteros walks next to Royal Trophy when the tournament was staged in Thailand in 2007. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

The family of Seve Ballesteros has accused the European Tour of showing ‘disrespect’ to the deceased major winner amid an intensifying row about a du(...)

Rory McIlroy plays his tee shot on the fourth hole at Oak Hill. Photograph: Jeff Haynes/Reuters

The late, great Seve Ballesteros had a habit of making the impossible happen. On moving Saturday in the 95th edition of the US PGA championship here a(...)