Team Europe captain Catriona Matthew - her team are the underdogs on home turf and that could prove a valuable weapon. Photograph: PA

Unfortunately the only obvious Irish connection so far with this week’s Solheim Cup at Gleneagles has been Aer Lingus’s involvement in losing and then(...)

The European Tour are to implement a four-point plan to tackle slow play from next season. Photograph: Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

The PGA European Tour has adopted a no-holds-barred approach in its crackdown on slow play, with a four-point plan to be implemented from next season (...)

Cormac Sharvin drives on the 18th hole at Galgorm Castle  during the third round of the ISPS Handa World Invitational. Photograph: Philip Magowan/PressEye

Cormac Sharvin closed with a dramatic eagle on the par-five 18th to ensure his place in Sunday’s final round of the ISPS Handa World Invitational at G(...)

The last time a Ladies Irish Open tournament took place was back in 2012 at Killeen Castle. It was won by Catriona Matthew. Photograph: Inpho

Irish golf, it would seem, can do no wrong at the minute. What with Shane Lowry lifting the Claret Jug and Adare Manor getting the nod for the Ryder C(...)

Stephanie Meadow in action during this year’s Kia Classic in California. Photograph: Steve Dykes/Getty

I don’t care which way you look at it. Upwards, downwards or even with a sideways glance, but this is a seismic week for Irish golf. Potentially eart(...)

Tiger Woods: has been a five-time winner of the Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

The big cat is back on tour this week, as Tiger Woods returns to a happy hunting ground at the Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohi(...)

Shane Lowry on  the second tee during his  final round of the  PGA Championship at  Bethpage Black, New York. Photograph:   Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Maybe there’s a masochistic streak inside Shane Lowry as his experience of the sometimes unruly crowd at Bethpage Black – where his tied-eighth place (...)

Leona Maguire missed out in California after shooting a final round of 77. Photograph: Kelly Defina/Getty

Leona Maguire saw her hopes of a maiden professional victory slip away as she carded a final round of 77 to finish two strokes off the lead in the IOA(...)

Up to the victory at TPC Sawgrass, Rory McIlroy’s results sequence had never seen him finish outside the top six in any tournament: 4th-5th-4th-2nd-6th. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

If Version I of Rory McIlroy has been something to behold, wait for Version II. Not yet 30 years of age, the Northern Irishman’s honour-laden professi(...)

 Leona Maguire enjoyed a career-best pro finish of fifth on the Symetra Tour in Florida on Sunday. Photograph:    Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

It’s good to have friends in high places, and Leona Maguire – who has enjoyed a busy playing schedule of late with a five-week straight run of tournam(...)

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