A referee tests the ‘Shot Clock’ system during the Pro-Am of the 2018 Shot Clock Masters at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

When is a gimmick not a gimmick? When, in fact, does it become a valued marketing tool? At a time of the season when golf is entering the more serious(...)

Tiger Woods and his caddie, Steve Williams, celebrate after Woods chipped in for birdie on the 16th hole during the final round of the 2005 US Masters. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Through the years, Tiger Woods has offered us a number of reasons why his final round wardrobe always features a red polo shirt. There’s the story th(...)

Lexi Thompson will again play in this week’s Shark Shootout. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Remember those times when Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie were marketed into competing against the men in regular PGA Tour events stateside? Well, y(...)

Scotland’s Catriona Matthew will replace the injured Suzann Pettersen in the European Solheim Cup team. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Europe’s bid to regain the Solheim Cup has suffered a major blow after Norway’s Suzann Pettersen was forced to withdraw due to a back injury. Petter(...)

 Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo look on as Stephanie Roche arrives for the 2014 Fifa Ballon d’Or Gala. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

It started out as just a bit of fun, a rule-free spot of reminiscing, a list of 50 memorable moments produced by Irish sportswomen. But then(...)

Leona Maguire of Slieve Russell poses with the trophy following her victory at the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship in June. Photograph: Richard Martin-Roberts/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

It’s best to compartmentalise Leona Maguire’s amateur golf career into manageable chunks because when viewed in its entirety it represents a hefty tom(...)

Leona Maguire of Slieve Russell hits an approach shot during the final day of the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship at Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club. Photograph:  Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty Images

Predictions are best left to Nostradamus or those fortune tellers you find down sidestreets. Let’s just say that you don’t need a crystal ball or taro(...)

 Leona Maguire completed a brilliant week by adding academic All-American honours to  second Annika Award as the best women’s player in American college golf. Photograph:   Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

World number one women’s amateur golfer Leona Maguire capped a stellar week of achievement on Thursday as she was named as an Academic All-American, a(...)

The Royal and Ancient still do not provide changing facilities for women in their clubhouse headquarters at St Andrews Old Course. Photo: Glynn Kirk/Getty Images

More than two years after a historic vote by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club seemingly to end centuries of discrimination by admitting women to the (...)

Annika Sorenstam  poses with the Solheim Cup during the press conference to announce her as the 2017 European Solheim Cup captain during the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Annika Sorenstam has admitted she expects hostility from an American crowd towards Suzann Pettersen at next year’s Solheim Cup but Europe’s new captai(...)

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