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Dustin Johnson during the final match of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at the Austin Country Club on Sunday. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

World number one Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from this week’s Shell Houston Open in order to rest ahead of the Masters. Johnson won his third tourn(...)

Paul McGinley: “I want to see him focusing on his golf in the next month, four or five weeks, and then getting down to joining history.”  Photograph: by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

If only Paul McGinley had a magic wand, he’d wave it in the direction of Rory McIlroy and make all the ancillary distractions, other than the actual t(...)

 Danny Willett celebrates after winning  the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on Sunday. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

A whole new world is set to open up for Danny Willett, career-wise and financially, but the Englishman doesn’t intend to alter his schedule and will h(...)

 Rickie Fowler: his opening round of 80 effectively ends his US Masters challenge at Augusta. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

A dazed look in his eyes, Rickie Fowler zipped up his Puma top until it could go no further, as if it would shield him from the barrage of words he k(...)

The names of honorary starters Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player are displayed during the ceremonial tee off to start the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

In front of a huge crowd, the ‘Big Three’ of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player launched the 80th Masters on Thursday while Jordan Spieth pr(...)

 Jason Day:  “There’s so many players that can win around here, there’s not just one heavy favourite.” Photo:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

For any Aussie, this week of all weeks, has resonance. It’s the 20th anniversary of Greg Norman’s meltdown as destiny played a cruel trick on the Grea(...)

 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the third tee during a practice round prior to the start of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy faces a lengthy wait before he can begin his bid to become the sixth player to complete the career grand slam at Augusta National this we(...)

Bubba Watson of the United States during the 2016 World Golf Championships Dell Match Play last month. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Bubba Watson’s willingness to defy convention was apparent in his youth. Had Gerry Watson, the late father of the double Masters champion, had his wa(...)

The sand at Augusta is extremely bright. “I remember going into a bunker and I had to step back out. the sun was shining directly in and it was blinding,” says Paddy Murphy. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

On the 30th January, Paul McBride – along with five other golfing scholarship students from Wake Forest University – swung in off Washington Road, lea(...)

Jason Day of Australia celebrates his par-saving putt on the 18th green to defeat Rory McIlroy 1up during their semifinal match at the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play at the Austin Country Club  in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty

Down, but not out; and with an eyeon the bigger picture! As Rory McIlroy was dethroned as WGC-Dell Matchplay champion – losing out on the 18th green i(...)

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