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Former champion Rory McIlroy found the spark he was looking for with his best ever opening round in the BMW PGA Championship, despite a final hole which was far from picture perfect.
If golf has come easy to Rory McIlroy then he revealed at Wentworth on Wednesday that the challenges of fame continue to be a struggle. And the bad news for the Irishman in that regard is that his celebrity only seems to be increasing.
Rory McIlroy continues to rail against the downside of celebrity but he'll happily bask in the limelight at Wentworth if he can find the spark that re-ignites his season.
Leona and Lisa Maguire will turn professional by the end of the month after Duke University bowed out of the NCAA Division One Women's Championship in Oklahoma yesterday.
Graeme McDowell will join Pádraig Harrington on this year's European Ryder Cup team as one of Thomas Bjorn's vice-captains.
Pádraig Harrington has his sights firmly set on the 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy but there's a chance he could be forced to wait until 2022 should things not go Europe's way in Paris in September.
European captain Thomas Bjorn has named Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald as vice-captains for this year's Ryder Cup against the United States.
Pádraig Harrington and Lee Westwood will be announced as Ryder Cup vice-captains at Wentworth today as Europe captain Thomas Bjorn takes a huge step in forming his back-room team for September's match near Paris.
Paul Dunne embarks on an 80-day around the world odyssey this week looking for his share of a $77.7 million (€66 million) jackpot and the chance to claim Major glory and a Ryder Cup debut.
Tramore's Robin Dawson was as relieved as he was overjoyed to end his five-year wait for a major win with a dramatic four-shot victory in the Flogas Irish Amateur Open at Royal County Down.
Spain's Adrian Otaegui produced a red-hot finish to beat Frenchman Benjamin Hebert by two strokes in the final of the Belgian Knockout in Antwerp.
While making quite a deal of Jimmy Bruen's birthday, Henry Cotton filled almost half a broadsheet page of the News of the World explaining how Britain and Ireland were about to make history. It was Sunday, May 8, 1938 and the team for the forthcoming Walker Cup matches at St Andrews had just been announced.
Tramore's Robin Dawson was rewarded for his patience as he coolly birdied the 18th to take a two-stroke lead into the third round of the Flogas Irish Amateur Open at Royal County Down.
Jordan Spieth remains frustrated with his putting despite surging through the field with a five-under 66 at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas.
Tramore's Robin Dawson avoided a mid-round disaster to fire a sensational 65 to lead the Flogas Irish Amateur Open by three shots at Royal County Down.
Paul McGinley wants Lahinch to be a "major" party when he hosts the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at the iconic County Clare links.
Douglas' Peter O'Keeffe has no fear of the star-studded field bidding to claim his Flogas Irish Amateur Open crown.
Pádraig Harrington insists he's in "a good place" as he bids to become the PGA Tour's latest golden oldie winner in the 50th anniversary AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas.
Thomas Pieters has revealed he took inspiration from One Direction's Niall Horan with regard to the format for this week's inaugural Belgian Knockout in Antwerp.
Krista Conley Glover, the wife of US golfer Lucas Glover, has been arrested and charged with domestic violence and resisting arrest without violence during the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass over the weekend.
Webb Simpson didn't have to be at his best in his final round but still ran out a four-shot winner of The Players Championship at Sawgrass.
Webb Simpson held his nerve to claim his first victory since 2013 in the Players Championship, despite the best efforts of a chasing pack briefly spearheaded by 14-time major winner Tiger Woods.
Webb Simpson took another giant stride towards victory at the Players Championship by ensuring he will take a commanding seven-shot lead into the final round at Sawgrass.
Pádraig Harrington exuded such bonhomie at his return to a scene of remarkable achievement that a novel approach didn't seem at all inappropriate. And to prove it, he readily fielded questions about Frank Sinatra, while reflecting on a memorable morning at Carnoustie.
Tiger Woods charged into Players Championship contention by firing a 65 at Sawgrass, but he remains a long way behind runaway leader Webb Simpson heading into the final round on Sunday.
Webb Simpson had to settle for a share of the course record at Sawgrass as the famous 17th hole claimed another victim in the Players Championship.
Webb Simpson opened up the biggest 36-hole lead in the history of The Players when he blasted a course record-equalling 63 to head the field by five shots at TPC Sawgrass.
Rory McIroy is the clear winner in the 2018 rankings for the richest young sports star in Britain and Ireland, according to The Sunday Times Rich List.
World number one Dustin Johnson sent a clear message to the posse of players queuing up to dethrone him when he opened with a blemish-free 66 in The Players at TPC Sawgrass.
Rory McIlroy believes he's learned to play with the shackles on at TPC Sawgrass and now has the maturity and discipline to win The Players.
Tiger Woods could send the Duty Free Irish Open into orbit by using it as a warm-up for a crack at his fourth Open Championship in July.
Jordan Spieth had been busy trying to convince the world's media about the attributes of The Players Championship before stepping outside to launch an even more impassioned plea for Major recognition for the PGA Tour's flagship event.
Gavin Moynihan got a massive shot of confidence and a career-best €100,000 payday when he partnered Ryder Cup hopeful Paul Dunne to a stunning 2-0 win over France in the GolfSixes in St Albans.
Ireland's Gavin Moynihan almost doubled his career earnings on the European Tour for two days' work after partnering Paul Dunne to victory in the second edition of GolfSixes.
Rory McIlroy gave himself some hope at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow with a fine third round 66.
Cast in bronze and sitting on a wooden base, it measured little more than five inches in diameter. Yet for what it conveyed in terms of pain and loss from horrific events of 100 years ago, the so-called Widow's Penny evoked profound emotion.
Rory McIlroy tumbled down the leaderboard at the Wells Fargo Championship after carding a second-round five-over-par 76.
Tiger Woods diced with death as he birdied his final hole of the second round to sit right on the projected cutline at the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina yesterday.
Rory McIlroy threw more fuel on the fire when he reiterated his belief that the US Open and the Open are now playing second fiddle to the Masters.
Rory McIlroy shot an opening round of 68 on his return to action at the Wells Fargo Championship this afternoon.
Rory McIlroy insists that the Masters is the biggest tournament in the world and that he can't let fear of failure stop him in his quest for that elusive Green Jacket.
Rory McIlroy has revealed how he got over the disappointment of suffering more Masters misery as he looks to celebrate his birthday with a third victory at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Champion golfer Jack Nicklaus has become one of the first people in the world to undergo groundbreaking stem cell therapy on his back to allow him to swing a golf club once more.
Greystones' Paul Dunne battled his way into contention for the second time in three weeks at the Volvo China Open in Beijing.
Shane Lowry and Pádraig Harrington lived up to their walk-on music when they opened with a nine-under par 63 in the $7.1m Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Lisburn's Paula Grant was thrilled to be named alongside Royal County Down Ladies' Olivia Mehaffey in the eight-strong Great Britain and Ireland side to face the United States in June's Curtis Cup.
Jordan Spieth tees it up with Ryan Palmer in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans believing his final-round charge for the Masters could be the spark that sets his season alight.
Pádraig Harrington admits he must put his hat in the ring for the 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy or risk missing out.
Alexander Levy closed the gap on Paul Dunne in the ongoing race for Ryder Cup spots following his impressive one-shot win in the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco.
In pursuit of parkland perfection, Adare Manor Resort have undertaken an ongoing commitment unprecedented in Irish golf. While maintaining a superbly upgraded golf course, they are looking to a return of the JP McManus International Pro-Am in 2020, and beyond that, the grand prize of the Ryder Cup in 2026.
Rory McIlroy might be keen to see Adare Manor host the Ryder Cup and even stage an Irish Open over the next few years.
Paul Dunne had a hole-in-one but still missed the cut as Spain's Alvaro Quiros took a one-stroke lead into the third round of Trophée Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco.
Rory McIlroy is confident he can add to his tally of four major titles this season, despite the disappointing end to his bid for Masters glory.
Michael Hoey thanked his wife for coming to the rescue then roared into contention for his first win for five years at the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco.
Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey had his wife's dedication to thank for posting an opening 69 in the Hassan Trophy in Morocco.
Ireland had to dig deep to keep England in their sights after the opening day of the European Nations Championship in Spain.
Paul Dunne insists he won't speed up even if he's a man in a hurry to make the world's top 50.
Leona Maguire has decided to give up the chance to make her amateur swansong in June's Curtis Cup and targeted a dream professional debut in the US Women's Open.
Some of the biggest names in golf let loose after their Masters tour when US pro Smylie Kaufman tied the knot with his fiancé Francie Harris in a fairytale wedding this weekend.
Paul Dunne insists he's given no thought to the Ryder Cup with just 20 weeks to go before Europe's team is finalised.
Paul Dunne felt his short game let him down as he finished second to a rampaging Jon Rahm in the Open de España in Madrid.
Japan's Satoshi Kodaira birdied the third play-off hole to win the RBC Heritage and his PGA Tour card.
Patrick Reed makes a perfect villain. Like one of those old-time Hollywood character actors who specialised in playing film noir heavies, he seems cut out to be a bad guy.
World number four John Rahm fired a final round five-under-par 67 to win the Open de Espana in Madrid.
Overnight leader Paul Dunne tees off at 12.45pm as he looks to win the Open de Espana. Follow the action below:
From an original line-up of five, SWING could boast connections with no fewer than 13 clubs when they celebrated 30 years of growth at a special gathering in Ballybunion on Friday.
They honoured a great Irish golfer at Seaham Harbour GC in the north-east of England last Tuesday. Local dignitaries were involved in a special ceremony to mark the centenary of the death of Michael Moran, who moved to Wearside as resident professional before the outbreak of World War I.
Ireland's Paul Dunne carded a three-under-par 68 to lead the field by one shot ahead of the final round of the Open de Espana.
Paul Dunne held off a charging Rory McIlroy to win his maiden European Tour title six months ago.
Greystones' Paul Dunne has continued his stellar form at the €1.5 million Spanish Open in Madrid by adding a 65 to his first round 66.
Paul Dunne eagled the 18th for a super 66 and a share of the lead in the €1.5 million Spanish Open in rainy Madrid.
World number four Jon Rahm surprised himself with an opening 67 in the Open de Espana to lie just a shot off the lead in Madrid.
Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan will be looking to keep Ireland's proud Spanish Open tradition alive in Madrid.
Tony Finau has revealed the full extent of the dislocated ankle that he suffered just one day before The Masters, with the American golfer successfully battling against the injury to finish a miraculous tied-10th at the weekend.
Ten minutes before his tee time on Sunday, Rory McIlroy strode through a raucous funnel of humanity to the putting green.
Rory McIlroy could face years of Masters anguish if he does not address the mental-game shortcomings that led to "five hours of choking" at Augusta National.
Without traffic, the drive from Augusta National to the Reed family home takes less than 15 minutes. It is a straightforward journey, with few turns, and it is a trip that Bill Reed once made with his son, Patrick, when the family moved to the city's suburbs less than a decade ago.
Without traffic, the drive from Augusta National to the Reed family home takes less than 15 minutes. It is a straightforward journey, with few turns, and it is a trip that Bill Reed once made with his son, Patrick, when the family moved to the city’s suburbs less than a decade ago.
Former world number one David Duval believes Rory McIlroy will complete the career grand slam, but fears that his latest bout of Masters misery will be tough to take.
As well as picking up a handsome winner's cheque of €1.61m, Masters champion Patrick Reed has a lot of perks coming his way after coming out on top at Augusta National yesterday.
Masters champion Patrick Reed won his first major at Augusta National yesterday but amidst the celebrations he had to answer an awkward question in his post-round press conference.
Rory McIlroy believes he will win the Masters title he needs to complete the career grand slam despite letting his best chance to date slip away.
There are no gentle ways to unravel on a Masters Sunday and Rory McIlroy knows better than most the loneliness when tension cauterises the brain and Augusta turns its back on you.
Rory McIlroy's Masters agony continued as he failed to spark and Patrick Reed held off Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth in an electrifying battle to claim the coveted green jacket at Augusta.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson don't like playing second fiddle to anyone but even with seven green jackets they were almost happy just to be able to play the ultimate warm-up act to last night's star turn at Augusta.
I spent last week sleeping with the ghost of Payne Stewart above my head. Just behind the headboard, to be precise.
There are two types of people in the world: those who would rather watch the US Masters on Sky Sports, and those who prefer watch coverage from the BBC.
Rory McIlroy suffered more Masters misery as Patrick Reed held off the challenge of Ryder Cup team-mates Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth to claim his first major title in the Masters.
Twenty-one years ago. It was a hot Thursday afternoon on my first visit to the Masters and the late Cecil Whelan, a great Dubliner and devoted golf fan, was guiding me around. There were plenty of names I wanted to see: Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, obviously; Tom Watson and Bernard Langer, naturally; Greg Norman and his return to Amen Corner 12 months after his dramatic collapse. But Cecil wouldn't hear of it.
It was 2.30 in the afternoon of Masters Sunday at Augusta National and all was well in my world. Having just completed a 1,300-word profile of the anticipated winner, I almost skipped up the hill towards the first tee where the last pairing would drive off in about half an hour.
Patrick Reed secured his first major title by a solitary stroke after holding off the challenges produced by Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. It was a disappointing day for Rory McIlroy.
Rory McIlroy insists the pressure is all on Patrick Reed as he attempts to overhaul his Ryder Cup rival to win the Masters and complete a career grand slam.
A year ago, Sergio Garcia was the best professional golfer at the Masters. Twelve months on, he was the joint-worst, in 82nd place, joining the previous champion, Danny Willett, on the exit route down Magnolia Lane.
On a rainy day in Georgia, Rory McIlroy swept into contention for a coveted title with a third round 65 in the US Masters at Augusta National. It left him three strokes behind the leader, Patrick Reed, whose length and bravery delivered a priceless dividend of two eagles from famously reachable par-fives.
Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed are set for a repeat of their epic Ryder Cup showdown as damp conditions failed to prevent spectacular fireworks in the third round of the Masters.
Phil Mickelson suffered the embarrassment of an air shot as the third round of the Masters got under way in wet conditions at Augusta National.