Adam Scott

With Masters looming, Scott victory is a timely reminder to McIlroy of strength of opposition

Rory McIlroy’s frustration at letting the WGC-Cadillac Championship slip away was a timely reminder of how difficult it will be to complete the career Grand Slam at the Masters.

With Masters looming, Scott victory is a timely reminder to McIlroy of strength of opposition

McIlroy struts his stuff: "I can't play defensive. Defensive isn't my style"

The Rory bounce is back — and with good reason.

After firing a bogey free 68 — the second best score of the day — to take a three stroke lead into the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral, 26 year old McIlroy can take a big step forward on the road to Masters glory.

McIlroy struts his stuff: "I can't play defensive. Defensive isn't my style"

Harmon warns McIlroy on gym excesses but adds: "We're only seeing the tip of the iceberg with Rory"

Butch Harmon gave Newstalk's Off The Ball some juicy pre-Masters chat, covering the world No 1's love the gym, Tiger Woods and the form of clients Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker.

Harmon warns McIlroy on gym excesses but adds: "We're only seeing the tip of the iceberg with Rory"

McIlroy needs a miracle Down Under

Rory McIlroy needs an extraordinary final round if he's to successfully defend the Emirates Australian Open in Sydney. Even taking into account the incredible feats performed by the Co Down man this year, it would take something very special for him to get out of jail this time.

McIlroy needs a miracle Down Under

McDowell and Harrington start well at Bay Hill

Graeme McDowell might have holed a monster 75-footer for eagle in his 68 but Pádraig Harrington showed he can still putt a bit as he opened with a scrambling 70 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

McDowell and Harrington start well at Bay Hill

McIlroy turns on the style Down Under

Rory McIlroyRory McIlroy watches the flight of an iron shot in the second round of the Emirates Australian Open. Picture: Jayne Russell/www.oneasia.asia

Rory McIlroy took advantage of the best of the weather to fire nine birdies in a second round 65 and move to within two shots of leader Adam Scott in the Emirates Australian Open.

McIlroy: "It is hard to give Adam Scott a seven-shot lead"

Rory McIlroyRory McIlroy drove the ball well but struggled on the greens at times to slip seven shots behind Adam Scott in the Emirates Australian Open. Picture: Jayne Russell/oneasia.asia

Rory McIlroy sounded like he was bracing himself for another winless week after shooting a 69 to leader Adam Scott’s course record 62 in the first round of the Australian Open.

Day on top of the world as Lowry and McDowell struggle

Australia’s Jason Day won the individual and team titles at the ISPS Hamda World Cup of Golf. Picture © Getty Images

The world rankings say Shane Lowry regressed in 2013 but the Offaly man is convinced he made big strides with his game despite a disappointing ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf performance at Royal Melbourne.

Harrington will be hoping for more than just "better"

Padraig HarringtonPadriag Harrington watches a birdie putt wriggle in the side door at the seventh in final round of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda. There was a certain sadness in Padraig Harrington’s comments at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda where he finished 11 strokes behind Masters champion Adam Scott on three over par.

McIlroy down to world No 4 - but he's 39th in 2013

Rory McIroy has slipped to world No 4 but he’d be ranked 39th on 2013 alone. Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieAdam Scott’s victory in The Barclays moved him to second in the world, leap-frogging Open champion Phil Mickelson and pushing Rory McIlroy down one place from third to fourth.