Alexander Noren

Late double costly for frustrated McIlroy

Rory McIlroy shows his frustration after a missed putt at the eighth. Picture Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieRory McIlroy might be looking “ominous” from tee to green but the world No 6 was furious to close with a double bogey in the BMW Masters.

Higgins on the straight and narrow

Ernie Els is tied for the lead in Munich. Picture © Getty ImagesSuper straight David Higgins knows that will a little more luck on the greens he could be even further up the leaderboard in the BMW International Open in Munich.

Sweet 16 clash for Lowry and McDowell

Shane LowryShane Lowry produced some of his best golf to beat Carl Pettersson 6 and 5 in Tucson and set up a last 16 meeting with close friend Graeme McDowell. Picture: Fran Caffrey / www.golffile.ieShane Lowry overcame a restless night following his shock win over Rory McIlroy to crush Carl Pettersson 6 and 5 and set up a dream last 16 clash with pal Graeme McDowell in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson.

McGrane takes baby steps in Sweden

Damien McGrane is still in the “relegation zone” on the European Tour. Picture: Christer Ellnemark / www.golffile.ieDamien McGrane notched his best result for more than two months when he claimed 16th place behind runaway winner Alex Noren in the wind-blasted Nordea Masters near Stockholm.

The Kells professional added €19,470 to his Race to Dubai account to move up to 102nd in the money list entering the latter half of what is proving to be a taxing season.

Hoey improves by 15 shots in Sweden

Michael Hoey. Picture: Christer Ellnemark / www.golffile.ieIt’s not often that missing the cut by six shots can be declared a triumph but Michael Hoey achieved that feat in the Nordea Masters in Stockholm when he followed his hellish opening 83 with a four under 68.

McIlroy playing for high stakes in Kuala Lumpur

Rory McIlroy has done his reputation no end of good in Kuala Lumpur this week by bouncing back from the bitter disappointment of a final round major championship disaster with an impressive display of mental fortitude. Unfortunately, he’s in a no-win situation.