Hassan II Golf Trophy

Phelan plotting his own course

Kevin Phelan has packed just about everything into his first 18 months as professional bar a win. But given his progress since he took the plunge after the 2013 Walker Cup, the touring professional for Mount Juliet will soon be one of Ireland’s established tour stars.

Phelan plotting his own course

Irish women outdo the men in Morocco

It might be early days but with one third of the European Tour season now behind us, just six of Ireland's 12-strong tour army are inside the Top 110 in the Race to Dubai.

Irish women outdo the men in Morocco

Hot finish for Hoey as Cañizares cards super 62

Michael Hoey picked up three shots in his last three holes with a birde-eagle-par finish but still ended up six shots behind runaway leader Alejandro Cañizares in the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco.

Hot finish for Hoey as Cañizares cards super 62

McIlroy digs deep: "I didn't get too down on myself"

Rory McIlroy is looking forward to making a good start to the second round after seeing postive signs in the first round of the Shell Houston Open. Rory McIlroy tried hard to sound enthusiastic about his battling 73 in Texas but it far from a vintage day for seven Irishmen who did battle on both sides of the Atlantic yesterday.

McGinley grounded by jet-lag as Murphy takes off

Paul McGinley, pictured during a wind delay in Qatar last month. This time he wasn’t smiling. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieVeteran Paul McGinley confessed he made a “rookie mistake” as severe jetlag forced him to withdraw from weather-delayed Hassan Trophy.

Omens are good for Damien in Morocco

Damien McGrane chats to Sky Sports’ Sarah Stirk. Picture Fran Caffrey www.golffile.ieDamien McGrane will be hoping to build on his spectacular star to the Trophee Hassan II and end his four-year victory drought in sunny Morocco.

Nightmare weekend for Clarke in Morocco

Darren Clarke at last year’s Irish Open. (Picture Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ie)As David Horsey claimed his second European Tour title with a play-off win over Rhys Davies and Jaco Van Zyl at the Hassan Trophy, Darren Clarke limped home in second last place after one of the worst weekends of his career.

The 42-year old Dungannon man was tied for third at halfway but followed up with rounds of 81 and 75 to finish 77th of the 78 finishers on seven over par.

Clarke puts his head on the block again

Darren Clarke. (Picture Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ie)You have to admire Darren Clarke’s tenacity. One of these days it is going to pay off and it might be this week in the Trophée Hassan II where he goes into today’s third round just a stroke behind the leaders.

Lawrie three clear as Lowry hits new low in Hassan Trophy

Peter Lawrie fired two eagles in a stunning eight under par 64 at the Golf Du Palais Royal to cruise into a three shot lead after the opening round of the Trophee Hassan II.

But Shane Lowry’s mental struggles continued as he found himself in second last place after a 10 over 81 on the Golf De L’Ocean track - his worst score since he turned professional 23 months ago.

McGinley gets green light for Ryder chase

Knee victim Paul McGinley has been given the green light to embark on what would amount to a miracle Ryder Cup comeback.

The Dubliner, 43, hoped to hit the fairways running last month after undergoing a horror sixth operation on his crocked left knee nearly four months ago.

But after fearing the worst when he failed to make a quick recovery, he’s set to return in next month’s Hassan II Golf Trophy in Morocco thanks to some magic from Padraig Harrington’s physio Dr Liam Hennessy.