Jack Nicklaus

The Special One: "The ultimate satisfaction of winning is understanding how I got there"

When Pádraig Harrington was preparing to chase his third Open victory in a row at Turnberry and his fourth major in the space of two years, he reflected on what it meant to be great, or special.

The Special One: "The ultimate satisfaction of winning is understanding how I got there"

Can Clarke beat the captain's curse and win big again?

Darren Clarke is hoping his appointment as European Ryder Cup captain can improve his on-course performance, starting at this week’s Joburg Open in South Africa. But can he overcome the weight of responsibility and win again before he joins the Senior Tour? It's something that few have managed.

Can Clarke beat the captain's curse and win big again?

McIlroy contemplates Rory Slam: "To win three majors in a row and maybe hold all four if I win the US Open, it is huge things we are talking about here"

Rory McIlroy wants to win the Masters and his third major in a row to complete the career grand slam at Augusta next April. But he also hinted, just for a moment, that thoughts of holding all four majors at the same time are flitting through his head.

McIlroy contemplates Rory Slam: "To win three majors in a row and maybe hold all four if I win the US Open, it is huge things we are talking about here"

Nicklaus sees himself in Rory: "When I was 25, I probably played golf courses a little bit more with power than I did with finesse"

Jack Nicklaus could not have been more complimentary about Rory McIlroy and the Holywood man's victory in The Open and believes his future major tally will be limited only by his desire and ambition.

Nicklaus sees himself in Rory:  "When I was 25, I probably played golf courses a little bit more with power than I did with finesse"

Parting shot a blessing for McIlroy

There’s a lot of love out there for Rory McIlroy but while everyone from Russell Henley to Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller were constructive and kind about the Ulsterman’s final round collapse at the Honda Classic, the man himself started the healing process straight way by taking ownership of his mistakes.

Parting shot a blessing for McIlroy

Mauled McIlroy talks straight: "Even if I had won, it would have felt a little bit undeserved”

In golf the only mathematics that count are the numbers at the bottom of the scorecard and when Rory McIlroy sat down to do his accounts after the final round of the Honda Classic, the credit column showed a gilt-edged five wood to 11 feet at the final hole that almost balanced out the huge overspend of the previous holes in the debit column. Almost.

Mauled McIlroy talks straight: "Even if I had won, it would have felt a little bit undeserved”

McIlroy's Oak Hill frustration a sign of huge ambition

Rory McIlroyRory McIlroy speaks to the press in the flash zone after his 67 on Saturday. On Sunday he gave it a miss as he dashed to catch a flight to see girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki in Cincinnati. Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieRory McIlroy was annoyed that he didn’t make an even bigger run at Jason Dufner in the final round of the US PGA.

Wide Open at Merion?

Tiger Woods plays from a bunker on the 17th hole during a practice round at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (Copyright USGA/Joel Kowsky) So what’s it going to be? A thoroughbred major winner with  killer course management and length to spare? A major virgin with a hot putter and an even hotter wedge? How about a straight-hitting gut-player with a laser-like long game and a brain?

Nicklaus on Rory: "I surrounded myself with people that I didn't have to worry about"

Rory McIlroy is suffering on the course. “I’m trying not to let it get to me.” Picture Fran Caffrey/www.golffile.ie.This time it’s definitely more mental than dental. Rory McIlroy is lost on the golf course and almost certainly off it.

Nicklaus on Rory: "He shouldn’t have walked off the golf course"

Jack Nicklaus with Rory McIlroy after his US Open win at Congressional in 2011Jack Nicklaus believes that Rory McIlroy was wrong to walk out of the Honda Classic and advised the world number one to forget about his problems adjusting to his Nike clubs.

Rory needs hunger to catch Jack - O'Connor Jnr

Jack Nicklaus and Rory McIlroy Christy O’Connor Jnr is backing world No 1 Rory McIlroy to win at least 10 major titles. But the Galway legend wonders if the 23-year old Holywood hotshot will have the competitive desire to chase down Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major victories.

Rory's US PGA win was the biggest - just not the best

Rory McIlroy signs off on a majestic performance. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieBigger doesn’t always mean better, especially for the statistics freaks of the sports world.

Rory McIlroy’s phonomenal eight-stroke win at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course beat the previous margin of victory record for the US PGA, set by Jack Nicklaus at Oak Hill in 1980, by a shot. But was it the best?