Michael Bannon

Blue Monday - McIlroy bruised by Blue Monster: "It has been a tough couple of weeks"

Rory McIlroy raised question marks over the re-designed Blue Monster — and his own resolve when facing taxing courses — when he suggested he might skip Trump National Doral if it were not a World Golf Championship venue.

Blue Monday - McIlroy bruised by Blue Monster: "It has been a tough couple of weeks"

McIlroy ambitious: "A major a year for the next few years would be nice"

Rory McIlroy is gunning to make up for his 2013 disaster by targeting not one but two major wins this year.  “I won one in ’11 and ’12, didn’t win one in ’13 so I think a major a year for the next few years would be nice," he told BBC NI. "So I’ll try and make up for ’13 with two in ’14. That would be nice.”

McIlroy ambitious: "A major a year for the next few years would be nice"

McIlroy: "It’s not as if I’m hitting it sideways"

Rory McIlroy recognises that he is going through a period of adjustment with his equipment. As for the anchoring ban, he doesn’t want to know anything about bifurcation. Tim Finchem can forget about counting on Rory McIlroy’s support if the PGA Tour decides to go to war with golf’s governing bodies over plans to outlaw the anchored putting stroke.

Bannon on Rory's Nike move: "I think this will be an easy transition for him"

Rory Mcllroy hits an iron shot with his Titleist blades in Dubai in Sunday’s final round of the DP World Tour Championship. Photo Jenny Matthews/www.golffile.ieCoach Michael Bannon has no fears for Rory McIlroy when he completes his expected move to Nike equipment in January.

"Tiger's just a normal, very very good golfer" - Faldo

Rory McIlroy, resplendent in his Golfing Union of Ireland blazer, receiving the Faldo Series under 15 award from Nick Faldo in 2004Rory McIlroy is having fun on the course again - so much fun that not even former world No 1 Tiger Woods is beyond the pale when it comes to cracking a few jokes.

Bannon set to hit the road at majors

Michael Bannon at the 2009 Masters. The Bangor-based coach will be spending more time on the road with Rory McIlroy in future, especially at Majors.US Open champion Rory McIlroy has confirmed that his coach Michael Bannon will keep an eye on him at future majors after some niggling swing problems undid his Masters hopes last month.

Rory selects his secret weapon for Sandwich

Rory McIlroy has found the perfect club to plot his way around Royal St George’s next week. Picture Fran Caffrey/www.golffile.ieTiger Woods won’t get a chance to see Rory McIlroy’s secret weapon in next week’s Open Championship at Sandwich - a six year old club he rescued from his garage.

Harrington facing FedEx delivery failure

Rory McIlroy 64, Padraig Harrington 74. Yes, Harrington had to put up with some rain squalls on the opening day of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston but he couldn’t use that as an excuse on a day when only 16 players in the 99-man field, including Tiger Woods, failed to break par.