Rickie Fowler

Harrington unconcerned for McIlroy despite Honda missed cut

Rory McIlroy might have missed this first cut for nine months in the Honda Classic but Pádraig Harrington still insisted he’d love to have the world No 3’s ball-striking brilliance with just 40 days to go to the Masters.

Harrington unconcerned for McIlroy despite Honda missed cut

Lowry revvs up Yanks in Phoenix: "Hopefully I get to do that in September again”

Shane Lowry might have missed a great chance to win in the US again with a poor 18 holes in the middle of his Waste Management Phoenix Open weekend. But the two he made in front of 20,00 U-S-A screaming American fans at the signature 16th proved to be the moment of the week for the strapping Clara lad.

Lowry revvs up Yanks in Phoenix: "Hopefully I get to do that in September again”

Lowry blooms in the desert

Shane Lowry had mixed feelings after firing a six under 65 to grab an early share of the lead on his debut in the frost-delayed Waste Management Phoenix Open but if he had to choose one overriding feeling, happiness probably outweighed any feelings of frustration.

Lowry blooms in the desert

Fowler claims his share of the limelight

Pádraig Harrington pointed out over a month ago that the modern game was so replete with superstars at the top level — he named at least five who’d be unbeatable on their day — that Rickie Fowler’s victory in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship came as no surprise.

Fowler claims his share of the limelight

First blood to McIlroy: Rory 66; Spieth 68

He might have been outscored by US Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau and Swede Henrik Stenson but Rory McIlroy said he "couldn't be happier" with his start to 2016 after cruising to a 66 to edge world No 1 Jordan Spieth by two strokes in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

First blood to McIlroy: Rory 66; Spieth 68

“People want to see Rory v Jordan on their A game but the chances of that happening in the same week are so slim”

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth will be paired together for the first two rounds of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in what many are hoping will be the first half of a 72-hole duel in the desert for the some pre-Masters bragging rights.

“People want to see Rory v Jordan on their A game but the chances of that happening in the same week are so slim”

Fowler's timing impeccable as Lowry and Co find Major confidence

Rickie Fowler claimed the title in dramatic fashion with a tap-in birdie at the last but Shane Lowry was almost as euphoric about his form despite finishing seven shots behind the American in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane.

Fowler's timing impeccable as Lowry and Co find Major confidence

Agony for McGinley; Padraig and St Jude; Lowry's wedge; and Rickie

Paul McGinley was forced to withdraw from the Irish Open with back spasms and admitted: ”It’s one of my biggest disappointments in my whole career. Even pulling out of a Major wouldn’t have hurt as much as this.”

Agony for McGinley; Padraig and St Jude; Lowry's wedge; and Rickie

Rickie Fowler gives Irish Open a bonus boost with Sawgrass heroics

Ricky Fowler did the House of Waterford a huge favour by patting the crystal trophy after his incredible victory in The Players. He also gave the Irish Open another big publicity boost with just over a fortnight to go before he touches down at Royal County Down.

Rickie Fowler gives Irish Open a bonus boost with Sawgrass heroics

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"

Els and Garcia added to star-studded Irish Open field

With precisely 100 days to go until this year’s Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation, two more legends of the game – four-time Major-winner Ernie Els and Ryder Cup talisman, Sergio Garcia – have become the latest superstars to add their names to what is fast becoming one of the strongest fields in the tournament’s recent history, writes the European Tour.

Els and Garcia added to star-studded Irish Open field

McIlroy wonder-shot sets up blistering back nine

Rory McIlroy might have made a slow start to 2015 but after going out in level par with one birdie and one bogey on his card, the world No 1 was inspired by a back nine wonder-shot as he stormed home in 31 to match pal Rickie Fowler in the  Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

McIlroy wonder-shot sets up blistering back nine