Dunne setting high standard for young Irish challengers
Paul Dunne is the standard bearer for young Irish hopefuls chasing a career on the European Tour.
Paul Dunne is the standard bearer for young Irish hopefuls chasing a career on the European Tour.
Rory McIlroy has a year to go before the inevitable career Grand Slam speculation ramps up ahead of next year's Masters.
Justin Rose is booked for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart in July, and Irish fans hope that Masters champion Sergio Garcia will return to Northern Ireland for his second appearance in two years.
The memory of Seve Ballesteros, who would have celebrated his 60th birthday yesterday, cast a benign shadow over the European challenge for the 81st Masters at Augusta National.
Ernie Els bowed out of the Masters after 23 appearances dating back to his debut at Augusta in 1994.
The dream lives on for Rory McIlroy after another battling performance kept him on track for a run at the Masters Green Jacket over the weekend, despite a bad break on the 18th hole of his second round.
Shane Lowry suffered a walking nightmare in the second round at Augusta National. Lowry had a Jekyll and Hyde experience over the first 36 holes, and he never saw it coming.
Rory McIlroy is poised to fire on all cylinders to get into position for a Masters challenge tomorrow. The four-time Major champion believes he has all the qualities he needs to drive himself up the leaderboard after rounds of 72 and 73 eased him into a group on one-over par.
RORY McIlroy and Shane Lowry gave themselves a solid platform for a Masters challenge on day one at Augusta yesterday.
Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry survived a daunting test of nerve and concentration at windy Augusta National on a tumultuous opening day at the 81st Masters.
Rory McIlroy hasn't always been successful in grinding out good rounds at the US Masters but he scrapped and battled his way around Augusta National to keep himself in contention of ending his wait for a Green Jacket.
By dawn's early light in the chilly morning breeze, they gathered around the first tee at Augusta National.
Henrik Stenson highlighted a classic dilemma that can happen to any golfer, be they a humble high handicap amateur or a Major champion.
Masters favourite Dustin Johnson will announce this morning if he can take his place in today's opening round of the 81st Masters at Augusta.
Rory McIlroy looked like a man out for a stroll in the park as he completed his final preparations for the 81st Masters at Augusta National yesterday.
The 2016 season was a lost year regarding Major titles for the 'Big Three'.
Rory McIlroy plans to heed the advice of golfing legend Jack Nicklaus as he seeks a first Masters victory to complete a career Grand Slam.
Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are among the marquee pairings for the first two rounds of the 81st Masters which starts tomorrow.
Rory McIlroy says he would "think twice" about accepting an invitation to play golf with US President Donald Trump because of the storm of controversy about their round in February.
Gary Player, nine times a Major champion and winner of three Green Jackets, spoke at Augusta about the enduring longevity available to golfers, amateur and professional alike.
BLUE skies, warm temperatures and bright sunshine greeted the patrons who came into Augusta National today hoping to see the stars at practice.
Lexi Thompson overshadowed the start of Masters week with the controversy over her rules infraction in the ANA Inspiration, the first women's Major of the season.
Bubba Watson was one of the Masters champions who presented prizes at the Drive, Chip and Putt finals on Sunday, and he was delighted to be part of the occasion.
Far from the madding crowd, Shane Lowry's relaxation in the build-up to only his third Masters involves a sport close to his heart - hurling.
Rory McIlroy at his best, going head to head with World No 1 Dustin Johnson on the back nine at Augusta next Sunday week.
Jordan Spieth and rising star Jon Rahm are just two of the 29 players qualified for Augusta who have chosen to play their way into Masters week by competing at the $7m Shell Houston Open which starts today.
Cyrus Christie last night revealed the message of support he received from injured Republic of Ireland skipper Seamus Coleman ahead of last night's match at the Aviva Stadium.
Irish golfers are spending €379m per annum on their sport, according to a report commissioned by the Confederation of Golf in Ireland and the R&A.
Leona Maguire, the World No 1 female amateur, continues to stamp her authority on the highly competitive USA college golf scene, writes Liam Kelly.
Iceland captain Aron Einar Gunnarsson admits he will not watch the video of Neil Taylor's horror tackle on Seamus Coleman which left the Republic of Ireland captain with a fractured leg on Friday night.
The clash of Celtic cousins always had the makings of a tough, hard-fought derby, but the damaging tackle inflicted by Neil Taylor of Wales on Irish skipper Seamus Coleman took the level of intensity to another, unacceptable level.
Darren Randolph loves his role as Ireland's first-choice goalkeeper but accepts that the jersey is only on loan.
Irish fans were promised Brazil as the opposition for Jack Charlton's first game in charge of the Republic of Ireland on March 26, 1986.
Cyrus Christie had to call on his reserves of patience to cope with an injury-afflicted season and zero minutes on the pitch during the Republic of Ireland's World Cup campaign.
Croke Park was his father's 'Theatre of Dreams', but for John Egan the Aviva Stadium a few kilometres across the city from Jones' Road is the big stage on which he yearns to parade his talents in a green jersey.
The celebration of the life and times of Arnold Palmer begins in earnest today at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida where Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell take a central role in the tributes.
The Golfing Union of Ireland is to investigate ways of ensuring that the qualification criteria for the national AIG Cups & Shields events are not abused by handicap cheats.
THE buzzword in professional golf is 'statistics', with technology and mathematical formulae utilised to produce vast amounts of analytical information for players, coaches and fans.
Paul McGinley's fervent wish is that Rory McIlroy can bury the 'golf with Trump' controversy as soon as possible and get on with the challenge of making history at the Masters next month.
Funny thing about walls. They can cause problems for professional sportsmen.
What would Ross O'Carroll-Kelly think if he saw a red and white flag fluttering proudly over Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council's headquarters?
Tour professionals are deluged with statistical information which puts every aspect of their game under scrutiny and ranks them against their peers.
Des Smyth launched his professional career on a base of faith, hope and a bank overdraft of £6,000 courtesy of an understanding bank manager.
The game of golf is simple compared with the complexity and costs of governing the sport in the second decade of the 21st century, as was evident at the Golfing Union of Ireland AGM at Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links yesterday.
Ireland's Pádraig Harrington has an early start in the tournament where the host has been marked absent - the $7million Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.
Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama - a group of the world's top golfers who collectively can be likened to a pack of hungry sharks out in the deep ocean stalking their prey.
This week in 2007, Pádraig Harrington and Paul McGinley played in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA Tour.
Padraig Harrington is ready to play the Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week despite a neck injury which disrupted his practice routine and performance in the opening two events of his 2017 campaign.
A chilly day in Nowlan Park, but this Walsh Cup final had competitive fires beating in the hearts of the men in maroon and black and amber jerseys.
A chilly day in Nowlan Park but there was plenty of heat and fire generated in the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup final where Kilkenny and Galway staged a dress rehearsal for their respective Allianz Hurling League starts next Sunday.
Pádraig Harrington is a man for all seasons - 21 of them completed to date as a Tour professional.
Red faces all round in Leinster as the blue-clad Dublin wannabes romped to victory in the Bord Na Móna O'Byrne Cup at Drogheda yesterday.
Humble though it may be, the Bórd na Mona O'Byrne Cup carries a special place in the heart of footballers who go on to play at the top level with Dublin.
The biggest galleries seen on a Thursday at Torrey Pines for over three years turned out to watch Tiger Woods make his comeback after 17 months away from the PGA Tour due to back problems - but there was to be no fairytale return at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rory McIlroy has become a fan of the TV detective drama 'Sherlock' as he recovers from his rib injury and yesterday he solved the mystery of his comeback date to tournament golf.
Rory McIlroy has targeted the WGC-Mexico Championship from March 2-5 for his comeback from the rib injury he suffered in South Africa two weeks ago.
Tiger Woods is back - and the game of golf is holding its breath.
Trial by Tribesmen - that's the challenge facing Laois hurlers in the Walsh Cup Group One clash at Rathdowney tomorrow.
"Get well soon" was the message from Rickie Fowler to Rory McIlroy as the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship title holder prepared to start his defence in the United Arab Emirates today.
Rory McIlroy wants to be the world number one again, but in the meantime he has reached the top in another elite list - the Golf Digest magazine's report on the 50 'Highest Paid Golfers 2017.'
Rory McIlroy's 'Desert Swing' has stalled following his withdrawal from this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Rory McIlroy's hopes of a fast start to 2017 have been dashed by a rib injury which has forced him to withdraw from this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Faith can move mountains says the Bible, but when it comes to hauling a GAA team out of the basement tier of Gaelic football, the authors should have added "… but don't forget to bring a shovel."
Paul McGinley, the 2014 European Ryder Cup-winning captain, will not be tempted to emulate Davis Love III by returning to action as a vice-captain in 2018.
Rory McIlroy steps back into European Tour action in the BMW SA Open at Glendower GC in South Africa this week.
Same blue jerseys, but different faces, unfamiliar names bar a few former underage medal winners, and still the Dublin machine produced a winning start to 2017, utilising a carefully chosen selection of club players.
No regrets, no interest - that is Rory McIlroy's verdict on the return of golf to the Olympic Games in Rio.
SAME blue jerseys, but different faces, unfamiliar names bar a few former under-age medal winners, and still the Dublin machine produced a winning start to 2017 utilising a carefully chosen selection of club players.
Santa Claus is hibernating after his usual busy Christmas, but golfers young and old are counting down the number of sleeps left before Tiger Woods returns to active duty on the PGA Tour in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
The motto for the top golfers in the world has to be 'you snooze, you lose' as the action resumes on the PGA Tour with the SBS Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii today.
Where have the missing 50,000 GUI members gone? That's the number of golfers who have opted out of either club membership and/or the game since the recession began in 2008.
Throw out the crystal ball and let's start over for the major championships of 2017 after a year of surprises which confounded pundits, punters and even some of the biggest names in the sport.
Arnie - 'The King' Arnold Palmer passed away on September 25, aged 87, leading to a torrent of heartfelt tributes from superstars such as Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tom Watson, from heroes of the modern era, and from golf fans worldwide. His family held back his funeral service until the Ryder Cup was over and Arnold's inspiration no doubt played a part in the USA victory.
On your 'mark', get set . . . and let's see how the new rule aimed at encouraging the lost art of high fielding will work out for Gaelic football.
Cormac Sharvin heard all about life on Tour from his uncle Brian Martin, who caddied for, among others, Peter Lawrie and Johan Edfors.
Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett and Shane Lowry are the star attractions of European golf and the backroom team, headed by European Tour CEO Keith Pelley, are planning ways to make them richer and more relevant to golf fans around the globe.
Graeme McDowell: what's not to like about him?
Paul McGinley has swapped the dreary Irish weather for the Florida sunshine as he celebrates his 50th birthday in the USA.
The announcement yesterday that the Royal and Ancient and the Ladies Golf Union are to formally merge from January 1 brings to an end 126 years of separate governance for men and women in the game.
Tiger Woods has confirmed the next event on his comeback will be at Riviera Country Club in February and that could be good news for Shane Lowry.
"Have clubs, will travel, and make loadsa money" - that should be the motto of the European Tour whose CEO, Keith Pelley, announced the full schedule for 2017 yesterday.
Padraig Harrington has revealed the moment he thought he would have to wade into a fight to back up Rory McIlroy in a Ryder Cup confrontation with a loudmouth spectator.
Golf's ruling bodies have moved to avoid a repeat of the rules fiasco that could have cost Dustin Johnson the US Open title at Oakmont.
Pádraig Harrington last night hailed Thomas Bjorn's appointment as the European Ryder Cup captain for 2018 and believes he is the right man for the job of reclaiming the trophy from the USA team.
Top Tour golfers including Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth will step onto the first tee at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship next month to the sound of music - but it won't be sweet and melodic.
The start of the festive season will be ignored by Rhode manager Pascal Kellaghan and his players as they face up to the mixed blessings that came with victory over a gallant and tough Sean O'Mahony's side at Drogheda yesterday.
Paul McGinley and Stephanie Meadow are the last two Irish golfers facing a Qualifying School test this season.
Change is looming on the international golfing circuit as the key influencers look to the future, writes Liam Kelly.
Leona Maguire, the world's number one female amateur, is opting out of the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School next week to remain in the unpaid ranks for the next 18 months.
World Cup of Golf competitors Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry are inspired by the achievements of renowned Irish winners for the 58th staging of this prestigious event at Kingston Heath in Melbourne.
Paul McGinley has hailed the new Rolex Series featuring a minimum of seven tournaments with $7 million (€6.53 million) prize funds as the start of an exciting new era for the European Tour in 2017.
Henrik Stenson could audition for a role as kingmaker and kingslayer in the 'Game of Thrones' that is up for grabs on the European Tour.
Rory McIlroy no longer needs favours from fellow golfing superstars to enhance the quality of the field for the Irish Open.
Rory McIlroy's status in world golf was central to the Irish Open being one of the 'magnificent seven' tournaments in the new Rolex Series presented by the European Tour.
Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell will stand shoulder to shoulder for Ireland at the World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, starting on Thursday week.
Seamus Power has taken the road less travelled to earn his playing rights on the PGA Tour.
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