This week’s 148th Open at Royal Portrush is officially the most attended Championship staged outside St Andrews with the R&A announcing on Wednesday that there will be a record-breaking crowd of 237,750 for the tournament starting on Thursday.
Wed, 17 Jul, 2019
Pádraig Harrington has predicted that the Open Championship’s return to Irish shores this week is the first step of tournament organisers the R&A taking golf’s oldest major around the world, ideally with Portmarnock as the launchpad.
Wed, 17 Jul, 2019
An exclusive north Dublin golf club is considering changing its men-only policy.
Tue, 18 Jun, 2019
A delighted James Sugrue was one of five leading Irish amateur golfers celebrating call-ups to an extended Great Britain & Ireland squad ahead of the 47th Walker Cup match against the United States at Royal Liverpool this September.
Wed, 24 Apr, 2019
Wed, 30 May, 2018
Time-challenged Irish golfers are turning to nine-hole rounds in increasing numbers, new figures indicate.
Tue, 15 May, 2018
Sergio Garcia and wife Angela named their infant daughter Azalea, after the 13th hole at Augusta National, where he made a career-changing par en route to his dramatic Masters victory in a sudden-death playoff in 2017. Now, that same hole, one of golf’s greatest risk-reward decisions, is at the centre of golf’s referendum on the distance debate.
Mon, 09 Apr, 2018
Jordan Spieth staged one of the great rebounds in a final round at a major championship when defeating Matt Kuchar with a stunning performance over the last five holes at Royal Birkdale to land the 146th Open Championship.
Mon, 24 Jul, 2017
“Every golf course in the world that has been awarded the dubious honour of the Royal Charter has two things in common: They have some of the best courses with some of the worst members.” — David Feherty
Wed, 19 Jul, 2017
It’s only small — 1.68 inches in diameter — but it has always been a big issue in golf. Almost from the day that the first Scottish shepherd picked up a stick and whacked a wee stone across a field, there have been disputes about golf balls.
Mon, 19 Jun, 2017
Last Tuesday, the members of Muirfield Golf Club — the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which owns and runs the course — voted overwhelmingly to allow lady golfers to join the oldest recorded golf club in the world.
Tue, 21 Mar, 2017
Muirfield has told women interested in joining its ranks to “go for it” but be prepared for a wait after the course reversed a men-only membership policy and was restored as an Open venue.
Wed, 15 Mar, 2017
says the proposed rule amendments to the golfing scene will be a set of very welcome changes.
Thu, 02 Mar, 2017
R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers insists the organisation should "stay out of politics" after revealing its relationship with Turnberry owner Donald Trump has not changed since he became US President.
Tue, 21 Feb, 2017
The result of a second ballot on admitting women members at Muirfield is expected to be announced by the middle of next month.
Thu, 16 Feb, 2017
Jack Nicklaus fought back the tears in an emotional tribute to his long-time friend and great rival at the memorial service for Arnold Palmer in Latrobe, Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
Wed, 05 Oct, 2016
Rivalries are nothing new in sport. They are on every corner but few have the importance or the commercial impact of the three-day match play tournament which biennially pits the best players from both the US and Europe against each other: the Ryder Cup.
Thu, 22 Sep, 2016
Tue, 16 Aug, 2016
Open Championship organisers are confident they can avoid the rules farce that threatened to overshadow last month’s US Open when play gets underway at Royal Troon today.
Thu, 14 Jul, 2016
Tue, 28 Jun, 2016
Thu, 09 Jun, 2016
Fri, 20 May, 2016
Tue, 26 Apr, 2016
Wed, 21 Oct, 2015
Former winner Darren Clarke admits he never thought it would be possible to contest the Open Championship on home soil.
Tue, 20 Oct, 2015
Tue, 20 Oct, 2015
The PGA Grand Slam of Golf has been moved from Donald Trump’s course in Los Angeles in the wake of the US presidential candidate’s controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants.
Tue, 07 Jul, 2015
Tiger Woods bounced back from his miserable US Open to shoot his lowest score on the PGA Tour this season with a four-under-par 66 on day one of The Greenbrier Classic.
Fri, 03 Jul, 2015
Golf returns to the Olympic Games next year after more than a century in the wilderness but a ceremony conducted on the fifth tee at Ballybunion over the weekend served as a reminder that the game has made a small contribution to Irish sporting success on the world’s biggest stage.
Tue, 12 May, 2015
When the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, the custodians of the world’s oldest professional golf championship (the Open Championship), confirmed last week that it was severing its 60-year exclusive TV partnership with the BBC in favour of Sky, it divided opinion amongst those most qualified to talk on the subject.
Tue, 10 Feb, 2015
The R&A insists its decision to hand live television rights of the Open Championship to Sky Sports is “the best result for golf as a whole”.
Wed, 04 Feb, 2015
The Open Championship deal between the R&A and Sky Sports has been welcomed by the Golfing Union of Ireland.
Wed, 04 Feb, 2015
Sky Sports has been awarded exclusive rights to live television coverage of The Open Championship in a five-year deal from 2017, the R&A has announced.
Tue, 03 Feb, 2015
Three-time major champion Pádraig Harrington is the 2014 recipient of the PGA Recognition Award for his outstanding contribution to golf.
Sat, 20 Dec, 2014
Ted Bishop spent Tuesday trying to salvage whatever was left of his legacy as the 38th president of the PGA of America.
Thu, 30 Oct, 2014
WHILE it is impossible to be bored by the playing of the Ryder Cup, it is possible to sleep through the lead-in days.
Thu, 25 Sep, 2014
Royal Portrush has passed the first hurdle in plans to upgrade its courses and bring back the Open Championship by 2019.
Sun, 31 Aug, 2014
As Rory McIlroy stepped onto the first tee box in the final round of the USPGA Championship yesterday, he would have been well aware of the calibre of the chasing pack.
Sun, 10 Aug, 2014
Visitors to the UK often seek out the sites of tradition. Indeed it seems that British pomp and circumstance holds a special appeal – none more apparent than at the country’s leading sporting events, such as the Open Championship, which under the guidance of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has barely moved away from its traditions over the past century and a half.
Thu, 17 Jul, 2014
The Royal Portrush course in the North has been invited to join the rota to host future Open Championships.
Mon, 16 Jun, 2014
A month after insisting it remained “some distance” from being able to stage the Open in the North for the first time since 1951, the R&A is set to announce Royal Portrush will host the championship in 2019.
Wed, 11 Jun, 2014
The R&A insists it remains "some distance" from being able to stage the British Open in Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951.
Mon, 12 May, 2014
Darren Clarke might be making his 500th European Tour appearance in his 12th Masters this week but he’s hoping Royal Portrush gets a bit of Irish luck and the British Open makes its way across the Irish Sea, a prospect that grows stronger by the day.
Tue, 08 Apr, 2014