Yearender: 'Celtic Tiger' Rory McIlroy emerges dominant in 2014
Yearender: 'Celtic Tiger' Rory McIlroy emerges dominant in 2014

A year to forget for an injury-plagued Tiger Woods was savoured sweetly by Northern Ireland`s Rory McIlroy after the `Celtic Tiger` won two majors in 2014 to regain his status as the game`s leading player.

It took a year to get used to new golf clubs: Rory McIlroy
It took a year to get used to new golf clubs: Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy received plenty of criticism when he switched club manufacturers almost two years ago and he has now conceded that it took nearly 12 months to feel totally at ease with his new equipment.

What a difference a year makes for Rory McIlroy
What a difference a year makes for Rory McIlroy

Only a special performer can live up to a seismic pre-season prediction and, when he is old and grey and sitting in his rocking chair, Rory McIlroy will look back at 2014 as the year he became a true golfing great.

Rory McIlroy wants to speed things up to attract more youngsters
Rory McIlroy wants to speed things up to attract more youngsters

World number one Rory McIlroy has urged golf`s rule-makers to quicken the game up at grass-roots level in order to make it more attractive to youngsters.

Adam Scott misses out on home title after putter fails him
Adam Scott misses out on home title after putter fails him

Adam Scott knows better than most how fickle the golfing gods can be.

Rory McIlroy named British Sports Journalists Association's Sportsman of the Year
Rory McIlroy named British Sports Journalists Association's Sportsman of the Year

Rory McIlroy, who won two majors and helped Europe retain the Ryder Cup in a stunning 2014, was named the British Sports Journalists Association’s Sportsman of the Year on Thursday.

Rory McIlroy wins Golf Writers Trophy
Rory McIlroy wins Golf Writers Trophy

World number one Rory McIlroy has won the Golf Writers Trophy for the second time in three years after a season that saw him win two major championships and help Europe to Ryder Cup success.

Rory McIlroy wins Golf Writers Trophy after stunning season
Rory McIlroy wins Golf Writers Trophy after stunning season

 World number one Rory McIlroy has won the Golf Writers Trophy for the second time in three years after an impressive season saw him claim two major championships and play an influential role in Europe`s Ryder Cup victory.

Jordan Spieth, at top of his game, takes aim at Rory McIlroy
Jordan Spieth, at top of his game, takes aim at Rory McIlroy

Jordan Spieth, who created a buzz when at 19 when he became the youngest player to win a PGA Tour event in 82 years, is playing the best golf of his 21-year-old life and taking aim at top ranked Rory McIlroy.

Rory McIlroy continues to dominate world golf rankings despite recent loses
Rory McIlroy continues to dominate world golf rankings despite recent loses

Northern Irish golf ace Rory McIlroy continues to lead the world rankings despite losing in the Australia Open and the Sunshine Tour's Lion of Africa Cape Town Open.

Tiger Woods makes injury comeback at World Challenge
Tiger Woods makes injury comeback at World Challenge

Tiger Woods returns to competition after a four-month injury layoff this week at Isleworth, the same gated community where his historic golf career began to unravel five years ago.

Jordan Spieth `very far away` from top world ranking
Jordan Spieth `very far away` from top world ranking

Rising star Jordan Spieth obliterated world number one Rory McIlroy by 15 strokes in his runaway Australian Open triumph, but says he is "very far away" from becoming the top-ranked player.

Young American Jordan Spieth walks away with Australian Open
Young American Jordan Spieth walks away with Australian Open

Rising American talent Jordan Spieth shot a spectacular final round eight-under-par 63 as his rivals laboured in the Sydney wind to claim his second professional title by six strokes at the Australian Open on Sunday.

Rory McIlroy still upbeat despite mid-round collapse in Sydney
Rory McIlroy still upbeat despite mid-round collapse in Sydney

Rory McIlroy suffered a spectacular two-hole meltdown in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday but he was not quite ready to give up on his title defence after windy conditions kept his rivals in check.

Jordan Spieth shares lead after Rory McIlroy blows up in Sydney
Jordan Spieth shares lead after Rory McIlroy blows up in Sydney

American Jordan Spieth shot a two-under-par 69 for a share of a one-stroke lead with locals Greg Chalmers and Brett Rumford after blustery conditions caused chaos in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday.

Rory McIlroy to cut out 'bad stuff' after rollercoaster round
Rory McIlroy to cut out 'bad stuff' after rollercoaster round

World number one Rory McIlroy said all he needed to do was cut the "bad stuff" out of his game for a really low score at the Australian Open after managing to par only five holes in a rollercoaster second round on Friday.

Jordan Spieth upstages Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott at Australian Open
Jordan Spieth upstages Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott at Australian Open

 Rising American talent Jordan Spieth upstaged Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott with a four-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Jet-lagged Rory McIlroy in early Australian Open hunt
Jet-lagged Rory McIlroy in early Australian Open hunt

Jet-lagged Rory McIlroy believes his best is yet to come after opening with a two-under par round in defence of his Australian Open title in Sydney on Thursday.

Rory McIlroy has Georgia on his mind Down Under
Rory McIlroy has Georgia on his mind Down Under

World number one Rory McIlroy is back to defend his Australian Open title in the city where he kickstarted his career last year but admitted on Wednesday that the next U.S. Masters is never far from his mind.The reigning British Open and U.S. PGA Championship title holder could win a third straight major if he secures the green jacket at Augusta in April and said he was thinking about it "every day".

Rory McIlroy thinks of winning US Masters every day
Rory McIlroy thinks of winning US Masters every day

Rory McIlroy admitted on Wednesday that he thinks about winning the US Masters every day as he chases a career grand slam that few in golf have achieved.