Captain Paul McGinley (top right) holds the Ryder Cup as Team Europe golfers pose for a group photograph after the closing ceremony of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

Philip Reid on the stark contrast in both camps as Europe triumphed again at Gleneagles

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his one-stroke victory on the 18th green with his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Philip Reid recalls that rain-delayed final round, overcoming fading light to close the deal

 Katie Taylor pictured at Dublin Airport after arriving home from the world women’s boxing championships in South Korea where she won her fifth gold medal. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Brian O’Driscoll and Rory McIlroy trail boxing champion in poll

Lewis Hamilton on stage with presenter Gary Lineker during the 2014 Sports Personality of the Year Awards in Glasgow. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire.

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton pips world’s number one golfer to top prize

Europe captain Paul McGinley, right, with Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. “I see my role as quite a big one, because we are going into the unknown. With the Ryder Cup captaincy, I knew what I was doing,” said McGinley. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dubliner consulted with top Irish players including Rory McIlroy before accepting role

Stephanie Meadow smiles  on the second hole during the third round of the 69th US Women’s Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, North Carolina. Photograph:  Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Antrim woman makes debut at Pinehurst No.2 and finishes third with a cheque for €200k

Munster head coach Anthony Foley Mandatory preparing his players before the match against Clermont Auvergne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Scott Quinnell’s pre-match warning went unheeded by Anthony Foley’s men

Shane Lowry: “A win would top off the year superbly and kickstart my 2015 campaign as well.” Photo: Yoshua Arias/EPA

Offalyman to tee it up for the first time at the lucrative Nedbank Challenge in Sun City

The BBC’s Match of the Day programme is 50 years old – but still delivering the goods

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