Rory McIlroy watches the result of his drive during a practice session at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. Photo:  Andrew Milligan/PA

This week is different. Usually, players’ golf bags have the name of their club manufacturer in big, bold lettering. In the Ryder Cup, for one week on(...)

 Chief feferee Andy McFee talks with Europe team captain Paul McGinley ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at  Gleneagles in Auchterarder, Scotland. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

A cool breeze brushed over the hillocks here at Gleneagles resort yesterday, almost as if it were blowing away the smokescreens that had formed around(...)

Jack Nicklaus: “To have Gleneagles, the first course I have designed in Scotland, host the Ryder Cup for the first time in Scotland in 40 years is something that’s very special to me.”

There are blank canvases and, then, there are blank canvases. Jack Nicklaus has put his signature to courses around the globe, from mountains to lakes(...)

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley during a press conference at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA 2:00

Nothing is set in stone, not even the partnership of Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. As rival captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson shared ha(...)

Alan Thomas celebrates after holing the winning putt for Tramore in Saturday’s Irish Senior Cup final. Photograph: Pat Cashman.

The old dog for the hard road and all that. On Saturday, Alan Thomas demonstrated that experience can play like a 15th club in the bag as he brought T(...)

 Tiger Woods congratulates Rory McIlroy after Europe’s win at Medinah two years ago. This times McIlroy will be the main focus of attention. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images.

In sport, at its most intense, there is always a marked man. Think Messi in soccer. The Gooch in football. King Henry in hurling. There’s always one. (...)

Dave O’Donovan (Muskerry) celebrates their win on the 18th green to clinch victory in the final of the AIG Barton Shield at Carton House yesterday. Photograph:  Pat Cashman

at Carton House Deliverance comes to those who wait, even if Muskerry Golf Club must have wondered if their virtue of patience would ever be rewarded.(...)

One of Paul McGinley’s vice-captains Des Smyth. Photograph: Inpho.

Des Smyth is still competing, still has his eyes on the ball in pursuit of titles. His travels this week take him to Germany for the Winston Golf Seni(...)

When it mattered most, their survival instincts rescued them. And yet, as their supporters around the 20th green – the second hole on the O’Meara Cour(...)

 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland has been urged by Judge Brian McGovern to engage in mediation with former management company Horizon. Photograph: Getty Images

Rory McIlroy, the world number one and the projected talisman for Europe’s bid to retain the Ryder Cup in just over a week’s time at Gleneagles in Sco(...)