Fifa executive committee member Theo Zwanziger. Photograph:  Volker Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images

The 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar because of the scorching temperatures in the Middle(...)

Rory McIlroy: McIlroy finished top of both qualifying lists by a massive margin thanks to a brilliant season which saw him win the BMW PGA Championship in May and then record three victories in succession in the British Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship. Famously described the Ryder Cup as “an exhibition” the year before making his debut in 2010, but has changed his opinion since the narrow victories at Celtic Manor and Medinah, where he beat Keegan Bradley in the singles despite only arriving at the course with minutes to spare.
Team Europe: Player profiles
  • Golf
  • September 22, 2014, 10:45

(...)-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship. Famously described the Ryder Cup as “an exhibition” the year before(...)

 Rory McIlroy  practices on the range ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles  in Auchterarder, Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

County Down, the venue of his final appearance as an amateur, in the 2007 Walker Cup.The Rory Foundation(...)

Darren Clarke embraces Zach Johnson after their singles match in 2006 at the K Club as caddie Billy Foster looks on. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

(...) matches in a European landslide victory. “What a Ryder Cup,” sighs Foster. “It was the best Ryder Cup(...)

2014 United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson (left) with his European counterpart Paul McGinley ahead of competition which starts on Friday at Gleneagles, Scotland. Photograph: PA.

(...) basic point’s the same. And it can apply to anything, even this week’s Ryder Cup. Depressingly familiar(...)

Kieran Marmion dives over the line to score a try for Connacht against Leinster last Friday. Photoraph: James Crombie/Inpho.

(...) targeting a place in the European Champions Cup by dint of a top-six finish. “We’ve a long way to go yet to(...)

Rory McIlroy: “I’m going to be trying extra hard not just for the team but for Paul [McGinley] as well because I’m a huge fan of him as a man, a golfer and a captain.” Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy’s Ryder Cup journey has been a colourful, sometimes turbulent one. There have been a(...)

Joost Luiten of the Netherlands sprays champagne following his victory at the  Wales Open at Celtic Manor. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Ireland’s Shane Lowry missed out on a chance to land another European Tour title as Dutchman Joost(...)

 Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy celebrate in the locker room after Europe defeated the USA  at Medinah Country Club in the  2012 Ryder Cup. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

(...) that the duo can link up as a partnership in this week’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.McDowell wrote: “I(...)

Shane Lowry of Ireland after making a birdie putt on the third  during day three of the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor Resort. Photograph: Tony   Marshall/Getty Images
Luiten takes over at the top from Lowry
  • Golf
  • September 20, 2014, 18:24

(...) out on the Ryder Cup in the ISPS Handa Wales Open on Saturday. Luiten, who was considered for a wild(...)