Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks off the second green during a practice round prior to the start of the TOUR Championship  at East Lake Golf Club on  in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph:  Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

There are six million reasons to want to win the FedEx Cup title, but Rory McIlroy insists he needs just one. The 25-year-old is one of five pl(...)

France’s Victor Dubuisson plays a shot during yesterday’s pro-am before today’s start of the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

I bumped into Pádraig Harrington on the seventh tee during yesterday’s pro-am for the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre, which gave me the ch(...)

Ireland’s Pádraig Harrington during yesterday’s pro-am before the start of today’s Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

As a brief distraction to his own game, Pádraig Harrington’s appointment yesterday as one of five vice-captains to Paul McGinley for the Ryder Cup la(...)

 England’s Luke Donald narrowly missed out on a Ryder Cup place. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire.

European captain Paul McGinley revealed Lee Westwood had “slightly pipped” Luke Donald to a Ryder Cup wild card after completing his team for Gleneag(...)

  The names of Ian Poulter of England, Stephen Gallacher of Scotland and Lee Westwood of England are positioned in the final line-up of the European team as European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley of Ireland announces his three captain’s picks during a press conference at Wentworth. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
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  • September 2, 2014, 13:53

RORY McILROY (Northern Ireland). Age 25. Caps 2 (2010, 2012). Record Won 4 Lost 3 Halved 2. Majors 4 (2011 US Open, 2012 US PGA, 2014 Open, 2014 US (...)

 Stephen Gallacher  five off the early pace at the Italian Open.   Photgraph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Stephen Gallacher is the only player who controls his Ryder Cup destiny, but it was Francesco Molinari who did most to boost his chances of making the(...)

A refugee camp for Yazidis near the town of Zakho, Iraq. The United Nations refugee agency today said it was launching a major aid operation to get supplies to more than half a million people displaced by fighting in northern Iraq. Photograph: EPA.

Iraqi forces launched an offensive today to drive Islamic State fighters out of Tikrit, home town of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, while the milit(...)

Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, stand guard near Mosul dam at the town of Chamibarakat outside Mosul in Iraq yesterday.  Photograph: AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed

Kurdish forces have taken control of most of Iraq’s largest dam after battling Islamic State fighters in nearby villages, reversing some of gains m(...)

Sarah Harrington from Nenagh, Co Tipperary, cheers as her side wallop Cork to the dismay of Anna Geary. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy/The Irish Times

There were decidedly mixed emotions this afternoon as Roses from Cork and Tipperary watched the All-Ireland semi-final together in Tralee. Anna Geary (...)

Former Irish cricket captain Trent Johnston will leave Ireland to take up a job coaching inj New South Wales. Photograph:   ©INPHO/Barry Chambers

Former Irish cricket captain, Trent Johnston has accepted a coaching job with Cricket New South Wales and will begin a two-year contract with the Aust(...)