Sergio Garcia in action during the pro-am for the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Antalya. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Jamie Donaldson, Sergio Garcia and Marcel Siem will have to achieve something only Rory McIlroy himself has done this season to deny the world number (...)

 Graeme McDowell  plays his second shot in to the ninth hole during the first round of the WGC - HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China. Photoghraph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Patrick Reed hit the headlines for the wrong reasons in Shanghai on the opening day of the WGC-HSBC Champions event. While playing partner Graeme McDo(...)

 United States team captain Tom Watson: “I had a different philosophy as far as being a captain of this team. You know, it takes 12 players to win. It’s not pods. It’s 12 players.” Photo: Harry Engels/Getty

As Paul McGinley was yesterday mobbed by a group of fans dressed in Europe’s colours of blue and yellow, a crowd of songsters who went by the name “Gu(...)

The funny thing is that most of the talk among players this week – at least so far – has been about Billy Horschel and how he isn’t in the American team. He wins the FedEx Cup. He goes second-first-first in the last three weeks. And he, like most of us, will be watching on television. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

Tuesday morning. 3.40am. The alarm goes off. It’s gas in a way that this week is the shortest flight out of Dublin airport I will do all year and it b(...)

 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(...)

Rory McIlroy during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: EPA

Taking no chances of any mishap, the actual Ryder Cup trophy landed at Gleneagles last week. Europe’s players, though, will be arriving in dribs and (...)

Rory McIlroy, whose final round of 71, was only good enough for tied second place in the Tour Championship at East Lake. Photograph: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy punched the wrong numbers into the ATM in the final round of the Tour Championship as he failed to cash in on the FedEx Cup’s $10 mill(...)

Rory McIlroy chips on to the 17th green during the third round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

Rory McIlroy is just 18 holes away from an amazing €8.8 million payday after claiming a share of the lead with Billy Horschel at the Tour Championshi(...)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the second round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Tannen Maury / EPA

It seemed fitting that Rory McIlroy used the 14th hole of his Tour Championship’s second round to – accidentally – hit a tee shot into a spectator’s (...)

 Rory McIlroy hits an approach shot on the eighth hole during the first round of the Tour Championship at the East Lake Golf Club  in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph:  Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

If there was one saving grace for Rory McIlroy – who shot a one-under-par 69 – as he endured a rather frustrating opening round of the Tour Champio(...)