Paul McGinley seems to have been preparing for the captain’s role for years, making sure to read Paul Azinger’s book on his 2008 captaincy at Valhalla as soon as it was published. “You can’t get enough information. It would be arrogant to think you know all the answers. I certainly don’t,” he says. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

“Golf can be selfish, as we all know, and that’s possibly why it took Paul McGinley a little longer than most to get into the whole ethos and mindset (...)

England’s  Paul Casey putts on the eighth green on the way to equalling the course record  of 62 during the third round of the  KLM Open  at De Kennemer Golf and Country Club  in Zandvoort, Netherlands. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

France’s Romain Wattel will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the KLM Open on Sunday as he seeks his first European Tour title.Wattel, me(...)

 Shane Lowry of Ireland hits his second shot on the seventh hole during round two   of the KLM Open held at De Kennemer Golf and Country Club  in Zandvoort, Netherlands. Photograph:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal carded a course-record 62 to claim a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the KLM Open on Friday. Larrazabal admitted shoot(...)

Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay is attended to by medical staff after being struck with a ball during Day One of the KLM Open at De Kennemer Golf and Country Club in Zandvoort. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Two leading players questioned why there was no ambulance on site after Fabrizio Zanotti was struck on the head by a ball in the KLM Open on Thursday(...)

  Joost Luiten of the Netherlands hits a shot on the ninth hole during the KLM Open ProAm held at De Kennemer Golf and Country Club  in Zandvoort,Netherlands. Photo:   Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Defending champion Joost Luiten will look to put the disappointment of missing out on the Ryder Cup behind him in the KLM Open this week.Luiten was o(...)

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(...)

Stephen Gallacher: in fine form after third place finish at Italian Open and has good track record at Gleneagles. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images.

Paul McGinley must wish he was a magician, able to distort reality. But he’s not, and the simple fact of the matter is that he has three “wild card” (...)

Stephen Gallacher of Scotland sees a putt just miss during the third round of  Italian Open Damiani at Circolo Golf Torino. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Richie Ramsay would hate to be the man to deny fellow Scot Stephen Gallacher a place in the Ryder Cup, but admits he will have to look after his own i(...)

Hennie Otto of South Africa putts during the second round of the 71st Italian Open Damiani at Circolo Golf Torino. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

As a South African he cannot compete in the Ryder Cup, but Hennie Otto may still have played a significant part in deciding Europe’s team in the Itali(...)

 Rory McIlroy  hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla GC in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo:  David Cannon/Getty Images

The symmetry was close to perfection. As Tiger Woods teed off from the first tee, his fellow Swoosh embroidered golfer was some 60 yards away prowling(...)